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Marilyn and Tom are also jetlagged. After many trans-Atlantic crossings, their 'beat-the-crowds' trick is to take the late flight from New York, the one leaving about 22:00. Tom says this one isn't affected by airborne commuter traffic and that the east coast's thunderstorms are usually over.

He also says the flight usually takes 12-13 hours. I have a hard time figuring this out. Um - if you leave New York at 22:00 at night and you get to Paris about 10:00 the next morning - why yes, that is 12 hours! It seems long for a six or seven-hour flight. It seemed like 24 hours the last time I did it though.

Now that the Burkes no longer live in Paris, they are taking French lessons in New Jersey. They admit that many people who live in Menton seem to speak Italian, and they don't say how many people in New Jersey speak real Italian Italian, so I guess finding a French teacher has been a lucky break for them.

They chose Menton as a second home because of its marina. Tom does a lot of sailing, and he tells me about a charter he had once - to take two British passengers to Tangier from Marbella, in October.

He says he wasn't sure aboutphoto: empties how to clear the customs formalities at Tangier. Luckily there was an early storm and after two days of terminal seasickness the passengers decided they didn't really want to see Tangier all that urgently.

But the drinks were real enough.

At exactly 17:10 Tom says that jetlag has 'kicked in.' Before they leave to walk back to their hotel in the 7th, Marilyn makes me promise to hold another club meeting in New York, on its Jersey side.

She says she will bring everybody in New Jersey this time. How can I refuse? Even though I know she has about five kilos of franc coins she wants me to carry back, and trade in for dollars at the Banque de France. Or is it six kilos of Italian 1000-lira coins?

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. September. This will be a nearly normal 37th Thursday in the year 2002 - with the day being named Saint-Apollinaire. My 'saints' book says this is a small town in the Côte-d'Or, somewhere near Dijon. Then it says, 'électronique.' I look this up to find out it has something to do with 'électrons libres' - which by co-incidence, is one of the names of the art-squat on Rivoli.

The changeless paragraph which used to be here, is... [...not being here anymore...] - affects the changelessness of this paragraph, doesn't it?

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Find out how to become a member by taking a gander at the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' However, if you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, 'how-to-become-a-member' should be perfectly clear.

'Club rules' have been debolished - but if they weren't - they would suggest that if you feel skipping this 'About' page - do it. All you need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club in a nanosecond by simply being at a meeting. This is all there is to it, really.

Special Dubious Note

This week's unposed 'Group Photo of the Week' has been achieved for the occasion by the smallest group possible, which is of course, another true 'first.'

What, Where, When, Who, How, Why?

Club meetings begin in Paris no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, still on Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'GBST' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas with 24-hour-time.

The club's secretary will be listening to members' every word at the same time as he may be trying to concoct some 'report' notes, which might be completely different from anything membersphoto: ceiling, petite salle say at a meeting. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. The club's secretary often forgets to remember to ask members to do it.

The ceiling of the 'petite salle' in the club's café is more zoomy than in the 'grande salle,' where the meetings are held.

Come prepared with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week' or dream up any other 'Things of the Week.' 'No-names' is an option you can opt for too if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

What you say may be appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if read - if they turn out to be written here.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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