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While this has been going on, member Dinny Moyer has arrived with Jeanne de Tapol, who lives in Villier-sur-Marne but grew up in Tonneins, which is a town on the Garonne river southeast of Marmande. Not 'Marmalade,' Marmande.

This has little to do with Peter's story about Wellington declining to invade Louisiana in 1814 because it would cost too much. Everybody already knows the Brits blew owning the whole United States over a couple of measly teabags.

I am sitting with my back to the café's 'grand salle' but I see a familiar hat in the mirror approaching from the café's bar. Under it is Seattle's Don Smith, a club member already, back in town to teach everybody how to photograph Paris.

Either Edna or Bob tell me my tip of the Ardoise restaurant was a good one, but this is news to me. I know the name but I'm pretty sure nobody has invited me there to dine. The best thing about it that I know, is the Bradleys liked it.

With fairly minimum fuss we all get out on the café's terrace to do the 'Group Photo of the Week,' which I've left as long as possible because I'm not all sure members-to-be have arrived yet, even through I don't know if any are still to come.

Once this chore is successfully 'in the can' we get back inside, to take care of all the various bar bills lying around. While doing this, Emmanuelle arrives pushing eight-month-old Gabrielle in a stroller.

There is no time - no, actually there is too much confusion - to get a clean member sign-in forphoto: member gabrielle, 8 months these two new members. Besides, they bring today's number to 14 - nine club members and five new ones, all of whom live in the Paris area. Maybe even these numbers aren't right.

It is the same with the bar tickets. After everybody has chipped in their share, there remains one café and one beer unanswered for. Dinny deduces it was the 'server-lady.' I say, 'no, the server-lady would never...' and pay the café ticket.

Today's only new member under one - Gabrielle.

After showing Don how to get lost finding his way back to Pernety, I am back in the editorial office when I get a high-priority email from the server-lady, saying, "At a stop light at Concorde I suddenly realized I owe someone or La Corona for an espresso and a beer! Don't know if that is a 'first' for the club but it's a first for me."

With today's other true club 'firsts,' I think Linda's makes it a total of five or seven. I won't count getting Don lost, even though it's been the first time I've overshot my station by two métro stops.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. September. This will be a perfectly normal 38th Thursday in the year 2002 - with the day being named for Sainte-Emilie.

My 'saints' book doesn't say this is a dude martyred in Africa in 251, because his day is 22. May - so it must be the saint named after a place in Italy on the coast of the Adriatic south of the Po.

The changeless paragraph which used to be here, is... [...not being here anymore...] - the less said about it the better.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Find out how to become a member by taking a look 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 disestablished - but if they weren't - they would suggest that if you feel ignoring this 'About' page - do so. All you need to know is that you can be a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club in a wink by simply being at a meeting. If you think this to too easy, just give a thought to deprived would-be members in Oz.

Special Dubious Note

This week's unposed partial 'Group Photo of the Week' has been achieved for today's unique occasion by failing to have all present members present when they were, in fact, yet to be present.

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 'VOTE' - 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 concocting somephoto: wine cubes 'report' notes, which might be completely different from anything you hear members 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 legibly

Today's only rosé wine with ice cubes in it.

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.' True 'firsts' are neat too. 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for 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 they read it - if it turns 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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