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Actually Ellen and Richard have another reason for being in Paris. Richard asked Ellen where she wanted to have a 16th wedding anniversary dinner. She said, Paris. He asked again and she said the same thing.

While it is easy to tell that summer is over in Paris - it is freezing and everybody is eatingphoto: doug fuss cheese in a heated tent in the Tuileries - Doug says Sicily is full. If you can find a parking place there, hope it is in front of a hotel with a free room. Hotels with empty spaces in their parking lots have no free rooms.

And, after being in Milan without luggage for three days, he and Sue asked hotel concierges for directions to 'garlic' restaurants. But to be fair, they say that the 'Astoria' train from Milan to Paris is a very nice daytime ride.

Doug prefers no parking in Paris to no parking in Sicily.

And, again and, before Don arrived we went out on the terrace where Paris weather was doing its daily two-hour sunshine thing for the 'Group Photo of the Week' minus one.

The best of four photos came when I almost backed out into the passing heavy traffic. It was not necessary to tell the group to do the Mardi Gras hop and skip 'of the Week.'

Late Weather Update

For weather fans unsatisfied with my opening effort, here is tonight's weather news update. Temperatures are expected to rise from their nominal highs of 16 - to 18, 20, 22 and then 23 according to Le Parisien. Tonight's TV-news weather doesn't actually agree with this, nor is it quite in accord with mostly sunny for Saturday and Sunday either.

I don't remember the forecast. But if it is going to be like the last couple of days - only warmer! - then it will be foggy or cloudy until 15:13. Then it will be partly sunny for two hours before returning to its original state for another 22 hours.

The other 'Thing of the Week' is my radiators that have become hot since the end of tonight's TV-news. It's getting nice enough to be home, at last.

Ramona Update

Last week I wrote, "Rob and Sue Santa are from San Francisco, or Greenbrae, and Rob's mom Patricia lives in San Diego County, in Ramona - which was named after the famous pop group of the late '50s."

Club member George Broadhead has kindly written to correct me. 'Ramona' was not a famous pop-group at all, but was well-known as the 'stopping offphoto: don smith point for General Stephen Watts Kearny in 1846, when he was enroute to fight the Battle of San Pasqual against the California ranchers.'

In the 1920s Ramona was famous again, as the 'Turkey Capital of the World.' Today it is still famous for being the location of the 'Verloque House,' because it is the only western adobe home of French provincial design still in existence.

Don is also wandering around the city taking a lot of photographs.

George doesn't explain why it is in Ramona or whether Kearny beat the ranchers, but I thank him anyway for permitting me to set the record straight.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 3. October. This will be a perfectly normal 40th Thursday in the year 2002 - with the day being named for Saint-Gérard.

This one I am not looking up in my 'saints' book either. It gets a free mention and that's it. Make it your Fête if it's your birthday, but you don't have to tell me.

The changeless paragraph which used to be here, is... [...not being here anymore...] - the less... it is getting less 'said' each week.

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' are so nearly nothing that they have no 'exceptions' - but if they weren't - they would hint 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 flash by simply being at a meeting. If you think this to too easy, why not join anyway?

Special Dubious Note

This week's unique and unposed partial 'Group Photo of the Week' has been achieved for today's occasion by failing to have all members eventually present when they were, in fact, not all present when it was shot.

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 'TCE' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas with 24-hour-time.

Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members-onlyphoto: ed's cafe members' booklet. The club's secretary often forgets to remember to ask new members to do this.

The club secretary's 'Soup of the Week.'

Come prepared with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week' or invent 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 genuinely appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are and 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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