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But before the ink runs out Beth writes that she appreciates French because it has complicatedphoto: beth sperry grammar rules, that must be learned off-by-heart if one wants to read French philosophy. Otherwise it is all greek.

Besides philosophers, Beth thinks Paris has good restaurants.

She can't make any suggestions for improvements - answering one of the member's booklet 'questions' - there is no 'rule' about answering any of these, nor 'exceptions' to them - writing, 'it's their country, not mine.'

Like many other new members these days, Marshall's only complaint about Paris is the traffic. This has risen to being the number one complaint, after 'dogs' successfully held the top spot from the time of the beginning of the club, and probably since the Romans were here.

Marshall tells a story about the hotel where he stayed in 1954. It was an inexpensive place and the madame who ran it had never had an American client before, so she asked him not to take any towels with him.

"But madame," Marshall said, "In America we always take hotel towels."

"Taking one," she replied, "Would cost us our profit."

Marshall assured her that the cost of towels was factored into US hotel bills. My notes don't sayphoto: doug fuss so, but I think I remember Marshall telling me he returned to the same hotel often, until madame started operating it under US rules.

After the plug for Montmartre, if you want to see Doug in Paris this year, Saturday might be your last chance.

Doug says his time is up and he's returning to Savannah. Before he goes he wants everybody to know about Montmartre's grape harvest on Saturday. If you remember this week's weather forecast, Saturday should be good for it.

Slightly before the meeting ends we all troop out to the Corona's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Marshall has declined being in his own 'Photo of the Week' but is up for this. As I shoot I don't think any of this is going to be any good. My mind is more on boxes than viewfinders.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 10. October. This will be a perfectly normal 41th Thursday in the year 2002 seven days from now - with the day being named for Saint-Ghislain - which is such an unusual name that I'm sure we've had this saint before, whoever he is.

Make it your Fête if it's your birthday, but you don't have to tell me who he is, if you know. Trying to remember saints is like trying to remember French grammar.

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

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

photo: drinks glassesFind 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.

Most of the 'Drinks of the Week' were hydraulic fluids.

'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 - exceptionally, do so. All you need to know is that you can be a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at a meeting. Even if you think this to too easy, you can join anyway.

Special Dubious Note

The fairly new feature here, called the 'Special Dubious Note,' is suspended this week.

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 'TOCK' - 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-only members' booklet. The club's secretary often forgets to remember to ask new members to do this.

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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