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It is 'Group Photo of the Week' time and I go out on the Quai du Louvre terrace and decide it has Madrid's weather. On the way back a couple sitting at a table outside the hallowed club's area stop me to ask if the uproar at the rear of the 'Grande Salle' is the Café Metropole Club.

The couple say they will officially attend the next meeting, but intend to remain virtual until then. They constitute today's only but genuine 'real non-members.'

When I get back the talk has turned to philosophy - specifically to 'neo-pragmatism.' Even though it is, as Beth claims, 'the only original American philosophic concept after 'pragmatism' itself, everybody seems to agree that Arlo Guthrie might not be an adherent.

Remembering the 'Group Photo of the Week' I urge everybody to cooperate. "Do we have tophoto: terrace, rain stand up?" someone asks. In revenge, the cafe's light is as bad as it gets 'at this time of year,' and some very good photos are very blurred, except for the one where half the members have their eyes closed.

La Corona's Paris terrace trying out its 'Madrid' look.

This is the secretary's fault. I don't say anything about 'open eyes.' But actually asking for the 'Mardi Gras kick' gets nowhere too. As a further revenge, Allan tells us about the 'Darwin Awards.' These involve human incidents no caveman would be caught dead doing.

On one technical point I lament that 'our' lawyer, Eva Lee, has left. This miffs Bill highly. "I'm a lawyer!" he says. This reminds me - right now while doing this 'report' - that today's 'Waiter of the Week' is Didier, who says he has never worked in a café with a real 'Internet club' in it before, as far as he knows.

Then the number one 'Waiter of the Week' - Patrick - comes from the café's bar region ro tell me there's a phone call. When I pick up the receiver I find I'm talking to member Frank Watson who is calling from Uppsala in Sweden, to remind me about his photo exhibition that is having its opening after the club meeting on Thursday, 31. October.

'Yes,' I assure him, 'even though it will be Halloween all club members in attendance will likely want to traipse over to the Café des Lettres at 53 Rue de Verneuil, which is right behind the Musée d'Orsay - to continue the club meeting, with free snacks and drinks.'

Back at the present club meeting, Beth is telling the other members about what to do in a Paris elevator in an emergency. "According to the instructions," she says, "They say you should tranquilize yourself in case of danger."

Despite this being what I would characterize as a loud voice and laughter meeting, a sparrow flies in as close as the table behind the club's. I think Beth attracts them because there were a couple of them in here last week too - which I should have remembered, because they could have been the 'Birds of the Week' but weren't.

Instead of food they get comments about Europe like this one of Allan's - "If it's four dollars for wine, then it's five dollars for water!"

I stop taking notes, so I do not know who adds that, 'yeah, and Coke is seven dollars,' because this meeting has been a bit too much. Sort like a 1200-page encyclopedia with 1158 pages ripped out at random. But what else can you expect from a club with 'no rules' and plenty of 'exceptions?'

The Next Club Meeting Is Special

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. October. This will not be a perfectly normal 43nd Thursday in the year 2002 only seven days from now - because it will mark the first meeting of the Café Metropole's Club's fourth - 4th! - year in existence.

The club's birthday is on Saint-Florentin's day this year - and this might be a 'first' even if it is not a first for Saint-Florentin.

Make it your fête if it's your saint's birthday too. Send cards, telegrams and emails to the address below if you cannot participate in person although I hope otherwise will be true.

The 'changeless paragraph' is no longer here, anymore.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

By taking a look at the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club' you can find out how to become a member. However, if you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, becoming a member should be perfectly clear.

'Club rules' are so nearly nothing that they don't even have 'exceptions,' but if there were any 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. If you think this to too easy, it is still fairly easy to join.

Special Dubious Note

This 'special note' has been exceptionally suspended this week on account of some long-distance telephone calls and many more blurred photos than usual.

What, Where, When, Who, How, Why Not?

Club meetings begin in Paris no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'TOCK' - and knownphoto: didier, waiter of the week elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas with two daily sets of 12-hour-time.

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

Didier is the 'Waiter of the Week' for the first time in his life.

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 welcome too even if they are inventions. '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 honestly 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 should happen 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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