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To kind of back this up Shirley says, "It's cheaper to come to Paris than New York."

I can't say much about this except that B&Bs in Flushing are probably cheaper, and I forget to tell Walter about how the lower-taxes party stole the presidential election is 1876 from the higher-taxes party, by using Florida mis-counters just like two years ago. Heck, it's only history now anyway.

Because of the sliced light in the 'grande salle' we troop out to La Corona's terrace for a small 'Group Photo of the Week.' Then Shirley and Walter whiz off to their next rendez-vous.

Which leaves the club's secretary alone with Gillian. Shirley has already asked Gillian about her 'adventures,' and this resulted in one of those 'lining up for days to get to see Picasso' stories.

The interesting part was the American lady standing in line who confided to Gillian that she comes to Paris twice a year to see her homeopathic doctor, and load up on a fresh supply of homeopathic medicines. Apparently these are considered voodoo by the AMA because they aren't as expensive as antibiotics.

But with Shirley gone Gillian could tell me her real 'adventure.' This involved being inside a café's downstairs waterworks when the dim 40-watt light went out. Gillian said, "Eeek!"

A male voice from outside the locked door said, "Pardon!" And the light went on again.

Gillian got out of there as quickly as possible and the Parisian waiting outside was apologetic, signalling that thephoto: empty cafe cups of the week light switch was unusually placed outside the door. He then entered the tiny waterworks room, and Gillian absent- mindedly turned the light switch off.

Instead of inserting a long paragraph here about the variety of lighting arrangements of tiny and dim waterworks rooms in Paris, let me merely say that lights in some are turned on by locking the door, and others are time-switches that turn off by themselves.

No prize for guessing this week's 'Drinks of the Week' this week.

These are not the only light-switches in Paris designed to save electricity - which is absurdly cheap and extremely plentiful on account of being generated by EDF's radiation-free nuclear reactors. Lots of dangerous stairways have these auto-off light switches too.

I almost forgot. Gillian works for 'The Scotsman' newspaper in Edinburgh. I believe it is one of the world's older daily newspapers. It has many more 'recent issues' than this magazine.

Few Club Meetings Are Usual

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. November. With Halloween, Toussaint and the Day of the Dead finally over for this year, this will be a fairly normal 46th Thursday in the year 2002 only seven days from now.

Otherwise, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Sainte-Sidoine. I know nothing about this saint whatsoever and in deference to all other readers who are not fans of saints, I doubt if I will find anything out.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

By taking a quick look at the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club' you can learn how to become a member forever. However, if you are reading this 'report' about today's club meeting, learning how to become a member might be redundant.

'Club rules' are so nearly nothing that they don't even have 'exceptions.' If you feel ignoring this 'About' page - this one time - 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 to be true, it is still fairly true.

Note, Special Glum Note Note

There were no responses to last week's 'glum note' about the question of the club's age. This remains in suspension. This will resolved 49 weeks from today.

Special Christmas Season Note

Tonight, exactly one week after Halloween, major Paris department stores are turning on their lights and lifting their display window curtains on their decorations. Next door to the club's café, Samaritaine did this without fanfare. On the Boulevard Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette was not nearly so discrete. In fairness, one Samaritaine window is here - and others shot on Haussmann tonight, will be in Monday's regular edition. Your Metropole Paris scoops Le Parisien again.

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

Club meetings begin in Paris not before 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Centralphoto: samaritaine toys window European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'ZZIW' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas. This is regardless of prevailing 'winter time.'

One of Samaritaine's Christmas windows tonight.

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

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. 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. 'No rules' has ceased to be an 'exception' and is now an exceptional 'rule.'

What you say may be sincerely appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are awake and listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read this - if any of 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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