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Somewhat unalert from my early morning I do not immediately realize that a lady in a leather coat kind of looking us over, is looking for the 'club.'

Sent the club's way by member Alice Grey, Tammy Hester says she has taken one of Polly Platt's seminars. So has Heather, or she is just about to. Tammy is from Beaufort, South Carolina. She says she has left it forever to start a 'new life' in Santa Monica, but first she is decompressing by being in Paris for the first time in her life.

Beaufort is thus our 'City of the Week.' It would have been Biot but I still can't pronounce it right. Tammy corrects me. She says Beaufort is pronounced 'Beef-ert.' The Beaufort in North Carolina, she helpfully adds, is pronounced 'Beaufort.'

Heather flies to Paris on EasyJet to discover wonderful things like 'Autour d'Un Café' on Sébasto. "If you live here a long time you can forget what a flavored café tastes like," she says.

I guess I have lived here a little too long because I never did know what a flavored café tastes like. I don't even know what such a thing is. I ask her if the place has plain café, like all other cafés in Paris.

Since Heather seems to know everything, Karen asks her how to find the Hemingway bar at the Ritz.photo: patrick "Don't go in the first bar on your left," Heather says with authority, "Go to the little one all the way in the back. It's always empty."

The three ladies agreeably stand up and stand nearly still enough for their 'Group Photo of the Week.' Patrick gets caught for his 'Waiter of the Week' photo too.

Heather says, "Every time I go back my suitcase doubles in weight from window shopping."

During mainly hydraulic meetings, Patrick rolls cutlery in napkins.

We go over to Châtelet where she leads me to the 'Best Crêpe Stand in France!' - hereafter to be known as 'BCSiF' - on the corner of Saint-Denis and Rue des Lombards. She eagerly orders one with a lavish amount of Nutella and a banana in it.

She says nobody knows how to make a proper crêpe in Biot. They don't fold them right, so everything in them leaks out. The last one she had, she gave back. Heather wouldn't be seen dead on the street with a leaky crêpe.

"Down there," she says, "They do know how to make pizza." I guess that's why Nice in German is called 'Nizza.'

A Less Usual Club Meeting than Usual

The next meeting of the Café Metropolephoto: drink of the week Club will be on Thursday, 21. November. Since this is also Beaujolais Nouveau Day be sure to wear something stainless if you intend to attend this meeting.

'A glass nearly full of plain water' is an idiotic caption.

Otherwise, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Présentation de Marie. I know nothing, if not less, about this sainte whatsoever but I doubt if there is anything like a Saint-Beaujolais here although they may be one in Japan next Thursday.

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 - even though it has been lightly updated - do so. All you really need know is that you can become 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 to be true, it is still fairly easy.

Club's Age Controversy Resolved

Dinny Moyer is right. The club will be having its fifth meeting in its fourth year of existence next week, but it is still only three years old. I have seen the error of my arithmetical ways.

Repeat Christmas Season Note

Tonight, exactly two weeks after Halloween, major Paris department stores turned on their lights and lifted their display window curtains on their decorations, a whole week ago. Many displays will continue until the first weekend in January, after which the Soldes d'Hiver start. Never a dull moment here - but no fireworks on New Years.

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

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

Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members-onlyphoto: heathers best crepes in paris members' booklet number three. The club's secretary often fails to remember that he forgets to ask new members to do this legibly. For strange hometowns, please use phonetic spellings.

'Joe' says 'gotcha' when Heather asks for extra Nutella in her crêpe.

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 greatly 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 this - if some 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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