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About here, before Shirley gets too bored, Don Smith arrives and we abandon speaking five different kinds of German. Walter says "I like Beaujolais Nouveau even when it's not new!" I must be doing something else, because this note isn't in my handwriting.

Marion and Stephan tell me about all the weddings and birthdays and funerals they've been too, in order to make it clear that this visit to Paris is their only 'holiday' this year.

At one of these, a wedding at some spa full of real kitsch in eastern Europe, they had free entries to a casino that included a couple of 'fun' chips, and Stephan won enough at blackjack to pay for their hotel room full of kitsch before Marion told him to take the money while they were ahead.

Talk of weddings reminds Shirley that she wants to go to see the phone booth in San Francisco that Walter called her from on one Valentine's Day.

Walter seems to think some phonebooth anyplace will do - 'maybe in southwest France.' Somebody else suggests 'India.' "Whatever," he says.

Walter pans one of Paris big clubs, which isn't worth mentioning here, but he says 'La Vie Parisienne' show at the Opéra Comique is really worth seeing. "It's a good show," he says.

Meanwhile, we have been out on the café's Quai du Louvre terrace and inspired by 'La Vie Parisienne,'photo: dancing first, linda, walter the members of the 'Group of the Week' put on a good show themselves.

Back inside, the members gaily throw money on the tables. Linda says she has to go early because it is her weekly rock-and-roll dance class night. The next thing I see, Walter has his hat and coat on and is twirling around with Linda, dancing to some music only they can hear in their heads.

Anything goes at the club on Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Anything!

Finally my notes say, 'Marion - puts on 'all-idiots' prog. instead of usual 'half-idiots' prog.' I can't figure this out - except I did say to her that if she wore a cheap baseball cap with a hole on the back, her hair could stick out through it.

She says she never wears baseball caps. I do remember her saying this.

This is about what this meeting has been about. I mean, approximately 'about.' Before this, Walter has said to me in confidence, "Pen can be pushed, pencil has to be lead." I puzzle over whether to spell lead 'led' or 'lead.'

Being the club's secretary can be 'cruel shoes' sometimes. I wonder if I can read 242 pages of Der Spiegel before or after I get towel racks. I am not a slow reader either. It's just that this newsmagazine has more pages than its first edition.

A More Usual Club Meeting than the Usually Usual One On Beaujolais Nouveau Day

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 28. November. Some of today's club members have assured me that this will be Thanksgiving.photo: hochzeit Don Smith says this URL is not wonderful, but it is the only one he has.

Marion and Stephan's free-chip casino ticket.

Otherwise, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Jacques de la Marché. I know nothing, not a single bean, about this saint. If it's any help, Gérald is the saint on Thursday, 5. December.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

By taking a brief glance at the page called the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, you can learn how to become a member forever or for life, whichever is longer. However, if you are reading this 'report' about today's club meeting, you might want to become a Beaujolais Nouveau Day-only member. There is no 'rule' against this.

If you feel ignoring this 'About' page - even though it has been lightly updated within the last two years - 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, and sometimes there's dancing too.

Repeat Christmas Season Note

Major Paris department stores turned on their lights a couple of weeks ago and lifted their display window curtains on their decorated windows. Many displays will continue until the first weekend in January, after which the Soldes d'Hiver start.

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 andphoto: empty beaujolais nouveau not 'TIZZ' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas. This is regardless of prevailing 'winter time' which is prevailing.

Considering the members who drank only café, this is considerable wreckage.

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 have to 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 it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.

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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