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Scoop says, "Earl invented tea." When I call him on this fact, he says he heard it on a quiz show. Joanne says she had a tandoori turkey sandwich. In the 'other' part of the Rue Lepic - or maybe it's Ron, who says not to sit on a banquette because there's no springs.

He then continues with a long story about driving about in all the wrong place in the Balkans in a rented car with Croatian plates. He says Italian rental places forbid taking new Fiats over there. I think he should have simply put Texas plates on the Croatian car.

The punchline is that you are not supposed to call Croatian policemen 'cheese' which is what they think you are saying in Serbian if you address them as 'sir.'

We are still trying to pin down the taste of Beaujolais Nouveau without actually drinking any. Somebody says it is like 'rotten sap.' "Sap?" Dinny wonders. "Yeah, like retsina," is the clarification.

The Amedeo Modigliani exhibition is praised for everything except the vast number of people who are trying to see it. The 'Petit Prince' as a musical is also praised by Joanne and Paul, who note that it is three hours long. They do not recommend the front row on account of the bomb explosions, which are kind of realistic.

Because Shirley and Walter were just 'dropping in' we do the 'Group Photo of the Week' out on the terrace extra early. Although the members are reluctant to do this, the secretary points out that their numbers were already high, and the second shift might make the photo impossible. 'Ha ha, second shift, baloney!' they say.

Dinny missed it, for example. Just as everybody else is putting on their coats and tossing euros on the table at the various drink tickets - a new group does materialize by the Quai door of the café's 'grande salle.'

They see our confused-looking crowd in the club's area. They 'sign' - 'faire signaler!' - 'are you the club?' What I see is four blonds with one guy, so I shout,"Are you all from Texas?"

Their reason for arriving at 16:50 is they have been, as they say, 'having too much fun riding the métro.' Ron says, "I have to go to a different country each time, so it's Ireland's turn next."

He reels off 150 words of Irish facts and figures and I complain he knows more than I do. "I looked it up," he says. I am annoyed that the club's secretary isn't allowed credit for the 'Texas Quote of the Week.'

Ralph Rasmussen grumbles that I shouldn't put in Châtelet with the address as a métro stop for the club's café. It is like Ireland - 'you can't get here from there,' is his argument. I think Ralph has not found riding around on the métro for hours, jetlagged, as amusing as the ladies.

Leisa Rasmussen is from Orlando in Florida like Ralph - who keeps bringing up some other household in La Jolla, California. Or is it San Diego? Maybe both.

Since the 'Group Photo of the Week II' has a smaller cast, included in it are - from the left - Dawn Issacs from Palm Court, Catherine Noel from West Palm Beach, Ralph is in the middle beside Leisa, and on the right is Myra Quinn from West Palm Beach - which I assume is in Florida too like the other ones.

I see Dinny got in this one unintentionally, mirrored way off in the distance. I take four photos because Ralph says somebody has their eyes closed - they turn out to all be wide open like headlights - the 'jetlag syndrome' - and when I finish, the ladiesphoto: group 2 of the week get up one by one, and take new shots of new arrangements of the 'Group Photo of the Week II with Secretary,' with throw-away cameras.

Here they are, with all eyes wide open, the 'Florida Gang.'

With this, the Thanksgiving meeting is over, except for the fabulous five who have decided that an extra inning or two can't do any harm. They promise to use one of the other two métro stops next time they come and I hope they do.

Seventeen members at a meeting is not a 'first' but it has sure seemed like it. All that is left to do is figure out today's 'City of the Week.' Should it be West Palm Beach or Palm Court?

Or Zalaegerszeg or Bal Földvar or Balatonszentgyörgy? No, no, I can't spell any of these.

A Return to More Usual Club Meetings

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 5. December, which is only distinguished by being the last Thursday before Paris department stores stay open on Sundays for the rest of December.

Otherwise, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Gérard. I know nothing, not a single turnip, about this saint. If it's any help, Friday's saint the day after is Nicolas.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

By taking a quick peep at the page called the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, you can learn how to become a member forever. However, if you are reading this 'report' about today's club meeting, you might want to become a Thanksgiving Day-only member. There is no 'rule' against this.

Ignore this 'About' page if you wish - even though it has been lightly updated within the last two years. All you 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 this seems too easy to be true, it is still fairly easy, and sometimes there's two 'Group Photos of the Week' 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. Staying open on Sundays starts on 8. December, which is a Sunday. The Soldes d'Hiver start shortly after New Year.

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

Club meetings begin in Paris beginning at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, in Europe'sphoto: drink of the week, 2 Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'ZZiT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas. This is regardless of prevailing 'winter time' which is prevailing here.

While Scoop freely gives out 'Tea Tips of the Week,' he keeps his hayburner tips close to his chest.

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.' A new true 'firsts' will be 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 would be an exceptional 'rule' if these had not ceased.

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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