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Trying desperately to keep up with half a dozen conversations, I ask what other members have been talking about while I've been talking to other members.

Some people like Maple Syrup a little - these are for those who like it a lot.

The topics range from wine, Texas, jet-lag and 'soldes' to telecommuting and mushy green peas in England. These are not the 'Food of the Week.' Everyone says 'yuk' in unison to mushy peas. I think we all agree that you do not find these in French cuisine!

We chat about buying apartments in Paris for quite a while because Jennifer is 100 percent sure she wants a place in Paris to make her own once she's finished her Ph.D in an obscure subject relating to computers and biology.

Even without a club-like 'democratic' vote, I think everyone wants a 'pied a terre' in Paris. Joe already has one and I think it is Bill who says someone he knew had bought and sold at least one apartment in Paris and it was a snap to do. Then everyone else disagrees, with stories about how it isn't so easy, and what to do and not to do when buying.

The tip of the week comes from Terry who suggests going to the Cour Saint-Emilion at Bercy to wave to your friends and family via one of the webcams that are out there snooping on everybody. Neat idea.

Possibly a final quote of the week - "The best view of Paris is from the top ofphoto: strand book store Montparnasse Tower" - because it is the only place you can't see the tower. This a quote from I don't recall which member who was quoting another unknown source.

The Manhattan book store a lot cheaper than most others - especially for 'unfindable' books.

Okay - every city has its 200-metre high ugly bits, but all the members today agree Paris is their favorite city. Many of its ugly bits are no worse than anyplace else.

At the end bills and coins are showered beside each drink's ticket - covering the cost and more of cafés, wine, soft drinks and cafés as we close down today's club meetimg.

What fun it is to spend money without actually shopping when you're having fun!

Yukon-like Notes, from New York

For readers and club members, other than Terry Gardy and Jennifer Gardy, who may be unfamiliar with the 'City of the Week,' Port Moody, you may be interested to know that it was the first pick for the location of Vancouver, in Canada.

The London-based investors' syndicate that caused the Canadian Pacific Railroad to be built, picked Port Moody for its western terminus because it was 'close enough' to the deep Pacific Ocean.

However, when the rails arrived in Port Moody they were greeted by real estate hustlers and gin mill owners from 'Gastown' - Vancouver's first official name - who proceeded to bribe everybody working for the CPR more than the folks in Port Moody had bribed them - to extend the rails ten miles further west, so everybody could make a real estate killing in Vancouver. As the server-lady has written above, 'Isn't history cute?'

I, personally, had nothing to do with any real estate deals in Vanouver. But just to see the truth of the matter, I once journeyed all the way to Port Moody to check it out for its potential big-city status. Sadly to say, since it never got a chance to be Vancouver, it has stayed modest 'Port Moody.' But it has a wonderful view of Port Moody's harbour that is possibly better than Vancouver's view of its own.

For a closing New York note, I can recommend visiting New York's Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital on 2nd Avenue at 14th Street if you are ever afflicted by ears damaged by in-flight movie systems. If you do not have US-style medical coverage, be sure to have lots of cash handy. Even with medical coverage, have patience if you cannot arrive early.

Nearly needless to say again, there are no club photos from last Thursday's meeting - because its reporter, the server-lady, is still buying rolls of film or waitingphoto: hebrew national knockwurst for them to be developed. Either or both. However, club members have been sending photos of the club meetings - Thank You All! - but they are not getting through the limited access I have to my regular email account. There will have to be an updated update.

The next club meeting will be held in Paris as usual, but with the surprise return of the club's regular secretary - who cannot actually tell you what the saint's day next Thursday will be because New York calendars omit this vital information. Let the record show that the date should be about 23. January, which is, in this year 2003, a Thursday.

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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