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With one thing and another, Doug says I should write that the club finished its meeting 'on time' at 16:45. Joe agrees with this and he goes out with Doug - who is going to examine his 'frigo,' while Joe is just going to be natty and about town.

Just to make sure no late members turn up late-as-usual, the club's secretary hangs around until 17:10. This is when the café's patron, Monsieur Naudan, comes up to ask if everything is okay with the club. He offers the secretary a drink, but the secretary declines.

Mr Naudan then asks for the Web URL of the 'reports' because he curious about what is going on in his café. I give him the latest version of 'Ed's' card, and tell him he is going to have a bit of reading to do.

There are, more or less, 169 meeting 'reports' online, if I count this one.

Hats Off to the Server-Lady

Linda Thalman played club 'secretary' rôle for the past two meetings while the usually real 'secretary' was in New York sitting around various medical facilities, mostly waiting to have one of his fat ears mended. The late upload of Linda's first club 'report' for 9. January was caused by sheer incompetence - not by Linda! - however.

The situation had improved somewhat for the second club meeting 'report' - for the 16. January meeting. The secretary now knows that 'Windows' isn't impossible to learn. It just takes a long time.

Linda described her notes as 'unreadable' but managed to set them in type and email them to me. What didn't pass through the temporary porthole I was using to access my email account in Paris, were the photos taken by the first meeting's 'Dallas Dude' with his nifty digital camera - a Canon, in case you are wondering.

Also, in case you are wondering, even though I wasn't at the meeting - I was probably at Manhattan's 2nd Avenuephoto: empty cups Deli eating the biggest triple- decker sandwich in creation - I do know the 'Dallas Dude's' real name, but do not know why he is the club member officially known as the 'Dallas Dude.' Time may enlighten us all, but in the meantime here are my thanks in public for re-sending the photos.

Today's members almost forgot to have anything to drink.

For digital photo fans, here is one curiosity. Photos taken with a particular camera may record as 144 dpi on a Macintosh system, while the identical photos will only be 72 dpi if the system used is Windows. Macs give you double the dots for the same price. Or maybe the camera's Windows software is worth only half as much.

Metropole's February Issues

Even though there will be one more issue appearing this month - weather permitting, next Monday - you need not worry about the lack of Metropole Paris issues in February. Although it is believed to be a short month, you can expect that there will be four issues, unless 'Ed' decides to make the whole thing - except the club 'reports' of course - bi-weekly.

Paris' Winter Sales Start Date

I had been authoritatively informed that the traditional 'Soldes d'Hiver' were to begin in Paris on Monday, 6. January. I was blatantly misinformed. For this reason I am holding off on the announcement of the date of next year's 'Soldes d'Hiver.'

Repeat Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

Be kind enough to send in the names of your favorite restaurants so that they can be put into a list that will be printed and handed out free to all attending members who remember to ask for it.

This will be a club-typical 'no rules' list and any sort of restaurant can be included, even if it is a snack-stand that you consider to have the best crêpes in town. Any café with decent café will be welcomed to the list too, mostly by the club's secretary.

The goal is to have an members-tested-proof list of about 50 restaurants or other eating joints. With this many, no list-contributor's favorite will be overwhelmed by other club 'listers' jam-packing it all the time.

There should be other details here, such as not omitting the address of the places, but putting all this in is too tedious. Do the right thing if you feel like it.

If you think you have already read the above, you probably have. But since this idea was introduced as a surprise to the club secretary, readers and members have surprised the secretary even more by sending in restaurant candidates.

Now he has to think up the 'other details' and 'do the right thing' in case any members do ask for the list - either in person at a club meeting - or by email. So far the list isn't long, but the idea is started and nobody knows where it will end. While this uncertainty continues, the 'list' is free for the asking.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to learn how to become a member. You can learn other things from this page too, but not too much.

Ignore this 'About' page if you wish to - even though its information is next to useless. All you should know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at one of its meetings in Paris.

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

This club's meetings begin - sometimes promptly - in Paris at 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'iTNT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas, even thoughphoto: sliderule, by dallas dude, meet 09.01 club meetings are only held in Paris.

This non-member sliderule was present at the 9. January meeting. Photo by 'Dallas Dude.'

Bring your own new 'Quote of the Week' or mention your hometown as a possible 'City of the Week' or fabricate any other 'Things of the Week.' New true 'firsts' will be exceedingly welcome too, with 'first' being more necessary than 'true.'

'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet like the 'Dallas Dude.' 'No rules' have creased being an 'exception.' They are not a 'rule' either anymore.

For example, the club's secretary thought today's no-show new member might be from a city not already mentioned as a 'City of the Week.' This week there is no doubt - this week's 'City of the Week' award goes empty-handed again. Another zilch. Nada. Another dratted no 'City of the Week' week.

What you have to say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, and there almost always are some, and if they are listening which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if you 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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