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This activity is on hold though, while Eve is studying cinema in Paris. She has yet to meet the Marx Brothers with farce-and-laugh I learn.

I am taking a photo of an unarranged group - cup, wine glass, glass with drink tickets in it - and Marilee says it is a still-life. In French this is 'nature-morte' according to Eve. How 'still' or 'morte' it is I don't know, because somebody is going to lift the glass soon.

At this point today's 'Waiter of the Week' signals that the phone is calling me so I zip off to the bar area of the café and have a difficult - because of the café and street noise - conversation with a lady who wants to contact a club member. Who is a friend that the lady on the phone hasn't seen in 40 or 50 years.

This does not happen all the time. The Internet brings people together, like magic. I think this is going to be a fairly easy 'missing person' deal, but I am going to wait until all the parties are contacted. There may be more about this if I am permitted to mention it.

Meanwhile, back at the meetingphoto: still life, with bills the secretary keeps on taking notes like a automatic scribbler. Dinny says she went skiing and got rescued after straying off a 'green' path. "I hate the cold, that's why I only stayed a week!"

'Why are the métro tickets purple now?' Dinny wants to know. She thinks they always used to be green. When I say they were yellow for a long time - 'Le Ticket Choc!' - she says yellow was only for first-class.

Dinny was here for years before the yellow tickets, when she wasn't here. I tell Dinny there are yellow tickets in old cartoons I did in the '70s. Eve remembers the yellow tickets. I don't think she is old enough to.

When we are doing the 'Group Photo of the Week' Eva has her 'BonJour Sally!' paper plate. I ask her to stick it up high so Sally can see it better, virtually. So she can be virtually present at the meeting of this virtual club, Eva says.

There is a bit of feeble sun on the terrace of the café La Corona. We all shout, " Hello Chicago!"

Then it is club overtime time. "Where can I get chocolate frogs?" Eva wants to know.

"Salamanca," Jim says. They are the symbol of the city. For this, the club's secretary decides that New Wilmington and Agadir should be the 'Cities of the Week.' Salamanca's turn will come.

Repeat Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

The 'Call for Restaurants' is receiving a continuing trickle of candidates. Jim asked me about the 'list' and I said I hadn't figured out how to do it yet. He agreed that it should only include restaurants where members have actually eaten, especially if they can say something about them.

I know this is a bit much to ask for, but I think the 'list' will serve everybody better if it is more than just names and addresses. Some of you have already gone this step further. I think it will be worth it.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

If you have made up your mind tophoto: cafe, water, sally's plate become a member of this club it might be a good idea to read the'About the Café Metropole Club' page first. It explains a bit about the club, like about it being free. You can learn other things from this page too, but not overly much.

Skip this 'About' page if you want to. All you really need to 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.

There are already about 443 members after 172 meetings, and more club 'lore' has been forgotten than ever existed. Luckily it is all to be found in past club 'reports' if you are willing to plough through them all in a week or two.

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

This club's meetings begin - if on time - 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 'iTUM' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas, even though club meetings are usually only held in Paris.

Come with your own new 'Quote of the Week' handy or mention your hometown as a possible 'City ofphoto: new metro, bus ticket color the Week' or invent any other 'Things of the Week.' New true 'firsts' will be welcome too, with 'first' often having preference over 'true.'

'No-names' is an option you can also opt-in for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'out-opted.' 'No rules' have creased being an 'exception.' They are not a 'rule' either anymore. There are some other 'exceptions' so it pays to pay attention occasionally, maybe.

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 ever read this - if it should happen to be written here, as happens sometimes, fairly often.

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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