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Nearly everybody present either owns an apartment in Paris, or in France, and there are a lot of friendly tips flying back and forth about the best places to buy fishing rods for them. About getting things fixed up, Marilyn says her husband 'has nothing to do at the moment.'

Actually, club member Tom Burke is busily skiing somewhere while Marilyn is busily doing household shopping here.

Paris' arrondissements are compared. Marilee lives near Bastille and Marilyn says, "HEY! The 11th is OKAY!" Adding, "I always stayed in the 16th myself. But I went to a Japanese ballet just to see the place."

While this is going on inside, the clouds have parted outside. I call for a 'Group Photo of the Week' to bephoto: group, club tables taken on the terrace. While nobody acknowledges this, all members do get up and get outside and stand still for a fraction of a minute.

This week's 'Group of the Week' is pretty gabby.

Once back inside, the server-lady Linda Thalman joins the meeting. School holidays are over and parking places are harder to find, so Linda has come from the Cadillac Ranch on the RER. "Where's the 'Waiter of the Week?" is the first thing she wants to know.

Marilee says she sits on the beach at Agadir in Morocco and looks across the Atlantic at the United States. Bill says, "It's our view too, but from the other side."

Nancy says she sits on the upper levels of buses to see all the ironwork in Paris that isn't so visible from the sidewalks.

Linda wants to know where Tom has gone skiing.

Marilyn says she has a deal with Tom. "I don't ask him where he goes skiing, and he doesn't ask me what I've bought."

There is more to the quote, but in the interests of peace and harmony - and it isn't me who says this, at least not on purpose because the secretary isn't supposed to quote himself - this has been 'the babble meet of the week.'

After the club meeting the sun is still high enough in the sky for it to be daylight. It is a sign that the days are getting longer slowly, after a period last year of getting shorter fast.

Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

This endless repeat 'Call for Restaurants' is receiving a constant trickle of candidates. This is convincing me that it will be possible to put a list together, even if I'm in a little doubt about whether I can do it while in the grip of spring fever.

Do not give up even if it seems like I have. I can't help it if all I want to do is watch daisies grow.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

If you are absolutely sure you want to become a member of this club it could be an idea to read thephoto: extra club drinks 'About the Café Metropole Club' page first, but nobody will try to stop you from not reading it. It explains a bit about the club, like about it being free. The rest of the information isn't very necessary.

This week's 'Glasses, Pots and Glasses of the Week' are all glass.

Skip this 'About' page if you aren't pressed for time. 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. It's like the club that's too easy to join, so only more than 450 people have done so.

More club 'lore' has been forgotten than ever existed. Luckily all of it that once existed can be found in past club 'reports' if you are hardy enough to plough through dozens of dozens of them.

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

This club's meetings begin - usually on time - in Paris at 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe'sphoto: linda shoots, puzzled prototypical Metric Time Zone - which is inexplictly 'CET' for short and not 'iCETz' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in some other worldwide areas, even though club meetings are usually only held in Paris.

This week's 'Photographer of the Week' does 'Camera Jiggle of the Week.'

Drop in with your own new 'Quote of the Week' handy or mention your hometown as a possible 'City of the Week' or invent any other 'Things of the Week.' New true 'firsts' will be welcome too, with 'first' often having preference over 'true.' The club secretary's 'firsts' have never counted.

'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 seldom pays to pay attention.

Whatever you 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 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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