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Another thing Sno has written in the booklet is, "There should be a page called 'more about Ric.'" In fact, Sno also tells this to the club's secretary, who thinks he will not pass this on to 'Ed' because if Ric gets it into his head to do 'more about' we will be here all night for a week of Sundays.

While I am absorbing some of this, another non-intentional non-member arrives to confer with Susan. She asks me not to call him a poster-hanger, because he is really a poet but is tired out from trying to plaster the 'poetry fête' posters all over town.

This is definitely another true 'first.' Another person who attends a meeting without becoming a member, for a total of two. Plus the other legit 'first,' makes three - which is a 'first' in itself.

Frankly it is mind-boggling to bring all of this together because the notes for the meeting are truly wretched, so I won't count this as a 'first' too.

When at last we get around to thephoto: group at tables 'Group Photo of the Week' I am pretty satisfied with the first two shots, and satisfied that there are 20 eyeballs in view and digitally captured - even if the resolution isn't quite good enough to actually make out individual eyeballs.

Today's members - nearly wall- to-wall.

Just in case, all present in front of the camera, assure me their eyeballs are not covered by eyelids - even the ones who have theirs behind sunglasses.

But I have a hunch. Do these 'strike' one or what? Or 'pop-up?' I mean, where to they come from? And 'why?' My 'hunch' is - there are really only 18 eyeballs in the two photo. Argggh!

By shifting the camera slightly to the left my hunch proves true - riiiight! - there are two wayward eyeballs not in the first two shots! Reluctant eyeballs? Shy eyeballs?

Usually, 97 times out of 100, it is the first shot that is the good one, no matter how many backup shots are taken. Today, for our club's fourth and final 'first,' it is shot four that is at the top of this page. The one least likely one to succeed, succeeded.

On the fly, here are more club 'firsts' or 'Things of the Week.' Possibly the greatest number of different nationalities - certainly the meeting with the most members with multiple nationalities. Largest total of 'no shows,' but this can't be confirmed because they are 'no shows.'

Remember folks, it all happened today, at the Café Metropole Club meeting number 175. Since we've never had this meeting before, this makes it the fifth 'first.' I almost wish we could do it 'one more once,' but it is 'Ed's' bedtime.

Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

photo: empties of the weekThis important subject, already so frustrating for both readers and club members, stays 'on hold' for at another week, at least. The secretary is at his post, but the 'Ed' of this magazine is still ranch-sitting at the Cadillac Ranch with the server-lady's ever-hungry cat Tiger until this weekend.

The 'Call for Restaurants' will continue to receive nominations for your favorite restaurants. They will be diligently tossed on the same stack as the ones already tossed on the stack.

Some of today's trash - not yet cleared away by 'Waiter of the Week' Patrick.

Do not give up even if it seems like I am inventing new depths of benign neglect. My powers of invention are, in truth, not bottomless.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

If you wish to become a member of this club it could be an idea to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page first. Nobody will know if you don't bother. But it explains a bit about the club, like about it being free. The rest of the information isn't as nearly important.

Pass up this 'About' page if you aren't interested in club lore - which is contained in the weekly 'reports' anyway. 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. The only thing in the world easier than joining it is not joining.

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

This club's meetings begin - punctually, contrary to Paris 'rules' - in Paris about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's ordinary Mythical Time Zone - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'iBOP' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in some other areas of the globe, even though club meetings are usually only held in Paris part of it.

Come along with your own new 'Quote of the Week' on the tip of your tongue or mention your hometown asphoto: poetry poster a possible 'City of the Week' or concoct any other 'Things of the Week.' Brandnew true 'firsts' are always welcome too, with 'first' normally having preference over 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are not eligible, unless attributed to a member.

'No-names' is an option you can also opt-in, or out of, if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'in-out-opted.' 'No rules' have creased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' either anymore. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, very small insignificant ones.

For more poetry details, hit the Web site URL above - or this one here.

Whatever you say will 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 it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.*

*Skip the above paragraph if you suspect you read it last week. If uncertain, feel free to read it again. But don't bother to memorize it because it will be unchanged next week.

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
signature, regards, ric

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