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This strike business is, of course, an exaggeration, but there will be a SNCF strike next week. I have forgotten which day. Maybe it's Air France's pilots who will be on strike. Maybe both.

This is a very conversational meeting, covering many subjects, like speeding and moving to Florida - so I had better include the arrival of Sambamurthy Thyagarajan, "just call me 'Tee-Ag,'" and 'now-you-see-him, now-you-don't' Mark Kritz, who fits himself in for a few minutes after the 'Group Photo of the Week' has been taken.

How he knows to arrive after the weekly photo is done three times a year, is a mystery to the club's secretary, like some others. It's too bad, because Tee-Ag and Mark are probably neighbors on Montmartre without knowing it.

On speeding - Gary responds to somebody's comment about how fast the 'fast lane' is in Europe, by saying, "Unlike Minnesota where everybody goes as slow as possible in the left lane." Presumably everybody in the right lane is going more slowly than possible.

Tod says there are more scooters than people in Sevilla. This is not an entirely bad thing because Sevilla has many narrow streets that do not have quite enough room for people, dogs, cars and scooters together.

On the whole he says Sevilla is a fine place, except people there have so much to say that they talk too fast. Justin is having his doubts about Sherman Oaks and Los Angeles, after trying them out for 12 years, and he is thinking of moving to Oregon, instead of Florida.

Tee-Ag is thinking the same thing about today's club meeting. "I've just dropped in for a couple of minutes on my way to the Luxembourg gardens." Susan promotes the pastoral beauties of Montsouris. It is true that the Left Bank has the majority of Paris' greener spots.

Somewhere here - is the usual blank in the meeting's notes. And it is after 17:00, so whoever is left, goes.

Meeting Number 177.5

Having left the secretary's writer's cramp behind in the café La Corona, I am about to pass Samaritaine when I see Gary coming from the opposite direction.

He was headed in the wrong direction for the wrong métro to the Gare de Lyon, when he decided to returnphoto: terrace la corona to the café and start over. He came to the club on the line 14 and it wasn't quite right either. I tell him he can take the line one from Rivoli around the corner from the club's café, direct to the Gare de Lyon.

Truth time in Paris. This was La Corona's terrace before today's club meeting.

We chat a bit about all the photos he's been taking, and storing. He thinks he has 15,000 saved, and says he never took any before getting a digital camera.

I ask him to thank Marion for sending the beautiful dirt. I will find a suitable container for it and add it to the secretary's collection of exclusive club trophies, which will no doubt someday land in the club's very own Paris museum that will be open all the time except on Mondays, national holidays, Saint's Days and during spontaneous strikes.

Do Not Adjust Your Set

This 'report' has been delayed on account of some undefinable problem with the Internet. I was unaware that the problem began sometime Thursday moring, and unamused that the 'report' refused to upload early Friday morning - resulting yet again in my usual 'sleep 'till noon,' despite all good resolutions to do otherwise. On Sunday - Daylight Savings Day - the server-lady Linda Thalman said the upload should work okay. Please accept our apologies for this delay.

Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

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

Do not give up making nominations even if it seems like I am monkeying around trying to weasel out of this. My powers of weaselment are, in truth, not monkeybusiness.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

If you have an insatiable desire to become a member of this club it would be a good idea to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page first. Nobody will know if you don't bother though. The page says a bit about the club, like about it being free and other stuff. If you require any other information, send me two dollars.

Skip this 'About' page if you aren't interested in club lore and history - which is contained in the weekly 'reports' anyway. You don't really need to know more than you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply coming to any of its meetings in Paris. In truth, not joining is only fractionally easier than joining, but not nearly as interesting

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

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

Bring your own 'Quote of the Week' or mention your hometown as a possible 'City of the Week,' or concoct any other 'Things of the Week.' True 'firsts' are welcome too, with 'first' normally having preference over 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are not eligible, unless a member will take the blame.

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

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.*

*The above paragraph remains unchanged since last week on account of not having a 'City of the Week' this 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
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