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As long as the club's secretary has two newspapers to read, light to read by, and a café to read in, it is not too serious that there are no club members. Actually it is fairly relaxing. I don't have to check the spellings of names, read anybody their 'rights,' or take any notes - or be alert enough to recognize a 'Quote of the Week' when I hear one.

But I do have to look up the date of the last meeting without any members. It was the 6. June meeting of last year, about 43 weeks ago.

Last week's meeting produced no 'City of the Week.' One club member wrote to say that Sherman Oaks could have got it because her daughter - who is also a member - used to live there.

But the best bet came in a suggestion from member Dana Shaw. About the lack of a 'City of the Week' he wrote, "Since the club has no rules, I see no harm in breaking a rule that doesn't exist, do you?"

Being a conscientious secretary I replied that while the club has no rules, the club's secretary does, 'exceptionally.' Well, I made this reply a few days ago, and here I am in this pickle now.

Dana added, "I have a 'City of the Week' to add. This is the town that almost made me decide not to even come to Florida to interview for the job at the school, let alone take it. For the interview I was directed to get my rent-a-car in Orlando at the airport and then drive south on the Florida Turnpike exiting on Route 60 in the town named Yahoo Junction."

At the time Dana sent this to me, I replied, "The big red dictionary says:- 'ya-hoo - n., pl. -hoos. A crude or brutish person. [After the 'yahoos' - a race representingphoto: window, terrace, traffic humanity at large in Swift's Gulliver's Travels.]' Swift no less. The fewer Yahoos the better. Our club has very few yahoos in it. Maybe none."

Well, technically speaking, the club's secretary is not a member - so he can be a 'yahoo' for sending a reply like the above to a bona-fide club member one day, and then turn around the next needing a 'City of the Week' and clutch at the straw that is Yahoo Junction, Florida.

Today's non-striking motoristas not taking advantage of the café's sunny terrace, just as they never do.

The only reward that Dana is looking forward to is the comments from other members about Yahoo Junction, or about the club's elastic 'rules' - or maybe protests against having a club secretary who is a yahoo.

I think I should have given Sherman Oaks the award when I had the chance, even if it had already been a 'City of the Week' once or twice before.

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.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

If you have an unquenchable urge to become a member of this club it would be a good idea to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page first. Nobodyphoto: empty cafe, price ticket 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 a dollar-fifty.

Omit looking at 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 the single fact that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at any of its meetings in Paris.

Not coming to a meeting and nominating a 'City of the Week' that is not a home town is not going to become a 'rule' - because there aren't any - it will always be an 'exception,' and this one time, only.

What, Why, Not, When, Where, 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 ex-springlike Mythical Time Zone - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'MTZ' - 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 concoct any other 'Things of the Week.' True 'firsts' are always 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, like Dana is assuming for Yahoo Junction.

'No-names' is an option you can also opt-in, or out of. 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, only ones that lawyers could object to.

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 having a 'City of the Week' named Yahoo Junction 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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