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Ron says he has to leave, so I take a provisional 'Group Photo of the Week' inside the café. There is art talk, with Mary asking Laurel if she uses flake or powdered gold. I think the answer is 'flake' because Lauren says 'you have to go to Marmottan' to see it.

With so many members saying so many things every which way I keep my head down and write incomprehensiblephoto: ron bristol, lee, laurel notes of every fifth word I hear. Nobody ever does say where to find the 'best' hamburger in Paris.

Susanne says that the only cheese from France possible to import into the USA is the vacuum-packed stuff sold at the airport. Lee saw a bottle of wine priced at $37,500 in the multi-story wine shop in the Boulevard de la Madeleine.

Ron brought back at least three Brezhnev jokes still popular in St. Petersburg.

When everybody goes 'ahh!' he adds that it was a six-litre mogul bottle.. Monoprix doesn't sell anything like this.

With Ron gone, we do have an official 'Group Photo of the Week' out on the terrace of the café, and for once everybody keeps their eyes open. It sure is a strange club meeting, this one.

This Meeting's Afters

One of these begins with the meeting that was to be 'before.' The result may be some new stories for Metropole, but there is no 'push' to do this. If it can happen it will, and if it does happen, you will like them.

When we have discussed this to its limit, then it is time to go. But before this can happen, new members Leslie Lloyd and Richard Randall arrive from the Boulevard de Sébastopol.

Leslie really comes from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and Richard is from Olean, New York, which he saysphoto: leslie lloyd, richard randall is near Buffalo but has nothing in common with it, which is actually the nicest thing he says about Buffalo.

The world's best 'Buffalo Wings' are still found at the Anchor Bar.

He does, however, know the history of 'Buffalo Wings.' Apparently, the Anchor Bar on Chippewa Street ran out of food one night - maybe in 1976 - when its customers were still in a hungry mood. The owner looked around the kitchen and only found some scrappy chicken wings waiting to be tossed out. A little sauce was whipped up, et voilà!

The amazing part of this story is that the owner remembered the secret ingredients of the vital sauce the next day, and there's been no stopping 'Buffalo Wings' ever since then.

Barry, who has been looking over the terrace for a while, returns to the 'grande salle,' with the freeze dried ice cream in mind. "Of all the space things they've invented," he says, "They are still stumped by an anti- gravity toilet." He thinks club members should think hard about this.

The Last After

To get to the métro at Châtelet I usually walk through the little streets behind the busy quays crowded with rush-hour traffic allphoto: stern magazine day. For the past several weeks I've noticed a 'Stern' magazine logo in the Rue Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, on what used to be the door of the HQ of a 'dot-com' startup, now busted.

Today the door is open, so I go in. After 35 years just off the Avenue Matignon, 'Stern's' Paris editorial office is now indeed here, and Helga Dupuis invites me to have a glass of Champagne while I'm snooping around.

'Bad News - Germany Going Down Tubes' - a headline in Le Parisien today.

When I ask for orange juice instead, the phone from Hamburg rings with urgent orders for stories and photos, so I figure I have reached my limit of 'afters' today and continue on to the métro, idly wondering whether I should resume the job application with the magazine that I abandoned 33 years ago. The Rue Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois is more my style than the Avenue Matignon.

The 'Hat Story of the Week'

This is actually not about hats, because there is no 'hat story of the week' this week because of all the 'befores' and 'afters.'

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is pretty stressless compared to being its secretary. If you are relaxed enough to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page it will tell you a bit about the club and how free it is. It has great other plus-points too. But if a lot of needless information is your goal, I suggest that you think twice about reading this page.

You can even give this 'About' page a pass if its needless details are superfluous. Knowing more than the one fact that you can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one or more of its meetings in Paris, yourself, is unnecessary.

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

Club meetings begin - at odds with the usual Paris 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Universal Fête Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZUFT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in areas of the planet, even though club meetings are only held in the Euromusical Paris part of it, mostly.

Bringing a 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be obeyed. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' scoring far higher than 'true' if they are not untrue. This is a general rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'opted-out-opted,' please tell the club's secretary before hegraphic: club location map makes you mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' a long time ago. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, none worth bothering about.

Talking moderately at meetings is okay. Singing might be permitted too, but nobody has tried this. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, which they really 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 is unchanged since last week on account of today's 'Food of the Week' being frozen deep-fried ice cream.

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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