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Meanwhile, she s getting around Paris on a bicycle. This causes Steve to exclaim, "Have you seen driving in Cairo?" He claims Egyptians do it by audio-sensory vision.

Tomoko agrees, saying she has a cousin who is still living who lived for four years in Cairo traffic. At this point in the 'report' notes there is a water drop that has seeped through the page, acting as sort of a end- of-paragraph, beginning of a new paragraph marker.

Tomoko resumes, by telling us that she received a letter from a fan in Oklahoma, concerning a movie she was in 20 years ago. This fan - is no relation to this club's members in good standing, who represent Oklahoma.

Readers and members should remember that Steve is able to attend club meetings because he works, via the Internet, on California time. Thus he was free to seek, but not find, 4th of July festivities in Paris. The US Embassy is totally out of bounds - and has been for years - so Steve, after trying some likely spots - out-of-date ones, found in an old Metropole issue - ended up at a McDonald's.

His 'Question of the Week' is - why does McDonald's quarter-pounder weigh 280 grams in Paris, and maybe in France too? This is like the 'Pulp Fiction' question. The answer is, "Because it's metric!" "I don't know," is not the correct answer, you might recall.

Nobody will listen to the club secretary's explanation that '280 grams' is not any kind of a "quarter-pounder.' It is in fact, metrically, more than a half-pounder.

Steve must have gone to about 50 of the McDonald's outlets in Paris looking for the 4th of July. He tells us the one at Opéra has, 'iPods!!' Instead of eating one of these, you can listen to music on it.

Tomoko backs up the club secretary when he points out that the transistor has been around for a long time - longer than portable phones even - and these, when applied to radios, can also be used for listening to music, like on radio FIP or TSF-FM, the all-jazz station.

However, from the look on Steve's face, I gather that an 'iPod' is a different kettle of fish of some sort, and a transistor radio or a simple Walkman are no longer 'à la mode,' or 'tendence,' if you want to be fancy - or are otherwise inedible.

We have, by now, successfully taken the 'Group Photo of the Week' out on the terrace of the café, wherephoto: daniele dupuis it is kind of warm and stalled motorists take great interest because they think we may be more famous than we are. As it turns out, the 'good' photos turn out poorly and the 'throw-away' photos turn out acceptable.

Daniele circulates on a bike in Paris, using visual vision.

Shortly afterwards money is distributed to today's 'Waiter of the Week' and belongings are gathered and goodbyes are said. It is getting to look like more of the new members might be regular club visitors, because they live in Paris. This is to be welcomed, because everybody knows so much more than the club's secretary.

Since some products and companies has received their free plugs in passing, it is only fair to include the URL for Tomoko's theatrical agent here. Some members are already famous before they join the club.

The Portable Phone 'Story of the Week'

One the way back to the Metropole editorial office after the club meeting, and passing a man walking down Rue Daguerre talking into a portable phone - overhearing, "It's a beautiful evening; I'll be drinking outside."

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

photo: empty drinks, cashBeing a member of this club is more fun than being its secretary. If you are relaxed enough you can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page. It will tell you next to nothing about the club except how free it is. But if needless information, even free, is your goal, I suggest that you read something else in the magazine, which is free too.

There is only one other fact to retain in memory. 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, without even taking a driving test.

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

Club meetings begin - in exception to the usual Paris 'rules' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Universal Plage Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZUPT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in 12-hour areas of the planet. Club meetings are only held in the Eurometrical Paris part of it, mostly.

Bringing a 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be blindly obeyed. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' worth far more 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 secretarygraphic: club location map before he makes you mildly famous, but less famous than some members who bring their fame with them to share with you. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' longer ago than anyone can remember. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, none worth remembering.

Talking in any languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too, but only the server lady 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 'weather of the week' being tropical and having an evening fit for drinking outside.

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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