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Obviously, as jetlagged as Roy is, this is the 'Most True Story' that anybody at the club is going to hear today.

Expecting camera's flash, Betty Davis prepares eyes.

New member from last week, Daniele Dupuis arrives, just as everybody is telling everybody else about the 'great flying with birds' movie. The club secretary wonders if he shouldn't elevate mascot Willy the Sparrow to member status.

Tomoko is telling us about meeting her actor pals in the unemployment lines when Barry says he has to leave, so the secretary calls for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' At the same time Len Levine from Prague and New Orleans arrives, only to be hustled outside to the café's terrace for the ritual photo first, before becoming a member, second.

We are no sooner back in the 'Grande Salle' with the 'Group Photo of the Week' wrapped up, when Marie Zaengle from Malvern, Pennsylvania arrives with Gail Hyatt from Oakland, New Jersey. The two places are close together and getting into New Jersey is free, but one has to pay to get back into Pennsylvania - and this is why Marie thinks Malvern should be the 'City of the Week.'

I am not so sure. Having to pay a toll to get out of Oakland, New Jersey, seems like a kind of unusual distinction too. Besides this, Gail teaches French in Oakland and likes it so much that she has a Web site full of French language resources, called Gail's French Links.

The 'Question of the Week' is posed by Marie. She wants to know why the crowds mobbing the Champs-Elysées on 14 July applauded and cheered the 'Eurocorps,' Paris' Firemen and the Foreign Legionnaires when they passed, but fell silent when Président Chirac rode past down the avenue to Concorde.

Although I was asleep at the time - it was a holiday - I do not know the answer to Marie's question, but do know the evening's TV-news did not mention it. TV-news did show the Républicain Guard not surrounding the presidential jeep, although the contrary was announced in advance.

Maybe Jacques didn't invite the entire crowd of a quarter-million to the Elyséephoto: sherry quayle Palace garden party afterwards, and there were some scattered soreheads. The big shows staged on the Champs-Elysées aren't always perfect - but the interest shown in the Bastille Day parade by club members surprises me.

It is about 17:00 when the meeting's final two new members arrive. These are Betty Davis from Atlanta and Shirley Quayle from Alpharetta, which are both in Georgia. Betty tells me that she belongs to a group that visits Atlanta's sister city of Toulouse every year.

While Sherry Quayle keeps eyes open for the camera's non-flash.

This year - oh, it is past the end of this week's meeting - so we chat about visiting Paris instead, or to be more accurate, 'in addition to the City of Roses, Toulouse.'

The truth is, I didn't write any more meeting notes for this 'report,' and some that I did write are not here - which turns out to be just as well, because I have taken a hint from tonight's TV-news, and its report by its Washington correspondent. As somebody has said at today's meeting, "Poor Florida!"

Club Secretary to Take a Holiday

I expect this news will be welcomed by club members who have been in regular attendance lately, becausephoto: roy's cafe the management of a few upcoming meetings will be undertaken by the server-lady, Linda Thalman, and the club's member number one, Heather Stimmler-Hall.

No club meeting is complete without its soup bowls of café.

The regular secretary will be taking notes at next Thursday's meeting as usual, while the two nifty ladies are tossing coins to find out who wins which of the three following meetings. The regular secretary will resume his post on Thursday, 21. August, for club meeting number 199.

Watch for Monday's 'Café Metropole' column or next week's Thursday meeting 'report' for possible new details.

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is more fun than being its secretary, who has to attend nearly every meeting. 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 also free.

There is only one other factoid to retain. 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 buying a métro ticket.

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

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 'EOZUPT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in scattered 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 any amount of needless detail.

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 paragraphs are unchanged since last week on account of today's 'Question of the Week' being topical, but remaining unanswered, and unwritten.

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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