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Linda says she thinks Ed looks like Harrison Ford and asks Ed if he isn't Harrison Ford acting incognitophoto: water and Ed says he is acting like himself, Ed Hurwitz from Sanibel, Florida. Roy hotly denies that he has a crocodile hatband, and Susan says she likes the Musée Carnavalet, which causes everybody else to name a museum they either like or dislike.

The 'Waiter of the Week' has distributed beverages but nobody can remember what they ordered. Luckily the 'Waiter of the Week' disappears too quickly to note the protests, which die out in any case because the members, one by one, do remember what they ordered - which is what they've got.

A glass, here clearly shown handily containing water, not vodka.

While Linda is talking about 'true love' in Athens, Ohio, Ed tells me that the waiting lines to ride up the Tour Eiffel are very short. This must mean that after Paris Plage closed last Sunday, everybody left town. I certainly got this impression on Wednesday when I landed back in my quartier, where it seemed almost as quiet as New York during the blackout.

At 16:00 Linda gives me five euros for the 'Waiter of the Week' for her beer and scoots off, clutching her red Hong-Kong New York Dragon Racing Boat t-shirt that I have given her for faithfullly acting as acting club secretary for the past three meetings. Ah, this must mean that I've already taken the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

Shortly after this I begin acting like an acting secretary of the week and neglect these notes, except when I try to figure out Roy's problem when he takes his left-hand steering-wheel French car to Britain, to drive on the right-hand side of the road, while forgetting that he usually drives a right-hand steering model in Australia where they drive on the wrong side of the road because it is down-under and not a republic yet.

Then Kim and Susan grill me about certain temporary situations in France that are a feature of this particular summer - the heatwave, the cancelled festivals - and of course, the euro, which is not temporary.

Kim keeps her supermarket cashier tickets from year to year, so she is more aware of the difference in prices herephoto: mascot, willy the sparrow from one year to the next. She thinks everybody is being gouged on account of the euro. All I can say is that she doesn't pay utility bills and telecom bills, and buys few Métro tickets because she and Ed walk everywhere.

Susan and Kim trade stories about trying to buy low-tag gift items in France and finding that everything is made in China, just like in the United States. I have my comment to make about this but do not note it down because it is depressing.

Utter club exclusive - a first-time photo of long-time club mascot, Willy the Sparrow.

Today's meeting sweeps on from subject to subject, for an hour beyond the club's official time-out at 17:00. This does not entitle readers and members to more notes here because they end before the end and so will I if I don't end this right here.

9th World Athletic Championships

These begin in Paris on Saturday, 23. August and continue, mostly at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, until Sunday, 31. August. Two thousand athletes from 210 countries will be competing for medals and world records. More information is available from the official Web site, Paris 2003 Saint-Denis. The events will also be shown on a giant screen that will be set up at the Hôtel de Ville for downtown sports fans.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is more fun than being laid-back on Paris Plage because it's over for this season. But if you are otherwise relaxed enough, you can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page. It will tell you only a little about the club except about how free it is. But if information, even in little doses, is your 'slab,' you could read something else in the magazine, which is also free.

There is only one other fact worth noting. Actually, not 'other' because it is the only 'fact.' You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one of its meetings in Paris. Having a refreshment while attending a club meeting is only a suggestion, especially after walking to the club.

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

Club meetings start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Zone of Paris Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'PTEZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare two-times-12-hour areas of the planet. Club meetings are only held in the nearly-left-bank right-bank Paris part of it.

Not doing anything special during a meeting is tolerated. True 'firsts' are more than welcome though,graphic: club location map with 'first' having a higher 'report' value than 'true.' This is a general-purpose rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, please tell the club's secretary before he or she makes you mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule.' There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, none other members care much about.

Talking in any languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too. The server-lady has done it. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present, 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 but not all.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week on account of this week's club meeting 'report' lacking any 'Food of the Week' for thought.

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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