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Edna wants to know about the fireworks out at La Défense. Before the club's secretary can say they are probably at the Quai Saint-Bernard - in Paris, not in Switzerland - Scoop enthusiastically praises the fireworks, lights and water show at Versailles. He says tickets are available at lots of ticket places.

At this point today's first new member arrives. This is Ajata-Mona Moy from San Francisco, who has come to Paris to learn French instead of practising dentistry. Ajata did an apartment trade with club member Dennis Moyer, who went to San Francisco today to look for gold in the seven hills.

Ajata is followed by club member number one, Heather Stimmler-Hall, who finishes today's 'Food of the Week' just as she takes a chair. Since it is gone when the club secretary looks up, she explains it was some ice cream she picked up in another part of the café and has yet to pay for it.

Next in are Angelika, from New Zealand, andphoto: kirstin Kirstin Jansen from Aachen in Germany, which is known as Aix-la-Chapelle in France so nobody here will know where it is. Even though Kirsten has never heard of 'Metropole Paris' or the Café Metropole Club before she came here with Angelika, Aachen becomes the 'City of the Week.' Both Angelika and Kirstin are studying French.

Kirstin, in Paris to study French, joins club but doesn't know why, yet.

The server-lady, Linda Thalman, arrives next. She coerced Angelika into filling out a club questionaire at the Thursday, 14. August meeting, when the club's secretary was in New York assisting with a blackout there. Angelika is famed for having introduced the 'slab-of-beer' notion to the northern hemisphere.

Linda says the 'rentrée' must be happening early this year because she was stuck in two traffic jams in Paris on the way to the club, and had to park on minus-six near the Bourse, and on minus-four next door to the club's café. Linda thinks she's been to five meetings in a row - four of them traffic jamless.

Scoop, who has only been in town for a couple of days, says, "...." and then says, "...." before I actually hear him say the Marlene Dietrich exhibition is worth a look. Oh, and he also says the Dutch painters' show - in 22 rooms! - in the Louvre is a great show, and, "There are no waiting lines;"

"The Louvre has finally gotten user-friendly," he says. This would be the 'Quote of the Week' if it weren't so long. Each of today's ten members present say at least one 'Quote of the Week' but I am such a slow writer that very few of them get noted because Scoop's is the longest.

He checks the club meeting notes to make sure he has been quoted correctly. Either before this orphoto: book, genes, peoples, language after this, all eleven of us go out on the Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace, to pose for and shoot the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

The light is not wonderful and there are too many civilians trying to get past, and the secretary can't see if everybody is in the frame, but the camera magically works right by chance. Since ten names are too many for the caption above, here they are in order, from left to right - Ajata, Scoop, Kirstin, Edna, Angelika, Bob, Barry, Laurel, Linda and Heather and her hat.

Today's club 'Book of the Week,' highly recommended by Ajata.

Although it is not in the club 'rules' because there aren't any anymore, there is no 'rule' that says a member cannot leave a meeting early, or even five minutes after one begins. So there is no reason for Linda to say "I'm leaving early," at 16:55, while adding, "To beat the five o'clock traffic jams." The rest of us follow her ten minutes later, on foot, to 'beat the traffic jams.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is more fun than reading a club report might lead you to believe, even if you believe it. If you are mellow enough, you can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page too. It will tell you only a little bit more about the club, including how free it is. But if this information seems redundant in advance, reading the rest of this issue will do no harm.

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. I admit this is a longish 'fact,' but it really is only one.

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

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

Doing nothing 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 let the club's secretary know before he makes you mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or an 'ex-rule.' There were some other 'exceptions,' but most of them are recorded history now, and timelessly invalid.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too. The server-lady has done it, twice. 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 always.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week on account of this week's club meeting 'report' lacking any visible 'Food of the Week' blotches, or anniversary cake.

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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