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She also says she did two paintings on Monday, and these are more than she ever got done in six months in Santa Fe. She adds that Monday's paintings took her a long time because she had to wait for paint to dry before adding more. I remember that Monday was not a fast paint- drying day too.

These could have been the 'Drinks of the Week' if anybody remembered what they were.

Jason tells me about ice skating at Chantilly. This is a winter sport there like it is in Paris in front of the Hôtel de Ville. I tell him there is a year-round ice rink at Bercy. He says speaking Parisian French in Québec is not a way to make instant friends, and speaking any kind of French in Toronto isn't greatly appreciated. Jason has decided to stay in Paris where the French he's learning will not be sneered at.

Elizabeth and Roy Trew arrive and take up seats at the far end of the tables. Roy says they had the 'gold ring' game pulled on them three times in two days.

Here is how it works. Elizabeth and Roy were walking along in one of Paris' parks - there's hundreds of them - and did not particularly notice a lady walking towards them. Just as they were about to pass, the approaching lady bent down and picked up something from the pathway.

She said, "Madame, you have just dropped your ring" - and held up a gaudy golden-colored bauble. The lady asked the Trews to look at the ring. They did.

The lady said it was a very find gold ring. Roy, to be agreeable, agreed that it did look like a very fine gold ring. The ring lady tried to give it to Elizabeth. "Here is your ring - take it!"

As soon as Elizabeth touched it, the lady said, "Now give me my reward!"

Roy did not say exactly how they got out of that one. He didn't have the ring to show me either. But getting out of the next two was easier because they knew what was coming. While it is true that seeing coins lying around on the ground in Paris is not rare, seeing gold rings is.

To illustrate this, I immediately ask everybody to show me their gold rings, for a photo. Nobody, absolutelyphoto: group, interior nobody, is wearing a gaudy gold ring. There are fine-looking rings, some with discrete diamonds, but nothing gaudy like ones you get out of gum machines. I spike the gold-ring photo idea.

Another view of some of us at today's meeting.

More new members arrive, and have difficulty fitting in. These are Susan and Ken Wagner from Seattle, Washington. I explain the lack of club 'rules' to them. Ken says clubs with no rules are the only kind he likes, but he doesn't belong to many. None in fact, until today.

Berta is gathering her shopping bags together so I hector everyone into leaping up for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' The 'Waiter of the Week' begins to collect money for the drinks, even though most of us are coming back. Confusion is total with 15 members present. Willy has long since flown the coop.

Outside, on the café's terrace, the sun is fierce. The red parasols are producing red-tinged shadows. It is an exposure nightmare. It is also rush-hour hour and traffic noise is deafening. The members arrange themselves as best they can, but the ones in the rear are in the shade of the café's interior. It will not be the best 'Group Photo of the Week,' but it has been a kind of a crazy meeting.

Here is a final thought from Roy Trew, before he picks up the new Renault buy-back car he's bought and goes off on a three-month ride around Europe - "With careful planning, it costs no more to spend six months in Europe than staying home."

I can only add this - Roy is probably right, if your 'home' isn't some place like Paris. But, hey, I'm just kidding. Paris is less expensive than New York, so long as you don't pay rent in either place.

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, if you can believe it. If you are in the mood, you canphoto: willy the sparrow read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page too. It will tell you no more than you need to about the club, including how few 'rules' it has. But if this information seems redundant in advance, reading the rest of this issue will not enlighten you further.

Not the only member not to sign the members' booklet.

There is only one other fact worth noting. 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 the only one.

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

Weekly 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 'PToEZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare two-times-12-hour areas of the planet. Paris is the only part of the world where these happen.

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 french-type 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, please let the club's secretary know before you become mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or an 'ex-rule.' There were some other 'exceptions,' formerly called 'rules,' but these are timelessly invalid.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too. The server-lady has done it, twice, without music. 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 'Crumbs of the Week' for poor Willy the Sparrow.

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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