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She leaves off the great lakes entirely, although Chicago is marked in about the right place. In case anybody is interested in the location of the 'City of the Week,' Nancy says Belleville, Illinois is 'across the Mississippi from St. Louis, Missouri.'

Jason studies 'Pariscope' featuring 'Good Bye Lenin' film, looking for likely trick questions.

She has lived in her house for 35 years and lives seven miles from the house where she grew up. Instead of moving every four years like many Americans, she comes to Paris instead.

With Tomoko being an actress, and Nancy being as interested as everybody else, all talk turns to opera. Jason warns that seats offered with 'partial views' often have less. He says he stood through one whole performance.

The Blitzins say they came at the wrong time for opera once, and saw 'Notre Dame de Paris' instead at the Mogador. "It's a wonderful theatre," Betty says. She adds that it is a mistake that opera tickets aren't available for sales in August when there are a lot of people around ready to buy them for later.

I think everybody at the meeting has seen an opera except me. I have only read the plots of about 40 of them, in German, but I have no idea whether 'Faust' or 'Mother Courage' on stage have any relation to their stories.

A mention of Woody Allen playing jazz in France last weekend brings up the subject of Jerry Lewis. Again. For once and for all, I try to convince the members that Jerry Lewis is as popular in France as - as - as Johnny Hallyday is in America. Instead of Jerry Lewis movie re-runs on TV here, we can see Louis de Funes movies instead, every year.

But Jerry remembers Johnny Hallyday in the movie, 'Man On a Train.' The talk moves from moviesphoto: snake eyes cafes and books to place names, but I don't note any of these, except to mention the place or square Santiago-de-Chile became Salvador Allende last week.

If the club had gambling, these would be snake-eyes cafés.

Which, don't ask me why, prompts Jerry to recall suggesting that all holidays in the United States be on Mondays - except the 11th of November. Whoever it was Jerry worked for thought it was a wonderful idea and sold it as his own to congress, and that's why there are about six or seven long-weekends every year now. If you like long-weekends, thank Jerry Blitzin!

For some unknown reason the Queen's birthday is not celebrated in France, except at the British consulates. When I ask Philip, he thinks it is always on 24. June, but he doesn't know why because the Queen's real birthday is actually on some other date. Nobody knows if 24. June is always on a Monday.

Then Jason has a question for us. "Which is the oldest building or monument in Paris?" While some guess the Nicolas Flannel house, I think of the Cluny baths or the Roman arena. The 20,000 year-old pots dug up in the Rue de Vaugirard don't count.

Concorde's 'Obelisk' is the correct answer. It was 3300 years old in 1972, according to Michelin's green guide. Parisian pots and household brick-a-brack aren't monuments.

Tomoko is getting ready to go so I call for the 'Photo of the Week.' This is ignored while members writephoto: philip bentley notes for each other. A second call for 'Photo of the Week' goes unheeded. I suggest that the members get cards printed. This will save them from having to add names and address to the written notes.

About the date of the Queen's birthday, Philip wonders it it's a trick question.

The light on La Corona's terrace is barely better than inside the café. But we get assembled and the 'Photo of the Week' happens as it does every week. Back in the café after the shoot, all the members buzz off. It is only 16:45.

Jason has promised to send more information about cricket. Philip has said he will call somebody in Whitehall to find out the date of the Queen's real birthday. Meanwhile I sit and wait for the members who are to show up with the mistaken impression that the club meetings start at 17:00.

For some reason, they skip the meeting.

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 the club's secretary. If you can't, then none of the above may be true. But go and read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page anyway. It will tell you no more than you need to about the club, including how few 'rules' it has. If you need to know more than this, I don't know what to tell you.

Except that there is only one other fact worth noting. You can easily become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one of its meetings in Paris. Although this is a longish 'fact,' it is nearly really the only one.

Where, Who, When, What, How, 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 'AbCXyZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare double-dozen-hour areas of the globe. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings 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 timeless 'exceptions,' formerly called 'rules,' but these are currently invalid.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too. The server-lady has done it, twice, but prefers to do it in Brazil. 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 members being unable to remember the Obelisk is kinda old.

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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