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A 'Wanted' Poster

photo: group, tomoko, angelika, nancy, lynda, steve, jim, lauren, ana

The half-and-half 'Group Photo of the Week.'

Lima, Peru, Honored

Paris:- Thursday, 18. September 2003:- For this week's club report I am going to drop-kick the 'update' weather moan usually found here, and give you a tidy forecast that is really simple and to the point.

This week in Paris, summer is back. The sky is blue if it's daytime and it's dark but clear if it's night time. Winds, if any, are caressingly gentle. Because of clear night skies, low temperatures are about 14 or 15 C. But daytime highs are in the 26 to 29 degree range, which is way above the usual area of normal 'for this time of year.'

According to tonight's TV-weather news this situation will continue for the entire 'Journées Européennes du Patrimoine' this coming weekend. The exact outlook for next Monday is unknown at this time, but today's Le Parisien's weather map makes it a ditto. It says we should plan to have a barbecue on Monday.

The Club Meeting 'Report'

Unexpectedly, before leaving for the club, I have to choose which Hawaiian shirt to wear. Since I only have two, you would think this might be easy, but I have other summer-type shirts and I think it is only fair for each to have its equal exposure.

Therefore, I choose one of the two Hawaiian shirts. Who knows when I will get a chance to wear either one again? This year, through full of surprises, seems unlikely. Brand-new years, like 2004, are just about as unlikely. It could be 2007 before I get another chance and the moths might beat me to it.

Feeling properly attired, I set out for the Métro to take me to the city centre, to where the café La Coronaphoto: green drink of the week is located. Underground in the Métro, the air is redolent with summer-style underground air. It is nowhere near as agreeable as it is on the street, but the Métro is its usual speedy self and its makes it to Châtelet without any dropped balls or fouls into left-field.

The Rue de Rivoli has a lot of blue sky hanging over it. I scan both ends,and see that the blue reaches right to the distant horizons, without any signs of fudge. It is a blue cocktail of a sky.

The 'Cocktail of the Week' is a green one.

Out of the shadows, by the Pont-Neuf, the sunshine seems really unseasonable. The lemonade vendors should have their tents set up to provide refreshments to the folks on foot, but we have the café terraces - run by lemonade dealers - instead. It is, in fact, their technical term - 'limonadiers.'

i am trying to get to the club's café a couple of minutes early. There is a coupon in today's Libération for a 'cadeau' - which is a G4 PowerBook with a 12-inch screen. I just have to fill out the coupon and mail it in to get my 'cadeau.' I sent another one a couple of days ago for an iMac with a flat screen. Doing this is cheaper than going to Apple Expo, which I assume is playing somewhere at the moment. I don't know where I am going to put all my 'cadeaux' though.

We all know that life is not a quiet easy river, so I am not too surprised that Mr Naudan at La Corona has something for me when I arrive. It is a 'wanted' poster. Actually it is an A4 sheet with the word 'casting' at the top. Mr Naudan says the lady who dropped it off will be coming by later.

The café's 'grande salle' where the club meets is empty when I enter. But before I can fill in any coupons I am joined by Tomoko Yokomitsu. Since it seems appropriate, I ask our star of stage and screen to hold up the 'casting - wanted' poster for its photo.

Tomoko is disappointed that the movie people are not looking for anybody except people who speak American to dress up as American soldiers, or even the President. She says, "No newsphoto: aujourd'hui brownies sauce chocolat is good news, except for a job."

This quote doesn't have any relationship to the 'wanted-casting' thing, but it is nearly the meeting's only quote - that has been noted - so I put it in here and you can pretend it belongs anywhere.

The last thing ever expected in the club's café - brownies!

Today's members begin arriving when it is not long after 15:00. For some reason I have some problems keeping track of them. I think this may be because many are already members and as soon as they find a chair, they take up whatever conversation they were running when they were last at a club meeting.

For many, this wasn't last week. Angelika Cutler found out it is cold in Scotland, so she is back - and was at the meeting before last too - and tops up her news about the cricket matches at Thoiry. She says there are two more games to be played there this season. Exactly where Thoiry is, remains a mystery, but I think it is in Yvelines.

Lynda Sydney from Toronto is a club member, and she has brought along Ana Escomel from Chicago as a companion. As usual, I ask Ana if she really is from Chicago, or from a suburb that hasn't been a 'City of the Week' yet. No, it really is Chicago.

Ohh, I've forgotten. The mirror behind the club's tables often has the 'special of the day' written on it in white paint - or is it icing? - and today's says, 'Brownies Sauce Chocolat.' This is the first time that this 'today's special' has been a 'Thing of the Week.' Brownies, indeed! Having to wait for the 203rd meeting to have brownies in the club's café.

I guess it means that if you fancy brownies, this isn't the club you want to join. Nancy Macklin has arrived and tells me to spell her name correctly. She says she likes brownies too, but doesn't eat them often. "Brownies," she says, "Are death by chocolate."

Nancy has brought Jim with her. Jim becomes a new club member, but opts to keep the rest of his name to himself. He saysphoto: group 2, jim, lauren, tomoko, angelika, nancy he wants to keep his face to himself too, but I explain that in the group photo he'll come out smaller than on a postage stamp and nobody will recognize him because he's in disguise anyhow. Jim does not come from a potential 'City of the Week,' so his hometown may as well be confidential too.

This is the club's 'B' photo of the week, whatever it means.

In the midst of this Lauren and Steve Camera-Murray show up. This couple have been to many meetings, because, as Lauren says, "We've only been here four months but we don't know if it's a holiday or not." Lauren also says she is learning to teach English as a foreign language. Which is, if I remember correctly, called 'TEFL' for short.

A new lady shows up. This is the one who has left the 'wanted' poster. Her name is Karine Revillon and she is looking for Americans to be extras in a French film that will begin shooting soon. The details are below, but it is worth mentioning here that the director is looking for 'GIs, Air Force, Marines, Officers, MIB, and All Types.'

The meeting's members have been looking over the flyer, trying to figure out what 'MIB' might mean. Karine says it is 'Men-In-Black,' which has already been correctly guessed. I object, saying that the 'Blues Brothers' are the true 'Men-In-Black,' but Karine has never heard of the movie - which only played daily at a cinema at Ternes for about eight years.

However this is a minor quibble. Any club member or Metropole reader who can reasonably resemble a 'Men-In-Black' can apply for be an extra in the movie - which will be shooting for two days at the end of September and for three days at the beginning of November.

For this reason, 'L'Americain' is the club's 'Movie of the Week.' Watch for it in a cinema near you sometime in 2004. You may see yourself in it.

When I return to the club's tables, I learn that Lynda wants to get to know Nancy better, because Lynda is renting member Marilee McClintock's apartment, and Nancy knows Marilee, who normally lives in Morocco.

This is so complicated that I don't understand it entirely. The main point to remember is that club members ownphoto: left overs apartments in Paris, and that there should be some sort of informal contact arrangement that can be made through - um - the Café Metropole Club. An arrangement for club members for exchanging contacts to rent apartments to each other. Write to the club's secretary if you want this to go further.

And, at the end, the leftovers.

Up above, in talking to Ana I learn that there are a lot of Spanish speakers in Chicago. I also learn that Ana knows a flight from Singapore to Paris is only half as long as a flight from New Zealand - because Ana lived in Singapore for five years.

But - aha! - Ana's hometown is in South America, and this is how Lima, Peru becomes the 'City of the Week.' With this honor in the bag I think it is safe to call all hands on deck for the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

It is, it really is, too sunny for today's group photo. We try it half-in and half-out of the café, and then we try it two-thirds out and one-third in, but no matter which - all photos are half duds.

In the end, the photo at the top of the page is actually made up of one photo. The club's photo expert had to take half of it and do the opposite of what he had to do to the other half, and then put the two halves together again - without actually taking 14 hours to do it.

It ain't perfect, but it doesn't look like it did to begin with. Hardly anything does anymore these days.

You Can be a Movie Star Too

photo: wanted, casting, tomokoWANTED - the french film director Patrick Timsit is making a film titled 'L'Americain' and he needs Americans as extras to play military parts, including, as Karine Revillon told me at the club meeting, 'the President.' The cast includes well-known French actors Thierry Lhermitte and Lorant Deutsch. the daily rate is 88€. Shooting dates are at the end of September and the beginning of November.

Tomoko holds the 'wanted' poster - seeking extras for a movie being made here.

If interested, email a highly flattering photo of yourself to americain.casting@noos.fr - select the text of the email address, copy it, and paste it into the 'To:' of your emailer. You can also phone Karine Revillon at 06 63 00 23 96 for additional information. The last line of the 'wanted' poster says, "See you soon!"

Movie Posters - while today's new member Jim has opted not to have his name in the club report, he also told the other members present at the meeting that he is a poster dealer. I have just checked his Web site. If you are looking for - mostly - vintage movie posters, then Jim has a lot to chose from. Many are French posters for American movies, and there are some classic French advertising posters too.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is more fun than writing a club report, 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 not a dot more than you need to about the club, including how few 'rules' it has. Even if you need to know more than this, this is all there is.

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, short or long.

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

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 'ZyXCbA' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. 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 have timed-out.

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 if she ever finds any samba there. 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 member Willy the Sparrow not attending today's meeting for the first time in - oh - ages.

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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