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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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