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Betty even takes over writing the 'notes' for it. She writes, "Ric takes photo - I look down - but I'm smiling - Betty B!"

Patrick, who is the 'Waiter of the Week,' distributes cards that entitle holders to reduction on cruises with the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. Tomoko says she is thinking of changing her stage name to 'Tommi.'

Steve was once an extra in an opera production. But, he says he couldn't get any reduced-price tickets. "I only got two for the dress-rehearsal." He thinks this may have been due to his 'special talent.' "I fit the costumes," he says.

With a half hour left to gophoto: lauren sees brownie in the meeting, Willy the Sparrow shows up to check out the crumb situation. This is about when Lauren Camera-Murray arrives, or maybe a little bit before.

After taking the 'Group Photo of the Week' I have not resumed my usual secretary's position, so I can see that 'brownies' are not a selection written on the mirror that is usually behind my head. Lauren tells me that 'brownies' are like fudge.

Lauren has seen 'brownies' before but...

Since Patrick is handy, somebody asks him for a 'brownie.' "Brownie?" he wonders. He thinks there are some available. They are one of Monsieur Naudan's new ideas. Tomoko asks for 'one brownie,' "With four spoons."

When Eva takes a small taste she says, "It's a very fudgy brownie." Just about everybody else has some, except for the club's secretary, who is on a no-chocolate diet. Steve cleans up most of what's left.

"Yesterday I had a chocolatephoto: half eaten brownie drink," he says, adding, "It was with chocolate ice cream in it, from a chocolate shop." Then he turns to me and asks, "Did you have cheese fries at Nathan's?"

...knows how much chocolate Steve had in one drink yesterday.

Then he takes another stab at a slab of the 'brownie.' He remembers having salty ice cream at an Italian place on the left bank. Tomoko tries to find out how much the 'brownie' costs, but Patrick says it is 'on the house,' including the four spoons.

He says that it shouldn't be ordered alone, but in combination with tea or café. "It's a better value that way."

Lauren and Steve have an idea for Tomoko, 'if she isn't in a relationship.' They have heard that Galeries Lafayette are promoting 'singles' at their gourmet food department on Thursday evenings. If you are in a non-relationship you can go shopping there with a special shopping basket for 'singles only.'

I guess the idea is that you look for some other single person who has chosen to buy something - like caviar - to go with your - blinis - and you should be able to hit it off, if a decent Champagne can be agreed on. Whatever this is - a report about it has been promised by Lauren, Tomoko and Steve, to be relayed at next week's club meeting.

The meeting that was is over. Eva and I find ourselves going the same way towards Châtelet, so we zip into Samaritaine and whiz up to the ninth floor and climb the extra stairs to the tenth, get watery drinks from the terrace bar and have a few quiet moments far away from the traffic slogging it out below. Confused bees are buzzing around the flowers blooming in the boxes of plants lining the edge of the terrace.

Flashnews - Tomoko Becomes Media Sensation

This late report has just been received from Lauren Camera-Murray:-

"Sadly, Tomoko didn't meet the man of her dreams during tonight's singles shopping event at Galeries Lafayette in the produce section - or the cheese or the bread sections either, for that matter. However, she was interviewed by four different French television networks. One of the crews said the resulting piece would be on the news tomorrow night around 19:30 or so."

The secretary suggests that you try tuning in on Friday at 19:54 to France-3's 19/20 evening TV-news, just seconds before the weather forecast.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

photo: cafe beerBeing a member of this club is a lot more fun than writing a club meeting report, even though some members try it too. Read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page anyway. It will not tell you a great deal more about the club, but says how few 'rules' it has. Even if you feel a need to know more than this, this is all there is.

Other parts of the café have more conventional fare.

Only one other fact is worth remembering. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply attending any of its meetings in Paris. Although this is a longish 'fact,' timewise, it is nearly really the only one of any length.

Who, What, How, Where, Why Not, 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 'ZBoFa' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings happen although there are other cities with metric time.

Doing nothing extraordinary 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.' See the 'brownie' example above. 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 for a week. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or an 'ex-rule.' There were some other timeless 'exceptions,' formerly called 'rules,' but these have been shipped to Bombay.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Dancing may be permitted too. 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 because 'brownies' happen here, sometimes.

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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