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Another movie called 'Janis et John' gets its discussion too, mainly because of grim news surrounding its real characters. This is a movie that the public won't get to see until 15. October, but its ads have been around for weeks. This may backfire - the 'rule' here is the ads only run for a week before the film hits the 'salles.'

Talk turns, as it must, to California. Since the 'Governator,' as Barry puts it, won the strange election two days ago, events in California have become a topic in Paris. As for California's future, Barry says, "We'll have to wait-and-see." To which Tomoko says, "That means you'll have to stay here while waiting."

Steve Camera-Murray arrives and the first thing he says is that he didn't get the part. This was for the French military film, that scouted the club for extras a couple of weeks ago. Laurel didn't score with this either.

According to Steve it was a typical French movie - it was one than was being written as it was being cast. Steve started out as a 'journalist' but ended up failing as a CNN news anchor. He says he thinks the movie may be about some Iraqi who wants to become an American.

At three minutes to four Patrick delivers the secretary's café. Steve tells Tomoko that he didn't take her advice to lie about his acting credits. He says he will do it next time.

Even though Willy the Sparrow usually flies into every meeting about four, his on-time presence surprises some of the club members. I think Willy is a bit nervous about signing the members' booklet, but he does give it a good look from several angles.

Laurel says, about her film audition, "She said 'read this,' so I put on my glasses."

New member Jefferey T. Spaulding arrives and brings the club its 'City of the Week,' which is Corona, Queens, New York City. After living there for several decades he became a Astorian. He has done a bit of the club's questionnaire and the Paris thing he'd like to see changed or improved are the colors of its traffic lights - to red, blue and white.

Laurel gets a club 'point' for getting Jefferey T. Spaulding to join the club. She is the first one to get one of these 'points' so I am not at all sure what they are other than she's got one.

For this week's 'group Photo of the Week' we do not bother going outside because nearly all of the membersphoto: tomoko's genadine are sitting in the secretary's spot. This makes it easy to shoot them where they are, in sort of a 'last supper ' position, especially appropriate after the downing all the rations of 'chocolat liègois.'

Tomoko concocts a devilishly new cocktail.

No more than five minutes later, Lauren Camera-Murray arrives. I will have to try and remember to shoot the 'Group Photo of the Week' after 16:30 in the future, so than Lauren can be in it and I can run the risk of mixing her name up with Laurel's. Which I've just done, and corrected before anybody reading this has noticed.

Jefferey T. Spaulding is telling Laurel about a bit of business he's been doing and I put my nose into it. Jefferey T. Spaulding is in the fresh air business. His company makes small fresh air generators that are used for turning stinky air - like what we have at the club today - into air that has no smell.

I look over his brochure. There are two sizes of fresh air generator - both too big for an apartment. Too much fresh air isn't good either. They are meant to be installed inside, but he says that during the summer heatwave some were tested outside, attached to open garbage dumpsters in Queens that were getting a bit ripe.

Normally I would check the members' list carefully, but I think I can say that Jefferey T. Spaulding is the only member of the club who is in the fresh air game. This is, of course, another major club 'first.' Actually, there are no 'minor' club 'firsts,' because this is an equal opportunity club.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Writing a club meeting report is less fun than being a member, but somebody has to do it or you wouldn't know what is going onphoto: taking notes here. Read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page anyway. It will tell you less than a great deal more about the club, and says how few 'rules' it has. If you think you need to know more than this, this is all there is.

Exchanging notes is a major club activity.

One other fact - there are only about two - 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. If you know this, there's no point in asking about the other 'fact.'

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and continue until about 17:00, in the European Zone of Paris Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'FaZBo' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings happen although there are lots of other cities with metric times.

Doing anything at a meeting is usually tolerated. True 'firsts' are more than welcome though,graphic: club location map with 'first' having a higher 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get me wrong - 'true' is okay too. See the 'ozone 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' and are still 'ex-rules.' There were some other timeless 'exceptions,' but these have been uncommunicated.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Dancing may be permitted too. Whatever you say may 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. It depends.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Willy the Sparrow intends to sign the members' booklet someday.

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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