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The meeting's 'Group Photo of the Week' isn't because Dennis leaves early. The Massies are about to leave, so 'Group Photos' that aren't whole are hastily arranged. The 'Waiter of the Week' barges through one of them.

Richard and Yolanda tell me about taking Spanish lessons near Woodside, near Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, and getting discouraged when they were told that Spanish in America isn't like Spanish in Spain.

Allan recalls having a Mexican-Spanish assistant along on a champagne-tool buying trip in Spain, and findingphoto: some of richard's cameras the guy couldn't understand a word. My experience on Roosevelt Avenue was positive though, even with my learned-in-Spain Spanish - to say 'hello' and 'goodbye,' and get café-doubles and Cuban sandwiches, at least.

Four-fifths of Richard Massie's cameras for Venice and Rome.

Paula, Mrs. Pangborn arrives. The Pangborns flew from Seattle to New York and from New York to Paris yesterday, carrying half of a six-pack of Café Metropole sparkling wine. Paula's original hometown is the 'City of the Week' because it is Lahti in Finland. She met Allan, she says, "In Austria, in an old castle above the Danube."

While Allan works at riddling wine all day, Paula runs the two coffee shops she owns in Kennewick, in eastern Washington. Allan made some of the equipment in the shops before he built the Moonlight winery.

Donna is saying that she thinks it may be time to buy a bit of gold bullion when Diane Moon and Barry Black arrive. They both come from Santa Fe, and Lauren Avery tricked them into coming to the meeting to become members. They must think they are in the house of whacko, because the 'Waiter of the Week' lets another tray of glasses and plates slide to the floor, with loud results.

With my back to the room I have not been able to observe the air situation, but something flits at the corner of my vision. It is, yes! - Willy the Sparrow. Somewhat later than usual, but in high spirits he flies out of the café's front door and back in by the terrace door. Allan says it is two different birds. One of them is fatter than Willy.

Barry Black - not Barry Wright - asks, "Did he wave when he went past?"

Tomoko says, "Einstein is worried about us," or would be, if he knew how we are doing. Somephoto: group, part two club members think no one is listening, or if they are listening, will not remember anything.

The 'Waiter of the Week' tells me he hasn't forgotten the café I ordered around four. I tell him to hold it until I get back next week.

The second of two less than full 'Group of the Week' photos.

Lauren says Steve finally couldn't get out of working, in case I'm wondering where he is. She says, when I tell her that it's the club anniversary soon, "I will have something 'real' to drink then, for the club's anniversary."

After today, I think I need one too. Two Barrys, two Laurels, one Lauren, five cameras, Willy was late and Dennis left. Where's the other Moyer?

Shameless Plugs

The first is for the sparkling wine club members were drinking today. If you live in the right states you can order all you want by clicking on the Café Metropole wine mentions in either the left or right columns on this page.

Next week's meeting will not celebrate the Café Metropole Club's four years of existence, but the beginning of its fifth year. Don't miss it!

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

photo: book, the unicorn hunt, dorothy dunnettWriting a club meeting report is less fun than being any of today's 14 members, but somebody has to do it or you won't have anything to read here. Also read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page too. It will tell you a lot less than a great deal about the club, and says how few 'rules' it has. If you feel you need to know more than this, you are flat out of luck.

The book Barry Wright isn't going to write.

One other fact - there are only about two - is worth remembering. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's free, live, and real club by simply attending any of its meetings in Paris. There's no point in asking about the other 'fact.'

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

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 'BoFaz' - 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 metrical 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. The 'Waiter of the Week' is an exception. This is a special-purpose case rather than a regular 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 their time is up.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Dancing may be permitted too. Sit wherever you like. 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 nearly always.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Dennis never intends to stay for an entire club meeting, and never has.

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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