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Then I remember that Dennis is our play-producing member, so I pass Tomoko's script over to him. "Has it got lots of blood and guts?" he wants to know.

Dennis is like the PR man for Paris' stage industry. He rattles off that there are 50 theatres for children, about 160 regular theatres, lots of marionette theatres, and around Christmas time, maybe ten or a dozen circuses.

After a short discussion about - ah, forget it. You can say what you want in France in English, and you can say what you want in French too if you are not French. It is seldom noted that the French spend a lot of time saying important things elegantly but not explicitly. Many really important but illegal things are said entirely with gestures - which is kind of handy when things end up in court.

Laurel Robinson arrives and blends in as if she never left last week's meeting, which had more members present than absolutely necessary. Laurel met Laurel at the Vin des Rues after the last club meeting, and I think she might be a psychotherapist who does catering or the other way around.

"Does anyone need any Lithuanian 'Lithos?'" Dimitri wants to know. He says Crumb gotphoto: club glasses, bottles, tables stuck with 100 of them, and, "They're not even listed." It'll be something to see if Crumb shows up and tries to unload them on our 'Waiter of the Week.'

"Yeah!" Tomoko shouts when asked if she's returned to Galeries Lafayette for singles' night. She tells us hopefuls carry violet shopping baskets, and that the Thursday evening sessions continue until the end of this month.

After discovering that Dennis only does plays and is not a 'backer,' she says, "It might be easier to find a backer than a boyfriend."

Partial view of the usual clutter of the club's usual tables.

It is Jason - who else? - who produces the Gretsky book when the talk turns to hockey. The book is dedicated by the author to Jason. If I understand it correctly, you can get your hand-signed copy at 99 Blue Jay Way if you ever happen to be in Toronto.

At the end, the 'Waiter of the Week' makes everybody nervous while he collects everybody's share of their tabs. At least this week he didn't throw any trays of dishes and glasses on the floor. And, regular member Willy the Sparrow, was a no-show. All other no-shows were also named and accounted for as absent.

One-Night Stand, Twice

Ask me why I put in unrelated plugs for things I know nothing about and I might say I do it 'because.' In an email from an A. Eric Arctander of New York City he writes, "A couple of friends in my New York club - 'Dutch Treaters' - K.T. Sullivan and Mark Nadler, will present their show 'Americans in Paris' this Sunday, 26 October, at 19:00 and 21:30." This will be at La Nouvelle Eve, 25. Rue Fontaine, Paris 9. Métro: Pigalle. InfoTel.: 08 92 69 89 26.

Should you go to see this 'songfull, sun and funny' show, you are supposed to say Eric of the Dutch Treat Club sent you. Then you either give or get a 'hearty handshake.' Eric doesn't say anything about mentioning where you read this, so I guess it's best to keep mum.

Daguerreotypes - The Movie

Some people probably think I invented the 'Daguerréotypistas.' It is true that I borrowed the namephoto: book, walter gretsky after seeing the exhibition about early photographs last spring at the Musée d'Orsay. But film maker Agnés Varda took up her camera in 1975 to capture the Rue Daguerre and its inhabitants as it was before the invasion of the Sushi joints.

Varda's film 'Daguerreotypes' will be screened on Sunday at 11:20 at our local cinema, 'Le Daguerre.' Its address is 24. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. In addition, I believe the film can also be seen as a video version almost any time at the Forum des Images at Les Halles, along with 6000 other films that have Paris in them.

The 'Not' Goodbye

The alert, broadcast on Monday, about Metropole's miserable situation, has launched a flood of welcome emails from readers and club members - containing useful ideas and suggestions. A common one is for 'Ed' and the club's secretary to make voluntary subscription 'donations' possible.

The Café Metropole Club's ex-rules forbid membership dues because club membership is free, as is its free membership card. I think a technical solution to get around this problem might be to ask club members to read the rest of the magazine. Watch carefully for developments about this evolving initiative.

Winter Time Zoned

Next Sunday morning at 01:00 we are supposed to set our clocks back to 00:00, which effectively means that Winter Time is back. For practical purposes, it will either mean that Saturday has 23 hours or Sunday has 25 hours, depending on when you reset the clock. It's a one-hour bonus of Paris time, to make up for the hour filched from us last spring.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Writing a club meeting report is less fun than being any of today's official members or two 'unofficial' ones, but somebody has to do it or you won't have anything to read here. Also look at the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page too. It will tell you very little more than you need to know, if this much.

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 real point in knowing anything about the other 'fact.'

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

The weekly club meetings still start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and continue until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris Zone - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'EtPz' - 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 neat places with metrical times.

Doing anything at a meeting is tolerated. True 'firsts' are welcome though, with 'first' havinggraphic: club location map a higher 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get me wrong - 'true' is okay too. The week's 'no-shows' are an exception. This is a special no-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. If necessary you can even be at a meeting and not be at it. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' and are still 'ex-rules.' There were some other 'exceptions,' but they are outdated.

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 happens to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes, but not always, nearly.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because the club's newest member, Dimitri, refuses to have an email address.

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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