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Shirley, Walter and Laurel, all begin to rave about the bus 69. Apparently this bus line is the one to take to reach civilization from the 7th arrondissement. Walter says, "It brings you from corner to corner."

I hear Dennis on the other side of the table describing a recent evening - last night actually - as, "Twophoto: photo phone, walter and a half pichets at Le Bouquet, then some pichets in the..." which gets swallowed until, "I fell into bad company, like Pinocchio."

Where to spend - in which cemetery - Toussaint, is discussed. Dennis says the cemeteries here are neat places because you can walk around all these famous historical dead people. "These people really lived," he says.

Steve says, "I only got as far as decomposing Mozart."

Walter shows members his 'Magic Phone of the Week.'

Then it is Halloween time at the club. Steve says he will only put his mask on if it is photographed. The club's secretary promises to do it. Steve puts it on. Everybody says it is a very fine mask, especially since it has come all the way from Burnsville.

"I am not embarrassed by us," Dennis says, adding, "I'm drinking wine. There's Marx Brothers movies 300 days a year here to give me hope."

"Gatherings by more than three people are illegal," someone says. "What about the Marx Brothers?" Dennis counters. Then philosophically adds, "Mae West is my favorite American philosopher."

There is silence while this sinks in, until somebody - I can't keep members' names straight any more - says, "Mickey Rooney is alive and still performing in Northern California."

It is about what we are talking about - how performers, comedians - talked faster in the 1930s because their audiences were faster listeners. These club members, performers, are faster talkers than the secretary can listen. Much faster than the secretary can produce legible notes.

Walter plugs the Edith Piaf exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville's Salon d'Acceuil. "Veryphoto: halloween, steve f moving," he says. Steve, the first, plugs the flying firm EasyJet, because of the two hostesses they usually have do everything except land the planes.

When Steve is wearing his 'Halloween Mask of the Week,' you can't tell he is Steve.

Steve mentions the tricks connected with reading ads for apartments for rent. "Traditional means there's no elevator," he says. "Traditional, 50 square metres and 40€ a night means it's on the 8th floor with no elevator."

Near 17:00, Steve startles the rest of us - except Steve the second, who has already left - by saying, "My goal is to see Nigel here again in 103 weeks." Patrick, the 'Waiter of the Week,' calmly gathers the money for the 'Drinks of the Week' and the 'Food of the Week,' thus ending the only 'Meeting of the Week' of the Café Metropole Club this week.

Club Members and Readers Like You

The recent alerts about Metropole's shaky situation have ignited the useful idea of voluntary contributions to support the magazine. This is now possible and you can ensure that Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club continue to exist and have 'Meetings of the Week.' Please take a look at the new 'Keep Metropole Flying' page and do what you can today.

The Café Metropole Club's ex-rules forbid membership dues because club membership is free, as is its free membership card. I think a practical solution to get around this problem might be to ask club members to read the rest of the magazine, which has just become 'shareware.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Writing a club meeting report is a lot of fun when Nigel is visiting from Australia. He lets me do this until it is time to tell me how many pichets Dennis has downed on Daguerre. After he is finished this saga, I get to do the rest of the 'report.' Also take a look at the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page. 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 'FiZZZ' - 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 groovy places with metrical times.

Doing anything at a meeting the day before Halloween is tolerated. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a greater 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get me wrong - 'true' isgraphic: club location map okay too. The week's 'no-shows' are never counted as not having attended a meeting. 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 were sold to a used word shop recently.

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 really 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.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because only Patrick knows the number of this week's 'Drinks of the Week.'

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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