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Judith has an odd job. She says that she is a judge's assistant. Judges are not allowed to talk to civilians and civilians are not allowed to talk to judges, so Judith passes on the messages in both directions. This is an Oz way of doing things. Bill used to be an attorney, and it is news to him.

Walter waxes philosophical. Why not? This is a high-class club even if it is free. He tells me his 'lion and gazelle philosophy.' "Whichever you are, you gotta get up early and running." If you are a smart gazelle, you get up earlier than the lion.

Linda is talking about flavors of salsa, as in, "There more movement in Cuban salsa," she says. She doesn't say a couple of shots of Havana Club rum really help too.

Which reminds me that it's after 16:00 and my café of the week isn't in sight. Neither is Patrick, because it is busy on the terrace.

As if we didn't know, Linda adds, "Puerto Rican salsa is more controlled - more like the Bolshoi ballet." Even if I've spelled this correctly, we don't know about how controlled it may be. Linda and Walter then show us how the Bolshoi ballet does salsa.

Kathe and Jan are about to leave so I call the meeting to order, in order to arrange the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Actually Walter decides this should be done on the café's terrace. The sun is pounding it like a bunch of massed searchlights.

From two shots out of three we get the photo. Linda then demonstrates that the scarf she's wearing is actually a map of Paris, somewhat like wartime spies used to have maps on bits of cloth that they ate if captured. It is a pretty big scarf through. It is pretty too. Cost more than the watch I bet.photo: dancing, linda, walter

Once the 'Photo of the Week' is out of the way, Lauren Camera-Murray arrives. She says Steve got the movie part and he's not at the club today because he got up in time to catch this morning's first Métro.

He was told, she says, to bring a change of clothes. Steve is playing a police officer who is going to get wet. Tomoko gives this a big laugh. She has taken changes of clothes to movie shoots many times.

So salsa dancing was only normal.

My notes say Linda says, "Lick off the chocolate?" Whatever this was about is now lost in time, but I remember telling club members that Galeries Lafayette opened the world's biggest lingerie department the other day.

When I take a minute to read the story further, it also turns out that this department store has hired a couple of strippers to give Saturday lessons to lingerie buyers - if they're female - because it is just as important to know how to take lingerie off as it is to put it on. At least, in Paris, it is.

Lauren has the year's final Halloween story. Last weekend she and Steve drove out to Carnac in Brittany to see the 'Celtic' dolmens there. These are smaller than the wierd stones at Stonehenge, but no less wierd.

"It was getting dark when we drove in, the mists were rising, and we saw the dolmens. In the town, kids were 'trick or treating.' We had crêpes."

Club Members and Readers Like You

Making voluntary contributions of support is now possible. Doing so will ensure that the magazine and thephoto: corona terrace, evening Café Metropole Club continue to exist. Please take a look at the new 'Keep Metropole Flying' page and do what you can today.

About sundown time in Paris today.

The Café Metropole Club's ex-rules and various disallowed 'exceptions' prohibit membership dues because club membership is free, as is its free membership card. I think a practical solution to get around this stumbling block might be to ask readers and 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 fun when the server-lady decides to salsa a bit with Walter. Also take a look at the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page if you are not sure what any of this is about. It will tell you no 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 reason to know anything about the other 'fact.'

How, Who, Where, What, When, 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 'GLOP' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings happen in metrical times.

Doing anything at a meeting is tolerated because it is Paris. 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 - repeat, 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 the 'Old Time' 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 hardly ever all of it.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Tomoko felt an urge to yawn on
account of too much sunlight.

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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