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Member Lauren Camera-Murray arrives just as Steve is asking Dinny if she 'ran with the bulls' in Pamplona. She repeats her explanation of 'not rising at single-digit times.'

About here members present have reached a critical number and the quality of the secretary's notes dwindles. One part of the tables has moved from Italy-bashing to saying things like, "Nice is nice in February," while another part, admiring Steve's new watch - golly! there was a new watch last week too - Laurel in fact, asks, "You like shiney metal?"

Why this reminds the club's secretary to ask Steve about his movie-making adventures is unclear. When we last left this story, Steve was told to bring a change of clothes to the film-shoot.

"Actually it was a towel and a bathrobe," Steve says.

"Were you playing a stripper?" Dinny asks.

Steve explains that he was given a police uniform to wear in the movie - 'L'Américain' - and a can of live Mace was on his equipment belt. He was told in some detail not to mess with it. "It was already freezing before we got hosed with freezing water," he says.

I don't understand. Usually it is the police who are using the water-cannons.

"A Cuban guy was always stealing my gun," he adds. "We were in the airport and the sprinklers were dousing us."

Dinny wants to know if Steve had any lines to speak. Steve can't remember exactly, other than the Cuban guy didn't have a good accent. Steve does remember that the crew cantine didn't have donuts, but 'croissants, madeleines, stuff like that.'

For the 12-hour day he was paid 88€, and '12 extra for getting wet!'

Gay then gets up to take photos of the club group. In the course of doing this she interferes with a café waiter, and takes his photo too. Then Steve takes a photo of somebody with somebody's camera.

Steve also mentions that his plumber has given him advise about Beaujolais Nouveau. His plumber was convinced that it was created solely for Americans to drink during Thanksgiving.

To save paper, the club's secretary does not turn to a new page and writes the rest of the notes in spare margins.

Tomoko Yokomitsu isn't here this week, which must be her first absence in a couple of months. It probably means that she will not be doing any 'singles shopping' at the Galeriesphoto: ron, steve with camera Lafayette gourmet food department tonight, which reminds the club's secretary to remind half the members present that the Galeries Lafayette now has a couple of pro strippers showing - ladies only! - lingerie shoppers how 'to take it off' on Saturdays.

Ron watches Steve take sharp unblurred photo of...?

Lauren says word of this has reached London and some of her girlfriends will be coming to Paris to do a little shopping. There is, apparently, a huge price difference, and if a lot of next-to-nothing is bought here, it pretty well covers the cost of the Eurostar trip.

The meeting goes into overtime, but there are no more notes in the 'report' booklet. But I can remember Michael saying that Paris pedestrians are 'aggressive walkers.' If he had been at some earlier meetings, he would have heard some members agree that Boston has the 'worst drivers.'

Thinking, no doubt, of Roman drivers, Dinny mentions that she would like to see 'La Dolce Vita' to find out if it is a propaganda movie. It's possible. Made in 1959, it featured a TR3 and a Cadillac Eldorado convertible and a scattering of Alfas, Fiats and Vespas.

Club Members and Readers Like You

Voluntary contributionsphoto: american, authentic beer mat of support for Metropole are now possible. Doing so will ensure that the magazine and the Café Metropole Club continue. Please take a look at the new 'Keep Metropole Flying' page and do what you can today.

Nobody knew the origin of this club beer mat.

The Café Metropole Club's ex-rules and various disallowed 'exceptions' prohibit actual membership 'dues' because club membership is free, as is its free membership card. You can consider both the magazine and the club to be forms of software that can be supported with 'shareware' contributions.

An 'Alert' for the Next Meeting

Next Thursday - a week before Thanksgiving in the United States - is 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day' in the world, and this includes the Paris part of it along with the club's café, La Corona. At this time it is not known whether Beaujolais Nouveau is actually drinkable. But in case it is, all members intending to try it out during the club meeting should remember to fortify themselves in advance. A kilo of spaghetti may do the trick.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

If this 'report' about today's club meeting seems incomprehensible to you, 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 very few - 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 for knowing anything about the other 'fact.'

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

Doing anything at a meeting is tolerated because it is in Paris. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a greater 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get the wrong idea - 'true' isgraphic: club location map fine too. 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, be sure let the club's secretary know before you become mildly famous. 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 moved to the deeply buried archives in 1999.

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, depending on the 'notes' available, and not even all of these are used.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Laurel said it's okay to be a 'tourist' in Venice.

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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