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Joanne Fisher and Paul Smith from Houston arrive – both long-time multi-visit members – and still with Gumby and Pokey. This presents an unique opportunity for Maureen's Piano and Bongo to meet Gumby and Pokey, so it is arranged. It becomes the second 'Reunion of the Week.'

New member Siobban Murray arrives with Steve Camera-Murray. Siobban lives in Winchester, Massachusetts, and is Lauren's sister. Lauren herself has not yet come in, but will after the 'Group Photo of the Week' is out of the way. At 16:00 there are 13 members present.

On account of the big reunion between Piano and Bongo, and Gumby and Pokey, Tomoko introduces Freddy from Osaka to them, and club members alike. I forget how many reunions this adds up to.

The club secretary no longer has a chair, so it is time for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' This is done when there is plenty of time for plenty of other new members to arrive, but getting 13 present members into one photo seems like a now-or-never thing.

For a change of pace, I ask the posed members to shut there eyes for one of the takes. The photo later shows that some keep one eye open so they can tell when the photo is over. The other photo is at the top of the page.

We also learn that there are no Métros in Delaware from Susan, and Kevin observes that,photo: group two "There is no French word for fun." Actually there is no word for 'fun,' but there is 'amusement,' or 'pleasenterie.' Admittedly, neither of these are three letters short.

Another angle on today's club members.

At this, Gwen remembers being at a BjN party in a café near Alésia a week ago. There was a all-women brass band for 'fun,' but a lady she met there told her, "It's the only time Parisians aren't sourpusses."

This is probably the reason that Gwen and Tomoko decide to hurry off to the Galeries Lafayette to get there in time to get the 'singles'-colored shopping baskets.

The 'Soldes d'Hiver' Alert

The official version about the dates for the Soldes d'Hiver in Paris is now official. The start date has been given as Wednesday, 7. January, and the final day will be Saturday, 7. February, in 2004 of course.

Club Members and Readers Like You

Both categories are now making voluntary contributions of support for Metropole. Doing this will ensure thatphoto: glass beaujolais nouveau 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.

'Thankyous' to 'readers like you' are in order for members at today's club meeting, Susan Coleman, and Maureen and Terry Cooper. The Coopers joined the club about this time in 2000, and contributed a club 'report' for the meeting the secretary missed while eating Cuban sandwiches in Queens in January of 2002.

A tip of the good old Beaujolais Nouveau to readers and club members 'like you.'

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

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

If this 'report' about today's club meeting seems shoddy to you, you have probably not read a lot of other meeting 'reports.' Take a look at the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page if you want to learn what this is supposed to be about. It will tell you no more than you need to know, not one dot more.

One other vital fact – there are fewer than many – 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 for free. There's no reason for knowing anything about the other, few 'facts.'

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

The weekly club meetings continue to start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and run on until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris Zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps d'été' – 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 slightly notorious. If necessary you can even be at a meeting and not be at it officially. 'Rules' have ceased being and are still 'ex-rules.' All 'exceptions' to 'no rules' have been abolished. There was a brief period of mourning over these, but it was brief.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Sit wherever you like if there's a free chair. 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 if they are in excess.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because this 'report' has been overwhelmed with true 'firsts.'

The café's location is:

Café­Tabac 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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