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Where to get vintage movie posters becomes a subject. They can be had at the Drouot auction house, but Doug says he doesn't know how it works there. Where is Scoop Maginniss when we need a poster?

Both Berta and Scoop Maginniss and Doug joined the club during the same meeting, on 23. December 1999. This is almost an anniversary meeting then, and answers a question posed by Doug.

Tomoko knows of a good movie poster shop in the 5th arrondissement. She doesn't know its name or the name of the street it's in. Like a lot of things in Paris, nobody knows the names of themphoto: 3 cafes but we know where they are. 'Turn right at the next street, go along it to the bibliothèque and turn right, and then you will be behind the Mairie. Then just drive around the block and park.'

The remains of our total beverages today.

When it is really dark outside, we do the 'Group Photo of the Week' inside. The best thing about this is that the members' names will fit in the caption. The second-best thing about it will be being able to get the photos out of the camera.

Just before we call the official end to the meeting 'the official end of this meeting,' Tomoko shows me her miniature bag-teddy, named Freddy. It has never officially been at a meeting before because it is a shy teddy. It is also very small and easy to overlook.

Today's is a short 'report' on account of having Patrick as 'Waiter of the Week.' He collects our three bills in a tidy way, without drama. While we've been sitting, he's been walking around, trying to keep his feet warm.

No Meeting on Christmas Day

This year Christmas falls on a Café Metropole Club meeting day, but I learned by purest chance from last week's 'Waiter of the Week' that the café La Corona will be closed on Thursday, 25. December. For this reason club meeting number 217 will exceptionally be held on Thursday, 1. January 2004 - rather than meeting number 218.

This means, quite logically, that next Thursday's club meeting will be the last of this year. Since this is not expected to be a significantly momentous occasion, members who attend it are requested not to wear strange costumes unless they happen to be the 'Strange Costumes of the Week.'

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 decreed to be Wednesday, 7. January, and the final day will be Saturday, 7. February. Both in 2004 of course.

Club Members and Readers Like Youphoto: tomokos freddy

Making voluntary contributions of support for Metropole will ensure that the magazine and the Café Metropole Club continue. Take a look at the new 'Keep Metropole Flying' page and do what you can today if you can.

Tomoko's Freddy. Isn't he cute?

The free 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,' without actually being a 'rule.' Consider both the magazine and the club to be forms of hand-made 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 overly favorable to Macedonia to you, you have probably read too many other meeting 'reports.' The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page might explain more if you want to learn what this is supposed to be about, but it maybe it won't if you've read it before.

One other vital fact - there are fewer than you may think - 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. This is the kernal of the matter.

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

The weekly club meetings 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 almost temps d'hiver' - LATd'H - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. The only part of the world where these meetings happen in Eurometrical times is Paris.

Doing anything at a meeting - like arriving - is tolerated, if not actually encouraged because they are in Paris. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a greater 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get the wrong idea - 'true' is fine too. This is French-type 'exception,' because it's an exception to a nonsence-type 'rule.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, be sure let the club's secretary know - before it's toographic: club location map late. 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 temporarily suspended.

Talking in foreign languages at meetings is fine. If there's a free chair sit wherever you like. Whatever you say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which they actually 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 the secretary's mood if he has one.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because this week's 'report' is pinched, because my toes are cold.

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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