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"South Los Angeles," Gary says when I ask, "Is south of Washington." There are club members from the Hollywood part of Los Angeles, and from a vague area known as Orange County, but I've never heard of South Los Angeles before. According to Gary, who works for the city – founded in 1781 – there are many parts to Los Angeles, each much bigger than Paris – and most with more palm trees.

Club members Diana Rushing and Lewis Rosenthal arrive. They are followed by member Laurel Robinson. I don't know when this happens because as soon as they've shaken hands all around and found seats, there are three club sub–meetings going on.

Nancy and Eva both know the Red Baron wine shop, over by the Marché Aligre, in the 12th arrondissement. Jim knows it too. When he goes in with an empty wine bottle they won't fill it up like they do for everyone else. Jim doesn't feel like saying exactly why not.

A lot of club meeting conversation deals with members telling each other about their 'finds.' This is too complicated to include in these 'reports.' If you want details, you should come to club meetings. I doze a bit.

Gary passes over a little figurine, about 44 millimetres high. He says it is a 'homeboy' or 'hommie.' It is too small to be a doudou and it is not furry. Gary passes over another, slightly shorter, and says it is Tomoko. He's right – it does look vaguely like Tomoko. Hearing her name, everybody else asks where Tomoko is.

Tomoko Yokomitsu is one of the few club members who turns up at meetings without being at them. Tomokophoto: club's group space in corona is a famous French movie star, so everybody wants to know everything about her. As club secretary, all I can say is that she is not here 'in person,' but as this figurine of herself.

Today, at the club in the café, La Corona.

Joe tells me what he eats for breakfast. Lewis says he is sleeping a lot. I am too, so I attempt to poll all members present to find out if everybody is sleeping a lot, or it's just something that a few of us – me and Lewis – will admit to. Joe will admit to getting lost in cities where he has never been before.

We get the 'Group Photo of the Week' somehow, with hardly any grumbling. I write 'we' because it takes eight members and the club's secretary to do it, and 'grumbling' because all members are comfortable sitting where they are.

On doing the goodbyes I absent–mindedly shake Jim's hand. What a terrible gaff! On the way out of the club's café, I catch up with Gary who is treating himself to a medium–sized Cuban cigar. Just the item to have, in a Paris drizzle while crossing the Seine by way of the Pont des Arts, to the Quartier Latin.

Forget the 'Soldes d'Hiver' On Saturday

This year's Soldes d'Hiver in Paris continue. The final day of this annual shopping fête will be Saturday, 7. February, so you can take this Saturday off and go to the Champs–Elysées to see its first–ever Chinese New Year parade. For dessert, take an ogle of the all–red Tour Eiffel too.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club meeting is neither more or less garbled than others, but you might not have read some of thephoto: dish full of money other truly neat 'reports.' The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page may clear up some mystery in this area if you think you have to know what this is about, but the 'About' page says less than all.

Leftovers, for the club's 'Waiter of the Week.'

One vital remains fact – whatever you may think, there are not lots of others. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's free, live, and real club by simply becoming a member by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. This is a huge value for 'free' no matter how you slice the old tarte des pommes.

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00 sharp, always on a Thursday, and sort of continue until about 17:00 or later, in the European Time of Paris' Rotten Winter – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les horribles temps d'hiver' although perfectly true – and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. All of these meetings happen is Paris, except for rare ones in New York.

Doing something at a meeting – like arriving – is encouraged. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a slight edge in 'report' value over 'true.' Don't get the wrong idea – 'true' is fine too. This may be a French–type 'exception,' which are used when actual laws are too tedious.

If you prefer to be 'not found' on thegraphic: club location map Internet, be sure let the club's secretary know – before you forget. If necessary you can even be at a meeting and not be at it, 'report–wise.' Former 'rules' have ceased and have been removed from the club's chronicles except for the ones still online. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been temporarily suspended forever, unlike some French laws.

Talking in foreign languages like Ozzie at meetings is fine. If there's a free chair sit wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. 'Sitting' is optional. Whatever you say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which some actually do sometimes – and by all readers of this online magazine, if it happens to be written here, as some of it is part of the time. All of it is never written here sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since Friday, 21. January 1937 because today is Chinese New Year.

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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