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I think it's a good reason for not learning 'everything about a place,' but do not get a chance to say this – because Ana once lived near Palamos on the Costa Brava. Like Diana, Lewis and Barry, Ana has lived in a lot of different places. None of this earns this meeting a 'City of the Week' award though.

Member Laurel Robinson arrives with even less fuss than Eric. In fact, it is the club's secretary causing a fuss by trying to get everybody in a frame of mind suitable for the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

With slices of sunbeams like searchlights in the café, taking the weekly historical photo inside is out of the question. The reason for the fuss is the light outside won't last forever either.

It actually feels mild outside. There is no reason for some of the members to put on all of their layers. Nevertheless the shot has to be done in a hurry because the sun has become unstable, as well as lower in the sky. For one shot, a cloud nicely partly filters the brightness, but as I squeeze off the shot I realize I don't see Laurel number two anywhere.

While some civilians pass, Laurel moves to the front, to hold on to Fergie. I squeeze off another shot, even through Fergie has turned backwards to see who is fondling his ears. At least Laurel is in it.

As is becoming more usual, these notes are again extremely sketchy. Barry says he is going to call '115' if it gets really cold – 'below zero' – because there is a guy in his quartier sleeping outside with only one blanket. Then the people who stand around, opening doors in return for small change, are discussed. Everybody agrees that having doors opened is worth whatever small change can be spared.

Totally unrelated, pickpockets are the next subject. There are tales of successful ones, and of hapless ones. One thing is clear though – the warning about 'peek–pok–kettes' in the Métro are annoying – because the pickpockets who work the Métrophoto: sunglasses of the week are the most professional, and most likely to ignore the warnings.

Absolutely essential 'Accessory of the Week' – sunglasses.

Barry's deterrent is to eat more. "My jeans are getting so tight I can't even put money in the pockets," he says. Maybe this is why so many people – even the TV-weather news guy – wear jeans in France. Or, maybe, because they're called 'jeans.'

Just after 17:00 there are still nine members chatting busily. The club's secretary tells them to 'carry on' and hauls himself out of the café, where he meets Monsieur and Madame Naudan, La Corona's owners. Monsieur says he saw there were a lot of members present today.

And last week, and the Thursday before last. The club and its members are 'carrying on,' quite nicely.

Last Chances for the 'Soldes d'Hiver'

This year's Soldes d'Hiver in Paris continue for a bit more. The final day of this annual shopping fête will be Saturday, 7. February. If you miss out now do not give up all hope – the 'Soldes 'd'Ete begin in six months.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's 'report' about your club's meeting is about as garbled as other recent ones, but you might rather read 'reports' like this instead of ones with no members present. Thephoto: water bottle cap of the week 'About the Café Metropole Club' page may clear up some of the other mysteries in this area, if you can't stand mystification.

The only vital fact you need know is – whatever you may think, there are hardly any 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,' even without any gift coupons.

The 'Bottle Cap of the Week.'

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

The weekly Thursday 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 vrais 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 one time in New York City.

Doing something at a meeting – like coming to one – 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, especially if it is exceptional.

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, be sure to inform the club's secretary – before you forget. If desired yougraphic: club location map 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, like some French laws without their 'decrees.'

Talking in local languages like Spanish 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. If they are listening, whatever you say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, and some actually are sometimes – and if it happens to be written here, it might be read by all readers of this online magazine, as some of them do part of the time. All of a 'report' is never written here sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since a long time ago because the club is constantly 'carrying on.'

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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