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"It didn't work out for me," Larry says. But after listening to Jason, there might be good reasons to give it another try. I certainly would have not dropped out if I hadn't been so busy doing drawings for French magazines.

Larry lived most recently in Seattle. So many members have done this that Seattle can't be 'City of the Week' again until about 2049, so Larry comes up with China Lake, which he says is in the middle of California's Mojave Desert.

David confirms this – that there is really a place named 'China Lake' – so I don't bother looking it up in the atlas. David or Stan says it is a navel base.

How this gets Stan to remember that his dad knew 'Ernie' – Ernest K Gann, the writer – whenphoto: ed's forgotten cafe 'Ernie' was an American Airlines pilot is totally unclear, as is David's assertion that 'Ernie' was his uncle. Is this all on account of China Lake?

For readers unfamiliar with these real club meetings, this kind of less–than–six– degrees removed connection isn't as rare as might be imagined. I mean, as club secretary, I certainly don't invent them.

The club's secretary forgot to have his while it was hot.

I am not doing well with keeping up on the conversations at the far end of the tables, and I see Jason has put on his jacket. This means it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time. A passing 'waiter of the week' also reminds me that it is long past the secretary's café time, so it gets ordered, gets delivered, gets forgotten, gets cold.

The light outside the café is not a lot brighter than inside, so today's shoot is in the club's area. The tall guys stand in the back row with their knees bent so they are nearly shorter that the not–so–tall ladies standing in the front row.

I do notice part of this, ask for rearrangements, and after a couple of shots, ask for some 'Mardi Gras' which, while enthusiastic, doesn't work at all. On later inspection, Stan is nearly invisible.

I don't know why. Larry tells me he got his kids Macs and mini–video cameras so that they can run a three–way Internet–based 'real–time' broadcasting system between the United States, Australia and Paris. It's less expensive than telephoning and more real.

In case anybody has forgotten, member's wishes are members' rights. This is what it means when I say I 'read' new members 'rights' to them. Anyone who wants, can be at a meeting and not be 'at' it, not in the report and 'unfindable,' photographed, but not published.

But the reason for not mentioning that Stan is jetlagged at today's meeting, like he says he is, is because he flew into Paris on Tuesday. The only exceptions for jetlagged members, are for those who arrived at Roissy, or Orly, on the same Thursday, in the same month and year, as a club meeting.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting is more garbled than other recent ones, but how can you tell unless youphoto: winter, pont neuf are at a meeting? Trust me, I can tell it is more garbled. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page will not say how the club's secretary knows these things, but does contains vital facts about the club.

Outside the club, Paris has a gray February day.

The only vital fact you need know is – there aren't many any others. You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's live and free club by simply becoming a member by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. More sheer value for 'free' you cannot get.

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

The Thursday club meetings start about 15:00 sharp, always on a Thursday. They continue until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris' semi–annual 'semi–fake spring' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'le vrai beau temps de février' although true – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All of these meetings are in Paris, except for once upon a time in New York City.

Doing something clever at a meeting – like coming to one – is a splendid idea. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a good edge in 'report' value over 'true.' Don't get the wrong idea – 'true' is fine too, especially if it's difficult to believe.

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, be sure to inform the club's secretary – before you get found by AlltheWeb.graphic: club location map If desired you can even be at a meeting and not be at it, 'report–wise.' Former 'rules' are 'former' and have been removed from the club's chronicles except for all the latter ones still online. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been temporarily suspended forever.

Talking in local languages at meetings is fine. If there's a free chair sit – optional – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. If they are listening, whatever you say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, and there usually are some sometimes – and if it happens to be written here, it could be read by all the readers of this online magazine, as some of them do part of the time.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because all readers read these reports only sometimes, if they are in the mood.

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
signature, regards, ric

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