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The two members compare various heights they known, feared or mastered. Diana remembers sweeping downed branches off the roof of her house in Texas. Larry remembers giving up on north–sloped roofs in Seattle. The edges bothered him, he says.

Part of a day of wine and real estate.

Then there is a time–warp. Larry says, "Retired is the wrong word." After the lady who has come into the club's area with a crying baby gets it to stop by feeding it, time warps back to Larry, who is saying, "Paris – last civilized place on earth."

Everybody – but only those who have actually heard him say this – want to know what he means. He obliges us with, "I have yet to run into an ugly Parisian."

Diana says, "Me too!" I think Stan agrees, but he is sitting too far away for me to hear what he says.

Either that or because today's new member makes himself known. I thought he was with the lady with the baby, but Luke O'Brien is 'testing' the club while the rest of his family is parked elsewhere in the café's 'grande salle.'

From Waterford in Ireland – at first I think Luke says some place in Holland – but Waterford is okay because it is the club's 'City of the Week.' Since the club secretary has been there on more than one occasion, there's no need to trot out Waterford's virtues, which are more than two, both pubs.

As most club members these days seem to be, Luke intends to become a Paris resident too. His employer will be letting him take a sabbatical and Luke wants to spend it in Paris. He agrees to send me an email concerning this, which I will pass on to another club member who knows more about the teaching business.

Diana and Lewis will not be around much longer. Diana says, "We're going to Aix to get some air." This is a hint, of course, that it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time.

And not a moment too late. The sun is just dropping behind somewhere in the direction of the Tour Eiffel, leaving this dove–colored Paris light on the terrace – which suits today's members better than earlier light would have, better than the nightfall to come.

But it's not very warm air out on the terrace so we do the photo quickly, return to La Corona's 'grande salle' and take care of all the little pieces of paper left around by Patrick,photo: afterwards, club area the club's 'Waiter of the Week.'

While we put on our scarves, hats, coats, gloves, parkas, and pick up shopping bags and other odds and ends – but not leftovers – we finish discussing the dubious merits of owning and operating a car in Paris.

This is the 'after' in the club's area of La Corona.

Since I have them with me, I pass over two of the Avis car rental upgrade coupons to the members who agree to take them off my hands. This makes three I've gotten rid of this week. One went to a rock–n–roll lady in Texas, who felt like gambling on finding out if they work in Las Vegas.

I hope it gets delivered. I asked the post office guy for a 'nice' stamp for the envelope, and he found one with the Statue of Liberty on it, about the size of a small blanket. As French stamps go, it was a Texas–sized stamp.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting is about as detailed as other recent ones, but only those who have been at the meeting willphoto: sundown, corona terrace know what's been omitted, or forgotten. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page will not say why the club's secretary has a poor memory, but it does contain some facts about the club.

And this is the after the 'after' on the café's sundown terrace.

The one vital fact you need know is – there aren't many any others. You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live and free club by simply becoming a member by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. Even for 50 cents plus tax, it would be a heck of a deal.

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

The weekly Thursday club meetings start about 15:00, on any day that is a Thursday afternoon. They continue until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris' annual 'semi–real winter' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les mauvais temps de février' although true – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All club meetings are in Paris.

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

A note of caution – you may have any one of a thousand personal reasons for not wanting to be traceable via thegraphic: club location map Web. If so, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before being mentioned in a club report.

Former 'rules' are 'former' and have been removed from the club's chronicles except for all the latter ones still online in the archives. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been suspended forever, just like all the 'rules.'

Talking in any local languages at meetings is fine. If there's a free chair sit – optionally – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. If they are listening, whatever you say may be honestly appreciated by the other members present, and there usually are some – and if it happens to be written here, it might 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 the club secretary's 'hearing channels' don't always work in stereo.

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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