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As most club members know – I suppose – a city can only become a 'City of the Week' if it hasn't been a 'City of the Week' before.

Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives. She asks if I got the email she sent me two days ago. As far as I know I didn't. She confirms my email address. But if she sent an email and I didn't recognize it being from her, I may have trashed it. There is a lot of odd stuff going on with email these days. Some 'subjects' will not get past the spam–traps, for example.

Kellsey says Indianapolis is 'unpredictable.' Phil says, "It's not just a corn town." For one thing, Indianapolis has the car racing track, and it's right in town – not stashed out on the prairie somewhere between the malls.

Phil is no a big fan of car racing. He thinks there are three races there every year – or there were when he lastphoto: after chocolat went to one in 1970. The 'Indianapolis 500' is blacked–out on local TV until some time after the race is over. I forget to ask him if this is because of wagering on the race.

An 'after' chocolate, when there isn't any more.

While Kathryn and Kellsey go off down the Quai de Louvre to look at the dogs in the pet shops – Heather is sorry she didn't bring Pedro and Lena – Phil tells me how being one of three stock traders in Indiana keeps him thin.

The stock he trades are not cows, but certificates. "It's interesting," he says, "But not fun." He stays thin by not having time to have lunch.

Aside from high–tech booms and busts, he says the best thing about his job is that when the trading day is over – fairly early – he walks out the door and forgets it. He mentions some of the details about stock trading, and ending most days even or slightly in the black. In fact, for a trader, 'even' is fine.

The girls come back from the dog inspection tour. When I ask, they say they did not see any roosters. I guess they didn't come all the way from Indianapolis to see roosters in the middle of Paris. Who would? They did see some small birds though. Doves?

For a change, everybody has a destination today. Heather has to recover Pedro and Lena from their minder, and some of the others are going to hit the Louvre for a tour when it should be nearly empty. Tomoko is going to lead some others to the Conforama store near Samaritaine.

So I go and find Patrick to ask him what happened to my 16:00 café. It must be a sort of dozy day, because he usually brings it like clockwork. When I pass the bird shop on my way to Châtelet, the parrots look very sleepy. This week, no tricks.

The Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest

Readers and club members who read these reports have been sending in their entries for the fabulous Bumper–sticker Slogan Contest that is running jointly in Heather's Secrets of Paris newsletter and in Metropole.

To win you have to submit very short slogans that sum up Paris and France positively in as few pithygraphic: bumper sticker words as will fit on a bumper–sticker. Suitably 'grand' prizes for the best entries will be announced later, so have a little faith with this.

Judging will be held in late April at a club meeting, and members will be asked to assist with choosing the winners. Find all the details on the Contest page.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This brief 'report' about today's club'sphoto: cats eye, kellsey meeting should give you a hint of the dozy times to be had at some club meetings. Even those who have been this meeting will not know how little has been omitted. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page doesn't say the club's secretary is always alert, but it might contain a couple of facts about the club. No more than two, I believe.

Kellsey's anti–April Fool's 'Emilie.'

You need to know hardly more. Become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live and free club by becoming a member in seconds by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. The other fact is that there are no hidden costs or other 'rules.' But if there were an entry charge, it would be tax–included.

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

The weekly Thursday club meetings start around 15:00 on the dot, on days that are Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris' annual 'semi–real spring' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps douce de avril' although they are sometimes – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is where all club meetings are held.

Doing anything interesting at a meeting – like being at one – is considered the opposite of not being at one. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a decided edge in 'report' value over 'true.' 'True' is acceptable too, especially if it's remotely plausible.

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

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

Saying things at meetings is fine. If there's an empty 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 honestly appreciated by other club members present, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as some of it is sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Indianapolis isn't just another 'corn' town.

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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