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Heather tells us – not Tomoko, not myself – why we should take part in a US government 'test census' that will be tried out in Paris, and maybe in Mexico. Apparently these are conducted in foreign places order to find out if they'll work on the whole population in the United States, about six years from now.

"Demming!" David suddenly says, remembering where his truck blew up.

"That's only a truck–stop!" Heather observes.

David tells me that he's working on his board game and asks me if I know where he can get some custom dice. I tell him the kazoo story – which is, like, how to find a kazoo. The same can be done with dice.

The explanation of David's game I don't understand at all. He keeps saying it is very very complex. He has done games before, and tells me about 'Ultimate Alphabet.' While he now works on creating a board game, he started out thinking of games to be played over the Internet. He says they have to have 'sticky eyes.'

Tomoko's news is that she is appearing in some performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' as a 'Japanese fairy.' Shephoto: carafe d'eau says the production has enjoyed full houses. I think I've seen it mentioned in reviews, but am not certain because French magazines use its French title.

Tomoko is our own star of stage, screen and video. She says she's never done radio, but has done 'voices.' "Voice work pays more than shooting," she says.

Water is water, and it's free like the club, but not as tasty.

Heather is packing up, getting the members straightened out in their doggie bags, about to leave. This calls for the 'Group Photo of the Week,' but first I try for a 'Members In Their Doggie Bags' photo, but fail to concentrate on it. So much gets lost in these spur of the moment deals.

This brings the club's one and only 236th meeting to an end. I see I've neglected to mention Heather's visits to the Gene Autry Museum, and David's comment that Heather spelled it right. As long as the spelling is right, this 'report' will have to do.

The Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest

The contest was concluded during last week's club meeting when all who were present voted for the winners by choosing ten winning slogans out of a total of 143. All of the winners have been informed directly by emails.

The names of the winners have been placed on the aptly–named Contest page. The fabulous Bumper–sticker Slogan Contest was jointly produced in Heather's Secrets of Paris newsletter and in Metropole.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

For the centennial of the 'Entente Cordiale,' One World Actors Productions is staging thephoto: 2 sugars, double cafe '60s 'flower power' version of this hit by Shakespeare, for most of the rest of spring. After all, as Ben Johnson so aptly noted, "William Shakespeare was not of an Age, but for all Time," including seasons that are not summer.

The secretary's cup of jolt.

The show, which is in English, had its debut in Paris on April Fool's Day at UNESCO. But now it seems to have moved to the Studio–Théâtre de la Comédie Française where performances are at 20:00 on Mondays. Remaining upcoming dates are 24 and 31. May, and 14 and 21. June.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a hazy notion of the conversational times to be had at some club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about joining.

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. There are no hidden costs, or 'rules.' The 'rules' were killed off by the club's members long ago. It's other claim to fame is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that sends you no newsletter. This is, it.

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

The weekly Thursday club meetings normally start about 15:00, on days that have Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the somewhat greater European Time of Paris' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps horribles du mai' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All club meetings are held in Paris.

Doing anything clever at a meeting – like being at one – is considered the opposite of not being at one. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a decidedly greater 'report' value over 'true.' 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's nearly plausible.

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

Former 'rules' are still 'former' and have been eliminated from the club's volumes of chronicles except for all the original rules still online buried deep in the archives, which you can read if you can find them. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been suspended forever, quite a bit like all the 'rules,' except one.

Talking 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 accidently.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because David Pitt showed up today, one week after Pittsfield became the 'City of the Week' last week.

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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