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This was pre–planned to be a happy meeting. Francine tells me that Amy just got her 'carte de sejour.' It is like a birthday for her. Getting a 'carte de sejour' is like the relief felt from passing the BAC with flying colors on the first try. Tonight's TV–news shows an 80–year–old guy getting ready for his third try. He failed his first one in 1940.

photo: book, a meal observed, andrew todhunterGay tells us about staying in Paris. She says the limit is six months less one day, while everybody else thought it was only three months. She says she has to win the Loto to be able to afford buying an apartment here.

Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives, and helps Bill to look at his city map. Members are always doing this at club meetings. Sometimes they just compare maps rather than look for places.

Ron's whole book about one meal.

At the other end of the club's tables Ron had said something about the book 'Born To Shop' by Suzy Gershwin. I am too rattled to follow anything carefully. This Suzy also started out in Texas, but I do not hear whether this reflects on Texas or her.

Ron has another book to praise. It is 'A Meal Observed' by Andrew Todhunter. It is supposed to be about exactly one long and luxurious meal at the restaurant Taillevent. I guess it is okay – it is thinner than most cookbooks.

Bill says, "I had a different image of this café." I look around, wondering what it is supposed to look like. It looks like it always does to me, at this 237th club meeting. To prove it, Willy the Bird flies into the club's area and puts one of his beady eyes on us for a few seconds.

At 16:30 I leap up and start harassing the members about the 'Group Photo of the Week.' There is nothing to worryphoto: tomoko, bill, map book about because this has been done before, even though it is the first time for today's new members. Outside the café on its terrace, everybody compacts nicely and I do not back into the street full of racing traffic. Two shots out of four are good, and four shots out of four show 20 eyeballs.

Tomoko searches for a tiny Paris street, for Bill.

Back inside it is the final half hour, and Tomoko gives us her customary tips for being extras in movies. "You have to lie about your experience," she says. In the Shakespeare thing she's in she says she doesn't have 'even one line.'

Tomoko is like a walking events calendar. Just about every week she talks up something going on. She says that next Tuesday there will be Beatles look–alikes at the Petit Journal Montparnasse in the Rue de Commandant– René–Mouchette.

She says they won't be as good as the Beatles, and then tells us the addresses of all the best Yakitori places. She isn't sure if the one in Montparnasse is in the Rue Montparnasse or the Rue Delambre. Neither am I.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a thorough notion of the exciting times to be had at somephoto: flotilla cafe cups club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about the club.

The leftover and empty bowls of café and chocolate.

You can 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. The 'rules' were eliminated 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 neglects to send you a newsletter. This is all there is.

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

The weekly 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 humides du mai' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All club meetings are mostly 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 much greater 'report' value than 'true.' 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's sort of plausible.

Only 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 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found' in one of these club reports.photo: street signs

Former 'rules' remain 'former' week after week 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.'

Talking to other club members 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 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 of the club secretary's lack of attention to details.

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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