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Audrey and Bruce have a neat place to stay in Paris. It is an apartment with an extra penthouse – actually it is a sizeable apartment with a roof terrace up a spiral stairway. The same rental firm also has a whole town for rent somewhere in France Bruce tells me.

Willy the Bird flies in to amuse the new members. This reminds me that time is flying too, so out we go to the terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Various versions of this include waiters, some 'of the Week,' and the café's patron Monsieur Naudan gets caught in one, then he remembers there is a package named 'Frango' that has been left for me by a club member.

Sally Dilgart, wherever you are – boxes of chocolates from Chicago are not a proper substitute for attendance at club meetings! I'm going to eat it quick! I'll need another one pretty soon!

I notice that Bruce has what appears to be a new Swiss Army watch. He is about to tell me its story when I interrupt to photograph it. But the light isn't right, so we put it off for later, and then Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives.

Since Tomoko is the only French movie star who is coming to meetings regularly, she has to mention being in 'A Midsummer's Night Dream,' and she may get some lines to speak, or sing, soon – and Bruce sings a few verses from Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado.'

He remembers these from having done it in a high school production. This is amazing because we decide to add up how many years Bruce went to school. The total comes to 22, for Bruce is now a physiatrist. High school was quite some time ago. He also remembers the episode about my knee's sudden acquaintance with the concrete divider in the middle of the Quai du Louvre, almost better than I do.

Audrey thinks Paris may not have enough cybercafés. This is probably true, but it may have more to do with being in the right parts of town. There are a fair number where students gather – like in the Quartier Latin – because students may not have their own access where they live.

Tomoko says she went on two picnics last week. They were 'very good' if one chooses to forget the temperatures under 20 degrees, which Tomoko remembers.photo: frango, chicago

She says that there is a picnic tonight, starting at 20:00, on the Pont des Arts. She says it happens every Thursday night. "You bring your own picnic," she says. There was a club member involved with this some years ago, I remember.

Two hours has been whipped away by time, and I have my other meeting to attend, so this club meeting comes to an end just after the official time times–out.

I catch the Métro at Rivoli and ride it over to Hôtel de Ville and get to the cantina, which turns out to be as empty as La Corona's 'grande salle' was when I arrived. Yes, the bartender muses, the meeting is to be there – starting at 19:00.

While walking over the Ile Saint–Louis and past Notre Dame I have plenty of time to tell myself to quit preparing for events in advance. In my place I would ignore the following:–

Holiday reminder – next Monday, 31. May, is the holiday of Pentecôte in France. It constitutes the only other long weekend in May this year, but other than this I don't know what it means except that banks may take a day's pause from ripping us off.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a rough notion of the forgetful times to be had at mostphoto: tomoko club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about the club. It'll fit in a thimble if you have a small one.

Today's movie star situation, according to Tomoko.

Become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member in seconds by presenting yourself any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, real or imaginary. The 'rules' were quashed by the club's members long ago. The club's other claim to fame is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that doesn't bother to send you a newsletter. That would be work.

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

The weekly club meetings always begin about 15:00, on many days that are Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the western European Time of Paris' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps morasses du mai' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are only held in Paris unless stated otherwise.

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, even if it's a second–class 'first.'

There's only one note of caution – you may have any one or two 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 goofy club reports.graphic: club location map

Former 'rules' remain 'former' week after week and have been eliminated from the club's volumes of chronicles except for all the originals 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 an honorable activity. 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 relatively unchanged since last week because the club secretary keeps forgetting to remember that preparing in advance for stuff may be harmful to one's metal health.

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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