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Tomoko Yokomitsu cruises in and comes to a landing. "It's too hot!" is the first thing she says. I have been sitting for a while, moving as little as possible, so I think she may be exaggerating a little bit. But this is how it is – do nothing and it's okay.

Don decides to go outside and check the breeze. Through the window I can see some leaves on a tree and they aren't moving at all.

Tomoko says she will be in another two performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' This is strictly pro forma becausephoto: garbage bag wind vane all performances until now have been sold out. Tomoko has a magazine article about some Beatles thing she's involved with, but she's very disappointed not to be mentioned in it.

For readers who have come in late, Tomoko is the club's connection to the world of theatre, TV and movies. Tomoko is one of the club's few French movie stars, and the only one who works at it full time, except on Thursdays.

Aerodynamic street breeze indicator device. (Pat. Pend.)

Don comes back with evidence of the breezes. He has taken a photo of the plastic garbage bag out in front of the café, showing the bag almost horizontal in the breeze. This is a breeze almost exclusive to the Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny. The leaves in the Quai du Louvre are still motionless.

I go out to reproduce the evidence of the breezes because Don never sends me his photos. I am just in time to catch one last puff of breeze, because on the second shot the bag goes limp. I don't see any of Don's 'little dogs' flying by either.

Tomoko begins to muse on the idea of retiring in Japan. She says the care is better there, and the food is good too.photo: orange drink Actually she says most suschi is done by Koreans – except in Paris where it is done by Vietnamese. Whichever it is, we both realize that neither of us can retire to Japan because we've been here too long. It is not good to think of what kind of suschi French retirement places have.

"It's a pleasure," Don says, "To come to the Café Metropole Club."

This week's only yellow 'Orange Drink of the Week.'

I swear Don actually says this on his own initiative. He says it is a 'free' plug for the club, and he feels like doing it. As club secretary I could write 'free' plugs for the club even if there were no members present, but I don't do this. I'm not sure I should repeat what Don really says, but he really says this, and if I don't put it in here, you won't believe any part of this club 'report.'

So, then, because we can't think of anything else to do we out to the café's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' So that it doesn't look like other 'Group Photos of the Week' I ask Tomoko and Don to look in opposite directions. It doesn't mean anything.

Just after 17:00 Nellie shows up to haul Don off to Château–Rouge. At first I think she is one of the 'email' members who aren't going to show up, but Nellie talks in French and knows I live in the 14th, so it must be Nellie.

With Shirley Lindsay, Nellie brings today's membership to four. This is pretty good for a steamy day in the middle of a nothing week when there are no shows with casts of hundreds of thousands programmed. I guess this has been a 'Nothing of the Week' meeting, like a couple of others.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a sketchy notion of the occasionally 'nothing' times to be had atphoto: group 2, tomoko and don club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about the club. A Palm hand–held is far more than anybody needs for the club's details.

This week's only 2nd 'Group Photo of the Week.'

You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member in seconds by signing–in yourself during any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, real or imaginary. Free is really free too.

The club's '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 has no newsletter to send you. I hope this makes sense with the typo removed.

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

The weekly club meetings begin about 15:00, on most all 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 'June's humid times' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are only held in Paris unless the secretary gets a better offer.

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 a 'first.'

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 humid club reports.graphic: club location map

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

Talking to other club members at meetings is a laudable activity. If there's an empty chair sit – entirely 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 sometimes is.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of hunger caused by a lack of any 'Food of the 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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