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"This is not very nice of the Czechs," Stephan observes.

Marion is quite content, mainly that there has been an early outcome. "I'm glad people will stop asking me the score." Then she switches to talking about how pleasant it is to live next door to the jail in Köln.

After not telling us what happened after he ran out of money on the way to competing in the Paris–Dakar, Stephan switches subjects to talk about photographing Paris' gas stations. Although he says 'it is notphoto: soldes d only in Paris,' he is convinced that when you run out of gas, the next station is always 35 kilometres away.

He illustrates this theory with an account of a trip he made from Leverkusen to Amsterdam and back. He had a card good only at Shell stations and noticed that gas was five cents cheaper in Holland, and ended up getting more gas at an Aral station because Holland ran out of Shell stations about the same time as Stephan's car was running on empty.

And Stephan's 'Silk Tie of the Week.'

He says it took two months to straighten out, buying gas at an Aral station instead of using his company's Shell card. Any readers intending to try for the Paris–Dakar should try to remember this. There are lots of Shell stations in Holland, but none of them are on the way to Africa.

Don decides to leave. He says he is going to clean an apartment, probably so we won't ask him about the refrigerator again. Marion picks up on this immediately, and wants to know how many refrigerators need to be moved.

James sings, "Its – 'We gotta move these refrigerators, on the MTV...'"

I say, "No," and Marion says, "No rules!" James says, "No fusion!"

But it doesn't do any good. We are in the thick of talking about civil servants and their odd ways before anyone can call us to our senses and it is Stephan who grabs the conversational ball and runsphoto: key of the week it down to Lake Konstanz, and some atom things with slits he ordered by mail from the United States, which resulted in his paying a visit to some customs guy in Switzerland.

"You open a water tap and atom beams come out of it," is his succinct sum–up.

But I've completely forgotten the 'why' of the 'Key of the Week.'

At this point I see that the meeting's deadline is 30 minutes gone and I present the second–place prize to James. Some hours later I see that the notes are at an end too, and it is past my bedtime, like usual.

On a mad whim, I decided to take the number 58 bus from beside Samaritaine. As soon as I decided to do this, the two number 58 buses waiting there pulled out. Ten minutes passed before another came, but then it trundled up to Montparnasse in almost a jiffy.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting might give you a sketchy notion of the occasionally odd times to be had at club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about the club. No mention is made of the open–strip mining next to Marion's house that I neglected to put in today's report.

You can become a real lifetime member too of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a memberphoto: bag clip in seconds by signing–in yourself any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, real or imaginary, and there's nothing to buy except club cocktails and hot dogs.

James' marvelous gift for the club – handy bag–clips!

The club's 'rules' were quashed by the club's members long ago. The club's only other distinctive claim is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that still has no newsletter to send you. There is no mystery about when this will happen.

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

The weekly club meetings begin about 15:00, on 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 'summer's nice times' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are exclusively held in Paris until the secretary gets any other offer.

Doing something 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.' Today's only first was Stephan's silk tie.

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 club reports.graphic: club location map

Former 'rules' remain 'former' week after darn 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 an encouraged 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 do hear, 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.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of thirst caused by a total lack of any 'Orange Juice 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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