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Tom says, "It hurts the fish to catch them." Somebody else says something about it hurting cows to eat hamburgers too, and several other members can think of other hurt animals, like Flamingos, for example.

The Cooleys come to Paris every year when it gets humid on Sanibel, for it is an island. It is not coral like the Keys, but sand. One of Sanibel's other famous aspects is that it is the only community in the United States that was zoned by the CIA, who declared that it be no higher than low–rise.

I fail to catch the exact reasoning behind this, not understanding the island's connection to Cuba's Bay of Pigs, but learn that Sanibel residents have to go all the way to Fort Meyers if they want to hang out at a mall. Sanibel sounds kind of neat if you don't mind humidity, hurricanes, palmetto bugs and alligators – in their various seasons.

Diana asks if anyone knows where she can get some clip–on sunglasses. Places that sell glasses are likely, I think. Diana also has some good things to say about the French crutches she got here last year.photo: crossed bottles, mandolins Obviously another club 'first.'

We all pepper Lucky with questions about exactly where he will posted in order to get his annual photos of the Tour de France finale on the Champs–Elysées next Sunday. He will be at Rond–Point he says.

'Signal of the Week,' is ersatz for crossed mandolins.

He goes early in the morning, but cruises around a bit. When the publicity caravan passes he gets into his final position and stays in it. From what he says, it sounds like supporters from the United States will be near Clemenceau. "They comes with ladders," he says, "And banners, and flags."

It continues to be Sanibel's big day after we have successfully captured the meeting's 'Group Photo of the Week.' Barbara confirms that Palmetto bugs are actually quite large outdoor cockroaches, and not some kind of plant. "We have bobcats!" she says with obvious enthusiasm.

There is a wildlife refuge named 'Ding Darling' that has 'Rosiette Spoonbills.' This spelling may not be correct because the notes also contain references to Teddy Roosevelt, stamps with ducks on them, and cartoonist national park.

Without a mall, without a McDo, without a 'Target,' Lucky says Sanibel sounds it's like... "Versailles!" He means, I think, 'back then,' back when Louis lived there.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This 'report' about today's club's meeting is a ballpark–limited approximation of what happenedphoto: ex sorbet of the week at today's meeting. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other information, but you can skip it. The easiest way to find out more about the club is by joining it one fine Thursday.

Former 'Sorbet of the Week.'

You can become a real lifetime member too of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member in a second by signing–in yourself any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, real or imaginary, and getting something to drink if it is hot is up to you.

The club's 'rules' were eradicated by the club's members some time ago. The club's other faint distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that still has no newsletter to send you. If this will happen is a mystery nobody wants solved.

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

The weekly club meetings begin about 15:00, on all days that are Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'July's warm times' although they sometimes are – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are held in Paris until the secretary gets any 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 'clever' value than 'true,' especially if a fish is involved. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's a 'first.'

Only one note of caution – you may have any one or two 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 endless week and have been purged from the club's huge volumes of chronicles except for all the originals still online buried deep in the archives. They can be skipped because members at meetings often have forgotten the former 'rules' too.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than optional. If there's an empty chair sit – still optional – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café.Whatever you say may be honestly appreciated by other members present if they are listening, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as ten percent of it sometimes is.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because Palmettos have been exposed here, for what they are, finally.

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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