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Nancy says she will not be at the next meeting because she's taking the Eurostar to get to Bath. She also says she is not jetlagged.

Tony considers dangers of invisible stone fish.

Tony asks if she has a preferred carrier. Nancy says that she used to live across the street, almost, from TWA and she used to like it a lot. The beer must work okay because the two of them do a 'tour de horizon' which touches several subjects in a very few minutes.

They both agree that windjammer tours in the Caribbean are great. Tony mentions a Spanish taxi driver with an accent and writing a book about boats and another one about brewing in America. Nancy and I chip in with tips about windmill viewing on Montmartre, and Nancy says the Baron Bouge sells wine from barrels and empty bottles for take–away.

"They'll fill your bottle while you wait," she says, adding, "I've never paid more the 4€ a litre." Tony is very interested to hear about the soup kitchen in the basement of the Madeleine.

Tony writes a note on the back of a print–out of 'About the Club.' The 'Waiter of the Week' has served him a balloon of rouge and he twirls it around and remarks, "This wine has leggs."

Nancy plugs Auvers–sur–Oise. "You can stand in the room in the auberge where Van Gogh died," she says and tosses in, "And see his grave."

Tony says he been to see the oldest department store in Paris, the Bon Marché. Nancy says she doesn't shop for clothes, but does look for vinegar. Then Tony is filled in on the other fine shopping to be found around the Madeleine.

He looks, he says, "For bus drivers' tea." He says there is a 'pink elephant' brand called 'Pamplemousse.' He thinks he should be able to find it in all fine groceries.

"Red wine dehydrates you so much that you need to have a glass of water," Tony says, without asking the waiter for a glass of water.

Nancy agrees and adds, "It's the French paradox – 1.5 ounces per day!" Tony of course has read as well as written parts of the heart book, and fully agrees.

When Tony mentions having participated in the 'Havana Cup' races between St. Petersburg and Havanaphoto: nancy, beer in the '90s, I have a disconnect until I hear him say, "This is not a rational world," and then name the book titled – 'Cannibals, Guns, Pirates and Other Myths.'

Thinking, I guess, about visiting Bath soon, Nancy says, "I've never been to the zoo in London."

Tony, who really doesn't have the look, says, "I did the pubs along the Thames tour. It was about 20 pubs." When I asked how many pints of damage this totalled, he says, "About ten."

Nancy aids photo with light shield.

Or, I think, maybe it was 20 'demis.' With this I decide to forget the dire warning about the invisible stone fish, 'more dangerous' than cannibals and pirates.

If you think, from what is written here or from the photos, that we got sloshed, you are mistaken. The bill was for two beers, one wine 'with leggs,' and one double–espresso. Cheers !

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This dense 'report' about today's club's meeting is a mere sketch of what happened today. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other details,photo: cafe of the week but you can skip it and not miss much. The easiest way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it on any week beginning with a Thursday.

The secretary's only 'Café 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 a couple of minutes by signing–in yourself any of its meetings in Paris if you happen to be here on a Thursday. Getting something to drink is easily arranged, as you can well imagine from this report.

The club's 'rules' were pulverized by the club's own members some time ago, much to their collective satisfaction. The club's other meager distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that still has no newsletter.

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00, on Thursday afternoons. Meetings end about 17:00, also on Thursday afternoons in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'typically crummy' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are held in Paris. If the secretary gets any other better offer, club meetings will be held there.

Doing something clever at a meeting – like turning up for one – is considered the opposite of not being in another town. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having a much greater 'clever' value than 'first,' especially if a red wine is involved. 'First' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's an honestly 'true.'

Heed 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 everlasting week and have been purged from the club's gigantic volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried deep in the cool salt mines of the chronicles.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than merely optional. If there's an empty chair, sit – also optional – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. What 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 a bit of it is, sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because member Willy the Bird failed to show the slightest tail feather today.

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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