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To pass the time I read the membership booklet. One member wrote, in answer to a question on the club's non–obligatory questionnaire, that he was in Paris for 'flanneurism' and 'mangeurism.'

Another member answered the question 'what is the primary reason for your visit?' with "Hedonism – my girlfriend lives here." To the next question, 'what have you liked most in Paris,' the answer was, "See above – and use imagination."

'What is your favorite Paris activity?' was answered with, "Une grande crême chaque matin." Another answered, "The length of my stay," tophoto: mirrors, windows the question asking 'what would they would like to see changed, improved?'

But not all is rosy in Paris. One member complained, "I couldn't find soup for dinner." Another member wants to see traffic lights with 'improved' colors.

More mirrors, more reflections.

A number of members, without looking at how others responded to question 6 – 'what is your favorite Paris activity?' answered with, "Lounging in the Luxembourg garden" – or something very similar.

Chance in life is something some members might be looking for in Paris. One member wrote, "First visit! I came because I won a raffle!" Chance before you get here is good too.

One member moaned about the 'dog poop on the streets, the sullen faces and all the cigarette smoking,' and then answered the following question with, "It is what is – don't change a thing!"

"This is my 7th visit, my fourth in the last 2 years. I love Paris – especially the Left Bank and the bookstores and the walking and the beautiful little patisseries & boulangeries. My favorite church (at the moment) is Etienne–du–Mont. My least favorite place is the Flea Market at Clignancourt. Favorite Paris activity is walking (a flanneur!!) Metropole came up in a search for Paris weather! I would like to see a page on Ric – there should be a page 'more about Ric!'"

Finally, an enthusiast. "I like Beaujolais Nouveau even when it's not new!" And another – with the answers to questions two, three and six – "Eat, drink and buy shoes."

I don't know about the rest of you – readers, would–be club members and members – but I enjoyed today's club meeting and I'm sure Ric did too, because it wasn't raining.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' contains more than what happened, which was nothing. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other details, butphoto: clubs mascot you can skip it and not miss a lot. An easier way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it on any week with a Thursday.

You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member nearly in a flash 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, especially if Patrick is the 'Waiter of the Week.'

The club's tasteful mascot, or icon.

The club's 'rules' were turned into steam 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.

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

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 'extraordinarily sunny' 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 Beaujolais Nouveau is involved. 'First' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's honestly 'true.'

There's just 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 in the cool and deep 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 up for the second meeting in a row.

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
signature, regards, ric

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