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Ron says he's just finished a seven–hour stint of riding the Métro. He wanted to find out how long he could do it, but says it wasn't continuously. Heather suggests that this meeting have a 'wine theme' because Moe is drinking Champagne, she is drinking red–type wine, and they are talking about wine bars.

Then Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives, after spending the summer in Osaka. She says that it was pretty exciting there and she would have returned sooner except for the typhoon, the nuclear accident and the earthquake.

Tomoko immediately notices Bongo 253 and introduces 'Kiti' – the one and only – to him. Then she turns to Ron and asks him if he got his bumper– sticker contest prize yet. "What bumper–sticker contest?" Ron asks me.

Post–traumatic stress disorder is what Tomoko thinks she had in Japan. Luckily she had enough acupuncture there to last her for 'four or five months.'

Ron tells us about the long–distance arrangements for a surprise birthday party he's concocted. The 'surprise' part wasn't total though. "Maybe I should change my name?"

'Waiter of the Week' Patrick brings a near full tray with the second shift of drinks just as we have successfullyphoto, tomokos kiti completed the 'Group Photo of the Week.' "San Pellegrino – champagne!" he says.

Ron looks at the bottle closely and says, "The label on the back is upsidedown." Moe says, "Maybe you can sell it on eBay."

Tomoko's 'Kiti' makes a repeat club appearance.

Members answer their phones, finish their drinks, toss cash at the slips of paper, shake hands until next time. Tomoko says, "I kept up my English lessons in Japan, in coffee shops, in tea rooms."

Kate says goodbye, the Coopers say they'll be back next time, Heather has dogs to feed and Ron will be back at Thanksgiving to do the bird.

"In Japan I didn't speak French for months," Tomoko says, "Now it's taking three of four days to get my muscles used to it again." Summers can do that to you.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' has less than what happened, which was several chapters. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other details, but you can skip it and not miss much. An easier way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it on a Thursday during any week with one.photo, patrick, waiter of the week

You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member nearly instantly by signing–in yourself any of its meetings in Paris if you are here on a Thursday. Getting something to drink is easily arranged, especially if Patrick is the 'Waiter of the Week.'

Patrick deftly slides a full drinks tray into club's area of chaos.

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

When, Who, How, What, Why Not, 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 'EXPOT' 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 being present for one – is considered the opposite of being in another town. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having somewhat the same 'clever' value as 'first,' especially if wine bars are 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 several club members made today's meeting like a picnic.

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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