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The 'yesterday' part of the show will retrace the history of aviation at Evreux since 1910 at the Base Aérienne 105. The free event takes place on the weekends of 18–19 and 25–26. September.

Also, as he always does when he's in France, Jerry will be making a pilgrimage to the military cemetery at Epinal in eastern France, to visit his father's grave.

On this visit he is seeing Paris for almost the first time, and he's been to the Holocaust Memorial at the rear of Notre Dame, which is called the Mémorial de la Déportation.

Other way–stations on this trip are a visit to Liechtenstein – 'to buy some stamps' – to Lübeck in the north, and to Oberstdorf east of Lake Constance in the south. There may be time to take in the Zeppelin factory as well.

You may think this is a pretty serious meeting, but it isn't quite. For example Barry tells us about the endless energy that we could find in hydrogen or in swimming pools in Iceland, and Jerry says, "Oil puts beans on the tables of Texas."

Barry then says a famous French philosopher has summed up our brave new world with, "Le monde est fou fou fou!" I accept this as the 'Quote of the Week.'

Jerry votes for Jimmy Carter as the most recent US president who was a ethical human being. Barry says, "It's a DOS planet, and it hasn't evolved to Windows." Bothphoto, leffe of the week Jerry and Barry say they can't find the '@' on French PC keyboards. It's at top–left on French Mac keyboards, and the Mac was never DOS.

Willy the Bird flies in and gathers crumbs and old frites from under Jerry's chair. Jerry says, "When elephants fight, it's the grass that gets trampled."

Barry tells us that Starbucks has poor coffee. "They over–roast it," he insists. But then adds that they have plush seats, take–out, and cold 'frappicino.'

Barry's choice today instead of 'frappicino.'

Jerry appreciates that glasses of Perrier are routinely served with ice these days in Paris. "It didn't even used to be cold," he adds.

The secretary thinks the world is 'fou' too. If you don't want ice what are you supposed to do with it? Put it in your pocket? Usually, the waiter isn't going to be around to take it back.

Barry goes off sometime after five and Jerry and I sit around for a while longer, discussing how he can get a job in Paris so he can put off going back to live in Beaumont, Texas.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' has fewer actual quotes than were actually said, which was several chapters. Thephoto, empty leffe of the week '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 during any week with a Thursday.

The 'after' version of Barry's choice today.

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

The club's 'rules' were turned into wisps of 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.

How, What, Why Not, When, Who, 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 'ePOT' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are held in Paris. If the secretary gets no other better offers, club meetings will continue to be held here.

Doing something clever at a meeting – like being present for one – is considered the opposite of being on the Champs–Elysées instead. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having somewhat the same ethical value as 'first,' especially if Zeppelins are involved. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's honestly 'first.'

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, 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 there were no fighting elephants at the meeting.

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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