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I hear Walter say, "Ric can tell you where not to go." Luckily no one asks. I don't know anything about West Hollywood, or Garden Grove.

My notes, these 'report' notes, are worse than usual. Not only do they not make any sense, I don't even know what they mean. Do I speak French, I think Marilyn asks. I confess that I try but the French laugh. The longer I can't speak French the funnier it gets. I can't sell lemonade either.

"Walter is a wizard!" somebody shouts. I guess maybe it was Jerry, but it may have been Jim. Walter is a wizard because he has no less than a half–dozen gadgets.

There's the camera that does the video. There's an audio recorder, a portable phone, an electronic translator, andphoto, cybershot group an analog compass – an early forerunner of GPS. The amazing thing is that when Walter is lugging all this stuff his clothing doesn't bulge anywhere.

Walter's 'Group Photo of the Week.'

I've forgotten that Danielle has shown up to join her parents, Tina and Chuck. Tina finds out that Jim speaks Spanish, and Catalan, and Russian. Jim is going to give French a whirl – that's why Marilyn was asking me. I'm not a good student to ask.

Danielle is getting up to go and get a souvenir Paris tatoo, so we all pile out to La Corona's terrace, and pretty much capture the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Walter does one too.

Back inside, Betty says that she got blitzed near the Panthéon by a falling chestnut. "It bounced off my glasses, then they bounced off my head," she says.

Walter says, "Law of gravity – big sphere attracts little sphere." Jerry says, about Florida, "We put all our Rembrandts in the bathtub."

The final gadget is Walter's, of course. He has a sleek watch that is powered by sunlight. When it's covered by a sleeve, or at night, it doesn't run at all. But when it's in some light again, it gets a time signal from outer space, resets itself, and tells the right time – and can remember what the right time is in New York too.

Except for this 'report,' it has been a successful meeting. It has been a first time for several things – not counting the gadgets – but it's the only 256th meeting we'll ever attend.

Finally before we all go – remember about the falling chestnuts. It's falling–chestnut season again.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' was not interrupted by rain. The 'About the Café Metropole Club'photo, gadgets of the week page has some other details, but you can skip them and not miss many of the ex–rules. A faster way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it any Thursday.

Some of Walter's 'Gadgets of the Week.'

You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member really fast on a Thursday by signing–in yourself during one of the meetings in Paris if you are here. Getting something to drink is more easily arranged than said.

The club's 'rules' were turned into wisps of vapor by the club's very own members some time ago, much to their eternal satisfaction. The club's other meager distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that continues to have no newsletter.

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

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 'ooOPs' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are always in Paris. If the secretary gets no other better offers, club meetings will continue to be held here.

Do something clever at a meeting – like being present for one – and become mildly famous for a short time. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same political value as 'first,' especially if cats 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, year after everlasting year, 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 Martian chronicles.

Conversation with 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 frankly 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 was no 'Gadget of the Week' at today's meeting. They were 'Gadgets.'

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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