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It reminds Karen that she's tired of hotels and intends to stay in an apartment next time she's in Paris. Rita is not happy with her apartment because it is in a quartier with where the atmosphere is a bit downscale – it could have been okay if she was a student seeking local 'charm.'

This meeting, the last of the club's 5th year, or the first of the club's 6th year, is not over yet because a new member arrives. This is Stan Moyer, from this week's 'City of the Week' Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Being a Moyer, Stan is here seeking the club's other two Moyers. Who knows? Maybe all the world's Moyers are separated by less than six degrees, but both Priscilla, Bob and I know that one of our other Moyers is wheeling around the San Francisco Bay at the moment.

Egad! So do Lynn and Jeff, because they are watering uncle Den–Den's plants! This leaves one Moyer totally unaccounted for – a serious omission for an anniversary meeting, not the mention the lack of cake with candles.

Out of a hubbub I hear Heather's question, "What's a civet?"

Before I start to wonder why I'm being asked this I blurt out a wild guess that it's some kind of rabbit. This, in itself, is not wholly correct, but is close enough to move the conversation on to all the wild things that are turning up hanging in butcher shops these days.

Ducks, pheasants, rabbits – why have I never wondered before what happens to all the rabbit ears? I mean, this is France, where nothing is thrown away. Are there no deep–fried rabbit ears? The members look as if the secretary has jumped his trolley.

Stan says that he has just returned from the south of France and a bicycle trip from Toulouse to Montpellier. "It only rained at night," he says, but, "The wind was in our face."

Heather says, looking at her watch with no numbers on its face, "I need to get a watch with numbers on it."

Somehow this is a signal, now that we've gotten the 'Group Photo of the Week' out of the way, for Tomoko Yokomitsuphoto, tomoko to arrive. She has been in rehearsals lately, but the director has fallen ill and here she is. Everybody is happy to meet Tomoko!

As Lynn and Jeff prepare to leave, I learn that no extraterrestrials have sent any significant signals since last week's meeting. My guess is that there may be no Internet, out there in other galaxies, as hard as it might be to believe.

Tomoko, using classic French conversational fingers.

As a final thought for the week, Karen says "There's more money for booze – if you don't smoke." With all the smoking that boozers in this town do in cafés, there should be plenty of money for it.

Last Week's Extraordinary Announcement

This stupendous event was mostly ignored today as club members were more intent on having the meeting at hand rather than waxing philosophic over the significance of it. I guess it means that with five years of age – unless I've miscounted again – the Café Metropole Club has now entered a phase of maturity. Since most things these days are over in a flash, can decline be far off? Tune in next week for meeting 01 of year 6 – another true and unique 'first!'

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' lacked for little other than some 'Food of the Week.' Few meetings are perfect. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other details,photo, of the week, camera but you can skip them and not miss a thing. An easier way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it any Thursday.

Lurking in Stan's camera, the 'Photo 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 easily on a Thursday by signing–in yourself during one of the meetings in Paris if you are here. Getting something to eat is even more easily arranged if you are hungry.

The club's 'rules' were turned into mere hints of rumors by the club's members some time ago, much to their everlasting joy. The club's other capital distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that carries on with no newsletter, regardless of what members say it is.

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 'Eno' 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 offer darn soon, club meetings will continue to be held here.

Do anything clever at a meeting – like being present for one – and become mildly famous for a short moment if you are not already. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same portable phone value as 'first,' especially if dogs are involved. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, especially if it's modestly '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 darn week, year after everlasting year, and have been purged from the club's intergalactic volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the cool and deep salt mines of the Martian chronicles.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than permanently 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 is likely to be much appreciated by other members present if they are listening, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as bits of it are, sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because no members ordered deep–fried rabbit ears as a snack.

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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