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"Jack the Ripper," Kate quickly replies.

Kate and Macey met at the vernissage for the opening of the Jean–Paul Gaultier 'Bread Clothes' show at the Fondation Cartier. Nancy recommends the Robert Capa exhibition at the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque National.

Then the three are talking about Louis Kahn and a movie named 'The Architect.' Doug is still trying to remember 'Bob something.'

A blitz poll finds that three of the members have cast their ballots for the US election. Nancy says she'll be in Belleville in time to do it.

Nancy wants to know – my notes say 'Walter (Pappas)' – if he told us how he arranged for the United States to have many of its holidays on Mondays, thereby inventing the long weekend.photo, rita martinson

Doug wants to know where he can find sour cream. Everybody thinks of a place, but nobody knows what it's called. The secretary can't remember either. Kate says she is studying French, but "No argot!" There a cottage cheese question but it gets lost in the blizzard.

Rita sent her vote by FedEx.
"67 euros!" she says.

Member Rita Martinson breezes in, complaining of the breezes that whipped all of her postcards away all over the Quai du Louvre. She hopes that whoever finds them will dump them into a mailbox.

"Maybe she knows answers to trick questions?" Doug wonders. Macey whistles 'Big Noise.' It is definitely a major 'first' for the club! First club whistler and first time for 'Big Noise from Winnetka.'

Then in short order there are hurricane and earthquake remembrances, other disasters, and Kate says, "I needed a box of Kleenex for the Libération."

"I thought Père–Lachaise was going to be kind of creepy," Macey says. Somebody, I swear, says 'Alexander the Raisin.'

The members decide to compare Paris to London and Rome, and end up thinking up good reasons for visiting all three. Meanwhile, Rita who will be here for months to come, is leaving for Africa in the morning – to go to Dakar, Mali – Timbuktu!

The members have been exchanging cards with one another, and Nancy and Rita are still doing this when the club's secretary thinks he ought to go home and finish defrosting his frigo, or mopping up the melted ice from its defrosting. 'First the mess, then this mess of a club report,' he thinks.

Postscriptum

The famous duet 'Big Noise from Winnetka' was dreamed up by Bob Haggart on bass and Ray Bauduc on drums, when they were playing for the Bob Crosby band.

This Week's Extraordinary Announcement

This is for another stupendous event, that will be happening on Sunday, 24. October. France's Senat is teaming up with the Ile–de–France Butcher's Federation to offer free tastes of French beef to all comers. This will take place in the garden of the Luxembourg, starting at 11:00. My advice – be there on time because there are only three whole beeves on hand!

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' again lacked some 'Food of the Week.' Few meetings are perfect or coherent.photo, fizz, tea, cream The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some other details, but you can skip them and not miss anything vital. A faster way to find out all you want to know about the club is by joining it any Thursday.

More fizz, tea, cream, glasses, club life.

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 almost as easily arranged if you are hungry.

The club's 'rules' were turned into mere whispers of rumors by the club's members some time ago, much to their everlasting enlightenment. The club's other major 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. There's nothing to unsubscribe to.

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

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 'OEN' 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 before 2008, club meetings will continue to be held here.

Do anything clever at a meeting – like being at one – and become mildly famous for a short moment if you are really in the mood. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same video game value as 'first,' especially if whistling is 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 darn week, year after sickening year, and have been purged from the club's megatanker volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the cool and deep salt mines of outer Mongolia.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than occasionally optional. If there's a free 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 fragments of it are, sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because today's new member whistled as if Bob was her uncle.

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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