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Then she tells us about the election night party at Planet Hollywood. This affair was spoiled by all the TV peoplephoto, nikon d70 there with their hulking great cameras and their TV–lights. She says there were more of these than paying customers to interview. Heather couldn't even get a chair to sit on, which was tiresome at 04:00.

More amazing, digital, 'Nikon of the Week.'

Ron Sellars arrives from San Antonio, Texas. Ron comes to meetings about twice a year. The last meeting he was at was in May when the winner of the fabulous 'Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest' was in Paris to pick up the first prize. I'm still carrying one of the runner–up prizes around.

Ron especially likes the macaroons available in Paris. Right! Let's just drop a plug for Gérard Mulot in the Rue de Seine right in here. He's got some classy macaroons, according to Ron.

Heather is still talking about Planet Hollywood. "There was a live band but they turned up the sound on CNN. It was deafening. I had to sit down at 04:00."

Susan is saying that places like Paris with a high population density are actually much more ecologically friendly than, for example, the prairies of Ohio. Heather seconds this with, "Before the French didn't blame the Americans, but now..."

This is when Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives, and takes a place opposite Ron. On learning that Ron is from the great state of Texas, she says, "I'm sorry."

Susan then asks if we can recommend a 'place with trees' that she can visit with the professor in January. Here are our suggestions:
Baden–Baden – by the secretary
Fountainebleau – by Heather
Maisons–Laffitte – by Ron
Bois de Boulogne – by Tomoko
Gers – by Don, for the foie gras, but there may be trees there too. "The marché of foie gras," he says.

Susan is into walking. "Massive walking," she says. Partly because, she has also found the Salon du Chocolat. "Chocolate is sooo good for you!"

We do talk about serious stuff. There's a discussion about the sacks of pills doctors will prescribe. But not all doctors are like this – I have a no–pill deal with my doctor. Other people use witchcraft. Still others only drink wine for medicinal purposes.

"What's the shelf–life of a macaroon?" Ron wants to know. As I suspect, nobody knowsphoto, tomoko, menthe what a macaroon is made of. They may have a half shelf–life of a thousand years.

Having received no likely answer, Ron asks Tomoko, "Where's best for a croque– monsieur?"

"Café de la Paix," Tomoko bats back without hesitation.

Tomoko's 'Menthe of the Week' is always green.

Then it's Heather's turn to ask the expert for the names of the best Japanese restaurants. Actually, since Tomoko lives here, she might not know their names because we are too poor for the 'best of' anything – like the 'best' three–spoon Canadian restaurant. Some pea soup and buffalo stew place I've never heard of.

"If you want cheap in a Japanese restaurant," Tomoko grins, "Try noodles." And laughs. If there were a price of entry, Tomoko's laugh would be worth it.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' did not lack for notional 'Food of the Week, like macaroons and noodles. Fewer meetings than ever are coherent or perfect. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some fine print, but you can skip it and not miss anything vital. An easier way to find out all you need to know about the club is by joining it any Thursday.

You can become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member hyper–easily on a Thursday by signing–in yourself during a meeting in Paris so long you are here. Getting something to eat like the 'Food of the Week' is easily arranged so long as it isn't noodles.

The club's 'rules' were turned into legendary urban legends by the club's members some long time ago. The club's other major cachet is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that operates with no newsletter, regardless of how many dots there are. There's nothing to unsubscribe to or connect.

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00, on Thursday afternoons and end about 17:00, also on Thursday afternoons in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'DONZ' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are always in Paris. Until the secretary gets any better offers, club meetings will continue to be held here.

Be clever at a meeting – like being at one – and become somewhat famous momentarily if you are really in the mood. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same tabletennis game value as 'first,' especially if big guide books are involved. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, if it's honestly 'first.'

There's just one note of caution – you may have any one or more 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 week after week, month after blasted month, year after endless year, and have been eliminated from the club's mega–volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the cool and deep pepper mines of Outer Outer.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than seasonally optional in November. If there's a free chair, sit – YooHoo! Heather – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. What you say might 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, occasionally.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because today's uneaten 'Food of the Week' was mysterious macaroons.

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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