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Don passes his 'laser bazooka' around. Everybody takes turns making its motors whir. Don makes its sparkly light blitz too. Cherie and Michael bring out their cigarette–package–sized cameras. "This outmoded that," Michael says.

One has a big picture window in the back. Through it, I take pictures of some of the members. Actually, all ofphoto, cherie, digital camera the members. Some don't quite click, because of having a camera in each hand, one 30 centimetres behind the other.

Cherie survives double digitalization.

Don says, "Next week is foie gras." You know, Don said something like this last week, but he catches us off balance again this week. Actually next week might be Beaujolais Nouveau Day in the world, so the 'foie gras' is a bit of a puzzle.

But it is different. Don is going to the Gers to photo the foie gras. As he says, from 9:30 to 10:30 it is the ducks and geese. And from 10:30 to 11:30 it is the... swans?

Everybody tells their favorite goose story. Doug says that they are considered to be pests when they fly over golf courses on their way to Mexico for the winter. They think golf courses are there for rest and recuperation. Golfers don't. Golfers do, but not with thousands of geese on them. He doesn't say they eat golfballs.

On the subject of endangered species, Doug asks, "Whatever happened to Minitel?"

For those who came in late, Minitel was a French invention that proceeded the Internet. The post office gave away the terminals for free. This was back when telephone service was part of the post office, and Minitel was really very slow, and the line charges made a great number of Minitel millionaires.

Now we have the Internet and if we are smart we have DSL and no line charges, but all the wonderful Minitel servers are not available – except if you still have a Minitel and want to pay a fortune in line charges.

Minitel is still around but is having a hard time staying popular. The phone companies just launchedphoto, michael, digital camera their new video–phones this week. These are another attempt to get folks to pay a lot of heavy line charges, in return for seeing somebody talking on a phone. I can watch people in phone booths gabbing away, for free.

Michael's doubled, pixeled, digitalization.

But this is not a telecommun– ications report. We take a jaunt outside to find some light that isn't yellow, for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Out on the street the light is dim, and pedestrians are disinclined to wait out a pose – what's the matter with them? They've had a day's holiday on account of World War One!

What's wrong with me? My camerawork is very slipshod today. Luckily I am free with the shutter release and pepper the group with shots. Blurry. Blurry. Underexposed. Blurry. Civilian in frame. Blurry. Finally – one 'good enough.' All that needs doing is fixing five heads.

I'm cheating. The actual notes ended half a page ago. I've been making up all this Minitel stuff. The outside photo bit is true, and members really did talk about geese and golfers.

But Don saying, "Here's the funny part." That's all I wrote. The next page is blank.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' did not lack for notional 'Food of the Week, like foie gras. Fewer meetings than ever have foodphoto, perrier glass, cups for photos though. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some tasty fine print, but you can skip it and not miss a meal. An easier way to find out all you need to know about the club is by joining in person it any Thursday.

The mysterioso 'Water of the Week.'

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, in the café's 'grande salle.' Getting to Paris is left up to you.

The club's 'rules' were turned into legendary urban folk tales by the club's members years and years ago. The club's other major benchmark is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that operates with no newsletter, regardless of how many requests there are. There's nothing to unsubscribe to or disconnect.

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

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

Be fiendishly 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 pitch–and–putt value as 'first,' especially if big geese 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' continue to be 'former' week after week after week, month after derned month, year after flipping endless year, and have been eliminated from the club's hyper–volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the cool and deep ginger mines of Outer Angola.

Talking to other club members at meetings is an encouraged activity rather than seasonally optional in November. If there's a free chair, sit – 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 next week's 'Food of the Week' may be fresh foie gras.

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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