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Rita has a question for Dennis. "Is Paris your dream?" she asks. "Nightmare?" Dennis wonders, adding "At a boxing match I went to there were actors, politicians and gangsters."

Bob helps with, "Restaurant mafia."

"Where?" Priscilla wants to know. Rita, possibly looking for trouble, says, "I eat in every arrondissement." Everybody takes out restaurant cards and passes them around.

During this the members have ordered water, café, pastis, beer and wine and the 'Waiter of the Week' slips in a café for the secretary and the secretary slips the bill for it to Dennis.

Tomoko's friend Renaud Siry arrives, to become today's sole new member in good standing. Renaud was born in the 8th arrondissement so we use his Château de Nointel as this week's 'City of the Week.' We could use it as the 'Château of the Week,' but hardly anybody lives in one, so very few weeks could be named this. Okay – it's the club's first 'City of the Week' château.

(It is also the club's first 'City of the Week' château that has a big collection of miniature cars, and did I see a lot of dolls too? See the Web site below.)

Renaud is famous – aren't we all? – for creating the 'concert–spectacle' ''Beatles Story.' The reconstitution of the 'Fab Four' played the Olympic last winter and were at the Petit Journal Montparnasse in the spring.

Since Renaud is a drummer, he plays Ringo's part. Apparently the concept got going with a rock–opera, butphoto, brochure beatles story now the six–member group just plays Beatles. And six members, to cover all epochs, plus two Pauls.

The club certainly has a couple of Pauls at least, but I don't understand why Renaud hasn't brought his drums today. Rita could sing along and Dennis could tap his toes.

Instead Renaud has brought a script entitled 'Sunburn In the Heart' for Patricia. At least, I think it's a script. I don't get a close look at it because, on account of the musing I was doing at the beginning, time has fled.

Book this group for your 40th anniversary.

There not enough light out on the terrace for the 'Photo of the Week.' There's no light for it inside either but everybody lines up, squinches together, opens their eyes, and hangs on – while the club's secretary fumbles with the digital and the reds and the yellows, to arrive at the weekly masterpiece.

Although my notes say the 'Photo of the Week' is of glasses full of money and bar tickets, no photo was taken of this. The 'Waiter of the Week' took his sweet time to take his share too.

The Question of the Week

Member in good standing, Rita, wants to know – what is the name of the part of the anatomy that is in the centre of the face between the bottom of the nose and the top of the upper lip? The answer is required by the time of the next club meeting. S'il vous plaît.

Soldes d'Hiver Alert

The official word is that the coming Soldes d'Hiver will begin on Wednesday, 12. January and continue for a bit more than five weeks until Tuesday, 22. February. Bring money.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' again lacking an any 'Food of the Week,' had at least a mention of pastis. The 'About the Café Metropole Club'photo, group 2 of the week page has a lot of fussy fine print, but you can skip it and not miss anything vital. A dead easy way to find out all you need to know about the club is by joining yourself in person on any Thursday so long as you are in the area.

Today's 'Group II' is the same as 'Group I' – count'em – seven!

You can become a real member for ever of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member extra–rapido on a Thursday by signing–in yourself during a meeting in Paris, as long you are here, in the café's 'grande salle.' Getting to Paris is your lookout.

The club's 'rules' were converted into legendary folk tales by the club's members a couple of months of Sundays ago. The club's other distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that operates with no newsletter, regardless of how many requests there are for one. To unsubscribe to or disconnect, you need do nothing.

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00, on Thursday afternoons and drift away around 17:00, on the same Thursday afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZOOU' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are held in Paris. If 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 notorious momentarily if you are having any mood at all. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same basket value as 'first,' especially if balls are concerned. '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 findable 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 everlasting month, year after everlasting year, and have been eliminated from the club's hyper–volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the warm and shallow depressions of central Bulgaria.

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

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because this week's 'Château of the Week' was spelled letter–by–letter by Renaud, and seconded by Rita.

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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