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I know it's a stretch from driving licenses to balloon licenses, but members can say anything they want, as long as there's somebody to listen. At this point the 'Question of the Week' becomes unasked, and therefore requires to answer. My note merely says, 'Question of the Week.'

This week's 'Waiter of the Year,' Patrick.

The 'Waiter of the Week,' Patrick, comes by and tries to interest us in drink. I order a café instead, and Don passes because he's already had a cheapo one at the bar. Patrick says, "I'm going to be online next year." He's already online, in Metropole.

Right after, we do the 'Group Photo of the Week.' This is not as simple as it may seem, because the camera doesn't know what it's doing when it does it by itself. Don thinks the first shot is too low so we change banquettes, so it can be higher. However, I will point out that a 'Group Photo of the Week' with the club's secretary in it is unauthentic. If not, then it's a dubious 'first.'

Without warning, suddenly, the café's 'grande salle' is full of smell. What can it be? Why is it so pervasive? It smells like – pastry? Don thinks, sniffs, and pronounces it to be, maybe, vin chaud. He's seen some sort of vin chaud contraption when he was in the bar.

Wow. Powerful smell. There are only four people in the 'grande salle' besides us. Which of themphoto, group 2 of the week has it, or is it coming from the bar? "Smello– Paris," Don says. Obviously it's the 'Quote of the Week.'

The 'Group Photo of the Week' that wasn't.

Well, well, haven't we done good? No 'Drink of the Week' and no 'Food of the Week' and no 'City of the Week' and no 'Smell of the Week' because we don't know what it is, but we've got a darn good 'Quote of the Week' with only one member and the club's secretary holding down the club's 268th meeting. Surely a meeting to remember for a week at least.

The Answer of the Week II

Last week, member in good standing, Don, proposed a crossroads gasstation type of town for 'City of the Week.' He watched me write it down and did not object to the spelling. However alert member Larry Wechsler has just written to point out that 'Ghorst' is probably more correct as 'Gorst.' My apologies to the residents of this 'ex–City of the Week.'

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert IV

Last chance Sunday shopping is the order of the Christmas season with many shops of all sizes intending to be open on 19. December. For afterwards, 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 lots of hard money.

More About the Café Metropole Club's About Page CCVXVIII

Today's club meeting 'report,' narrowly missing a 'Smell of the Week,' had at least a mention of Alaska, unless I forgot it. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' pagephoto, wet terrace of the week has a lot of fussy tiny print, but you can skip it and not miss anything big. In case you do decide to skip absolutely everything, all you need to know about the club can be found out by joining it on any day that happens to be a Thursday.

Today's 'Wet Terrace of the Week.'

You can become a real member for ever of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member hyper–rapido on a Thursday blah blah blah etc., and–so–on. If you skip this paragraph, you should read the preceding one.

The club's 'rules' evolved into heroic folk tales, concocted by the club's members a real darn long time ago. The club's other distinction is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that operates with no forms to fill out, no newsletter, regardless of how many requests there are for one. To unsubscribe to or disconnect, you need do nothing, nada, zilch, zero.

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

This club's meetings begin about 15:00 on the dot, on Thursday afternoons and break off around 17:00, on the same Thursday afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'OUUZ' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Club meetings are held in Paris. The club's secretary never gets a better offer, but hopes.

Be fiendishly clever at a meeting – like being at one – and become somewhat notorious for a few minutes if you are in any mood for it. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same crackerjack value as 'Of the Week,' especially if balloons are concerned. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, if it' is an out–in–front type of 'first.'

Note of Caution – you may have any one or more personal reasons for remaining unfindable 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. Google yourself if in doubt..graphic: club location map

Former 'rules' continue to be 'former' week after week after week, month after tedious month, year after boring year, and have been eliminated from the club's hyper–volumes of archives except for all the originals still online buried in the deep and dark basements of western Montmartre. We ignore all latter rules.

Talking to other club members at meetings is warmly encouraged rather than optional if there aren't any. If there's a free chair, sit – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. Bring your own if you want. Whatever you say will be much appreciated by other members present if there are any that are listening, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as scads of it is, relentlessly.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because this week's only near 'City of the Week' did not turn out to be 'Ghorst.'

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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