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Our conversation ranges over politics – somebody else's – and Prague, Austria, Paris of course, the unemployed – why are there so many in France? Why, for example, will a baker employ his entire family rather than hire a stranger. Answer – strangers cost too much!

The TGVs are wonderful. Cindy doesn't know that these high–speed trains have become completelyphoto, club area, grande salle smoke–free – like Italy became last week. Smoke–free Italy is a sort of disturbing concept. Will Spain be next?

Exciting view of club's area in the café today.

The club's café is particularly smoke–free today. There aren't any smokers in it. The tabac part must be just doing take–out service this afternoon.

But Cindy also notices Europe's odd quirks. For example, sitting on a café terrace in the sunshine having drinks and lunch only a narrow sidewalk away from a bunch of exhaust–belching buses, trucks, scooters and diesel taxis. The Quai du Louvre right outside the club's café is a good example.

A group of six that came in and sat down at tables in the club's no smoking section gets annoyed with our talk of smokey Europe, pays and leaves. I could be wrong. They might have felt the need of a puff out on the café's terrace, with the diesel taxis.

Cindy begins to leave herself about 16:30. She needs to go to Chinatown to get some vital ingredient, such as citron vert leaves. 'Citron Vert' is French for limes. I never knew the leaves were used for cooking, but I certainly know that's why Chinatown is there.

Plus she has to go to five places in the 15th arrondissement. I would think a trip to Chinatown would pretty much end the day if it were possible to get out of it. Cindy says getting around in the 15th is no problem though, even if it is the city's biggest arrondissement.

We promise to see each other again one of these days, and finish off with another handshake. It's another European thing – handshakes coming and going. Technicallyphoto, salt, pepper, oil, vinigar though – if you go in the café seven times in a day, you are only supposed to shake hands on the first entry and on the last exit.

It's kind of tricky calculating when you are making the last exit. I guess what you are supposed to do is estimate the before–last exit, shake hands, and under no circumstances, return.

Exciting café condiments for unordred 'Food of the Week.'

When I leave the café ten minutes later Monsieur Naudan is sleeping on the cash register in the bar, so I skip the final handshake. I do the 'Waiter of the Week' though, and then cross the Pont des Arts so I won't be tempted to return.

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert XI

The Soldes d'Hiver have begun and they continue for about three weeks more until Saturday, 12. February. Whatever is left may get even cheaper so watch out for those discount stickers on top of discount stickers.

More About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' without even the smell of any 'Food of the Week,' at least had a mention of limes. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' pagephoto, cafe corona, exterior has a bushel of fine small print, but you can skip it entirely and not miss anything. If you do decide to skip absolutely everything, all you need to know is that the club can be joined anytime so long as it's a Thursday.

Exciting 'Café of the Week' where club meetings are held.

You can become a lifetime member for ever of this online magazine's real, live, and free club by becoming a member bim–bam–bop on a Thursday, blah blah etc etc etc., and–so–on, and–so–forth ditto. Should you skip this paragraph, skip the proceeding one too.

The club's 'rules' evolved into obscure legends, created by the club's members 439 minutes ago. The club's other feature is that it is the only club related to an Internet magazine that exists with no forms to fill out, no newsletter, regardless of how many requests there are for one. To unsubscribe, unhook or disconnect, take a balloon ride.

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

The club's meetings begin about 15:00 on the hour, on Thursday afternoons and fade away around 17:00 on the same afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZZOT' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Meetings could be held in San Francisco but they aren't.

Be fiendishly clever at a meeting – like being at one – and become comfortable for a hour or two if it is what you truly want. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same tealeaf value as café especially if Europe is concerned. 'True' is perfectly acceptable too, if it is an believable form 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 month, year after endless year, and have been eliminated forever etc., blah–blah, from the club's hyper–texts of archives except for all the original texts still online buried in the deep and dark cellars of the Rue Daguerre.

Talking to other club members at meetings is 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.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because this week's meeting could have mentioned the 'Chinese Food of the Week' if we had only ordered some delivered.

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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