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This too, after Barbara and Albert have spent four days in Venice in a carnival mood. Details escape Barbara, she says the fours days were like one, long, one. Also It was cold there and it's not cold here, not even standing around waiting for crêpes.

Gary makes a correction. "Did you see the snow just after the last club meeting?" I think, last week's weather report is, history. Gary says the cure for cold is Scotch Whisky Tequila, as he is, 'a fifth–generation Angeleño,' "On my mom's side."

As if I haven't gotten a hot hand from speed–writing 'report' notes, Heather Stimmler–Hall arrives. Before she sits down, before her coat is off, she's saying, "Hiya, hiya, yoo hoo, I've just been looking at an apartment. The elevator was so small I had to go up by myself, then two flights of stairs and then out a doorway and along a balcony with a low railing – really low, I don't know about nights there – like a path across the roof – but you get to look down on the terraces of rich neighbors. And white carpets wall–to–wall. My dogs."

Although I haven't mentioned it, the 'Waiter of the Week' has distributed drinks. He must of come with something for Heather too. She takes a gulp, of air, and wants to know about Indianapolis, whether it is the capital of Indiana.

Gary plugs Heather's book by buying a copy, which he gives to Albert to inspect. Albert tells me that Novato's wonderful 'Hollywood' airport is going to be flooded so that ducks and geese can land there. He also assures me that Novato isn't in Nevada. It's not any place famous for making creosote either.

Which reminds Gary to wonder why his local Monoprix has Budweiser for sale. My best guess is that it has something to do with the balance of payments. Airbus sells Airbuses and we get Budweiser back and then it's Monoprix's problem. "Yeah," says Gary, "But who would buy it?"

All four then try to explain about the mountain range in California that makes it into two countries, that haven't quite gone so far as to get recognition from the UN. "They'rephoto, book dedication different worlds," Albert says.

Other subjects more than touched upon include Jack Kerouac, cultural identity, Novato again, films in VO, 'Desperate Housewives' – from Heather again, and "Frank Romero is coming," according to Gary.

The completely different 'Book Dedication of the Week.

Barbara and Albert shift locations in the café to rejoin friends who have returned from a walk to nowhere. Heather starts putting on her coat, hat, scarf, gloves, and picks up her lighter packsack with ease.

Gary says – Shopping Tip! – that the Louvre has a wonderful 'soldes d'hiver.' He was over there and picked up a statuette of the 'Venus de Milo.' "Regular price 75€, on sale for 40€ and 40 percent off! Giving it away! I'm going to Samaritaine to get a scarf."

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert XII

The Soldes d'Hiver are in their ho–hum mid–phase but they continue for another ten days until Saturday, 12. February. Follow Gary's tip above to pick up unconventional bargains in places you are not expecting to find them.

More About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' without any whiff of the 'Onion Soup of the Week,' had an unwarranted mention of Budweiser. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has a peck of fine print, but you can skip it entirely and not miss anything but fine print. If you do decide to skip it, all you need to know is that the club can be joined anytime, so long as it's a Thursday.

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

Club meetings begin about 15:00 on the hour, on Thursday afternoons and dribble off at 17:00 or after on thephoto, group 2 of the week same afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'TZZO' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. All meetings are held in Paris instead of around somewhere else.

Another completely different 'Group Photo of the Week.

Be devilishly clever at a meeting – by being at one – and become comfortable for a hour or two if it is what you need. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having approximately the same worth as 'first' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an acceptable form of 'true' but not exclusively.

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 yourownself 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 etc., etc., andsoforth.

Talking to other club members at meetings is encouraged rather than optional if there aren't any. Should there's a free chair, sit – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. Bring your own if you prefer. Get one on sale. Whatever you say will be greatly 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 by a fluke.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because this week's meeting had enough words for three whole meetings in it during the first hour alone.

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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