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A new phrase – 'millenniumphoto, green drink of the week generation' – for those born in 1980, the age of Peace Corps volunteers today. Except that Marilee is a volunteer too, from a different generation. Good of her to check in to the club – now I can tell everybody who passes through asking for Marilee that she's in Benin, in the same time zone.

Josef Schomburg arrives and everybody is talking about camping on an island in a lake in Ontario while the club's secretary listens as hard as he can. After the server–lady says, "There's Lake George," she adds that she paid Oxfam to sent a goat to her mother–in–law.

Tomoko's 'Green Dream of the Week.'

No, no, my hearing must have gotten this wrong. Just like being at the bakery so early this morning they hadn't baked my bread yet. What a day!

Member Eva Lee arrives from Tranquility, New Jersey. The server–lady, since she's already in the first 'Group Photo of the Week,' takes her leave to return to the plains of Essonne to feed Tiger and Starlet, her jolly cats.

Member Paul Vogel, who I think is from that Brooklyn movie 'Smoke,' arrives with Dominique Legeai, who lives in Barrington, Illinois too. Dominique grew up in Chartres, but has lived for 35 years in Barrington. This means that Chartres becomes the 'City of the Week.'

Paul and Dominique are here mainly for Rétromobile. Paul says he needs parts for his 1939 Citröen convertible. He already has all the pieces of two 2CVs and one Peugeot 203. Dominique has a bunch of them too, including a camionette and one of the vans called 'Le Tube.'

Dominique notes, "Getting a Coke with ice in it is rare." I explain that this café was chosen to be the club's headquarters because it is between the Louvre and the Pont Neuf, in Paris' iced Coke zone. He looks dubious, but it's true. Of course there are other 'iced Coke zones,' somewhere, but not necessarily at his own D & J Bistro in Lake Zurich.

Member Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives as theatrically as an actress should, wearing something colored different from what all the rest of us are wearing. It is Tomoko's first meeting of the year because she is always rehearsing to be Yoko Ono in the 'Beatles Story,' which will be playing soon at the Petit Journal Montparnasse.

Even though the server–lady is long gone, questions about Canada linger in the air – such as,photo, tomoko of the week 'are Canadians 'fidel?' It's the best I can do with these ears. Was it supposed to be 'fickle?' Or – Tomoko is saying that her, "Last boyfriend went..." The notes say, 'Tomoko doesn't know – never tried – culture – you have to cohabit...'

And here, the 'Tomoko of the Week.'

Oh, being deaf is dreary! How many people who aren't deaf have told me this? These notes are a hopeless mess. They just dribble off into nonsense. Dominique finds out that Tomoko is a French movie star, attending club meetings to practice her English. It is all so crystal clear now.

This club 'report' is over. See you at Rétromobile tomorrow, right inside the big box of spare 2CV parts. As soon as I get my ears suctioned.

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert XIII

The Soldes d'Hiver are in their exciting end–phase sprint but they continue for another two whole days until Saturday, 12. February. Frankly there's nothing left and the spring–summer stuff is already in some shops. Only five months until the Soldes d'Eté!

More About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' without the slightest whiff of any 'Onion Soup of the Week,' lacked any mention of 'green drinks.' The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has a columns of fine print, but you can skip it all entirely and miss little but fine print. If you do skip it, all you need to know is that the club can be joined any Thursday, so long as it's during the week.

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

Club meetings begin about 15:00 on the hour, on Thursday afternoons and waste away about 17:00 or after on the same afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZZTO' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where meetings are held.

Be devilishly clever at a meeting – by being at one – and become comfortable for a hour or two if it is what you feel like. 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 hardly.

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.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because this week's meeting may have had enough words for two whole meetings, I think. I saw lips move.

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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