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I'm so embarrassed that I have to say that Tomoko is playing Yoko Ono in the 'Beatles Story' show which will be on stage at the Petit Journal Montparnasse on Wednesday, 9. March. Like Yoko, Tomoko doesn't sing, but club member Renaud does, as do the other Beatles look–alikes.

John then impresses Tomoko by speaking Japanese. John then impresses me with food photos. Laura says, "Hisphoto, screen actors guild card camera has a special setting for food photos. He says wait, wait. I say I'm starving."

Authentic and valid actor's guild card.

Members Marion and Stephan Nowak arrive and plug themselves into chairs. Marion claims that she never comes to Paris for sales, and she might be right. More small world happens when Stephan begins to have fond memories of Pittsburgh, which is apparently near New Wilmington.

I have a hard time following Jim's geography, so he draws a map, with north in the south, to show the 'golden triangle,' and the location of the French forts. He says George Washington lost twice here, but everything was okay in the end.

Meanwhile, while remembering the sights of greater Pittsburgh, Stephan draws a diagram showing how Bayer got rid of its polymer and chemicals divisions, by flogging them to former stockholders with a ten–for–one trade that they couldn't refuse.

You may think this is completely unrelated to this meeting, but it is the background behind Stephan's trip to Pittsburgh, instead of coming to Paris, he says.

But something else must have happened because everybody who knows Pittsburgh agrees that you can't fly from there non–stop to Paris or Frankfurt anymore even though the planes were always full when you could.

"That's why you can't stay on the Canadian side," says Marion, or Stephan, or maybephoto, cutting stone, terrace work Jim, or it could be John or Laura. It's about seeing Niagara Falls, the French and Indian War, and '50 Best Places.' I don't hear the question that matches this answer, in other words.

Right... outside... the... club's... window!

And why do members have to compare pickpocket stories? Stephan remembers losing six francs and a Métro ticket at Saint–Michel, while Jim recalls giving up a handkerchief at – where was it?

And – if you do stay in Canada, or is it around Pittsburgh? "There's fish in every lake," said and noted, but unattributed.

There being no kitchen sink to throw in here, I must not forget to mention the noise interruption caused by one of the Joes on the stonework right outside the club's window – when he fired up his saw and set to work slicing a piece off one of the stone blocks. If you wanted to know what the mastodon's dentist drill sounded like...

More About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' withoutphoto, chinese tower, cafe cups the slightest attempt at any reasonable coherence, lacked anything edible other than photos of food. The informative 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has reams of fine print, but you can skip it all entirely and miss little but lots of fine print. If you do skip it, the club can be joined any Thursday, so long as it's the day you want to join.

Where, How, Why Not, What, Who?

Club meetings begin about 15:00 on the hour, on Thursday afternoons and fade away about 17:00 or after on the same afternoon in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZTZO' 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 whether you want to or not. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having exactly the same value as 'first' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an acceptable form of 'true' but hardly likely.

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 everlasting year, and have been eliminated forever etc., blah–blah, from the club's hyper–texts of archives andsoforth, etc., etc.

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. 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 members mentioned one of the world's 38 official 'golden triangles.'

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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