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The second thing all French babies get is a baguette. The breadcrumbs start early in life and never stop. Peter's girlfriend got a Dustbuster for the third thing, and by the time Peter saw it first, it didn't work too well.

"Have you ever noticed how some appliances aren't meant to come apart?" he asks the gathered experts. Josef agrees that some things are very hard to take apart to get the breadcrumbs out of them. Peter says, when he found the filter – if it was a filter! – it was full of prehistoric stuff, perhaps predating breadcrumbs.

Another foolhardy club member has braved the elements to be with us today. We all welcome Tomoko Yokomitsu, our very own star of stage, screen, and lately of the 'Beatles Story.' Tomokophoto, tomoko, peter, josef appears in this as Yoko Ono, in a one–night stand that will take you back to your Beatles days, or nights. The show will be on stage at the Petit Journal Montparnasse on Wednesday, 9. March at 21:30.

Today's trio, dressed for the 'Group Photo of the Week,' but unwilling.

Tomoko, who does not actually know Yoko, muses about the time the artist was on stage and had the audience come up and cut pieces out of her costume or suit or whatever it was. Tomoko says she is not going to do this next week. I'm sure it will be a great show, because Tomoko knows a lot of jokes.

Josef, as usual, makes philosophical comments, about, for example, his 'favorite Talking Heads album.' Followed by, "Is education a hindrance to arts, music?" This isn't exactly verbatim because I mislay the club's back–up blue Bic pen.

Tomoko feels bad about this and tries to cheer me up. "Do you want my 'Hello Kiki?'" You see? – without the blue Bic pen I have written it wrong. Josef, who I believe can speak Japanese, says that it should be 'kitty.'

Before you think we are just being silly nits today, it is now new 'Word of the Week' time. Today's word is 'defenestration,' which means 'an act of throwing someone out of a window.' It is Peter who has introduced this lovely word, while wondering if it exists in English. The answer is emphatically 'yes.' And in French its gender is feminine, perhaps to match the window.

After some talk about the view from apartments, which Peter sums up with, "It's really nice apartment in a really lousy area," the direction of the discussion shifts to Paris Hilton.

Not the one at République, the other one. Peter and Josef say things that are forceful but thanks to the missing blue Bic pen are not to be found here. Josef is a sometime – not fulltime – fashionista, and he has opinions.photo, pont des arts photo

Tomoko thinks Paris Hilton is very famous in Japan for some reason, or is it the one at République being famous with Japanese visitors? "I don't know who," she concedes.

Tourists on the Pont des Arts ask Josef to take their photo.

We all agree to be in Montparnasse next week to see Tomoko in her 'Beatles Story.' Meanwhile Josef is glumly surveying the grim scene outside the café. He is launching his Paris–Promenades at the moment, and he could have hardly picked a more rotten, if rare, season of the year.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with modest attendance more or less like usual, lacked anything edible of any kind and almost as little to drink. The ever classic 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has several tasteful photos, but you can skip it all entirely and miss little other than lots of words. If you do skip it, the club can be joined any Thursday, so long as you are wearing snowshoes.

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

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 'TsZZ' 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 warm – dry! – for a hour or two especially if you want to or not. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having more of the same value as 'first' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an acceptable form of 'true' but never on Thursdays.

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 to find out.graphic: club location map

Former 'rules' continue to be 'former' week after week after week, month after month, year after everlasting year, blah–blah, blah–blah, blah–blah, blah–blah, blah–blah, 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 one this week's members offered her 'Hello Kiki' to all of the other members and the club's secretary who was sitting on the club's blue Bic pen..

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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