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When I return to this club meeting Tomoko is touting cheesecake, in the Rue des Rosiers, exactly where I had a fallafel on Wednesday. I never knew they had chick pea balls in them – I thought they were supposed to be full of roast goat.

Suddenly it's 'New Members of the Week' time, coinciding with the arrival of Connie and Bill Fuller, from Hillsboro, Oregon. I know the town slightly, having once gotten that far on an excursion to see the Pacific Ocean. This ocean is still in my date book.

Connie and Bill are not jetlagged today but they've come straight to the club meeting after a lunch meetingphoto, island in water of the week at the Musée du Vin. This is one of the few Paris museums that doubles as a wine bar, and wine restaurant, and wine caves, of course. "We had a really nice lunch," Connie says.

The 'Island in the Seine Water of the Week.'

The Fullers come often to Paris. Bill was in the wine business in California and in Oregon, and he still keeps his hand in – by giving courses to budding waiters, teaching them that wine comes in different colors, and how to pour it without turning a tablecloth pink.

Since Larry comes from the Pacific Northwest too, Tomoko and I listen to amusing stories about 120 mph Pacific winds and hear the latest about the Mount Saint Helens pop–off. "I saw it blow sky high while driving along," Bill says.

This is compared to the Paris windstorm in December of 1999. I remember sleeping through it well. When asked, Bill says he likes it here, because there are 'more decadent choices in Paris.'

Alright, it's out of context, but it's a real quote that I wrote down. Using it here is as good a place as any. Actually, Connie says they are excited because their dog – uh oh – where's its name? I've got the quote but not the dog's name.

I missed it because Connie says it is a 'Papillon.' "It's called that because they were bred to entertain French royalty," Connie explains.

Yes! Connie and Bill's dog is going to appear in Kurt Weil's opera 'Street Scenes.' "We're doing the dress rehearsals next week," Connie says. Bill tells me the dog is about 10 pounds overweigh but shouldn't have any trouble handling the part with aplomb. I believe every word. However Bill does not have a photo of this family member when I ask to see it.

And on we go with animal stories. On we go to Florida – Connie worked there for a time and Larry spent some time growing up there. Apparently, if you do not live on a coast that is completely paved so that you do not get sand in your shoes at malls, the rest of Florida is infested with deadly snakes and hungry alligators.

Connie and Bill tell horror stories about alligators, that 'chomped on the hands that fed them.' Larry mentions batting Cottonmouths back into the swamps with a paddle. "We were kids," he says, "Absolutely fearless."

This is as good a spot as any to close this report, with an agreement between members. All agree – exceptphoto, chateau beatles, compiegne Tomoko – that nobody has to worry about earthquakes, volcanos, rattlesnakes, alligators or scorpions, in Paris.

Tomoko says, "My computer is Japanese."

Tomoko's exclusive photo, without water, of the band at the Château Beatles.

And before I forget, and because I do not harbor any hard feelings, let it be known that Hillsboro is the club's 'City of the Week.' This town possesses a wonderful emergency ward, and a terrific ambulance service too.

Strike of the Week Note

Despite many requests for a replay of last week's colorful street demonstrations, there are few 'Strikes of the Week' programmed for this week or next.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with a modest attendance about average, lacked anything edible and just about as little to drink. The engrossing 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has several nifty photos, but you can skip them all entirely and miss nothing other than lots of words. If you do skip them, the club can be joined any 'Thursday of the Week.'

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

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

Be devilishly clever at a meeting – by being at one or more – and become comfortable for a hour or two especially if you have had the time for it. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' having more added value than 'first' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an acceptable form of 'true' but especially 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.graphic: club location map Throw your name into Google if in doubt.

Former 'rules' continue to be 'former' week after week after week, month after month, year after everlasting year, blah–blah, blah–blah, blahh–blahh, blahh– bla, blahhhhhhhhhh, etc. etc.

Talking to other club members at meetings is encouraged rather than optional if there aren't any. There are usually free chairs, so sit – wherever you like, or stand up. 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 the club's secretary walked to the club in the spring sunshine instead of riding the Métro like a mole.

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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