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The other side of the coin are the hotels that barely make the standards, perhaps having a minimum three–star lobby and rooms the size of big shoe boxes. The light switches that go off automatically do not count. Jacques Chirac has to put up with these in the Elysée Palace, thanks to some penny–pinching predecessor.

Heather is famished so she orders a plate of frites. They are big and golden and hand–cut, and the waiter plops down the condiment tray with the salt, pepper, vinegar and mustard. I hope she will ask for colorful ketchup, but she passes. The frites come with an automatic side–order of water.

Although she denies being any sort of food expert, she allows that the frites are, "The right combination of crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside."

Then she leans over to correct my spelling of 'mushy.' I was thinking she was referring to peas, and absentmindedly wrote 'mussy.' An ambulance outside bleats and she corrects my correction of 'mushie.' I eat one of the frites and think it could be even mushier with vinegar on it.

For this 'report,' for obvious reasons, there is no 'City of the Week' and no 'Quote of the Week,' unless you think 'mushyphoto, corona menu, 15 euros on the inside' is good enough. I guess that frites are the 'Food of the Week' and either Heather's glass of water or my café are the 'Drink of the Week.'

From outside the café – La Corona's nifty menu.

Some Joe wanders in carrying a poster and gets up on a chair and takes down a horrible poster pasted on the café's window right over out heads. Then he stands on another chair and puts up another horrible poster on a window a bit further along. It is about as exciting as watching the bar cat sleep in Le Select.

As wonderful as this meeting is, there is no late arrival for Tomoko Yokomitsu or any of the other members who usually wander in at all times of the day and night, and on days other than Thursday. In fact, by the end of the meeting even the café's other customers have buzzed off because the rain has stopped and the sun is making a brave effort to pierce the clouds.

Heather is happy because with the new apartment all she needs to do is walk up to Samaritaine to the Métro there, and ride it without making changes up to demo central. It's not like the old days, last month, when she had to race to Montparnasse and get a train to the boondoggle of outer Clamart–sur–Bog. She's a city slicker now.

After crossing the Seine I get my Métro and then have another good laugh at the faces of passengers who expected to get off at Placide, but the train doesn't stop there. Not until about 21. May. At any other stop on line 4 the wait between trains in two minutes.

Strike of the Week Note

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

Ha–ha, I'm wrong again. Without getting my permission some train– driving dudes up at the Gare du Nord held a strike of some kind yesterday, that they intended to replay again today. While this movement is not expected to hinder Easter traffic, potential passengers should know that the train drivers are objecting to a management plan to base promotions on merit instead of length of time on the job. It's an idea the train drivers thought was buried after the strikes of 1986–87.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with extremely modest attendance somewhat below average, lacked not for anything edible and just about as little to drink. The thrilling 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has no sexy photos, so you can skip them all entirely and miss nothing other than a pile of words. The club can be joined any 'Thursday of the Week' is the short version

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

Club meetings start about 15:00 in the afternoon, on Thursday and quit 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, so come to the Corona instead.

Be devilishly clever at a meeting – by being at one or more – and relax for a hour or two especially if you have 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 'fact' 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 Toss 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. Nevertheless these could be studied so that you know the gaffs of the past and are not condemned to repeat them as we have.

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 membership is growing steadily most weeks other than this one. It must be Easter.

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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