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Bonnie has found her notebook and is readying her questions. "What are the colored lights?" she asks. Some back and forth establishes that the 'colored lights' are the ones put up by the city to impress the natives of the seriousness of the city's bid for the Olympic games in 2012. The lights have been plastered all over the place, on the Hôtel de Ville, on bridges, on the Champs–Elysées.

"Where is the music in the Métro?" is the next question. Like the colored lights I've not seen, musicians I've not heard in the Métro are a mystery. I didn't know they were missing. Bonnie thinks there should have been more of them when the Olympic inspectors were here. I say we put on a huge manifestation for them instead.

Bonnie wants everybody to know that she thinks Heather's book is great. The next question concerns her rental TV remote control. It busted itself somehow. Daniel takes it apart to show me how it's broken. The easy answer is to get a replacement, from Darty for example. Or from Fnac or from BHV.

Ann says that she has a invitation to a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette. Ann and Bill are staying three weeks, and so are Bonnie and Daniel, who are also going to change apartments often to get new views.

Bonnie has another question. She's been watching TV, before the remote went kaput, and she wants to know why Guy Gilbert is famous. She saw him on some variety show. There are 50 people on variety shows I never heard of because I never watch variety shows and being guests on variety shows is the only thing they do.

Two men wearing sunglasses approach the club tables and help themselves to seats. At first I think they may be inspectors from the tax office, but the one with the beard says he is Richard Miller, a club member. His companion is David Risser, come to join the club, from Bittburg in Germany.

Famous, of course, for the heavily–advertised Bittburger Pils, and possibly for a NATO airbase. Richard joined the club in October of 2000, while living in Virginia. Now he lives in Heidelberg.

Richard likes cooking and eating and pretty soon he is writing notes about places to eat for Bonnie, to matchphoto, richard resto note apartment locations she is yet to have. Ann and Bill are beginning to wilt, on account of their stopover in – where was it? Texas? – so I declare it to the 'Group Photo of the Week' time, and Richard notices Bonnie's antique Pentax camera.

It works as good as it looks, although with a noticeable mirror clip–clop because of the dim light in the café. Out on the terrace the light is hardly better, but digital thinks it can see in the dark. Five poses and then we are saying goodbye to Ann and Bill.

Richard writes hot restaurant notes for Bonnie.

Back inside there isn't much time to do anything more than roll up the old crumbs and pack the notebooks. Richard is saying that Heidelberg is a great place to live, but that Paris is just '6 hours' from anyplace in Europe – something like it is just '7 hours' from anyplace at JFK in New York.

I guess another way of putting it is to say that everywhere is somewhere around here, but Heidelberg is more wonderful than you think. I seem to remember having a drink there one time on the way to a wedding in the Black Forest. Or was that Würzburg?

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

photo, pentax k1000Today's club meeting 'report,' with attendance approximately about average, has had nothing edible and little more to drink other than café and wine. The flabbergasting 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has a few crude photos, but you can skip them all entirely and miss nothing other than a heap of words. The short version is that the club can be joined on any 'Thursday of the Week.'

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

Club meetings start about 15:00 on the dot in the afternoon, on Thursday and extend to 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. Come to the Corona first because around somewhere else is not where meetings are held.

Be fiendishly clever at a meeting – by being at one or more. Hang for a hour or two with new friends 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' with any sort of vague relation to reality.

A 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 at 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 history of the past and are not condemned to repeat it like we are fond of doing.

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 highly appreciated by other members present if there are any that are listening, and there usually are some – and if it should happen to be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because the club's membership is crying out for a mascot, but Tomoko wasn't at today's meeting putting it in words again.

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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