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Before I can find out what this is about, a new member in the person of Adrienne Urrutia, from San Antonio, Texas, arrives with member Ron Sellers, from the same city. San Antonio shared 'City of the Week' status with another town about two years ago – it was a 'first!' – so today seems as good as any to award it its own 'City of the Week' status. Too soon?

Because Adrienne and Ron have a lot of questions for Heather about Chantilly, which they plan to visit. How to plan a visit is mentioned in the 'Etc.' part of Heather's guide, mentioned above, and Rita has recently been there too so there are tips flying all over the place. Nobody seems to have read my own account of a recent trip to Chantilly and Senlis, and it's just as well.

Heather then tells us about visiting the tennis museum at Roland Garros. While there, and by chancephoto, heather, rita having a doggy bag in her pocket, she picked up a bit of clay. It reminds me of the first–ever club meeting, and the mention of 'beautiful red dirt' – in Minnesota or some place. Paris, in contrast, had 'ugly dirt.'

Heather and Rita, before the food talk.

Adrienne, who wants to see the horses at Chantilly, says, "You want to feel the sweat," – at Roland Garros, of all places. This, to my thought that sitting higher up would be a better place to see a tennis match.

"What do they do with used balls?" Heather wants to know. Adrienne is certain they sell them in the souvenir shop, like everything else, including the 'beautiful red dirt.' Heather then explains having the doggy bags on account of the pair of 'pocket' dogs she has.

The rain has started up outside and with the awnings lowered it is dark in the café. Nobody wants to go out to the terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week' because nobody wants to get up. We do the shoot in the 'grande salle,' with as little movement as possible.

Heather's life has always been an adventure. Buses are being discussed – why? – and Heather says, "I got left in Miles City, North Dakota." She entered a contest on Greyhound's Web site and was the only contestant, so she won a two–week bus pass, and rode buses for two weeks.

Again, when I return from a disconnect, I find Rita saying, "I would eat horse." But Adrienne wouldn't. She says, "It would be like eating a friend." That was then, because nowgraphic, salon independants Rita says "No new meat!"

This has me completely baffled. Rita explains that she can't undo all the meat she's already eaten – beef, pork, chicken, horse! – but she's not going to add to the list, not going to eat any animal she hasn't eaten already. What can I say?

Club Member Cheers

See Laurel Avery's latest works at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants. The 116th edition of this salon celebrates the 50th anniversary of the death of Maurice Utrillo. Look for Laurel at stand C–36 and say hello. Expect to find 800 other artists, some from 26 other countries. Beginning on Friday, 22. April, until Sunday, 1. May. Open daily from 11:30 to 19:30, and until 22:00 on Thursday. At the Espace Champerret, near the Périfreak, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret. InfoTel.: 01 45 63 39 15.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with attendance decidedly about average, has no onion soup and barely more to drink other than café, cola and wine. The fantastic 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has a few blurry photos, but you can skip them all entirely and miss nothing other than a mess of words. The short version still is that the club can be joined on any 'Thursday of the Week.'

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

Club meetings begin 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 'TZsZ' although it sometimes is – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where meetings are held so be sure you are in La Corona.

Be remarkably clever at a meeting – by being at one or more. Lounge for a hour or two with new friends especially if you have the time for it. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having more added value than 'true' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an acceptable form of 'true' with any sort of vague connection 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 mapIf in doubt toss your name into Google.

Former 'rules' continue to be 'retired' week after week after week, month after month, year–in year–out. Nevertheless these could be studied so that you know the history of the past and will be hardly condemned to repeat it like we often do.

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. Standing up is okay too. 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 nifty mascot, but Heather's 'pocket' dogs aren't it.

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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