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About how free the life is getting in Romania, Dan who is from Sydney, says, "You can talk aboutphoto, coke glass of the week whatever you want today and no one listens now." Then Dan says that it is fun trying to be a Parisian for a couple of weeks – which is easier to do when staying in an apartment.

For example Dan found that he was wasting a lot of Métro tickets because he kept getting on buses on the wrong side of the street because it is the left side of the street in Australia, and the right side here. So he got an Orange card so it wouldn't matter and he can save money at the same time as getting lost.

A 'Nearly Empty Glass of the Week.'

"Where are the musicians on the trains," Carlyn wants to know. She isn't the first to ask, but I still don't know what the RATP did with them. "Yeah, where are the gypsies?" Robert demands. He says there were lots of them down south. It must be the answer – the RATP sent the gypsies down south, lending a bit of Paris folklore to Provence.

Nancy and Fred Ringenburg from Seattle in Washington are the next to join our jolly group, to pepper the club secretary with 'Questions of the Week,' such as about the 'open doors' at Bastille. This brings up the artists' 'open doors' up in Belleville too, plus this very Saturday when it will be museum open doors all night, until early morning.

It is Mark Kritz, who has arrived, taken a seat, and is waving his arms around for the 'Waiter of the Week,' who says this. To impress all present with his 'old hand' status he says, "I've been Noos'd."

Which means, the cable guys came when they said they were going to come and they drilled their holes and putphoto, group, interior cafe in their cable and wired up his computer, and made sure it worked. He already had the Noos cable for his TV, so now he's got it for Internet too.

Another, somewhat dim, view of the 'Members of the Week.'

But this is not all. Linda and Bob Baldwin glide into the club's area, visiting Paris from Canton, Georgia. I think this makes a proper symmetry with last week's Bucharest, so declare Canton to be the 'City of the Week.'

There is some confusing discussion about whether Canton is merely a suburb of Atlanta – is it the biggest city in the world? So I tell the Baldwins about the dancing at La Coupole, in addition to being France's biggest restaurant.

With a full complement we gather on the café's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week' late enough for Tomoko to be included but wouldn't you know it but the late arrival who shows up just as we're slotting ourselves back into our still warm seats is none other than... Willy the Bird! Good old Willy has missed a lot of meetings lately, and doesn't hang around long for today's either.

It's not so sunny but it's still fine outside just after five so Mark and I walk over to the Hôtel de Ville to see the Fête du Pain parked out in front, and then we go around to the Rivoli side to the Salon d'Accueil and go inside to see the new exhibition, 'Du Refuge au Piège.' Then Mark goes across the street to the BHV to buy an ethnic dishcloth.

A 'Quote of the Week'

This is sort of a catch–up with last week. It goes like this:– "Dacáphoto, guidebook of the week munca era buná o luau boierii" and is Rumanian, written by Dan. In French the same thing is, "Si le travail était une bonne chose, les riches le garderaient pour eux."

The guide book 'Consultation of the Week.'

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with more new members than usual again, was a two–hour marathon of interesting gab, without food but with drink. The virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has some muddy photos, but you can ignore them all and miss little more than a six–pack of words. That the club is a snap to join on any 'Thursday of the Week' is the short version.

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

Club meetings start off about 15:00, in mid–afternoon, on Thursday and continue for two whole hours until 17:00 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 in a few other places as 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where meetings are so be sure to come to the café La Corona's 'grande salle.' The people shouting in the rear are us.

Grace a meeting – by being at one or more. Hang around for a hour or two with new friends especially if you have the time for it. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having equal status with 'true' regardless if 'first' is perfectly believable too, and if it is an alternate form of 'true' with any sort of vague connection to everything.

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. If in doubt toss your name into Google.graphic: club location map A made–up name might give you somebody else's search results.

Former 'rules' continue to be eradicated week after week after week, month after month, year–in year–out, forever and ever over hill and dale. Nevertheless these may be examined so that you know the history of the past of this great club making it redundant to repeat it like we often try to avoid 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. Standing up is fine too. Whatever you say will be honestly 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 of today's rare appearance of fly–in member 'Willy the Bird.'

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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