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At this moment we are joined by Susan and Doug Fuss. Susan immediately asks if I have seen Betty and Jerry Blizin. I say I haven't so they come in and sit down too. These members of long standing are from Savannah, Georgia, and Tarpon Springs in Florida, respectively.

Rob is high from the biking. Hephoto, rob blasdel, bike says riding in the United States is more dangerous than in Europe. In Paris, he says, "Around here you can be a little crazy!" By this he means that Paris drivers are tolerant. Relatively.

For Olga and Dan, Jerry says about Susan and Doug, "We met you running a banana stand in Uzbekistan." Because he's failed to say 'Tashkent' we will lack a 'City of the Week.'

Rob Blasdel is the club's first 'Biker of the Week.'

Rob attempts to nominate Amsterdam by saying, "If you yell 'Hey, that's my bike!' about five guys will leap off the bikes they're on and run down sidestreets."

Since he is such a sportsman I tell him about the Friday night roller rando. People who power their own wheels can appreciate the sense of a scene where five or ten thousand lunatics put on little wheels and roll around Paris on a Friday night, or, as Olga notes, on a Sunday afternoon.

Time passes very quickly today and we are all out on the café's terrace getting the 'Group Photo of the Week' together when Nigel White arrives, from his flight from Washington, DC, via London. But the photo isn't the best and three or four shots are cobbled together to give the one at the top of the page. It makes a dubious 'first' called the 'Collage of the Week.'

Olga, Dan and Nigel trade Sydney stories. "I don't live there anymore," Nigel says when Dan invites him to a barbie. For coffee fans it should be noted that Sydney has the 'world's second–best coffee' – after Italy. Plus, all you can eat for 25 Australian dollars, and drinks are reasonable because you bring your own. To me it sounds colonial.

Before you start to think that Paris is far too expensive, Dan also notes that you get more daylight here. Even in May, with our 'euro' days, it stays light until 21:30. Okay – this may be morephoto, nigel white evident if it isn't too cloudy, and 'euro' temperatures aren't worth two words on a postcard.

During last Saturday's 'Nuit des Musées' Olga and Dan braved the crowds and got into the Louvre and got to see the Mona Lisa. "It looked nice," Dan says, "Better than in 1988." He also mentions being surprised at the numbers of kids he sees in museums. "Nah!" Nigel says, when asked if Australian kids ever go to museums.

Nigel, hardly the worse for wear, after a 3–hour London layover.

We are still percolating 30 minutes after the end of the meeting's official time when member Willy the Bird flies in and flits around the club's area, seeming to count the members rather than appearing to look for crumbs. Perhaps these are reserved for mice.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with sufficient members for a good natter, probably doesn't completely clear up whatphoto, empties of the week this is all about. See the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with some useless photos, but you can ignore them all and miss little more than a smazzle of words. That the club is a treat to join on any 'Thursday of the Week' is the short version.

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

Club meetings begin around 15:00, in half–afternoon, on Thursday and continue for two entire hours until 17:00 on the same afternoon, in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'sZzt' 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 sprawling in the rear are us.

Grace a gathering – 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' being equal to 'true' regardless if 'first' is slightly unlikely too, and if it is an alternate form of 'reality' with any sort of vague connection to drive–ins.

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 If in doubt toss your name into Google.

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 and crosscountry. Nevertheless these may be consulted so that you know the history of the past of this social club making it redundant to repeat it like we often attempt 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 by fluke chance to be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of today's repeat and still 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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