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About here is when two new members arrive and these turn out to be Kathleen and Roland Proulx, from Wayne, New Jersey. Hello! This is a place in New Jersey that hasn't been a 'City of the Week' yet. This is the club's lucky day. Let's hear it for Wayne!

Meanwhile Olga and Danphoto, fiat 500 of the week are mentioning a visit to the cemetery in Montparnasse to view some of the Rumanians in it, including Eugene Ionesco, Tristan Tzara and hard rock man, Constantin Brancusi.

A proxy version of the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

Then while Ulrich is telling one end of the tables about a homeless guy with a dog that he was going to give a euro to until he saw that the guy was listening to a MP3 player, Roland is telling the other end of tables Hoboken tales. It sounds like the Ritz.

Members want to help out their club, mainly by having the good intention of photographing all of the Fiat 500s they see, but they neglect to carry their cameras at the crucial moment. 'We'll email you the photos,' they say.

Member Jerry Marterer pulls up with to–be member Sue Marterer, from Jacksonville, Florida, just in time to catch the Fiat 500 subject. And lo! and behold! Jerry does have a fresh photo of a red Fiat 500 in his camera, and POW! and click, into the club's lore it goes.

'The big rain five years ago,' is recalled by Shirley and Kathleen, and the secretary is having a moment of note–taking breakdown. Outside the cars are honking and sirens are wailing and inside everybody is talking at once – it's a club, right? – and new breezes are causing the café's mini–fronds to tremble and shiver.

More new members arrive at this unlucky moment, and do not get quite signed up because of the complexity of the bureaucratic fuss. These are Vince and Philippe who sit down, order drinks, say they will be back, join in, take part in the 'Group Photo of the Week,' and generally behave like club members – they're here, it's Thursday – but miss the booklet. Saving a blank space for them.

Members trade tips about places not to miss – not Chartres for Monet but Rouen – thephoto, lucky jewel, tomoko château at Auvers – print up fake 'green cards' to be able to stand in a shorter line – "You get to an age when you say, 'why bother?' Why change, move someplace else?"

It is warm, and members drift off after the 'Group Photo of the Week,' so it is only natural and right that Tomoko Yokomitsu should arrive and Sue and Jerry immediately want to know about the safety of eating poison blow–fish. "Normally we don't die," Tomoko reassures us.

Tomoko's duty–free magic jewel.

But it is not so simple. Tomoko shows us her good luck charm crystal, that she bought duty–free, 'on the plane.' Obviously having one of these could make a great deal of difference to the length of one's future when eating poison blow–fish.

Just so there's no mistake Tomoko hauls out 'Lili,' her brand new mascot. The silly club secretary says, "You had a 'Lili' before, didn't you?"

"No. That was 'Kitty,'" Tomoko says, somewhat out of patience with the secretary's memory. Then her portable phone makes a ding–a–ling, and the club secretary makes his escape.photo, lucky mascot, tomoko

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' with more than enough members for a general hubbub, probably doesn't totally clear up what this is all about. See the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with some meaningless photos, but you can ignore them and not miss the smazzle of words. The club is a snap to join on any 'Thursday of the Week' is the short version to remember.

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

Club meetings always start around 15:00, in the 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 'szZt' although it sometimes is – and known in some 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 lounging 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' even if 'first' is slightly unlikely too, and if it is an alternate form of 'reality' with any sort of vague connection to facts you've learned.

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 in abeyance week after week after week, month after month, year–in year–out, forever and ever over the moon and crosscountry. Nevertheless these may still be consulted so that you know the history of the past of this social club making it redundant to repeat it, as 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 allowed 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 no–show appearance of fly–in member 'Willy the Bird,' substituted by 'Lili.'

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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