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Apparently this is not modern at all. It is very old fashioned indeed. If it were modern in France we would have a driver's license, a two–ton black SUV, a private gas refinery, truck insurance, trip insurance and legal aid, so we could drive to the shopping centre where there's free parking within miles of the boulangerie.

Actually, outside of Paris, you can do this too. Strictly speaking a big, black 4–wheel drive SUV isn't absolutely necessary, but a lot of French drivers have them anyway and damn the cost of gas. Anyway, I don't have any true notes for this so I should stop winging it.

"A $2.98 bottle of 2–buck chuck costs $3.29 in Virginia," Bill tells me, for no apparent reason. "Virginia is a nightmare."

This is what my notes say. What has brought on this outburst I cannot fathom. Nobody was talking about any cheapo wine, or the state tax policies of Virginia, or bothered to mention the name of the other rip–off state where 2–buck chuck costs nearly three dollars. Hell, they all whack the juice!

Because of these lousy notes I've missed mentioning the arrival of members Barbara and Tom Cooley, whophoto, michelle, no 13 I think are from Sanibel in Florida too. Last I heard Barbara was rescuing alligators there. Or maybe it was fighting with alligators that were hiding from the hurricane in her bathroom.

Michelle comes at last, thanks to Alvin.

This last bit is from memory because there's nothing in these notes about it. I am so disgusted with them that I harass the club members into getting up and going outside on the terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Member Tomoko Yokomitsu arrives just in time for this, either slightly before or after member Heather Stimmler–Hall.

Innocent passersby complain that we take up the whole sidewalk. I shoot, shoot, shoot, making a 'V' sign that is supposed to get eyes open and smiles, but gets a 'V' back from Tomoko instead. We wave 28 civilians past, and I shoot, shoot, shoot some more.

Once we are back inside the café's 'grande salle' the meeting's third new member arrives. This is Michelle Dauvissat who comes to us from San Francisco by following the directions of member Alvin Stilman, of Café Barbar fame.

Since we already have a 'City of the Week' Michelle sets about busily promoting Ashland, Oregon. The way it's described it sounds like a town with exceptional headroom, on the outer edge of spacy.

Well, these notes haven't improved any. They are rotten to the end. Quick now, who was it who said, "I thought I hit a rock?" I don't mean the bus driver who squashed a Smart, but the member who told us this. It says so right here.

Freebie of the Week

It's getting so you can count on the Senat for free shows in the Luxembourg gardens, but they have outdone themselves this week with no less than three free exhibitions. Near the Orangerie there arephoto, whose toes of the week some fun sculptures scattered around, there is an exhibition of 'City Art' inside the Orangerie, and as a reminder of the 20th anniversary of Reporters Without Borders, there's a giant photo exhibition hanging on the park's grille featuring 20 of the world's top news photographers. No lines, no tickets and for the photos, on view 24 hours a day.

The 'Toes of the Week,' but whose?

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

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

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

Club meetings begin at 15:00, always in the afternoon, always on Thursdays and always continue for two complete hours until 17:00 on the same afternoon, always in the western European Time zone – which is really 'CET' for short and never 'szzT' although it occasionally is – and known in rare 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 and laughing 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 just as unlikely too, and if it is an alternate form of 'reality' with any sort of vague connection to facts you've come across.

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 into Google if in doubt.

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 beyond the stars. 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 total no–show appearance of fly–in member 'Willy the Bird.' A buzzard could have flown in and remained unseen.

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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