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After some hesitation – Ron hasn't said anything about the club and its 'no rules' – brother Rich Bristol decides it is probably safe enough to become a member, and so does Mrs Bristol, Sue, and daughter Sam and son Jackson.

'Cocktails of the Week' were the Hawaiian variety. Photo by Doug Carlson.

And then, more good things, they are in Paris on their first visit, from the 'City of the Week,' which is Lone Tree, Colorado. I learn that this is a community of the 'south edge' of Denver, and is not a mining place or a cattle ranch or whatever else there is around Denver.

Sam and Jackson go to the front of the café to get some ice cream, but Sue and Rich stay where they are and order a couple of medium–sized 'gold' beers. When they are delivered I feel like swimming again, but I still have lots of water left.

I need it for lubrication while explaining some club lore but it becomes tiresome. It is too warm for sustained nonsense. I write the URL on a scrap of paper torn from a club booklet and hope it will speak for itself back home in Lone Tree.

The Bristols tell me about the trace of the Bastille that one can see on the paving at Bastille. I didn't seephoto, army, cafe corona this last night but I saw it on TV when they were talking about archeology. Imagine! The thing was torn down and disappeared 200 years ago and now you can see its trace at Bastille. I think it may be virtual. Rich shows me a guide book with a sketch of Bastille fortress.

'Army of the Week' was the French variety. Note club's café.

They are intending to see the fireworks at the Champ de Mars tonight. They are thinking of taking drink and a blanket, but I think there may be a bigger crowd there than usual and there might not be room for a blanket or even a towel. The drink will probably be useful.

With the beer almost gone I put in a quick pitch for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' This is agreeable to all and we scoot out to the terrace and get it done, click, click, click, and then it's goodbye until the next time, in Paris, Lone Tree, the Loire, wherever, someday.

Saving the Club's Secretary

The club is, perhaps more than the magazine, is a community consisting of club members and the club'sphoto, stage, bastille, lula self–appointed secretary. To be a member costs nothing once you pay for your education, your house, your airline ticket and your Paris lodging.

The club's secretary is, to put it bluntly, not getting any free lunch. He has no house, no plane ticket and is in danger of losing his Paris lodging, but insists that the club remain free. To keep this possible and exhibit a measure of solidarity, consider contributing a bit today to support your social club in Paris.

Brazil's 'President of the Week,' Lula, at the Bastille Wednesday night.

Use the support facility today and throw as much cash at it as you can stand without having to do without. There has been a positive and lively response to 'Metropole Submerges' appeal in this week's Café Metropole column. Readers and club members who have responded already have been acknowledged with personal emails.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report' with a unique and original 'City of the Week,' probably doesn't exactly clear up what this is all about. If you have time take a peek at the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its oddball collection of photos, words and the famous mess of a membership card. You can join the club too, with or without it, on any 'Thursday of the Week.'

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

Club meetings, as these afternoon gatherings are jokingly called, begin at 15:00, in the afternoon, always on Thursdays and continue for two entire hours until 17:00, always in the western European Time zone, now in its extended summer version. Known in other exotic places as 3 pm to 5 pm, around somewhere else is not where meetings are held. Be sure to come to the café La Corona's 'grande salle.' The folks in the back, as usual, are us.

Decorate a meeting – by being at one. Stay for a hour or two with old and new friends especially if you have the time for it. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'true' being equivalent to 'first' even if 'real' is just as likely too, and if it is an alternate form of 'true' with any sort of connection to reality, like fact or fiction.

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 former week after week after week, month after month, year–in year–out, forever and far beyond the planets. Nevertheless these ex–rules may still be consulted so that you know that this historic social club makes it rare to repeat them, as we are fond of repeating.

Talking to other club members at meetings is encouraged rather than optional. There are usually empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Standing is permitted too. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by other members present if there are any that listen, and there usually are some but not always – and if it should chance to be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of today's not so surprising lack of a 'Song and Dance of the Week.'

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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