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The following note, 'could have food 'City of the Week' is something I don't remember at all. Because Patrick asks me to help him out with some other customers who are sitting nearby. They are from Carlsbad in the Czech Republic and Patrick keeps thinking he's hearing 'Carlsberg' – the Danish beer – when it's really a spa like Vichy or Baden–Baden or Spa.

At the same time new members Amy Hersch and Allyn Hertzbach drop in from Arlington, Virginia, but actually they are from around Paris somewhere, here for a long time.

As a carry–over from Carlsbad, we discuss how not to pronounce Versailles and even Peru, and Allyn tells us about the great views there are at 12,000 feet in Peru. From here it is a quick shift to the life and times of condors in Patagonia.

Which leads in all logic to what you should do if you are ever up on the Jungfrau and pass out because of a lack of oxygen. Amy, in case you are up there and worried, Amy says they have tins of O around like six–packs of beer, ready to be administered to anybody who drops. "They have oxygen in restaurants," she says. She also says there is a lot of snow in June up there. I shudder.

Time has, without these notes reflecting it much, sped away and Amy and Allyn are on the point of leaving so we quickly arrange to introduce them to the 'Group Photo of the Week' part of the club meeting out on the café's terrace and we tumble out there and shoot up a storm, with Josef taking his potshots too, with his new bazooka.

Back inside, waiting for either Willy the Bird or Tomoko, or both, Josef tells Lucky how taking show shutter speed photos is like sprinkling sugar on strawberries.

We both think this is unlikely, so Josef switches to telling us about how he invented a 19th century kindphoto, paris plage, map of type face. This is interesting because Lucky's racket is the famous School of Visual Arts in New York, where some people might use 19th century type faces if this wasn't the 21st century.

As in all things find us on the map's left side.

After this it isn't exactly downhill but Lucky goes one way and we go across the Quai du Louvre to Paris Plage, and the first place we come to beside the Seine is the beach outpost of La Corona, being manned by the patron in person, Monsieur Naudan. Just beyond, a bunch of cuties are doing smooth Brazilian moves under the palms. Checking this out following club meetings may become a regular 'after.'

Rescue the Club's Secretary

To be a member of the club costs nothing once you pay for your education, your house, your airlinephoto, group photo of the week, secretary ticket and your Paris lodging. The club's secretary has no education, no plane ticket and is in danger of losing his Paris lodging, but insists that the club remain free. As a gesture of solidarity, consider contributing a bit today to support your social club in Paris.

What club members see every week during the 'Group Photo of the Week' session. Photo by J. M. Schomburg

Please use the support facility today and toss as much bread in it as you can stand without skipping meals. There has been a positive and lively response to the 'Metropole Submerges' appeal in last week's Café Metropole column. Readers and club members who have responded already have been thanked with personal emails.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

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

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

Club meetings, as these afternoon gatherings are laughingly 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 seldom where meetings are held. Be sure to come to the café La Corona's 'grande salle.' The loud folks in the back, as usual, are us.

Hang out at a meeting – by being at one. Stay for a hour or two with new and old friends especially if you have the time for it. Real '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 'real' with any sort of connection to first, like fact or fiction.

A note of caution – you may have 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 Throw 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 present. Nevertheless these ex–rules may still be looked–up so that you can know that this extremely old social club makes it uncommon to repeat them, as we are fond of repeating.

Talking to other club members at meetings is encouraged rather than optional. There are usually enough empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Standing is okay too. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by other members present if there are any listening, 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 quite surprising lack of any 'City of the Week' and 'Food 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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