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And no matter where they are, Kim and Ed walk about ten miles a day. Kim says, "In the USA people are supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day." For today their odometre is showing 6.91 miles, which is roughly ten kilometres.photo, salt, pepper, mustard

Then a civilian comes in and looks around the club's corner of the café. Is he a new member, a bit shy? Saying the word 'internet' gets some recognition and he digs around in his gunny sack, for five minutes, before pulling out a digital camera and pulling the memory card out of it. "Internet?" he asks.

Tools for food, if anyone ever had any.

Willy, sitting where he can't hear too well, goes off to check out the Rue de Rivoli for stylish XXL. A few minutes later member Josef Schomburg arrives, dressed as an urban pirate, and as he sits down Willy the Bird flies in to check out the club's area for tasty crumbs.

Then it's question time and we run through the issue of the Polish plumber, the stranded Polish shipyard workers and the fate of Samaritaine – not rosy! Pronunciation follows, as in how it sounds in Marseille, or Japanese French in Paris, and Kim says she has a more knowledgeable guru for it in Florida, under the palms in the breezes from the Gulf.

Ed wants the 'Waiter of the Week' to come over so he can pay, but the waiter avoids us. Finally Ed chases after the waiter and catches him halfway to the bar and forces the money on him. The rest of us have gone without so there is no 'Drink of the Week.'

Willy comes back from Rivoli in time for the second 'Group Photo of the Week' which we shoot on the café'sphoto, pedometre terrace as we are retreating back to civilian life. For coming back, I declare Dublin to be the 'City of the Week,' in a week with few other distinctions.

Kim's gizmo can count up to 10,000 steps per day.

Then all of us get across to the water's side and cross the Pont des Arts and go up the Rue de Seine, past Buci, and pass in front of Saint–Sulpice and come out in face of the Luxembourg and go around to the right and into it and cross diagonally to the finger pointing to the Observatoire, pass the fountain and haul up next to Boulevard Raspail, dropping off Josef and Kim and Ed on the way, and get a bag of café in the Monoprix.

The 'Quote of the Week' is "People love procrastination," from Ed, about how hard it is to get photo prints made of the last holiday, when you wait a week and pay ten cents a print, instead of going to some quick place and getting prints off a memory card for a buck a pop.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' written with the movie 'Brooklyn Boogie' for background sound, probably doesn't exactly clear up what this is all about.photo, willy the bird If you have spare time from your life take a peek at the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its sorry collection of blurred photos, boring words and the infamous scrambled egg of a membership card. You can join the club too, really easy, on any 'Thursday of the Week.'

"Hold still, Willy, for your photo!"

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

Club meetings, as these afternoon sessions are playfully called, begin at 15:00, in the afternoon, always on Thursdays and continue for 120 minutes until 17:00, always in the western European Time zone, now in its getting shorter daily summer version. Known in other exotic places as 3 pm to 5 pm, around somewhere else is seldom where meetings are conducted. Be sure to come to the café La Corona's 'grande salle.' The folks without 'Internet' in the back, with the starving bird, are us.

Hang out at a meeting – by being at one. Stay for a hour or two with new 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 Check your own name with 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 and the past. Nevertheless these ex–rules may still be looked–up so that you can learn that this extremely ancient – 301 meetings! – club with no reason 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 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 amazing amount of feckless procrastination, a word to be used with extreme caution.

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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