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Heather notices that the club's window is open. If more members were here today I'm sure they would enjoy it too. It is a 'Highlight of the Week' no doubt. But Heather has not noticed the plague of pigeons in the city. I am beginning to think this has only been noticed by one of the Daguerréotypes even if I thought I noticed it too.

The 'Waiter of the Week' is busy with all the thirsty folks out on the terrace and does not come near our cul–de–sac, so we stay drinkless. After a bit more chit and chat and a couplephoto, table full of dirty non club glasses of paragraphs of malicious gossip, Heather scoots off with a typical excuse. "I'm going to clean my apartment," she says. Everybody says this but nobody ever does it. Well, Heather might be an exception, especially if pigeons start nesting inside.

Wreckage left by less than thirsty terracians.

Returning to the paper, in the back I find a page promoting 'Paris by night,' listing the various events of a serious free and party nature happening around town. Outdoor movies at Trocadéro and out at La Villette, music on Paris–Plage, tango on the Quai Saint–Bernard, or on Wednesdays, dancing at the péniche Concorde– Atlantique near the Assembly Nationale. Not to mention sitting around for nothing on the Pont des Arts having a star–gazing picnic.

Water Taxi Beach

This is the name of the Queens version of 'Paris–Plage,' according to a report in today's New York Times. Tom Fox, described as a 'ferry entrepreneur and renaissance man,' arranged to have 400 tons of first– class New Jersey sand dumped on a pier in Long Island City acrossphoto, paris version queens beach the East River from 34th Street. The beach can be reached via a $4 ferry ride, or possibly on foot, from Queens.

The beach faces sundown Manhattan views such as the Empire State building and the United Nations, and the thrilling traffic jams on the East River Drive, somewhat the same as the Quai du Louvre during club meetings.

Is this the future for Water Taxi Beach?

This 'free oasis' offers $2 beers, $3 kielbasa and exotic Elk burgers for $8. Like Paris– Plage you cannot swim in the East River, and unlike Paris–Plage there are no reported palms, fog machines, Brazilian drummers or baby grands for entertainment. But hey! It's a start and we all know Paris–Plage started silly too and everybody is still laughing on it.

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' written with radio FIP playing ambient sound, possibly doesn't exactly clear up what this is all about. If you can spare time from your busy life pass a glance at the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its dumb collection of scratched photos, tiring words and the crude mess of a membership card. You can join the club too, really easy, on any 'Thursday of the Week' you feel like.

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

Club meetings, as these afternoon sessions are pompously named, 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 fast 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 pigeons in the back, but with their marbles, are us.

Attend 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 'true' with any sort of connection to reality, like fiction or fact.

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 Feel free to Google yourself if in doubt.

'Ex–rules' continue to be former rather than latter week after week after week, after month, after year–in year–out, forever and far beyond the present and the past. Nevertheless these former rules may still be looked–up so that you can learn that this extremely ancient club with scant reason makes it rare to repeat them, as we tend to say over and over.

Talking to other club members at meetings is encouraged rather than optional at no extra cost. There are usually enough empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Standing is acceptable 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 lack of memorable 'Quotes of the Week' or any other deathless prose, poetry, wisecracks or singable lyrics.

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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