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It reminds me that I forgot to photo Bob's shoes last week and I lean under the table to see if he's got them on. Edna mentions that she keeps up with Fodor's travel forum to find out 'what to wear' when visiting Europe. "How should I dress?" Bob asks.

The cool wine of the week.

This summer white has been very popular. White shoes, white pants, white shirts, with a red necktie and a Basque beret. This outfit is especially apt if you are in or around the western Pyrenees, catching the pelote, bullfights or the rugby, or the marching 'bandas.' TV showed the residents down there dressed all in white, and afterwards, with red wine stains. Very colorful. Quite noisy too.

As soon as Josef Schomburg shows up Edna says, "We never hear anything about Canada." Joseph looks puzzled. Living in Paris, nobody hears much about Canada, at least not since Charles De Gaulle visited, but that was before anybody's time.

Then in quick succession we touch on the 2CV, SUVs, lawn mowing on spongegrass, looking for sunshine in Switzerland, cog–wheel railways, air bearings, Beverly Hills on fire or flooding, spy in the sky, Panama, and available Mexican food on marchés in Paris.

Followed by Edna mentioning Picard opening a new branch near the apartment where they are staying. She agrees that Picard could be a good number two, for air conditioning, after the congress centre at Porte Mayo. Picard, for those who are unfamiliar, is a chic chain of frozen food boutiques. Edna thinks they are classy.

Then it's back to clothing again, with Edna saying that 'shabby chic' was in style, it might have been some time ago. Bob thinks seersucker fits this bill. "What's seersucker?" Josef wants to know. Now that nothing isn't rumpled, it doesn't matter.

Whenever this was, but after the sudden and short, heavy downpour this afternoon, out we go to the café's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week,' remembering at the same time to capture onephoto, cool menu of the week of Bob's shoes. Notice the turned up toe and the rounded– up heel. Wear these Swiss technology shoes if you don't mind camera recoil making all your photos blurry. Shoot sideways or use a periscope camera to overcome this effect.

The cool menu of the week.

Edna has told us a secret about how to get upgraded airline seats. Bob seems dubious, but it might work, so the secret stays secret. The Bradleys started out with a window seat and then they got better ones. "You haven't lived until you've taken off in a 747 backwards," Edna says.

I have a few single words noted here, like gizmo, fog, level crossing, with no context for them. But it's not too late to remind members that riding backwards in a 747 may be thrilling, but landing in an airport strike is not. It could be the price to pay for a 'lost window.'

About the Café Metropole Club's About Page

Today's club meeting 'report,' written with a Mac whirring softly, hardly clears up what this is all about. If you can spare a second or two scoot yourphoto, cool shoe of the week eyeballs over the virtual 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its ridiculous mishmash of bungled photos, boring words and the sad scrap of a membership card. You can join the club too, no fuss or bother, on any 'Thursday of the Week.' There are 52 of them every year.

The cool shoe of the week.

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

These club meetings, as these silly affairs are called, begin at 15:00, in the afternoon, always on Thursdays and continue for two hours until 17:00, always in the western Euro Time zone, now in its getting shorter slow next to autumn modus. Known in semi–exotic places as 3 pm to 5 pm, around somewhere else is unlikely to be where meetings are conducted. Be sure to come to the café La Corona and its 'grande salle.' The folks casually dressed in the back, wearing their shoes, are us.

Attend a meeting – by being at one. Stay for a hour or a whole meeting with new friends, 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 true facts or invented 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 beforegraphic: club location map becoming 'found' in one of these club reports. Treat yourself to a Google session if unsure.

'Ex–rules' continue to be former rather than latter week after week after week, after months, after year–in year–out, after forever and far beyond the present and the after the past. Nonetheless these former rules may still be looked–up so that you can learn that this truly antique club of slim reason repeats them seldom, as we tend to say repeatedly.

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 omission of the mention of the sighting of a pair of mounted flics on the quay.

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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