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In fact hard facts are hard to come by. If the city is peaceful, just how many want to watch scenes of traffic lights changing color and parking ticket ladies sticking tickets on cars that aren't burning, on the nightly TV–news?

What about hot news images of teenagers going home from school, and their moms lugging around heavy bags after shopping? Of the thrill of the week – the portable phone users unconsciously blocking the Métro sorties?

By 16:10 I have had all of the paper I can stand and I see that it has gotten cloudy outside. All the diners have left the salle so I signal the waiter to bring me a 'Café of the Week,' which he does without being unduly surly.

Then I twiddle my fingers, thinking of this 'report.' Tomorrow is a holiday I would have told attending members, if there were any. It is 'Armistice,' in memory of 1918, and I supposephoto, messy table of the week there will be a ceremony at the Etoile, at the Eternal Flame beneath the Arc de Triomphe. Be there at 11:00 and you may see France's president, Jacques Chirac.

No members to see total disorganization of the club secretary.

Gradually it becomes 17:00 and I gather myself together and find the 'Waiter of the Week' holding up a wall and hand over a ransom for the 'Café of the Week' – not because it was so good or he deserving '...of the Week,' but because this waiter many be able to retire on it, and the next new one from 'waiter central' might be lucky, or happy, or maybe, who knows? – from Barcelona.

It you feel that you've been shortchanged by this 'club report,' feel free to read the free news that is being posted daily on the 'News' page.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This club meeting 'report,' hacked out with four blunt fingers and one pointy elbow, gives a huge hint about what this is about. To find out true details spend a peek at the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its now–classic photos, warbly words and mucho neato membership card. You can join the club too, without even thinking, in any year containing at least one 'Thursday of the Week.' Like the one coming next week rather than this one

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

Club meetings still begin at 15:00, in the afternoon, on every Thursday, and continue until 17:00, in the western &Euro;uro Time zone, now on its boring journey through autumn to winter. Known in faraway lands as 3 pm to 5 pm, around somewhere else is not where meetings are held. Come to the café La Corona. Do not accept go to the Louvre until after. Bring a friend or two. The folks in the rear of the big room, under the delightful yellow lights, are us.

Attend a meeting – by being at one. Pass a hour or two or a whole meeting with the club's secretary. Real 'firsts' are welcome, with 'real' being equivalent to 'true' even if 'first' is more thangraphic: club location map likely, and if it is an alternate form of reality with any sort of connection to truth, like fake fiction. Attending multiple club meetings is also permitted.

Caution – you may have a personal reason 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.

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had continue to be former.These discontinued rules may still be accessed if you can find them. You can, in theory, learn that this somewhat real club of minor purpose seldom repeats rules because nobody cares any more, even if missed by very few.

Talking to other club members at meetings is okay rather than optional. There are always dozens of empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Standing is okay too. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are any listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should chance to be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because during today's meeting absolutely nothing happened, not even Willy the Bird, now known as Eva.

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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