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Didn't I explain this before? Anyway, there's more. Kana has written a play – thus the pen name, and Yoko wants to act in it – thus the stage name. Plus she has read three books to get this name thing right, in Chinese, of course. This script is in French in case you want to produce it.

So then we were on the non–cooking and everybody had their say about not cooking at home. I kept thinking, yeah, home cooking if you do it yourself is not so fine, but I can't afford to eat in restaurants all the time. Yoko, I guess, says she eats lunch in restaurants because they are cheaper than dinner.

Heather says she eats junk food. She can't afford to eat in restaurants either – I forget her other reason for eating junk food. Ron says he gets invited to dinner and brings the wine. He lives in a place where there are just enough cooks.

Oh yeah, Heather says the French make superior versions of chocolate cereal. Like museli with chocolate – breakfast of French champions! She says, "I eat really good badly!" There might be something in it – when my kids visited recently the first thing they did was buy a box of chocolate cereal.

Then there's a loud frog croak. It happens again and Heather dives into her sack and hauls out a phone. But it's a false alarm, it's not her date in Montorgueil.

photo, tomoko, yoko, kanaYoko, surprised by battery's revival.

But she's on edge so we retire to the café's terrace for the 'group photo of the week' and the first thing I notice when I have Heather, Yoko, Kana and Ron in the viewfinder, is that the shutter release is frozen. This is what it does when the battery is overtired. The old Olympus used to slide out slowly, allowing a couple more shots to be squeezed off, but the new one just drops dead.

You should have seen their signs of relief. You'd think I was trying to pull teeth. For me the 'group photo of the week' is often the high point of the week, sometimes the month, certainly of the meeting. Heather is right – this club needs a video blog – for the telephone frog, the rooster down the block, for the look on Heather's face when she's thinking of chocolate covered museli. These shabby notes are not enough!

Arty Blog Party

This thing is actually called Springtime in Paris which doesn't quite describe the intersection of 25 international artist friends from Suzanne Hollands' IVY and maybe as many as 30 bloggers associated with Laurie Pike's In Paris Now blog.

"No problem!" says Suzanne, about the location which can host 'thousands.' It's to be in La Chapelle Saint–Louis de la Salpétrière, at 47. Boulevard de l'Hôpital, Paris 13. Métro: Saint–Marcel or Austerlitz. The exhibition opens at 9:00 on Thursday, 4. May and the vernissage for the expo starts at 18:00 and continues until 22:00, with music and DJs, but expect to be cool because it's in a church, an old one built 350 years ago by the dude who did Versailles. Something cool to do after a rousing club meeting, after all. For a change. Springtime, quoi?

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Impossible to imagine but if this so–coolly named meeting 'report' leaves you perplexed, help yourself to an richly convoluted explanation by reading the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its many wonderful paragraphs.

How, When, Who, What, Why, Where?

Club meetings as they are called begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These times, fixed in blue plexi, are also said to be 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is definitely not where the next meeting will be held.

graphic: club location map

Pass a hour or two or a whole meeting with other club members pretty much like yourself. Thirsty and gabby. Real 'firsts' are welcome and true stories will get a sympathetic hearing. Other stories will depend on your skill. Attend as many club meetings as you can stand.

Caution – should you may have the personal mission of remaining unfindable via the Web, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found' cavorting in one of these fantastical club reports.

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had are still former. Talking to other club members at meetings is what they are supposed to do. There are always some empty chairs, so sit. Lounging 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 by freak chance be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because the animal of the week was a live rooster and a robot frog.

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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