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I ask Yoko if she's ready for the 'Group Photo of the Week' and she frowns. I coax. I wheedle. I plead. I move tables. I move chairs. The waiter comes over to watch. He is the entire audience. It's almost as much fun as staring out the window waiting for a red car to come by.

Then we discuss secret societies for two minutes. "When everybody knows the name of the secret society, then it's not secret," Yoko decides.

As then it is 17:15 we gather up and accost the waiter with money, and then stumble down the quay to the Métro at Pont Neuf, where we catch a train for the ride over to Saint–Marcel, and the IVY Paris 'Springtime' fête.

Arty–Bloggy Party Expo Beano

The idea is having Springtime in Paris which includes the interaction of 25 international artists from Suzanne Hollands' IVY and maybe as many as 30 bloggers associated with Laurie Pike's In Paris Now blog.

Well, this is is a major hospital, like a campus, and the chapel is not the easiest thing to find although it is a huge thing with a big dome, so Yoko and I finally track it down but enter by the wrong door, and it is this old church inside still in use and the exhibition has been installed and if you want to do mass too, it's scheduled.

The first person I see is Suzanne, who is busy. The next person I see is Matt Rose who is busily pasting fake labels on wine bottles. He and his able assistant seem to be very happy doing this to empty bottles. Matt says he is busy too, but leaving. I wander about and see art all over the place, which looks pretty old, possibly older than Versailles. The building I mean.

photo, matt rose and helper Dr. Rose and assistant doctor wine labels.

Yoko says she is getting her 'expo headache' so she leaves. I become hungry so I have to leave too, intending to write this report rather than go to the 'after' which is not quite a secret society, at the Batofar. I wish the other bloggers had come earlier. When I get them organized they must remember 'never on Thursdays' is not optional.

This expo is in La Chapelle Saint–Louis de la Salpétrière, at 47. Boulevard de l'Hôpital, Paris 13. Métro: Saint–Marcel or Austerlitz. Expect it to be cool because it's in a church, an old one built 350 years ago, by the same dude who did Versailles.

Club Member Flogs Classic Roller

Exclusive! Club member Renaud Siry, of 'Beatles Story' fame, must with regret part with his light gray and white 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. This car has been featured in movies and on TV, such as in 'Callas Forever,' with Fanny Ardant and Jeremy Irons. In good condition with only 120,000 km on the clock. Left–hand drive. Write to Ric, the club secretary, who will forward.

Club Member Offers Free Da Vinci Quizzes

Club member David Pitt has been reading recent club reports and noted that Yoko is reading 'The Da Vinci Code,' in anticipation of the movie, which is being heavily advertised on Paris' Morris columns this week.

Starting the day before yesterday, David's Tricolors Web site now has a daily quiz located in a section called 'Common Denominator.' This will continue throughout May and June. For 'Da Vinci Code' related tidbits take a look at David's 'Cowboy In Paris' pages. You can test your knowledge now or wait for a French version from Orange, to be online after the Cannes Festival later this month.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

Unlikely but possible, if this so–called club meeting 'report' leaves you perplexed, take yourself for a look at the farfullated explanation on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its many sentences, paragraphs, graphics and photos.

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

Club meetings as we call these things begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These times, encased in crankcase oil, are also said to be 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is hardly where the next meeting will be.

graphic: club location map

Knock off a hour or two or while a whole meeting away with other club members pretty much like yourself. Gabby and thirsty. True 'firsts' are welcome and real stories will get a sympathetic hearing. Other stories will depend on your skill. 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.*

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 perfectly fine rather than optional. There are always some empty chairs, so sit. Lounging is okay too. Attend as many free club meetings as you are free to.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the extra work required to add blog items, car ads and ultra plugs.

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
signature, regards, ric

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