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"Male lap dancers – women might laugh at it," she adds. But when I ask her to tell me what this might be – and the pole dancing – she thinks I am trying to entice her to be naughty. "Sometimes it's just stupid."

photo, member lena, possiblyIs this the 'Lena of the Week?'.

Actually she's more interested in the pompiers. This is about the Bastille Day balls at fire stations in Paris on Thursday, 13. July and Friday, 14. July. Heather is calling this scheme the Cutest Pompier Ball and she wants everybody to send her photos so she can put them in 'Naughty Paris.'

At this juncture member Kate Ernst arrives, stepping in from the sunlight. "It's like New Years except it's warmer," she observes. Heather has already said that until yesterday she was wearing her trench coat.

Lena has given up scouting the floor for stray frites, and along with Pedro these two short club members are perched on laps, those of Heather and Kate. Nobody says anything about girls going out at night to see Dackel–like dogs with longer legs, lap dancing. "That dog loves you," Kate says.

Besides that they are well–behaved, like most club members. Because I have asked, Heather tells me what 'open bar' means, besides being open. Same for 'wet bar.' You have either a sink with running water or a pool. Heather says her parents had a sunken living room with a wet bar. She said it wasn't an indoor pool.

photo, cafe awning of the week Easily the awning of the week.

On the naughty, Heather says she's thinking of laser lipstick, or is it light sabre? I think I hear 'life saver,' so I draw a lifesaver in 3D and write 'lifesaver' on the rim. Which reminds all three of us that it's a long time since anybody has seen any Lifesavers.

For the group photo of the week the ladies pack the dogs out to the café's terrace, to sort up the members count. All goes well and later one of the photos is picked, to represent today's meeting and its members.

When asked Heather admits to no sports. "If the pompiers were playing boules, I might join in!" she says. Kate has to go, Heather has to go, and I have to do this report. We finally track down the 'waiter of the week' and foist our money on him. I think Heather would prefer it if cute pompiers were the 'waiter of the week.'

Club Members On Stage

On the way back to 'Ed's' paradise I encountered member Bob Symonds who explained he isn't at meetings because he in rehearsals for Faith Healer by Brian Friel. Also in this are Leslie Clack and Patricia Kessler. To be at the Théâtre de Nesle in the Quartier Latin on the following dates – from 24. to 29. June at 21:00, with an additional matinée at 17:00 on Sunday, 25. June. No performance on 28. June. For tickets contact Helen Later via email or InfoTel.: 01 46 34 61 04.

What this is about:– It is an epic tale of Francis, a drink–sodden faith healer who has a sordid but hilarious, somewhat chaotic voyage towards fateful destiny in Ballybag, a notorious jar town. But if you think Francis sounds a bit unsympathetic the story is also told from the viewpoint of his wife Gracie and his manager, Teddy, who has an accent. I think Bob must be Francis, but I haven't ever seen him being sodden at the club. But he is an actor so don't miss it.

About the Café Metropole Club

Just as credible, but every true word in this club meeting 'report,' especially the ones left out. You can give yourself a look at the explanation about what's going on here, on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its few morsels of wisdom, frites, morals, garlic, poems, exhaust and beanpoles.

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

These club meetings, as they are irresponsibly called, begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These times, according to clock hands, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where to find these meetings. 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 rare chance be written here.* Other stories will depend on your skill.

graphic, club location map

Caution – should you have the personal goal 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.' Not becoming a club member is another way to remain unfound, but it is less fun.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of my wonderful new system, which with several minor 'firsts' of miniscule proportions, routinely looses control of the keyboard, randomly substituting gibberish for garble.

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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