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photo, t-shirt of the weekT–shirt of the week from Beruit.

Doug goes on 'missions' and he was helping some Lebanese software geeks get their marketing together, when he heard what he thought was thunder. The next thing he heard was the US Embassy telling him he had to get out of town, pretty much like it was telling thousands of others. "Only two restaurants were still open," he says.

Susan wants to 'compliment' the embassy in Beirut. She says people will be complaining about hanging around for four days, bombs flying around, without realizing how complicated it might be to extract 8000 folks from a war zone without them getting shot down or sunk. We all toast Doug with water, except Bob who does it with cidre.

In a change of subject, Bob happily admits to Photoshopping photos. He puts blue in white skies, fixes defects on grandkids, and has a high old great time improving his photos. I explain why this is not done with the photos in Metropole. If Boggleville has warts they stay in the pictures.

photo, glass of beer of the week Not what I think – it's not cider.

Doug suggests I go up the the Etoile to get a photo of workmen repaving the big traffic circle. This is a good tip but it is hard to capture from any position lower than a helicopter. He is amazed that the stone cobbles are replaced, one by one, and positioned by hand. My guess is that the tanks tore up the surface during the 14. July parade. Tanks are rough to civilian roads, as we can see almost every night on TV–news.

Then, after the 'group photo of the week,' while Doug is trying to convince Patrick to come by and take some money, Susan says she wants to know how she can get through six days on 100 euros – and as soon as Doug gets here from Beirut he has to spend 100 euros a day.

The two couples exchange cards out on the terrace and then depart in opposite directions. Nothing new and better has happened with the sky but I cross over and take the stairs down to Paris–Plages for an opening day squint, and an apéro at a handy bar. They are a bit muddled but I get a drink, watch the folks dancing – dancing in the afternoon! – and filling plastic containers with free water.

Notice of Slight Importance

I intend to take a holiday this summer for no particular reason but the way I see it August is as good a month as any to throw off my formal office duds, abandon my pressing duties and just run wild, crazy rotten wild. I have a crying need for a grilled toastedcheese sandwich now!

photo, logo, paris plages 2006

There will be no meetings of the Café Metropole Club for the following Thursdays of August:– 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The last meeting, with or without members present, will be held next week on 27. July. The next meeting after August will be on the first Thursday in September. Mark the 7th on your calendar. For a free club many members and unusual 'firsts,' this is another rare one.

About the Café Metropole Club

In spite of the heat and street noise this club meeting 'report' represents a fraction of the actual meeting even if many words were omitted. Take a look at the inspired fable of what could have been going on here, found on the About the Café Metropole Club page, containing its tasty and rare morsels of delicious stinky frites, boiled snails and steamed low–fat cheese. Always, cheese more frites.

graphic, club location map

What This About?

These spontaneous club meetings, often more than the the little they seem, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 every Thursday. These times, check the clock fingers, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm around somewhere else. Around here is where these meetings are. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by rare chance be written here.* Your skill for other stories is permissible.

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 anyone can do it.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the club's secretary forgetting to leave a virtual placeholder in the regular meeting location in the cafˇ, possibly confusing late arrivals.

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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