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At this moment, member Susanne Chaney arrives from Fairfax, California with new member Karen Birch from, she says, the Canadian Vancouver, but in drilling for details I learn that Karen merely works there and in reality she lives in Ladner, which is a "35–minute" bus ride away down south, near the landing for the ferries to Vancouver Island. Ladner, obviously, has to be the City of the Week.

photo, iced tea Solo iced tea looks cool.

Regular readers and club members will be glad to hear that Susanne has fully recovered from the fall she suffered in Amsterdam. She hooked up with Karen somehow online, et voilà, here they are, having a holiday here, and maybe in Amsterdam. I don't remember more than this because Susanne suggested that I must be having a senior moment because I couldn't remember some details of a club meeting report I wrote in 2000.

And there is Yoko joining us and Larry is leaping up and we are all calling, "Yo! Yo! Yoko!" and other drolleries. I have already told Larry about my subconscious fears of missing Yoko's Beatles Story show – not today – next Thursday, so Yoko says immediately, "28, 29 and 30," which I write, without knowing that these are the dates.

Stage talk is always followed by screen talk. Frankly this club has more actress members than actors – there's two producers I know of too – and part of the Da Vinci Code was made across the street, so we have more shop talk than idle fandom. Susanne, for example, told us she was in three movies – Towering Inferno and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and added, "But they cut my eight lines!"

While all of this is going on the waiter of the week is taking orders and bringing huge glasses of iced tea, some regular drinks, and an iced tea for Yoko. Susanne maintains that as warm as it is in Paris today, it is like nothing compared to Fairfax in the summer, when it 110 degrees. "11 days in a row!" she said.

poster, beatles story Don't miss Yoko's show
next week.

And then it is time for the group photo of the week and we push aside café owners monsieur et madame Naudan to gain the terrace, rosy in its shade from the red parasols. I explain that the camera lens is wide–angle and there is nothing to fear if I seem to get too close – and some disbelief shows. Karen and Susanne take the opportunity to go sprint shopping while Larry, Yoko and I return to – empty drinks. The meeting must be over.

Yoko Does Yoko Next Week

Our very own Yoko appears in the stage show Beatles Story for three performances next week. This involves some French guys who play Beatles tunes – really well – and sing, and act like Beatles. With intermission the show lasts over two hours, and it is a show. Yoko's part – she does not sing – has been expanded from the version I saw a year ago. On 28, 29. and 30. September, at 20:30. At the Théâtre Gymnase, 38 bis, boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10. Cash bar. Métro: Bonne Nouvelle. InfoTél.; 01 42 46 79 79, or hit the Websites.

About the Café Metropole Club

As hard as it might be to believe but this is a club meeting 'report' representing a fraction of some of the events today. Throw a eyeball at the authentic story of what might have been going on here. To be found on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its tedious and chunky bits of garlic, fried stuff and stirred low–fat cheese. And forever and ever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

This What This What?

Spontaneous club meetings. Often more than rehearsed, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 every Thursday. These times are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm around elsewhere. Around here is where these meetings are. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always – and if it should by rare chance be written here.* Other stories are welcome too.

Caution – if 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 one of the other ways to remain unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of all the movies we've been in with the film that has stayed in the editing room, sometimes on the floor but more often in the trashcan.

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.
Next club meeting on Thursday, 28. September.

A bientôt à Paris
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