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Then Terrie Blazek joined the meeting. She took out her Panasonic camera and pointed it around to make sure it was warm. She said she is taking artsy–fartsy photos. She didn't say this last week but I better not bring it up. Then she grumbled about the last club meeting report. See above

photo, the kiss you cup Another club first.

Sandy said she had just come from Siedice in Poland where she was teaching English with Global Volunteers.

We would have heard more about this if Yoko hadn't picked the moment to arrive. Then, since we were a four–pack, we decided to engage the waiter of the week and charge him with supplying us with some drink. He was back in a jiffy, but as he handed me my double–espresso and I noticed that it had only one refined white sugar lump, and requested another – the blackboard with the menu on it fell on my head.

Another club first! And a highly amusing one for all concerned, except the unwary victim. Then Terrie sorted through her lumpy bag, looking for a special lipstick. Finding one, she proceeded to apply it generously. Then she lifted her café cup – ooh! it's hot isn't it? And landed a big smooch on it. It was, she said, a private message.

It was also another first of sorts. Yoko said that Terrie's lipstick is too dark – was too dark? They were on some crazy excursion to the Bon Marché. Then Terrie was admitting that she was once a nun. No, she said, it doesn't matter who knows. Well, I think, the club knows and it's certainly another first. How many is this?

photo, cafe creme Café–like soup of the week.

Sandy, who might not know that Yoko is in the entertainment business, told us she is going to the Comedie Française to see a performance of Le Cid.

"Comedie Française!" Yoko snorted. "Boring! They have perfect diction, that's all. Nothing happens!" We all stared at her. She was dissing the Comedie Française. It's a huge monument. It is La France! Yoko looked like she was ready to punch somebody out. We cringed.

Another of today's firsts was me manually setting the camera's white balance to something not quite white. But I didn't know this when we finally got ourselves out on to the café's terrace for the group photo of the week. Sandy, Terrie and Yoko kept saying that I shouldn't get too close with the lens because – ah, it doesn't matter. Instead of all the photos coming out too red, they came out too blue. It took a while to get out of that one.

About the Café Metropole Club

Easier to believe than you may think but this is a club meeting 'report' representing a fraction of some of the lively events today. Cast an eyeball at the true and authentic story of what might have been going on here, found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its old words reeking of garlic. Isn't the Internet wonderful? And forever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

What This What This?

Truly spontaneous club meetings often unrehearsed, 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. These meeting are held around here. 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.* Your other stories are welcome too.

Caution – if you have a personal need to remain 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 become unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the extraordinary amount of true firsts in this report, completely unrehearsed and totally spontaneous, every darn authentic one of them.

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, 12. October.

A bientôt à Paris
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