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Arriving at the same time were two new members. These were Pam Shoemaker from Manhattan and Marie, who forgot her family name in the members' booklet, but seemed to be French, and who knows? Perhaps Parisienne.

photo, mark's bathroom tile layout The first bathroom plan of the week.

While this ruckus was at its height, member Mark Kritz sauntered in. "I'm staying here until they finish my bathroom!" This made a nice bookend to his last meeting when he was gathering faucets, washers and tiles. "Dark blue on the bottom and light blue on the top," he said, showing us the diagram he made for the contractor.

At this point there is only one more member to come and that is what Yoko did, making the pandemonium total. George was pointing out the details of his tie – "a 1948 model, western theme with a bucking horse" which we could all see. George said he has 500 of these snazzy ties, no two identical. He had a small army of scouts out searching for them.

And Mark was telling us, "My ex–wife was a Deadhead and we used to go to the concerts, and at some time in the proceedings there would get to be one whole soul all rocking together..." And I have no idea what or who brought this on. Terrie? George? Yoko? Linda? The neglectful waiter of the week? Alex? Rita? Pam? Marie?

photo, cafes, pies, of the week A complete club set of pie and café.

Linda switched fuming at Orange to the waiter but Patrick the ur–waiter of the week passed close enough for her to snag him, causing a hand–shake round of a dozen because some did it twice. Somewhat under the uproar, Marie decided to tell me what her t–shirt's message LHOOQ meant. I barely heard that it has something to do with Marcel Duchamp, so it must be total Dada.

Somehow, somehow, all were gathered and convinced that the most important part of the meeting was to cooperate with creating the group photo of the week out on the terrace. On the way Mark showed us his portable phone, the one he got so his contractor can call to ask him what to do if he finds a body in the wall. George asked Pam if she ever goes to the Bar 6 in Manhattan. And the rest of my notes are just some vague marks of dribble gibberish.

Short, Silly Briefies

The Bélière, fabled jazz club located in the 14th arrondissement's Magic Triangle, didn't reopen last weekend. To celebrate, there should have been a Fête de la Bélière but it was probably tonight and I missed it. It was to feature accordion artists – including Patrick Quichaud from Paris Accordéon, with guest appearances by Dany and Antoine Larcher. Anyway, you can find the Bélière at 79. rue Daguerre, Paris 14. Métro: Gaîté or Denfert–Rochereau. InfoTél.: 01 43 20 11 62.

The Salon du Chocolat is coming up and will feature 130 exhibitions of chocolate and you know what that means. Good things don't last forever so mark your calendars for Saturday, 28. October, to Wednesday, 1. November. Doors open at 10:00 daily and the goodies are on view until 19:00 or 21:00. This will be in in Hall 5 at Paris–Expo at the Porte de Versailles, at the métro stop of the same name. Club members have said the entry charge is worth it.

About the Café Metropole Club

Suspend doubt and simply believe this is a club meeting report because it must be, containing as it does a fraction of today's idle chat. Fling a blink at the true and authentic story of what might have been going on here, to be found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its florid odeurs of day–old garlic. And forever and ever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

What Is This Stuff?

Totally spontaneous club meetings, honestly unrehearsed, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 every Thursday. These times are identical to 3 pm to 5 pm around other places but these meetings 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 recorded here.* Your other, mainly true, 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 sure way to become unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of black bikes, bathroom tiles, apple pie without la mode and other ilks, regardless of where they fall.

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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