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Now Stephan is talking about driving through Belgium, and the finer details have to be explained to all non–Belgians present. He also says that silver has gone out of fashion as a car color. The next big colors will be blue and red. Trust me – Stephan is a top scientist, doing something with polymers, which in turn are used in some paints to make reds and blues into various shades and depths, depending on which way the wind is blowing.

Into this pandemonium Berta and Scoop Maginniss enter. Other members were asking for this couple from Aldie, Virginia last week, so here they are. Josef Schomburg, Paris photographer and code geek, has also swung in and before howdies are exchanged he's considering buying a TV set from Berta. Scoop,for his part, asks Marion if her knitting is for sale. She says no. Berta says, "Not like us!"

Whenever there get to be 10 members at the club and the time is past 16:15 I start trying to suggest that it might be wise to give a little thought to the group photo of the week. As soon as I say it, several members from both ends of the tables shout that Yoko isn't at the meeting yet.

It makes my heart warm, how clublike the members can be whenthey are in the mood. Nevertheless I relentlessly herd them outside to the café's terrace where they smartly arrange themselves, hug shoulders, and all look at the camera together and keep on doing it for five perfect exposures. The first one is at the top of the page. Truly, the group photo of the week of the year!

photo, group 2 of the weeklBonus group photo of the week.

At some point, somebody, gives me a slip of bar paper, with a note on it. It says, BADOIT "Thurs, 6 pm – Phillippe – Sorry we missed you! George Broadhead invited us to the Corona 5–7. George gave us a tour of the Ile de Cité yesterday. Maybe next time, Larry + MaryJo" evian

Of course I don't have time to read all this at the meeting, so it gets lost in the uproar. Thanks George! Then, slightly behind schedule, at five to five, Yoko sails in, also saying she's not carrying a big lot of bags, and there is a general cheer that so startles the waiter of the week that he disappears just as 11 people who can't remember what they had, want to pay for it.

photo, letter to club Club letter of the week.

The Group Photo of the Week

It might be a long while before the next time the light is right and 11 folks all look at the camera at the same time, not once but for five shots. Let's remember that they were, from left to right, Ray Parkes, Joe Donohue, Susan Donohue, Scoop Maginniss, Terrie Blazek, Nigel White, Berta Maginniss, Josef Schomburg, Lisa Shenk, Marion Nowak and Stephan Nowak. Tiny bonus is the smaller photo, just to prove they did it more than once.

About the Café Metropole Club

Simply believe that this is an ordinary club meeting report because, unless it was unordinary, it contains as as usual a fraction of today's idle chitchat. Toss an eyeball at the totally true and realistic story of what might have been going on here, to be found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its wispy odeurs of day–old garlic. And forever and ever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

Is This Stuff?

Real spontaneous club meetings, totally 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 Paris is the café Metropole club capital of the world. This is at least until the other 467 branches are opened with hoopla, Brad Pitt, searchlights and red carpets.

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, 9. November.

A bientôt à Paris
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