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Then Mark told us about a funny thing that happened last Friday while he was fooling around in the shop of his real estate agent, looking at apartments he would like to dream about and finding one, but the agent wasn't the uncle–in–law. He wasn't even related. Mark thought he could get out of that one.

Mara had a question. "Why do they," she wanted to know, "shout crême! as the order for café au lait?"

"Because nobody calls it café au lait here," Mark said.

Mark said, "As a card–carrying coffee fiend..." and this devolved into one of those long discussions about how to make coffee, how to drink it, where to buy it, where it's good and where it's not. You know how it goes. At the end the three members decided to try a pot of BJ Nouveau.

The waiter of the week, wearing his straw hat and red apron, almost freaked out. They are going to order something? And all three competed in getting their lines down – for a pot, for cafés, for food to go with the BJ and and – in a jiffy the waiter was back with cafés of various sizes and colors, a pot of red wine and a plate of salami. It took him another round trip to lay down enough glasses, but nothing got cold because the cafés were in cups already.

photo, beaujolais nouveau waiter and mark BJ Nouveau waiter of the week.

I have to cut this short. After 2380 words my typing finger wears out. They drank the pot, ate the salami, sucked down the cafés – including me – and were only mildly uncomfortable while I took the group photo of the week only after setting the white balance correctly. Mara told us about ITAsoftware for comparison checking of air fares. "Pennsylvania is pretty weird," Mark said. Mara then told us about some special sneeze paper I never heard of. But you can get in at Monoprix. Finally, as we were spreading cash around the tables and putting on our coats, Mark gave us the update on his search for a small sink for his little room. He got one out at Pantin and told us how it's pronounced. Isn't that neat?

Club Fan of the Week

Putting in a link can pay off. About a decade ago I put in a link to the French lit mag Pagina and then updated it when Philippe Di Folco took it over. In return he noticed one of Metropole's recent birthdays, and wrote in October, "Quand on cherche des anecdotes un peu originales, généreuses, amusantes et décalées sur Paris, on ne pense pas assez au site de Richard Erickson, Métropole Paris, en ligne depuis 1996 – avec toutes ses archives! – Happy Birthday! Américain vivant Paris, Ric est un dessinateur de cartoons de talent et possède un regard et une plume sur la ville lumière à nul autre pareil. Long life à lui et à sa petite équipe! Adhérez au Club Café!

Pagina is no more but you can catch up with Philippe at his Website and check out his books, including his 1st Dictionary of Pornography, published by no less than the Presses Universitaires de France. Even if it has no pictures the entire équipe here eager to read it.

Yoko Does Yoko Again, Don't Forget

Our very own Yoko, who wasn't at the club today, appears in the stage show Beatles Story real soon. This involves some French guys who play Beatles tunes – really well – and sing, and act just like Beatles who are French. With intermission the show lasts over two hours, and it is a show. This will be on stage at the Petit Journal Montparnasse on Thursday, 23. November at 21:30. Like Yoko, Tomoko doesn't sing, but so what? At 13. Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, Paris 14. Métro: Gaîté. InfoTel.: 01 43 21 56 70. Entry of 55€ includes dinner.

About the Café Metropole Club

Hardly difficult to believebut this was an ordinary club meeting's report because it is just so cool, on account of the BJ stuff. Spin an eyeball past the fantabulous story of what probably was been going on here, to be found as always on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its meaty words, heavy photos and splendid other stuff smelling of week–old garlic. And forever and ever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

This Stuff Is It? It Is!

These spontaneous club meetings, totally unrehearsed, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 most Thursdays. The next meeting will be on Thursday – what else? – 11. January 2007. These times are similar to 3 pm to 5 pm around other places but these meetings are held around here. Whatever you say might be truly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always – and if it should by fluke chance be recorded here.* Your other, mostly 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 life as it is, is just one long frolic! This is exactly what the club's secretary is going to be doing until next year. Frolic to the max!

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, 11. January 2007.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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