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The club's favorite movie star said she had been busy in Japan doing something with hotspring water for the first time. We were still making a transition from horseshit so I didn't understand what is so special about hotspring water, but George seemed to know about it. He was there in the one of the wars.

photo, japanese milk candy of the weekTotally rare Candy of the Week.

But the real reason Tomoko was absent, she said, was because she was in a movie again. This was in Je Crois Que Je l'Aime which opened in the cinemas yesterday, and you can see the poster here. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire and Vincent Landon, it looked pretty good, the little bit they showed on TV. Tomoko said she was sure she wasn't on the infamous cutting room floor because she spoke actual words to Sandrine in one scene.

She ordered a tea which was fetched in the heavy iron pot and rummaged around in her sack and extracted some Japanese candy for us to try. This was a lot better than the wonderful poison blow fish she brought from Japan a couple of years ago.

My notes, which are more sketchy that usual this week, do not say which of us noted that jeans are in fashion in Paris this year. Well I know it wasn't me because I've been wearing jeans for years, getting angrier and angrier at all these designer models. "Everybody wears jeans now," somebody said. I wonder if Jacques Chirac will be wearing jeans when he retires to his ranch.

Tomoko then confessed to Jim that she's never ridden a horse. I have, but I won't admit it. Horses are big and if you fall off the ground is a long ways down. Jim admitted that one of the horses he had tried to break his leg. It wouldn't surprise me. Horses are untrustworthy by nature.

photo, tea of the week and iron pot Even more rare Tea of the Week.

Oh, I remember now. Jim's wife loaded all the horseshit into a frontloader and then she turned it into the wind. What this other note here about "a fine, pulverized pancake made of horseshit" is about I have no idea. For a couple of minutes we were out on the café terrace producing the Group Photo of the Week – "Everybody snarl !" and they all grimaced then grinned.

For closers George had the Question of the Week. "Who," he asked, "Took Hirohito's horse?" Well, dribble nose here has learned that Hirohito is now known as Emperor Shōwa, and that his horse may have been named Shiramyuki, but if it was taken by anyone, it is not clear who done it, stole it.

About the Café Metropole Club

Your belief may be useful because this was a run–of–the–mill club meeting, not an extraordinary sort of a meeting. Think of it as a odorous piece of cheese of true life. Glue your eyeballs to the reams of words describing what we might have been doing here, to be found as ever on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage, containing its juicy, redolent, and stuporlodyous other good stuff delicately stinking of fresh cheese–flavored garlic. And forever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

What's This About Stuff About?

It was totally unrehearsed, absolutely. Also, the spontaneous club meetings begin at 15:00 and go until 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 1. March. These times are the same as 3 pm to 5 pm around other places while 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 sheer freak dumb chance be recorded here.* All your other, basically true, stories are welcome too.

Caution – should 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. Becoming a club member is one sure way to become found.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the fact that next week at the next meeting will see us having the 365th meeting, give or take one or two, but darn close enough.

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, 1. March..

A bientôt à Paris
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