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I asked Bob to show me his camera. It was, without doubt, the Canon of the Week! I photographed it. A welcome addition to the club's archives. Bob's Perrier and orange juice arrived, completing the summerlike Cocktail of the Week.

As Bob was telling me about Horace Mann starting his school in 1839, member Jim Donatelli arrived. This was confusing because I had the impression I was just talking to him – but in fact it was a couple of weeks ago that he walked out the door with George Broadhead – who Jim says, has sent greetings, from Brooklyn.

"Do they have wild animals near Pittsburgh?" Bob asks Jim, adding that he sees wild turkeys all the time. Myself, I have never seen a wild turkey except a bottle of it, and that was a long time ago. Jim says they aren't like the Thanksgiving kind. They have feathers and they know how to duck.

Then we were talking about hats. Jim said he has a whole collection of game warden hats, including a furry one with ear flaps that ties under the chin so it won't blow off in blizzards. He said, "One time in turkey season on horse patrol..." but apparently not right in downtown Pittsburgh. Then I missed a bit and he was saying, "Groundhog, chipmunk, whistle pig..." and I missed the rest of that too. I guess I was anxious about my water.

photo, resto card, l'os a moelle The reader Tip of the Week.

We were just getting up for the fabulous Group Photo of the Week when Yoko came in. "Eighty percent of my dialogue was cut," she said. Then she explained about the movie she's in, Je crois que j'aime, with a handy plot summary for those who came in late.

Which led Jim to extoll the virtues of a restaurant he was tipped to by member Eva Lee in Tranquility, New Jersey, who is not with us today either. Jim found the resto's card and we all admired it until we heard that it is out in Issy, which is out of town, but you can get there by riding to the last stop on métro line 12 and hope you'll be coming back before the dernier métro.

photo, my very own water leak The Leak of the Week, damit.

This prompted Yoko, who used to be Tomoko, to ask if she can bring a photo of the members' Camera–Murray new baby to show the club. As a rule, which is not a rule, members who aren't at meeting cannot be at meetings they aren't at – but she threatened to tell us the plots of some other movies, so I said okay. The Camera–Murrays practically lived at the club for a while there, before they were forced back to California.

To get even I arrange for the sun on the café terrace to be in everybody's eyes when we do the Group Photo of the Week. When we are back inside after our brief fling with fresh air I prepare to leave. I can hear a clock dripping.

"Me too!" Yoko says. "I have a leak in the kitchen too." Which reminds Jim and Bob to ask her about her mouse situation. They were still haggling about it when I went off to find the Waiter of the Week and pay my note and get out of there, powered by anxiety, off to my dismal waterworld.

About the Café Metropole Club

Remaining connected to your club via meeting reports is certainly cheaper than being here but only a third of the fun. Think of the club secretary's race against water. But no, forget that. The short description of what we might have been doing here, can be found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage. And don't ever forget, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

This No But At What Stuff?

Unrehearsed, unplanned, unreal, not to mention spontaneous, plus true. The club meetings begin at 15:00 and last until 17:00 every Thursday. The next real meeting will be on Thursday, 22. March. These times are identical to 3 pm to 5 pm around a very few 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 fluke chance be recorded here.* Your other, wholly true, stories are all 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 my leaking taps. Who can think to do new stuff when all this dripping is going on? My original Hamburg lifering is going to get a workout.

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, 22. March.

A bientôt à Paris
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