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You may think I am letting a significant City of the Week slip through my fingers but there were a couple of aspects to Randall worth noting. He was wearing a beret and he was carrying an odd guitar, – it looked almost like a baguette with strings – which he immediately began to play. It added a lot of atmosphere to the café's grande salle and I cursed myself yet again for not reading the user manual for the digital recorder I have.

photo, lively beer of the week Beer of the Week.

Thus Randall provided an important first, namely being the first club member to bring a musical instrument and play it during a club meeting. I think I remember bringing one of my kazoos once but I certainly didn't play it. Plus, get this, Randall played really well. He said he has had his Martin travelling guitar for many years and it fits in an airliner's overhead bin without trouble. On eBay they cost about $100 he said.

And here's why Randall brings a guitar to Paris, which he often does. Last night he was playing in public on the Parvis of Notre Dame until 3 in the morning with a bunch of other musical types. "It's an old–pair–of–shoes guitar," he said, "And because it's small it doesn't make much noise."

Time was drifting towards the end of the afternoon So we went out on the café's terrace for the Group Photo of the Week. Under the red awnings it was pinker than ever. Once back inside member Josef Schomburg glided up from somewhere, and he asked to try out Randall's guitar.

photo, josef and guitar with live beerJosef tries pick–fingers.

Thus there was another first and it was gentle sounds from the guitar off and on throughout the meeting. I asked Randall if he could come to every meeting. I'll read the recorder's manual if he does, and put the results into a podcast.

The afternoon drifted on and then Randall drifted off. Josef and I gave the café the later signal and headed into the fierce sun setting to the west. Then on the Pont des Arts we reunited with Randall, which gave me the opportunity of re–shooting the Group Photo of the Week. Some days everything just works out fine.

About the Café Metropole Club

Hands off the dial and stay tuned to your club via the meeting reports on this waveband. Reading reports is simpler than being here but only a sixteenth of the fun. Think of the club secretary's photo–shooting finger. The official version of what we might have been doing here, can be found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage. Add some sharp mustard for those more better frites.

graphic, club location map

At But, At But, At But?

Spontaneous as always, unplanned, unrehearsed, out of control, anarchistic, musical and poetic. The club meetings are actually from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19. April. These times are identical to 3 pm to 5 pm around some other places, while meetings are mostly 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 luck fluke chance be inscribed here.* Your other, totally true, stories are all welcome too. Everybody can use a good laugh.

Caution – should you have a personal desire 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 being a club member gets you found last if ever.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the the gentle and melodic notes sounding from Randall's guitar, which he has promised to bring back one of these days.

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, 19. April.

A bientôt à Paris
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