...Continued from page 1

The Waiter of the Week was passing and he accepted the task of bringing us some drink and when Yoko's came, it was apricot juice. Mike had a wine and mine was orange juice. Then Yoko remembered, like me, all the apricot jam in Spain. It should be Spain's national jam if it isn't already.

Yoko is, of course, also interested in language, and she complimented Mike on his accent. On geography she was less sure, like me, but Mike said St. Louis was, "Just south of Chicago, in the middle." When we asked what happens there he said a thunder storm and an ice storm knocked out power for days.

"The weather becomes strange," Yoko said. Which was sort of the introduction for Uncle Den–Den, who wandered into the café while on an expedition to get some climbing roses down the block, but they didn't have any or they were too big, or too expensive.

photo, pastis of the weekThe pastis of the week.

After he had snagged the Waiter of the Week for some pastis, he asked Mike if he were related to the famous film director Michael Curtiz. He was a director over six decades, perhaps best remembered for Casablanca and three or four other names Uncle Den–Den rattled off. Mike declined the honor. Uncle Den–Den sang, "St. Louis woman, with the diamond ring."

Yoko:– "There's a picnic every night on the Pont des Arts."

Uncle Den–Den:– "I'm too old. They wouldn't let me in."

Yoko:– "We took a sandwich."

Uncle Den–Den:– "Fox News has no news or weather for San Francisco. It doesn't exist." He was watching it in Italy but didn't say why.

photo, uncle den denUncle Den–Den.

In short order, like the above, the conversation jumped from renting apartments – Mike is staying longer than 6 days. "In St. Louis I travel a lot," he said.

"I know people who go on 70 kilometre bike rides," said Uncle Den–Den. About Nice, up in the mountains, on the beach. A wedding in Kansas City, for Mike. Chicago still has a city centre. "Every Sunday I light a candle..."

Philosophy – "I spend my money on wine instead of gas," Uncle Den–Den said. The reason he came to Europe he insists, "For the dirty movies like Bitter Rice."

The meanwhile here that followed was throwing money on the tables, going out to the café's terrace for photos, coming back, arguing with the Waiter of the Week about who owed what, who paid what – Mike was ending up shorted – giving Yoko suggestions about where she might shop her script – throwing on coats and picking up stuff, pointing directions – "Over there, to the left, across a bridge" and that was it, absolutely all.

photo, parisian layabouts of the week The lazy folks of the week.

The Next Meeting of the Club

It will be on 7. June which is a Thursday. The club secretary has an urgent desire to see a bike race in Flushing on Sunday and thinks that getting over it will take about four weeks over there.

About the Café Metropole Club

Click your mouse and tune in to your club via the meeting reports in this galaxy of the Internet. Speed reading reports is faster than being at entire club meetings but only a 5th of the fun. Remember the club secretary, he done it again. The only version of what we might have been doing here, can be found as usual on the About the Café Metropole Club Webpage. Suck a pastis while going with those more better frites.

graphic, club location map

What Is This Rot?

Partly spontaneous as usual, half unrehearsed, nearly out of control and more than 110 percent loopy. The club meetings are actually only from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be, exceptionally, on Thursday, 7. June. These times are identical to 3 pm to 5 pm around some other places, while meetings are held around here. Whatever you feel like saying will be truly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always – and if it was by spontaneous combustion, inscribed here.* Your other, totally true, stories are all welcome too. A good laugh was had by all.

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 never.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the continuing summer of weather here which may be beginning in Flushing as well, but only a bike race can prove it isn't rotten.

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, 7. June.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini