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Germany has a law that says all plumbers must have doctorates, but any Joe from Podunk can lay carpets without so much as a certificate from the Red Cross. No matter what expertise the Poles have they advertise themselves as carpet layers, just like the Nowaks who do have high–class papers, but not for fixing window grills or disinstalling shower curtains.

During this penetrating discussion Marion was knitting. Needles were flashing and some kind of colored wool was being artfully woven into – a scarf? – a pants–leg? Whatever she was knitting at the last club meeting, she said, it was finished. Bonnets for her nieces.

I neglected to note the details of what makes German goats so special for their wool. Marion told me that Saturday is WWKIP Day. This stands for Worldwide Knit In Public Day and Marion was very surprised I didn't hear about it in Queens. She said she will be doing it outside Brentano's and inside the Bon Marché on Saturday.

photo, empty cafe of the weekCafé of the Week goes.

"People who are knitting are very peaceful people," she said.

"Knitting does not emit carbon dioxide," Stephan said. "Sheep that give their wool..."

Which led, somehow, to safe Easter egg colors. This was not the same subject as Stephan's tales of using Florida to test paint, which we have heard before, but I forgot. Marion said that all her nieces can paint the eggs any color, any safe color, but Marion reserves the right to paint the red ones – which are also safe.

As you may have guessed by now, Stephan is in the paint research business, when he isn't in Paris sanding dirty safety grills in his apartment. He doesn't care what the paint goes on just so long as a lot of it is needed. As things stand there is a lot of underused paint capacity in the world, and especially in Germany.

photo, food of the week, in plhiladelphia

For example, many Germans are annoyed with their neighbors who have SUVs because Germany is thoroughly paved. Stephan thinks that making some paint that looks like off–road mud could be a big seller to nervous SUV owners who want folks to think they were off–road over the weekend instead of playing the slots and drinking sekt in Baden–Baden.

Unofficially, any ideas that can help Stephan lay off some paint in novel ways, should be sent here first so that I can patent them. Then it was after 17:00 so we paid off Patrick and the Nowaks went off to brico heaven to get some more nuts and bolts.

Soldes d'Eté in Paris

For all those who never remember to carry their Macy's card on Wednesdays, the annual summer sales in Paris begin on Wednesday, 27. June at 8:00 and continue until Saturday, 4. August. Unlike the winter sales when there was lots of winter gear available on account of the mild weather, the summer sales are shaping up as a season–bis on account of the mild weather which has allowed Parisians to trot around in shorts and sandals for months already. On your marks!

About the Café Metropole Club

Left click your mouse and read about your club via the meeting reports located in the galaxy of the Internet. Speed reading reports is faster than being at whole club meetings but only a fraction of the fun. The only explanation of what we might have been doing here, can be found on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

What Is This?

Nearly spontaneous as usual, half unrehearsed, partly out of control and less than 110 percent loopy. The club meetings are actually only from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 14. 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, completely true, stories are all welcome too. A good laugh will be 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 month because of the peaceful nature of member's knitting despite the distress it causes sheep in Germany when they are shorn in tandem with sheep in New Zealand.

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, 14. June.

A bientôt à Paris
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