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I made that last part up. We really talked about the big pizzas we had last night. Max said he wished they had the wagonwheel type, 20 inches in diametre. He said he wanted three of them, but to share. He likes the ones that are made of stiff cardboard instead of soft pizza dough because they can be picked up. In Paris we didn't have to pick up our pizzas because the restaurant lent us a knife and fork.

After a long while no other members came to today's club meeting. At least there were none that I saw. Maybe they saw Max and remembered that last year he was a little, short kid, and this year he looks like he's going to be a lot taller than that basketball player, Tony Parker. They might think he is going to explode.

But we stayed for the regulation meeting, until 17:00, and then we did the Group Photo of the Week. Monsieur Ferrat saw this and called us over, so there was a second Group Photo of the Week, under the café's awning where it was sort of dim.

photo, st germain l'auxerrois, interiorWhere Tony Parker got married
last weekend.

I had pointed out the Louvre across the street but Max doubted it. He thought it should have a pointy glass pyramid. So we went over there, into the Cour Carée, and from there into the bigger courtyard where the pyramid sits, and Max was happy with that.

After two more Group Photos of the Week and everything was seen without actually buying any entries, we went back out the way we came in and crossed the Pont des Arts. At the far end Max asked me for the name of the building there and I told him about the Immortals and the dictionary they are working on. He was very impressed. He asked me where to find the cafés with the pinballs.

It's a good question. There's a café near Bastille that might still have one, and we'll probably be going over there tomorrow afternoon when it is sunny and warm as the forecast tonight said it would be. We will see and maybe we will dance too.

News You Can Use III

photo, max drinks orange fizz Demonstration of orange fizz drinking.

Mangled Putin Fish

Last week's surprise news concerned Vlado Putin, catching a fish in Maine, and being in Guatemala where he discoursed in French. This news contained some factual errors and inadvertent bloopers so alert reader Igor, who said he was not a friend, pointed out that G.W. Bush caught no fish at his own ranch which was in Maine and not in Texas, and that Vlado bought a whole mansion in Guatemala for the Olympic thing, and it was Russian fancy skaters who were doing the good moves on the ice rink hand–built by Russians in front of the Guatemalan barbecue joint. Canadian hockey players did not whistle either. In fact no other parts of the original story were true except for the fish which was omitted.

Soldes d'Eté More, Still, Forever

The annual summer sales in Paris began weeks ago on Wednesday, 27. June at 8:00 and they will boringly continue until Saturday, 4. August. Some say a lot of price tickets have been slashed by 50% while others say there are a lot of goods to be flogged and discounts may touch 70% off. After slightly more than a year some of this stuff is still left for you.

About the Café Metropole Club

Slide your mouse towards the club meeting report buried deep in the fathomless universe of the Internet. Speed reading long semi–boring reports is faster than being at tiresome club meetings but only provides a pinhead of the dialogue. The explanation of what we were trying to do here can be found on the beautiful out–of–date About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Usual Too–tiny Fine Print

Nearly spontaneous as usual, half unrehearsed, partly out of control and again less than two members. Club meetings are actually from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19. July. These times are virtually the same as 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.* Your other, totally true, stories are all welcome too. Members like a good joke.

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 keeps you unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the new trend Max expects to start with hand–painted shirts he calls 3 D.

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. July.

A bientôt à Paris
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