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photo, coca of the weekCoca of the Week.

He was in Hanoi too, doing a little sightseeing with a guide who took him to the bridge he tried to bomb while defenders were trying to shoot him down. He said bridges are really hard to hit because they are narrow and in the old days, bombs were seldom set right to blow up at the right time. Meanwhile the guys on the ground were not fussy at all about what they threw up in the air.

He mentioned that he wants to see the film Rescue Dawn, directed by Werner Herzog. The story is about Dieter Dengler, a German pilot shot down over Laos, who managed to escape. It took him a month – makes a long movie – and Joe said that when Dieter got back he said all the survival training was worthless. If you find a tree with water in it, you don't have time or the tools to get it and you end up drinking dirty old ditchwater anyway.

Anyhow, the story was a good read and classified secret until recently, because the War Department was anxious for the Laotians not to find out that guys can escape without even a Swiss Army knife. Then, on account of the airliner that had a bad landing in Sao Paulo the other day, Joe told us about how to grasp a joystick when landing in the rain at Da Nang. He said he was easy if the plane had a tailhook.

After more adventures in Bangkok Joe said he discovered the delights of an oil massage and had one every day he wasn't in the hospital. For 50 Baht extra one could have a Thai massage, which, he said, turns you into a pretzel. "I recommend it highly!" he said. Correction – the tip after the regular oily massage was the 50 Baht.

In vain I waited until this point, until it was Group Photo of the Week time, and it was no sooner safe in the can when member Josef Schomburg arrived. He ordered the Beer of the Week and I shot it, and have used it as a stand–in for his photo, which I forgot.

photo, hand painted shirt, max, tuileriesThe shirt's test drive.

Patrick, the Waiter of the Week, came over and took our money, and Joe left to go to his meditation session. Max and Josef and I went over the Pont des Arts to have a drink in the rue de Seine and then Josef remembered that he was going to Saint–Honoré, so he went back.

That left just two of us to go to the Quinze in the rue Roger to have cheeseburgers. Then I chickened out and had the chicken kebab instead but Max had his fourth cheeseburger, which we topped off with some melted chocolate. This caused him to fall asleep – all that walking in the Tuileries! – and then Josef phoned, with an offer to buy his hand–painted shirt. All in all, it was a very successful day.

Old News You Can Still Use

Soldes d'Eté More, Still, Forever

The annual summer sales in Paris began weeks ago on a Wednesday at 8:00 and they will numbingly continue until Saturday, 4. August. 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 80% off. After slightly more than a decade a little of this stuff is still left for you.

About the Café Metropole Club

Scoot your mouse towards the club meeting report buried deep in the fathomless archive of the Internet. Speed reading long semi–boring reports is faster than being at tiresome club meetings but only provides a fragment of the real dialogue. Any explanation for what we were doing here may not be convincing but can be found on the out–of–date About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

The Usual Handwritten Fine Print

Nearly spontaneous as always, half unrehearsed, partly out of control and again less than four members. Club meetings are actually from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 26. July. These times are virtually the same as from 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, absolutely true, stories are all welcome too. Members like jokes.

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, you stay unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the mass production plans Max has for his hand–painted shirts. Available in all colors of white.

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
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