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photo, water of the week Water of the Week.

Kirsten, besides studying hotel management or something, claimed as hometown Nußloch, which is somewhere near Heidelberg. So we had Nußloch as City of the Week. It is so wonderful having this new Thing of the Week back in a club report.

As we are all semi–Europeans we had to have a tour of the political horizon, and I had to have my bleep pen handy, to bleep out all the inappropriate items that came up.

From Bulgaria it is only a short step to Gaza and the question of its resort status as a seaside place, and then for some reason James said we can draw a line through the middle of Texas and put the piney woods to the east and the desert to the west. Oh yes, this was about the smell of pulp mills – piney woods, get it? – and next he was telling us about the pulp mill in Ludwigshaven. It's next door to the BASF works and that's the origin of the stink folks think, but it isn't true, just like in Texas where it is.

We ganged up and grilled Kirsten. She said she wanted to continue her studies at Los Angeles but maybe go to Long Beach first. With that pulp mill stench still in mind – I mean, Ludwigshaven smells bad – Doug mentioned the smog in LA and James seconded it. I objected on the grounds that several members have come from LA, Hollywood and West Hollywood and none of them have ever said anything about smog, and in fact member Alan Pavlik's photo Website Just Above Sunset never has smog photos. Hollywood stuff and LA stuff but no smog.

But Doug and James overruled my opinion. It's a yellow cloud they said and you see it from airplanes that are about to land there. Two to one isn't fair as Kirsten probably thought when it was three to one, so we switched subjects slightly, to disrespect the DDR.

photo, kirsten, jamesKirsten explains the camera to James.

Back in the good old days when rock'n'roll was persecuted behind the Wall James had to go there for some conference, and he took his laptop. Naturally the border goons made him start it up to make sure it didn't contain any smuggled Beach Boys records. They freaked when a bunch of gibberish appeared on the dark screen and started multiplying. "AKK! What's that?" they said. James, cool as 007, said, "It's booting!"

And that's what we did somewhat after 17:00. We booted up and out of La Corona, to the terrace outside with its riverside of traffic passing, and waited for Kirsten to return from taking pictures of the Louvre across the street. James said he'd bring some more of the jumbo gummibären on the next trip. I'll need more cupboard space.

Some News You Can Still Use

WiFi For the Homeless

Cyber cafés may be a bit thin on the ground in Paris but the city has begun offering free access to the Net via the magic of WiFi. Operational now are 400 signposted points of access spread around 260 city locations – libraries, museums, city halls, parks and open spaces. In general, you should be able to obtain access from 07:00 to 23:00, but it will depend on the open hours of the location. Note:– the Tuileries and the Luxembourg are not parks operated by the city. No WiFi alors. Additionally, there may be not 400 access points until September, but let's not nit–pick the cherries off this free horse.

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. I hope you all can remember this.

About the Café Metropole Club

Boot your mouse towards the club meeting report buried deep in the fathomless archive of the Internet. Speed–scrolling long semi–boring reports is faster than being at tiresome club meetings but only provides a scoot of the real dialogue. An explanation for what we were doing here may be unconvincing but can be found on the out–of–date About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

The Speed Written 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, 2. August. 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 truly feel like saying will be fully 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 funny 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 ringout of a summer we are having, Tour–wise, dingwise and weatherwise.

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, 2. August.

A bientôt à Paris
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