Parallel Leapfroggers

photo, no group, terrace of cafe corona with red awning From the Corona's sunlit terrace, the afternoon's magic.

You Know Them When You See It

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Thursday, 30. August:–  It is not difficult to see the change but it is a mystery why the rain stopped. I guess once lousy weather records were truly broken there was little reason to drive in more nails. So the deep low switched out somewhere and a weak high moved in, tempered by a draft of wind from the cold north. This is recent – they were shovelling water out of cellars today down south.

According to tonight's TV–news & weather the last day of August will give us a tailend of the gloop in the morning and by afternoon – my guess, after 15:33 – it might be sunny, like it was today, and warmer with a high of 22 degrees. All in all, not too shabby.

Then for Saturday the official word was variable. I guess this means that there will be clouds and sometimes there will be space between them and the sun will shine those these spaces, enough to warm up to 22 degrees again. Maybe not so fine as Friday afternoon, but not too shabby either.

photo, orange of the weekOrange of the Week.

Then on Sunday it will be the same. Variable, bright and dry, if I got it right, but cooler with a high of only 21 degrees. If I sound less sure than usual it is because my TV set lacked a few colors so it was displaying some random colors it found in the trash, mostly cyan, green and magenta. For all I really know the skies over the weekend may be purple instead of blue.

Outside Pommeland's City Limits

Despite weather threatening to break out, Mr. and Mrs. Météo Jim are taking their annual sojourn away from Pommeland and its marvelous weather conditions. I can't say I blame them because rain is expected tomorrow but the weekend might be fine with lots of sun on Sunday, and with 27 degrees, just right for Water Taxi Beach.

A la prochaine, someday, Météo Jim

The Parallel Leapfroggers Club Report

This is another week when nobody is going to be tricked into reading a club report about no members, no City of the Week, no Quote of the Week, no weird Food of the Week and no carefully poised Group Photo of the Week. For this club with no rules there is no rule that says anybody has to read a club report about no members, not even Willy the Bird.

photo, perrier of the week Boules of the Week.

I wish the club's no rules said the same for the club's secretary. Still, I admit it wasn't too bad sitting in the café's grande salle this afternoon, nearly blinded at times by the red parasols outside. The doors were open and there were a few loud customers and the usual traffic rolled by, plus flics on horses, racing cars and many buses. I read most of Le Parisien without becoming one jot wiser about Nicolas Sarkozy's intentions, not having seen him yet with a blue face on the evening TV–news.

The red from the parasols filled the café's interior and changed all the colors inside too. For a treat, for the new Waiter of the Week – we always have these, even without members to witness him – I had an extra drink. At first the waiter said it wasn't 16:00 yet, and then he relented and brought it. I counted the bubbles that looked like stainless pearls.

Not that Renault would ever be a sponsor, I must say that their Nouvelle Laguna looks better than their old one – that had a Chinese–designed rear poopdeck. The new car just has the light–the–sky headlights to put me off. The TV–news showed it too, about 200 metres away. Of course, with my TV acting up, what could I see?

Le Parisien said that if you drive it like a retired driving–school instructor, it goes through curves flat and serene. If you drive it like an Alfa Romeo you'll probably prefer straight stretches of the autoroute. Then I skipped the Faits Divers, sports news and the local story about driving drunk where the cars are impounded – which is apparently legal because it's private property. Something to remember if you have to pick up a lost car there.

photo, pont des arts, student hazing Students doing something on my bridge.

Then, as it does at every club meeting, it became 17:00 and I wandered out of the café and crossed the quai to get to the Pont des Arts. At first I couldn't decipher the orange suits I saw at the far side. But patience revealed four lines of students, advancing in parallel by leapfrogging each other – urged on by some excited bystanders or accomplices. And there was I, camera ready, capturing the Leapfroggers of the Week. Paris is so sweet!

About the Café Metropole Club

Turn your mouse aside to a recent club meeting report in the deepest archive of the Internet. Sight–reading long semi–boring reports is faster but more boring than being at tedious club meetings but merely provides a preview of the real thing. Any explanation for what I was doing today may be untrue but can be found on the accurately named About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Written Wobbley Fine Print

As spontaneous as every Thursday, half unrehearsed, semi out of control and again less than three members. Far less. Club meetings are actually from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 6. September. These times are metric and are the same as from 3 pm to 5 pm around other rare places, while meetings are held around here. Whatever you feel like saying will be totally appreciated by the other members present if there are any and they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always.* Your other, absolutely true, stories are all welcome too if they are very funny.

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. Refuse membership to stay unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because when I sat down ready to greet members I had no idea I would witness parallel leapfrogging two hours later.

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, 6. September.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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