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Kathy said they live near a shopping mall that opens at 6 am for folks to walk around in. It's like Oregon is out in the wild west and sidewalks aren't planted all over. Besides, the Pacific Ocean is right there and it rains on everything a lot. I mean it rains often as well as a lot. So, yeah, malls are big places – like airplane hangers. They are just more frequent. I'm sure the server lady Linda Thalman would be interested in this. She's got a mall out by her place.

Another thing Kathy and Joe noticed is that the Louvre is pretty big, like a whole mall full of art stuff. Totally unrelated, but I noticed that Joe was wearing a very spiffy shirt. The only other person I have seen wearing anything like it, well, that was Nelson Mandela on the TV–news last week.

Actually this is a diversion. My notes, I notice, are unreadable. Kathy said something about the Louvre being understated. What I've written is nonsense. Oh well, skip to Yoko's arrival. She sat down, joined the conversation and pretty soon she asked if we had heard of the Delaware grape. This was in connection with Los Vegas guys running the casinos on reservations.

photo, empty glasses of the week Empty glasses of the week.

Then Joe named all the US airbases in Japan. What did Yoko say? Kathy said something about remembering to bring some chocolate–chip cookies on their next trip because their airline tried to sell them boxes of fastfood for $5 a pop. Since yesterday they've been asking passengers to chip in for gas too.

Kathy and Joe – first trip oblige – are thinking of visiting Versailles or Chartres. Yoko's favorite is Vaux le Vicomte and she tells the whole history of it, about how Louis XIV got jealous and built Versailles bigger and ritzier instead.

I think I spot the first nuova Fiat 500 outside on the far side of the Quai du Louvre, three–quarters hidden behind some boring Renaults and Peugeots. The traffic inches forward a bit and can it be? Dark chocolate brown? Is that a color for a Fiat 500? Are they bonkers? Then it's gone. It's not of the week.

photo,  rugby rooster, by cedric souletteDid I forget the rugby rooster?

What next? Oh yeah – Group Photo of the Week time. Yoko doesn't want to lend her face to this cause. She's tired of having the big glass poked at her nose. It's not a rule but we have to do it and we all talk and push Yoko outside, and I do a fast dirty job instead of the usual dozen beauty shots.

Earlier Yoko told Kathy and Joe something about her show, the Beatles Story, which will be on stage at Le Mery in the Place de Clichy beginning 24. October. This time it wil be more than a one–night stand. It will be a two–month one, except for Mondays.

About the Café Metropole Club

Talk to your mouse and take it for a spin around a recent club meeting report in an obscure archive of the Internet. Online reports are faster but less exciting than being at tedious but live club meetings and do provide a preview of the real deal. An explanation for what we were doing today may be incomprehensible but can be found anyway on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

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Wobble Weird Stuff

As spontaneous as every Thursday, half unrehearsed, semi 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, 20. September. Times are metric and are the same as from 3 to 5 pm around other odd 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 it makes my day to see a shirt Nelson Mandela could wear if he were a club member.

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, 20. September.

A bientôt à Paris
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