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photo, the cup of cafe of the week A wonderful and glorious Café of the Week.

Stephan was whispering in my ear, "Can I propose Betzenstein as nearly a City of the Week? It's near Pegnitz. I grew up near there. It's the smallest city that's a city in Germany.

Really, I am trying to get Edward to tell me about Tegerfelden, because Linda asked me to, and she's saying she calls her hometown, BLT, short for Boulley–les–Troux. What a fitting locale for the Cadillac Ranch!

Meanwhile Marion has plopped a half–kilo ball of wool on the table and she's busy with a half dozen little knitting needles. It looks like she's knitting a little sock. I wonder if she will finish it during the meeting.

photo, the good old beer of the weekGood, old, Beer of the Week.

"I started it in Aachen while waiting for... Talking a lot just isn't enough," she said. Stephan adds knitting is strichen and the other thing is häkeln and the difference is that knit stuff stretches and the other doesn't. Marion said, "Lace can be knitted also."

What my notes don't reflect is that Marie and Katherine and Linda are firing questions about BLT and knitting and places in Germany, and Edward seems happy nobody is asking him anything. He does admit that he can write in English, talk in English like he's doing here, and think in Schweizerdeutsch at the same time. This shouldn't be confused with Swiss Standard German, but everybody does.

Linda comes back from wherever she's been and mentions that Edward is proficient with text–messaging. In addition to Schweizerdeutsch, German, English and French, Edward agrees. I ask him to show me how to get ABC out of number one but everybody shouts out their texto favorites, like ctplms for c'est tout pour le moment and MfG for Mit freundlichen Grüßen.

But there's more. All the while we had been talking Edward has been sending textos in secret. Yes! It's not enough to be able to write insane jargon on a portable phone, you have to be able to do it in secret, like in French class in a Swiss school. Like standing there answering questions in geography with your hands behind your back, busily sending textos to an aunt in Singapore or that cute blond in the second row. I got Edward to show me how, outside on the terrace.

photo, marie, stephan, marionMarie, Stephan, and Marion knitting.

Meanwhile, Tomoko Yokomitsu who we always call Yoko these days arrived and dived straight into the potpourri of the language sandwich that was going around, mentioning French–Canadian as a distinct language. Another one with sometime subtitles on French TV.

Marie asked – or was it Katherine? – Yoko about the circular bandage on her arm. She explained that it was an acupuncture cure she got in Japan, to "Keep my weight down," she said. Marion sighed and said, "My body cannot be influenced by..."

Even though Linda was hot to leave to beat the rush out of town, we all trooped out to the Corona's terrace and I fired off the usual ten shots at today's Group of the Week, capturing winks, blinks, yawns, balls of wool, and so on just like at the end of any other meeting except the ones that I attend solo.

Coming Meeting Schedule

There will be a six week pause of meetings while I collect myself by being on an excursion. The next scheduled meeting in Paris will be on Thursday, 22. November, a Thursday. It will be meeting number 394 but the number has no particular significance other than imagining that the first meeting in 2008 will be number 400. Exactly 3 months less a day from today, on Thursday, 3. January.

Sleepless In Paris

The Nuit Blanche 2007 was not discussed, again, this week. Try the Ville de Paris main page and hit the link for Culture. Saturday's Le Parisien is sure to have some details too. This year's edition is supposed to be aligned with métro line 14, from Batignolles to Les Olympiades in Chinatown. On Saturday, 6. October.

About the Café Metropole Club

Chase your mouse around a recent club meeting report in an archive deeply buried in Metropole blunt but less exciting than being at tediously long and live club meetings. An explanation for what we were doing today may no help but can be found anyway on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Patazoned Stuff

Spontaneous as any Thursday, half unrehearsed, semi out of control and again a lot more than one member. Club meetings are in fact from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday, except for the next six weeks. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 22. November. These metric times are the same as 3 to 5 pm around other odd unmetric 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 totally welcome too if they are even true.

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. Spurn membership to stay unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because Edward did not give us any lessons in Schweizerdeutsch loud enough to stick.

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, 22. November.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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