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photo, winter sun on the corona terrace The best Alpine Terrace of the Week.

At least it wasn't Gadhafi like last week. Somebody told me when he took a boat ride he insisted that the cops occupy all the bridges and stop all the traffic from crossing, including scooters. It wasn't something an ordinary tourist can demand and get away with. When he left France he went to Spain and apparently behaved himself down there. King Carlos is known to have a royal temper.

We talked about scallop shells along the rue Saint–Jacques. There are? And passing a cinema and seeing Elizabeth – the Golden Age on the posters and the starting time in five minutes. Then the Waiter of the Week appeared and asked, "Voulez–vous boire quelque'chose?"

Another member, Mark Kritz, appeared in the grande salle and joined us. "I walked in the door two minutes ago," he said. I noted it so it is a true quote but I don't know why. Then, after telling me that Champagne and orange juice is a cocktail named Mimosa, he told the Joke of the Week. The punch line was, "Yes, but whose?" Don't complain. You are lucky I can remember any of it.

photo, wine of the week Unknown Wine of the Week.

When Marie told her story, the abbreviated version, he said, "What a sad thing to be here three months!" To get even Marie asked him about the cube–like boxes he was carrying.

Mark is still fixing up his apartment and he decided it could use some lights because it gets dark at night and candles are so messy. So he found some on sale – yes that's right – on sale and only five shopping days until Christmas. Then Mark had a sniff of Marie's wine. She asked him if he knew what it was. He looked at the bill to see what the café called it. It was bordeaux or burgundy. Some kind of lower–case sort.

He had missed the Waiter of the Week so he was preparing to get cranky from thirst, when he slapped his forehead, and remembered that he had an appointment to buy some rails for hanging pictures. "I have to be there before five o'clock," he said. Marie wanted to know what sort of shop closes that early. Mark said it was a place with rails, a specialist. He grabbed his globe lamps and raced off.

photo, marie of the week The Marie of the Week.

Marie decided not to finish her wine. We tossed money on the table and put on our coats and shook hands. Farewell. Au revoir. We put on our gloves and we left the café. We, all of us, will be back.

Maps For You

Last year the Institut Geographique National announced that it was putting detailed maps of France online. I looked up the Website of the IGN but it didn't work and I forgot all about it. On tonight's TV–news the story was about the IGN launching a 3D version of its maps, supposed to be, "better than Google's!" So I looked at the 2D version and saw my house, in some other season. As for the IGN's Géoportail in 3D, the site claimed it was there for Windows users. Mac users should be patient, as usual, according to the IGN.

About the Café Metropole Club

Sling your mouse over your shoulder to see a recent club meeting report buried somewhere in these very pages. Less taxing than being at tediously long and sunlit club meetings but nothing is perfect. An explanation for what we might have been doing today may help and can be found on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Purple Patazone

Off–the–cuff as any Thursday, half unrehearsed, demi out of control and again, and again, something less than three members. Club meetings run from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 27. December. These metric times are the same as 3 to 5 pm around other old 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 even if they are 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. Stay unfound if you prefer.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because it's this was the 398th meeting of the club and you know what that means, don't you?

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, 27. December.

A bientôt à Paris
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