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photo, winter in montparnasse This winter in Montparnasse.

That was on a low–numbered page. The news about Gaz de France hiking the rates again came after. Returning gifts, winter pollution, fears for Dakar, and the sentence for the aid workers nailed for attempted kidnapping in Chad, all came after. Sports news had its usual size of comfort zone.

Near page 30, with silly TV news, I was interrupted by member Josef Schomburg. Josef seems to drop into club meetings after failed shopping excursions. Last time was a vacuum cleaner and today he said he was looking at electric razors. "I didn't get a razor for my birthday yesterday," he said.

Readers and members who remember Josef might wonder what happened to his hair. Like with the razor, he didn't get a haircut – he said – for 15 years. Then just a short time ago he needed a photo for ID or something, so he gave himself a haircut. The ponytail is no more. However this is hardly a reason for the razor. I guess what it is – Josef hardly ever gets birthday presents.

photo, perrier and lemon slice Drink of the Week.

He ordered a Beer of the Week. Then he told me about preparing a sanglier, with some frozen marrons from Picard, along with some fresh cranberries he found in a Monoprix. He said that when it was assembled, it was some kind of stew. Probably because all the juicy and tender capons were sold out, if you ask me.

As there were no other members present we could talk guy stuff, like about mini amplifiers with 7 watts and miniature speakers with 96dB efficiency ratings, and about Hasselblad backs with 32 zillion pixels. Heady stuff.

When his beer was nearly finished he suggested we leave and go across the Seine to another bar. I looked at my watch. I said we should wait another few minutes because Yoko might show up.

So we talked about becoming rich and famous on the Internet next year, somewhat like we said in December of 2001. Optimism can last for years. And then, I don't know what we had under discussion, Yoko did show up. I gave her Terri's letter.

She ordered the Drink of the Week, and it had bubbles in it too. She showed us her new hat. She put it on. I snapped it. She joined Josef on his side of the table for the Group of the Week photo. She had to convince Josef to go and see the Beatles Story up at the place Clichy before it closes its run.

photo, yoko The club's own, only, Yoko.

In thanks, Josef coached her with a couple of new words to use when she appears in the musical. They were whining and screeching, and Yoko carefully wrote them in a fat notebook. In a moment of inattention I did not catch how these words were meant to be used. They were telling Yoko Ono stories when I reestablished their frequency.

After that, it was after 5, there wasn't much left of the meeting so we put on our coats and left. On the café's terrace Yoko asked Josef if he knew of software she could use to put her play on a Website. This was a subject requiring more than a short answer, so Josef said he would answer it next year.

Then we crossed the Pont des Arts and found Ernest's empty, the music good, and the air warm. We sat there for a while until we had to go. The rest of the way was routine, except for a strange car parked on the boulevard Saint–Germain.

Aerial Photos For You

Last year the Institut Geographique National announced that it was putting high–rez aerial photos of France online. On last week's TV–news the story was about the IGN launching a 3D version of its photos, 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

Scoot your mouse past the cat to see a recent club meeting report buried somewhere in these very pages. Less taxing than being at tediously long and gloomy 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

Walls In the Patazone

Off–the–wall as any Thursday, half unrehearsed, demi out of control and again, semi–something less than three members. Club meetings run from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 3. January, next year. 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 today's meeting featured some bubbles, razors, hats, stewed pigs, some onos, and a dash of cranberries.

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, 3. January 2008.

A bientôt à Paris
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