"Where Are All the Flower Stalls?"

photo: from left, debbie, sue, linda, mark, doug

The not-quite-whole group photo, with Debbie, Sue,
Linda, Mark and Doug.

Sports Break for a Club Report

Paris:- Thursday, 30. May 2002:- By craning my neck dangerously I can see some blue sky from my kitchen window this morning. The next thing to do is go outside and see how much of it there is, and find out if the temperature is going to be higher than 15. This is so low it actually sounds better in Fahrenheit - about 59 degrees.

Well, with the sun shining in patches, it looks like it'll be a good tennis day for the folks who have bought tickets to do the twist with their necks all day out at Roland Garros where the world's leading tennis players are batting around yellow balls on red clay.

Yesterday's radio France-Info coverage mainly concerned the costume of Serena Williams, who was colorfully outfitted by the sponsor of Cameroon's soccer team. The photo of this, today's Le Parisien hasn't bothered to share with its tennis-fan readers.

French tennis men get four stories with photos and French tennis ladies get one story with a photo and a half, while fish get all of pages two and three. I think I'll return my tennis-fan status to where it was.

Oh - the weather - the rest of it. Sunny skiesphoto: waters of the week and rising temperatures are forecast, but cut back a bit from yesterday's optimistic outlook. This is partly a guess, because tonight's TV-news switched the weather show to come before the political show - thus causing millions of French viewers to see the Socialist's François Hollande instead of Saturday's sunbeams.

What started out to be the 'Drink of the Week' - was later modified to include café, red and white.

Getting an accurate fix on the weather while riding to the club on the métro has always been a problem, but otherwise today's trip is uneventful. The Rue de Rivoli is uneventful too, and I am almost sleepwalking when I reach the café La Corona, which also seems to be in a deep slumber.

Luckily, the first members to arrive are Sue and Doug Fuss. They offset the group of five French ladies and one French man the unknown 'Waiter of the Week' has installed in the club's area.

Unknown 'Waiters of the Week' are probably due to one of our regular 'Waiters of the Week' having the day off on account of the 35-hour workweek. The MGT never tells the new ones about the club meeting being here every Thursday, so they get initiated one by one by club members.

Sue and Doug are in Paris because they have been invited to a Gosford Park place in Devon, to help celebrate 'four weddings and a funeral,' as Doug puts it. While waiting around for this in Paris, they have been seeing tennis in the rain.

Apparently it is not pretty to watch rain falling on tarpaulins that are spread on top of the red clay to keep it dry. But a bonus side effect is, according to Doug, some the top matches that are put off by rain, get played in cheaper-seat courts later in order to catch up.

Then the server-lady Linda Thalman arrives, all out of breath, because she has raced from a bookstore on Rivoli, after racing from the Cadillac Ranch to Paris in her little car in a record 45 minutes.

It is sort of a record because the last timephoto: vin rouge of the week she did this, four million Parisians were out of town on holidays. Today she hit an improbable window of 'no-bouchons,' while Parisians must have been having an improbable siesta after lunch.

The 'Red Wine of the Week.'

The club's first new member of the week - see? two 'firsts' in a row with eight words - is Debbie Grale from the Parma, Ohio part of Cleveland, Ohio - which almost makes two 'Cities of the Week' at once.

Debbie has been meaning to come back to Paris every year since 1979, and she has finally made it! I don't think any other club member has meant to come back to Paris for 23 years in a row, but I could be wrong.

"Have they have the last snow of the year in Cleveland yet?" Doug wants to know. He has spent to some time around there and has fond memories of bad sledding in May.

After Linda helpfully says that the swallows are back - at the Cadillac Ranch at least - this reminds me to ask if there are robins in Europe. I haven't seen one in 30 years and have been kind of hoping they are a thriving species - tippy-toeing around trying to make worms think it is raining.

Debbie assures me that there are indeed robins in Cleveland and in Parma. And this leads me to hear Linda say she studied German in Athens, which I think is quite odd until this Athens is identified as the one in Ohio.

Actually there are ten other Athens' in the US, and one in Canada for good luck. Greece has no monopoly on them.

Linda is jiggling in anticipation of aphoto: vin blanc of the week sports-viewing orgy - the rest of the tennis - on TV every afternoon, and the World Cup matches that start tomorrow in South Korea, that will be shown on TV every morning, or earlier.

The 'White Wine of the Week.' The 'Café of the Week' is not shown this week, although there was some.

France, as the last World Cup winner and current champion, plays against Senegal in the first game. She is worried about what Senegal's marabous may be cooking up for 'Les Bleus.'

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