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photo, group of the week, yoko, shirley, walter Yoko, Shirley and Walter, the Group of the Week.

We Had Two Hours of Fun

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Thursday, 24. April:–  It pains me to do this but full disclosure is dictated by the Web on account of all the loose morals around – caused like folks who write their true stories that are fiction – unlike my own fiction that is based on true life – but who in their right mind would confess any of this? In this case it is the weather – spring did not start today. The weather has played fast and loose with its historical imperative.

The students may very well have been beating the pavement again today but the TV–news had to be cut short so the our president, Nicolas Sarkozy, could tell us about France's problems, how long they've lasted, and why he hasn't solved everything after a year of working to the bone, but he's trying mightily, doing his tip–top best. As for the students, they will have have to get used to fewer teachers. They can work overtime, can't they?

photo, coke of the week The Drink of the Week.

Spring continues to lurch around ever so slowly, trying to stave off nasty intentions floating in from the Atlantic. The good news is that temperatures will make a lunge for 21 degrees, after having grasped at 18 earlier. More weather follows the club report.

The Short Report of the Week Report

A number of plants around town quit waiting for spring. Leaves were popping out like a green smaze from outer space and there were some lilac–colored blossoms floating in air that is getting softer. Walking past the cemetery on the way to Raspail was almost festive this afternoon. In contrast, the métro station was demolished.

More folks than usual were sitting outside on La Corona's terrace when I arrived at the club's café. The doors were all open, letting in the smoke from outside. The grande salle was practically deserted, but the Waiter of the Week gave me a sign that he would not be harassing me to drink or eat any burnt cheese.

The lead headline of today's Le Parisien said, "De Gaulle In the Lead, Sarkozy a Good Last." This, a result of one of those endless polls, before the evening's president show on TV. I like that – history right on the front page!

But I had no time to scope the details because long–time members Shirley and Walter Pappas from Falls Church, Virginia arrived and arranged themselves in chairs especially reserved for club members. By long–time I mean 8 years. Nobody was kidding about those free lifetime memberships.

Every time Walter comes to a meeting he shows me his camera, which is new every visit. Today's was a Canon G9, a larger than usual pocket camera with an accessory shoe. He showed me where to turn it on and I photographed Shirley, and then Walter. He told me about the camera he didn't bring, which is the same as mine. Heavy in other words.

photo, camera of the week, canon g9Walter's Camera of the Week.

Walter said, "There's a tourist who won't eat at McDonald's. As I should have been, I was puzzled. Shirley said, "I was hungry." Apparently Walter will make Shirley walk for miles on the Champs–Elysées and when hunger hits and there's a McDonald's handy right there, he wants to keep on tramping. When the waiter, after being deaf and blind for 20 minutes, noticed Walther's tongue hanging out, Walter ordered a Coke.

Events are pretty exciting in America these days so we discussed them, right down to what's available for breakfast in the Reading Market in Philadelphia, where I had a four hundred pound pastrami sandwich about a month ago. I still get ripe dreams about it.

Then of course we had to talk about the pathetic dollar and the euro on steroids. It was a short discussion. Some of it was about the long–ago days of the floppy franc and solid gold greenback dollars. What amusing fables!

Then member Yoko came in and joined us. "How long are you staying?" she asked Shirley and Walter. Walter said, "Until they do the laundry." And that took a bit of explaining.

photo, cafe of the week The Other Drink of the Week.

But no matter. Yoko told us a bit about the state of the economy, about how some folks have two jobs so they can earn as much as the president says they should. Work more, earn more, goes his slogan. But I think he imagined it as overtime. Oh hell, what a shambles. He explained it all on TV tonight.

After we came back after the Group Photo of the Week on the terrace Shirley said, "It feels like winter out there." They kept their coats on. Yoko kept her coat on. So did I.

On one hand they had the impression that there weren't many Americans visiting. On the other hand a shop owner told them business here was good, much better than at his other shop in Florida. Because, I suppose, Europeans can afford to shop here. Well, I guess they can afford to shop there too. Like shop keepers in New York saying Europeans are holding them together.

All I can say is, club members! Do not let your weak dollar keep you away. If you are a bit short just remember that you can eat at McDonald's here just like you do at home – unless you are like Walter – in which case you can always get a tasty sandwich at any Monoprix. Nothing like a pastrami sandwich from the Reading Market but then nothing is like that.

photo, terrace, la corona Terrace of La Corona.

Weekend Spring Weather?

I am not going to take this crummy weather as a personal insult and write a 400 word tirade about it two times a week. Try and remember that I have said this for three weeks in a row. Now it's serious! Here is the new and improved version:

Spring failed to materialize today. I am sorry that it will not be around tomorrow, with mostly sunny in the morning and turning into lots of light cloud after noon. Expect a repeat of today's high of 18. Saturday is forecast to be all sunny with a high of 21 degrees. Want to bet? Almost as sunny was predicted for Sunday, but with only 20 for the high.

About the Café Metropole Club

Twist your fingers around your mouse to see a club meeting report buried in a deep archive somewhere in these pages. Less exciting than reading sports news during club meetings but nothing is seldom perfect. A clue about 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

Lights On In the Patazone

Like other unrehearsed Thursdays , semi out of control and usually, like today, some wonderful members present. Club meetings run from 15:00 to 17:00 on Thursdays. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 1. May, May Day. The metric times are equivalent to 3 to 5 pm around other unmetric places, while meetings are held right here. Whatever you feel like saying can be heard by the other members present if there are any and if 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 must.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since the last meeting on account of today's total lack of Things of the Week except for the Camera of the Week, which we saw once before it turned into a pumpkin.

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, 1. May.

A bientôt à Paris
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