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photo, east facade of the louvre, across from la corona The club's café is across the street from this building.

Joke of the Week

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Thursday, 12. June:–  There was a mini Strike of the Week yesterday, affecting public transport only a little, and the TV–news had slim pickings as far as showing us massed workers in the streets demanding that the reforms be reformed before the whole country grinds to a halt – er, goes on holidays like usual.

The real big strike that has been called by the total alphabet soup of unions for Tuesday, 17. June is still on. The latest story was the news of persons unknown spying on Bernard Thibault, long–haired secretary of the Confédération Générale du Travail, or CGT as it's usually known. Who bugged Bernard? TV–news fans want to know.

As exciting as that was it served as a counterpoint to our weather, which was unexciting. Sure there's been a lot of rain, but not as much around here as around other places. In those, folks are still bailing themselves out. This afternoon the sky was fierce over Paris but not much happened and my umbrella was hardly used.

photo, orange juice of the week Some things don't change.

The sky was cloudy, the temperature was about 18 degrees and that's it. Hordes of buses dropped bigger loads of tourists near the Pont Neuf and and police cars bustled about deafening everybody with their sirens. More, semi interesting, weather details follow the club report.

The Joke the Week Club Report

When I was well on my way to the club meeting today I remembered that there were no papers because of a distribution strike, but this wasn't important enough to be called the Strike of the Day. I remembered by fronting up to the usual newspaper kiosk on the boulevard Saint–Germain and suddenly having total recall when I saw that it was closed. Suppose, I thought, what if I wanted to read a girlie magazine instead?

We can both suppose all we want but the upshot was that I had nothing to read. There weren't even any good posters on the outside of the kiosk. On the rest of the way to the club it almost rained on me. At the café, nobody was sitting on the terrace – protected from the rain by the red awning – and only a few were inside gobbling bowls of garlic–powered onion soup. It was in a word, dismal.

photo, our sky this afternoon Over Saint–Michel this afternoon.

I decided to count the cars, trucks, buses, scooters, motorcycles, police cars and bicyclists passing outside on the Quai du Louvre. The next thing I knew my watch – a splendid instrument – said it was 16:30. I drank the fake orange juice brought to me by Patrick and then fell into a cozy doze until 16:55.Then I paid him his due and left the café.

This is the reason today's club report is short. There was no Nothing of the Week. I don't even remember how many cars I counted. There was one red one, and no yellows and no greens. There was certainly no Kandy–Kolored Tangerine–Flake Streamline Baby. No wonder I dozed 25% of the time. The café La Corona is not the worst place to do it.

Silly Weekend Weather

Tonight's weather report, made without the aid of today's Le Parisien, is based entirely on what Isabelle showed on the TV–weather news just before 20:00. Here are the good tidings:

photo, dish for change Empty, like today's report.

Friday is scheduled to follow Thursday like usual, although Friday morning is missing. Just stay in bed until noon and it'll work out. After noon expect it to be pretty nice with sunshine and a few clouds, with a low high of 18 degrees. Same thing for Saturday including the temperature. Do not plan a picnic for Sunday because the outlook is for cloudy, or worse. Some decent clothing might be in order too because the high is not expected to top 17. June is not a stellar month for weather, here, this year. A bit further afield nobody needs to care about the Riviera.

About the Café Metropole Club

Grip your fingers tightly around your mouse to see a club meeting report buried in deep somewhere in these pages. Less exciting than hearing actual members' voices during club meetings but everything is seldom perfect. A clue about what the club's secretary might have been doing today may help and can be found on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Dancing In the Patazone

As unrehearsed as any Thursday , semi out of control and unusually, like today, absolutely no members in the clubhouse. Nada. Zilch. Club meetings run from 15:00 to 17:00 on Thursdays. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19. June rain or shine. The metric times are equivalent to 3 to 5 pm around other unmetric places, while meetings are held right here. If you feel like saying anything that 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 lost if you must.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since the last report a week ago because today was a surprise to me that only happens three or four times a year, except when I am on holidays out of town.

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, 19. June.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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