Le Week End

June 5, 2002

I thought I was safe. I was in the café watching the rain coming down between sentences in my notebook, when I realized I was getting wet! The culprit was a periodic drip from some crack in the seams of the windows above me. After a half-dozen such drops I relocated to the table next to me, which probably confused the people sitting nearby, as it appeared that I was changing places for no good reason.

Earlier there was an old woman sitting in here who had apparently been here a while, for she was well settled into her seat when I got here and showed no signs of leaving through the next hour or so. At one point she started humming to herself and I don't know why but at the time it seemed like the most annoying thing I have ever experienced. Unlike the drip, there was no nearby table to which I could relocate where I would be out of earshot of this new disturbance. Fortunately she stopped after a while and left a little while later.

There's an "Attack from Mars" pinball game farther into the interior of the place. It's a relatively big place, and there is a sign pointing to a "Grande Salle" in the back somewhere. The tables are square, beige, and the chairs are metal with a violet woven design on the cloth back and seat cushions. I got a packet of sugar cubes and the outside of the packet looked a bit old and stained, but I used the sugar cubes anyway. There's a big two-towered church across the street with a Greek temple façade superimposed on the front of it, but I have no idea what church it is.

I guess there is a tabac counter here somewhere. A couple of women sat down at a nearby table earlier to drink coffee and scratch off lottery tickets.

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Le Week End
Metro: Poissonière

Price of an expresso: 1.90 euros
Sugar: packet of 2 sugar cubes

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