"Paris Has Ugly Dirt," Says
Club Member

photo: marion, kathleen, heather, gary

The club's charter members at the first meeting
last Thursday.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 16. October 1999:- The beginning, the outset, the first gathering of the Café Metropole Club took place at the café La Corona last Thursday afternoon. Despite absolutely stunning weather, there were four charter members in attendance in addition to your host, me, the Ed.

Since a quorum was reached within five minutes of the official starting time of 15:00 - aka 3 pm, in certain time zones - the meeting was held without a head-count and since it was the first meeting, the minutes of the previous meeting were not read, discussed or voted upon.

For an account of the first meeting, you will have to hit this link in order to have it before your eyes.

If you do, you will find an interesting 'report' rather than actual club 'minutes' - as the 'club' now has no 'rules' whatsoever, practically no structure, nophoto: la corona decor order of business, and no 'old' business. Even last Thursday's meeting report is not 'old' business - it is just some stuff online.

In case you are more interested in the future than in the past and do not wish to read the report of the first meeting, I can say that the first meeting had two unusual elements.

Some of La Corona's decor.

All those attending, except Ed, either live in or have lived in Minnesota. Last Thursday probably saw the single largest gathering of Minnesotians in Paris on any 14. October 1999 in history. It's like will never be seen again.

Charter club member Marion Mann, from Minnesota, also stated, "Paris has ugly dirt."

This was a stunning thing to say. Only the day before - see this issue's 'Anyone for Pétanque?' - I had seen some very fine-looking dirt at the boulodrome in the Luxembourg gardens.

Luckily, before I could fall off my comfortable banquette in total surprise, Marion explained the reason for her observation. It was a perectly reasonable explanation and if you are interested in knowing what it was, I suggest you look at last week's report after all.

If you are still dead-set against doing this, well, forget it then.

The café La Corona turned out to provide a very comfortable space for the Café Metropole Club, with about 22 spare places to sit. The café's service was perfect. Over the next few reports of club meetings, I will provide introductions for the café's staff, who help to make it all possible.

This café is a full-sized establishment on the right bank of the Seine, located between the Louvrephoto: location map, la corona and the Pont des Arts, and the Pont-Neuf.

Here are the day, time and location details for you to note:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00.

La Corona has a small 'salle' just off the bar and a large 'salle' behind the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south. The club meetings are at the rear of the big 'salle.'

About the Café Metropole Club

The 'Club's' purpose is to offer an opportunity for all readers to meet each other and me, the editor of this online weekly magazine about Paris. Together, we will have an opportunity to transfer from the 'virtual' of the online magazine to the 'real' of Paris. It will be helpful to be in Paris in person if you wish to do this.

For my part, I am going to try to answer any questions you may have. Do not be surprised if for every question you ask me, I ask you one. Do not be surprised if I ask for your permission to take your photo and run it in Metropole Paris, along with my version of your story. This part is not compulsory; a simple 'no thanks' will be sufficient to maintain your privacy.

For readers who are unable to attend 'Club' sessions, do not be surprised to see accounts of these encounters appear in Metropole Paris. The magazine's normal weekly edition will continue to appear as usual on Mondays, but the weekly 'Club' meeting 'report' will be added as an update to it on Thursdays.

The Café Metropole Club Has No Rules

'Rulelessness' is a brand-new 'Club' policy, introduced 10 minutes ago, by decree. There are two only 'humble suggestions' for the 'Café Metropole Club.'

The first is that I will be in the 'Club' at 15:00 every Thursday. But with Paris being the way it is, please take into account the usual unreliable fates - if you look out of a window and see an unforseen natural disaster happening, there will probably be no club meeting, if the day happens to be a Thursday.

The second 'suggestion' is that everything you consume at the club is your responsibility. You may consider this to be the club's membership 'dues.' There will be no pressure to consume anything. If you prefer not to, nobody is going to notice except possibly our waiter, who earns his livelihood at La Corona.

Club meetings will officially end at 17:00, which will release all of us from these tedious formalities.

In theory, I have to return to the editorial kitchen table of the magazine to prepare an account of the day's meeting for immediate online publication. Inphoto: ric mugshot practice, if nobody shows up, I can go to a gallery looksee, eat cheese, drink wine party instead. These often begin around 18:00 in Paris, although they are rare on Thursdays.

Just before putting this article online, I have received an email communication from some people who claim to be non-present club members.

Your host, me, the Ed.

They seem to have voted on the 'minutes' of the recent - and first! - club meeting, and have accepted them. The 'move to accept' was made by Dale, seconded by Billy, and a 'Frank' is mentioned as a 'new' member.

As the Ed of a new club I guess I have to accept these 'accepted minutes.' I would look it up in the club's rules if there were any - because I'm not sure if these 'accepted' minutes are legal in certain states. In case they are not, I decree that they are okay in Minnesota at least.

Café Metropole Club Services

At the moment these still amount to none. But this is your club as much as it is mine; so I expect there will be suggestions for services. If these are possible to implement then they will become available.

We are starting out with two 'suggestions' but otherwise everything else is a blank. Together we will make up the transitory details of the 'Club' and together we will see what becomes of it.

Last week I wrote that Groucho Marx said he wouldn't join a club that would have him as a member. The first edition of the Café Metropole Club proved to be as agreeably haphazard as I had hoped for; enough so that even Groucho Marx would want to join, so long as he didn't have to come to it. The only person required to attend its meetings is me. If you want to avoid me, you now know where not to go next Thursday.

A bientôt à Paris,
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