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"However, its value to me as a card-carrying member will allow me to keep it near my passport and request all the privileges, discounts, freebees, special offers, free travel, and head of the line considerations that can normally be expected of such a valuable card printed on Hammermill Jet-Print 'Ultra,' and signed, and dated, and laminated with a picture of Ric on the obverse side so that recognition should be easy when confronted by possible charges of fraud, which may be considered by non-participating business establishments and non-complying bartenders, who I figure are few in the city of Paris."

Thank you, Dale, for putting it so succinctly so well!

For 'virtual' or real Café Metropole Club members who have come in late, you will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card. If you want to carry around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it, as Dale has so cleverly done.

I do not understand why his card only measures one inch by two. When it left here - via the Internet - it measured about 55 by 85 millimetres - on the metric system - which is something over two inches by nearly three and a half - on the 'inch' system.

However, I should point out, its size doesn't matter. Once printed, simply cut it out along the dotted line I have failed to indicate - you can imagine about where it is. Then trim it. If it does turn out to be about the size of a standard plastic card, don't try to use it in any ATM machine - as they may swallow it.

As for the 'text-only' version of the card that was featured here two weeks ago; although now part of the 'club's' rich history, this is still acceptable for use by folks who have no printer, 'Ultra' or otherwise.

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts members, and their pets. People from other planets or star systems are requested to not apply.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its fifth meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has become too long and boring to repeat, and is therefore, hereby, suppressed. Older versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues.'

The Café Metropole Club Is a Good-Value Club

The 'Club' has no actual real or virtual benefits, but is excellent value for what it costs. Its sole purpose is to offer an opportunity for all readers to meet each other and me, the 'Ed' of this online weekly magazine about Paris, in Paris.

If, at the same time, you feel like having a nice a hot onion soup, these can be had for a modest outlay of 45 francs on your part, but having one is not obligatory. Warning: these 'hot' onion soups are very hot.

So that no one is excluded by virtue of not being in Paris, 'virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged. It is not necessary to be in Paris - even 'virtually' - if you wish to do this. Possession of the new 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory. Since last week's meeting, even reading the 'Club's' online magazine, 'Metropole Paris,' is not obligatory.

Practical Information

photo: location map, la coronaHere 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 held at the rear of the big 'salle.'

There have been unconfirmed reports of first-time members reaching the bar of La Corona and failing to find the meeting place. La Corona's staff have been alerted to this possible situation. If you are non-member at the bar of La Corona and you are dragooned into the big 'salle' by the café's over-enthusiastic staff, you have my apologies, and are welcome to join the 'Club.'

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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