The 'Club's City of the Week' Program

photo: la corona interior

Winter sun comes in low to La Corona.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 20. November 1999:- Last week your 'Club' took a breather from its meteoric rise to success, to consolidate its position as Paris' number one club for readers of 'Metropole Paris.'

Many 'virtual' and real members, both charter and otherwise, used the occasion of last Thursday's Beaujolais Nouveau day to fail to get to their 'Club' on time or at all.

This is not a cause for alarm. Beaujolais Nouveau day in Paris upsets a lot of carefully thought-out plans and the absence of this or that member was immaterial, even if it was carefully noted in the 'blackball list' booklet - which does not, of course, officially exist.

Last week's 'City of the Week' was Athens, Ohio. I had to look it up to confirm this because, for the life of me, I have no idea how this city came to be named. As 'Ed' of the Café Metropole Club, I do not hesitate to say I have nothing personally against Athens, Ohio.

In fact, this naming of a 'City of the Week' may have left some members and ordinary readers, who are stillphoto: server lady, linda thalman making up their minds about seeking membership, with the idea that only cities in the United States are eligible for this - admittedly - transitory distinction.

If all of Metropole's readers were to show up at once at the café La Corona where the 'Club' meets, they would not fit in. No, this is not what I meant to write.

But it's true, if everybody came, about 9,500 of you would be left outside on the terrace and the rest would fill the sidewalks and be spilling into the streets.

Meet the server-lady, Linda Thalman.

Less than half of you - inside or out in the street - would claim cities in the USA as your hometowns. More than half of you - the majority, if I have the sense of this word right - would claim to be from cities not located within the United States.

This is because 'Metropole Paris' and the Café Metropole Club are not 'American.' Both the magazine and the 'Club' are Parisian, because the 'Ed' of both lives in Paris.

For this reason, 'Paris' is about the only city in the world ineligible to be the 'Club's City of the Week.' If I proposed it, it would be nepotism. Some alert readers and 'virtual' charter members are watching carefully for signs of nepotism raising its ugly head, so I dare not propose Paris.

photo: ric mugNo, this is not the reason either. More than half of the readers, and therefore more than half of the potential 'Club' members, live outside the United States.

All other cities where readers and members - 'virtual,' real, charter and otherwise - live, can be put up by their residents as the 'Club's City of the Week.' This includes cities in France.

And this is your 'Ed,' when he is dressed-up.

If the server-lady, Linda Thalman, had proposed Boullay-les-Troux last Thursday, I'm sure it could have beaten out Athens, Ohio for the exalted spot. Luckily it was not proposed.

Come one, come all; and bring your 'Cities of the Week' with you - even if they are really towns and villages. If there are enough of these, we can start new categories for 'Town of the Week' and 'Village of the Week,' and on a really good week, have one of each.

For an account of last Thursday's weekly 'Club' meeting - in case you haven't already read it - hit the hyperlink to see what happened.

Café Metropole Club Membership Cards

Last Thursday, the situation with the 'popular demand' for membership cards - not obligatory! - took another smack in the kisser, when new charter member Linda Thalman - aka 'The Server-Lady' - came to the club with a printed version of the membership card; printed in black and white.

The actual card, as reproduced here, potentially contains millions of colors; far more than any standard computer system set of only 256 colors. Therefore, printingphoto: virtual membership card it in black and white is highly unrecommended. In black and white, it looks like some scrap ripped out of a poorly-printed smut magazine.

This is Your membership card. It is not 'plastic.'

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 one around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it; in color, if possible.

*'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 sixth meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten longer and even more boring to repeat, and is therefore, hereby, suppressed again. Older versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues.'

The Café Metropole Club Is a Good-Value Club

The 'Club' is excellent value for what it costs but it has no actual real or virtual benefits, except for being free. 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 French style 'hot dog' - I encourage you to do so as they are an unusual experience, and might provide you with a non-confrontational topic of conversation at dinner parties where the main course is salad. Warning: the 'hot' mustard, which you may have to ask for, is usually the very hot 'Dijon' variety - very similar to the famed Düsseldorfer Schnorkelsenf.

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by failure to be in Paris. Possession of the new 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory. Since several meetings ago, even reading the 'Club's' online magazine, 'Metropole Paris,' is not obligatory even if it is highly recommended by its 'Ed' - who has a vested interest in it.

Practical Information

I have been informed that next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is not a holiday like Beaujolais Nouveau day in Paris, so I expect all 'Club' members who are not having Thanksgiving Day inphoto: location map, la corona Paris to show up at their 'Club' instead. Here are the location, day and time 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.'

When you enter the bar area of La Corona you will not immediately see any 'Club' activity. To find it, go around the left side of the bar. If you are unused to bars, the one in La Corona has a zinc top and has beer handles sticking up like antlers. Somewhere near the cash register, you might see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. Go left past the eggs to find the 'club.'

If all else fails, simply ask whoever is behind the bar - 'show me the way to the 'Club,' s'il vous plaît.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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