The 'Trivial Paris' Board Game

photo: m ferrat, la corona exterior

M. Ferrat scans quay for missing club members.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 27. November 1999:- After the 'breather' taken by your club on the recent occasion of Beaujolais Nouveau day, your club nearly took a snooze last week.

This was welcome after six hectic weeks of 'meteoric rise to success' because it allowed me to sit and stew in peace and relative quiet for 100 minutes. Occasions like this do not come along every day.

Monsieur Ferrat, the meeting's waiter for the day, was quite upset with the emptiness in the club's corner of the café La Corona. Although the café had other non-club customers, he kept going outside to look for possibly 'lost' club members.

However, the day was saved from being recorded with a completely fictitious 'report' by the arrival of Annie Salmona, who has also been a regular correspondent for some years.

Before last Thursday, I don't recall Annie had ever telling me she was born up on Montmartre. She now lives inphoto: la corona decor Milwaukee and is an American citizen. At the same time she is one of the club's few real charter members who is a bona-fide Parisian.

Your club is attracting all sorts of odd interest. Some people think the Café Metropole Club is a sort of club for American 'ex-pats' in Paris.

I thought I went to some lengths last week, to explain in a obscurely roundabout way, that Metropole's readers are not in their majority, residents of the United States. Neither are the club's members exclusively Americans, 'ex-pat' or otherwise.

I will therefore repeat; any reader in any of the other 76-odd countries outside the United States, is welcome to become a 'virtual' or real member of the Café Metropole Club in Paris.

As promised, I tried to find out if the café La Corona will be open over the Christmas season - specifically on Thursday, 30. December. The management of the café vaguely assured me it will be open so I - also vaguely - assure you there will be a meeting of your club on this date.

Last week's 'City of the Week' was Milwaukee, Wisconsin in partnership with Sherman Oaks, California. I have had to look this up because so many towns and cities have become 'City of the Week' that I can't remember them all. As 'Ed' of the Café Metropole Club, I do not hesitate to say I still have nothing personally against Athens, Ohio.

Why not? Simply this: I am collecting material for the creation of a board game to be called 'Trivial Paris' and place names like Athens, Ohio will be a major factor in it.

As in this sample question, "Name four double-name towns less than 45 kilometres - 'metric' miles - from Athens, Ohio and give the dates of their last five Thanksgiving Days."

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.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Last Thursday, the situation with the 'popular demand' for membership cards - not obligatory! - was a non-issue because nobody thought to bring it up. Because possession of the membership card is not obligatory, I don't know why I even mention it.

However, the actual card, as reproduced here, potentially contains millions of colors; far more than any standard computer system set of only 256 colors. Printing it in black and white is therefore highly unrecommended. In black and white, it looks like some scrap ripped out of a poorly-printed horse-racing tipsheet.

For 'virtual' or real Café Metropole Club members who have come in late - try not to do this - you will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card. If youphoto: virtual membership card 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.

Guard your membership card carefully; and its PIN number.

*'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. If you have had actual contacts with such people, please do not bring it up for discussion.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its seventh meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten so long and so boring that to repeat it would be offensive. It is therefore, hereby, suppressed yet 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 'crêpes suzettes' - I encourage you so to 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 booze on it, which you will not have to ask for, is usually the very strong made-by-French-monks variety - but only slightly similar to France's best vodka, 'Grey Goose.'

But if, like Isabelle Eyman last week, you want some 'Petit Lu' to dunk in your tea, I think you will have to bring your own.

'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.

For some weeks now I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris,' is not obligatory. This non-policy has changed to one that is slightly more positive.

The reason for this is simple. Club members have been asking me questions about items in the magazine. I seldom know the answers, but it does warm my heart to know that you care.

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' beside 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 far end 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, away from the 'tabac' section of the café.

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 and turn right to find the 'club.'

If all else fails, simply ask whoever is behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'where is the club?'

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

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