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However, the actual 'virtual' card, as reproduced here, potentially contains millions of vibrant colors; far more than any standard computer system palette of only 256 boring and horrid colors.

Printing it in black and white is therefore highly unrecommended. In mere black and white, it looks likephoto: virtual membership card some scrap ripped out of a handbill advertising a dry cleaners that returns your shirts without their original buttons.

This is our club's membership card; 'virtual' until you print it.

For 'virtual' or real Café Metropole Club members who have come in late you will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card, which I have already mentioned, above. 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 any color other than black, if possible.

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts people as members, and their friends and relations if they are alive. Persons from other planets or star systems are requested to not use the card. If you have had actual contacts with such people, keep mum about it.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its tenth meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten to beyond a mythic length - much, much too long to repeat. It is therefore, hereby, canceled. Ancient versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues,' where they are covered with green fuzz.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is an amazing value for what it costs but it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being free. Its single purpose is to offer an opportunity for the readers of Metropole to meet its 'Ed' and each other at its weekly meetings - or see him reading the paper if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

The club's meetings are held in the centrally-located café La Corona. This café has drink, tobacco products, post-cards and food, which now includes the Café Metropole Club Sandwich. Other than warning you about how big one of these may be when served, I only wish to add that La Corona does not always have eggs, so these are unincluded in the sandwich, sometimes.

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by failure to be in Paris. Possession of the now somewhat antique but still colorful 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory if your color printer only has black and white ink.

For some weeks now I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is not necessary, as some new members have proved.

This semi-anti-policy has changed to one that is much more positive. Be darn sure to read Metropole next Thursday for the latest news of the club's latest meeting. If you are having a relaxing siesta then, set your alarm clock to Thursday now.

photo: location map, la coronaPractical Information

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' 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 does not have its meetings in either 'small' part.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the big 'salle,' where there is little danger of being run over by the traffic on the Quai du Louvre.

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 and into the big room behind.See photo above - go around the left side of the photo.

If you are unfamiliar with bars, La Corona's has a zinc top and a chromed beer dispenser with 26 nozzles. Near the cash register, you might see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. If the eggs are absent, go left past where the eggs used to be and turn right to find the 'club.' If in doubt, print the photo, and when holding it upright, go around its left side.

If this brilliant scheme fails, simply ask anybody standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?' ['Club' is pronounced 'cloob.']

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

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