Airport to Apartment to Club

photo: corona terrace

La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace this afternoon.

A New Member's Shortcut

Paris:- Thursday, 17. February 2000:- The weather is very strange in Paris these days. TV-weather news makes dire warnings and then the sun comes out and blasts everything it can touch with light.

Admittedly, it did pelt down some slush yesterday afternoon and threw in a couple of claps of thunder for good measure, but it was so slow to get worked up to it that it was a relief when it came. Either that, or I didn't care one way or the other.

Last night's forecast was no different. It looked like all of the plays in next weekend's entire England-France rugby match, and here it is - splashing sun on every south-face it can find. So I walk down the Rue Dauphine from métro Odéon to Pont-Neuf. The shadows are like ink.

At La Corona, only one customer it taking advantage of the terrace on the Quai du Louvre side. There are quite a few people inside - the rest of France has winter school holidays this week so part of it is visiting Paris.

I skim past the bar and avoid a lady in a hurry who bursts in the other door. Allan Pangborn, who has just arrived a couple of minutes earlier, waves from the back of the big 'salle.'

I stop to take a photo of the whole room and by the time I get to the back, the lady in a hurry is asking Allan if he is me.

This is good. Allan's photo was in this report last week, and I've left mine out because I'm only the club's secretary. We get this all straightened up quickly.

The lady is Peg Parrish and she wrote a couple of days ago to ask if Rétromobilephoto: peg parrish, allan pangborn has spare parts and nick-nacks for Minis. She has come from Atlanta, to Roissy, to her apartment and straight to the Café Metropole Club.

For the photo, Peg and Allan changed tables so they wouldn't be sliced up by the sun's rays inside the café.

To reward the sheer forward motion of all this, the 'City of the Week' becomes Alphabetta, GA. This seems like an odd name, but I forget to ask if it has a peculiar origin - like in Greece or somewhere - but maybe it goes with Athens, although it is just north of Atlanta.

While Peg is putting her particulars in the 'real' members booklet, she says, "I don't know the answers to questions five and six."

The reason for this is it is Peg's first visit to Paris. She doesn't know what she would like to 'see changed or improved' because all she's seen is the airport, a taxi, an apartment, and the club's café.

While she is telling me this she is handing around photos of her family's collection of cars. There is a Mini, a Mini wagon - which is a mini-woody - a 2CV and a Triumph sports car. I wonder what her neighbors think about her foreign fleet.

On the way to Rétromobile, Peg is going to stop off to learn about sauces at Cordon Bleu, whichphoto: dan levine is handily on the way to Paris-Expo - in fact it is only two stops away.

At this point, a long-time 'real' member shows up from New York City and Dan Levine gets introduced to Peg and Allan. Dan signed the club member's booklet last 21. October. Dan says his new Paris Guide will be on the stands soon, so he is off to Prague.

Dan comes, Dan goes. Members can do either when they want at the club with nearly no rules.

The first time Dan was at the club he was coming back from Prague. If the Café Metropole Club moved there, Dan might be able to visit more often. As it is, he doesn't stay long because he has to catch a meeting across the Seine, in the publishing quarter of the Quartier Latin.

With half an hour left the sun is slicing up La Corona's interior and while we've been having out meeting, a good number of other people have filled up the café terrace outside.

There is no 'food of the week' and I feel so lazy I forget I am supposed to be listening hard for 'quotes of the week.' Nobody drinks anything strange, so there is no 'drink of the week' even if I put in a beer. Since therephoto: club drink is a photo of it, I'll say the other one is 'empty glasses of the week.'

Peg winds down a bit and decides to hoof it back to her apartment while the sun is still active - and Allan and I overload her with directions.

"Walk west along the Seine until you pass the Invalides and turn left," is what we should have said. Peg has a multi-tool which includes a compass, as well as a left arm, so this would have been enough.

This is merely a beer and not the 'drink of the week.'

When Allan and I leave La Corona, the sun is about to drop somewhere in the direction of the Tour Eiffel, so we go across the Pont des Arts and see the last rays stroking the Ile de la Cité. Straight up above the right bank end of the Pont Neuf, there is a full moon.

A few minutes later, it is night in Paris' Quartier Latin and all the lights are coming on in the art galleries in the Rue de Seine.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Thursday, 25. February 2000 is the official date for the club's very next meeting. If you cannot make it, please set aside a moment to consider that this is a good time to book passage to Paris so that you can become a 'real' charter member of the Café Metropole Club in Paris.

All readers of Metropole are reminded that they may become members of the Café Metropole Club very easily, by simply walking intophoto: empty club drinks the café where the meetings are held. If you are not in Paris, you can induct yourself as a 'virtual' member in the privacy of your own home.

It is pretty clear these are not 'drinks of the week' either.

The café La Corona meeting place will be as open as usual next Thursday, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm in certain non-metric time zones - regardless of whether anybody besides its staff and your club's secretary are present.

Come any time you feel like as long as it is not much later than 15:00 and you are in Paris. If you are not present and do not know the ritual for becoming a 'virtual' member, you should read the regular Monday PR page for your club instead. The place is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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