'Real Estate' Is Not a Club Topic

photo: cafe corona

A rainy, February day in Paris - perfect for
your club's meeting at La Corona.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 12. February 2000:- Last Thursday was a thoroughly wet and somber day in Paris. If everybody wasn't out of town for the skiing, I would have expected the club to be overflowing with new members.

Regular readers will recognize the name of Allan Pangborn. Not content with a couple of hours of club time per week, he told me he is using La Corona as a 'base' café. Due to its central location in Paris, this makes sense.

Like a fair number of other members who have been to the club to change their membership status from 'virtual' to 'real,' Allan is looking around for an apartment to buy.

Kathleen Bouvier has been doing this too, so she can exchange her experiences with Allan. 'Parisphoto: terrace, quai du louvre real estate news' is not part of the club's official purpose, so I won't report on this. I have enough to do, trying to think up what should be in this column.

Other 'virtual' members have written to say that have neglected to drop into the club to change their status into 'real.' These members tend to send me emails after they get home; saying how close they were to becoming 'real.'

There is no lack of free tables on La Corona's Quai de Louvre terrace. There is no lack of rain either.

I am sorry about this too, but I say 'No regrets!' Although life is short, you will remember your error and will certainly not repeat it on your next visit to Paris.

There is a certain famous cave in Spain I always neglect to visit. I know that if I ever do, that'll probably be the last time I'll go there. Therefore, if I like a place, I always leave some unfinished business in it.

It is another way that Metropole gets done. It is full of unvisited sites, unexplored areas, undone activities. Even Parisians spend their whole lives un-discovering the place.

The only thing I don't do is set a deadline - as in, 'everything will be covered by June 2007.' Nah! There is endless time - both backward and forward.

So then, if you have been in Paris and have even been in the club's café La Corona - but not on a club day or time - do not worry. Your club in Paris will be carrying on for a long time to come as far as I know.

'Kathleen's Modest Proposal'

Last week I wrote; 'This [proposal] was outlined here three weeks ago [now four weeks ago] and I am working like a very slow beaver on this.' Since I have done nothing positive since last week, I would like to change the type of animal from 'beaver' to 'snail.'

In case you've forgotten what this is about, charter 'real' member Kathleen suggested that 'real' members be polled about having their names and email addresses on a list that would be distributed to the other 'real' members.

As club secretary, I can't distribute your names and email addresses without your explicit permission. Any 'real' member who is not in agreement will be left off the list - but will remain a 'real' member because pages cannot be torn out of the 'real' members' sign-in booklet.

Most of the work for this poll and the list itself is nearly complete, so I hope to get this to you this week. There! I've set a deadline for me to do this.

The 'Report' of the Club's Last Meeting

If you want to know how Austin, Texas got to be 'City of the Week' in club-overtime last Thursday, you can read the unofficial account of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting - even if you never read these reports.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

The single purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to offer an opportunity for the readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' to meet its 'Ed' in Paris, and each other at itsphoto: rustichette weekly meetings. If no members are actually present at a meeting, you will be able to see 'Ed' quietly dozing in the Café La Corona, without a care in the world.

If you read Metropole, you will find that your 'Club' is astonishing value for what it costs - nothing - even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free.

Well, I must modify this a bit. The 'pretended' benefit is meeting 'Ed' and the club's members. Rising membership seems to show that some members think membership is a benefit, and I don't want to argue with them even if I suspect the 'free' part is more of a benefit.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

I know that the tradition-bound official membership card is starting to look a bit frayed around the edges - it started out frayed in fact - but this is not a good reason for not having one.

The only valid reason for neglecting to provide yourselves with this distinctive but frayed membership card is if you don't want to be a member of this still semi-exclusive club.

This may your situation. If so, simply neglect to cut the virtual membership card off yourphoto: virtual membership card monitor, and quietly keep your non-membership status to yourself. If you choose to tell me it will be your decision, which I will take it badly but I won't snitch on you.

The official membership card, even if it is only 'virtual' - like some members.

However, if you have entered your bona-fides in the 'Members booklet' in person at a weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club in the café La Corona in Paris, you are a member.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every one of your neighbors who have been to Paris has one.

This card is only tangible thing of any kind about the club, and it almost isn't real. When it was first displayed here, I expected that potential members would simply clip it off their screens. Warning - other members, who have tried this, have told me this tends to scratch their expensive monitors.

Let me just point out that the possession of the membership card is not at all necessary even if you are a habitual collector of intangible and rare items.

But to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will need to make a print of it. Carrying the card on your person 'virtually' will not work. Nobody will ever ask to see this card in its 'real' form but if you have one, showing it to 'Ed' will not make me unhappy.

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by mere failure to be in Paris. The ritual for becoming a member in the privacy of your own home is simple:- Just repeat "I am a member" several times, while twirling your right hand around in the area of your telephone's number buttons.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts all sorts of people as members. All other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the sole 'virtual' and authorized 'real' one.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its 18th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has ceased ceasing to exist so I am going to just skip it. The 17th meeting was not 'lost' in case you are wondering why the number has jumped from 16 to 18. I was at the 17th meeting and there were witnesses.

Vital PR Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. February, in Paris. This is not Saint-Valentine's Day. The club's 'report' for this meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time, which may still be Thursday in your time zone, if it is in the GMT scheme of things.

I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is again necessary after a period in which it wasn't. This really only applies to last Monday's edition, which was Metropole's latest - and last Thursday's club 'report.' If this doesn't suit you, there a four years' worth of other past issues to look at too.

Be darn sure to read every page of Metropole every Monday and especially next Thursday for the latest news of the club's latest meeting..

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.
In non-metric terms, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle,' where there is little danger of being run over by the traffic on the Quai du Louvre which always heavy around the club's closing time of 17:00.

La Corona also has a small 'salle' beside the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces the Louvre to the west. The Club does not have its meetings in either of these 'small' parts.

If you are unfamiliar with cafés, bars or bistros in Paris, La Corona's has a stainless steel top and a sleek beer dispensing tower with six taps, not all of which are for beer. Go left past the six-taps thing and turn right to find the 'club.'

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

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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