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"Momma of Dada," she says, zipping on to another subject somehow. I am thinking that I should see my landlord to tell him about how I saved his apartment from being destroyed by fire, and I am really sorry to be leaving the club just as 'Dada' has come up, but there's no help for it.

When I leave the club members are truly into arcane California lore - 'I Shock Myself' - and trying out new 'Cities of the Week' like Ojai - darn! I wish I could hear about this.

Outside, on the Quai du Louvre traffic is having its usual Thursday night five o'clock case of nerves before settling into its sullen, total, glob of tincans full of nailbiters.

At five o'clock, it's too early for wageslaves to have been given their temporary freedom, so the métro is empty enough for me to get a jumpseat - which is a great place to have while mentally adding up all the extension cords I think I may possess.

In my absence, the remaining 'real' club members continued their meeting until 18:30. By this time, I had put all of my extension cords into service, and was looking at a very small number of new photos of the meeting.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

If you want to see last Thursday's original report, you can read the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which is the same as above, but may have different photos. The easiest way to do it, is read it on Thursday - then read it again here.

Charter Club Member Invitation

Charter club member Kathleen Bouvier suggested that 'real' members be polled about having their names and email addresses on a list that would be distributed to the other 'real' Charter Club Members.

So far only a third of those polled have replied at all. As it stands, Iphoto: cafe la corona can distribute the charter members' list, but two-thirds of the members' email addresses will be left blank.

The club meetings are held in the Café La Corona.

I dislike the idea of polling members again - about sending out an incomplete list - so I will just do it. Last week I wrote that there is no time limit for sending in your decision - but I don't want to hang up the members who have already made theirs.

The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The sole purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to offer an opportunity for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are in Paris to meet its 'Ed,' and each other, at its weekly meetings in a Paris café.

You will find that your 'Club' is more value than it costs - which is nothing - even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free.

Rising membership seems to show that some members think membership itself is a benefit. I suspect the 'free' part is at least an equal benefit.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Like any other club, the Café Metropole Club has a membership card. Unlike other clubs, thisphoto: virtual membership card card is a bit 'virtual' as you can see here. However it is possible to print it - if you feel it is absolutely necessary - which it is not.

As a reminder, there are two types of membership. Readers who have not attended a weekly meeting in Paris can become 'virtual' members by using any handy method that's around. Any readers who do show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members.

I don't know how the 'automatically' works or how to turn it off. It just happens, regardless of the membership cards.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every Andy, Arnie or Annette who have been to Paris has one.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of human beings 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

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The meeting next Thursday will be the club's 21st.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 2. March, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is named after Saint-Charles Le Bon, who was probably anything but.

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 and far to the west of Paris.

photo: location map, la coronaWhat, Where, When, How?

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, [GMT +01:00] In non-metric terms, even in Paris, 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 lots of room for members to spread out, park their baggages, and sprawl around. The club has a waiter - usually it is Patrick - assigned to it and you can order anything you want from him. He will keep a tab on this for you to pay when you leave.

La Corona has other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs part, but these are not where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them - except, maybe, the vital downstairs part.

If you are uncertain about where to find the club inside the café, 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,
signature, regards, ric

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