The Club Is Not Fumes

photo: corona terrace and louvre

Just how many members prefered the sun onthe terrace?

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 18. March 2000:- First I want to thank all club members who wrote to comment about the possible coming sales of champagne by Metropole.

I am still mulling over what sort of answer I should send to members who wrote to say various unkind things about alcohol in general and in home-made champagne in particular.

Last Thursday's club meeting in the café La Corona resulted in no new members, again. Patrick, the club's waiter, did not win the 'Millionaire' lottery thing, again.

The only person who seemed unaware of the lack of new members, or the attendance of any existing 'real' members, was the server-ladyphoto: bouquiniste quai du louvre Linda Thalman, who is a 'real' member herself. With her there, I can say the club's attendance increased by 100 percent over the previous week's.

The bouquinistes across the way from La Corona.

Linda brought along an empty bottle of 'Havana Club' cuban rum to show me what neat bottles they make on that far-away island in the Caribbean.

I don't remember whether 'Havana Club' was named 'Drink of Week,' because the bottle was very empty. I don't remember what Linda drank, except she did say she suspected that it evaporated. Fumes in the air can't become 'Drink of the Week.'

Most of this 'not remembering' is because nothing much of any kind happened during Thursday's club meeting in Paris; and this is the reason for not re-running the meeting's account here, as I wrote I would do a couple of weeks ago.

photo: window, mirrors in la coronaAs if turns out, like club membership, nothing is happening this week. Smart people, even if they are club members, are staying outside to catch Paris' occasional sunbeams - and I can't say I blame them.

It is also possible that there are few club members in Paris available to attend meetings. This is what I prefer to think rather than imagine you all sitting together on a waterside quay on the sunny side of the Ile Saint-Louis.

In fact, if you are doing this, I can recommend the riverside quays across the Quai du Louvre from the café. This is a spot on the right bank that does not share the Seine with the speedway traffic. It has pretty good views of the bridges - the Pont des Arts and the Pont Neuf - and the backlit left bank.

Next Thursday, if you are not at the club's meeting, I may just zip over there to see if you are basking in the sun instead of loading up on onion soup in the café.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I won't recommend this - again - but if you want to see last Thursday's original report, you can read the unofficial account of theweekly Club meeting - which is the not same as above.

The Boilerplate: The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The sole and unique 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 the club's 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.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Just like any other club, the Café Metropole Club has a membership card. Unlikephoto: virtual membership card other clubs, this 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.

'Virtual' members who have not had the chance to attend a weekly meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple reader status by using any handy method that's around. Any readers who do show up for meetings in Paris, can become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every Barry, Barbara or Billy-Joe 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 being as members. Any 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.

Charter Club Member List

As 'virtual' members present themselves at the weekly club meetings in Paris, they become 'real' members of the club by signing the semi-official members' booklet.

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked if they wish to have their email addresses passed on to other 'real' members. If in agreement, this will be done. If not, the member's name will be on the distributed list, but without their email address.

This reminds me that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it, but I think I will do my tax declaration instead next week.

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 24rd.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. March, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is the day before Saint-Victorien's Day - so attending the club meeting will not interfere with any galas you intend to attend.

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.' The club has a waiter - usually it is Patrick - assigned to it and you can order anything you want from him because the café has nearly everything. 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 waterworks 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, simply ask anybody standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?' ['Club' is still pronounced 'cloob.']

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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