'No News' Is Not 'Good' News

photo: terrace, la corona

By last Thursday, Paris' spring weather had
dissolved into normal.

Non-News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 25. March 2000:- Alas, last Thursday's meeting of your club in Paris was so without incident, that it is not worth recounting here.

By 'without incident' I mean without new, old, 'charter,' virtual or real members. Without a 'drink of the week,' no 'quote of the week;' less than no 'food of the week' - oh! - deep-fried Mars bar, where are you?

What did I do for two hours? As the club's unofficial and self-appointed secretary, I did the club's entire 'business' for a whole five minutes, and then killed the remaining 115 minutes - by criticizing the café, La Corona.

But first, I realized I was in a café, and the prospect of sitting in one, 'with time to kill,' seemed novel. This wore off after 23 minutes, so I looked at it.

Various 'virtual' and 'real' club members are active though. Thank you for sending all the messages, with the badraps about the other club members who are not showing up for the meetings in droves.

I welcome these encouraging messages. This also goes for presently 'virtual' members who are writing to say they intend to become 'real' in the near or medium-distant future. I am looking forward to seeing you.

It is good to keep in touch. The café La Corona will be occupied with a film-shoot for a couple of daysphoto: interior decor, corona in May, so there may be a change of day for one week's club meeting. The actual date is not yet fixed, but I will include it here as soon as the café's patron finds out what it is.

Also, I will be absent from two meetings - the last one in June and the first one in July, which are Thursday, 29. June and Thursday, 6. July.

For these dates I will try to arrange for the server-lady, Linda Thalman, to be acting secretary. If she in unavailable, I think another club member will step it to fill my shoes. The main thing to remember is the club's meetings will take place nearly as usual.

I will be back in my spot on the eve of Bastille Day, on Thursday, 13. July. This will likely be a Bastille Day eve that will be somewhat extraordinary - Year 2000! - and there should be a lot of dancing in the streets; followed by the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday, Bastille Day.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, rain or shine. If no members turn up, in the next club 'report' I will write about the Spanish Legionnaires and the blond girl in the raincoat they wanted me to sell to them.

Thinking it over, I'm not sure this threat is dire enough.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I won't recommend this - yet again - but if you want to read last Thursday's original report, you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which was never same as above.

The Boilerplate: The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The unique and sole purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to provide a chance for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are also 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

Like any other club, the Café Metropole Club has a membership card. Unlike other clubs, this card is a bit 'virtual' as you can see here. If you wish, it is possible to print it - if you feel the urge - but it is not absolutely necessary.

'Virtual' members who have not had the fortune to attend a weekly meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple readerphoto: virtual membership card status to 'virtual'-status by using any handy method that's around. Any readers who actually show up for meetings in Paris, can immediately 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 Carol, Charlie or Carmen 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 from any part of the planet as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual or outright fake 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 again 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. This is not a misprint. The deadline has been moved to 31. March.

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 24th.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 30. March, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is the day after Sainte-Gwladys' Day - so attending the club meeting will not interfere with any festive rites 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. If east of Paris, It may be Friday already.

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 - sometimes it is Patrick - and you can order anything you want from him because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff like onion soup. He will keep a tab on this for you to pay before 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 club meetings are held, 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.' 'Plaît' is pronounced like 'play.' Don't say the 'ît' part.]

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

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