New Member From Brooklyn!

photo: sunbathers, corona terrace

The club's waiter, Patrick, spiffs up his tan while serving sunbathers on La Corona's terrace.

One Jerry Is Like Three New Members

Paris:- Thursday, 6. April 2000:- The weather-lady on the TV-news wasn't kidding last night when she said it was going to be cold today. 'A little less than normal,' she said. On top of it, the sun is trying hard to show its smiley face.

There are a lot of people heading west on the quay towards La Corona, but only one or two brave ones outside on the terrace when I get up there.

How to take a new photo of this? Don't; go around the corner and shoot the chocolate bunnies inphoto: all my cafes the 'Best Croque-Monsieur-in-the-World' place's window instead, and I am 'covered' for an arctic Easter.

Somewhere, I don't know, a Paris magazine has stuck itself to me, so I spend some time looking it over. It is issue number 75 and it is the first time I've ever seen it in my life. Part of it is like reading Metropole's 'Scene' column, so I catch up on what's going on in Paris.

This is dry going, so its café time again. When it comes I remember it may be the 'Drink of the Week' so I record its status carefully. Then I start reading about Paris' championship parking ticket areas. What a luxury it is not to have a car!

The life of a café - but it doesn't make it 'Drink of the Week.'

About four a guy comes in, looking like he's been mangled by the baggage routine at the airport. While still several metres away he begins talking and Jerry Schlemowitz from Brooklyn, USA, makes the change from being a 'virtual' to 'real' member.

He takes another couple of minutes to cover the remaining distance now that I have said he is a 'real' club member, but try as I do, I cannot get him to sign the official members' booklet.

He has taken the club's official blue and yellow pen and is drawing diagrams instead; while shoving notes at me, and photocopies, and asking questions, and ordering what really does turn out to be the 'Drink of the Week,' which is a balloon of rouge tipped into a Perrier glass, and mixed with Perrier.

I've seen people do this with vodka, but with wine it makes a nice, light and refreshing drink - although Jerry seems to need no refreshing.

In Brooklyn, Jerry has an outfit that makes the wooden parts of Paris bistros for trendy Manhattan watering holes. This obviously makes Brooklyn the 'City of the Week.' This is Jerry's first Paris visit. He is in too much of a rush to be impressed.

La Corona's interior architecture gets a going over. Jerry can see what's real and what isn't. It's amazing how much real café the club has, and how little is added-on brick-a-brack. The marble I thought was fake is real.

The neon around the ceiling is real too and I'm glad about this because I've admired it often in the past few weeks. Jerry manages to compress two hours into 70 minutes, while talking about how French designers have taken all the Greek Doric stuff and turned it sideways, but - hey! - he says, "It works all right!"

Jerry manages to actually write his name in the member's booklet just before we put on our coats and end up in La Corona's bar, where Jerry gives it a proper critique. He points out the original pieces of it.

So I invite him to check out the Samaritaine department store, figuring he'll appreciate its iron-work. Up on the roof terrace, the sun is shining and it isphoto: jerry's drink clear - just for Jerry, Paris is putting on its best face.

We see the interior iron and admire the exterior iron. I don't think he even notices the Pont Neuf because it is all stone. Traffic is jammed into porridge on account of a demonstration on the Ile de la Cité, and getting into the Rue Dauphine is a risky adventure - like downtown anhattan, Jerry says.

No kidding! This is really the 'Drink of the Week.'
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