From Near and Far - More New Members

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The calm before the storm of new club members.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 15. April 2000:- Last Thursday's meeting of your club in Paris racked up four new 'real' members. This was not a record, but it was a big improvement over the past several weeks - without forgetting that the previous week's Jerry from Brooklyn nearly amounted to three members in one.

Linda Thalman, the server-lady, who is a long-time 'real' member herself, showed up for the meeting too. Many 'virtual' and most 'real' members are also subscribers to her 'Paris In Sites' newsletter, so she gets to wear two hats when she comes to club meetings.

We went into the café La Corona together, and found Carmel McKenzie and Alan Savage waiting for us. The couple said they'd sat in airplanesphoto: kangaroo pin for 26 hours to get to the meeting, and we would have called this the 'Flight of the Week' if it were a usual club distinction.

But it is not, because flying from Australia or New Zealand is about as long as it takes. If flight times were given any 'Weekly' status, then the next thing would be non-human beings coming in from the Moon or someplace.

Membership qualifications, as everybody knows, restrict membership to human beings. If Elvis were alive, as club secretary, I would not object to his membership - but he is not; so he's not eligible.

Alan Savage also recently wrote, to clear up the controversy surrounding my erroneous notion that there are kangaroos in South Africa. This has all be settled now, but he presented both the server-lady and me with 24-carat gold-plated kangaroo pins so we don't forget it.

I think Linda always knew there are no kangaroos in South Africa, so she sort of got a 'free' pin because she has nothing to remember.

Marion Nowak wrote to me before the club meeting to say she couldn't come to it because she had to go shopping. Afterwards, she conveniently arranged to lose her shopping list, so she could attend the meeting and become a new 'real' member.

Stan Fleener didn't write at all, but just dropped coolly in from Leucadia near San Diego. Before coming he askedphoto: club members, 13 april his wife if she felt like having a 'cheapo' stay in Paris. She said, 'No thanks!' - no doubt because they had had the opposite of 'cheapo' in Paris just before Christmas and the big storm.

From left to right: Marion, Stan, Alan, Carmel and the server-lady.

It was sort of a 'dry' meeting; in the drinks department. The server-lady had a gin tonic without the gin and Stan had a 'Joker' orange juice, while most of the rest of us mostly had café.

It's not up to me what the 'Drink of the Week' is, but I don't think it does the club's reputation much good if it is 'Joker.' But it had to be because there was no gin.

If the sun is shining in Paris on club days, it is well over the yard-arm by 15:00. Last Thursday, at 17:00 it was so far past the yard-arm or whatever it is, that everybody left smartly right after five. Possibly to catch up.

I don't know. I left without hanging around - to get the contest prizes from a nearby trinket shop on the Quai du Louvre.

Some Old Dates To Note

I still haven't got the date for the film-shoot in La Corona in May. The café will be occupied by a movie crew for a couple of days one week, so the club's meeting will probably be put forward to a Wednesday.

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.

Reminder: a special note should be made for the eve ofphoto: neon le corona Bastille Day, on Thursday, 13. July - which will be a regular club meeting day as far as I know at this time.

This will be the Bastille Day eve and may be somewhat extraordinary - Year 2000 after all! There should be a lot of dancing in the streets; followed by the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday, the 14th of July.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, regardless of the weather.

The Original But Unofficial 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I will recommend this - once more, with no particular emphasis - if you want to read last Thursday's original report, you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which has other details than above.

The Boilerplate: The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The one purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to provide a chance for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are visiting Paris to meet its 'Ed,' and each other and possibly the server-lady, at its weekly meetings in the club's Paris café.

You will find that your 'Club' may be more value than it costs - which is nothing - even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free. Club meetings are seldom boring, but I don't know if this is a pretended, real or fake 'benefit.'

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

The Café Metropole Club has a membership card, made by my own hand especially for you. Unlike other clubs, this card is completely 'virtual' as you can see here. Ifphoto: virtual membership card you feel the urge, it is possible to print it but it is not absolutely necessary unless you want to carry it around to show to me when you are in Paris.

'Virtual' members who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple reader status to 'virtual'-status by using method you want to use. All 'virtual' members and plain readers who actually show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members, unless they refuse this distinction.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of living 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 forgeries and should not be confused by the sole 'virtual' and unofficial 'real' one, which is this one.

Charter Club Member List

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

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked - someday - via email - 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. Last week's deadline for doing this was a mis-statement. The deadline has been moved to the near future.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

Luckily this 'history' is short. The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The meeting next Thursday will be the club's 28th - clearly over six months' worth.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. April, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is Sainte-Odette's Day - so attending the club meeting will not interfere with any festive rites you may plan to attend.

Be sure to check this week's 'Scene' column for possible festivities you may miss by attending the club's meeting.

The club's 'report' about the next 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 +0100/Summer-Time scheme of things and far, far to the west of Paris. If anyplace to the 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 has a changing roster of regular waiters and you can order anything you want from them because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff like 'onion soup.' The 'Waiter of the Week' will keep a tab on this, for you to pay before you leave.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle.' The café has other areas, including its bar - recently praised by Jerry - 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 still uncertain about where club meetings are held within the café, simply ask any tolerant person standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - "Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?&qout;

['Club' is pronounced 'cloob.' 'Plaît' is pronounced like 'play.' Don't say the 'ît' part. Some members do, and it doesn't make any difference.]

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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