Wobbly Geography

photo: corona terrace, scooter, rain

The geography of a terrace in the rain.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 29. April 2000:- After 29 weekly club meetings you would think I am pretty used to what goes on at the meetings, but this is not the case. Club members who turn up to become 'real' do not fit in any mold.

Hardly any members who come to the meetings are on their first visit to Paris. Some are, and some don't even realize they are coming to a club meeting - like Anne and Will Towler a week ago.

No, most members are old Paris hands. Last Thursday's Rhoda and Jerry Miller were on their fourth visit - but they live close to Paris, in New York.

Due to the usual hoopla of a well-attended club meeting, I think I attributed a false 'home town' to the Millers by placing their Far Rockaway home in the Bronx. Alert club member Jadine Brown from Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York, put me right.

Now that I look closely at Jerry's map in the unofficial members' booklet - it is the booklet'sphoto: bar, serving tray only map - its 'first' map! - I see that he has drawn an arrow from the name 'Far Rockaway' to the top side of a sausage-shape, labelled 'Long Island.'

From my library I find a large-scale map of the New York area and find Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Point and even East Rockaway - and all of these places could have their car burglar alarms set off by low-flying Concordes in high-acceleration mode leaving JFK airport.

Picking up the soup from La Corona's bar.

Although my map does not have enough detail to actually show the location of Far Rockaway itself, I will deduce it is not in the Bronx - which appears to be in the direction of Canada, possibly near Montréal.

R. C. Cofer returned to Thursday's meeting and I told him that I had pinpointed Tampa near Brownsville. While I have the atlas out, I find that Tampa is in fact on the west side of Florida - which means that R. C. Cofer's second explanation of its location - as I understood it - to the east of Orlando, is also off the mark.

These geography lessons are valuable. There are - or were, if south Florida didn't secede last week - 50 states in the US. At the rate I am learning about them, in sort of a patchwork pattern, I will be long-dead before we get around to all the names of the US presidents since Davy Crocket.

With the summer travelling season coming up, more and more 'virtual' members are writing to say they will be coming to club meetings. I read these messages and even reply to them, but I don't memorize them because I'm trying to remember a shopping list.

If you do show up to become 'real' and I don't seem to know who you are, this is my fault because of all your messages I have not memorized, and the shopping lists I've forgotten too.

At the meetings themselves, I do not always have time to read your notations in the unofficialphoto: teapot, cup members' booklet - so sometimes it is not before weeks afterwards that I figure out who you are - and remember the questions I intended to ask.

For British members, the 'soup' can be tea. Note purple-tea tea-bag ticket.

A 'virtual' member in Britain recently wrote to ask if the club has any British members. Charter Member Dr. David 'Deep-Fried Mars Bars' Leslie lives in Glasgow, which is in the UK but not in Britain.

Oops, I have almost made another terrible 'faux-pas.' I was about to write that the club has no members originating in Britain - when the members' booklet tells me Charter Member number 12, Michel Hall, is from Manchester, even if he lives in Paris.

This means that the 'first' for this distinction is now unavailable. If I mention all of the world's corners that are still unrepresented, it will set off a rush for 'firsts,' and this would better be avoided in the name of peace and sanity; two characteristics in short enough supply at your club in Paris.

Some Coming Dates To Note

The café La Corona will be occupied by a movie crew for a couple of days one week in May, so the club's meeting will probably be put forward to a Wednesday. Note that I do not know this exact date.

I will be absent from two meetings - the last one in June andphoto: orange presse the first one in July, which are Thursday, 29. June and Thursday, 6. July. Like many of you, I will be hors-continent until Thursday, 13. July.

If the plane lands on schedule and if I can transfer from its landing place to Eurostar's Paris departure station, and if métro line four is operating correctly, then I will arrive for the club's meeting on Thursday, 13. July, but late.

For members from Florida, spring 'soup' is real orange juice.

This date coincides with the eve of Bastille Day, and is usually reserved for a lot of party-like activities in Paris - which will be more this year on account of its '2000' character.

I do not want to miss this club meeting nor this evening in Paris, nor do I wish to miss the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday, 14. July.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usualin the same place at the same time, rain or shine.


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