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

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I will recommend this - for its stunningly original new 'first' - so if you want to read last Thursday's original report, then you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which has richer 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 'virtual' online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are visiting Paris to really meet its 'Ed,' and each other 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. 'Free' in the sense of the club, means it is more than worthless because it is priceless.

Club meetings are seldom boring, unless only the club's unofficial secretary is present. We all should do 'our best' to avoid a situation like this.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Here is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. Unlike other clubs' cards, this 'card' is completely 'virtual' as you can see here. It is possible to print it but it is not absolutely necessary unless you want to carry it around to as company for your plastic cards.

Metropole readers who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting in Paris in person can upgradephoto: virtual membership card from their simple reader status to 'virtual-member' status by using any method you want to use, including the usual recognized forms of classic voodoo.

All 'virtual' members and plain readers who actually show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members, unless they wish to refuse this distinction on the grounds they have forgotten to bring a writing instrument.

*'Exclusive' means that the Café Metropole Club in Paris accepts any sort of live human beings from any part of our general planet as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be authentic are actually virtual or pirate copies and should not be confused with the sole 'virtual' and unofficial 'real' one, which is this one here.

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 legible the semi-official members' booklet.

'Real' members will be asked - someday - via email - if they wish to have their email addresses passed on to other 'real' members, in a joint list. If not in agreement, the member's name will be on the distributed list, without their email address.

This reminds me for the 88th time that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it. The deadline has been placed in the near future, which is currently unobtainable.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The weekly meeting next Thursday will be the club's 31th. Your club in Paris now has 67 'real,' signed-up members.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. May, in Paris. This is Sainte-Estelle's Day - so attendance at the club meeting may possibly interfere with any festive rites you may be planning.

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 your timezone to the east of Paris, the report may not be online before Friday.

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 - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00.
In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club has a rotating set of friendly waiters. You can order anything you want from them because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff named 'Banana Slips.' The 'Waiter of the Week' will keep a precise tab on this, for you to settle before you leave.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of La Corona's big 'salle.' The café has several other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' two terraces, and a downstairs waterworks part, but none of these are where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them - except for, maybe, the vital downstairs part.

If you are still uncertain about where club meetings are held within the café, simply ask any friendly person standing behind La Corona's bar - in any language that suits you - "Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?"

An alternative is to ask for 'Mr. Internet,' but this nickname is 'cruel-shoes' and if you need to use it, I'd rather not know about it.

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

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