'Movie of the Week'

photo: meeting begin, club terrace

La Corona's terrace at the beginning of today's meeting.

Followed by 'Album of the Week'

Paris:- Thursday, 1. June 2000:- Because Paris has finally gotten a weather forecast worth looking forward to, I bound out of bed 38 minutes after the clock-radio has been blaring the tennis news - mainly that there may be some today after yesterday's total rain-out.

The forecast isn't all rosy - the prediction is only for this afternoon to hit 28, then 25 for tomorrow, before a weekend of the usual freezing late-spring droopiness.

Today is also a holiday, for some - and some will make a 'bridge' out of Friday and have a whole four days to wheel around to the furthest points of France before all rushing back together on Sunday evening.

The first signal outside says the thermometre has not budged a millimetre since yesterday. But it is early hours - relatively - still.

Oddly, Le Parisien is not jubilant about this long weekend. No 'bons plans' are offered, and whenphoto: club cafe bar I turn to page 23, the big events mentioned are Johnny's show on Saturday 10. June and the Fête de la Musique on the 21st. Where is today?

No matter, today is really Café Metropole Club day and naturally, lesser events pale in comparison to this.

La Corona's fabulous and spacy bar - your club's area is behind it.

The first event to pale is my usual métro entry being closed. Uh-oh, line four has been having problems - I better catch the bus instead. No buses are in sight - right! - it's a holiday; so it's back to the métro's main entry, and hey! - s'all right, there's a train, but with no musicians and few fellow travellers.

Put a bit behind time by this, I skip the usual tour on Rivoli and forget about looking for the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.' There are a lot of people by the Pont Neuf and along the Quai du Louvre. On La Corona's terrace, few are outside. The wind from the east is a bit chilly.

This explains why there are a lot of hungry non-club members inside the big 'salle.' My timing is lucky and I 'squat' three entire tables, to hold them for club members.

I note down the date in the unofficial members' booklet and do the same with the unofficial meeting 'reports' booklet. Then, since it seems as if I have a moment to spare, I read the métro's paper, 'A Nous à Paris,' but skip most of the three pages of 'tennis-at-Roland-Garros news.'

I read all the movie reviews. Gérard Jugnot's 'Meilleur Espoir Féminin' is getting raves. They say he has 'matured.' He started out acting in 'Les Bronzés' - a spoof on the Club Med - but he's been making interesting movies for years

I read the other entertainment news. The album of the week is by 'Dimitriphoto: club secretary's table from Paris' and is called 'A Night at the Playboy Mansion,' which is spelled 'Madison.' Then I read the RATP's PR part. I read some of the classified ads and scan the jobs section too.

All tidy and ready for action - without even making a 'Café-blot of the Week.'

Everybody wants somebody to work on the telephone; either selling telephones or explaining why the portable telephone bills are so outrageous. There's even an ad for people who don't have anybody to call on portable phones - promising very low rates - probably for life.

With some surprise, I see the hands on my watch are telling me the meeting is half over. So far, no 'Food of the Week,' no 'Quote of the Week,' and no home-town for the 'City of the Week.' I should have looked for the 'Fiat 500 of the Week' after all.

It has gotten lighter outside and La Corona's terrace is getting full. From the bent leaves on the trees I can see that the east wind still has an upper hand.

Here is a chance for impressionistic philosophizing. I know it is a chance, but cool ideas are not at the rendez-vous. Two guys outside have gotten big beers and open-face hot sandwiches served on boards.

Then two girls come along and stop to read the menu on a blackboard. One has a back-pack big enough to hold a small mountain. They cannot decide. The guys - chivalry! - have not even tried their sandwiches, give them rave notices.

The girls go, they come back; they look at the menu again. The guys can't wait any longer, so they start eating. The girls hesitate some more then finally get the packs off and take the next table. It is sunnier; it must be warmer too.

The club's waiter says there are not many members today. I have noticed this too. I congratulate himphoto: empty glasses, la corona on having a full-house. He says it was empty just before I came - the café did a roaring business for 75 minutes.

Vessels emptied by non-members who were in the café in droves.

On the way out it looks like the terraces are still doing okay. The back-pack girls are still talking to the sandwich guys. Because of the holiday, people are sprinting over the street from the other side. Normally, doing this is like flirting with harakiri. I hope none of them are club members.

Without all the 'Things-of-the-Week' to write up, I decide to take the bus back. I get a whole three seats in the back and the bus does a mystery tour up the Rue Saint-Jacques, to avoid the holiday road-works on the Boulevard Saint-Michel.

The evening's TV-weather news predicts highs of 28, again, for Paris on Friday. No excuses for postponing this from today are given. I don't know why I don't get used to accepting this 'news' as fiction. I must be an optimist.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 8. June, which happens to be Saint-Médard's day in Paris. If it seems to be Thursday and you happen to be at loose ends, come to the meeting.

But if you don't have the good luck to be in Paris, but you do remember it is the day for your club's meeting - wherever you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day in Paris again!"

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open on both outside terraces as usual, plusphoto: meeting end, club terrace all of its inside places, next Thursday - so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm, depending on which sort of hourglass you may have.

The same terrace as at the top - but after today's club meeting.

Come anyway you are, especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for this week's general club's news. In particular, try to pay extra attention to the part about members.

Monday's 'club news' will be available next week in Metropole's regular edition, pretty much as usual.

The café's location is still:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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