A Cavalcade of 'Firsts'

photo: quai du louvre, la corona

A 'summer-country' view of La Corona; with its
own green shade.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 10. June 2000:- The major attraction of last Thursday's club meeting was the presence of live members, including two non-readers of the magazine. It is never clear how non-readers turn up for club meetings but they are never turned away.

One unofficial 'rule' is, if there are no members at all, the club's secretary is not allowed to recruit random civilians who may happen to be in the club's café or on its terraces. Not even one.

This ensures that non-readers who become club members are bona-fide and are not 'ringers,' simply added to pump-up the numbers.

Thursday's club meeting featured no 'City of the Week' because everybody present was from either Seattle or Toronto. The 'Food of the Week' was a 'repeater' simply because I forgot to ask what the other dish was. There is no 'Some Sort of Sandwich of the Week' award.

A brilliant 'first' was the 'Nap of the Week!' This is recommended for jet-lagged members so long as they do it elsewhere and don't sleep through the club's meeting.

Denise Wechsler brought her baby and its father, Larry, and club members had the delight of trying to think up names starting with 'C' for it when it is born.

I almost thought 'C' should be 'Name of the Week' but Denise said, "Neh!" Larry said, "There's no 'C' names we like." Denise modified this with, "No, none we like."

Another brilliant 'first' was non-reader Cauleen ordering the 'Beer of the Week.' There is a photo of it on Thursday's meeting report page, so I won't spoil the surprise of it by giving it away here.

The club's secretary - me - made a terrible 'Faux-Pas ofphoto: unknown corona food the Week' by forgetting a member was a member, and it looks like I'll be reminded of this nightmare for years.

'Some Sort of Sandwich of the Week' did not get the 'Food of the Week' award.

Because non-reader Cauleen had done some shopping for lady's clothing before arriving, apparel was discussed, besides being awarded some sort of 'Thing of the Week' distinction, of an equally high level as the 'Drink of the Week.'

The ladies thought that some Paris ladies didn't look right with 'pants spraying on.' They suggested that Parisiennes should get pants which are 'one size bigger.'

This was a general observation I don't particularly agree with, so I didn't mark it down as 'Clothing Tip of the Week.'

There was a freak outbreak of fine weather on Thursday, so when the meeting came to an end, everybody went outside to capture all that was left of it before dark.

About the Club

The Café Metropole Club is merely a meeting place in Paris for the readers of the weekly online magazine Metropole Paris - this magazine! - who happen to be in Paris on a Thursday and are in the vicinity of the club's meeting café at the right time on the right day.

Readers of the online magazine who have not attended a club meeting can become members of the club by inducting themselves into it in the privacy of their own homes, no matter where they live. This is called 'auto-induction.'

Members who have actually arrived in Paris at the club's café can sign the unofficial members' booklet, to become members. Generally, this has no negative effect on your universal rights as human beings or as members.

The club has a long and colorful history and a great number of signed-up members after 35 whole meetings. Non-readers of the online magazine have also become members, sometimes by pure accident.

The club is informal. There is no 'club song' for you to learn. The club's unwritten and unofficial rules state quite clearly that the club has no 'dress-code.' There is no secret handshake or 'high-sign.'

Despite dozens of photos of members at club meetings, some prospective members have wondered about the informality of the club's café waiters. Let me assure all who are reading this that the café La Corona's waiters are professionally turned out and do not wear civilian clothes while on duty.

In the name of the Révolution, in the spirit of republicanism, and with respect towards constitutional monarchies, I now propose to dispense with all notions of excessive grandeur. Welcome to the club, members, even if your are wearing your 1948-model low-rider jeans!

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

There were several new stunning 'Firsts of the Week' last Thursday and every club meeting only happens once. See the unofficial original report of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting, here.

The 'New Version' Club Sub-Clauses

All former highfalutin titles, medals, titles, decorations and all the other baggage of whatnots for members, have been eliminated.

Nobody has objected to the foregoing, so the following proposal is also assumed to have everybody's agreement. Semi-official forms of address such as 'garçon,' 'sir,' 'madame,' 'comrade' and last-but-not-least, 'groupie,' have been stricken from our vocabulary.

The club's secretary is often occupied with wheedling new members into putting their inscriptions into the members' booklet or making notes of the meeting in progress. Members therefore should simply introduce themselves to each other. There is no 'rule' against doing this.

The 'Thing-of-the-Week' Awards

At Café Metropole Club meetings all members are invited to propose their 'Thing-of-the-Week,' be it your home townphoto: paintings on quai du louvre or an item of food or drink or whatever comes to mind. If all present actually hear one of these being uttered, they can propose one of their own - it's only democratic.

Fairly old parts of Paris are right across the Seine from your club's location.

Since the chance of all members actually hearing a 'Thing-of-the-Week' all together at the same time is unlikely, anyone who thinks they may have heard one - even if they said it themselves - should being it to the secretary's attention, if they can get it.

If the club's secretary hears one of these and manages to record it - it is seldom put to a vote because members are usually in agreement weeks in advance anyway. If the secretary hasn't heard it this opens the door more multiple submissions, and may the best one get an award!

The Secretary's Impending 'Holiday'

For more than a dozen years I have gone on holidays by slinging some baggage into a car and simply driving away from Paris for a period of time. This year is an exception.

I have to take an airplane to another continent. I have forgotten how complicated - needlessly! - this can be, compared to jumping into a car or getting on a train.

The most complicated part involves travelling to offshore timezone areas. I have also heard that airlines have only vague notions of 'running on time.' Finally, I have been informed that aircraft arriving at airports do not necessarily land immediately, but may fly around in circles for the simple joy of flying around in circles.

Taking all of this into account - especially the timezones! - it now appears as if my presence at the club meeting on Thursday, 13. July is somewhat doubtful. Here are some meeting dates for you to note:

  • Thursday, 29. June - this meeting's secretary will be the server-lady and club member Linda Thalman.
  • Thursday, 6. July - this meeting's secretary will be the server-lady and club member Linda Thalman again.
  • Thursday,13. July - this meeting's secretary will be Linda Thalman. If I am not present at this meeting, I will be circling lazily over some part of the UK in a long-haul 'Tante Ju' with no landing priority.

This last date - this is not fiction - is the eve of Bastille Day, and will probably be the occasion for a lot of party-like activities in Paris - which may be more extreme this year on account of its '2000' character. If you intend to participate be sure to wear colorful dancing shoes.

I will do what I can not miss this club meeting and this evening in Paris. Moreover, I do not wish to miss the biggest picnic in the entire history of the whole world on Friday, 14. July.

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

The Boilerplate Is Suspended

The club's usual 'boilerplate cop-out' can still be found on the fourphoto: virtual membership card weeks before last's 'Club News' page. Prospective new members may want to give this a glance before taking a flying leap into club membership.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Here is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. This rest of the blah-blah concerning this can still be found on the four weeks before last's 'Club News' page. I can tell you right now that having this card in your possession is not officially necessary, but it is not discouraged. Unofficially, of course.

How To Contact a Fellow Club Member

Write to me with the name of the reader or club member you wish to contact. I will then write to this reader or club member and ask her or him if they are in agreement or not. I pass the response back to you. This makes inter-reader or member contacts up to you.

Both reader and member name-and-email lists are not for any sort of distribution to anybody not involved with Metropole Paris or the Café Metropole Club.

Trivial 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 15. June, in Paris. This is Sainte-Germaine's Day in Paris but it is not a public holiday. If you need to celebrate this day all the same, remember that after subtracting club time, there are still 22 hours left on this day for other celebrations.

The club's 'report' about the next meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time. This may still be Thursday in your timezone but most likely it will be Friday unless I sprint-write. Lacking proper racing glasses for this, I seldom do it.

What, Where, When, How?

photo: location map, la coronaHere 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 usual poobah about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on the four weeks before last's 'Club News' page. For those too indifferent to hit this link, the information missing here describes the club's location within the café La Corona. This can be condensed to: ask at the bar or go to the rear of the large dining room.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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