'Huge Success of the Week'

photo: sunny la corona

This is La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace, dozing under a shady plane tree.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 1. July 2000:- As of the last meeting I attended as 'secretary' of the Café Metropole Club, it had 81 members inscribed in its unofficial members' booklet, after 38 weekly meetings.

This may not seem to be a lot to you, but it amounts to 2.13 new members per meeting. This figure counts non-readers of Metropole who were dragged to meetings against their will, but does not count members who came to several meetings on purpose - and there were several of you who did this.

A large number of the magazine's readers also wrote to say they were in Paris but did not come to meetings for a variety of valid reasons, such as being unable to locate the Pont-Neuf or the Louvre. They invariably wrote, 'Next time.'

Other readers are confused about the day and the time. Meetings are held on Thursdays, which admittedly is an odd day. It comes after Wednesday and before Friday, and is not to be confused by the day after Monday.

The Paris European time of 15:00 translates into the non-metric time of 3 pm. If you see a clock or if you have a watch with hands, the big one will be on '12' and the little one will point somewhere near '3.' If the clock is wrong or stopped, or if you put your watch on backwards, I cannot help you.

The reason for having a club in Paris for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' is to have fun. That's it. All the stuff below is plastic-filler chips.

Mumbo-Jumbo Fine-Print Is Reinstated

Its exclusion was threatened last week, and this week it goes into remission. Here it is for you to read it again, or for the first time. Included here, there is no need for you to refer to 'Past Issues.'

About the Club

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

Readers of the online magazine who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting can become membersphoto: corona empties of the club by inducting themselves into it in the privacy of their own homes, no matter where they live.

First-time visitors who can find 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 readers.

The club has a long and colorful history and a great number of signed-up members after 39 whole meetings; including several with no members present.

The club is informal. There is no 'club team-chant' for you to learn. The club's unwritten and unofficial rules state quite clearly that the club has no 'dress-code.' There is no unofficial secret handclasp or 'high-fives-sign.' Non-readers of the online magazine can also become signed-in unofficial members. This has happened, usually by accident.

Café Metropole Club Benefits

The 'Club' has no actual real, subtly implied or virtual benefits. Its sole purpose is to offer an opportunity for all readers to meet each other and me, the 'Ed' of this online weekly magazine about Paris, in Paris.

So that no one is excluded by virtue of not being in Paris, 'virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged. It is not necessary to be in Paris - even 'virtually' - if you wish to do this. Possession of the unofficial 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The 'Café Metropole Club' held its first meeting in the café La Corona in Paris on Thursday, 14. October 1999. The second gathering was held on Thursday, 21. October of the same year. The third session was held on Thursday, 28. October, and so on and so forth.

The Last Meeting To Have An Original 'Report'

Due to the usual European schmozzle of summer holidays, there may be not 'report' for the latest meeting. Instead see the last unofficial original report of the last meeting for which a report was written..

The Club Is Not 'On Holiday' But The Secretary Is

For the first time in 14 years I have left the continent for a short holiday, which is permitted according to international labor laws. During this time club meetings continue with the server-lady Linda Thalman sitting in as the official unofficial club secretary's replacement club secretary.

The following club meetings affected:

  • 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. Three times is lucky! If I am not present at this meeting, it will be because I am circling lazily over some part of Europe while striking air-traffic controllers try to find alternate landing spots in Africa.

This last date above is the eve of Bastille Day, and will probably be the occasion for a lot of party-likephoto: corona pie 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 and stout 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.

Details about this were scarce before I left. Elsewhere in this week's issue there will be links back to this time last year, plus tips for finding out more for this year, for those who are in Paris.

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

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is outstanding value for what it costs even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free.

Its single purpose is to offer an opportunity for the readers of Metropole to meet its 'Ed' and each other at its weekly meetings - or see him quietly reading Le Parisien, if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club, Part 2

With its 39th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club continues exist, but it is extremely long and possibly boring to those whose names are not in it yet. Extremely ancient versions of its 'History' do remain online - written in illegible sanskrit - somewhere in 'All Past Issues,' where they can be found included in each issue's contents, I think.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Even though there has not been any 'popular demand' for membership cards lately, 'due to popular demand' here it is again. I include the old and slightly ragged virtual Café Metropole Club membership card here because if I don't you won't know what one looks like.

Now that it is here, I expect there will be no objections to it in one form or another. As I am unready forphoto: virtual membership card these, you needn't bother. The new card is only for diehard fans who want a membership card. If you don't have one when visiting the club, don't worry; nobody will ask to see it.

You will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card. If you want to carry around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it. Do this by hitting your 'P' button.

The only tangible thing of any kind about the club is this card, and it almost isn't real. When it was first displayed here, I expected that aspiring members would simply clip it off their screens. Other members, who may have tried this, have told me this tends to ruin monitors.

Once printed, simply cut it out along the dotted line I have failed to indicate - you can imagine about where it is. When trimmed, it should be about the size of a standard plastic card. It is not plastic, however, so do not try to use it to withdraw money from an ATM.

A 'text-only' version of the card is still acceptable for use by folks who have no 'P' button and no printer. For folks without electricity, printing by candlelight is acceptable

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of people as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the 'real' virtual one which is not fake.

Unimportant PR Information

For some months now I used to say that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is not necessary. This really only applies to next Monday's edition, which will not be, because of 'Ed's holiday.

Be darn sure to read every page of Metropole every Monday and especially next Monday, 17. July for the latest update news of the club's latest meeting, if available.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. July, in Paris. This is the Sainte-Marietta's Day in Paris. If you need to celebrate this day remember that after subtracting club time, there will still be 178 days left on this day until New Year's Eve.

The club's 'report' about the next meeting is unlikely to be put online before the secretary's return from holidays. I haven't figured out this part yet, so you'll just have to wait until the Monday, 17. July issue of Metropole to find out.

Stand-in club secretary and bona-fide member, the ever-enthusiastic server-lady Linda Thalman, may write a report - but I think her Cadillac Ranch will be keeping her busy, probably cutting some large amounts of grass which grows ultra rapidly in summer.

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
In non-metric terms, especially in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

La Corona has a small 'salle' just off the bar and a large 'salle' behind the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south. The club meetings are held at the rear of the big 'salle.' This can be summed up as: ask at the bar or go behind it into the 'grande salle.' The way is signposted.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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