Métro, Clubo, Dodo

photo: corona, salles pour groupes

See what the awning says - 'Salles pour Groupes!'

No 'Nothing of the Week'

Paris:- Thursday, 20. July 2000:- On account of it being such a nice day and all, I came to today's club meeting by way of the Champs-Elysées. Somewhere up there I even found the métro's paper, 'A Nous Paris.'

This turned out to be a doubly 'good thing' because it contained even more information about our métro's hundredth birthday. For example, did you know that stations like Cité and Saint-Michel are always on 'flood alert' because of the 1910 flood?

I was able to learn this vital tidbit on account of no members being present at today's meeting. In addition to no members, there were no other civilian customers in La Corona's 'Grande Salle' either.

By 16:45 poor Mr. Ferrat was stifling yawns. Every time he did it I had to do it too.

The beginning looked promising. The Louvre-facing Amiral Coligny terrace was full, and thirsty potential customers were even standing in a sort of line waiting for a free seat.

But around the corner on the Quai du Louvre side, the terrace was only about 7.5 percent full. This wasn'tphoto: empty grande salle because of traffic noise - it was just shadier. No matter that the other people on the other terrace were all under the Corona's awning or under parasols.

Even a big fraction of the 'Grande Salle' has nobody in it.

After reading all of 'A Nous Paris,' I read a entire brochure of 106 pages about 'Balades en Seine-et-Marne.' If it isn't raining out there, it looks like a good place to see some new things like castles and other mediaeval stuff.

While turning pages I had time left over to guess that club members who might have been at today's 41st meeting of the club were off somewhere else enjoying the second nice-weather day in a row in Paris.

There's no sense in writing a lot about nothing, because it's still nice outside, so I am not going to make up a lot of spurious details like what sort of orange drink I had or how many times I yawned after Mr. Ferrat yawned.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 27. July. Forget what saint's day this will be because I'm not going to look it up. I'm pretty sure nobody celebrates these things anyway.

Next week the café La Corona meeting place will again be open on both outside terraces like today - plus all of its inside places which may be totally empty, like today - 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.

If your watch is goofy on account of changing a lot of time zones like I did recently in order to get to the club, just look around a see if you can't spot a public clock. I know, I know thesephoto: a nous paris, orange juice are never where you want them when you need them, but look anyway.

Come as 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, which is just as nearly boring as usual.

Now that I think of it - the orange drink might have been named 'Joker.'

Its 'news' is the names of the new members who came to the club while I was recently on holidays. The photos make it look like you had fun without me. Especially the 'Poster of the Week' guy.

Monday's 'club news' may not be available next week in Metropole's regular edition, because I'm thinking of making it into a standing file like the 'About Metropole' page. If I get around to remembering to do it.

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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