Linda Says, "Full House"

photo: cafe's cafe

Café is the drink of choice with many members.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 15. July 2000:- While I was away in far-off and exotic Canada for a few minutes, the server-lady Linda Thalman graciously acted as the recording secretary for the club's weekly meetings in Paris.

She faithfully attended the past three meetings, urged new members to sign themselves into the members' booklet, took notes of what was said and by whom, and also took photographs of the events.

At this time I have none of this material. When I get it, it will be incorporated into the club's official - such as it is - 'history.' However, I do have dates and names.

Thursday, 29. June:- Club Meeting 38:- As Linda has written, there was a 'full-house' with new members Lisa Breen from Washington, DC and Schuyler Hoffmann from Seattle, Washington. Long-time members Mark Kritz from Santa Cruz, California and Adrian Leeds who lives in Paris, made return visits.

Thursday, 6. July:- Club Meeting 39:- The new member of the week was London-originating Paris resident Chris Arden and Santa Cruz's own Mark Kritz made another repeat visit, with, according to Linda, the 'Poster of the Week.' I have no idea what this may be, but apparently a photographic record exists of it. I hope it is fit to print.

Thursday, 13. July:- Club Meeting 40:- On the eve of Bastille Day, Vivian Borek who has come to Paris more than a dozen times from Boston, Massachusetts was the onlyphoto: cafe's two cafes member in town unentangled enough with Bastille Day to show up. Good for you, Vivian!

This brings the total of signed-up members to 85 which may not seem like a lot to you, but I bet if all of you/us showed up at once we could have quite a party.

Some members order 'refills' but these are not free in Europe.

Judging from a fairly constant stream of emails from members who have signalled a willingness to sign the members' booklet in person, the number would quickly double or triple if everybody could be together in Paris at one time.

Such a number would fill the club's café La Corona, but there would still be room enough left over for the band.

This 'Club News' Page Is Boring

Some members who have not yet attended a club meeting in person in Paris have been complaining that this regular edition 'Club News' is boring.

I agree with them that it is boring to write the 'Club Report' and then write the 'Club News' a few days later. It is a rotten pain in the neck if you really want to know.

I therefore propose that 'Club News' with all its unofficial non-rules and abolished members' titles be transformed into a standing 'About the Club' page, and be stuffed into a handy cellar - while remaining accessible at all times to the idle curious who may stumble upon it by accident.

It will mean that I will have to put in a 'link-back' to Thursday's meeting in every Monday's issue. But hey! This is what the Monday issue is all about - last week in Paris, and last Thursday was one of those last-week days.

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.

photo: cafe's onion soupReaders of the online magazine who have not had a chance to attend 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.

Even hungry members never order refills of onion soup.

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 41 whole meetings; including the ones with no members present.

The club is informal. There is no 'club poem' 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 members. This has happened, usually by accident.

The 'Report' of the Last Meeting With a Report

This is now about four weeks old, so I can't see any reason for doing this unless you were at the 37th meeting and this is your first chance to check out how famous you've become by joining this exclusive club in Paris.

Club Fine-Print Suspended

This was threatened weeks ago, and went into force weeks ago. If you are a demon for boredom and want to read it again, or for the first time, please refer to 'Past Issues' or hit some ofphoto: virtual membership card the links to past 'Club News' pages such as the one below.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Secretary's Note:-The following cannot be suspended because then you wouldn't know about the club's membership card. This is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. This rest of the small print concerning this can still be found on the 'Club News' page where it last appeared. I can tell you right now that having this card in your possession is not officially necessary, and it is unofficially not discouraged.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. July, in Paris. This is Sainte Marina Day in Paris. 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.

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 directions about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on the last 'Club News' page to carry it. The information missing here describes the club's location within the café La Corona. 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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