'No Doctors, No Lawyers!'

photo: club area in corona, empty

The club's area, while no members are temporarily present.

Is Not a Club 'Rule'

Paris:- Thursday, 27. July 2000:- Parisians I talk to are getting somewhat dubious about the summer weather. It says, "Rain and cold; a really rotten July," on Le Parisien's front page today.

It isn't actually all that cold. Today's predicted high is 20 C. On the other hand, I don't think 20 C. is all that warm either. Warm or cold doesn't keep me from going to today's club meeting though.

On the way, along the Quai du Louvre, many of the fast-food places between the two real cafés at either end of the block seem to have plenty of customers sitting outside. Just before three in the afternoon must be snack time.

In La Corona, a couple with two kids are having a late lunch - right smack-dab at the club's table. They probablyphoto: non-photo of new member wonder why, out of all the other free places in the café, I choose to sit beside them. Maybe they don't even notice.

As usual I write the date in the members' booklet. The 'club news' booklet is full, so I start number two with the meeting number and date too. With optimism.

Donna's chair in the club, while she is not sitting on it.

This is rewarded, after the couple with kids leave, by a lady asking the club's waiter of the day, if I am the 'club.' The club's 'Waiter of the Week' is Patrick Le Cam, who has already shooed non-club members out of the club's section. Patrick has never been the club's unofficial waiter before because Thursday is his normal day off.

Donna is a bit tentative about joining the club. Except for Patrick, we are nearly the only people in the whole 'grande salle.' She almost says, "Is this it?" but doesn't.

I tell her some members wait until 16:45 to come. Others write to say they're coming and don't. Some who are not even readers of the magazine, do come and join. The club has all types, I explain.

Donna has come to attend a club meeting without ever having written, but she has read Metropole at least once. She comes from Waterbury, Connecticut by way of three years in Boston, Massachusetts.

When I say 'Waterbury, Connecticut' has become the 'City of the Week' she wants to know why. I explain it is because Boston has already been 'City of the Week.' I am not positive about this, but don't feel like searching through the database.

Waterbury is okay, she finally says, because the movie 'Stanley and Iris' was filmed there, but she doesn't know the name of the director.

Donna was in Paris for the first time in May, to look for an apartment, because she is moving here with her companion whose company is shifting him to Paris to work.

She says, about the May visit, "I couldn't stop smiling. The Eiffel Tower! - it doesn't seem real, after seeing it in movies and on TV."

In May the couple found a 'dream' apartment, but they didn't move quite fast enough to lock it up, and a couple from Germany got it instead. Now it's back to making the rounds - looking at a half-dozen apartments each day.

One Parisian apartment owner asked the couple if they were doctors or lawyers. "I hatephoto: waiter patrick le cam doctors and lawyers," he said. My apartment's owners are doctors, and they're fine as landlords.

Another apartment owner rejected the couple's cast-iron bid because the companion's company had one poor quarterly report. Apartment owners in Paris can be fussy.

Since the quote above is second-hand, I declare that "I couldn't stop smiling." be the 'Quote of the Week.'

Patrick Le Cam, the 'Waiter of the Week' says, "Jamais le jeudi."

We have such an intense discussion about apartment-hunting in Paris that we forget to have any 'Drink of the Week.' I only remember this after Donna leaves for an appointment. The 'Waiter of the Week' brings me my usual café, but I don't feel it's fair to give it any club distinction.

Because she was dubious about it, there is no photo of Donna here. To be completely on the up-and-up, I didn't take any of her. But even without a photo, she is a brand new and bona-fide member of the Café Metropole Club.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 3. August. Time is really moving along. At this rate the summer will be over before it gets started. It'll be too bad if we have to say the Year 2000 only had three seasons: fall-winter-fall.

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 nearly empty, like today - but the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm.

There may still be some people who claim the name of La Corona is really 'Le Corona' because this is how it is spelled wrong on the café's several awnings.

La Corona is a 'Café-Tabac' which means it sells tobacco products; this is what 'Tabac' means. Today I bought some matches and happened to notice that the café hasphoto: la corona cigars cigars for sale - specifically, 'La Corona' cigars. I hope this sets the record straight, once and for all.

After 'Corona' beer, La Corona features 'La Corona' cigars.

Come to the next meeting just as you are - especially if you can. If you do not actually intend to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for this week's general club's news, which contains some tips by Mr. Broadhead for club members.

Its other 'news' is an update concerning the new members who came to the club while I was recently on holidays. Especially interesting is the photo of the 'Poster of the Week' guy.

Last week I wrote that Monday's 'club news' may not be available this week in Metropole's regular edition, because I'm thinking of making it into a standing file like the 'About Metropole' page. This has turned out not to be the case because I'm still thinking about it.

The café's location remains:

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

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