'Not Boring' Says Non-Member

photo: louvre terrace, la corona

In the entire café, only the club's secretary was inside.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 22. July 2000:- On I. July, I wrote, "Large numbers of the magazine's readers have written 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 added, "Next time."

Frankly, the 'number' of readers who do this is not 'large,' but they are really real.

By incredible co-incidence, today the Internet has brought me a communication from one of these 'not large number' of potential members:

Email from George R. Broadhead. Sent via the Internet: Saturday, 22. July 2000:-

"Those who find the Cafe' Metropole Club News boring are probably the same people who felt they were losing their virtual status to upstarts who became real members by accidentally walking into the Café-Tabac La Corona during a Thursday meeting.

"Reading about sorting out membership categories might have been boring, but for the fact your tongue in cheek descriptions made for an enjoyable read.

"Following my two most recent visits to Paris in the Summer of '99 and Spring of 2000 - during much of the rain - I discovered the 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' and the Café Metropole Club.

"It dawned on me that I may have passed the Café-Tabac La Corona in April while a 'real meeting' was in session. At the time I resisted the temptation to quench my thirstphoto: a nous paris, orange juice then and there, because I thought, I didn't come to Paris to sit among fellow Americans or Englishmen.

"Last Summer in Paris, I joined the American Legion Post No. 1, founded shortly after the end of the First World War in 1918. There is a little more thirst quenching there than I prefer.

"Once again, it seems you have resolved the problem for those who enjoy every word relating to Paris, and for those who may feel they won't be in Paris anytime soon. Were they to show up one Thursday, how quickly they would anticipate the report of activities on that occasion.

"I will cite an example why the report of those meetings and the photographs are so meaningful. Following my last trip to Paris, I decided to find an apartment to rent for more extended visits. I recently retired from Newhouse Newspapers-Condé Nast, and have decided to realize my dream of being an ex-pat in Paris - or l/2 an ex-pat - for a few months a year.

"I contacted a gentleman - you may be a better judge of this - through an advertisement in 'France Today.' Timing for renting one of his apartment's was not right, but I felt he is the person I would contact first in the future.

"Then perusing back issues of your 'meetings' I saw a picture of Mark Kritz, and that was confirmation enough for me that I was dealing through email and over the telephone with an individual, not a real estate consortium.

"So, whatever you decide, please don't exclude the meeting news.

"You might pass on a suggestion for your readers. I printed the page with the membership card on a coated stock paper, filled it in, and had it laminated. Although I was being facetious, to show-off when I do arrive for a meeting at the Café-Tabac La Corona, it impressed the hell out of a date I took to a local French restaurant in Beverly Hills, California."

"Thanks again, Cordially, George R. Broadhead"

Astonished Reaction

Obviously I have been wasting my time trying to convince 'Metropole Paris' readers that their club in Paris is boring, even if not a single one of them happened to be in Paris near the club's café during last Thursday's meeting.

It was a beautiful day in Paris and I do not, not for one tiny moment, begrudge any of you for finding someplace better - sunnier - to spend it.

In case any readers or members are interested, Mr.Broadhead also passed on the new address of the American Legion Post No. 1 in Paris. It is located at 22-24. Boulevard Diderot, near Gare de Lyon. Paris 12. Tel.: 01 44 74 73 42.

I also think Mr.Broadhead's tip to make a super reproduction of the club's membership card shows amazing ingenuity. It is such a good idea, especially for impressing ladies - in Beverly Hills, California - that I may make up one for myself. You'd think I already have one, but I never imagined they could be put to such good use.

Members Present While I Was Not

I've decided to run this list again, because I have received further information since last week.

Thursday, 29. June:- Club Meeting 38:- Linda, the server-lady, wrote that there was a 'full-house' with new members Lisa Breen from Washington, DC and Schuyler Hoffmann from Seattle, Washington. Long-timephoto: linda, mark, poster of the week, gary tredeau 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' own Mark Kritz made a repeat visit, with, according to Linda, the 'Poster of the Week.' This week the mystery photo is here, and I assume new club member Chris Arden popped the shutter-release.

Linda and Mark, with Gary Tredeau's 'Le Tour de Java' poster.

A note added to Chris Arden's inscription said I should look at the Independent Media Center Web site. I did this, and it features up-to-date news about France's 'bonne bouffe' hero, José Bové, plus news from all over the world concerning activities in opposition to the 'mal bouf'.'

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 only member in town unentangled enough with Bastille Day to show up. Good show, Vivian!

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 members of the club by inducting themselves into it in the privacy of their own homes, no matter where they live. Becoming a member has no negative effect on your universal rights as human beings or as readers.

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 ring or other jive. Non-readers of the online magazine have also become members.

The 'Report' of the Last Meeting With a Report

See above.

Club Fine-Print Suspended

This was threatened weeks ago, and went into force weeks ago. If you are a demon for large-size fine-print and want to read it again, or for the first time, please refer to 'Past Issues' or hit some of the links to past 'Club News' pages such asphoto: virtual membership card the one above. Or is it '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 argle-bargle concerning this can still be found on the 'Club News' page where it last appeared, but be sure to read Mr. Broadhead's tip above for a positive new wrinkle - which could change your whole life.

Otherwise, 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, 27. July, in Paris. This is Sainte Nathalie's Day in Paris. If you need to observe the conventions of this day all the same remember that after subtracting club time, there are still several hours left on this day for other activities.

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
Next Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00. In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The directions about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on the last 'Club News' page to carry them. 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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