'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 ru this list again, because I have received further information since last week.


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