Your Club Turns 50!

photo: club secretary solo

The club's secretary writes the date in the 'reports'
booklet without looking it up.

50th Meeting Precedes Birthday Meeting

Paris:- Thursday, 14. September 2000:- Last night's TV-weather news forecast has been bamboozled again by the weather, which has perversely decided to be great and sunny. Everybody is complaining bitterly about it and wishing they were fog-bound in the Baltic.

All the motorists, all with full tanks, are all bottling up the Quai du Louvre; sunroofs open, talking on their phones, idling their gases to form a wall of smog between La Corona's terrace and the Seine.

The bouquinistes who were so clearly obvious last week, are once again hidden behind ugly trucks and crowded buses this week. For a while after my arrival for today's club meeting, Patrick and I stand in the doorway and look at this scene of monster and exhausting metaldom.

He tells me that some drivers are outrageous. He says he saw one get out of his car and beat a pedestrian to pulp, just because the hapless stroller brushed against the driver's car which was halfway into a crosswalk.

I'm not sure I believe this. I used to be a motorist myself once. Patrick, who is the club's 'Waiter of the Week,' says he has a car but doesn't drive it anywhere. We agree this is a perfectly good use for cars; as long as they are in a parking place safe from tickets.

After I have spent some time writing down club notes - today'sphoto: waiter reading class ads date, for example - the server-lady Linda Thalman comes in. This makes her rare visits mount up to two weeks in a row, so I guess the thing of the week is 'Two Weeks In a Row.'

Today, if she's brought her portable phone, she doesn't show me how it works with a dead battery like she did last week. She asks me how many readers have written to say they are coming today who haven't shown up.

Today's waiter, Patrick, reads the classified ads.

To the first part of the question I have no idea, but a glance around the café seems to indicate that of the ones who may have written, plus all those who haven't, all of them have decided to be somewhere else.

This leads directly into a discussion of what sort of a place Ulan Bator would be to visit. Since neither of us know much about Mongolia, this line of conversation fades out pretty quickly.

Without discussing it in advance, we both accidently order the same drinks as last week. This is how Orangina and a carafe of water with a bottle of tonic become the week's 'Same Drinks As Last Week.'

Let me tell you, it is hard to think these up without any old or new members, except for Linda, present. The club has gone through periods like this before in its 50 weeks of existence, so I know what it's like.

In another three weeks the Café Metropole Club will have its first birthday. This will be a time for great rejoicing and the occasion of a grand 'fête' - provided some members are present.

Therefore, I - who am merely the club's humble but unofficial 'unofficial' secretary - propose that the next two meetings be used for planning this unique event. Since it will only happen once, it will surpass the usual 'Thing of the Week,' to become the club's 'First Birthday In the Year 2000.'

This will not be an event to sleep through. Even though I do not expect that fireworks will be launched from the Square du Vert Galant at the tip of the Ile de la Cité opposite the club - it will be afternoon after all! - there will be a modest birthday cake at least.

Frankly, it can be modest, in keeping with the club's 'free' nature; but also because it only has to support one candle, or as they are called in Paris, one 'bougie.'

That's it then. The next two weeks are for planning; and the third - on Thursday, 5. October - is for the grand 'fête.'

Send in your ideas today for the birthday plans. Both members and not-yet members should planphoto: theusual fare to be present on this historic occasion. If you cannot come in person, send a suitable substitute. If you can not do this either, send a greeting to fellow club members.

These will be presented at the meeting, and will be recorded here or in some other suitable location, provided they arrive in time. On your marks, turn off the Olympic program on your televisions, get set, and send in your emails right now.

Today's club drinks are the same as last week's. Only the photo is new.

I thank you, the club's secretary thanks you, all the 'Waiters of the Week' thank you, and the entire staff - including the downstairs part - of the club's host café in Paris, the Café-Tabac La Corona, thanks you too. Merci!

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out about the club's history up until now, you should consult the 'All Past Issues' file, which provides links to all past issues with 'Club Reports.'

For actual current details about your Café Metropole Parisphoto: non member not in club Club in Paris, please read 'About the Café Metropole Club,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

This 'about' page contains all the details of the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and other free but needless information - none of which you really need to know but may be quizzed on.

An innocent non-member takes in today's sunshine in the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny.

Despite possible quizzes, look at this page anyway, unless you have temporarily remembered all these details in order to avoid looking at this page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 21. September. Although this is Saint-Matthieu's Day in Paris, the whole rest of the day remains free for other random activities - such as reading 'All Past Issues.'

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like today - and the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Come to the next meeting during its official hours. If you get a better offer to be elsewhere, decline it.

The café's location is:

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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