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This brings the meeting into a half-hour of overtime without any free beers; but does make it regulation-length, with members present. So I'll skip the Bush's tale of how not to find the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Monsieur Ferrat's eventual contribution to Doug's well-being.

Finally, Chuck shows me his own personal membership card, printed in millions of colors. When I ask him if he wants the club's secretary to sign it - we discover there is no place to do this. This is a club secretary's boo-boo. No doubt about it.

Birthday Party?

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

Therefore, I - who am merely the club's humble secretary with poor handwriting - propose that the next two meetings be used for planning this unique event.

Since it will only happen once, it will surpass even an unusual 'Thing of the Week,' to become the club's 'First Birthday In the Year 2000' - which is the last year of this century without cheers.

This will not be an event to sleep through. Even though I do not expect that there will be any gala fanfare - it will be afternoon after all! - there will be a modest birthday cake at least. Maybe not a whole cake; maybe just an eclair.

Frankly, it can be minuscule, 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 week is still open for planning; and the week after - on Thursday, 5. October - is the date for your club's 'fête.'

Both members and not-yet members should plan to be present on this historic occasion. If you cannot come in person, send a suitable stand-in. The club will provide a chair. If you can not do this either, send a greeting to fellow club members.

Note here that club members are already doing this, so what you want to do now, is not be the last to do it. Not unless you want to be a bit extra early for the club's second birthday.

These will be presented at the meeting - if they are not totally virtual - and will be recorded here or in some other suitable location, provided they arrive in time. On your marks, get set, and send in your emails soon.

I thank you - etc. etc. etc. and Merci!

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

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

For actual real details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain nonsense - 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 are unlikely be quizzed on.

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, 28. September. In Paris this is Saint-Venceslas' Day - he was the Duke of Bohemia; bumped off by his brother, the rotten Boleslav, in 929 and should not be confused with Venceslas 1st, who was not a Polish miner either. The whole rest of the day remains free for other random activities - such as reading year-old weather reports.

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 fair offer to be elsewhere, raincheck 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,
signature, regards, ric

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