'Was Ist Plop?'

photo: club group photo of the week

Today's entire club group wouldn't sit still.

'Plop Ist Kein Flop!'

Paris:- Thursday, 26. October 2000:- Just so nobody can say the weekly club 'report' failed to mention the weather, I will mention it. This morning started out unpromising and then turned agreeable, almost; and got used to this and continued with it.

In non-technical terms, the above translates into average temperatures for a Thursday with 26. October as the date in Paris; with some wind, and with modest sunshine, some average clouds and no rain.

After taking photos of two posters on the way to the club this afternoon, all I have to worry about is the camera signalling a weakening set of batteries. This has happened on club days before, so it is not surprising; it is almost even routine.

But it keeps me from taking any photos of the outdoor bazar that is surrounding Samaritaine for some unknown reason. It's just as well because no photos of this would be any good because of the huge contrast.

Continuing with economy, I do not do take the café La Corona's traditional weekly photo; partlyphoto: club bottles because a perfectly good one ran with last week's club 'report' as you no doubt remember well.

The server-lady, Linda Thalman, is the first member to arrive and she is followed by Adrian 'I love to eat' Leeds. Instead of discussing vital club affairs they choose to talk about falling asleep on local commuter trains, and what happens to you if the train guys park it on a siding for the night.

There is a glitter in the air and I finally track it down to Adrian 'I love to eat' Leeds' ten fingernails. The last time I looked they were green, so when I ask about this she tells me she has '50 or 60' colors available, and does her own repaints at will.

Obviously things have changed in the world since the Wall came down in '89. Red is no longer the preferred fingernail color of choice.

Today's first new member is Sigrid, who sometimes lives in Paris, but comes from Flensburg - which is the last place in Germany before Denmark starts. For obvious reasons, Flensburg becomes the club's 'City of the Week' even though I have never been there.

In case you doubt the eligibility of Flensburg, there are no less than four important reasons for this city to get the club's coveted award. The first is 'Arumum,' which is a local, very high-test rum, which features Flensburg's incomparable water.

The second is Flensburg's beer. It's brewery was too poor to switch to bottle caps, so it kept the ancient flip-tops and when everybody in Hamburg got tired of their two varieties of beer - made with Elbe water - they switched to Flensburg's flip-tops, which are not only easy to open but they are easy to close again in case you need to take a rest from drinking beer.

Sigrid corrects my 'flip-top' theory by saying, "It is 'Plop.'"

Flensburg's other claim to fame is the fact that it is where all German drivers' black points are stored. Nobody, not even Flensburgers, know why. Finally, Flensburg is also the home of Germany's Beate Uhse SA, the huge mail-order porn company that is now quoted on the Frankfurt stock exchange. Is Flensburg a winner or not?

Brand-new member Marilyn Burke is from Cliffside Park in New Jersey. Since I couldn't find Eva Lee's Tranquilityphoto: club glass in New Jersey last week while writing the 'report,' Marilyn says Cliffside Park is easy to find. "It is directly across from 125th Street in Manhattan."

When I try to find out if the two ladies from Jersey are rooting for the Mets to win the World Series, Marilyn says, "I've never been to Brooklyn in my life," but adds, 'yeah,' she'll be a Mets fan for the meeting's duration.

The only thing missing from this La Corona gin and tonic, is gin.

Thea and Dan Robertson wheel in from Crockett, California. Dan sent me an email to say they were coming; but I didn't answer it until last night so he doesn't know it isn't necessary to send me emails to say members are coming to meetings.

For some reason, Patrick, the club's 'Waiter of the Week' has let two civilians take up one of the club's tables. This means that today's entire membership is squeezed into the remaining area of three tables, to where the soft drink umbrellas are usually stored in the corner.

This causes a big upset when I have to get up and take the 'report's' semi-official photos; with bottles and glasses sliding all over the place and general pandemonium - which makes the club seem kind of exciting for a change.

Dan Robertson suggested in his email message that the Café Metropole Club start up branch outlets, with the first one being in San Francisco. Although I don't think I'll have time to go there to witness the meetings so I can write their club 'reports,' I'm all for the idea.

Sigrid says Paris has a smell all of its own, that 'you get as soon as you step off the train at Gare du Nord.' I don't think it smells like it used to in the station since it became a 'no smoking' zone, but outside the station - yes - Paris does smell like itself.

It seems to me that many more smokers are on the streets since it was banned in the métro, along with all of the people rushing out of buildings to get better portable phone reception, or rub their toothaches.

I drop into Adrian 'I love to eat' Leeds saying, "They do a mean leg of lamb with garlic," and when I try to find out what this is about, she turns to me and orders me to start taste-testing Paris' cafés for their café.

But I also hear her say, "When I'm not eating my five restaurant-testing meals a week, I just have an omelette in a brasserie."

I'm not sure I could survive on only five cafés a week. I wonder why she can't road-test all the omelettes she eats 'in brasseries,' because, like café, somebody might actually like them.

But I doubt it, because Adrian 'I love to eat' Leeds says, "I import all my coffee from New Orleans."

Oh, I almost forget. The server-lady Linda Thalman has come to the meeting wearing her brand-new andphoto: fff server lady official 1998 French World Cup team shirt. "Allez Les Bleues!" she says, apparently unaware 'Les Bleues' won and became heros for a night and a day.

As usual, when the club's meeting is heading for 17:25 my notes get kind of sketchy from overtime fever or something. All members and the secretary agree to continue club meetings; with some agreeing that next Thursday would be a good time to start.

Linda's brand-new 1998 official 'F.F.F.' shirt.

With Sigrid, Eva Lee and Marilyn who 'lives right across from 125th Street in Manhattan,' we all cross the Pont des Arts to the Quartier Latin while the Paris sky puts on a fine and mellow show of the sun going down behind the Tour Eiffel.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Find out about the club's incredibly long history which is less than two years in length since its historic beginning by consulting the 'All Past Issues' file, which provides links to all past issues with 'Club Reports' plus hundreds of other unrelated 'past issues.'

Actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain bushwah - in Paris, can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

This 'about' page contains precise notions about the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and other free but needless column-filler - none of which you actually need to know, unless you want to impress your friends and neighbors who only saw the Louvre in Paris.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 2. November. If you are in Paris this is the day after Toussaint and is simply called 'Défunts' - which simply means 'dead.' Although simple, I don't know what this means in terms of Saint's days.

All of Thursday 'before the club' meeting remains free for your other vital Paris activities and will be followedphoto: club cafe by 'after the club,' when you can continue these vital activities.

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like it is every Thursday - 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 if your clock has only about 12 numbers, Roman or Arabic, showing on it.

Come to the next meeting during its official hours. If you come at some other time the club's café will still be in operation, but will not have any members uttering unforgettable 'Quotes of the Week' and 'New Words of the Week' that are unique features of some club meetings like today's 'Plop.'

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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