Even the 'Bird of the Week'

photo: club group

From left: Donald, Elizabeth, Joanne, Paul, Peter,
Janet and Tom.

Is 'Vachement Cool'

Paris:- Thursday, 23. November 2000:- Although winter is officially programmed to begin about four weeks from now, you can consider that it has arrived in Paris. If there are any surprise tropical spells between now and then, they will be true surprises.

For this reason I do not scout for any meaningful photos in the Rivoli-Châtalet area. I go straight to the club's café La Corona on temporarily dry sidewalks which are hardly wet at all.

In the café - without taking any useless shots ofphoto: joanne fischer its empty terrace for a change - a surprise of another sort awaits. Some tour group has fully booked the club's very own entire reserved area.

An alternate spot has been set aside - but nobody has told some large civilians, who suddenly bolt from their cramped booth into today's designated club area, filling a third of it.

'Nobody jiggled Concorde's big wheel,' Joanne claims.

Although I am the club's secretary and it is my duty to protest against this illegal manoeuvre, I suspect no club members will be present on account of it being World Turkey Day and if anybody is eating one for lunch, they will continue doing that rather than show up.

But your club is dynamic and growing every week, so I don't even get a chance to write down the meeting number and date before members Joanne Fischer and Paul Smith are overwhelming me with reunion noises.

The Houston, Texas couple signed the members' booklet on Thursday, 23. December of last year, and they have been waiting since then to tell me how they survived Paris Great Storm on 26. December - which almost caused them some difficulty in returning to Texas.

Since they have forgone eating turkey to do this, I declare Houston to be the 'City of the Week.' It is a lucky thing I do this because Janet and Tom Doyle from Lagrange, Illinois are right behind them, with the hopes of getting the coveted award for Chicago.

In fact, I have been warned via email by club member Sally Dilgart that she is sending State Attorney Janet Doyle to the club, in order to 'break up the New Jersey putsch' even if she did become a great friend of Eva Lee from Tranquility, New Jersey - a place no otherphoto: paul smith club member from New Jersey seems to have heard of.

Tom says, "We're probably the only lawyers who aren't in Florida this week," which I'm glad to say is not only the first word on the subject, but also the nearly the last.

Paul wanted a jiggle-free ride on Concorde's big wheel, and got one.

Let me back up a bit. Joanne and Paul have told me they have been to Mont Valérien in Suresnes to see the American Military Cemetery there.

Although it is small, it is the only one in France containing the dead of both World Wars, all of them unknown. It is also the only cemetery around with a huge view of all Paris on a fine day.

Across the street from the cemetery there is a restaurant named 'Les Jardins de Camille' and it shares the same view and has good food, they say. The easiest way to get to both the cemetery and the restaurant is to take the métro to Porte d'Auteuil and then take the bus 241 which goes right up there.

After some comments about Halloween still lurking around Paris, we are joined by Peter Malet from Irving near Dallas, Texas, who states that three glasses of wine per day are an existential minimum, but six glasses may wreck your health only slightly more dangerously than not having any wine at all.

As club secretary, I ask him not to use his prescription handwriting to enter himself in thephoto: janet, tom doyle members' booklet, and he cheerfully does not; although slowly. His answer to question four is, "Still thinking about it." Question five he leaves blank.

Janet and Tom may be the only American lawyers not in Florida this week.

Joanne says, "We did not have Thanksgiving today." Not yet, because Paul says he intends to have pintade this evening, even though in Texas it is a 'trash bird.' By this he means it sits up in Texas trees are eats bugs.

My research-source to this sort of French bird is in German and contains no mention of Perlhuhn, which is guinea-fowl or 'hen' in English; and they originated in Africa. None of my books say they eat bugs, but in Texas anything is possible there because it's bigger than France.

About this time I notice a couple in the booth opposite - about one metre away from the club's temporary location - who appear to be future club members and when I ask them this, it turns out they are.

We all welcome Elizabeth and Donald Lilley who are from Novato, California; plus Elizabeth is alsophoto: donald lilley from Bath in Britain. Since the civilians have left by this time, we have five or six whole tables for club space.

High finance is important to today's members, with Peter specifically saying that the 'high' dollar converted into 'low' francs allows him to stay in a hotel with four stars instead of only three. In our temporary club location, I can see the Hôtel des Monnaies on the opposite side of the Seine. How many stars does it have?

Donald says, "Everybody thinks Novato is in Nevada..."

It is also noticed that all members present today come from three big states that are neither New Jersey nor Florida. At the mention of this state, Peter immediately launches an impassioned sales pitch for the Loire valley. "It's even safe enough to drive there," he adds.

Today's members are also consuming next to nothing. When I point this out, Paul says he is 'fasting' in anticipation of the pintade to come - in about three hours.

Across the river, above the Hôtel des Monnaies,photo: elizabeth lilley the sky has quit pressing down on the Quartier Latin and a pale bit of blue sky is showing behind a few leftovers of cloud, coated on their western edges with pink and gold from a setting sun somewhere in the west.

Today's members leap up in a bunch, toss on their wet-weather gear, and rapidly plunge out of the club's café to patiently wander around Paris for a few hours - fasting, I suppose.

"But it is nearly in California's Somona county 'red' district," says Elizabeth.

You know - I really admire the club's members. They may be a little odd, even mildly eccentric, but then so is their club and its secretary. As one of them has put it today - apropos of I don't know what - 'something' is "Vachement cool," which is, of course, an unforgettable 'Quote of the Week.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

True facts about your Café Metropole Paris Club in Paris can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page' rather than virtual rumors.

This 'about' page contains certain notions concerning the free club, which anybody can join. You don't actually need to know any of the club's so-called 'rules', unless you want to know the true details about being a member of the only 'real' Internet club in the world for readers of Metropole Paris.

By hunting around in the 'All Past Issues' file you can also find out all about this club's history. Slightly more than a year's worth of past issues contain 'Updates' of club reports plus hundreds of other unrelated articles and posters and cartoons.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 30. November. If you are in Paris this will no longer be Beaujolais Nouveau Dayphoto: peter malet nor 'Thanksgiving Day.' Instead it will merely be Saint-André's Day, which will be followed by 1. December, also as usual.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it is every Thursday. The time for your club's meeting will continue to be from 15:00 to 17:00 in our Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

"And three glasses of it a day are better
than none," Peter suggests.

Come to the next meeting during its official sub-time zone of the day. All of the rest of Thursday 'before the club' meeting remains free for your other important Paris activities concerning shopping or sightseeing or eating 'trash birds' and will be followed by 'after the club,' when these vital activities can be continued.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet. Important note: the handy métro station Louvre-Rivoli is closed until Wednesday, 13. December.

A bientôt à Paris,
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