"Mostly To Eat!"

photo: la corona terrace

La Corona's terrace in late afternoon.

Co-Hosts Have a Full House

Paris:- Thursday, 7. December 2000:- This is the date of the most recent club meeting. Exactly one week earlier, the club's secretary fell victim to a 'frontal pratfall' - an oxymoron noted in emails by some readers as well as members - but not so far off from what it was.

Thus it was today that I was not at the club. As I write this, I don't even remember today, probably because the weekly meetings have become so much a part of my life that I don't have one if I don't attend a meeting.

I cannot even tell you what the weather was like. It has been mild in Paris - 'temperatures higher than normal' - but it has been raining too. Today might have been the day I decided to photograph wet sidewalks for the 'Walking Like a Penguin' feature. It could have been another day though.

Today's club meeting, its 10th in its second year of weekly meetings, was co-hosted by the server-lady Linda Thalman and her sidekick, Adrian 'I Love to Eat' Leeds.

Linda has sent me the notes she made, so I get to write up the meeting's 'report' just as if I were there. This is going to take a bit more imagination than usual and my light bulb is not lit.

Jackie and Dan Bennett contributed the 'City of the Week' which is Alexander City, Alabama. Not content with this, Jackie also uttered the 'Quote of the Week,' which was "We've come to Paris to eat and drink - mostly to eat!"

While I was not there, the 'Question of the Week' was about my origins. This was apparently triggered by my apparent lack of precise knowledge of Thanksgiving, which is more real than 'apparent.'

As many Metropole readers know, nearly everything about Metropole is explained in 'About Metropole' - whichphoto: tarte and tea also supplies a clue about my calculating Thanksgiving's date as the November Thursday following Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

This simple memory-aid does not work for Thanksgiving in Canada, which is usually in late July unless the weather is still 'bad-sledding,' as they jokingly say up there above the 49th parallel, which is really not much further north than Paris.

Jennifer Huxta came all the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her first visit to Paris and took the opportunity to become a signed-up club member. Jennifer has an unusual mail-name that doesn't quite go together with her aversion to being 'pushed into métro wagons,' which she noted for the new members' question number four.

Two new members were Paris residents. These were PY Nicole Chang, originally from Connecticut, and Alison Kim who has temporarily given up residence in New York City.

Repeating members were Marilyn Burke and Charles Eitel, who were at the previous week's meeting and were the last to see the secretary in person; and Eileen De Micco, who signed the members' booklet at the 2. November meeting.

'Good Time' Charles ordered a bottle of wine, probably late in the proceedings, because Linda's notes say the meeting continued 30 minutes into overtime. There is no mention of Marilyn remembering to have the Irish Coffee that she spotted in the café a week earlier.

Linda and Adrian did a credible job getting the meeting's notes together, but since they took the weekly photos with old-fashioned film-type cameras, these have not showed up yet.

This means that new member PY Nicole Chang's photo is not here because I don't know if her eyes are open or closed. If closed, the club is not allowed to publish her photo.

As a rule the secretary publishes no photos of club members with their eyes closed. Some of them may have looked like they are asleep, but these were probably examples of life's little lapses that seldom last longer than a blink. In general, nobody sleeps at club meetings.

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 disinformation.

This 'about' page contains certain hazy but fundamental notions concerning this free club, which anybody can join. Youphoto: glasses and orangina don't actually need to know any of the club's discontinued '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 which is also free.

By hunting around in the 'All Past Issues' maze of files you can also find out all about this club's history. A bit more than a year's worth of past issues contain 'Updates' of club reports and photos of the club in action, 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, 14. December. If you are in Paris it will merely be Sainte-Odile's Day, which will be followed by Friday, also as usual.

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

At the time of the concoction of this report, it is unknown if I - the club's regular secretary - will be attending the coming meeting. I'm having trouble deciding whether to bring a boring leg in a cast with me.

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 - predicted to be closed until Wednesday, 13. December - may still be closed.

A bientôt à Paris,
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