"Shop, Mostly for Cognac"

photo: rain outside la corona

Inside, a warm club meeting; outside, rain and
traffic and more rain. Photo©Alan Pavlik

Adrian 'I Love To Eat a Lot' Leeds' Report

Paris:- Thursday, 14. December 2000:- Today's meeting is another one I am not attending as secretary, because my leg in a cast has told me it would rather lie down than peg-leg down and up métro stairs to get to the club.

Fortunately, Adrian 'I Love To Eat a Lot' Leeds has agreeably said she will take over the awesome responsibility of hosting the club's members today - writing down their vital facts and keeping some sort of record of the proceedings.

This she has done and her report has arrived tonight. However, she has also informed me that photos are available - but they will not arrive until later, which turns out to be tomorrow. Without them, the weekly 'update' cannot be nearly instant, so here is the meeting's complete report - sort of - with the regular weekly edition.

Adrian's Report

"This is Adrian 'I Love To Eat a Lot' Leeds reporting on the Café Metropole Club meeting held on Thursday, 14. December in Paris.

"Thanks to Alan Pavlik, a Pasadena, California resident and long-time loyal reader ofphoto: l->r, katharine, marilyn, charlesMetropole Paris with a digital camera, there are photos of today's meeting attached.

"Alan took all the photos except for the one of me and him, and I think Charles took it. We should credit Alan with the photography though because it was his camera.

Left to right: Katharine, Marilyn and Charles. Photo©Alan Pavlik

"As you know, Marilyn Burke and Charles Eitel are established members. Katharine Whipple came to talk to me and ended up really enjoying the club meeting instead. Alan Pavlik is a very loyal follower and sends his fondest regards. He will be back and hopes to meet you if you ever get your leg out of that cast and come to a meeting.

"There were many more 'quotes of the week' than usual. I can't figure out which one was the number one, so here are all of them.

Alan said, "I came to shop, mostly for cognac." Alan, a former English literature teacher, added in a paraphrase of William Blake, "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

Katharine, Marilyn and Adrian, in unison, said, "Somebody's going to count those votes."

About Bill Clinton, Katherine said, "I'd divorce him but I'd still vote for him."

"For a man to marry a second time represents the triumph of hope over experience," Alan said, thinking of Dr. Johnson.

"'City of the Week' - is Pasadena, California," according to Adrian's notes.

"Restaurant recommendations to me, Adrian 'I Love To Eat a Lot' Leeds - is Le Petit Retro and the Toscana which are both in the 16th arrondissement. To be tried at a later date, but not too long from now because I'm getting hungry."

'Ed' interrupts this program because after the plugs for these restaurants there is a list of conversational topics which mainly feature American political figures - going all the way back to Jimmy Carter's 'Lust' statement made about 20 years ago - what were the members' with long memories actually saying?

Whatever is was, the group also touched on sources of French news in English - Radio RFI - and good jazz clubs in Paris, before getting on to the benefits of lower taxes.

There is an attribution here about the tax topic to Charles 'I Voted for Bush' Eitel. Regular readers and club members will no doubt recall that Charles returned to Florida to make sure his mail-in vote for lower taxes was counted.

To top this story up - when Charles arrivedphoto: adrian, alan pavlik in Tampa he found that all of the votes for lower taxes had already been counted, so he immediately returned to Paris in order not to miss a club meeting.

Adrian 'I Love to Eat a Lot' Leeds and Alan Pavlik sit still for one of Alan's photos, possibly shot by Charles.

Katharine's home town is Sausalito, so it makes both of today's new members Californians - although I suspect that Katharine may live in Paris now.

Alan, on his third visit to Paris, expects to do some Christmas shopping. He likes the rain, because there isn't much of it in Los Angeles. He said he doesn't like the smell of diesel fuel here, but other than this nothing 'needs changing.'

He added that he likes drinking cognac more in Paris than in Pasadena because he can do it at the Café Flore.

In Adrian's final note she writes, "Everyone misses you." I suspect what she means is she's tired of keeping track of members' information and writing notes for the 'report.' Simply being a member at meetings is more fun than doing these reports, 'without fiction.'

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 fundamental but vague notions concerning this free club, which anybodyphoto: cafe can join. You don't actually need to know any of the club's discontinued 'rules', unless you want to know the true facts about being a member of the only 'real' Internet club in Paris 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, photos, posters and cartoons.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The Café Metropole Club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 21. December. If you are in Paris it will merely be Saint Pierre Canisius Day, which will be followed by Friday - and not many shopping days left until Christmas.

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 and not 'ECETZ' - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's regular secretary will be attending the coming meeting, cast be damned. Since the date for it falls between Christmas and New Years, the meeting will be one of Paris' few lively events and I don't intend to miss it. I hope you don't either.

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.

A bientôt à Paris,
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