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Halfway through the meeting two more new members roll up, to fill the expansion of the club's tables, which is nearing two digits-worth. These are Phyllis Rembert and Greg Holt from New York. I always ask about New York now, and learn that they are from the Manhattan part of it.

Greg sent an email a couple of days ago, so his actual arrival at the club is a small surprise. In his message, he said there are no kids in Manhattan - and today he says he hasn't seen many in Paris.

There is a real kid sitting in a booth right behind Greg's shoulder and I point this out. But he is right, it is school vacation time and a lot of Paris kids have been shipped out of town to keep their grandparents amused during the holidays.

Cindy or Scott ask me 'how to get to Orsay,' or the Orangerie to see Monet's water lilies. I'm really glad most members don't ask me hard questions - like how to find posters that were on view last May.

There is such a lot of talk flying around thatphoto: cuban cigar in corona I don't find out if Chad and Greg learn that they're both looking for jazz, or music places in Paris - but Chad has told me there's a club in the same street as his hotel.

Even dented cigar tubes still work if they are made in Cuba.

The real reason for Paris is something Greg has to show us all. It is a dented metal Churchill-sized tube with 'Romeo y Julieta' lettered on it. Pablo unscrews its cap and a half-smoked cigar the size of a small log slides out.

This is Greg's big discovery. "It's legal!" he exclaims, adding, "You can even smoke it in a restaurant, with a cognac!"

This makes me take a close look to see what the new members have written in the members' booklet. Usually there's a grumble or two about Paris' smokey atmosphere, but this week it's all very upbeat.

Chad has merely made a lowkey wish that 'bars add some smoke-eaters.'

I take this to mean that today's group of new members are here mainly for their New Years' parties. Some wiggly Paris streets without numbers or letters for names and a little Cuban cigar smoke in jazz clubs is not going to seriously stop anybody from having a good time.

Shopping Tip

Paris' Winter Sales - 'Soldes d'Hiver' - begin on Wednesday, 10. January - the day before the club's Thursday, 11. January meeting - and continue for six weeks afterwards. First come, first served, but don't forget to take a rest at the club's meeting on Thursday.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain weekly gossip - 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.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

But if you choose to skip the 'about the club' stuff you have to read this, because it is about the next Café Metropole Clubphoto: alaska, photo c wagner meeting. It will be held on Thursday, 4. January 2001. If you are in Paris it will merely be the first Saint-Odlion's Day in the next millennium - which will be followed by Friday, which will be an ordinary one as usual.

A typical Alaskan traffic-jam involves pipe-laying vehicules.
Photo: Chad Wagner©2000

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 again be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'TIMEX' - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's regular secretary will be taking notes during the coming meeting as is becoming usual again. Since the date for it falls after New Years is over and after 2001 has finally begun, the meeting may be one of Paris' few lively events if there are any awake as well as active members left in town.

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,
signature, regards, ric

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