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This is when today's two sunbeams arrive. One of these is last week's Michelle Royston - this week with her friend, Jennifer Russo-Rogers from Phoenix, Arizona.

How lucky can the club get? If Jennifer hadn't come, then Phoenix wouldn't have become today's official 'City of the Week' - and no other hometown would have got close to it, because they've all had the distinction before.

Both Michelle and Jennifer are taking courses or seeing demonstrations at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. Jennifer runs a catering service in Phoenix and Michelle works in her father's restaurant in Albany.

I don't usually mention details like this but I think it might be important for Americans to know where their young cooks are coming from. This month's fresh specialties according to Cordon Bleu - January's squashes!

The two are going on a tour of Champagne, and a lot of other tours of Paris - plus they are going to some restaurants of course, to eat some souvenirs.

Scoop has fond memories of the Golden Gate Fields racetrack in Albany too, just so long, he says, "As you can find some unbreezy spot." This is followed by more unanswerable questions - such as, is the balloon still flying down at the Parc André Citroen?

Everybody agrees the big wheel at Concorde is still up and spinning and Berta recommendsphoto: michelle royston its stability. "I lost my guts on the roller coaster at Santa Cruz," she says.

Too bad Mark Kritz has already left the meeting, because, except for the roller coaster, everybody thinks Santa Cruz has a fine, old-fashioned amusement park. Also, Mark fails to get his photo in - or even taken.

Michelle tells us where Albany is - but Scoop knows already.

Some sort of club 'first' is achieved after Michelle and Jennifer each come back from their excursions to La Corona's waterworks downstairs.

"The waiters are real friendly here!" one says and the other adds, "They gave each of us a franc piece!" - which is more than good enough for the 'Quote of the Week.'

Right here I need to forget my abject embarrassment for forgetting to mention the need of a franc-piece for ladies, and at the same time salute La Corona's waiters for being so thoughtful - especially Patrick, who has been today's 'Waiter of the Week.'

Repeat Shopping Tip

Paris' Winter Sales - 'Soldes d'Hiver' - began yesterday, on 10. January, the day before the club's meeting today - and continue for six weeks to come. If you hit them soon, you can show off your prizes at a club meeting on Thursday. We will 'ooh' and 'aah' at your boxes too.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain rumors - 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 Club meeting. It will be held on Thursday, 18. January 2001. If you are in Paris it will merely be Sainte-Prisca's Day - which will be followed by Friday, which will be an ordinary Saint-Marius' Day.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it is every Thursday of this 3rd millennium. The time for your club's meeting will continue tophoto: berta's space specs be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'ZMIT' - otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's usual secretary will be making 'report' notes during the coming meeting. Since the date for it falls after New Years is over and before Saint-Valentine's Day, the meeting may be one of Paris' few quieter events - judging from a feeling I have.

Of course, if fewer members are present you will have a greater chance to make your 'Quote of the Week' or be from the 'City of the Week' - so long as I am not asleep.

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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