The Club's 2nd 'Blot of the Week'

photo: edna, bob, berta, sam, lynn, charles, eva, scoop

The ice cream sign in today's group photo is not
the club's 2nd 'Blot of the Week.'

New Jersey Gets New Award Too

Paris:- Thursday, 31. May 2001:- Since yesterday's temperatures touched nearly 29 degrees it has cooled off a lot. With a breezy wind from the north-northwest, I have taken the precaution of adding a thin but extra layer of clothing.

Most of the rest of the world thinks it is still summer but in fact this rare season is officially still three weeks off. For readers and all club members, Paris' weather is probably perfectly okay today.

Unofficially, with the six-day burst of summer-like weather, retailers began to try and float their unsold stocks of 2001-model spring gear by whacking 10 or 20 percent off prices - and clever Parisians have been snapping stuff up on the off chance that there will actually be a spring season in 2002.

For the first time in several weeks, when I breeze into the café La Corona along with thephoto: cafe blotch of the week wind, Patrick the waiter is glum because there is no 'il y a du monde' already waiting.

'Aha!' I think. This will give me a chance to get set up so I can be ready and waiting for the weekly onslaught. Better yet - Monsieur Ferrat, the club's other 'Waiter of the Week,' has totally arranged the club's area in the 'Grande Salle' just so neatly that I am flabbergasted.

Here is the club's 2nd 'Blot of the Week,' in the members' booklet of all places.

The tables and chairs are lined up straight. Grains of salt and bread crumbs are absent. It is total fineness, and it is the first time in 86 meetings that the club's area has looked like the club's area. Oh, it is so good!

It is only after I have entered the official stats into the member's booklet and the meeting 'reports' booklet that members Edna and Bob Bradley arrive, followed by the return of Charles Eitel.

He has returned from looking at castles in New Jersey, which are not as inexpensive as he thought they might be. Yessir, thisphoto: drink of the week, perrier club meeting's semi-fixture will soon be living in a medium-castle on the west side of the Atlantic.

"Just when I've figured out the métro in only three and a half years - it's time to go," he says.

If it wasn't Perrier, it could be the 'Drink of the Week,' but it isn't.

The Bradleys are from an even higher-rent part of the United States, but they are staying in Paris another couple of weeks, so they don't care.

While they are discussing the difference between 'fixer-up' houses on the two coasts, which is about a million dollars, Berta and Scoop Maginniss arrive and triumphantly announce they are an unscheduled 'out-of-season' visit to Paris to buy a home here.

This gives Charles the snits. Scoop Maginniss, original member number 27, also sort of has the snits too. "They are running at Longchamps as I speak. I'm losing a fortune!" he says.

Although there is horse racing all over and all around Paris at this time, Longchamp only seems to have races on Thursdays. Scoop tries to convince me a club meeting should be held at the track.

It is a darn good idea. But so many new members have problems finding the centre of Paris where the club's café is located, my responsibility is to get them here, to La Corona, and not get them lost in the vast Bois de Boulogne, looking for a huge and beautiful racetrack.

But maybe - just maybe - the club could hold a bonus meeting out at the track. Who will vote 'yes' to do this?

Eva Lee arrives, followed by to-become members Lynn and Sam Bergner from - from - from Edison, New Jersey. I don'tphoto: adding up l'addition exactly hear this, but now I understand what the big roar was about and why Sam said he knew where Tranquility is.

Just like in the Casbah, some members haggle over the monster 'addition.' They are free to do this.

I heard 'Edison' when my attention was elsewhere. Where exactly was it? I remember - it was on Charles, who has taken out a small tablecloth of a handkerchief and mopped up my unintentional but self-made café 'Blot of the Week' in the members' booklet.

Had he not bothered, the new blot would have matched the blot in members' booklet number one, made on the sign-in page of member number 52, Jeff Thompson of Stillwater, Oklahoma - within half a page of his drawing of 'Lum the Insatiable,' drawn on 19. May 2000 by Jeff's own hand.

The club has many 'firsts' so I guess this new blot is another one of them. Talking about real estate both in Paris and elsewhere is not a 'first,' even though today's membership does a lot of this.

After unintentionally saying something embarrassing, Eva covers up by praising the 360 degree wide-angle view one can have from the balloon ride at the Parc André Citroën. She says you get a whole 20 minutes in the air, but part of it involves going up and coming down again.

Part of a club meeting also involves getting the members unlocked from their table positions. Instead of the total shock of going immediately out on the terrace, I suggest on the half-measure of doing it in the club's area.

This has the effect of getting everybody disarranged enough to be willing to go outside, and outside we go. Thus, this meeting's 'first' is the fact that it has two sets of group photos, plus Eva has the idea that an ice cream sign should be in one of them.

Do not look for deep psychological meaningsphoto: l'addition here. It is only an ice cream sign belonging to La Corona, which happens to be placed near the Quai du Louvre roadway, to annoy hot and bothered drivers who are stuck in their habitual traffic jam.

You thought I was kidding? Just look at this monster pile of French money, and sugar lumps!

Afterwards the remaining time of today's club meeting goes somewhere, never to return, and the members begin the tedious process of deciding how to pay for the shockingly high tab.

I mean, what have I seen? My café and one bottle of Perrier, and they are doling out cash as if the club's meeting has been held at the real Ritz in the Place Vendôme instead of in its café beside the Louvre and the Seine.

Scoop has advice for Charles, "If you are going back to New Jersey you are going to have to get used to tipping again. Less than 20 percent, you get nothing."

When the pile of cash is totteringly complete, Charles notices an abandoned small pot half-full of wine. "Who left this red wine?" he asks. "That's like a sin!" He makes it gone in a wink.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Even if all the expired 'rules' and other so-called 'information' is completely useless, you can count on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to tell you where to find the club in Paris, and the day and time of the meetings.

If you have a feeling you don't know all of this already, it might a good idea to look at this page at least once more. Of course, if you are not coming to a club meeting, looking at this page is more than totally useless.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 7. June, which is a week from today. In France this is also the day known as Saint-Gilbert, but it will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you don't remember who he was.

Luckily, the day after will be just another ordinary Saint-Médard's day, which is named after a famous church at the foot of the Rue Mouffetard.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is all the time as well as every Thursday. Your club's meeting time will again be from 15:00 to 17:00 inphoto: bonus group photo Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'ZFOT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

For the truest fans - the 2nd 'Group Photo of the Week.'

The club's secretary, also known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but there's no need to pay any attention to this because 'Ed' writes fewer notes than members say words, and none at all if neither of the club's two official pens are handy.

Have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or propose your own new 'City of the Week' - golly, I forgot! This week's 'City of the Week' is Edison, New Jersey. Hey Edison, you got it!

Or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' especially if you want to become well-known on account of maybe having these things mentioned in a meeting's club 'report' like this one.

Share your words of wisdom with other members - and all readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who insist on being members - even if it is nearly free except for 'l'addition' - and if they are in Paris.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
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