The 'Meeting of the Week'

photo: the big group of the week

In today's big group photo not everybody is even in it.

Members Blitz Secretary

Paris:- Thursday, 27. September 2001:- It is safe to admit that the temperatures are warmer in Paris. Yessir, they are rising and are headed for 20 whole degrees alright. Yesterday's near tropical downpour was a bit of a surprise though, with the deeper puddles around the Madeleine submerging some of Europe's smaller cars.

I think, if I can remember the latest forecast correctly, that maybe it might be more sunny tomorrow - in the morning or afternoon - I'm not sure which, because it wasn't clear when the next little wet front is going to arrive from northern Portugal.

Tonight there was no forecast for the weekend. This can only mean that the situation is pretty 'iffy.' No use looking in Le Parisien, because its forecasts were for Seine-et-Marne yesterday, thephoto: full beer, clubs bic pen Ile-de-France today, and who-knows-where tomorrow.

Future temperatures are a mystery too, because France-Météo is 'on strike' for this part of the forecast. My best guess is that we'll have to go outside and look at the sky, and guess really hard.

One of several 'Beers of the Week,' plus the club's official Bic pen.

If you are expecting a 'Sports Roundup' to follow the weather here, you will be disappointed. First off, after PSG scored a lone and late goal against Bulgaria the other night, the stadium's lights went out - the game was in Bulgaria, possibly in Sofia - and that ended the game.

The Bulgarians asked for a replay of the whole thing, but the football nabobs decided that PSG could de declared the winner. I think this is a suitable end to the 'Sports Roundup' that isn't supposed to be here anyhow.

Today's first new members arrive about one minute before the meeting's official beginning, but they are accepted as 'new' members anyway - because I am sure they might be the only members present.

After all, it is nice outside, after that awful rain yesterday. The new members are Nicole Enderle and Steve Dorland, from Erie, Colorado. To their surprise, I declare Erie to be the 'City of the Week' without even asking if it is a city. After last week's no 'City of the Week' fiasco I'm taking no chances.

The couple have been celebrating Steve's first trip to Europe, on the occasion of their tenth wedding anniversary, and for this they've come straight from the Oktoberfest in Munich, where Stevephoto: nicole, steve, david, sue, jerry failed to try out one of my former favorite beers, Paulaner. They didn't stay in Munich too long because there are no free hotel rooms within 500 kilometres, which is a well-known quaint European custom during each year's Oktoberfest.

Trick photo captures three out of five new members - sort of.

I do not get a chance to tell them about the bridge that sleeps nine under it up in Schwabing, nor the cellar in the Turkenstraße, before Terri Minami and John Lawton arrive almost a year to the day after their last visit to the club.

And before I can learn much about most transatlantic flights being full at the moment, another couple arrive, saying, "We are the Bumps!" Sure enough they are - Sue and Jerry Bump, who joined the club a few weeks ago.

They are closely followed by Betty and Jerry Blizin, who were at last week's meeting. Hard on their heels is David Leeds, who is a brand-new member today. David lives in Paris, and has done so for a long enough time to not propose some other 'home town.'

David does letter-stuffing for the service organization known as 'WICE,' which used to mean 'Women Interested in Caring for Elephants' but now means 'service.' WICE has a big program of Paris activities, for everybody.

"I've been here a week already and I haven't had an Orangina," John Lawton says, while he orders a coca light. For some reason somebody else is looking at an 'addition' ticket, mumbling, "What's this - what's 52 francs?"

I fear it may be a 'medium' coca but all is well, because they didn't order the 'big' one. By 15:30 a rough count puts the members present total at ten - even though I haven't mentioned that many names here yet. But wait, there's more.

Sally Dilgart wanders in ten minutes later after an extended lunch at the Palais Royal's Grand Véfour, which has four stars and four wine-glass signs. This place used to be known as the Café de Chartres before hastily changing its name to Véfour in 1820.

Sally has thoughtfully brought me another box of Frango mint-chocolates from Chicago, with premature Halloween designs on them.

Well, hmm. There are mentions of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and bears in Colorado, as well as coyotes in Florida - and some agreement that wild animals are tired of being pushed around, and want to retire where the action is.

Other than this, Nicole thinks it is very humid here - compared to Colorado. Somebody says, "Heavens to murg," and while I try to find out what this means, the members say another 500 or 1000 words, easily outpacing my capacity to record them here.

Cheryl Sylvester and Richard Miller make a return appearance after a year's absence. They have droppedphoto: frango in today, before going on to the Loire valley where there is more sanity than in Paris.

For 'Frango' details, see one of the year-old club 'reports.'

The arrival order is hopelessly scrambled. Michele Royston has arrived near the beginning of the meeting, Sue and Doug Fuss sometime near the middle, and Betty and Jerry Blizin not too long after them - but I've already mentioned them, haven't I?

This gives two ladies from Newport Beach in California the chance to arrive last, but still quite some time before the end of the meeting. However I do not see what they've put into the membership booklet, until it is too late to ask them exactly how to spell their names.

Because - oh yes, there has to be a silly excuse! - I try to urge all of the 16 or 17 members present to move themselves out to La Corona's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.'

Unknown to me, the 'Waiter of the Week' - who is also unknown to me - thinks everybody is leaving and attempts to collect the tabs, which causes some to stay behind to try and pay their shares. Other members simply do not know what is going on, and feel like sitting out the dance.

Looking through the camera's tiny little itty-bitty viewfinder at the horde of members does not tell me how many they are, but I can see some of them are happy about something. Whoever they are I made sure they are within the frame and pop off some rapid shots.

All in all, all I can say is, it has been the 'Meeting of the Week.'

Last Week's 'No City of the Week'

This wasn't a mistake, but Jerry Bump reminded me today that Lago Vista, Texas should have been the 'City of the Week' in the report for the meeting in the issue 6.35, on Thursday, 30. August.

It has taken 15 minutes of high-tech text-snoop track-down to verify this true fact, and oncephoto: l'addition, cash, beer the offending report has been identified, I have discovered that Sanibel, Florida was a candidate too.

How lucky we are then, despite the numbers of members present today, to have the clearly unique Erie, Colorado as this week's 'City of the Week.'

Mess of French money meant to pay mess of today's 'les additions.'

When I get out of La Corona, I pass Betty and Jerry Blizin sitting on one of the benches on the Pont des Arts, where they are comfortably waiting for the sun to go down.

Café Metropole Club Anniversary

The very first club meeting was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so I suggest that the club's 2nd anniversary be celebrated during the meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October.

If as many members show up for the anniversary meeting as for today's, 'Smarties' will be served instead of a cake.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out minor other stuff concerning what this is about - if you really feel up to it - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which will also explain exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to learn that you can become a member of this online magazine's club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. Other 'new rules' pop up occasionally, but they are suppressed without mercy.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 4. October, which is on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint Francis of Assisi's Day, throughout the world I think.

The following day will be Friday as always happens in an usual week. Make the most of it - there will only be 13 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is on all weeks with Thursdays orphoto: la corona Fridays. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'DOGK' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrical 24-hour time.

For members with short memories - the club's café, La Corona.

The club's secretary, known laughingly as 'Ed' will be making some 'report' notes during the next meeting. It is merely an oddball club ritual, like water-writing.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' for consideration or even fabricate any other 'Things of the Week.' Any old thing is eligible. Having these on hand may be significant enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report.'

Your thoughtful comments, invented or not, will be heartily received by the other members present - and all readers of this online magazine with the true and free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members of some club in the only city in the world known as Paris, France.

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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