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During the past 103 meetings since club meeting number one, there have been too many other 'firsts' to mention here, which is in itself a 'first' since 'firsts' are always mentioned.

The same goes for the weekly 'Cities of the Week,' the 'Food of the Week' and of course, the 'Drinks of the Week,' not to explicitly mention all of the other 'Things of the Week' including the much beloved 'Quotes of the Week.'

The 'first' of these is worth recalling, because it sums up the club's philosophy. Technically, it was a 'Question of the Week,' but it was within quote-signs, so it is eligible. "Why does Paris have ugly dirt?"

I can remember it like it was yesterday and I still don't know the answer.

The club's secretary not knowing an answer to a simple question is completely normal for the club too. It permits the club to operate without a nominal head-cheese - which Charles De Gaulle said couldn't be done anyhow. At least, not in France.

So, your Café Metropole Club shambles bravely on from glory to glory, week after blinking week. During the past 104 weeks the Internet has risen like a phoenix, burned its wings and floated back to earth - while your club keeps on ticking like an old-fashioned Timex watch, too silly to have a dead battery.

You - members! - keep winding it up. You ought to, not only because its free, but because it is your club in Paris.

I have almost forgotten the club's 'Waiters of the Week.' Although these hardy souls cannot escapephoto: hand carved hound mascot being randomly assigned the club's meeting area in the café, they have carried out members' orders with aplomb and velocity, good humor and courage. The secretary considers all of them to be bona-fide members in good standing.

Jay Barrios hand-carved the club's mascot just in time for the start of the club's 3rd year. How did we manage without one?

The other staff and the management of the club's café, La Corona, are also saluted for working in and running a fine joint in the very middle of Paris. The pleasant lady who oversees the waterworks in the café's cellar deserves a special mention too - if for no other reason than she hasn't seen the light of day in 43 years.

And, I suppose, this constitutes an answer to an oft-asked question - 'Why was La Corona chosen to be the Café Metropole Club's clubhouse?'

It might not be a correct answer or a very good one - but this is only because neither is the club's secretary either.

The Next Meeting Is the Club's Anniversary

The very first club meeting was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so the club's 2nd anniversary will be celebrated during the meeting next Thursday, on 11. October. It will be the club's 105th meeting and the first in its third year of existence.

Since it is possible that more than two members may show up for this unique anniversary meeting, 'Smarties' will be served instead of a cake, for a change. Members will not be discouraged from bringing personal diet food if unallowed 'Smarties' but should remember that everything unconsumed must be removed.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out other minor 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.

For a total recap of the club's entire history, the 'report' of every meeting remains online and these can be freely consulted without paying any sort of entertainment fee.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The anniversary Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 11. October, which is actually on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Firmin's Day, in Paris and in France.

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

For all members who flubbed their photos of the secretary, here is a recent shot by one who didn't.

The club's secretary, now known as howling-dog 'Ed,' might be making some 'report' notes during the anniversary meeting. Without these, it would be like it never happened.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Year' or come with your own 'City of the Year' or even fabricate any other 'Things of the Year.' Any dern thing is eligible. Having something on hand may be significant enough to get it mentioned in this special meeting's anniversary club 'report.'

Your comments, thoughtful or not, will be warmly received by the other members present if they hear them - and all readers of this online magazine with the authentic and free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members of some dizzy 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,
signature, regards, ric

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