The Club Meeting In New York

photo: grand epicerie, bon marche

One of Paris' less than typical grocery stores - at
the Bon Marché.

Help From Members Required

Paris:- Friday, 30. November 2001:- For a reason that seemed pretty good at the time, it has been decided that the year's last Café Metropole Club meeting will be held in the Manhattan area of New York City on Thursday, 27. December.

Club members in the Tri-State area have been sent email invitations to this meeting and a good number of them have replied. Even those who can't come - because they will be in Paris! - have indicated that holding a meeting in New York is a good idea.

The club's secretary still thinks so too, but he is a bit worried about finding a suitable placephoto: terrace, cafe le lodi to hold the meeting. Several members are thinking very hard about this, but there's room for more brainpower to be focused on this problem.

'Not to be found in Manhattan?' - Le Café Lodi's terrace on the Quai du Louvre.

The reason you come to Paris may be because it isn't like New York. I seem to have been taking the club's café in Paris - La Corona - somewhat for granted. It has only been after searching around a bit, that I've found that New York seems to have no equivalent of La Corona, or hundreds of other cafés like it in Paris.

This means that this extraordinary club meeting may not find itself in a 'French' sort of establishment because these seem to be mostly 'bistro'- type restaurants.

If possible, the meeting should be able to happen much the same as it does in Paris. The time of the meeting should be suitable for members to attend the meeting, and the place should be large enough to hold all the members who attend.

Members should not be required to have a meal, but there should be refreshments available. Since meetings in Paris can go into overtime, this eventuality should be possible in New York too.

Please send in your ideas and suggestions soon, so the club's secretary can quit worrying about this nerve-wracking bit of minor detail.

Not Very-Old Historical Background

The secretary of the Café Metropole Club and the 'ed' of Metropole Paris were sitting around together a couple of months ago, idly turning tin and wire Champagne cork-stoppers into turtles, when one of them said, "Let's hold a club meeting in New York City."

Then nothing happened for a long time except for the creation of many more tin-lidded wire-legged turtles.

Making these might be a great pastime on a desert island, but not in Paris or in New York. So 'Ed,' I think it was, went and bought a ticket to New York while deciding at the same time - with the club secretary's agreement - that the club meeting in Manhattan should be the last of the year, on Thursday, 27. December.

Everybody agrees this is a good date, in principle. Although it will be on a weekday like all Thursdays, it will be between Christmas and New Years.

Some club members and readers may not be working, and some readers who are not yet clubphoto: three wines, in lodi members may be visiting New York at the same time and joining the club in New York could save them taking a tedious transatlantic flight to Paris.

Typical club decor in Paris during club meetings.

So the chosen date may be better than, say, the coming Saint-Valentine's Day, which is not a holiday even if it is on a Thursday. It might be a suitable day to have a 'Love In' in Paris instead of a meeting, but since this will be way off in 2002 the idea for it will be written on a Post-It and put on 'hold' with a 'turtle.'

So back to the New York idea - the club's secretary put down the tin and wire turtles and brought the club membership list up to date, in order to send out emails to members living in the New York area.

After a bunch of these were emailed - with only two 'bounces!' - another batch was sent when it was learned that some of the two-letter state abbreviations were for neighboring states not near Canada even though it can be seen from some parts of New York state.

All Welcome To Attend the New York Meeting

Any reader or club member can come to the meeting in New York, from anywhere in the world, even from both parts of Canada.

The secretary is looking forward to a lot of new members signing the members' booklet, which will be brought across the wide Atlantic Ocean to New York for this very purpose.

What Sort of Meeting Time Is Suitable?

A clever club member has written to sayphoto: paris italian deli that the correct time of day for the meeting might be called 'Happy Hour' in New York. As I understand it, this is when two-for-one- priced drinks are available because joints having 'Happy Hours' would otherwise be empty.

Since Paris has Italian delis like New York, the City should have cafés like in Paris. I think.

While 'Happy Hour' might be a good time of day for a club's meeting, having one in a place that has to stoop to having 'Happy Hours' might not be so good.

Wanted - One Place To Meet in Manhattan

Restaurants are probably unsuitable, mainly because they expect diners to sit at fairly small tables and eat a lot. Dinner service also begins at 6 pm - when a club meeting might end - but what if the meeting goes on a bit longer? Restaurants also require reservations - who knows how many of us may turn up?

My dim memory recalls that some hotels used to have fairly large lounges. Do these still exist? Does anybody know of a comfortable one?

If not, have you any other ideas?

Let's think about this a bit. If we can't get a French-type place for the meeting, we'll have to get something else. If there aren't any Paris-type cafés, then somewhere else will have to do.

The Club's New York Meeting 'Report'

In theory, this will be done as usual after the meeting and put online as usual, within Metropole's regular 6.51/52 issue. But it has to be considered that this special meeting will slurp over into overtime, and taking into account the six-hour time difference, the 'report' will probably be a bit late getting online.

The other purpose of this extreme change of venue is to produce a 'Paris In New York' issue of Metropole Paris. All suggestions furthering this purposephoto: bistro table, chairs will be welcome as well.

The 'Paris In New York' features will appear in Metropole's issue 7.01/02, which is expected to be put online on Monday, 7. January 2002.

Terraces might be too cold in New York in December. They are too cold in Paris too, even if they are heated like this one.

This project will be another 'first' for your online magazine about Paris. To make it a major 'first' I am relying on you, both readers of the magazine, and members of the Café Metropole Club. I am looking forward to seeing you in New York City.

The Club's Meeting In Paris On 27. December

This has not been canceled yet because one of the club's members in Paris is considering hosting this meeting. If this is the case, the meeting will be held at the regular time in the café La Corona. Names of members who attend will be sent to New York for inclusion in the day's meeting 'report' which may turn out to be a transatlantic one.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn some other stuff concerning what this free club is about if you really feel you need to - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This explains where to find the club's usual meeting place in Paris.

You will also be able to find out how you can become a member of this online magazine's cozy club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. 'No rules' have been the club 'rule' for some time now.

The Time and Place of the Next Meeting In Paris

The meeting place in Le Café Lodi will be open as it is nearly every week with a Thursday. Yourphoto: quai du louvre, rain club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and stretch out to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'UFUF' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without boringly simple metrical 24-hour time.

Some people prefer the fall season, if it happens to be on the Quai du Louvre.

Le Café Lodi is substituting for the club's regular café La Corona while it is being renovated. This is expected to be complete in time to resume meetings in La Corona on Thursday, 13. December. The two cafés are only a couple of dozen metres apart, so if the meeting doesn't seem to be in one, it will be in the other.

The club's temporary meeting location is:

Le Café Lodi
24. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

The club's regular meeting 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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