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Marilyn Burke says she thinks club meetings should be held monthly in Manhattan.

Today's Club Meeting In Paris by Linda Thalman

With Le Parisien (.79euro 3 sign ) and Paris Match (2.21euro 3 sign ) as reading material in case nobody showed up, I settled in to a 6-space booth in the club's area. I was surrounded by non-club members speaking English, Spanish, Portuguese and other tourist languages.

I'd barely managed to skim the Parisien when Berta and Scoop Maginnis turned up - long-time members they are.

We got acquainted and then new member Patricia Philbin arrived. She hails originally from San Francisco, but is living in Paris at the moment.

Scoop and Berta have been here for a couple weeks and are enjoying their new apartment in the 16th and Berta had a super brochure maquette that she's having printed to promote renting out their flat when they aren't in Paris.

I've got signatures and the emails for the sign-ins on a pretty Paris postcard as I didn't have the official club book.

Drinks of the week... well, Patricia had a beautiful vin chaud, there werephoto: paul kelley, shiela archer two cafe cremes and a nice serving of cote de Rhone on the table. No onion soup, though the table beside us had at least six poulet/frites servings.

Paul Kelley and Sheila Archer have many glasses waved at them for unknown reasons.

Almost forgot - we were at the La Corona! Not much seems changed in the club area except the floor tiles, perhaps the ceilings had a new coat of paint but the waterworks are totally revamped and lovely... no more one-franc pieces to pay to 'wee'!!

The waiters were as attentive as ever -- Patrick was there, but serving in another part of the cafe. I don't know our waiter of the week's name, but his English is very good! He sorted out orders and drinks for all the non-club members around us with flying colors.

No 'Photos of the Week,' as I don't have a digital camera, but Patricia had a gorgeous purse in black and of triangular shape that should be a future 'purse - handback/backpack style purse'- 'Of the Week'!

Quote of the week is from Berta - "Ric still hasn't mentioned my Trocadero cat story!"

We ALL missed you - waiters, club members and non-club members!

Paris' 2002 Winter Sales - In Euros for the First Time Real Soon

The New Year's Winter Sales begin on Wednesday, 9. January and continue until Saturday, 16. February - when francs go out of circulation and euros become Europe's unique currency.

Now For the Rotten News, Yet Again

The 'Be Kind to Club Secretaries' association has stated quite clearly that the Café Metropole Club is allowed to not have a meeting anywhere in the world on Thursday, 3. January 2002. The first meeting in the new year will be one week later, on Thursday, 10. January 2002, and it will be held in Paris at La Corona.

Followed By Really Good News

The next club meeting will actually be on Thursday, 10. January 2002, and it will be held in Paris at La Corona, for a change. The usual details are below.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn more than you need to know about this club if you think this will improve your appreciation of Paris - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to find out that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's free and real club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting.

Date, Time and Location of the Next Paris Meeting

First off, the coming meeting will be onphoto: new york group two a Thursday again. It is also the day with an unknown saint because I don't have my handy all-saints calendar handy in New York - but otherwise it is not any kind of a holiday in France.

The backup 'Group Photo of the Week' shows members having fun if you look closely.

The following day - next week - will not be an ordinary Friday, because it is called 'Saint-Paulin' Day. If Fridays are a favorite day of yours, make the most of it - it'll be the last one this year. Er, next year that is.

Your club's meeting time in Paris will begin at 15:00 and cruise along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'ZIPZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without 'Euro-type' 24-hour time.

The club's secretary, sometimes known as the 'Ed' will be making some 'report' notes during the meeting. This is only an idle club pastime - and not a 'rule!' - except for the secretary himself.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' handy or come with your own 'City of the Week' if it is a new one, or even haul along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' will be ignored, according to the usual rule.

Your comments, casual or complete slip-ups, will be cheered by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them, if they happen to be written here.

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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