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He says he prefers La Corona because it has a 'classy' clientele. This makes me quit trying to figure out my handful of dubious money. I decide to go downstairs a see if it really has turned into the 'Versailles' of the waterworks as he claims.

The 'Non-Meeting of the Week'

This was formerly called the 'Rotten News of the Week' meeting due to the warning about it not happening. But club members are daring, intrepid, willful, and determined to have their club meetings in Paris, with or without the club's secretary or the server-lady to keep score.

The following is a 'report' by Maureen and Terry Cooper for the 'non-meeting' held at La Corona on Thursday, 3. January 2002:-

"Without wanting to step on your authority as club secretary, we are sending you the unofficial 'minutes' of the truly 'first' 'non-meeting' in the whole history of the club.

"Weather - cold, 4 degrees - and sunny, about the same as the preceding four days and the following three, until you and the clouds arrived in Paris to spoil things.

"The non-meeting commenced - late? - at 15:15, as we were delayed while admiring the view from the Samaritaine rooftop terrace. A quick perusal of the usual meeting area revealedphoto: drinks, club mascot, 3 jan non meeting a group of five that appeared to be absolute non-members - although we were too lazy to check, so we took positions 'au bar,' to be on the alert for other real members, and to save euros.

Club members unfamiliar with Bongo do not have to return their membership cards - yet. Photo by permission of the Coopers©

"As reported by the server-lady, coins are no longer required for the underground waterworks. (Are there any WC doors that accept both francs and euros?) The meeting was adjourned at 16:00 due to a lack of other members. 'L'addition' was paid in euros, a true club 'first' - if it counts.

"In attendance - Maureen and Terry Cooper, usually of San Francisco. Another couple appeared and asked the patron about the club meeting. They were informed that there was no meeting, but that a 'non-meeting' was occurring immediately to their right. They smiled and left. Again, we were either too lazy or too slow to get their names, but clearly they were not regular - or careful - readers of the weekly club reports.

"'Barman of the Week' - not sure, but may have been Patrick. 'Drinks of the Week' - Beaujolais rouge and Sancerre blanc. 'Mascot of the Week' - 'Euro' the monkey, formerly known as Beaujolais Bongo.

"We send our best wishes to you and all club members for 2002!"

Secretary's Note:- Patrick, today's 'Waiter of the Week' confirmed the account above during today's meeting, somewhat before the above 'minutes' and photo of Bongo reached me via email. Maureen and Terry Cooper are members who joined the club during the Thursday, 16. November 2000 meeting.

The Combo-Stereo New York-Paris Meeting(s)

Readers can catch up with the most recent exciting club news by reading about the historic meeting inphoto: corona exterior New York City. See this report concerning the merely fantastic 'Big Apple of the Week' meeting, which was coupled to a stereo meeting in Paris.

La Corona has new external lights too, but the days are getting longer so you'll have to stay up later to see them if you don't come next week.

This was the first club meeting held outside Paris and was also the first meeting ever held in New York City. The turnout of new members and long-time members was stupendous. My thanks go to all who attended and also to the staff of the Rue des Crêpes Café, who helped make this meeting a success.

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

The New Year's Winter Sales have begun and continue until Saturday, 16. February, whether there is anything cheap left or not. These present a good chance to unload your collection of francs, or an opportunity to try out Europe's new euros for the first time under stressful circumstances.

The Next Meeting - At La Corona!

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. January - because it is a good old Thursday again - and it will be held at the Café-Tabac La Corona.

This coming Thursday will be just another fairly ordinary Thursday sort of day called Sainte-Roseline - or Saint Rosie for short - which is not any kind of holiday in France, yet.

See the correct address for this at the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which nearly everybody knows already.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn as much as you need to know - or more! - about this club if you think this could 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

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

The club's secretary, sometimes known as 'missing' will be making some 'report' notes during the meeting. This is not particularly serious, but you should write your names correctly in the members' booklet if you don't want your names mistaken for somebody else's.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' ready 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 not be accepted, as usual.

Your comments, casual or completely from-the-cuff, will be enjoyed 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
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