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One article in the magazine especially knocks me out. Its title is, 'Le franc est mort, vive l'euro!' Then I begin an article about Serge Klarsfeld before remembering that Hugo is on the agenda, but I don't get much beyond a piece by Paul Lafargue - 1842-1911 - who wrote that VH wasn't such a good Socialist if he was such a millionaire - before Patrick wakes me up with the café reminder.

I don't want you to think I would rather be out browsing through the bookstalls across the street or sunning myself on the Pont des Arts - I like attending club meetings even on winter days when Paris is having a fake spring.

It is true. Late in the meeting I have my café at last and this perks me up a bit and I really get into Victor Hugo - there's 39 whole pages - so it is only when the meeting is officially ten minutes over that I realize that it's over.

Ah yes - I have forgotten to mention that just before today's meeting started, I was handed an envelope at the café's bar by Monsieur Ferrat, one of the club's other 'Waiters of the Week.'

This contained photographs of hordes of club members, taken during two meetings in Paris andphoto: bookstalls on quay during the meeting in December in New York. Member-in-good-standing Eva Lee of Tranquility, New Jersey deserves thanks for this thoughtful gesture.

Quite a lot of people unrelated to the club were on the quays today, fooling around.

These will be placed in a safe location in the club's archives which are scattered all over here, and will become valuable artifacts when the club's memorabilia is taken over by the Bibliothèque Historique or the Georges Brassens public library sometime in the distant future.

To all 327 members and to all of the magazine's readers who would have attended today's meeting to become members, I thank you for your patience and the goodwill I am sure you will accord this 'report' about not much more than Victor Hugo, who is not a club member.

The Next Meeting

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. February - because it will be a darn good old Thursday again. It will be an ordinary first Thursday in the second month of 2002 kind of day called Sainte-Eugénie. I am probably wrong but I have the feeling that we've had this saint before, so it might not be a 'first.'

See the address for this meeting at the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which must be known by nearly all readers and members already because they are pretty much the same every week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learn more than most club members would ever want to know about this club if you think this could improve your comprehension of a meeting - or Victor Hugo - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

In case you want to skip the 'About' page, all you need to know is that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's free and real club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting if you don't forget the address, métro station names, time and other useful stuff.

Date, Time and Location of the Next Paris Meeting

The next meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and zoom along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'MOPT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in earthzones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some effort to create 'report' notes during the meeting. Thisphoto: corona terrace will require scant effort on your part, unless you have difficulty remembering your name, hometown and email address. Documentary proof of who you are is not necessary.

Last week this terrace was glistening with rain, but I tossed out the photo of it.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or come with your own 'City of the Week'- if you remember it - or even bring any other 'Things of the Week' you want. There are no 'rules' except 'no rules.'

Your comments, casual or completely spontaneous, will be highly regarded and appreciated by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they chance to read them, if they manage to get 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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