A Whole 'Band of Moyers'

photo: whole group, twice

The stereo version of the 'Group of the Week.'

A World's 'First' for Your Club!

Paris:- Thursday, 7. February 2002:- The weather here is shifting towards winter but it seems to be doing this reluctantly by maintaining its temperatures within a zone of comfort and keeping rain to a minimum.

It is a little breezy today though and this could be a sign of changes to come - maybe from the direction of the Azores where the good weather comes from.

This means that last week's powerful sun is not shining on La Corona's terrace today. In the 'Grande Salle,' at least a dozen satisfied diners are finishing off their lunches, in the room's all-over and even light. It doesn't feel like winter but it feels good to be inside.

Today's first member to arrive for the meeting is Doug Fuss, but he has the grace to do this after I've entered the vital club data in the members' and the reports' booklets, and even had time to read one paragraph of Le Parisien.

He has already sent me photos of the cruise ship SS Norway which was known as the ocean liner SS France from 1960 until 1974, when it was discovered to be too much of a gas guzzler. It was moored to the 'Quai de l'Oubli' for five years.

It had its props reduced to two from four, its boilers reduced from eight to four, and its speed reduced from 32 knots to 20. Its passenger capacity was upped 500 to 2565. In its present configuration, the 76,000-ton ship gets 33 feet to a gallon of fuel, which worksphoto: ss norway, photo d fuss out a consumption of 250 tons of it per day.

The ex-France, now SS Norway, in the Caribbean. Photo by Doug Fuss©

In terms of modern cruise ships, it is still a gas guzzler. The Norway was meant to be pulled off cruising this year and converted into a gambling barge, but recent upsets in the world of travel have given it another year's worth of cruising life in the Caribbean. New low fares were a deal Doug could not pass up.

Doug does not actually have time to relate all this to me because new members are arriving pell-mell while he's telling me about it.

The first to approach the club's reserved area is Mark Skrivanich who is from San Jose, California. Since Mark is a new member this is his first time at the club, as well as his first time in Paris.

'Fine,' I say, and designate San Jose as the 'City of the Week' for the first time in the club'sphoto: full wine history. Mark, who does not work in the computer business in any way wants to know about Internet access in Paris.

Doug wrestles with this every time he comes, and suggests trying 'www.twigger.com' as a way of getting 'Webmail' no matter where the ISP is located.

The 'Drink of the Week' is wine, wine, wine.

Then Moyer number one arrives in the form of Dennis, and he echoes Doug when Mark asks how one buys an apartment in Paris. "With money," they say.

The next member to come up is Patricia Philbin. This makes a majority from the San Francisco area, which requires Dennis to name all the 'good' bars there - 'Original Joe's,' the something 'Grill' and 'Jack's.' He says all of these had great bartenders.

Suddenly there are Moyers all over the place, when Josianne - who is not a member - shows up with Dinny, who is. 'Josy' scribbles three lines in the member's booklet and changes her status to being a member of the only Paris club for readers of this magazine that has three members named Moyer.

What a stunning 'first!' Not even I could have dreamed this up. All members should be properly impressed by this because you are members of the same club.

Janet Davies, who is from Washington DC, is actually with the sisters - who grew up in Paris by the way - but is not a Moyer. This doesn't stop Dennis from inviting all the other Moyers and Janet to the Thursday musical evening at Vin des Rues.

I am not envious of this. There is so much music, dancing, eating, drinking and smoking in the place, that I'm sure nobody will notice it isphoto: band of moyers plus one full of this club's Moyers even if they start dancing, eating, drinking and smoking there tonight while I write this.

Rare photo of all three Moyers at once, with blurred Janet denying all and any responsibility.

When I zip out the verify the place is really full of Moyers, it is so full I can't get in. Dimitri is sitting outside, eating and drinking, under his newish Jacques Tati hat, and he points out all the Moyers inside who are dancing, eating, drinking and smoking - and are seemingly unconcerned there are no San Francisco bartenders within at least 7000 miles.

Before I wrap up the vastly more important 'club news,' I need to mention that members may be surprised to notice that the décor of the club's café La Corona seems to be somewhat unchanged, except for a couple of discrete video cameras - and the downstairs waterworks, of course.

In fact, the entire café has new marble floors,which kind of blend in with the re-paint job, which was done with the original colors. The chairs and banquettes are still awaiting their new covers, and these constitute the most obvious non-change.

Rest assured, once the chairs and banquettes are recovered, La Corona will truly be up to the image of its name of 'La Corona.'

Metropole Access Note

For some unknown reason, parts of this week's edition of Metropole are vanishing. The whole thing vanished for a period early in the week, then was reinstated when the 'Café' and 'Au Bistro' columns were added. In turn, these seem to have vanished now.

By the time you read this, if it isn't 'vanished,' there may be no signs of these 'vanishments.' For patient readers who have noticed missing items, do not adjust your sets.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. February - because it will be exactly one week after today.

It will be a fairly usual second Thursday in the second month of 2002 kind of day called Saint-Valentin. This dayphoto: empty wine has been named after a Roman Christian martyr from the third century, who has been responsible for giving the greeting card industry a tremendous boost in what is ordinarily a dull period in mid-February.

At the meeting's end, all the wine containers are empty, empty, empty.

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 pretty-well known already because they are much the same every week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

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

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

Date, Time and Location of the Coming Meeting

The next meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and zip along to 17:00 in Europe's Central Europeanphoto: doug fuss Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'PTMO' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some effort to create 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require absolutely no effort on your part. If you have difficulty remembering your name, hometown and email address, note these on your shirtcuff for reference.

Doug Fuss was appointed as the club's honorary SS France expert today.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or name your own 'City of the Week' or even bring any other original 'Things of the Week' you want to see in a 'club report.' There are no other 'rules' except 'no rules.'

Your comments, casual or completely subconscious, will be treated with respect and truly 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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