"More Cows Than People"

photo: cafe tabac le corona

For new members only - the otherwise familiar Café Corona.

Two 'Reports' For the Price of One

by Linda Thalman

Paris:- Thursday, 28. March 2002:- Just back from today's club meeting in Paris - and what a beautiful day it is! Plus the météo is forecasting five more days of sun, sun, sun.

Arriving right on time for the club, there were Kate and Kent Parsons waiting for what 'Ed-the-secretary' calls the 'server lady' - as in Web-server jockey rather than drinks server.

We got over this little confusion and I recall that the couple are from Depoe Bay, Oregon - as 'Ed' reported in last week's report. (I do read the club reports regularly!)

We happily discovered that all three of us had graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene and were all born in Oregon, thus making Oregon the 'State of the Week' because no other club meeting has ever had so many people born in Oregon at one before.

Kate and Kent had only enough of time to quiz me on my five favorite things to do in Paris - 'if I were returning after not having been to Paris for five years' - when two new members arrived.

These were Karen Delaney, from Rochester, New York, who was on her umpteenth visit to Parisphoto: decor, grande salle, corona because she loves the city enough to already be a club member since 'signing-up' last November, and totally new member Suzanne Wallington from Sydney, Australia.

Karen and Suzanne both had a 'hostel disaster' and ended up sharing a room in a hotel, rather than staying in the planned hostel with the disaster. Karen knew about the Café Metropole Club because she is a member, and brought her new-found friend Suzanne along.

The club's café includes tasteful examples of 'Art Ktisch.'

We all voted unanimously for Sydney as the 'City of the Week,' which I voted for too because I'm not the club's regular secretary.

Suzanne's five-week walk she's going to do in Spain from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela was voted the 'Walk of the Week.' That's 800 kilometers of walking! That's a more than good enough reason to be a 'something of the week!'

Suzanne is a nurse and Kate is a retired nurse, so 'Profession of the Week' has to be, yep, nurse!

Then, about 16:00, in walk two familiar faces. "Hi Linda!" And I'm red-faced for not remembering Walter and Shirley Pappas from Falls Church, Virginia, although I did recall Walter's email. Now that's an exploit as there are 10,700 subscribers on my 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' list!

Walter and Shirley are back in town. They come twice a year to France. Walter smilingly pulled out a packet of photos from their last trip in October, that he took at the club meeting. So from the photos we were able to point and say, 'That's Ric-the-Ed' to the new members. The club's secretary was in Paris today virtually, if not in body.

We imbibed some lemonades, beers, wine and Kir Royales - but not all at once and not everyonephoto: corona bar had one of each. Patrick the 'Waiter of the Week' took care of us all with his usual grace and attentiveness.

Photos were taken inside the café's 'grande salle' with my non-digital camera, so here's hoping they'll turn out. But nothing could capture the gorgeous blue sky and 15 degree temperatures outside La Corona's windows.

Our otherwise 'soft' café has a stainless bar top, fronted by real, hard, marble.

Spring has sprung in Paris and on Saturday France - and most of Europe I believe - will be springing forward an hour - we fall back in October, maybe together - for 'daylight savings time,' if this is what it is called here.

We missed the club's secretary at the meeting. This is my short-but- sweet report on a lovely Café Metropole Club meeting - that the 'secretary' will probably make longer if he ever gets around to it.

Just Guessing, If Memory Serves

Paris:- Thursday, 4. April 2002:- Just three minutes after three, today's two new club members Judi Daunell of Bakersfield, California and Bill Knoff from Burlington, Vermont walked up to my club table in La Corona's 'grande salle.'

Both knew about 'no rules' at the club and despite this carefully filled out the questionnaires I'd printed out, in lieu of the club's little members' booklet the club's secretary probably has in his hot little hands in New York City or wherever he went.

The winner of the vote for the 'City of the Week' was Burlington, but Bakersfield was a close second if not a tie. Take your choice!

We chatted for the full two hours and somewhat more, comparing health care services, education, 'Life In Paris' and a dozen other themes I promptly forgot to write down.

But the 'Quote of the Week' has to be from Bill. "There are more cows in Vermont than people." How many cows and people there actually are we never found out. I'm guessing there are more people than cows in Paris, however.

Judi is staying in the east suburbs one minute from the RER 'A' stop at Champigny for a month of vacation. She spent Monday and Tuesday flying to France and wasn't sure how long she's been here - but, like Bill, she knew it was club day and Thursday.

Bill is celebrating his retirement by staying for six months in France and says, "I now do not have to be nice to people" - but he was nice to Judi and me.

The 'Waiter of the Week' was a new fellowphoto: sundae on tray I didn't recognize. Patrick was out on the terrace servingup drinks and food to the sun-worshipers. It's been sunny and warm - temperatures up to 20 degrees. April in Paris this year has started out absolutely gloriously.

Finally, irresistable desserts with prices as no object!

Photos were taken but there's no guarantee of in or out of focus shots because the club's secretary took his silly 'focus-puller' with him to New York or wherever he went.

That's my short-and-sweet report for another wonderful club meeting - number 129, for you counters - that we spent along with white and red wine. I forgot to take any pics of the 'Drinks of the Week' on account of the 'Drinks of the Week.'

Secretary's Note

Paris:- Thursday, 11. April 2002:- For doing these two 'reports' Linda deserves the 'Memory of the Week' award for two consecutive weeks because the notes she sent me are only about 38 disjointed words long. A big 'thank you' is due to the server-lady for handling these meetings.

Walter Pappas' photos taken during the meeting held last 18. October are fine, but fail to show Mark Kritz or Walter Pappas, who I believe were both at this particular meeting.

As a special bonus, I will spare club members and readers all of the 'club stuff' usually found on club reports' pages, partly because this is included with the report of today's club meeting, also in this issue for technical reasons, and because it is Thursday again.

A bientôt à Paris, for Linda Thalman

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