"Why I'm In a Good Mood"

photo: greg, james, ulrich, dinny, eva, tom

From left - Greg, James, Ulrich, Dinny, Eva with
'Sally' and Tom.

'City of the Week' - Jersey City!

Paris:- Thursday, 2. May 2002:- There are some readers who do not have true feelings of fandom for weather reports, besides me, but they are not in Paris - or about to be - so can I hardly blame them for not giving a tinker's hoot.

The weather - it's something that happens. There are PhDs with mainframes and they can't figure it out because, as they will freely admit, weather is more random than roulette wheel balls in Lost Vegas.

Then there are other readers, probably a majority, who do care about the weather in Paris even if they are 18,000 kilometres away from here. Knowing the weather today may help them to decide what to wear here on their visit, possibly in late June of 2003.

So then, think of these little weather 'reports' here as being highly appreciated by - most? - readers. They are part of all the other vital and essential services Metropole chooses to offer, if there's time enough to include them.

Today's weather in Paris is partly cloudy - which means partly sunny - with an increasing tendency to be mostly cloudy, which is about the time is it not sunny at all, because it has become nighttime.

Tonight's TV-weather news, as presented by the agile Isabelle, is foreseen as having a triangular window of mostlyphoto: glass collection sunny periods, sometime on Saturday. Before Saturday and after Saturday, mostly cloudy is the forecast. It will not be warm either, not even for April - when it was warmer.

Within minutes of the club meeting's start, the glass collection begins.

This forecast is a one-time one only once. It does not apply to this time next year, or any year in the future, and has no resemblance to any similar times in the past at the same time of year. Use it once and forget it.

Despite what is written above, the sun is shining on the club's café La Corona at today's meeting time. It must be good all over town because there are not many people in the 'grande salle.'

No sooner have I placed the administrative notes in the members' and reports' booklets and opened today's Le Parisien to read about yesterday's monster street demonstrations in Paris and throughout France - new members present themselves.

Since both James Pinto and Greg Huson are from the Washington, DC area, Jim admits to originally coming from Jersey City, New Jersey. While its name is not original, it is Jersey City's first time to be cited here so it gets the highly sought after 'City of the Week' award.

Greg has never read Metropole Paris in his life, but Jim has and that is why they are here. Jersey City is famous for supplying utilities to Bedlos Island in New York harbor. If the Statue of Liberty's lights go out, you can blame Jersey City.

In short order, member Ulrich Diederich from Houston, Texas makes a reappearance, followedphoto: hello sally by the multiple-appearing Eva Lee from Tranquility, New Jersey. Before being home in DC, Greg came from Morristown, which is halfway between Jersey City and Tranquility.

Constrained to Chicago, today's members led by Eva send Sally a club greeting from Paris.

The new members want to know about the club's members who are dogs. Greg says there is a bar in Alexandria that has a weekly 'Doggie Happy Hour.' All day is 'Doggie Happy Hour' in Paris cafés.

My notes do not say how the subject has come up, but Jim assures me that 'Hawaiian shirts' are actually made in Hawaii. He says style-conscious Hawaiians wear their new ones inside-out because it the fashion there. This must be handy for people who don't bother undoing their buttons - every other day.

Eva spent yesterday in the mother of all demonstration parades in Paris on May Day. "It took ninety minutes to go one block on the Boulevard Beaumarchais," she says.

My own experience was somewhat different. I failed to find 400,000 people who were marching from République to the Place de la Nation. I'll explain this in Metropole's next edition.

Dinny Moyer has arrived from the north side of the 15th arrondissement. When asked by other members how long she intends to live here she says, "Forever is lasting longer than I thought it would."

So far, everybody is either from New Jersey or from the Washington area, except Ulrich who is from Houston - which is not pronounced like Houston Street in Manhattan either - and he is in a good mood.

"I didn't come with a wife or girlfriend, that's why I'm in a good mood." Ulrich has comephoto: natalia straight from the airport to the club without stopping, so he's obviously not responsible for what he says.

Member Tom Yanul, from Chicago, arrives without his wife, who he says is shopping. Tom has the panoramic camera that he leaves 'parked' at the Arts et Métiers, but used a spare one yesterday from a high spot at Bastille, to shoot the place so full of people that Eva couldn't get close to it.

Even without finding anything to buy yet, Natalia is also in a 'good mood.'

This reminds Eva about an extra-friendly taxi driver she rode with in Sarlat. Some readers of Metropole complain that all bars and cafés in Paris are not 'on the Web,' but Eva's taxi is. If you need wheels to look around Sarlat, just email Philippe Mouret to book a ride in advance.

Before I forget - because I forget his name every meeting that he is 'Waiter of the Week,' Vincent is this week's 'Waiter of the Week.' As an extra bonus, he assists us with this week's photo of the 'Group of the Week' without being in the one at the top of the page because someone elsewhere in the 'grande salle' cried out for drink or onion soup.

Tom says he is reconstructing Chicago's World's Fair in 1889 and gets into a discussion with Ulrich about whether 'news' on the Web is any use at all. Ulrich says it is because he can read Der Spiegel, which is handy because he can't buy it in Houston, and there's no other place to get foreign news.

Natalia, also a member, and related to Tom, arrives from shopping without having bought anything. This does not diminish Ulrich's good mood. Even Tom perks up when he learns the scaffolding on the Rue de Rivoli is not a new 'Tour Montparnasse' under construction, but the renovation of the somewhat antique Tour Saint-Jacques.

For no reason I can think of, Jim mentions getting an oil change. This leads to bitter complaints about all car repairs costing $300 or $400. It is the same thing in France - usually $400. But most cars here are so small, if they need an oil change you just throw them away like an empty Bic lighter.

In fact, all new cars in Europe have sealed motors so you can't fix them yourself even if you knew how. For repairs under $400, you need to find a Moroccan tractor mechanic. Thesephoto: waiter of the week vincent know how to break the seals, fix whatever is wrong with baling wire and other stuff, and do it for 99 euros.

Dinny tells Eva about the Thursday evening wine, cheese and music sessions at 'Au Vin des Rues' in the 14th in the Rue Boulard. Eva says, "I love drinking French plonk."

More than for you, 'Ed' needs to remember the name of this club 'Waiter of the Week.'

Dinny says it may be cheap but it isn't plonk. When I break off doing this report to go there to see if they are properly installed, half of yesterday's street demonstration is inside the place, listening to the accordionist, drinking, singing, eating cheese, and drinking.

It takes half an hour to find them in the back, along with another club member, Mary Kvitashvili, who is without Scrumpy because it is not 'Doggie Happy Hour.' Le Bouquet's biggest rugby fan, Martin, has found them and is keeping their glasses filled with a bottle of not-plonk the MGT has lent him.

It takes me a half hour to plough out of the place, and come back to Metropole's editorial office to cross some 'i's and dot some 't's.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. May. This will be a fairly ordinary 19th Thursday in the year 2002, the one right after France gets a new Président. Otherwise it will be named for Saint-Ascension - which is a public holiday when most cafés and everything else is open.

The location for this meeting is near the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, all of which have been identical for years, almost like this paragraph, which actually does change by a word or two every week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out how to become a member, you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about this club - next to nothing - and its meetings - only a bit more than next to nothing.

If you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - there are 'no rules' after all - all you really need know is that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at a meeting when you are in Paris.

The 'Next Meeting' Boilerplate

Each Thursday meeting of this club in Paris begins at 15:00 and continues until 17:00 in Europe's Centralphoto: au vin des rues European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'E-DOT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without metric 24-hour 'Eurotime,' which is now in its 'summer' version.

Today's club meeting - continued in 'Au Vin des Rues' and it may still be going on.

The club's secretary will be making some feeble effort to make 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require only that you say something. Note your hometown's name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' so long as it is not going to be Silver Spring, Maryland, or even be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want jealous friends to read them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is optional. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Some of the things you say may be treated with respect and be really appreciated by the other members present, if they hear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them - if they turn out 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: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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