...Continued from page 1

Maryanne and Gloria have arrived at 16:45 and have jumped right into the meeting's conversation, while signing in as members. Gloria says she's marched in many May Day parades in Paris since 1988, because Linda has a photo from last week to show everybody - of insurrectionists on the July Column at Bastille.

The two ladies operate a service called 'Best Friends In Paris' which provides all-inclusive guided trips to Paris for their 'best friends' who, even if they don't know each other before signing on, become 'best friends' while in Paris.

'Best Friends In Paris' doesn't include husbands or boyfriends, because these - like Tom - don't like to go shopping much. It reminds me of Edgar's 'Canadian Farmers On a Rampage,' which could easily become the guys' version - including eating and drinking at the 'Beautiful Cow Show' after seeing the old jalopies at 'Rétromobile.'

Whatever time it is, even though Theodora has gone, we've got to get the 'Group Photo of the Week' - which actually almost looks like the 'Best Friends' club instead, except with Tom in there holding up the guys' end for all of this other type of club member, who are elsewhere this week.

Since nearly everybody has been drinking litres of Perrier, nobody offers to do any Mardi Grasphoto: gloria christison turns for the group photo. On top of it, I forget to use the 'focus-puller' and have to later get Photoshop to 'pull' the photo out of the glare because the idiot camera thought it was mid-afternoon on a very sunny day, inside the café.

Gloria Christison is another fly-in multiple May Day parader.

However, despite these little setbacks, I think we've all become 'best friends.' Maryanne says, "I was in a Paul McCartney look-alike contest once, and I won." At the prize handout, she had to act like she could sing.

Since this is kind of a short report, I will add a leftover quote from Linda, who has said apropos of how times change, "More people live in Essonne than lived in Oregon 30 years ago." She has also told everyone present how not to pronounce 'Oregon' and I immediately mis-pronounce it - so she never does tell us the right way.

And, anyway, it was a long time ago. All I can think of to add is, if all of Oregon's newcomers don't like the rain there, they should move to near the Cadillac Ranch in Essonne. On a 'viaduct' day, it is only a 40-minute drive from Paris.

The Coming Meeting

The very next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 16. May. Thisphoto: maryanne metz will be a fairly usual 20th Thursday in the year 2002, fairly soon after France got a new Président with the same name as the last one. Otherwise it will be named for Saint-Honoré - which is also a town named Saint-Honoré-les-Bains, somewhere near Nièvre in the Morvan.

Maryanne Metz first saw Paris on Bastille Day in 1975.

The actual location for this meeting is below, 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 nearly every week except this one.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out how to become a member 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, or even if you live here as some members do.

The 'Coming Meeting' Boilerplate

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

The club's secretary will be making some heroic effort to make 'report' notes during thephoto: wine, pot & cafe meeting. This will require only that you say something noteworthy. Note your hometown's name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them.

Linda's 'pot' gets warm while the secretary's café gets cold.

Think up a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' or even be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want envious friends to read them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is an option you can elect too. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Some of the things you say may be treated with great consideration 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
signature, regards, ric

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini