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Patrick brings my café after a while and I photograph it as the 'Café of the Week' and before it gets cold, I drink it, and photograph it as the 'Café of the Week That Was.' The latter could have been the 'Quote of the Week' but there are still no members, new or otherwise, present - so I don't say it out loud. What happened to the 'after' photo is a mystery too.

After a little more time, when I'm reading about the 'Bimbo Tower' in the 11th arrondissement, it occurs to me that some members might turn up after the club meeting is officially over. But then I remind myself that there are 'no rules,' and resign myself to speedreading my way through to the 20th arrondissement.

This gets me past 'Le Sofa' and the 'Nouveau Casino' up on Oberkampf, past the 'Vin des Rues' in my own quartier, and past a whole big bunch of places in the 16th and 17th that are probably favorites of Audi owners.

North Paris is lumped together and I see the familiar 'Aux Négociants' on the north side of the Butte mentioned, which balances off my place in the 14th.

I also see there are still no members of any category today, which mean no 'City of the Week' and a bunchphoto: patrick waiter of the week of other non-things. This will make doing the photos tricky, but will spare me nasty surprises of possibly attributing any wrong names to right photos or the other way around.

The 'Waiter of the Week' - Patrick - forgetting my café.

Club member Terrie Blazek has written to tell me that today's saint's day, for Saint-Antoine de Padque, is special because this is the saint to call on when you really need to find something.

So far, up until club time, it was working okay for me - but I wonder if some of La Corona's customers, potential club members and club members, haven't used this saint's good offices to 'find something, ' somewhere else.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. June. This will be a perfectly normal 25th Thursday in the year 2002, named for the occasion for Saint Silvére. This one is not in my 'name' book so it might be a lady saint. If so, please add an 'e' to 'Saint.'

The location details for this meeting are below, followed or preceded by the multiple métro-stop names and all the date and time details, all of which have been identical for years, almost like this paragraph, which has not changed by even a comma this week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To learn how to become a member you may need to read the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about this club - which is 'not much' - and its meetings - only a bit more than next to nothing.

'Club rules,' such as they are, suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - be my guest. All you really need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club in a short jiffy by simply being at a meeting when you are in central Paris on a Thursday.

The 'Coming Meeting' Standard Details

Meetings of this club in Paris begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, still on Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'After' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm inphoto: decor corona worldwide zones without 'Metric-Eurotime,' which is now in its long-day summer version.

The club's secretary will be listening to you - even if you are not at the meeting - at the same time as he is inventing some 'report' notes during the meeting. Note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet in case the secretary forgets to ask you to do it.

La Corona's highlife décor, which can only be fully appreciated when there are no club members.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' - the secretary can't do this - or dream up any other original or amusing 'Things of the Week' if you want your neighbors to read them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is an option you can adopt too. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Things you say may be treated with great respect and may be really appreciated by the other members present, if there are any - 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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