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But since the club's secretary isn't paid anything tangible, you will either need to join the club, attend meetings, or read the weekly 'reports' about the meetings. Doing all three will be even better.

And, if you were, like I was, at the first meeting, you would have heard the club's very first 'Quote of the Week.' I remember it as clearly as a golden bell. It was, "Why does Paris have ugly dirt?"

If you have ever wondered whether it is worth it to spend hundreds, thousands, gazillions of dollars, yen, pesos, quids,photo: secretarys cafe whatever - to waste on a trip to Paris, just to know in advance that you are likely to hear a 'Quote of the Week' in person, should satisfy any niggling doubts you have.

The club's secretary has the same café at every meeting - thoughtfully re-heated by the 'Waiter of the Week.'

Meanwhile it is worth mentioning one of the club's more outlandish 'firsts' in the past year. This was the meeting held on Thursday, 27. December at the Café Rue des Crêpes in the Chelsea area of New York City. It was an 'exception' to the 'rules' the club doesn't have.

Members present came from New Jersey, Connecticut, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, but many had joined the club at La Corona in Paris. It took the club's secretary a longer métro ride than usual to get to this meeting.

When all is done and said, which it never is, I guess all I have left to say is thanks to all of the members who have joined the club and done so by coming all the way to Paris to do it on a Thursday at the Café La Corona.

The Coming Club Meeting

The next meeting of the four-year old Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. October. Besides the club no longer being three years old, this will be a perfectly normal 43nd Thursday in the year 2002 only six days from now, or three days from Monday.

The club's retarded 'birthday' is on Saint-Florentin's day this year - and this might be a 'first' even if it is not a first for Saint-Florentin.

Make it your fête if it's your saint's birthday too. Send cards, telegrams and emails to the address below if you cannot participate in person. Failing this, send substitutes.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Take a look at the pagephoto: book, romantic paris, thirza vallois called 'About the Café Metropole Club' to find out nearly everything you need to know about the club - such as how to easily become a member and how much it costs, which is nothing even though it is worth more.

Famous people come to some meetings, to meet members and become members themselves.

There are no 'club rules' to disregard. There were, but they were disregarded with so much enthusiasm that they were consigned to history's trashcan. All you need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at a meeting. Even if you think this is far too easy, it is still fairly easy to join.

Special Dubious Note

Except for dogs and babies and occasional wild birds, 100 percent of the club's members are fairly ordinary people like you and me. Do not let this deter you from joining, even if you are exceptional.

What, Where, When, Who, How, Why Not?

Club meetings in Paris always begin no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'BONG' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in the few worldwide areas with two daily sets of 12-hour-time.

To join, please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members-onlyphoto: la corona terrace members' booklet number three. Members' email addresses are strictly kept under ISO security classification 'no peek-a-boos' level 93.

La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace on a recent afternoon this fall.

Come prepared with a new 'Quote of the Week,' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week,' or invent any other 'Thing of the Week.' True and real 'firsts' are welcome too even if they are fabrications. 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. Otherwise and in general, 'no rules' has no exceptions.

What you say may honestly be appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read it in a club 'report.' Simply looking at the photos is acceptable too.

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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