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The goal is to have an acid-test-proof list of about 50 restaurants or other eating joints. With this many, no list-contributor's favorite will be overwhelmed by other club 'listers' jam-packing it all the time.

There should be other details here, such as not omitting the address of the places, but putting all this in is too tedious. Do the right thing if you feel like it.

Today's 'Unofficial' Meeting, Cont.

After some more not taking of notes for this report, Sharon and Elliot parted from the meeting, much cheered by the lack of fog within the café, and continued on their way to wherever it is possible to go on a very breezy day in Paris.

Their departure left the club's secretary free to continue reading Le Parisien's reports about France's New Years Eve. To sum it up - it was not nearly as spectacular as the 'big one' of 2000, but with the free all night transit in the city it is easy to imagine that a great time was had by many more than usual, for longer than usual.

This may explain why - except in this particular onion soup eatery - a lot of smaller shops are still closed.

The Coming Club Meetings

When I checked my email last night, after eliminating 253 bogus messages and their rotten attachments, I found that club members Debbie Grale and Kent Parsons were keeping busy by plugging this club.

A reader of the Frommers.Com Web site wrote to them to ask about 'thingsphoto: empty glasses of the week to do' in Paris, and Debbie and Kent sent replies saying that Café Metropole Club members have a pretty good time by getting together informally on Thursdays in Paris.

I have been sent two URLs for this particular page - with just one included here. In case it has become out-of-date you might try hitting the main URL above. Frommers.Com also took the trouble to add the reference to their email newsletter - so...

Member's glasses, ready for re-use soon.

I don't mind putting in a plug for them. Back in 1964 I would certainly have found their 'Europe On $5 a Day' guide useful if five dollars a day was available at the time. I borrowed someone else's copy but everything in it was too expensive. Five bucks used to be real money.

Speaking of Which

The Web-server lady, Linda Thalman, has graciously agreed to serve as club host for the meetings to be held in Paris on the Thursdays of 9. January and 16. January - when I will be in New York with the intention of doing some exclusive reports for Metropole about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

I am perfectly aware that as a responsible club secretary I should have mentioned this earlier, since the trip has been long-planned. I had a good excuse for not doing so, but it is irrelevant and of no longer of any importance.

For those wishing to join the club or for members' general interest, the Saint's name on next Thursday's meeting date is Alix. Excuses to all if this is a lady saint. The following Thursday's Saint's Day is Marcel, and will coincide with 'only 349 days left to go' in 2003 until TV ignores New Years Eve again.

Metropole's January Issues

The way the calendar works out, the first issue in 2003 of Metropole should have appeared at the end of the last week of 2002. Throwing caution out with the baby's bath water, issue 8.01 will appear conjointly with issue 8.02 and they will appear on Monday, 6. January.

This may be a multiple-week issue too, but some attempt will be made to add the features from New York mentioned above, by using nifty software for Windows. I hope it is nifty. I hope it works. I guess it depends more on whether 'I' work.

If not, expect issue 8.XX to appear online sometime around Monday, 27. January - just after the club meeting on Thursday, 23. January - which the secretary will host.

Paris' Winter Sales Start Date

I have been authoritatively informed that the traditional 'Soldes d'Hiver' begin in Paris on Monday, 6. January. It may even be true. If so, bring money.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to learn how to become a member. One of these days this 'About' page may even include some mention that the club's secretary takes occasional holidays.

Ignore this 'About' page if you wish to - even though its information is next to useless. All you need know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at one of its meetings in Paris.

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

This club's meetings begin in Paris at 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'eTNT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas, even though club meetings are only held in Paris.

Show up with your own new 'Quote of the Week' or put up your hometown as 'City of the Week' or fabricate any other 'Things of the Week.' New true 'firsts' will be exceedingly welcomephoto: sundown, quai du louvre too, with 'first' being more necessary than 'true.' 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. 'No rules' is no longer an 'exception.' They are not a 'rule' either.

Sky over Seine shows galloping clouds above, stalled traffic below.

For example, the club's secretary thought Amsterdam was dead-certain for 'City of the Week' some weeks ago. This week there is no doubt - Oakland has already been 'City of the Week' once so this week's 'City of the Week' award goes empty-handed. Zilch. Nada. Maybe we had the big 'Wind of the Week' instead.

What you have to say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, and there almost always are some, and if they are listening which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read this - if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is occasionally.

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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