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Non-News of the Week

photo: terrace cafe la corona

The terrace of the club's café - La Corona.

The Club's Overlooked 4th Birthday

Paris:- Saturday, 18. October 2003:- Your Metropole Paris Internet magazine's Café Metropole Club may not have any 'rules' anymore, but it is establishing long-standing and hallowed traditions - like forgetting its own birthdays.

I am not looking way back. Just looking at last year is bad enough. One year ago the 'special' birthday feature, dated 17. October, mentioned that the 'real' birth date of the club is 14. October 1999, which was on a Thursday of course. This year 14. October rolled around and was long gone before I chanced to notice this date that marks the first club meeting of all time.

Subconsciously I have been worrying about straightening out the mistakes, flubs, typos and wrong meeting numbers in the member's booklets, and consciously I started to fixphoto: 2 cafes them. This effort is far from complete, but attempting to do it obscured the date of the anniversary itself.

And before you ask, I am not trying to get out of bringing a birthday cake to the anniversary club meeting. Even if we did not know it during last week's meeting, last Thursday saw the Café Metropole sparkling wine being poured during a club gathering for the first time. This was by pure chance, like so many other events that make attending club meetings so exciting, even if nobody knows why until after the fact.

And Now for the Weather

Since this is not a club meeting 'report,' you will find the weather forecast in its usual place on the week's 'Café' page. Actually it doesn't matter where it is because it is just as wrong many of the official forecasts here. Usually, and I say this guardedly, the weather is better than its forecasts and predictions. It's like something nice that jumps out of a birthday cake. Be surprised!

Last Thursday's Club Meeting Might Have Been Its 207th

Or it might have ben the 208th. Whichever it was, it means the total number of meetings add up to more than a month of Sundays. To be precise, any number over 31 does this, and the number of meetings is approaching the 'seven months' of Sundays' region.

The number of readers who read the virtual online magazine 'Metropole Paris' and who have joined the Café Metropole Club during its meetings in Paris since 1999 passed the demi-magic number of 500 about a month ago.

This is a stupendous figure - considering that some members have come all the way from the other side of the world - and it represents 'new' members. Overall attendance at club meetings has been much higher, because there are members who return annually, and some even turn up every other week, like the 'Waiter of the Week' does sometimes.

The club's 'secretary of the week' has not always been the same one, but few noticed this because he wasphoto: allan opening wine replaced by Linda 'Dancing' Thalman, who is sometimes known as the 'server-lady' - which means Web server, and not 'Waitress of the Week.' In fact, the club has never been blessed with a 'Waitress of the Week' because the club's café has none to supply.

Club member and winemaker, Allan Pangborn, opens bottle of Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc.

In the past year the club has had many amazing highlights, which are reflected by the titles of the club 'reports.' For example, who will ever forget the 'First Country 'City of the Week' report? You don't remember it? Well, how about the 'Elvis Costello is Not a Club Member, Yet' report. These are not made up. They really happened, or somebody said them. They were either 'first' or true.

There remains a problem with the most unusual member ever to join the club. This is a Parisian named 'Willy the Sparrow,' who flies in to most club meetings about 16:00, looking for tasty crumbs. Despite a presence at many meetings, Willy has not bothered to sign the members' booklet. This is un-club behavior, but Willy may be shy and there's no 'rule' against this.

Well then, readers! members! - so much for the club's annual 'report.' There isn't much to add that hasn't already been in weekly club 'reports' and I don't want to waste anybody's time repeating the obvious - which has always been, 'Welcome to the club.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Concocting a club meeting report is sometimes a chore because many members have names that require correct spelling, but somebody has to do it or you won't have anything to read here. Be sure to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page for less important details. It will tell you a little more than not much about the club, and says how few 'rules' it has. 'Show up' for meetings is about the only one.

One other fact - there are only two - is worth remembering. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's free, live, and real club by simply attending any of its meetings in Paris. There's no real point in asking about the other 'fact,' which is 'show up.'

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until about 17:00, in the European Zone of Paris Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'BONG' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings happen although there are lots of other cities with 24-hour times, which are metrical even if you can't divide them by 100.

Doing anything at a meeting is always tolerated. True 'firsts' are more than welcome though,graphic: club location map with 'first' having a higher 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get me wrong - 'true' is really okay too. The 'Waitress of the Week' is an exception. This is a special-purpose case rather than a regular club ex-'rule' or French-type 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, please let the club's secretary know before you become mildly famous for a week. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' and are still 'ex-rules.' There were some other 'exceptions,' but they timed out long ago.

Talking in multiple domestic or foreign languages at meetings is fine. Sit wherever you like. Whatever you say may be honestly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes, but not always entirely.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since whenever because Willy the Sparrow never intends to stay for an entire club meeting, and never has. There aren't enough crumbs.

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

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