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Like Carmel, Patagonia, Arizona has no mail delivery either - and no pollution, Charles says. Patagonia has no pollution because it has no stoplight, so cars passing through do not stop long enough to idle around polluting anything.

The population of Patagonia isn't fond of the census either, so nobody knows how many people live there. The best guess is 'about 700.' Charles says there are four bars and three churches. Lynn says there is one coffee shop and a gourmet pizza joint named 'Velvet Elvis.'

The grade school is bigger than the center for seniors and the town's library is bigger than its jail, which has only two cells. There is a post office, where everybody who gets mail, has a PO Box. Either the jail or the post office were built in 1937 by the WPA program, so Patagonia has at least one historic building.

See what I mean? If Patagonia has all this, what have we missed by the secretary's failure to get any details about Detour Village, Michigan? Is its Walmart on the border with Canada, and what language do they speak there, if they indulge in speaking?

Member Ron Bristol arrives in the nick of time. When last seen, Ron - from Austin, Texas - was on his wayphoto: christmas ribbon to Saint-Petersburg to see its 300th anniversary. Today he is returning from last night's soccer match between PSG - the Paris' team - and Strasbourg, at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Ron said fans set off smoke bombs and waved anti-Marseille banners. Ron wrecked his hand on a misstep in the stands, but enjoyed the game - which PSG miraculously won - after beating Marseille three days earlier. Provisionally, PSG is now in a feeble third place in its league ranking.

La Corona's decor in the club's area.

By now Charles has remembered the name of one of Patagonia's four saloons. The Wagonwheel Bar has a hitching post for patrons arriving on horseback, which also partly explains why Patagonia has so little pollution.

I forget to ask Charles if the Wagonwheel Bar serves 'chocolat liégeois' without having to ask the 'Waiter of the Week' to bring some chocolate for it.

No Meeting on Christmas Day

This year Christmas falls on a Café Metropole Club meeting day, but I learned by chance from today's 'Waiter of the Week' that the café La Corona will be closed on Thursday, 25. December. For this reason club meeting number 217 will exceptionally be held on Thursday, 1. January 2004 - rather than meeting number 218.

The 'Soldes d'Hiver' Alert

The official version about the dates for the Soldes d'Hiver in Paris is now official. The start date has been given as Wednesday, 7. January, and the final day will be Saturday, 7. February, in 2004 of course.

Club Members and Readers Like You

Both categories can now makephoto: terrace, la corona voluntary contributions of support for Metropole. Doing this will ensure that the magazine and the Café Metropole Club continue. Please take a look at the new 'Keep Metropole Flying' page and do what you can today.

The café La Corona's terrace, waiting for a better season.

I have just learned that 'thankyous' to 'readers like you' for contributions already made may not have been sent by the robots that are supposed to send them. The situation will be corrected within a few days.

The club membership is free, as is its free membership card, and the Café Metropole Club's ex-rules and various disallowed 'exceptions' forbid actual membership 'dues.' Consider both the magazine and the club to be forms of free software that can be supported with your 'shareware' contributions.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

If this 'report' about today's club meeting seems overly favorable to Patagonia to you, you have probably not read a lot of other meeting 'reports.' The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page will explain more if you want to learn what this is supposed to be about, but it won't tell you a lot more.

One other vital fact - there are fewer than you may think - 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 for free. There's no reason for knowing anything about the other, few 'facts' unless you are buffing up your history.

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

The weekly club meetings start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and run on until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris Zone - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les almost temps d'hiver' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. The only part of the world where these meetings happen in metrical times is Paris.

Doing anything at a meeting - like arriving - is tolerated because it is in Paris. True 'firsts' are welcome, withgraphic: club location map 'first' having a greater 'report' value than 'true.' Don't get the wrong idea - 'true' is fine too. This is a special case rather than a regular club ex-'rule' or French-type 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, be sure let the club's secretary know before you become slightly notorious. If necessary you can even be at a meeting and not be at it officially. 'Rules' have ceased being and are still 'ex-rules.' All 'exceptions' to 'no rules' have been destroyed - except historically.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Sit wherever you like if there's a free chair. Whatever you say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which they actually do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if it happens to be written here, as some of it is, actually sometimes, depending on the 'notes' available, and not even all of these are used if there isn't enough of them.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because last week's 'report' was spelled wrong here. In a pinch, 'Remember Patagonia!'

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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