...Continued from page 1

Alan says, "What parking problem?" They have leased a buy–back car and Alanphoto, cidre of the week claims Paris is riddled with parking garages every 100 metres, and that they are very cheap. All I know is that they are too expensive for the homeless to stay in.

Maria thinks about Paris' dogs and what they do to sidewalks while Alan recites the locations of the best parking garages, like the one on the Champs–Elysées near George Cinq. Maria says, "Wow! The Champs–Elysées parking garage!"

Not always for kids – French apple cider.

Or the one under the church around the corner from the café we're in. He's right, there are a lot of garages. I confess I thought they were full all the time – but now I remember the server–lady Linda Thalman parking under the church around the corner.

But the best news about Buenos Aires, according to Alan, is that "You pay in pesos what you pay here in euros." The only thing it doesn't have is Paris' monuments – that's exactly what they say – it's like Paris without monuments. Yeah, I think, and 33 degrees with a gentle pampero' blowing through my hair.

Then member Rita Martinson walks up to join us. Naturally I have forgotten that her last time at the club Rita said she was going home to West Hollywood, so I think she is coming from Montmartre, but right away she says, no, it is West Hollywood that is missing her now.

While we are doing the air kissing – regulation, three times – Maria and Alan are having a discussion about whether the restaurant La Méditerranée is still moored in the Place d" l'Odéon, and I think it is, because senators have to eat somewhere although I suppose they have a canteen of their own.

Rita is off her rocker too, because when she hears how little pesos are worth, she immediately tells us about cheap apartments in Berlin. Well, they don't have asado in Berlin, dophoto, corona bar, beer, wine, water they? Oh, I am full of envy, for West Hollywood and Buenos Aires and its lovely pampero swinging through the streets, paved with mangos.

The Corona rocks the season!

Which must mean that it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time. Out we go to the café's terrace for six quick shots in the freezing near dark and back inside we have an interesting discussion with the 'Waiter of the Week' – the register ticket has given our drinks fake names like 'soda' for cidre and 'Viandox' for double–express.

As we part another heated discussion erupts over the correct French term for Philadelphia Cream Cheese. If anybody knew what it is Maria could get some for Alan to put on his breakfast bagel – as a former New Yorker – if he could find a place that sells plain bagels instead of weird sandwiches made with bagels. They all shout at me when I suggest any French bread as a substitute.

Strike of the Week

Just in time for frantic shoppers to crash their plastics' barriers the TWU transit workers in New York City agreed to go back to work late today and were reporting for work for the 16:00 shift. "They go back right away," TWU President Roger Toussaint said this afternoon. The 60–hour strike caused a court to fine the union $1 million a day. The short strike cost the New York region and its inhabitants far more than it would have cost to avoid the walk–out, although politicians and MTA management are unlikely to acknowledge it.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This carefree club meeting 'report,' including South American breezes and reappeared disappeared people,photo, kiosk, st germain may leave you perplexed. True facts behind the mystery illuminate the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its blurred photos, purple prose and fantango of a membership card made of recycled paper suitable for recyclage. You can join the club in any year containing at least one remaining 'Thursday of the Week' left this year.

Kiosko time at Saint–Germain.

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

Club meetings always begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00. These hours are recognized in some lands as 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is seldom where meetings are held. Substitutes are not real. Come to the café La Corona. Bring a friend, family member or relative. The folks in the rear of the big room is ze club, or more exactly, us.

Attend any meeting – by being at one. Pass a hour or two or a whole meeting with other club members pretty much like yourself. Real 'firsts' are welcome. True stories are will get a hearing. Other stories will depend on your skill. Attending more than one club meeting is not discouraged.

Caution – you may have a personal reason for remaining unfindable via the Web. If so, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' bygraphic: club location map Web search engines before becoming 'found' in one of these literate club reports.

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had continue to be former. These rules were mostly nonsense, even if you can find them. Otherwise you may, in theory, learn that this club features talk, cracker barrel philosophy, unlikely stories that are true, and never institutes new rules because everybody blackballed the old ones, which explains their rarity.

Talking to other club members at meetings is okay rather than optional. There are always some empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Lounging is okay too. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are any listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by glancing chance be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because now that it is winter the count–down has begun to the first instance of onion soup of the week – with garlic!

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

horz line
Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini