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I am hesitant to tell you how I passed the time during today's lonely meeting of the Café Metropole Club. I mean, who cares?

But you deserve your money's worth so I'll tell you. I spent nearly the whole time, except for shooting the 'group photo of the week,' reading today's newspaper. The first 13 pages were about football. This is essentially what France is these days. F o o t b a l l. From page 4 to page 10 I drank the 'drink of the week' which was some kind of orange stuff. It wasn't good but it was cool. About 16:45 I looked at the possibile pickings on the café's terrace but I didn't see any likely member material. The 'waiter of the week,' in case you are interested, was extremely polite when I ordered the 'drink of the week' and he didn't even know it was a 'drink of the week.'

And right now I am sitting in a puddle of garlic–tinged sweat batting away at these dirty white keys, slowly churning out this totally original and exclusive club 'report' about not much for members and readers and potential members, for the advertisers, various fans, the club's enemies, random bloggers, and prisoners locked up in brigs at sea. What is more I am doing this without one single solitary 'thing of the week,' so you could say empty–handed and without shoelaces.

Far from it for me to expect any thanks for this superhuman effort. No, thank you, I do this because I am addicted to the club. I invented it and I've been to most of the 343 meetings, in rain, snow, wind, hail, flying fish, in a cast with a fractured knee, through thick but mostly thin, ding–dong and 'yoohoo' as Heather might say.

photo, non members on cafe terrace Terracians unaware of nearby free club in Paris.

Semi–Important Notice

Do not think I am annoyed with anybody or you in particular and that is the reason I will be taking a holiday this year in summer. No. The fact is I feel irresponsible and the way I see it August is as good a month as any to throw off my formal office clothes, abandon my pressing duties and just run wild, crazy rotten wild. I need a grilled chipolata !

For this reason there will be no meetings of the Café Metropole Club for the following Thursdays of August:3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Meetings, with or without members present, will be held on 13, 20 and 27. July. After August the first Thursday in September will be a meeting day. Mark the 7th on your calendar. For a free club noted for unusual 'firsts,' this is another one.

Plan Your Sunday Evening Accordingly

France plays against Italy next Sunday evening for the World Cup final in Berlin. Although the match will be in Germany, if France wins there will certainly be another spontaneous celebration on the Champs–Elysées, most likely bigger than any so far, and it will probably be somewhat rowdy. But joy will be real. If you can stand it it'll be something not to miss. On the other hand if France flubs it's date with fate the celebration on the Champs–Elysées will not be spontaneous. Stay tuned.

About the Café Metropole Club

Although lacking everything this club meeting 'report' reflects the actual meeting even if there were no witnesses. Throw a glance at the story of what could have been going on here, found on the About the Café Metropole Club page, containing its few and rare morsels of baguettes, green peppers, stinky garlic, fried snails and boiled frites. Always, more frites.

graphic, club location map

What About This?

These random club meetings, never as silly as they seem, begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00 on Thursdays. These times, check the clock fingers, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm around somewhere else. Around about here is where these meetings are. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by rare chance be written here.* Use your skill for other stories.

Caution – should you have the personal goal of remaining unfindable via the Web, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be 404 – not found by Web search engines before becoming 'found.' Not becoming a club member is another way to remain unfound, but anyone can do it.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the dispensation given to the club secretary this week by 689 members. The club secretary thanks them all for allowing him to take a powder.

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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