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COLUMN NINETEEN, MARCH 1, 1997
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INTRODUCING LADY PEACH

STEPHANIE DAWN ANASTASIA JAMIOL 

She sometimes lets herself be known as "Lady Peach," but her real name is Stephanie Dawn Anastasia Jamiol. I first heard from her under the name of "Amy," but that's possibly because she was using the Email address of someone named Amy. I don't really know. She fancies herself a fiction writer, but I see her writing attempts to be more musings about stories she ought to write than the stories themselves. Otherwise, she won my heart when she described some of my own writing attempts as "eloquent."

Lady Peach confesses that she has a hard time writing about what is real and what is fact. So I don't know if the following piece, Sweet Revenge, is true or not. She says someone passed it on to her. (She keeps sending me humorous Email, some of which I'll pass along to you from time to time.)

"Life is my inspiration," she says, "and I often find myself scribbling down my thoughts and ideas in the hopes that they may someday become the canvas upon which my words will converge in harmonious coherence. In the meantime, however, I'm content to be studying the world around me."

A senior at American University in Washington, DC, she says she anticipates "a sudden and quite shocking graduation in May of 1997." She adds: "I'm in the process of earning a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and I'm also pursuing a minor in Psychology. Throughout my college years writing has become more and more an integral part of my mere existence. I have kept journals since my teen years, although much more religiously during my high school days, and my more recent endeavors have generally focused on prosaic journal renderings."

She says she wants to be a lobbyist, to perform community service, to move to Woodstock and relive the '60s and to be air-dropped into a village in a Third-World country and stay there for two years as part of the Peace Corps. For more by and about Lady Peach, I refer you to her home page, http://acm.vt.edu/~stthomps/stephanie/ ##

SWEET REVENGE

Hey, all! Read this, print it out, pass it on, have a holiday cookie fest with it---whatever---just make it worth this poor lady's money. This is a true story. Pass it on!!!

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie-lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman Marcus Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said, with a frown, "I'm afraid not."

Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe?

With a cute smile, she said, "Yes."

I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two-fifty, it's a great deal!"

I said with approval, "Just add it to my tab."

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00."

That's outrageous!! I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Neiman Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money, because, according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe - we absolutely will not refund your money at this point."

I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas, I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State's Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, we don't give a crap, and we're not refunding your money."

I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my money back.. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun." I told them that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an Email address has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus... for free. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this."

I said, "Well, you should have thought of that before you ripped me off," and I slammed down the phone on her. So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250 dollars for this... I don't want Nieman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe....

(Recipe may be halved.):

$250 DOLLAR COOKIE RECIPE:

2 cups buttter
1 tsp. salt
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
5 cups blended oatmeal
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies. ##

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