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once a week. She reads voraciously and is a member of not one but two
book clubs, fiction and non-fiction. She goes to the opera and is learning to
play the piano. She and Dale love to host friends, and she has perfected a
rotating list of dinners she claims to be able to prepare basically while playing
tennis. Nobody believes her: the food is way too delicious and there are
always fresh flowers on the table.
And yet, Miriam makes all she does seem effortless. Getting her to talk
about any of her many achievements is near impossible, as she finds that
“obnoxious”. The question arises: is Miriam too good to be true?
Well, no. The fact is, Miriam has her quirks.
An obvious one is her obsession with her always-perfect tan. Known as
“the George Hamilton of the legal set” (you have to be a certain age to get
that) she misses no chance to manoeuver herself into the sun. While it
would have been much cheaper to just get a tanning bed installed in their
home, Miriam and Dale bought a place in Palm Desert a while back in order
to facilitate her addiction. This also allows her to torture her friends with
photos of her grapefruit tree and fake-sympathetic questions about whether
it is raining again in Vancouver.
There is, of course, more. Miriam’s defining characteristic is her wicked
wit. There is a trail of funny stories around town with Miriam’s name on
them. Sadly, most of them are unprintable.
To sum up: Miriam ticks all the boxes for president of the Law Society—
and then some. The public interest is in extremely capable hands, as is the