Coffee? Tea? Or how about a peek into your future?
Meet Jeannie Oliver, teatime palm reader at the Park Hyatt Hotel. She sweeps into the hotel lounge Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 and begins asking customers if they want their palms read. And at $5 a mini-session, she gets a lot of takers.
"I always read the hand that people write with," Oliver says. "Your dominant hand will have more pronounced lines and will provide a more accurate reading."
Some things we've learned for starters: People who have a lot of lines on their hands are very sensitive. Everyone has a head line, but if yours is straight it means facts are very important to you. Every finger symbolizes something, and if you wear a ring on a certain finger it draws energy to that aspect of your life. (The pinky finger symbolizes money and power, if you care.)
John Herrmann, a senior cataloguer at the Library of Congress, has had his palm read several times and says he learns something new about himself every time. What's more, he recently took a vocational test and says Oliver's findings mirror the results.
"It's cheaper than a vocational test and certainly a lot more fun," he says.
It can, of course, get much more expensive; Oliver's full sessions are $60 an hour.
How does the daughter of Baptist missionaries end up in a business like this?
By having her palm read, as Oliver did about two years ago.
"It made me feel so good about myself, and I said, 'I'd like to do this for other people.' "