Today I was finally able to attend a meeting of the local Sherlockian group here in Nashville, TN, Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem. Let me tell you, as enjoyable as it is interacting with other Sherlockians online, it is even more fun meeting them in person! A warmer, more jovial group of people you would be hard pressed to find. (Was that last sentence too much like "Yoda speak"? Just wondering...)
I had a very interesting conversation over a Shoney's buffet lunch with a couple of the Scholars about Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the copyright battles over those two literary estates. There was also a very lively conversation about Elementary and Sherlock, as well as a host of other ancillary topics. There was Show and Tell time, when members were encouraged to share recent Holmes items or news stories with which they had recently come in contact. I was able to talk a bit about this blog, and my recently published article on ihearofsherlock.com (which it turned out at least one person present had just read). Then came the QUIZ...
Hoo boy, was I unprepared for the tough questions about "The Adventure of the Second Stain"! I felt better, though, when all of these long time Sherlockians seemed equally flummoxed. There was lively discussion over all of the answers (or the guesses). "What, you mean Eduardo Lucas's butler wasn't named Benedict Cumberbatch?!?"
Really, I had a lovely time...I will definitely try to make the meeting next month, and every month thereafter, if possible. Where else am I going to get the chance to wear my deerstalker cap?
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.