Saturday, April 12, 2014

An apology

I must apologize for my post on the 221 B Con Friday report.

 It came to my attention that I had written a reference to some "dinosaurs in tuxedos".  I had truly meant to call attention to the costumes of my talented table mates, rather than as a derogatory reference, which was awful.

Anyhow, I have now added clarification to the text and added pictures. With hope, I say that it now reads much better and is much less mean-spirited. I have much respect for my fellow Sherlockians, and do hope that the post did not cause too much offense.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sign of Five

Yesterday the Parallel Case of St. Louis met for the April meeting. This month, the story we discussed was the one for which we are named, The Sign of Four.

The weather was so mild and sunny that we decided to sit out on the patio and watch clouds go by as we ate. It was a small group today, just five people who met at Dressel's Pub. Later on, we headed to Big Sleep Books as per usual and started out our discussion.

In this story, Watson finds a wife while on the case with Holmes. The case involves two puzzles. A young woman, Mary Morstan, had been receiving fine pearls from a mysterious benefactor once a year after answering an anonymous query in the newspaper asking for her identity. Secondly, her father had mysteriously vanished one day after telegraphing her of his return to London after being stationed in India. Next, a letter arrives telling her that she has been wronged and has requested a meeting.

Relating to the Sign of Four we discussed what the canon would be like if Watson had never found a wife. Joe brought up that there's something special in the opening moments of each story where the two are lounging around in friendly company, discussing anything and everything. In these scenes we get to see glimpses of Holmes' multi-dimensional character rather than the calculating detective that clients see.

This story is one of the more action-packed ones with the chase through the Thames and Toby sniffing around for clues. This would have been one story that Gatiss and Moffat wouldn't have had trouble adapting, what with all of the running around in Doctor Who. And it's the only story that Watson directly kills someone.

We also discussed whether Watson was actually a good physician. I think that he probably wasn't, what with prescribing brandy for just about everything. Also, he seems to have awful bed side manner by the way he treats Thaddeus Sholto by calling him a hypochondriac and keeps getting annoyed at him.

And then we had to discuss our reactions to Series 3. We were all baffled by the revelation of Mary's true character (which I will not spoil.)

We did something a bit differently today. I had made up a quiz to pass out at my Moriarty panel, which our leader asked me to bring. I brought these posters as prizes, both ones that I got from 221B Con.

Joe gave us all magnets from the last Sherlock Holmes conference that the Parallel Case did in 2005 called "Holmes under the Arch". Here's a picture of it.

And Gordon gave us the most clever presents. We each received Five Orange....Peeps. (The Five Orange Pips). I'd never actually eaten peeps before in my life before this.

Some of us plan to drive to the conference in Bloomington, IN called "From Gillette to Brett" on September 12-14 , so if you're in the area and you want a ride, let us know!

I also have another movie night planned for Friday, April 18th.

I've been putting our events as well as other local ones on our Sherlockian calendar: LINK
and I've put up some useful links up on the webpage so we can all entertain ourselves while the next season of Sherlock comes out: LINK

With that, the meeting adjourned.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

221B Con report- Saturday

Most of my time on Saturday was spent in the dealer's room and talking to other people, so I didn't get to go to many panels. It was so much rewarding getting to meet both new friends and see old ones. I saw a lot more older Sherlockians this year as opposed to last year. It's a great thing that people who love Holmes range from all ages and walks of life.

221B Con report- Friday

This past weekend I went to the Sherlock Holmes fan convention, 221B Con in sunny Atlanta, Georgia.

Sherlock Holmes viewing party

A few weeks ago in March, I hosted a Sherlock Holmes viewing party! We were fortunate enough to watch the movies on a large projection screen.

Eleven members were in attendance, with members from both the Parallel Case and the Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn.

The food was all Sherlock Holmes themed with the following:
Diogenes Club Sandwiches (turkey club sandwiches)
Piecroft Holmes (blueberry and lemon mini-tarts)
Iced Moriar-tea (iced sweet tea)
Harpooners of the Sea popcorn (popcorn)
Parallel Crisps of St. Louis (Pringles, because they are parallel crisps)

We put it up to a vote as to which movie we would watch, and we decided to see "The Last Vampyre"

I don't think we liked this one very much. Poor Brett was quite ill and the whole time I know I was thinking about that.

In this mystery, Holmes is hired to find out the real truth behind two mysterious women, a man too deep into the occult, and a crippled young boy.

And also, "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death"

This film is a loose, "modernized" adaptation of the Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual. Overall, we liked this one the best. Basil Rathbone is just too smooth.

Our next movie night will be on Friday, April 18th at the last location.