Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Getting My Holmes On, Holmes

You see...but you do not observe

-Sherlock Holmes (Scandal in Bohemia)

As a strategist/planner, you can always count on finding a good quote for a presentation from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, or his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. Yet, my interest in him and these stories began to develop back when my father and I would watch "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (Granada Television production) starring Jeremy Brett on A&E. I've continued to dabble in this passion since with the video box set, the Complete Works in book form, The Rivals of SH, and some treasures I've found on my father's book shelf like this:

My parents bought me a handmade chess set with SH characters (Moriarty is "king" on the villains side) when we were in Cork visiting my studying abroad sister. Besides sending out a huge "Nerd Alert," it serves as a frequent but quiet reminder that all I've been doing is dabbling in these (chess too, I was runner-up in our elementary school tournament - take that!) passions.

This weekend, however, I stumbled across The Sherlock Holmes Social Network on Ning. In fact, it was a planning world connection that brought me back into the world of the detective. Plaid posted its new site for Crayon where a guy named Scott Monty heads up strategy, who happens to have formed the group (among other Sherlockian things - podcast, blog, and journal). Cool coincidence, right? It also got me excited to finally dive right into this passion.

You dabble...but you do not develop.

-El Gaffney (Getting My Holmes on, Holmes)


michael said...

Awesome! Do you have the new Annotated Works? It's 3 volumes and every once in a while you can find a used copy at Powells.

El Gaffney said...

thanks michael, is there a powell's in nyc?

Scott said...

I'm glad you connected the dots. Looking forward to sharing strategic and Sherlockian ideas with you.

Oh, and I also own that chess set. ;-)

El Gaffney said...

me as well, scott. guess i can't tell everyone the set's a one-of-a-kind - it's still awesome.

michael said...

No Powell's in NYC, but go to this link for a used copy.


Have fun.