Tuesday, November 1, 2016
I don’t give a rat’s ass about basketball. I have never played basketball and would never watch it. To me it is on the same interest scale as golf. I can only name three basketball players: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. All three seem good men, but I have a special feeling for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who like Mohammed Ali, had the grit to openly flaunt criticism and declare his faith to Islam.
Even though Ali and Abdul-Jabbar were athletes, I feel they paved the way for a President named Barack Hussein Obama.
Something I do care about is Sherlock Holmes.
I first read Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band when I was about fourteen and in high school. It was the only Holmes book in the school library and I read it many times.
As I got older I would purchase any Holmes story I came across and amassed a small collection (this of course was before the internet, and book stores were not that available.) Finally, I was able to find and purchase Baring-Gould’s annotated Sherlock Holmes – all the stories – and I read and reread the stories until the book was (and is) well worn.
I am a member of the Occupants of the Empty House, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, and I have written a number of monographs on Sherlock Holms.
Where am I going with this and what does basketball have to do with Sherlock Holmes?
Yesterday my wife and I went to Augusta. We ate at Longhorn Steak house, shopped at Home Depot and made our regular pilgrimage to Barns and Noble Book Store.
I dislike Holmes knock off stories even when written by a favorite writer like Stephen King. However, while browsing the mystery section I came across Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. My interest was piqued and I bought the book.
Last night I read the first seventy-five pages and I am hooked. If you are a Holmes fan you might want to take a look at Mycroft Holmes - though not true to the canon it is still a ripping good read.