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Sherlocking on My Birthday
My birthday is February 13 and it fell on Sunday this year. My celebration started early this year because on Thursday night fellow Sherlockian, Jim Hawkins, turned up on my doorstep. This was planned and not some random appearance. Jim and I go back many years. He was at my Bachelor’s Party at Sherlock’s in Nashville in October 1999. Joyce and I were married in Nashville. On the Friday night before we married, I arranged to meet Billy Fields and Gael Stahl and other Sherlockians. Jim was one of the Nashville Scholars in attendance.
Jim Hawkins and Don Hobbs
Jim works for Southwest Airlines and he is one of the few people I know that is in the air more than I am. We have tried unsuccessfully to get together at my place on several occasions. This one finally took and Thursday night, we were able to catch up on story- telling and eating Mexican food. I saw Jim and Billy in Nashville late last year but neither made it to New York City in January during the Birthday Celebration Weekend. We always have a beer together at McSorely’s Ale House. I hope that they will be back in 2012.
So much Guacamole so little time.
On Saturday, Joyce and I ventured to the Buchanan’s Flea Market inside Dallas’ Fair Park. Fair Park is a Dallas gem that get’s very little local appreciation. Fair Park is just a few miles east of downtown Dallas and has the world’s largest collection of 1930’s Art Deco exposition buildings. Each month one of these building hosts the flea market. It is a grand place to spend a few mindless hours, remembering things from a long-ago past. Joyce and I continued buying items for my Sherlockian Christmas Tree. We bought a miniature pistol, a pig, a rose and a brick. I know what stories they are from and when the tree is completed, it will be a riddle for all Sherlockians to have a go at matching every object to its corresponding story of the Canon.
Centennial Building at Dallas’ Fair Park.
I woke up on Sunday, the official “birthday”, and stumbled into the kitchen to make coffee. I find the coffee maker, the refrigerator, and nearly every other surface plastered with a message form the Lamb of God Christian Ministries, proclaiming “OMG, It’s Don Hobbs Birthday.” This was Joyce’s requiem to her Sherlockian husband. Touché. During the day, I had nearly 100 birthday wishes from friends on Facebook. I t was a close race between Sherlockian and family well-wishers. I appreciate each and every one.
LOG offer OMG for my birthday
My children came over in shifts. The girls, Megan and Kelly, granddaughters Madison and Emily drew the early shift. They came over for lunch. One of the presents was the DVD of Tom & Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes. I intend on watching it and giving a review later. Finally, I must mention my birthday card from Joyce. She found the most wonderful Sherlockian card. It features a dog dressed in z deerstalker and this is certainly not a unique idea but this one is special. This is my Canonical year, I was 59 today and at year’s end, I will have a year for each one of the Sacred Stories.
DVD - Tom & Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes
My Sherlockian birthday card from Joyce.
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