Back from the weekend surrounding the BSI Dinner, we find ourselves once again filled with Sherlockian joy. Having attended dinners for almost four decades, we have seen many changes in the unchanging world of Irregularity. The welcome addition of women to the ranks is the most obvious. The significant uptick of younger guests in recent years (and younger Irregulars) promises that the future of the BSI will be vital.
The BSI Weekend demonstrates fully that the most important appeal of the Canon is its celebration of the undying friendship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Those who attend do their best to emulate that friendship. Beyond the formal Dinners and Luncheons are scores of impromptu gatherings, quiet drinks, coffees, and meals in groups large and small. It is impossible to spend enough time with enough people, but cheeks are kissed, hands are shook, hugs delivered, and—somehow—the constant talk settles into a pattern, clearly perceived once one has returned home, of happiness. It is a family reunion with a family that one has sought to join and that has welcomed you into its midst.
As with any family gathering, there can be downsides—the crazy uncle, the boring cousin, the peculiar food. But overall it is shared memories, beliefs, and love that bind the group. We are all lucky—Irregulars or not—to be able to climb those seventeen steps and immerse ourselves in the greatest friendship since David and Jonathan.
The Editor's Gas-Lamp, Spring 2016, Vol. 66, No. 1.