I hate it when there are two really cool things to do going on at the same time. It forces me to make a decision knowing that I’ll feel a sense of loss for not being able to do both. That was the exact issue I faced on November 7, 2015.
Bobby and I were in Cambridge, Ohio for the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekend. The first act was on Friday night, the second on Saturday morning and the third act was held on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, at the same time as the third act, Gerald Charles Dickens was performing a one man play of the Christmas Carol. Mr. Dickens is the great-great grandson of the Charles Dickens, famed author.
On Friday night, Bobby had said we would “divide and conquer.” He would send me to the Christmas Carol and he would go to the third act of Sherlock Holmes mystery. He said that he would record the third act and I could listen to it on the way home.
However, we both agreed that after spending the afternoon searching for clues around downtown Cambridge, we were too invested to not finish the weekend with Sherlock and Watson. Therefore we missed the Christmas Carol.
All was not lost, though. Earlier in the day, at the Dickens Victorian Village Welcome Center, we had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dickens and get his autograph. Bobby also got a picture of us together.
I am holding on to the hope that next year Mr. Dickens will be back. That way I can plan to see his show without the dilemma. The next Sherlock Holmes Mystery weekend won’t be until 2017. But I imagine a trip to Cambridge might become an annual event for Bobby and me.
P.S. Bobby ran into a magician he knew, Tim Angeloni of Louisville, Ohio. The two met at a Michael Finney magic show in Akron, Ohio a few years ago.