Razumich & Delamater - January 2019


FROM THE DESKS OF Razumich & Delamater

2019 is here, and, like a lot of people, I’ve made a New Year’s resolution. This year, my resolution is to eat at least three hot breakfasts each week. Breakfast is probably the meal I skip the most, since apparently I’m a bigger fan of sleeping than of eating. It’s probably also the one I should skip the least, since my staff routinely tells me I get cranky if I miss breakfast and then have to work through lunch (which happens WAY more regularly than I’d like to admit). It’s also not that hard; it takes about 20 minutes to fry up a half pound of bacon, 20 minutes to fry up 7 sausages, and an indeterminate amount of time to make pancakes; I make those infrequently enough that I’ve not bothered to time myself. Like most things in life, getting time to eat a hot breakfast is a matter of prioritizing your goals. I usually spend about 20 minutes checking emails each morning, so why not 20 minutes over a skillet instead? I’ll probably be happier. Hopefully your own resolutions go well, too. I’ll update everyone in six months to see how I managed.

SHERLOCKHOLMES’ 164 TH BIRTHDAY! ‘E lementary , M y D ear W atson .’

The most beloved of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes, celebrates his 164th birthday this month. It’s speculated that Holmes would have been born on Jan. 6 of 1854, and fans across the globe gather each year on this date to observe his “birth.” People don their pipes, top hats, and long coats and, with a chorus of “The game’s afoot,” settle down for a weekend marathon filled with novels, short stories, movies, and TV shows. The character Sherlock Holmes was created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who finished his first novella in 1886, called “A Study in Scarlet.” Although Doyle is best known for his four novels and a handful of short stories about the private detective Holmes and Dr. John Watson, it wasn’t his life’s goal. Doyle wanted to become a historical novelist and wrote several novels of the genre which were admired in his time but did not receive the same attention as Holmes. The author became so disgruntled with Holmes and his popularity that he finally killed the beloved character in 1893. But due to the public’s overwhelming reaction, Doyle grudgingly brought him back in the early 1900s. One of the most noticeable characteristics of Holmes’ character is his ability to use observation to solve cases. Through reasoning and scrutiny of the people and areas around him, Holmes solves seemingly impossible mysteries. These characteristics were inspired by a professor Doyle met while attending medical school, Dr. Joseph Bell.

-John Razumich and Joe Delamater

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