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All in the Name of a Shilling
Back in January 2012, I received the thrill of a lifetime when the Baker Street Irregulars invested me as Inspector Lestrade. Part of the honor of becoming a BSI is receiving the certificate with an attached shilling. After receiving mine, as I was floating back to my table, it was reported that I said I needed to go sit down before they take it away from me. Of course, I do not remember saying this because I had suddenly developed a severe case of BSI Amnesia. This is a rare disease suffered by those invested into the BSI. As soon as one’s name is called, all memories rapidly fade.
I soon recovered although I do not think my feet touched the ground the remainder of the Birthday Celebration Weekend. I kept my certificate nearby, refusing to allow it to be checked at the airport on my return trip. When I got home, my wife and I had our own ideas about what to do with the certificate. Luckily, our ideas were the same – Rebecca Casey. Rebecca is the wife of one of our local Sherlockians, Don Casey. She is also an excellent framer. We have several items that Rebecca framed for us and each one is perfect. Therefore, it really was not a question about who would do the honors of framing my certificate.
The nice thing about having Rebecca on the job is not worrying about the outcome. I called her to arrange a time to drop it off and left it to her artistic abilities. That was early February and this weekend I had the call I was waiting for, the framing was complete. The much anticipated day arrived and we picked up the newly framed certificate. WOW! It was an antique, Victorian frame with corner scrolls matching the scroll on the four corners of the certificate. The blue matting perfectly matched the blue lettering on the certificate.
I suppose by my comments one can tell I am extremely pleased with both the certificate and the framing job. Rebecca is a genius.
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