Back to SherlockPeoria front page

The View from Sherlock Peoria
No. 512, April 22, 2012

It's always 2:21 somewhere . . .

As I mentioned in these pages some years ago, I am fascinated by 2:21 in the afternoon. I look at the clock far too often at that particular minute, or as is more accurate, I remember looking at the clock when that minute occurs more than any other minute. 221, the magic number of Baker Street and Holmes's home.

I couldn't help but think of 221 again this week when the ever-growing celebration of 4:20 and 4/20 (or April 20th) occurred among the fans of a certain herbal medicine. Willie Nelson had a statue dedication, special showings of "Reefer Madness" were held in theaters, and campus gatherings abounded. There's a lot of urban legend as to the origin of the number 420 in that context, but it was basically something some high school kids concocted as their time to meet up and get high every day.

221 actually has more significance and substance than 420, and I'm surprised Sherlockians haven't used that totem number more in their ritual and rite over the years. Probably partly because February 20th is not really a celebratory time of year, with all the snow and all.

But with more Sherlockians in warmer climes, perhaps that will change, date-wise. But time-wise?

As Sherlockians, who seem to be a tad brighter than many country music enthusiasts, we know it's not always 2:21 somewhere . . . the time zones do tend to stay in the same minute of their different hours. But when it is 2:21, one could turn toward Baker Street, climb the nearest 17 steps, smoke a pipe of that stuff they don't smoke at 4:20 . . .

Your humble correspondent,
Brad Keefauver

Archives for
2002 to 2008

2009 Archives

2010 Archives

2011 Archives

Past 2012 Columns

January 1, 2012
A League (Out)
Of Her Own

January 8, 2012
Why I Hate PBS

January 15, 2012
'Tis Done

January 22, 2012
The Sherlock Bomb

January 29, 2012
The Bleeding Coolest Thing In Decades

February 5, 2012
And Now A Word For Their Sponsor . . .

February 12, 2012
Out of Bounds

February 19, 2012
The Half Billion Dollar Man

February 26, 2012
Sherlock Gets The Award

March 4 , 2012
Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

March 11, 2012
Before and After

March 18, 2012
Was It Worth It?

March 25, 2012
What To Do With Ten Minutes

April 1, 2012
All The Sherlock Holmes Stories

April 8, 2012
Double Feature

April 15, 2012
Down Time

April 22, 2012
It's Always 2:21 Somewhere . . .