"I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation."Don't we all feel a bit this way, we readers of Sherlock Holmes?
-- Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, Chapter 1
Our daily lives are inevitably full of routine in the form of mundane but necessary tasks, schedules, and chores. It's a workaday existence much of the time. Sherlock Holmes escaped this daily humdrum through three-pipe problems and stimiulating adventures or, in his earlier years, through chemical means. You'll recall the famous ending of the case cited above -- "For me there is always the cocaine bottle."
Fortunately for us mere mortals who are not Sherlock Holmes, there is a more healthful means of escape readily at hand. Through the narratives of Dr. Watson, an exciting chase on the Thames or the moors is only a bookshelf (or a Kindle reader) away.
Thank you, Mr. Holmes. Because you transcended the ordinary, so can we.