Saturday, June 11, 2011

100 Fictional Places I Want To Visit - The Diogenes Club

I'm coming up with a list of 100 Fictional Places I Want To Visit.
(Why, you ask? Because I can, I answer.)

1.) The Diogenes Club in London.

First of all, it’s in London so that’s reason #1.

Second, I think it’d be cool to be with people you can’t interact with.

The Diogenes Club was co-founded by Mycroft Holmes and we learn about it in Sherlock Holmes and The Greek Interpreter.

What exactly is the Diogenes Club?

Sherlock Holmes explains:

There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger's Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere.

Now, while I admit I wouldn’t normally be attracted (much less found in) a club where one cannot speak, I do think it’d be relaxing and recharging to be around people but not have to intermingle.

There are some days I want to be alone yet want that energy of my fellow human beings.

This Club would fill that need perfectly.

I’m sure I wouldn’t be a frequent member. (I’m not exactly known for being quiet.)

They do have the Stranger’s Room in which you can conduct business with your fellow human beings. But if I spent all my time in there, I might as well belong to a different club.

I’d probably end up reading the night away in the Stranger’s Room – in case someone wandered in and I started talking to them I’d be safe from expulsion. But then again, I might as well go sit in the Library.

Oh! The Metra Train just implemented their Quiet Cars – one car per train on all lines during rush hour as of June 6.

Metra Online: “The rules are simple: No cell phone calls. If passengers must answer their phones, they should make it brief or move to the vestibule or another car. Conversations are discouraged; if they must be held they should be short and in subdued voices. All electronic devices must be muted, and headphones should not be loud enough for anyone else to hear.

On Monday, our Conductor made an announcement that we were not in a quiet car, he had mistakenly told passengers this was one. I had been talking the last five minutes and was oblivious to the fact we even had a Quiet Car.

He said it’s the second car from the locomotive, then said, no, the third. Then he said something about there being no Quiet Cars on trains with less than six cars and amended that to five. I looked it up and Metra Online says two. I’m so lost - already.

AND just to make matters worse, it looks like the Quiet Car is going to be two from the back which is where I always meet my party (to talk about the workday) because we have to get off at our stop on that car. So that’s totally not fair!

I just know I’m going to miss the sign (`cause I’ll be talking), end up on the Quiet Car and embarrass the heck out of myself.

It’s only a matter of time before I get kicked out of the Quiet Car, mark my words.

Wait, did I just list my first fictional place to visit - a place where people are not allowed to speak - and then compare it to the new and REAL place of the Metra Quiet Car saying I’ll never go (on purpose, anyhow)?

Yup, I surely did. I surely, surely did...

Now I want to hear what you think of the Diogenes Club and the Metra Quiet Car?

And - what fictional place would you visit?

(And don't say the Holodeck because that's like, 'What would you wish for?' and you say, 'Unlimited wishes!'
Yeah, we'd all say that.
To quote, Sherlock Holmes, "BO-RING!!!!)


Au and Target said...

How about 6 people you'd invite for dinner?

Live Out Loud said...

Ooh, I like that! I'll have to think about that one.

Six fictional people or real or a mix?

Bonnie said...

Hi, I have been long overdue for a visit with you. While I have heard of the Diogenes Club I'm not quite sure I realized Mycroft Holmes was a founding member. Did you watch the latest Dr. Who? I was fine the first 15-20 minutes when I fell asleep. I awoke at the very end to find out exactly how River Song fits into the stories. It was awesome and surprising news!


Live Out Loud said...

Bonnie - you fell asleep? That's hysterical!!!! I'll say you didn't miss much. I liked the beginning, not the middle and the end was finally that answer. I wonder how long ago the writers decided that.

I'm trying not to have any spoilers!!!!!!!!!!!