posted on Aug, 8 2007 @ 10:40 PM
First, I want to thank you all for answering my question, even though it was someone else who asked it. I do have a history that is worse than
MONOVALENT ALCHEMIST’s. For the curious, it is Commercial Burglary with Explosives with an adder of Attempted Penetration of a Vault. It was 20
years ago, when I was 18 years old, and I freely admit it looks horrible. I hated writing it out for this post. I have so divorced myself from that
period of my life that I have difficulty even remembering the act. I do however, remember the charge.
He who said that criminals get off easy in this country is naive. Sure, the incarceration times aren’t as long as some, but the databases here
I can’t go to Canada. Ever. Canada checks the database for “undesirables”.
I can’t get any kind of Contractors License and to do that sort of work without a license is a crime.
Big, medium, and now even small firms check the criminal records database before hiring.
Being stupid when young, has a massive affect on life-long income potential. Having walked in those shoes, I can understand why the recidivism rate
is so high. Most will simply see no other option left open to them.
It also affects who will date you.
If it sounds like I am feeling sorry for myself, please don’t read into it. I am doing very well in life. I took all the extra barriers as a
challenge and took them on. I don’t have so much as a speeding ticket in the last 10 years. I have a beautiful, cool, too-good-for-me wife who
loves me. And yes, she does know. I also have my own business where I make enough to provide the upbringing my family should have. My kids will not
make the same mistakes I did.
I would have liked to join your prestigious organization, but I will not even try. Trust is hard to win and easy to lose. Only my very oldest, and
most trusted friends know my past. Having it dug back up and debated could very well harm the trust I have won over the last 20 years, which could
harm my business, and in turn harm my family. While I would have liked to join the Masons, at a certain point in life, you realize that it isn’t
about you any more. My family is more important. I’ll just chalk it up to one more door that is closed, but again thank you for letting me find
all this out the easy way.