posted on May, 15 2013 @ 03:08 PM
Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by whenandwhere
I am curious, having heard other masons from other areas mention that they use the conversation starters like "are you a traveling man?" or some such
language to question a person of their affiliation to which there is a specific reply I am told, have you ever come in contact with such a thing?
I was told some areas teach that to the initiate, but if someone started that kind of a conversation with me, I would have to respond with the Red
Dawn code, "the chair is against the wall, and Jack has a long mustache". Probably be viewed as an idiot, but that might save everyone some time in
The old heads used to use those types of conversation starters but it is no longer used by us . If I see a ring and I am in a talkative mood , I may
ask "What Lodge are you a member ? " but that's about it when conversing about Masonry . I have been asked once in another state if I was a traveling
man by an old man , my answer was Yes and I told him my lodge name and number and my Grand lodge , shook his hand and off I went .
I tend to travel a lot (more so as DDGM) and I get "Masoned out" so I tend to avoid talking to Masons when I am not in lodge . I do not wear (well ,
almost never) anything that marks me as a Mason any longer as that "thrill" wore off many years ago . My wife will notice a ring , shirt or hat and
point them out to me and I will only shrug my shoulders . As I said , my town is lousy with Masons LOL , I can throw a rock and hit one .
As I said in my previous post , new Masons are the most enthusiastic because they are new and excited . I have had them give me an EA (and a couple of
others) grip in plain view of my wife . I pulled my hand away , told them this is not the time nor the place (in a friendly manner) told them that it
was good to meet them and off I went .
But on to your pretend Masons . I was once at a sister lodge when two young visitors showed up , I was acting Tyler so it was up to me to try them . I
first asked for dues cards . The cards (or pieces of printer paper) they handed me were off . The paper was wrong , no lodge seal nor were they signed
. I told them that their dues cards were not kosher so I tried them . They could answer a few questions thanks to the internet , but I tend to get a
little too in depth because I will ask you questions where the answers come from the Middle Chamber Lecture (for instance) . They failed my tests and
finally admitted that the dues cards were fake (printed off the internet) . I asked them "Why?" and they stated that they just wanted to see what went
on in a lodge . I told them that they would be bored to tears in ten minutes .
On here is another story . I guess Some thinks it will give their accusations more credence , but they are found out rather quickly . Some though have
really done their home work and are a little more convincing but will be caught up in their lies eventually .
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