No Idiots Allowed!
|From Blue Lodge Dummies|
Guests at the 5th District Blue Lodge Council, held at Unity Lodge No. 148 in New Britain last night were treated to the spectacle of the Very Worshipful Charles and Tom squeeing like adolescent fangirls over the visit of fellow blogger Chris Hodapp. Bro. Chris has authored several books, which most readers of this blog should already know. He was kind enough to endure a half hour of book signing and dedication after a sumptuous repast, and then again after being forced to listen to a (mercifully short) BLC meeting (at which once again nobody remembered to introduce the District Lecturers – harumph harumph); at the end of which he displayed his stand-up routine gave a wonderfully motivational talk about the need for variety and diversity in lodge programs – and indeed, in lodges themselves. After being subjected to another fifteen minutes of questions, he was remanded to the foyer where he endured another half hour of book signing.
Yes, of course I wanted my own book signed, too, especially the one about Conspiracies and Secret Societies. I always get a laugh over how wrong they get the part about our Zeta-Reticulan overlords protectors.
BTW, thanks go out to WB Harry Needham, WM of Unity, for being able to finagle Bro. Hodapp to come all the way out to the boondocks. Most Worshipful Robert Sticka managed to clear his calendar to attend, as did several other GL officers, some of whom had met Chris in the past. About 50 people showed up for the event.
One of the neat things about Masonry is that no matter how many accolades a brother might receive, at the end of the night, he’s still a brother – even if he is a dummy. Chris was gracious enough to hang around after most of the guests had left, chatting and gossiping as if he were a long-time member of one of the local lodges. I know that I appreciated the opportunity to meet him in person, and told him so. “You look younger in real life,” were, I think my first words.
Really, Bro. Chris – it’s the thought that counts.
Seriously, Bro. Hodapp is a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, and he does have a number of engagements lined up around the US. I encourage anybody to take advantage of the opportunity to see him if he comes by your area.