Saturday, August 14, 2010


I am sitting on my last week of military leave (vacation) here in Boise, Idaho, and I'm about to go to Annual Training. I'll be out there for some time and only have a small amount of free time before shipping off to my next training station. It has been a fun month. I've done nothing, but hang out with friends and relax. I went camping with some friends who I had not seen in almost a year. I've floated the river here in Boise several times and got a great tan from it. :D

I've also attended 3 weddings and officiated 1. One of the weddings I attended was for my little sister and I was very proud to see her finally marry the man of her dreams. They make a great couple.

Friday night I attended the last meeting I'll attend at my Mother Lodge. It was an interesting meeting as both the Worshipful Master and Senior Warden were absent (the Worshipful Master was hit by a car and the Senior Warden was with him at the Emergency Room). The Junior Warden presided and did a good job. I sat as acting Senior Warden and had a good time. I told the Brethren that this would be my last meeting and that I was grateful for all of their support. I also congratulated our Junior Warden who I was pleased to see come up the way he has as he was the first Master Mason I Raised as a Worshipful Master.

Saturday night I went to a party with my great friend and love. She and I's relationship has been an interesting one with us being years apart in age and not always having conducive agendas. It was a bittersweet parting and she holds a special place in my heart. I will miss her while I'm gone and look forward to seeing her on my return to the country. We will always be friends. The night may not have gone the way I wanted, but it was the night we both needed.

Sunday, I went camping with my father, sister, brother-in-law, and my nephew. Got up there a little late in the day, but still had enough time to go fishing with them. We had a great little dinner courtesy of my sister and her husband. My nephew and I had an epic wrestling match and it will be a fond memory while I'm deployed overseas. The next morning my father made an awesome sourdough pancake breakfast.

Monday, I went to Wilder where the Grand Lodge did a cornerstone dedication for the Elementary School. The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Idaho, David C Triplett, asked me to fill a vacancy in the officer line and so I sat as Senior Grand Steward. It was a great turnout, 31-Masons, and most of them were Past Master or Worshipful Masters hailing from all over the State of Idaho.

The rest of the week will be dedicated to prepping for Annual Training.

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