A couple weeks ago, we did a thread on secret societies (or "societies with secrets"). One such prominent society is that of the Freemasons. While the thread was running, one of our board members, Disgustipated, PMed me and informed me that he was himself a Freemason and willing to participate in one of our famous "Ask a (x)" threads. Note that he's in an odd time zone, but he has agreed to do his best to answer questions in a timely manner. As such, feel free to ask Disgustipated any questions you have about being a Freemason. I have a couple questions below, but first, some ground rules and a plug: RULES: Don't be an ass. Ask legitimate questions. If you happen to also be a Freemason, feel free to chime in with your own experiences if you have something to add, but remember: this is not your thread. Don't just threadjack and answer all of Disgustipated's questions. This is ask a (particular) Freemason, not ask any random Freemason we have on the boards. PLUG: I am of the opinion that most people have had jobs, experiences, or lifestyles that would be interesting for other people to find out about. Even mundane stuff can be fascinating: for example, I have no idea what it's like to be a fast food worker. Even though that may seem mundane to some of you, there are half a dozen questions I'd ask someone that has extensive fast food experience. If you would like to volunteer to be the subject of an "Ask a X" thread, and you can be online during a weekday (U.S. time) to answer questions, PM me and we'll set something up. Anyway, Disgustipated - please feel free to write a short introductory post if you like. Otherwise, I'll prime the pump with some questions: 1. What compelled you to become a freemason? Did it fulfill a sense of belonging that you were otherwise missing? Have you been a member of similar organizations (e.g., a fraternity) before becoming a freemason? 2. A girl I totally, totally wanted to get with for like eight years came from a strongly Masonic family - her dad was a Mason and she was in Job's Daughters or whatever. Despite the fact that she is? was? eminently rational and ended up becoming a scientist, she ended up marrying some dude that was heavily into OTO and Thelemic Magic and stuff. What's up with that?