One of the interesting discoveries of any initiate is finding out the cross section of men frequenting the halls of Freemasonry. Indeed most members are very interested in the occupation of any newcomers. A quick run down the member list of Scotia lodge will reveal some interesting occupations or even past lives.
We have sailors and soldiers, accountants and plumbers. There is always a few bank managers but not often an ex WW2 Lancaster tail gunner. We have an electrician, a mechanic, a computer whiz and an internet site builder. There is a smattering of bus drivers, truck drivers, solicitors and retirees. We have people who travel the world and those who never venture beyond the city limits. There are those of us whose idea of a great weekend is jumping on motorcycle with an engine the size of a truck and riding to some remote pub for lunch, while others think a picnic with the family is the ultimate pleasure. We have campers, fisherman, wise crackers and the dour. There are the serious and the frivolous. In fact any type of person or interest will turn up sooner or later at every lodge in the land.
Where will all this take us? Of one thing you can be assured, the conversation at every Masonic gathering is both ordinary and stimulating. Conversations will range from the prosaic to the interesting. Put into this mix a goodly helping of wives, girlfriends and know all daughters and of one thing at least you can be sure. If you cannot find someone to talk to at a masonic meeting it could only be a one man meeting.