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Erik's Masonic Journey

Sun, 28 May 2000

Yesterday Valkyrie and I drove to the coast, but it was so incredibly rainy that we didn't even try to walk on the beach. In addition, Jefferson State Brewery, which we were intent on visiting, apparently closed down about a month ago. In defeat, we headed back home. We did get to see a bunch of redwoods, and on the way back stopped in at the Kerbyville Museum, which is just down the street from Belt Lodge #18. We got some pictures of the Lodge which I'll post here if we ever get them developed and scanned.

The museum was a rather odd one. It was of course very much a small town production, but many of their artifacts seemed strangely out-of-place or incorrectly stored. For example, they have an old barn containing a badly rusted giant newspaper printing press, an old carriage, and a couple of antique cash register machines which are all rusted beyond use. However, we enjoyed the museum quite a bit. Inside the museum proper they have a fine collection of Burroughs adding machines, telephones, and even an old working telegraph. They also have a giant lithograph machine which still works! I'd recommend the museum to any passers-by.

Now that I have my new web interface all set up, I'm able to make updates at home, so you'll probably be seeing these weekend entries from time to time. I have some good Masonic links today, too, of course. First is Gary Ford's excellent Freemasonry and Other Secret Societies. It contains a great deal of good information, including a page on phoney Masonry and why the O.T.O. should be considered clandestine. From Mr Ford's page I also found a link to the Anti-Masonry FAQ, with a lot of good historical information.

This has been an incredibly large Weekend Update! Thanks for reading, and remember to drop me an e-mail with any questions, suggestions, feedback, or Fraternal greetings!

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