Continuing My Journey

Tomorrow is the Spring Reunion for the Scottish Rite of Chattanooga. There, I will receive my 4th-32nd degrees. This is a lot different than the anticipation before my 1st-3rd degrees. Before, I had a small idea about what to expect. This time, I have no idea what to expect. All I know for sure is…

Genealogy of Harrison Lodge No. 114 F&AM

Lodge/Person Name Charter/Birth Date Notes Rotrou, Seigneur de Nogent c. 935 Fulcuich (Fulcois), Count of Perche c. 965 Count of Mortagne Hugues du Perche Geoffrey II, Count of Gâtinais bef. 1030 Fulk IV, Count of Anjou 1043 le Rechin Fulk, King of Jerusalem bet. 1089 & 1092 Fulk the Younger, Fulk V Count of Anjou Geoffrey…

203rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee

I attended the 203rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee this week. It was fantastic meeting so many other brothers from so many other places. I lost count of the times I found myself shaking hands with one of the Grand officers and had no idea. They’re just normal guys and brothers, like…

3rd Lecture Complete

I decided a while back that I was going to attempt to learn my 3rd degree lecture without any other help. This means that I have no way to learn it other than going to 3rd degrees around my area. Well, tonight I finally turned in the lecture in an opened lodge. That’s a nice…

Old Man Jam 2017

My college fraternity, the Alpha-Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma, does a thing every year called the Old Man Jam. It is where a bunch of of alumni, usually 20-30, get together, rent a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN and watch the Super Bowl over a weekend. Last year was the first time I was invited to…

Bad Days

I believe that everyone has a set of bad days in their life. Those bad days are things like the death of someone close, maybe a day when someone is diagnosed with cancer, the day when a spouse walks out or divorce papers are served. You know the type of day. I may not have…

ChattanoogaMasons.com

Back in mid-December, I was wracking my brain about how I might contribute a little more to the local Masonic community and it occurred to me that I might be able to help in the same way I have helped other organizations I have been interested. With those other organizations, it was simply about creating…

Newly Elected

So, eight months and nine days after being initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason, I have been elected as the Junior Deacon of Harrison Lodge #114 F&AM. I sincerely hope that I am able to do the job well and also hope I am able to prepare well for the next step in the Lodge. In…

A Resounding Success

A week ago Saturday, our disaster recovery exercise concluded a day and a half early. This time, it was a complete and utter success. Thank goodness. There was fervent prayer, effective planning, solid engineering and flawless execution. I am wrapping up my week-off after the exercise and, for the first time in a while, I’m…

High hopes

So, this coming Monday, we begin our Fall 2016 disaster recovery exercise. We’re doing quite a few new and different things like VMware SRM and the like. The exercise will also be 160 hours straight, instead of 120. If everything goes as planned, we’ll be able to finish this thing at a nice and leisurely…

My Masonic Resume

BLUE LODGE SCOTTISH RITE Harrison Lodge #114, Harrison, TN Chattanooga Valley, Chattanooga, TN Degrees – Degrees – Entered Apprentice (1°) – April, 1 2016 Fellow Craft (2°) – May 13, 2016 Master Mason (3°) – June 10, 2016 Lodge of Perfection (4°-14°) – April, 8 2017 Chapter of Rose Croix (15°-18°) – April, 8 2017…

Love AWS, but…

A while back, I moved all of my websites over to Amazon Web Services (AWS). SO much faster and more responsive than my home web server. I’m glad I did it. However, I found through much trial and error that you absolutely must know what you are doing when creating a proper LAMP server. This…

Definitely Different

So, in case you haven’t been able to tell from my previous posts or my webpage, in general, I am from Tennessee. As such, I am from a Mason Lodge in Tennessee. Specifically, I am from Harrison Lodge #114 F&AM, Harrison, TN. Harrison is a relatively small, unincorporated part of the Chattanooga Metropolitan area. We…

3rd Degree

I received my 3rd degree two nights ago and WOW! Just wow. I am now, officially, a Master Mason. I think it will take a little bit for everything that transpired to sink in. Rest assured I will post more, but for now, I’m going to just say that my fraternity initiation didn’t hold a…

Utter Failure

So yesterday, we finished up our Spring 2016 disaster recovery exercise. The absolute best words that would be used to describe the exercise is utter failure. I have been involved with many of these exercises over the years and there have been some doozies. Several have some close to failure, but none have actually succeeded……

Date Set for 3rd

The date for my 3rd degree is 6/10/2016. There was a lot of thought put into this date. My first degree was on 4/1, April Fool’s day. My second degree was on 5/13, obviously, Friday the 13th. The challenge was finding a date in June that was equally interesting as the previous two degree dates.…

2nd Lecture Complete

So, that just happened. I just went in to work on my 2nd lecture with my mentor and, although I thought I had it pretty well, my mentor thought it good enough to make me do it again with an audience and make it official. Now, it is just a matter of setting a date…