Deep in the Heart of Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by David Hill, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. David Hill

    David Hill Registered User

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    Happy Texas Independence Day and greetings from the state capitol! I'm currently petitioning Hill City Lodge #456 in Austin, TX, and I have my fingers crossed for a favorable vote at the stated meeting on Tuesday. Hopefully I'll be able to take the EA degree in March. I'm quite excited to begin working the Blue Lodge degrees!

    A bit about me: I'm a 7th generation Texan, and I'm in the process of finishing up a doctorate in clinical psychology. I'm currently working in a forensic setting. I'm quite interested in Masonic history and research. I'm also an avid motorcyclist. I ride a Triumph Speed Triple for those who may also be motorcycle fans. This forum looks to have a lot of good information, and I suspect that I will learn a lot here.
     
  2. Brother Maples

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    Welcome friend.
     
  3. cog41

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    Greetings!
     
  4. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    Welcome to the Community!
     
  5. edwards45177

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    Welcome brother and good luck on Tuesday.
     
  6. David Hill

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    Thanks everyone. I heard that the vote was favorable, and I'll be taking my EA degree in April. I'm looking forward to it!
     
  7. Bro_Vick

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    David - If you let us know when you are going to be initiated, I might be able to attend.

    It would be my honor.

    -Vick
     
  8. Michaelstedman81

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    Yea, please do post when you are going to be initiated. I would like to possibly attend as well, and I have two EAs that are close friends of mine that have been wanting to visit another lodge so it would be a good reason for them to go as well.
     
  9. David Hill

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    Wow. Thanks guys! I think it's going to be Tuesday, April 17th. I'll post here when I'm absolutely certain of the date. Thanks for making me feel welcome.
     
  10. ArmySGT121

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    Greetings!
     
  11. Mac

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    Congratulations on your acceptance, David. Look forward to seeing your posts in the evening on April 17th. ;)
     
  12. David Hill

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    Thanks again for the welcome! I've been looking at posts in the general forum, and I want to give my appreciation to everyone for posting such interesting material and such wonderful links. I'm quite excited to get started, and it's been tough to find material to read that doesn't reference the initiations. Luckily, this site has enabled me to keep studying without giving me preconceptions about my upcoming initiation. Thanks again!
     
  13. David Hill

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    Well, my EA initiation is a week away, and I'm excited to get started! I've been doing a lot of general Masonic reading, and I'm looking forward to finally studying the degrees.
     
  14. Bro_Vick

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    David - What time on the 17th? You can post it here or PM me, there is a good chance I will be able to make it. I am just debating if I want to deal with the traffic from San Antonio to Austin. :)
     
  15. David Hill

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    Bro. Vick,

    The Hill City Lodge calendar says that the degree starts at 6:30. Realistically, that's usually when we're wrapping up dinner and the guys are heading upstairs for degree work. I know the commute from SA well. I'd love to have you make it, but I definitely understand what a drag that drive is during rush hour!

    David
     
  16. David Hill

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    I took my EA last night. All that I can say is WOW! That was quite a ride! My brain was swimming with all of the new information, and I'm looking forward to starting the esoteric work this week. I'm honored to be a part of the fraternity, and I deeply appreciate the labors of the degree team.
     
  17. David Hill

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    I passed a huge milestone yesterday. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology. That was a tremendous amount of work! Now I can get to learning my EA catechism. :)
     
  18. Mac

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    Congratulations, brother! That is no small accomplishment.
     
  19. Bro_Vick

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    Wonderful! Being married to a PhD, I know the amount of work and sacrifice it must have taken you.

    No get to the esoteric work!

    S&F,
    -Bro Vick
     
  20. David Hill

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    I turned in my work and took my FC degree on Tuesday. The turn-in went very well. I had a great teacher, and I now know the material backwards and forwards. The FC degree was wonderful. I enjoyed how it built on the foundation I had already established. I met with my teacher yesterday, and he took me through the FC esoteric work. That's going to go quickly! I see why folks pass through FC quickly. I plan on spending time later on reviewing the liberal arts. The FC has given me a lot to think about.
     

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