I had the singular honor of speaking to about 100 brethren on Friday night at the Henry Wilson Coil Masonic Museum in San Francisco. Alice and I had an incredible weekend in San Francisco, and I owe a huge note of thanks to Worshipful Brother Adam Kendall. It was a great opportunity to meet so many brethren I have only known electronically, and make new friends as well. And many, many thanks to the brethren of the Southern California Research Lodge for all they have done to promote Freemasons For Dummies and Solomon's Builders.
We had great fun with Margo and John Heisner at the Grand Master's banquet. It was also especially fun to at last meet Brother Andrew Horn, whose work I have long admired; the boundlessly enthusiastic Brother Manny Blanco, with his lady Ruth; Brother "Sarastro"; and of course the brethren with whom we shared a pint or two at Zeki's – Adam, Brent, Chris, Ken, and others far too numerous to mention.
But the most humbling experiences of the whole weekend came from the many young brothers who stopped me to say that Freemasons For Dummies had influenced them to become Masons. That is perhaps the greatest compliment anyone has ever paid me, and I cannot begin to express those emotions. My deepest thanks to all of the brethren in California for the incredible gift of this weekend.