The After Lodge Podcast

Episode 181 - Cracking the Code

  • Opening: Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)
  • Nick is back . . . and Sir John is still here; Cartman never left
  • Unpaid shout outs to the Gibson Research Corporation
  • Tales from the big Tony Halloween party (the ones we can remember)
  • Harlan decided not to wear a flag suit for Halloween, but not because he found sense
  • Why does John wear a 3-piece suit on the show? Harlan doesn't even wear a suit on the show!
  • Is anyone a member of the Royal Order of Scotland?
  • Fantasy authors and borrowing Masonic symbology
  • You WILL use my fraternal title, even in the supermarket!
  • Harlan has another battle with the stop sign by the Lodge
  • Nick asks the York Rite: "when will we ever get rid of the Class A uniform?"
  • "How do you be Catholic?" - Harlan wants to know
  • A lesson in York Rite dress code
  • Dropping titles when you're done with the job . . . it's a good thing
  • What's happening with the Winding Stairs Facebook group?
  • If you won $65,000,000, how much would you give your Lodge?
  • Nobody else can handle the outro
  • Closing: Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)
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Episode 180 - THOUSANDS of Years

  • Opening: Dude (Looks Like A Lady) (Aerosmith)
  • We're practicing our parliamentary procedure - and we're all out of order
  • The good news is: Bruce survived Grand Lodge
  • Just how exactly DO you tune a pipe organ?!
  • Why there is no distance too far when it comes to burying our Brothers
  • Tony shows up . . . almost at the beginning
  • To answer last week's question: no, we will not be opening on the appropriate degree in our jurisdiction
  • We have been reading minutes on the Master Mason Degree, and only there, for THOUSANDS of years
  • A story in proper propane safety, and Tony's mercenary motives
  • The hopes and dreams of Masters - a list of Bruce's top accomplishments
  • We found Nick! He was busy investigating a cop. What NOT to tell a candidate's wife
  • Finding your old bitcoin wallet and don't take investing advice from Harlan
  • Have you guys been getting the "good news" delivered at Lodge too?
  • Masonic fashion (yes, it's funny) controversy: cummerbund or waistcoat?
  • Just don't forget your lapel extender
  • Closing: Cocaine (Eric Clapton)
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Episode 179 - Paving Over

  • Opening: All For One (Gangstagrass)
  • All of our friends have abandoned us . . .
  • Tony rigs the "favorite hosts" Facebook poll just like the Chili Cookoff
  • Where we're doing next week - doing something awesome with a Lodge patron
  • Harlan cooks challah - maybe
  • Can you buy good ritual work with food?
  • Will we finally allow our Lodges to open on the appropriate degree? Probably not . . .
  • Is it worse when an EA doesn't finish, or a MM doesn't come back?
  • Harlan coaches Bruce on what NOT to do at Grand Lodge
  • Is Hugh Hefner actually in a "better" place?
  • Harlan accosts a media executive for cancelling H2, on behalf of everyone
  • The parking lot got done, and now we're bankrupt
  • Tony finally shows up and explains why Bruce wasn't invited to the big Halloween party
  • Closing: You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Brad Paisley)
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Episode 178 - Paving the Way

  • Opening: Dirty Little Secret (The All-American Rejects)
  • Nick survived the hurricane . . . are we happy about it?
  • Bruce decides his PC doesn't need a heat sink and records hot
  • Masonic podcasts are no longer a novelty
  • What it's like being "internet famous"
  • Harlan's daughter trolls Bruce in front of our Lodge, guests, etc.
  • The After Lodge Lodge bankrupts itself on a parking lot
  • Landscaper Josh and Co. move our shed . . . with ratchet straps
  • Can you wear a hat with no face?
  • Progressive line vs. effective ritual, we're at an impasse
  • Is a kippah a hat for Lodge covering purposes?
  • Bruce continues his webcam strike
  • Welcome back to the guys from #python IRC!
  • Closing: It's My Life (Bon Jovi)
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Episode 177 - Nick's Basement

  • Opening: My Evil Ways (The Nearly Deads)
  • We're sheltering in Nick's basement, waiting on Hurricane Harvey
  • Harlan accidentally sends the show link to #python (FreeNode IRC) - "this is how you get cowans!"
  • We spend most of the show hassling Nick about why he is still in Florida
  • Some of the hassling was deserved . . . he ate the food stash before the rain came
  • Guns in Lodge but not in a hurricane aftermath? Knock it off!
  • How not to conduct a Facebook poll
  • The After Lodge rescue plan: "Operation Divert Resources to Save Us Instead"
  • Our recent EA degree and issues caused with differing ritual standards
  • Harlan puts on bibbed overalls for the first time in his life - then goes to a bar
  • Some cool stuff from our jurisdiction to help out in Houston
  • Florida Lodges serving as shelters
  • Nick tries to bring up "The Better Angels of our Nature" and Tony pounces in
  • Taking Tony's pontoon boat down to rescue Nick - that's our kind of comedy
  • Tony crashes a Shriner meeting (he's not a Shriner)
  • Day laborers turn the cards in Florida, and Harlan loves it!
  • Investigating committees, confidential information, and the awkward question of what duty is owed to who
  • Closing: The Pretender (Foo Fighters)
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Episode 176 - The Grand Generalissimo

  • Opening: Jerusalem (Matisyahu)
  • Where is Nick?! Busted!!!
  • Welcome Sir. John E. Helcl, from Minnesota, our special guest for the evening
  • Technical difficulties make it . . . rough, for a while
  • Sir. Helcl explains his tenuous connections to "Nikky Johnson"
  • Nick left us with a big York Rite figure, and none of us are York Rite Masons
  • Other Nick (/u/millennialfreemason) joins us and brings more technical difficulties
  • Allowing the "Cap and Mantle" as standard uniform at York Rite meetings
  • Should we lower the number of men required to open a Commandary?
  • Comparing pipe organs: York Rite or Scottish Rite?
  • Sir. Helcl joins Harlan in rebutting the Templar lineage
  • Harlan's exit strategy for the Secretary's desk
  • Nick's new blog post - stop propping up zombie Lodges
  • Honorary bodies in the York Rite - is this the future of the Knights of St. Andrew?!
  • Does the Scottish Rite hierarchy curiously resemble that of the Roman Catholic Church?
  • Can the After Lodge method save a dying Chapter/Council?
  • Technical difficulties end the show
  • Closing: In Hell I'll be in Good Company (The Dead South)
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Episode 175 - Bro. Bryan Godwin

Episode 174 - Revenge of the Nicks (Part 2)

  • Opening: Cover of the Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
  • Bro. Nick Johnson (/u/millennialfreemason) returns for Part 2 of hanging out After Lodge
  • Also . . . the usual crew + Tony; oh, and Nick, Jr.
  • Harlan announces his plans for "edutainment" at the next Lodge meeting
  • The statue nazis target Ill. Albert Pike. It's not funny anymore
  • Harlan goes on the defense for General Lee (and mis-speaks, Lee has a building named for him at U.S.M.A., not a monument)
  • Confederate soldiers were just men like you and I answering the call of their country, otherwise they would be cowards not worth remembering
  • Nick turns the conversation to the "deification" of Albert Pike in the Scottish Rite. Conclusion: there isn't any.
  • A sneak peak of Nick's next blog post
  • The merits of high population Lodges vs. low population Lodges (i.e. Traditional Observance)
  • Tony shows up, on the run from his protest participation
  • Why you should (or shouldn't?) hire another Mason
  • We finally make Bro. Johnson spill the drama about his exit from The Masonic Roundtable (and are greatly disappointed)
  • Closing: Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
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Episode 173 - Revenge of the Nicks (Part 1)

  • Opening: Take the Money and Run (Steve Miller Band)
  • It's a crowded Hangout tonight
  • We have Chris (/u/bobatspears) back
  • And Nick Johnson (/u/millennialfreemason) joins us to speak to his recent spark of controversy
  • Nick-Ur-Buddy fills us in on what he's been up to since his last foray on the After Lodge Podcast
  • Why has our fraternity failed to capture the full societal spectrum in the modern era?
  • Masonic membership is not a zero-sum game
  • Should Freemasonry raise the minimum age (after fighting so hard to lower it)?
  • Nick claims we (freemasons) are "weird"
  • Master Masons in the ancient operative Lodge
  • Harlan fails to back out of his Lodge education commitment
  • Consent agendas - can your jurisdiction use them?
  • Stay tuned for next week when Nick returns for Part 2, including the Masonic Roundtable story
  • Closing: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (Good Charlotte)
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Episode 172 - Elitists Anonymous

  • Opening: Pretty Fly . . . For a White Guy (The Offspring)
  • Just the usual crew tonight . . . plus Truman
  • "Social media" guy Nick takes us back on the Facebook - and now we're accountable
  • We raise some new Brothers at Landscaper Josh's other Lodge and he orders Bruce around
  • Our numbers are up (but it's not about quantity)!
  • Tony comes up with a brilliant funding scheme
  • Aannnnd - we're back on dues. Welcome to the Raising Dues Podcast!
  • How life memberships work
  • Social clubs and why your Lodge's well being shouldn't depend on them
  • Nick-Ur-Buddy starts some controversy . . . and Harlan follows
  • Harlan chastises Nick and sticks his foot in it
  • In 100 years, when people ask how Freemasons became Carnies . . .
  • Meeting on Saturday is awesome!
  • Closing: Sex And Candy (Marcy Playground)
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