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Masonic News & Views -- Stand Still!
July 05, 2010
Greetings Brother,

Happy 234th Independence Day!

I need some help with a little experiment. It's nothing difficult or bad, but it does involve a hornet and a friend.

The Lady BG and I were out earlier doing some yard work. Some vines had gotten completely out of control and were threatening to engulf my workshop. When we began pulling the vines away we apparently disturbed a nest of hornets. These were not your run of the mill house hornets that buzz around and then fly away when they're disturbed. These were .357 toting, Special Forces trained, take no prisoners type red hornets.

Fortunately, it was a small nest and it was relatively cool in the shaded area they were in. They were a little slow to respond and we spotted them before they could get their fighter jets warmed up and off the runway. We dealt with them with extreme prejudice because the Lady BG is allergic, and I just don't like getting stung by hornets. We thought we had gotten them all.

As we continued to move the vines the Lady BG suddenly whisper-screamed, "Stand Still!" Naturally, I panicked. My first thought was that I was about to step on a great big deadly poisonous ugly ass copperhead snake. I glanced down but didn't see him, so naturally I started dancing.

When my feet started moving this made the Lady BG even more excited and now she was full-out screaming, "Stand Still! Stand Still!" I was trying to stand still, but my feet would have no part of it. My brain was also screaming at me to stand still, but my feet just kept hopping around. I think maybe my feet are deaf.

Anyway, as it turned out, one of the hornets escaped earlier and had returned to seek revenge. He was crawling up my thigh, wings arched and stinger at the ready. I hate to think where his intended target was. But the Lady BG, quicker than an aardvark's tongue, flicked him to the ground and dispatched him to accompany his friends.

Now, here's the experiment I need your help with. I need to know whether it's natural to start dancing around when someone tells you to stand still, or if it's just me. Because I like to think that when it comes time to stand strong I'll have what it takes, but I have to admit I was prancing around like a little girl out there. So, if that's not a natural reaction then I guess I've got some work to do.

So, if you would please, get yourself a hornet and put it on a friend or loved one, and then start screaming at them to "Stand Still!" Keep a record of how many start dancing around and how many immediately freeze, and send me the data. I'll put it all together and make a report. Of course, you can do it without the hornet if you want. It'll still be funny.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

Now, on with the news........................

Tuesday, July 6, 2010: Billings Lodge No. 379 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Daniel Myers and Steve Dana will be candidates for the degree of Fellow Craft. There will be refreshments at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. All Fellow Crafts are invited in. Billings Lodge is located on Washington Avenue in Billings, MO and can be found on the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two hopeful Brethren will be candidates for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

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