A few years ago, I was invited to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by some close friends to go scuba diving. They stayed for a week, and when I was there, I decided to visit for an extra week on my own. But as usual, before the trip, I looked up a lodge and found out where they met. The hard part was that it did not say what time or what the dress code was. So, I got into my rental Jeep around 5:00 to get there early in case they started at 6:00 as my home lodge does. Dressed in my suit and tie, I waited and waited and waited like I was on a stakeout in a movie.
After about 3 hours, I finally see a man with a ring on that could have been some Masonic light from a distance. Now, I will be the first to admit that my Spanish is terrible. I know enough to be polite, order food, or get directions. Sure, enough my suspicions were correct; he was indeed the Brother I was looking for. He, unfortunately, did not speak any English, so off I was on trying to do some of the work I had memorized in Spanish.
Once we started eating, I asked the WM if I could pay for the drinks and food. I wanted to thank them for their hospitality. He said that was very nice to offer, but I was their guest, and under no circumstance could I pay for anything. Over the next two or three hours, we all got to know each other better and learned about what we all did for work and about our families. By the early hours of the morning, we had out fill of food and Cervezas. I made one more pass at chipping in on the bill. After a bit of haggling, I was allowed to tip the staff, but that was all.
In closing, my brothers and friends, please get out there and travel. I would love to read your great traveling story and share it on Craftsmen Online to inspire others to do the same. Email me, here.
Past Master of Adonai Lodge #718, Highland, New York
Bro. Prizzia is also a proud member of:
Cyprus Shrine, Oriental Shrine, and Ulster County Shrine Club
Valley of Albany A.A.S.R
Poughkeepsie Chapter 172
Poughkeepsie Commandery 43
Royal Order of Scotland