I have been interested in joining the freemasons for over 7 years now. The farthest I ever got was a tour around the lodge in vancouver, washington by a very nice member. I didn't know what to do so I simply went to their building and walked in. He spent over an hour with me and was very helpful. It has been years since then, and I now live in a different area (hillsboro Oregon). I know there is a lodge not far from my house, but I would feel more comfortable talking to members on the forum that are also freemasons. If you value your privacy, please feel free to PM me instead of posting on the thread. The primary questions I have for masons out there are, "Why are you a mason?" "Is freemasonry what you thought it would be?" "Are you disappointed, or pleasantly surprised with your membership experiences?" "Is it worth joining in your opinion" "Does freemasonry attract a higher caliber of people to its lodges, or do you find it attracts the "weird" or "disenfranchised." members of society. Is joining a lodge any more intellectually stimulating than joining a great online forum? thank you for your help. I hope none of my questions would be considered offensive or off putting. I'm simply curious.