I certainly admire freefalcon's patience. In my own case, some 50 years ago, I knew Freemasonry was for me even though I was not old enough to join. I knew some of the BB outside the L and met with them socially. When they were planning a collation after a special meeting, I volunteered to help set up the chairs, tables, etc. You can imagine my surprise and pride when I found at the bottom of the printed program my name followed by 0°
Much has been said about spoiling the experience of initiation with outside reading beforehand. At my Initiation I pretty much kept my cool during the preparation even though a Bro. in the male craft told me I would enter the L. naked. Just in case I wore underneath my suit a modest pair of underwear.
Not all the considerable reading I had done could prepare me for the sound of that one k on the d of the l. My only thought was, "It's happening and it's real!" Although I thought I knew what was going to happen, the experience itself was entirely of a different order. My reading didn't spoil it, it didn't enhance it; it just wasn't important. Perhaps the fact that I had to wait so long may have sharpened my perception of the event. As it happened, I knew the BB in the E.outside of L. So, when I saw them again in this context, it was as if the bond of friendship had deepened, had in some sense become more intimate.
So, I admire freefalcon's patience and envy him perhaps a little bit. It's an experience we can have only once in a lifetime.
I went ahead and contacted the lodge and asked a few questions and I also asked about the status of my application. I was told that at their next meeting the application will be read to the members of the lodge and that shortly after that meeting an investigation committee will contact me for an interview and then at their next meeting they will decide whether or not to make me a member and then they will notify me of their decision. So it seems that everything is moving along as it should be. This procedure seems to naturally require at least a month or two due to the fact that most lodges only meet once or twice a month. I just need to have more patience.
The delay is often part of the examination and tests for a new candidate. This is especially true for one who is unknown to the other lodge members