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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

For the Texans amongst you.

A man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and started working east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall, and was intrigued with a sign that read, "$10,000 per minute."

Seeking out the pastor, he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that the golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven, and if he pays the price, he can talk directly to God.

The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he found more such phones, with the same sign, and the same explanation from each pastor.

Finally, the man arrived in the great state of Texas. Upon entering a church, behold: he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 25 cents"!? Fascinated, the man asked to speak with the pastor.

"Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone, and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven, and that I could use it to talk to God.... But in 20 other churches, the cost was $10,000 per minute. Your sign says 25 cents per call.....Why is that?

The pastor, smiling benignly, replied: "Son, you're in Texas now! and it's a local call."

10 comments:

Vita said...

Howdy! That's a funny story. I've been in Texas, and it was OK, but I like Oregon better. In Corvallis we have bike paths/multi purpose paths, and when the path goes where the bicyclist wants to go, there are few traffic problems, but other times, the paths diverge. I hope getting stronger doesn't take too long.

Avus said...

Keep up the cycling Vita - use lower gears and "twiddle" - fast cadence to get the legs used to it.
For muscle building use a high gear and push (I do not recommend that for "social riding" - but if you are into training for time trials.............??)

Vita said...

Ha ha. Training for time trials? Not likely. Yes, HH says I'm faster than he thought, but I get passed when a regular biker rider comes along, and HH would pass me if he weren't riding with me.

I just noticed Lindsey Davis in your book list, and of course you read her books. I think I should look up another one when I finish the last batch I picked up. I first read her in 1999 when a friend gave me a paperback to read on the train.

Avus said...

Vita - see my note about Lindsey Davis' book "the Course of Honour" on your blog.

Vita said...

Thanks. Looks good and our library has it, and it is available.

chiefbiscuit said...

Ha! O yeah! believe it!

Lucy said...

Tee-hee!
( I'm off to put authentication letters on mine after seeing what's happened to Nea's.)

Lee said...

Does that mean that when I die I will go to Texas?

Avus said...

LEE: Depends how good you have been! If I could choose I think it would be New Zealand.

Nea said...

Haha, only a TEXAN would think that Texas is God's country......my family thinks that Washington state is god's country, I personally think you have to go a long way to find prettier country than right here in the south, but I guess everyone has their own personal taste.......but does anyone want to live in Kansas? Or North Dakota?