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Old 09-30-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
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A man in Oregon decided to write a book about churches around the country. 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 which read "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this 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 Washington, Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Vermont, New York, and all around the United States, he found more phones, with the same sign; and the same answer from each pastor. Finally, he arrived in Texas. Upon entering a church in Luckenbach, TX, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 50 cents." Fascinated, he asked to talk to 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 talk to God. However, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute -- your charge is only 50 cents. How can this be?" The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in Texas now..... it's a local call."
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A man in Oregon decided to write a book about churches around the country. 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 which read "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this 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 Washington, Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Vermont, New York, and all around the United States, he found more phones, with the same sign; and the same answer from each pastor. Finally, he arrived in Texas. Upon entering a church in Luckenbach, TX, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read: "Calls: 50 cents." Fascinated, he asked to talk to 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 talk to God. However, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute -- your charge is only 50 cents. How can this be?" The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in Texas now..... it's a local call."
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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Need to change that just a little bit, there are no churchs in Luckenbach, TX.
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Yes there is. Drink enough Shiner Bock and you can pray at the altar of the Procelain Shrine.
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I don't think you can even find a Porcelain Shrine in Luckenbach. But you might find a metal trough in an outhouse, if memory serves me right.
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jimtoo:

You're right about the trough.

By the way, there is a great site to visit nearby which is the "Bat Tunnel". Basically it an old railroad tunnel blasted out of rock in a hill for a train that went from Fredricksburg to Comfort. The tracks are no longer there but it is fun to watch the thousands of bats leave each night.
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Your both wrong. There's plywwod seats with holes cut in them, and there's always a fork in a tree branch.
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That story is so old that the first time I heard it, the local call was a dime....and the phone was in Austin.

I'm not sure Luckenbach even has a phone.

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