Saturday, January 17, 2009

You're in Steeler Country Now!

American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party. ~Sue Lawley, 1985

The Golden Telephone

A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a bookabout 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, which read "Calls: $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 Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor.

Finally, he arrived in Pennsylvania. Upon entering a Church in Pittsburgh, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: $0.35 cents."

Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor, "Father Jones, 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, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads only $0.35 cents a call. Why?

The priest, smiling benignly, replied : "Son, you're in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers-5 times Super Bowl Champions,
the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 vibrant rivers meeting at the
Point of the most beautiful downtown area around, the city with the best hospitals, neighborhoods and friendliest people in the world!

You're in God's Country.... It's a local call."


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Grey Horse Matters said...

I take it you're a Steelers fan. So is my husband, has always been his favorite team. I'm not much for football, but I hope they win this year and make all their fans happy. I like the church traveling story, didn't know where that was going until the end.

SkyBar Farm said...

Yes, a lifetime Steeler fan. My mother used to send me out on horseback as a kid on Sundays to get her 5 Mr. Goodbars and 2 packs on Benson and Hedges, so she would have them for the game. I would hurry and saddle up and race to the little neighborhood store and race back so as not to miss kickoff. Hope your husband has his Terrible Towel. :) I liked the Church story too.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ahh, now I see why I've automatically liked you. It's that black and gold connection, at work again.