I’m originally from a small town, smack in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia – Staunton
Well, this might explain it better…
A young fellow just out of the service decided to hitch hike around the country before he settled down. One Sunday he found himself in San Francisco and decided to attend Sunday services in a local church. Upon entering, he saw a sign by a pay phone that said “Direct Line to Heaven $350.” He waited and asked the pastor if that was indeed a direct line to Heaven and he was assured that it was. However, being unemployed he didn’t have the $350, so he left.
Several weeks later, he found himself in Denver and on Sunday he decided once again to attend a local church. There by the front door was another pay phone and a sign that said “Direct Line to Heaven $250.” Once again, he didn’t have the money so he left.
About a month later, he found himself in St. Louis. And on Sunday he attended services in a local church. Sure enough, by the front door was another pay phone and a sign that read “Direct Line to Heaven $150.” But since he was pretty much penny less, once again he left.
He kept thumbing his way east until he found himself in the little Virginia town of Staunton. And on Sunday as was his custom, he attended a local church. There by the front door was another pay phone with a sign that read “Direct Line to Heaven 50 cents.” After church he waited to see the pastor and talk about the phones he had seen all across the nation. When he asked the pastor about the very expensive phone rates he had seen and why the rate in Staunton was so cheap, the pastor said “Son, in Staunton it is a local call.”
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