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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)

TITLE: Come on, Get Your Priorities Straight!
By Tim Brown


Two menís IM conversation late Friday night.

Tony: Hey BillÖ How was golfing today?

Bill: It went great until the third hole.

Tony: What happened?

Bill: Right in the middle of my swing, Samís cell phone rang.

Tony: Youíre kidding?

Bill: No. So instead landing in the fairway, I wound up deep in the woods.

Tony: Thatís where most of mine land, but what was so important it couldnít wait?

Bill: His daughter just found out she was accepted into a major Christian college and ďcouldnít waitĒ to tell her dad.

Tony: You know, it seems Sam is always on the telephone. It wouldnít be so bad if it was business; that I could understand.

Bill: Right, but most of the time itís his family. After being married for thirty years, youíd think theyíd run out of things to say.

Tony: Thatís for sure. Iíve only been married for ten and it seems weíve got nothing left to talk about.

Bill: Anyway, back to the game. Howíd you do?

Tony: Well, after losing my lucky ball in the woods, I couldnít hit a decent shot. I wound up with a 128.

Bill: Ouch!

Tony: I was so frustrated I played another eighteen holes after Sam left. Got a 106 that time! If I keep playing two to three times per week, Iíll break 100 in no time.

Bill: Speaking of Sam, I finally talked him into playing a game of Halo with me last Saturday, but had the same problem.

Tony: You kept shooting into the woods?

Bill: No. His cell kept ringing. Iíll bet he got four calls while he was here. Of the four hours we were together, he spent at least one on the phone! It did give me practice for the online tournament this weekend though. I only lasted six hours last Saturday. This week Iím going for eight!

Tony: No way! Youíre playing in the Halo tournament? Iíll be there with you after I spend some time on Face Book. Iíve got a nice ranch built up, but have my eye on some other property. Iím trying to figure a strategy to talk the player into selling it.

Bill: Yeah, I was on Samís Face Book page but he hasnít done anything on it in weeks. I canít get him to play the ranch game; says heís got ďmore importantĒ things to do.

Tony: Probably going on a date night with his wife. I canít believe they do that every week.

Bill: Donít get me started on that. She sure has him wrapped around her little finger.

Tony: Well, itís about 2 am and Iím supposed to take my son to some Boy Scout activity tomorrow. What a great way to spend a Saturday, surrounded by a bunch of kids.

Bill: I hear ya. Iím supposed to go ďshoppingĒ with my wife and kids and then to some kiddy movieÖ How about we dump them and go golfing? I promise to leave my phone home.

Tony: Well, I did promiseÖ but Iíll come up with something. How about asking Sam, if he promises not to bring his phone?

Bill: No, heís going to that new Disney movie with his family; you know the ones heís always on the phone with.

Tony: Yeah right. Maybe someday heíll stop wasting so much time and get his priorities straight.

Bill: I hear you. By the way, I wonít see you at church on Sunday. Itís been an exhausting week. I need some rest.

Tony: How are you going to away with that? You know Kateís going to nag you to go.

Bill: Iíll tell her Iím sick. Sheíll fall for it. Sometimes I think sheíd rather go without me anyway.

Tony: I can relate. Yesterday I got a letter from Megís lawyer with the court date for our divorce.

Bill: Thatís too bad. You want me to come with you. The way Kateís acting, I may need the practice.

Tony: Well, I guess the good thing is I wonít be nagged anymore about spending too much time playing golf, or on Face Book, or video games. Maybe Iíll break 100 even sooner.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/27/10
What a sad story bit your message came across loud and clear. I believe it is one many people need to hear these days.
Sunny Loomis 11/29/10
Sam's the one who has it together, Bill & Tony, not so much. Good message. Thank you.
Lollie Hofer12/01/10
Good title and strong story line. Good use of this weeks topic. Lots of truth in this story. Yay for Sam.