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Topic: On the Telephone (11/18/10)
TITLE: Come on, Get Your Priorities Straight!
By Tim Brown
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Tony: Hey Bill… How was golfing today?
Bill: It went great until the third hole.
Tony: What happened?
Bill: Right in the middle of my swing, Sam’s cell phone rang.
Tony: You’re kidding?
Bill: No. So instead landing in the fairway, I wound up deep in the woods.
Tony: That’s where most of mine land, but what was so important it couldn’t wait?
Bill: His daughter just found out she was accepted into a major Christian college and “couldn’t wait” to tell her dad.
Tony: You know, it seems Sam is always on the telephone. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was business; that I could understand.
Bill: Right, but most of the time it’s his family. After being married for thirty years, you’d think they’d run out of things to say.
Tony: That’s for sure. I’ve only been married for ten and it seems we’ve got nothing left to talk about.
Bill: Anyway, back to the game. How’d you do?
Tony: Well, after losing my lucky ball in the woods, I couldn’t hit a decent shot. I wound up with a 128.
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, I’ll 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. I’ll 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 I’m going for eight!
Tony: No way! You’re playing in the Halo tournament? I’ll be there with you after I spend some time on Face Book. I’ve got a nice ranch built up, but have my eye on some other property. I’m trying to figure a strategy to talk the player into selling it.
Bill: Yeah, I was on Sam’s Face Book page but he hasn’t done anything on it in weeks. I can’t get him to play the ranch game; says he’s got “more important” things to do.
Tony: Probably going on a date night with his wife. I can’t believe they do that every week.
Bill: Don’t get me started on that. She sure has him wrapped around her little finger.
Tony: Well, it’s about 2 am and I’m 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. I’m supposed to go “shopping” with my wife and kids and then to some kiddy movie… How about we dump them and go golfing? I promise to leave my phone home.
Tony: Well, I did promise… but I’ll come up with something. How about asking Sam, if he promises not to bring his phone?
Bill: No, he’s going to that new Disney movie with his family; you know the ones he’s always on the phone with.
Tony: Yeah right. Maybe someday he’ll stop wasting so much time and get his priorities straight.
Bill: I hear you. By the way, I won’t see you at church on Sunday. It’s been an exhausting week. I need some rest.
Tony: How are you going to away with that? You know Kate’s going to nag you to go.
Bill: I’ll tell her I’m sick. She’ll fall for it. Sometimes I think she’d rather go without me anyway.
Tony: I can relate. Yesterday I got a letter from Meg’s lawyer with the court date for our divorce.
Bill: That’s too bad. You want me to come with you. The way Kate’s acting, I may need the practice.
Tony: Well, I guess the good thing is I won’t be nagged anymore about spending too much time playing golf, or on Face Book, or video games. Maybe I’ll break 100 even sooner.
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