A man decided to write a book about famous churches around the military. He bought a plane ticket to Camp Lejeune, thinking he would start by working his way across the USA from south to north. On his first day he was inside the Base Chapel taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall above a sign that read "$10,000 per call." The man, being intrigued, asked a Marine who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The Marine replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The man thanked the Marine and went on his way. Next, he stopped at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC. There, at a very large Chapel, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He asked a nearby Airman what this phone's purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. " O.K., thank you," said the man, and left. He then traveled to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, Annapolis, MD, and Parris Island, SC. In every chapel he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it. Upon leaving Parris Island, he decided to travel to a Navy ship to see if he would find the same phone. He arrived onboard and while waiting to visit the ships chapel, he was invited into the Chief's Mess. There was the same golden telephone. This time, however, the sign under it read "40 cents per call." The man was surprised. Just then, a Chief walked in and he asked about the sign. "Sailor, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many chapels on many different military installations. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in the Marine Corps, the Army, the Air Force, and even other parts of the Navy, the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?" The Chief smiled and answered, "You're in the Chiefs Mess now son, it's a local call."