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Kind of a dirty trick

I pass by this church every morning on my way to work, and every morning, I get a wee case of the grumpies from this:

The first half zillion times I passed by it, I just thought, “oh, a phone box. You don’t see many of those around anymore. Darn convenient when you do need one, though.”

Then, one morning I looked again and realised that it’s not a phone box. It’s a prayer box.

Apparently the big J-man is on speed dial there. Just pop right in and give your Savior a little ringy-dingy. Seraphim are standing by.

I honestly can’t explain exactly why this thing annoys me so deeply, but every time I pass by, I grumble a bit. Mostly I don’t find it half as clever as somebody (or a bunch of somebodies) in the church obviously did. Also, I think it’s a bit of a ripoff to anybody who might need a phone.

4 Responses to “Kind of a dirty trick”

  1. julie says:

    Hmmm…I think this is a church in mid-town that I pass by on walks or bike rides myself sometimes and it makes me grumpy too!

  2. Meetzorp says:

    It is. It’s about 41st & Roanoke. Close enough to the 39th St. restaurant district that it’s not unlikely some revellers might happen upon it and be bummed they can’t call a cab from it.

    I expect you pass by here sometimes on your lunch break if you went out for a little air during your break.

    Which makes me realize that we work close-by enough to catch lunch together sometime, when the weather gets a little nicer.

  3. Glinda says:

    Interesting. There was one of these in New York a few years back, at 60th and 2nd Ave … my understanding was that it was an art project. Weird that there’s one actually being used by a church.

  4. Meetzorp says:

    Hummm….this may be the “hipster church” one of my friends warned me about. She went with another friend, and apparently the preacher had three-day-scruff and wore Diesel jeans, and the devotional music was sung to the accompaniment of an accoustic guitar and sounded an awful lot like The Dave Matthews Band, but with Jesus in it.

    In which case it would make sense that they co-opted a piece of “ironical” artwork from New York. If this is the hipster church, then they probably installed the prayer-booth as a sort-of joke, too.

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