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By the time we arrived in Drumheller, Alberta, we were already mesmerized by the unusual, rugged beauty of the Badlands. "This is the place where they found thousands of dinosaur skeletons." I mentioned to my eager-to-get-out-of-the-car kids.

"That's nice," was their unimpressed response. But then the excitement crept back into their voices: "What kinds of activities are there at the campground? Is there a pool? Mini-golf? Horseshoes?"

The campground where we had made our reservations actually sounded pretty exciting on paper, and as we drove the last few kilometers, I read through the description. My wife concluded the list by saying, "We're staying here three nights. You guys can put up your tent, if you want!"

After having had to spend the last two nights in the tent trailer, they were excited by this prospect, and we entered the campground office in a jolly mood, completely unaware of what we were up against.

"It will be $52.43 per night, taxes included, naturally."

The campground employee stated this as if it was purely matter-of-fact, but to a family who was used to paying between $20 and $30 for a camping spot, it was far from matter-of-fact: "$52.43!" I cried. "You must be kidding! There must be a mistake somewhere. We only have a tent-trailer, and all we need is water and electricity!"

But my arguing got us nowhere. "Sorry, sir, all of our sites have all amenities (whatever that means). It's a long weekend and ... And you DO have two kids ..."

I couldn't keep the incredibility from my voice: "What do my kids have to do with this?"

"We charge more if you have children. $5 per child per night."

I realized my mouth was hanging open and I made a manful effort to close it. "Kids," I said, trying to lighten the burden of truth with a joke, "you will have to sleep in the car outside of the campground tonight!" Then turning back to the attendant, I asked: "Can we get a discount now?"

My boys eyed me suspiciously. You could read their thoughts on their faces: Would he dare?

"Sorry sir. It still will be $52.43 per night, no matter where your kids sleep."

Yikes! And I had reserved three nights at that campground!

"And please remember not to put a doormat or anything else on our grass, otherwise you will be fined."

I couldn't stop myself: "Can we step on your grass for free or is there a fee for that too?"

"Next!"

As we began the process of setting up our trailer, my boys, naturally, wanted to pitch their tent as well. "Can we, papa? Can we?"

"I don't know," my wife interjected, her voice echoing caution. "Maybe you'd better check at the office, first!"

They had already met the attendant at the front desk, and none of us could blame them when they said, "Do we have to?"

"I think you better!" Insisted my wife. "They don't want us putting down mats, maybe they won't want us putting down a tent either!"

Ten minutes later, unsmiling boys were back.

"You won't believe this! They charge $15 a night to pitch an extra tent on a site!" You could see that they were crushed. "No other campground we've been to has ever charged us for putting up our tent!"

"Well, we aren't at one of those other campgrounds," I concluded. "We are here in the very special dinosaur valley of Alberta, where hundreds and thousands of tourists flock every year, and they are obviously trying to collect all the necessary funds to start digging for their own oil!"

My wife, who had been reading the long list of campground rules, looked up at this point: "Did you know that we have to pay to use the dumping station?"

I looked at her, my mouth gaping. We'd never had to pay to empty our port-a-potty before!

"$5!" Finished my wife.

"I have an idea, papa." It was my oldest. "We have 'all amenities' on this site. Doesn't that mean sewer? Why don't we dump our port-a-potty in the sewer outlet? They couldn't charge us then, could they?"

What an ingenious idea. In fact, there had been a sewer connection at most of the campsites we had stayed in. Why hadn't we thought of this before? At least the $5 dumping fee had taught us something! No longer would we have to parade around a campground displaying our overflowing, smelly portable toilet! "Great idea, son!"

Other campground costs were soon to be discovered as well. $2.50 per laundry load (instead of the typical $1.25), $1 for a 5 minute shower (was heat extra?), $1 rental for one horseshoe.

"It would have been cheaper to sleep at a hotel!" Piped up my son.

"You're right!" I agreed. "But we're here now, so let's try to make the best of it."

Although the campground was beautiful, all of the expenses had diminished our enthusiasm. In fact, when we finally left, the boys were rejoicing: "Tonight, we'll be able to set up our tent FOR FREE!"

All things in life have a cost. Some things cost more than others, but nothing is free, not in this world. There are always strings attached.

The most expensive item I have ever encountered in life is something called sin. Most of us would rather live without it, but we don't have that choice. And its price tag is well hidden from view, too. The reason we are all affected by it is as follows: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…" (Rom 3:23 NIV)

For some of us, this disease manifests itself through thefts, no matter how insignificant they may be. Others are more inclined to lying. Still others are affected through pornography. The list could go on and on and on, but only one thing though is clear: sin is not easy to shake off. It clings to us, often turning into lifelong addictions.

"But what is the hidden cost?"

It is expensive, believe me. Its price tag is more than all of your possessions combined: "For the wages of sin is death…" (Rom 6:23 NIV)

"But is there any way out of this?'

I know of some who tried to live honest lives, but still their actions were infected by sin. The only way out is through Jesus. He willingly paid the price for our sin so that we could experience eternal life: "…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 6:23 NIV); and "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5:6-8 NIV)

Through Jesus, we can overcome the addictions of sin and live a victorious, forgiven life: "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." (1 John 5:5 NIV)

He is waiting to help you out. Come and experience Him into your life, and you will wonder why you waited so long to accept Him as your Forever friend!

P. S. Do you need the address of an $$$$$ campground in Alberta? Be prepared by bringing a wallet full of cash!

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Wow. It's like they're not even trying to connect the story with the bible lesson at the end anymore. That story has nothing to do with anything.
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
you will wonder why you waited so long to accept Him as your Forever friend!

I take it Forever Friends are like BFFs, but you don't get the cool necklace?

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Wow... that whole bit about sin at the end seems a bit of a non sequiter. It's almost like somebody was telling a story about a campground that had a bunch of hidden costs, and then somebody else got it and decided that this was a perfect metaphor for sin. 'Cos the campground was expensive, and sin is metaphorically expensive, get it?

There's nothing about the writing style to suggest it was actually written by two different people, but with the change of tone from "this stuff happened on our trip" to "sin is doubleplusungood" I can't help but think of a change of speakers at the same time.

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What I hate is the sanctamonious attitude typical of most christian glurge of this type - believe, or die. Well, christianity is not the only religion out there (and as religions go, christianity is pretty much out there, nowutimean?)With all the religions out there, and each one thinking theirs is the only way... nope, just can't take this crap seriously. To quote Laura Nyro, "I was raised on the good book Jesus, til I read between the lines."
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The connection between the two parts of the message seems to be "The christian campground really sucks and has unfriendly staff and lots of hidden fees. Luckily there are many campgrounds just as good, so leave Jesus as soon as possible!"

Thats what I got at least.... [Cool]

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No, no, no, Kahuna, didn't you catch the numerous sneering references to dinosaurs? It's those evil-lutionists that charge extra fees -- the fees of YOUR SOUL!!!!!!

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"Sorry sir. It still will be $52.43 per night, no matter where your kids sleep."

Yikes! And I had reserved three nights at that campground!

IOW, he managed to reserve a spot without ever seeing the price.

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IIRC, it wasn't the shoe bomber's loud prayers that sparked the takedown by the other passengers; it was that he was trying to light his shoe on fire. Very, very different. Canuckistan

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Okay, if you made reservations at the campground, why didn't you check on the rates then?

Wow, great planning, Dad.

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They aren't even trying anymore. This glurge, but much better:

By the time we arrived in Drumheller, Alberta, we were already mesmerized by the unusual, rugged beauty of the Badlands. "This is the place where they found thousands of dinosaur skeletons." I mentioned to my eager-to-get-out-of-the-car kids.

"That's nice," was their unimpressed response. But then the excitement crept back into their voices: "What kinds of activities are there at the campground? Is there a pool? Mini-golf? Horseshoes?"

The campground where we had made our reservations actually sounded pretty exciting on paper, and as we drove the last few kilometers, I read through the description. My wife concluded the list by saying, "We're staying here three nights. You guys can put up your tent, if you want!"

After having had to spend the last two nights in the tent trailer, they were excited by this prospect, and we entered the campground office in a jolly mood.

As we began the process of setting up our trailer, my boys, naturally, wanted to pitch their tent as well. "Can we, papa? Can we?"

“Sure” I said. “You can pitch it next to our tent.”

After three enjoyable days, I went to check out. The clerk presented me with a bill for $278.79

“What!” I exclaimed. “We were only here for three nights. There must be a mistake.”

“No mistake. It is $52.43 per night, taxes included, to camp here."

To a family who was used to paying between $20 and $30 for a camping spot, it was far from matter-of-fact: "$52.43!" I cried. "You must be kidding! There must be a mistake somewhere. We only had a tent-trailer, and all we used is water and electricity!"

But my arguing got us nowhere. "Sorry, sir, all of our sites have all amenities (whatever that means). It's a long weekend and ... And you DO have two kids ..."

I couldn't keep the incredibility from my voice: "What do my kids have to do with this?"

"We charge more if you have children. $5 per child per night."

I realized my mouth was hanging open and I made a manful effort to close it. "What if my kids had slept in the car outside of the campgroun!" Then turning back to the attendant, I asked: "Would we have gotten a discount now?"

My boys eyed me suspiciously. You could read their thoughts on their faces: Would he dare?

"Sorry sir. It is $52.43 per night, no matter where your kids slept."

Yikes! And we had spent three nights at that campground!

“But that’s only… $150 or so. Where’s the rest of the charge from?” I asked.

"Also, you put a doormat on our grass, so you have been fined $20."

I couldn't stop myself: "Can we step on your grass for free or is there a fee for that too?"

"Please just pay your bill!"

”Okay, so we have $170 for this majestic campground and for crushing your precious grass. What’s the rest?”

”We charge $15 a night to pitch an extra tent on a site.”

My kids were crushed. "No other campground we've been to has ever charged us for putting up our tent!"

"Well, we aren't at one of those other campgrounds," I concluded. "We are here in the very special dinosaur valley of Alberta, where hundreds and thousands of tourists flock every year, and they are obviously trying to collect all the necessary funds to start digging for their own oil!"

My wife, who had been reading the long list of charges, looked up at this point: "Did you know that we have to pay because we used the dumping station?"

I looked at her, my mouth gaping. We'd never had to pay to empty our port-a-potty before!

"$5!" Finished my wife. “We dumped 4 times.”

I was flabbergasted. “Do they have someone watching the dumping stating 24/7?”

Other campground costs were soon to be discovered as well. $2.50 per laundry load (instead of the typical $1.25), $1 for a 5 minute shower (was heat extra?), $1 rental for one horseshoe. According to this we did 5 loads of laundry and each took a 10 minute shower each morning. Luckily we didn’t play horseshoes.”

"They know about when we shower? It would have been cheaper to sleep at a hotel!" Piped up my son.

"You're right!" I agreed. "But we used those things, we need to pay for them." I took out a credit card to settle the bill.

“Sorry sir.” Said the cleck, “We only take cash or check. No credit cards.”

“Fine.” I replied. My wife took out her checkbook and began to write a check.

“And we don’t take out-of-state checks.” Finished the clerk.

“WHAT! You’re a campground and you don’t take out-of-state checks!” I expounded. “What kind of half…”

“Now, now” cautioned my wife.

278.79. We didn’t have that much cash on us. “Okay. I said. I’ll drive into town and get cash from an ATM.”

“Sorry, but I can’t let anyone leave until your bill is paid.” Demanded the clerk. “If you try to leave, I will call the cops and have you arrested.”

I was crushed. What was I to do? I had no way to pay and we couldn’t leave.

Just then a man in jeans and a flannel shirt tapped me on the shoulder. “I can help.” He said. Despite my protestations, he handed the clerk a thick wad of cash. “This should pay this man’s bill.”

“But… you… I…” I stammered.

“Nothing to it.” He man replied with a wink. “Happy to help.”

I tried to thank him, but the words stuck in my throat. He got into a pickup with “Chris Jetsus – Cabinetry” on the side and drove off.

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All things in life have a cost. Some things cost more than others, but nothing is free, not in this world. There are always strings attached.

The most expensive item I have ever encountered in life is something called sin. Most of us would rather live without it, but we don't have that choice. And its price tag is well hidden from view, too. The reason we are all affected by it is as follows: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…" (Rom 3:23 NIV) We think that no one sees the hidden evil we do, but Someone sees everything we do and charges our soul.

"But what is the hidden cost?"

It is expensive, believe me. Its price tag is more than all of your possessions combined: "For the wages of sin is death…" (Rom 6:23 NIV)

"But is there any way out of this?'

I know of some who tried to live honest lives, but still their actions were infected by sin. The only way out is through Jesus. He willingly paid the price for our sin so that we could experience eternal life: "…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 6:23 NIV); and "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5:6-8 NIV)

Through Jesus, we can overcome the addictions of sin and live a victorious, forgiven life: "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." (1 John 5:5 NIV)

He is waiting to help you out. Come and experience Him into your life, and you will wonder why you waited so long to accept Him as your Forever friend!

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IIRC, it wasn't the shoe bomber's loud prayers that sparked the takedown by the other passengers; it was that he was trying to light his shoe on fire. Very, very different. Canuckistan

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No, no, the guy says "Daaaad.... give them a break! Here, I'll pay it for them."
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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
They aren't even trying anymore. This glurge, but much better:

Well....I could debate the "much" part of that statement. [Razz]

But I will concede that your version at least makes a connection between the story and the lesson.

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278.79. We didn’t have that much cash on us. “Okay. I said. I’ll drive into town and get cash from an ATM.”

“Sorry, but I can’t let anyone leave until your bill is paid.” Demanded the clerk. “If you try to leave, I will call the cops and have you arrested.”

Is that legal even? I mean he's leaving his WIFE AND KIDS and all the camping supplies as a deposit!!! How much more sure that he is going to return can you be?

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278.79. We didn’t have that much cash on us. “Okay. I said. I’ll drive into town and get cash from an ATM.”

“Sorry, but I can’t let anyone leave until your bill is paid.” Demanded the clerk. “If you try to leave, I will call the cops and have you arrested.”

Is that legal even? I mean he's leaving his WIFE AND KIDS and all the camping supplies as a deposit!!! How much more sure that he is going to return can you be?
Is that a trick question?
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Well, since the bible does let you sell the darn things... shouldn't they cound as property? I mean, he could just kinda pawn them off to pay the bill, right?

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I get it. paying campsites are sinful.

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So the man with a hook for a hand was really Jesus? I did not see that coming.

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All things in life have a cost. Some things cost more than others, but nothing is free, not in this world.
There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard. Accepted by more deities than American Express.

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Well, all I can say is... [Confused]

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quote:
Originally posted by LeaflessMapleTree:
Is that legal even? I mean he's leaving his WIFE AND KIDS and all the camping supplies as a deposit!!! How much more sure that he is going to return can you be?

Not sure of the law. But since this is glurge that is supposed to relate to the fact when you die, you can't go back to your life and correct your sins, I needed them to be "trapped" so the cabineter Chris Jetsus (a cleverly disguised anagram of Jesus Christ) could "save" them.

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IIRC, it wasn't the shoe bomber's loud prayers that sparked the takedown by the other passengers; it was that he was trying to light his shoe on fire. Very, very different. Canuckistan

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Hey Canuckistan... Permission to use that in a flash cartoon? [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Ink Rose:
Hey Canuckistan... Permission to use that in a flash cartoon? [Big Grin]

By all means! [Big Grin]

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Chris Jetsus - Helping Deadbeats Pay Their Camping Fees Since 1 AD! Also, Cabinetry.

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I guess the idea of not staying at this particular campground did not occur to this dimwit. Surely there are other campgrounds in the area?
The family didn't know what 'amenities' were?! I don't camp and I know what that is or at least I have an idea--hookups right?

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I couldn't keep the incredibility from my voice: "What do my kids have to do with this?"
"You've always had an incredible voice," sighed my wife. "Why did you never try Broadway?"

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"We charge more if you have children. $5 per child per night."

I realized my mouth was hanging open and I made a manful effort to close it.

Godlike, I resigned myself to sacrificing my children for the sins of others.

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"Kids," I said, trying to lighten the burden of truth with a joke, "you will have to sleep in the car outside of the campground tonight!" Then turning back to the attendant, I asked: "Can we get a discount now?"


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Was anyone else annoyed by the amount of exclamation points in this story?

~Monica

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"Run for five minutes? Why don't you just shoot me now?"--Comic Book Guy (Simpsons)

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justusfour
Bone Appétit!


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There are just no words...wtf?? [Confused]

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"Is there anything fluffier than a cloud? If there is, I don't want to know about it."

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