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Feb 21, 2004
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A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man
> was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred
> to him that he was dead.
> He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside
> him had been dead for years. He wondered where the
> road was leading them.
> After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall
> along one side of the road. It looked like fine
> marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a
> tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
> When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent
> gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and
> the street that led to the gate looked like pure
> gold.He and the dog walked toward the gate and as he
> got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.When he
> was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are
> we?"
> "This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.
> "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man
> asked.
> "Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some
> ice water brought right up."The man gestured, and the
> gate began to open.
> "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in,
> too?" the traveler asked.
> "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."
> The man thought a moment and then turned back toward
> the road and continued the way he had been going with
> his dog.
> After another long walk, and at the top of another
> long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a
> farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.
> There was no fence.
> As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside,
> leaning against a tree and reading a book.
> "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any
> water?"
> "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."
> "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to
> the dog.
> "There should be a bowl by the pump."
> They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was
> an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
> The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long
> drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.
> When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward
> the man who was standing by the tree.
> "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.
> "This is Heaven," he answered.
> "Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man
> down the road said that was Heaven, too."
> "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and
> pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."
> "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name
> like that?"
> "No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks
> who would leave their best friends behind."