Don Yaste of Rockville always knew you weren't supposed to take the Lord's name in vain. But he discovered new meaning in that old phrase the other day out at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.
Don drives a delivery truck for a local florist, and Montgomery General is a daily stop on his rounds. Besides arrangements for patients, Don almost always has a bouquet for the hospital's second-floor chapel.
There's a log beside the receptionist in the lobby, and hospital policy requires delivery men to write down the names and room numbers of patients whose rooms they're about to visit. But there's no such requirement for deliveries to the chapel.
On the day in question, Don had finished listing all the patients' room numbers on the log and was loading up his arrangements to go upstairs. As he did so, the receptionist, whom Don had never seen before, asked him who the last one was for.
"For the Lord," said Don.
"I'm sorry," said the receptionist, "but you can't go up there."
That was fine with Don in one way. He wasn't ready to go to heaven quite so soon. But he couldn't see why the chapel he'd visited so many times was suddenly off limits.
"You mean I can't take them up there?" he asked.
"No, not without an appointment," said the receptionist.
Just then, another volunteer stepped in to unravel the confusion. Seems there's a Dr. C. Douglas Lord, an obstetrician and gynecologist with offices on the third floor of the hospital. The first receptionist thought he was the Lord that Don was heading upstairs to see.