Cook: Laughing all the way to the Southside

photo David Cook

I hope you read about this idea and faint with delight. Laugh and not stop. Like you just won the Super Bowl and are headed to Disney. Like the Sullivan Show crowds that greeted the Beatles. That kind of joy.

"We're going to raise $700,000 and give it away," said the Rev. Bob Leopold.

Give away $700,000?

With no strings attached?

To almost anyone who asks?

"This is the start of something really big," said Leopold.

After hearing about a local church that erected three 100-foot crosses at the cost of $700,000, Leopold and his cohorts at the Southside Abbey -- he's the Episcopal priest at the Main Street church -- were inspired.