Thus far I am enjoying my economic class. It is the study of human behavior as far as decision making goes. There are "luxuries" that we give up when we trade what we have for other things we want or need. Although we may not view them as luxuries at the time, we may miss certain situations while we are grateful not to have others.
Take our move from Salt Lake County, Utah to Douglas County, Oregon. The major thing that drew us to Oregon was clean air quality vs. breathing deadly smog. Myrtle Creek is certainly a lot smaller (population wise) than any city I had lived in within the Salt Lake City area. There aren't as many roads or traffic or pollution. The crime rate is definitely lower. I'm not saying there isn't any crime here - it just doesn't seem as common.
Take the other night, for example. Jenna's school band was performing a concert. Normally, the students set up during school hours and leave their instruments in the gym, but there had been an activity that day and as many of the students were in Eugene, the instruments had not been set up.
As we were driving toward the school, Jenna asked Roland to stop by the band room first. Unless someone's there, the band room is always locked - except that night. Several students could be seen running from the school across the street and down to the band room to retrieve their instruments. I like that this town seems to have so much trust and patriotism - I really do believe that the two work together. NEVER in Salt Lake county would that happen. But then again, I don't know of any schools in Salt Lake that are made of several relic buildings. . .
There is definitely a lot more variety of entertainment or shopping (which is not entertaining by any means) in Salt Lake than in Myrtle Creek, better public transportation and a great library system. I don't foresee the library ever disappearing from existence. Here, in Myrtle Creek, we are fighting to put it back. It's not that the citizens of Douglas county were against the library in the first place. The bill didn't pass because most voters had voted against a tax increase. I don't think they believed the library would close.
Trade-offs from decisions. I now need to return back to the text so that I can take the assessment for this week. Look how hard I am working.