Whole world at your front door

If you live on a highway in a rural, forested area a few miles between two towns, you get to see a parade of vehicles representing the entire economy.

Sorry, we didn’t get outside in time to get the one at the head of the parade – a huge piece agricultural equipment being trucked to its next site. It could have been a seeder or a sprayer. It could have been owned by the farmer, the tenant farmer, or a fellow farmer, or it could have been a spraying business hired by the landowner.

Our agriculture, in addition to little truck gardens growing food for themselves and neighbors to buy, includes hazelnuts, hay, livestock, winegrapes and poultry.

Other vehicles you see above are a school bus; a big box trailer that could have been empty or carrying pallets, bags of seed or stock for grocery stores; an empty log truck heading back to the woods for another load of logs; and a number of SUVs – probably parents getting their kids from school (what? they don’t like the school bus?) or picking up feed and medicine for their livestock – goats, sheep, cattle, horses, dogs or chickens.

On-coming traffic includes the popular pickups and a service truck – possibly tractor tire repair, or cable TV installer or repair, or truck transmission repair. On the right you’ll see a real estate for sale sign (it hasn’t changed in a year *sigh*) and some cattle, relaxing in the meadow.

That pretty much summarizes our economy. Manufactured goods, like steel, paper and plastics, which we also have, goes by freight train or truck directly up the U.S. highway to Portland for transport to national and international markets.

Not pictured, but seen from time to time are fire engines, police cars and ambulances. In the air, helicopters thump and light airplanes glide through the air, sharing the space with raptors and geese. Isn’t life grand?

What traffic goes by your home or office?


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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