Econo-Never Mind

Mrs. Carl: We have been learning about economics for a few weeks.  Now is your chance to tell us everything you know about economics!  Tell each other what you know about goods, services, opportunity cost, supply and demand, etc.  Talk about how your classroom checkbook and finance lessons have helped you gain more perspective to economic issues. Will you be a saver or spender when you grow up?  Why is it important to save for a “rainy day?”  This blog post will be graded and if possible, please print it out with your name on it!  Happy saving/spending! 

So, to start off, there are tons of different ways to run an economy. There are two main systems, capitalism and socialism. Capitalism is based on private ownerships. It is a system of free enterprise. Free enterprise means the government shouldn’t interfere with the economy. The laws of supply and demand make sure that the economy runs smoothly in meeting the needs’ of the people. The powerpoint Concepts of Economics says,”Capitalism is characterized by competition in which there is rivalry in supplying or getting an economic service or good.” This means that there is rivalry/competition in getting a service or good. This is a character or trait of capitalism. It also states that sellers compete against sellers, and buyers compete against other buyers. It is like a economics competition. Buyers look for good deals while the sellers look to make the best deal while making them a good profit.

Socialism is when people think that the government should be in charge of economic planning, distribution of goods, and production. Theories of early socialism started around the late eighteenth century. Factory owners were becoming rich and workers were broke. This led to the idea that workers should get more of the profits of the factory. See, socialism went for more cooperation and were as capitalism favored competition and privately owned property.

Needs and wants are a very important part of the economy. Needs are things that we have to have in order to survive.  Wants are services and other goods that we wish for.

Supply and demand also play a giant part. Supply is when how many a certain good or service has for people to buy. Demand is how many people want to buy a service or good. Like when a new iphone comes out. The supply is how many of the iphones there are to buy. The demand is how many people want to buy the new phone. We also learned about importing and exporting goods and services to and from foreign countries.

Economics is an important part of our world. Though I have only scratch the surface of economics, I hope you learned something. If you were patient enough and read the entire way down to the end, thanks!

The Apple Didn’t Fall Far From The Tree

  • Which one of your parents are you most like? Include a description of the parent, so that we can picture them in our mind.  Use sensory language: see, taste, touch, smell, hear

I am the daughter of Joie and Dave Culbert (I almost said son). But since they’re my parents I’m going to call them Mom and Dad. I think I am like both of my parents. An example of me being like my mom is that I have a creative side. My mom likes to design things like houses, decor, and plants. I got a bit of that knack too. I like to draw, paint, design, sketch, and mold. Me being like my dad is that he’s super athletic. He played soccer from a young age to college. He also plays on a church team. I love soccer too. I’ve played the sport since I was little. 

My mom is average in height. She has olive colored skin (so do I). Definition of olive colored skin: Olive skin is a human skin color spectrum. … It generally refers to light or moderate brown, brownish, or tannish skin, and it is often described as having yellowish, greenish, or golden undertones. Anyways, my mom has black hair with golden highlights. She normally wears a bun. She’s is great at design, cooking, being a mom, and her job. My mom is a high school counselor at Lancaster Catholic High School. WE ARE NOT CATHOLIC. No offense, but that might have been a little misleading.

My dad on the other hand is average in height too. He has light skin and brown hair. Dad normally wears khaki pants and a t-shirt to work. He is great at soccer, basketball, tennis, making jokes, and eating. He works at Christ Home. Christ Home is a place for foster kids. We visit the foster homes a lot. I have made many friends there. But then they leave and more come in. The kids are lonely sometimes so they need a friend. Every year we invite Christ Home over for the Superbowl. It gets really crazy. One of the foster moms always dances during the halftime show!

Sometimes we visit the place where my mom grew up, Carlisle PA. I go walking around town with my Grandpa listening to stories. He knows almost everyone there. All the senior citizens call me ” Little Joie” or “Little Dave.” Dunno how they even know my parents much less me. Anyways, I think I’m like BOTH of my parents. Which parent are you most like?

Greenview Bible Camp; Middle School

Over the summer, I go to a camp that goes by the name of Greenview Bible Camp. This camp is a Christian organization started by the Rorghbaughs (hopefully I spelled it right). The camp is located in Fivepointville which is  generally close to Terri Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Rorghbauh have children too. They help run the camp. One daughter runs horses, another archery, yet another runs a cabin, and I most likely missed some. I love this camp for many reasons.

  1. It’s a christian run camp
  2. Everyone there is friendly
  3. You have so many activities to choose from:
  • *Horses, archery, pond (canoeing etc), pool, go karts, crafts, food (my personal favorite), creek, wagon ride to Brubaker Park and more.

***Remember, these are day camp activities as well as night camp activities. Day camp is when you go there for just a day and then return home at night. Night camp is for middle school student (us). Night camp activities:

  •  *Day camp activities, food, night games, bonfire, food, food, and not to forget food. Just making sure you were listening!

There are also challenges. With horses you can move up on ranks like wrangler 1, 2, tenderfoot, trail blazer, cowgirl, farmhand and stuff like that. NOW MY FAVORITE CHALLENGE THAT IS THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTING! My favorite summer moment was when we were all sleeping in the cabin. Then, at about 2 in the night, my counselor wakes us up. She told us we were doing COUNSELOR HUNT! So the counselors all went and hid and the rest of us kids went looking for them. Whoever found the most counselors wins. BUT THERE’S A CATCH! To get a counselor you have to guess who they are. This was hard because they would curl up in a ball and cover their faces. We found our counselor. Thus we only found one so we were ahead at the time. BUT WE LOST….. Still, Greenview gives you an experience that is quite unique. Bye!

New Year Resolution

Avocado: A lot of people like to make resolutions in the New Year (ways to improve themselves).  What is your New Year’s Resolution?  What is something that you would like to see happen in the year 2018?

Me: My new year’s resolution is traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During the summer of 2017, I traveled with my family to Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. The sights were picturesque. I fed a deer. That’s a story for later. We hiked on a number of trails including Little Stony Man, Stony Man, and a lot more that I don’t have time to name. Anyways, the Great Smoky Mountains are very pretty. And there’s a lot of wildlife. There’s also Cades Cove, full of elk, bear, deer and more.

Avocado: Remember when the tent filled with water in the middle of the night?

Me: Cheek!

Avocado: He he he.

Me: Anyways, I hope that this year people will start respecting the ecosystem more. Around the world people are cutting down rainforests for wood. This destroys animals habitats and makes them, well, homeless. Also that people litter way too much. When you throw Gatorade rings into a pond or the ocean, all of the little fishies are at risk. Save the environment. 139 acres of trees and forests are being cut down every minute. No trees, no humans……..

* Comment down below what your new year resolution is.

Twenty Eight or Two???

Avocado: After reading the passage, Eleven, explain why the author does not like being age 11.  If you could choose any age to be, what would it be and why?  Use evidence or related topics from the passage if possible.

Me: The author doesn’t like being age elven because the author says, “And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t. You open your eyes and everything’s just like yesterday, only it’s
today. And you don’t feel eleven at all. You feel like you’re still ten. And you are –underneath the year that makes you eleven.” This proves that she just feels normal and still ten, even though she’s eleven. And that  can be frustrating because eleven is a difficult age.

Another piece from the article that supports the fact that the author does not like being age eleven is, “Only today I wish I didn’t have only eleven years rattling inside me like pennies in a tin Band-Aid box. Today I wish I was one hundred and two instead of eleven because if I was one hundred and two I’d have known what to say when Mrs. Price put the red sweater on my desk.” When it says “Today I wish I was one hundred and two instead of eleven…” This proves that the author doesn’t want to be eleven.  If I could be any age I would either be 2 or 28. 2 because I wouldn’t have a care in the world, and I could sleep a lot. 28 because I would be old enough to play a professional sport (soccer). I would also have a good job.

If you could choose any age, what would it be, and why?

Baaattmmaann! POW!

Avocado: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Me: Hmmm, I wonder who?

Avocado: Who?

Me: Wow, did you not read the title? We really need to get your eyes checked out. Anyways, I really like Batman because he is the master of stealth and detective work.  Also that he is just a human and he has no superpowers at all. He also has so many enemy villains he beats them all! He’s also a billionaire. Plus the fact that he has beaten the justice league BY HIMSELF! Last, he was trained by Ra’s Al Ghul. Here’s a quote from Odyssey, ” When the best trains the best, you get a legend.”

First off, how can you beat stealth? If they can’t see you, they can’t defeat you. This is a very good technique that Batman uses.

Avocado: But how is he stealthy and a good detective?

Me: Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. His Bat Cave is right under the mansion, Wayne Manor. I think that you have to be pretty stealthy to keep people away from it. The Bat Cave beats any other man cave for sure. He is a good detective because he knows how to observe even the tiniest details. In 2012’s film, Justice League:Doom, Batman has a list of how to immobilize the Justice League. Though the list gets stolen, Batman and Cyborg rescue the Justice League from the supervillains.

Avocado: Okay, but what about him not having any superpowers? Doesn’t that make him more vulnerable than the other superheros?

Me: No way. He has this really cool belt that helps him do different things. He also has the Batmobile, which again, is named after him just like the Bat Cave. He has a really cool way of fighting. He strikes, then he disappears like nobody’s business.  On his belt he has Tasers, Batarangs, Grappling Gun, Bat shark Repellent, Built in Lie Detector, Batmobile Remote Control, Fake Vampire Teeth?, Finger Taser, and his thing that shoots a line to catch him when he falls. Not to mention that he has a very cool fire-proof cape!

Avocado: Huh, never thought of it that way before.

Me: I know! He also doesn’t have any superpowers. He is all human! He wasn’t bit by a spider like Spiderman, he didn’t fall into earth as a super baby, he wasn’t even bit by a bat! That actually would have been pretty cool. Whatsoever, Batman uses sheer muscle and brains to take down his enemies. Though he has a lot of enemies, he somehow always manages to bring them down. Here are a couple: Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, THE JOKER, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, the Riddler, and maybe the Justice League too. Batman’s also a billionaire. Let’s be real. With all that money, Batman uses it to buy all the special supplies he needs. And late night lobster dinners.

Avocado: If I had all that money, I would take over the world!

Me: Okay, *1) No one asked you. B) How would an avocado earn all of that money? D) There are over 1,500 billionaires in the world.

Avocado: Wow, you really gave me a positive head start. Thanks.

Me: You’re welcome. Now, Batman also is super awesome because he has taken down the Justice League all by himself. That’s when the list gets stolen and Cyborg and Batman have to save them. Last, Batman was trained by none other than Ra’s Al Ghul. He is a great master and he has a very stylish goatee.  Batman has learned well.

Thanks for reading and comment down below if you have a favorite superhero.

  • Do you guys like what I did with the numbers and letters? It goes 1, b, and then d! I’m laughing at my own joke. Yeah, I’m pretty cheap.

Would You Rather-Christmas Edition #1

Avocado: I got a challenge for you.

Me: What?

Avocado: Would you rather have to loudly sing the chorus of Jingle Bells every time you walk into a room for a week OR have to wear a Santa suit to school every day for a week.  WHY?

Me: Santa suit. Who wouldn’t want to have a beard? Besides, I would be all warm and comfy for a week. Also, I would be able to let kids sit on my lap and tell me what they want for christmas. Then I would throw them off and say “NEXT!” Also, I would be able to eat anything I want to. Santa’s job is to deliver presents, make kids happy, and get fat. Also, I have flying reindeer, so enough said.

Avocado: Were talking about you DRESSING UP like Santa, not being him.

Me: Whatever.

Avocado: You have an overactive imagination.

Me: I’m putting you on the Naughty List. Right, ok, where was I, oh yes, me dressing up as Santa. I guess I would get a lot of laughs. I think I would do it. Santa’s suit looks soft and sleek, so I would be able to slide on the floors. Maybe I should start making the Naughty and Nice lists right now…..

Avocado: Don’t you even think about it!

Me: Naughty: Avocado, brothers (Will and Jordan), Shadow (my cat who knows he shouldn’t eat bacon grease), Dad (who peeks into my very badly wrapped presents). Nice: Moms (and all the other moms out there because they’re all awesome), my cousin’s baby, Ellis.

Avocado: You forgot someone on the Naughty List.

Me: Who?

Avocado: You!

Me: That was terrible.

Avocado: Your face is terrible!

Me: If you don’t stop making terrible jokes that I think you meant as insults I will pull out the christmas tortilla chips. Also, I went to the grocery store and I got some fresh, pulverized, guacamole. You want some?

Avocado: First don’t pull out the chips! Two, can you get me a spoon, that guacamole looks good.


Would You Rather-Christmas Edition #3

Avocado: Would you rather not celebrate Christmas this year OR not celebrate your birthday this year?  WHY?

Me: Dunno.

Avocado: Answer the question.

Me: Dunno.

Avocado: Answer the question or face my wrath!

Me: Okay, yep right away! I think I would rather miss out on my birthday than Christmas. In my family, I pretty sure we get more presents on Christmas then we do for our birthdays. Also that I really do love Christmas. I like the snow and football season and hot chocolate and my cat getting his big winter coat. He has so much that he is looks and feel even fatter than he really is.

Avocado: That’s mean.

Me: At least I didn’t say how fat you were!

Avocado: Now who is the bad one?


Families ARE Important

Avocado: Who is your favorite or most important family member and why?

Me: My favorite family member has to be my cat. Just kidding, that would be selfish. No, I would pick my dad because he is really funny and he is even *funnier when he tries to cook. He keeps us safe and he is very smart and strong. He also likes to play soccer! He’s sort of like my ” coach-that-coaches-me-at-home” coach.

Avocado: What memories do you have with them?

Me: I have a lot of memories with my family since I have spent the last 11 (almost 12) years with them. Like the time we all went skiing and snowboarding together. My older brother Will and my mom both skii. My dad and I snowboard. We go to a place called “Roundtop.” Some of you might be like, “what about your little brother?” He actually is not old enough to go snowboarding or skiing. But, my dad and I would have so much fun. I know how to do a ground spin, not quite ready for the ramps! I’m trying to learn a front spin 180. True, they are a lot of fun with a ramp, but it’s pretty tricky. I’ll leave a video of the ground spin down below. I recently had a really fun hike with my dad. We were in a marsh and there were A LOT of rivers separating us from the trail. You see, we got off the trail and we decided to cross the marsh. We took off our shoes and we waded across. It was so much fun. We were really enjoying it. Last, going to the cabin. The entire Culbert side of the family came over. There are at least 26 people. We go on hikes and play Foosball in the basement. Good times, good times.

Avocado: I wasn’t invited?

Me: Too bad, maybe next year.

Avocado: Whatever, what are some traits they have that you hope you have?

Me: My dad is funny, my mom is an amazing cook and very kind, my brothers are annoying, loud, ugly. For real, they are………. caring and nice? Hopefully they won’t read this. Cuddly like my cat Shadow. I hope I am funny like my dad, kind and an awesome cook like my mom, caring like my brothers, and cuddly like my cat. He is the squishiest cat ever. I have used him as my pillow before! He doesn’t mind.

Avocado: What makes them such an incredible person?

Me: What makes my dad an incredible person is that he is really nice. He is also a very strong christian and he makes sure we know the truth about God. He is super athletic and he watches out for me and my family.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. Bye! P.S. COMMENT!

*Funnier is a word, I think??


Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone-and Football

Have I ever wanted to try something new? Of course I have. You know, the occasional spicy pepper, or the kid that you want to meet but you can’t? We all have those times, but, there is ONE thing left on my bucket list. Okay, maybe a few hundred things left on my bucket list.

The #1 thing that I absolutely have to do is: Play professional soccer for the U.S. If girls played football, I would play football. Some of you are saying, “but girls do play football.” And I know that. It’s just wrong. Lookup “girls football”. That’ll make you understand why I DON’T want to play girls football. I like watching football though, mostly NFL. I like the Pittsburgh Steelers, as if you couldn’t tell from my sub-title. Enough about football, let’s talk about football.

I started playing soccer when I was about 4 years old. I played on a team called THE EARTHQUAKES!!!! I loved that team because before a game, we would stomp our feet on the ground as If we were an actual earthquake!!! Cute, huh? There was also this team called THE TIMBERS!!!! My dad and I always laughed when they did their little dance. They would fall backwards onto their backs like trees! Hah, we thought that was SO funny!

Anyways, I just finished my last U-12 season. I would of been playing on a U-15 team this fall, but there weren’t enough girls. In the spring I will hopefully be playing in U-15. What is a U-12 and U-15? They are like ranks that depend on your age and skill. So if I was 5, I’d play on a U-6 team or a U-7. My positions sometimes vary. I always start off as center mid-field. You need to be fast and to have stamina. You also need to know how to pass. If you don’t pass to your strikers, the other team most likely will steal it. I know that If I try SUPER hard, I can do it.

I know a lot of guys in my grade want to play professional football. The chances of getting into NFL is crazy small. I think most of them want to either play on the Eagles or some other team. Literally, I think there are at least 5 guys that want to play professional football. Hopefully they have backup jobs just in case their dreams get crushed. I think one is Joie, then Dane, Dimitriy, and now I’m not even sure WHAT Dane wants to be. And I also kinda exaggerated the fact that 5 guys that want to play in the NFL, because I only counted out two. Eh, who cares?

So hopefully someday, I will play on the girls professional soccer team! I’m still trying something new, right!!!???