Chapter 11 is basically comparing Midland and Odessa. Midland is rich, and neat. Odessa is messy. The two rely on each other. It goes on to describe the economic turns over the decades, and how the football rivalry was so big, it caused the local NBC station to switch from the World Series. It begs the question, which approach is right? The devil-may-care, impulsive nature of Odessa, or the future-driven Midland?