There are other Paradises. There is Paradise, Texas, with a population of 459, according to the 2000 census. And Paradise, Utah, population 759. Also, a Paradise, Montana, population 184. I don’t know how many people live in Paradise, Michigan, because I couldn’t find its population. It wasn’t listed on the U.S. census website or the state of Michigan census website. I can tell you this, though: There aren’t many folks who live there. My guess is if there are a couple of hundred, it would feel congested.

All of these Paradises are in different parts of the country, each with its own challenging climate. But the one thing they all have in common is that they are small. The question arises, If this is paradise, why don’t more people live here?

Wouldn’t we all like to live in paradise?

If not, then how did these remote little places end up being considered so great that they ended up with the name Paradise? And which one is the real deal?

I should point out that there is also a Paradise, California. It has over 26,000 residents. Because more people choose to live there, does that make it more paradisiacal? Or less?

Bedeviling questions, these. But, then, you’d expect such vexations from a place that man was kicked out of. A few of us may have earned the right to live in Paradise. The rest of us, though, just get to order a cheeseburger in Paradise.

Or half a cheeseburger.

I know, I know. You’re wondering, What did they end up doing?

What do you think? We each had a cheeseburger in Paradise.