Counting Crazy Down: The Top Ten WTF Stories That Happened In Lubbock in 2021
Ready to relive a big ass can of Lubbock crazy?
This past year has been one for the books here in the Hub City, with countless stories that have been shared by our illustrious Townsquare Media newshawks. Within the stack of the nearly 7.2 million stories that we've written this past year, more than a few captured the attention, hearts, and stink eye better than these did.
So, for your dancing pleasure, let's take a waltz down Lubbock's memory lane from 2021.
Yeah, it was kinda hard NOT to start with this one, but who could forget when an unidentified nude woman was spotted near Lubbock's courthouse, wearing nothing but a smile, and a throwback Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech jersey?
Of all places to be nude in Lubbock, right by the courthouse was probably not the best choice. However, it would appear the woman didn't suffer any repercussions for her public nudity, as she was spotted later, fully clothed and carrying flowers.
Maybe someone gave her the flowers as a proposal of some kind, since she seems like she'd be a party.
This rocket scientist was captured on video and on Facebook waving at people riding on the back of a cherry red whip back in July, and spawned quite the reaction from the comments section:
"Why women live longer...."
"Do what you gotta do I guess"
"Now that's dedication to get the job done by any means. Lol"
"Where there is a will there is a way."
"Lumber is expensive - can't risk losing it!!! #whateverittakes"
"I mean, it looks like he is either going to work or going to fix something at home. Either way- if there’s a will there’s a way. Can’t fault them for that. But, we have units on standby when it goes wrong."
When this carpetbagger decided to move down to Austin, we tried (foolishly) tried everything in our power to get him to stay. From Free Beer and Hot Wings (?), to barbecue...nothing (thankfully) worked. However, NOTHING tops the offer from a Lubbock doctor to offer Beard a free HEMORRHOID BANDING. Well, this makes sense, since the old coach didn't let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.
After the untimely passing of the owner of the home that has brought us the famed Lubbock Smiling Bush, a bit of controversy erupted between the decorator of the bush, and the family who owns the home. As we opined, there is no need to be bent out of shape, Lubbock...it's just a bush.
If you want to dress up a bush in your yard for everyone to behold and snap selfies with, go right ahead and do it. Nobody is stopping you. The current caretaker of Lubbock's smiling bush is going to continue the tradition and frankly just wasn't happy with the way it was decorated this one time. I see no problems, only a bunch of whiny people with nothing better to do than talk about a plant in someone's yard.
Especially during that crazy Iowa State game, where officials felt the need to close off two sections of the stadium after fans got a bit sideways, concerns over the behavior of Texas Tech fans got just a little louder this year, especially after our next submission.
Before "Let's Go Brandon" became part of the vernacular, even Texas Tech students got in on the controversial trend of chanting "F--- Joe Biden" prior to a Texas Tech football game. this spawned quite a bit of passion from both sides of the political spectrum here in Lubbock, including an open letter to Tech Fans.
No one issue, had more people hopping mad than the consumption of LP&L by our new ERCOT overlords. Our own Chrissy Covington created a fantastic collection of spicy ERCOT memes, which you can find here, while our readers and listeners had plenty to say about the issue...
The answers were just as I'd expected. No Bueno.
"I can't say what I wanna say because it's all bad words." - Crystal Thompson
"Oh like how they tried to charge me $500 for a water leak THEY caused in my alley?" - Bethany Ivins
"Laziest bunch of monopoly ass idiots!" - Bekah Saurez
"Highway Robbery!!" - Randy Elizondo
"Linemen are friendly and helpful; some of the management (at least in the past) are real idiots." - Chaz Greene
"City Council Vacation Fund" - A.J. Burkett
"The city does not care, the Mayor does not care, so our thoughts and opinions are a moot point" - Topher Covarrubio
"Their switch-a-roo to ERCOT fried the motor in my garage door." - Alexis Ann Kubisz
"Paying our entire electricity bill in pennies one time..." - Jenna Gospodnetich
"They tend to screw me a lot for people who didn't actually buy me dinner first." - Lisa Hernandez
"Nightmare nightmare nightmare" - Luke Matsik
"It's one of the main reasons I moved away from Lubbock." - Wes Wicker
"Very unreliable regarding power outages, restoral, and billing, customer service is always nice, though." - Amy Black Whittle
"They don't actually read the meters, they just guess badly." -Kimmi Ramone
"I’m new to LP&L...all I have to say is holy f#%k balls..what was I thinking?!" - Courtney Boozer
"I’ve caught them guessing at reading my meter to the tune of $300 credit each time that I literally had to raise actual hell to receive MONTHS later." - Katie Thompson
"3 hour hold time...I had enough time to drive up there from work and show them I was on hold for almost 3 hours." -Benji Robert Hinkle
Who the hell steals a catalytic converter from the vehicle of a beloved Lubbock Radio Station? Oh yeah...Lubbock does.
"I have no idea what in fresh hell this is..."~Wes Nessman
Wes had a bonafide UFO sighting in North Lubbock, and immediately did what any other community-minded citizen would do: he pulle dout his cellphoen, and videotaped it. According to Wes:
It's probably in Canyon or Amarillo by now, if not Nebraska. I guess nobody got hurt because I haven't seen anybody else even mention this thing.
We love us some Ron Roberts around here, but during a Facebook stream of a tornado emergency, someone decided that Tornado Tinder was a power move to make. He thought wrong.
Here's to an even better, and nuttier 2022. You stay classy, LBK.