I think a lot of us have found some surprising results with Google's autofill. I thought I would give it a go with the first three words being "what Does Lubbock" and see what came up.

Surprisingly, there were only two answers.

Let's blow past number one quickly: Google filled the first space with "What Does Lubbock Mean?" Wow, that is a very heavy question. Actually, the link takes you to a bit of information on Thomas Saltus Lubbock, the founder of our fair city.

It’s auto-fill number two that’s a bit problematic. The second fill-in is, "What Does Lubbock Texas Look Like?" Oh dang, you had to go there. Instead of defaulting to a link when you asked this question, Google (at least mine) brought up some images. These would be both good and bad images. Have a look at that now:


Yes, as you can see, two of the 13 images show the city about to get torn up with major haboobs. Showing us with an encroaching, unrelenting wall of dust isn't exactly Chamber of Commerce's promotion.  As for the other pictures, I rate them a strong "eh."

None of these images are what I think of when I think of Lubbock. Maybe I'm a little too pro-Hub City, but I just don't think we look this beaten down. I really don’t know what it would take for us to get some better images of the town out there, but I don’t think this is the kind of thing we want potential college kids or job-seekers pulling up when they’re looking at the possibility of moving here.

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