Don't for one second think of this as a list of bad things. Sure, some suck, but others are awesome and familiar.
Let's pretend for a moment that you were blindfolded and taken to the edges of different towns. How quickly could you identify Lubbock? With this handy guide, you'll pick out the Hub City in no time.
It's no secret Lubbock is flat. What's crazy is that it doesn't have to be that way.
Sure, Lubbock is on flat land, but almost every city in America is on flat land because that's how you build stuff: ON FLAT LAND. What makes Lubbock extra flat is that due to all the land and lack of city planning, everyone just builds out instead of up. This means no tall buildings and very little need for things like overpasses. Even the city's tight restrictions on billboards means that the town seems flatter than most.
Every Destination Includes the Words, "The Loop"
I came to Lubbock in 1979. I came from a car culture where every direction included the word "freeway," so when I heard the word/phrase "the loop," I had no idea what people were talking about. Still to this day, it's nearly impossible to go anywhere in town without Loop 289 being part of that journey. I guess this is actually a good thing since it's so functional and vital.
This Town Is Ruled by Sonic & Taco Villa
You can talk about the latest restaurants all you want. You can harp on how good Whataburger is. But in reality, this town is ruled by Sonic and Taco Villa.
These are the two, fail-safe, totally delicious, always great places to go. If you don't believe me, ask anybody who's moved away from here. The Sonic mustard burger (used to be called a #2) and the Taco Villa combo burrito are absolute perfection.
The dust around here ain't no joke. I have dust INSIDE my storm windows. It's insidious. The dust here is like water -- it creeps into places you'd never imagine possible. Every single person from Lubbock that's reading this knows exactly what it feels and tastes like to have been in a Hub City dust storm.
It's the Land of White Trucks
I know you want to dispute me on this, but don't bother. Grab yourself one of those little clickers that they use in the front of bars and click every time you see a white truck. By midday, that little clicker will start smoking, then fall apart. There are so many white trucks in Lubbock that I own a white truck in Lubbock.