Absolutely wonderful barbecue in Lubbock, Texas! And it has a great name too!
Texas barbecue is famous and I have enjoyed eating it at multiple different restaurants. In Lubbock I was looking at restaurants that were highly rated. I discovered one with my name in the title so I had to try Eddie’s BBQ.
I had a chopped brisket sandwich and absolutely loved it!
Neil and I were getting excited to watch the game!
This is the famous Red Raider. Guns Up!
I really enjoy college football. As a delayed birthday gift from Amy and Neil, I was invited to attend the football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona State Sun Devils. Since I am a University of Arizona Wildcat, I was rooting against the Sun Devils! Go Red Raiders! The front of a t-shirt people were wearing at the game said “Don’t Bring a Pitchfork to a Gun Fight!”
The game was delayed for about an hour due to lightening and 50 mile per hour winds. However, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. The crowd was loud and quite interested in supporting their team. The saying for Texas Tech is “Guns Up” and the crowd makes a gun symbol with their hands. It was fun to be a part of the loud Texas Tech crowd. The game largely turned into an offensive game, with Texas Tech winning 52 to 45.
The Red Raider symbol is everywhere!
It turned out that this game was designed to honor the cotton industry in the area. Many people wore white shirts to promote the cotton industry, but I wore a red Texas Tech t-shirt.
There is a large amount of cotton around Lubbock!
The sun was gorgeous as it peaked over the landscape!
We have been enjoying some beautiful sunrises the last few days. The local news has talked about the fires in Montana and the wind that has been blowing ash into west Texas. The thickness in that atmosphere has produced a nice orange sunrise.
I switched to my telephoto lens to get a closer view of the clouds and colors.
This morning I headed from Lubbock to Brownfield, Texas and found a nice dirt road without city lights. I setup my tripod and waited to enjoy the show as the sun came up.
It was nice to see the clouds in front of the sun!
I had fun trying a couple of lenses and different settings. It was very spectacular!
The silhouette of these weeds was nice with the sunrise in the background.
The songs “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” were written in this bedroom in Lubbock, Texas!
Today was amazing! I stood in the bedroom where the songs “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” were written! All over the world people have tapped their toes to those two songs, and they were written in Lubbock, Texas, in Drummer Jerry (JI) Allison’s house and made famous by Buddy Holly. I had no idea that all occurred in Lubbock!
Buddy Holly was famous for his glasses
When I was looking at things I wanted to see in Lubbock, the Buddy Holly Center quickly rose to the top of my list. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Buddy Holly and The Crickets. Previously, all I knew was that Buddy Holly died tragically in a plane crash when he was very young. Today I learned that Buddy Holly had an enormous impact on music around the world. Buddy was a key rock and roll innovator. He was the first to set up the structure of a rock and roll band (2 guitars, bass, and drums), changed the way many chords were used in songs, and he wanted to have artistic control of his songs. There was a recorded interview with Paul McCartney at the Buddy Holly Center and Paul McCartney credits Buddy Holly’s trip to England as setting the stage for the Beatles getting started. Paul McCartney said the first 40 Beatles songs were strongly influenced by Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly also influenced the songs by the Rolling Stones. In fact, the Rolling Stones first hit (“Not Fade Away”) was actually written by Buddy Holly. Elton John wore unnecessary glasses to be more like Buddy Holly because Buddy was famous with his black horn-rimmed glasses. Buddy’s glasses were found after the plane crash and are on display in the Center.
Buddy Holly had a short career, but made a large impact on music!
Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock in 1936 during the Great Depression and he came from a musical family. However, what really got his creative juices flowing was seeing Elvis Presley play in Lubbock in 1955. After that, Buddy and his fellow musicians went full force to unleash their creativity. “That’ll Be the Day” was released in 1957. His career only lasted for around 18 months, but he had 25 hit records in that short time period. He died in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper (JP Richardson who is famous for “Chantilly Lace”), and the pilot were all killed in the crash.