Work is done for the week and now I can go into a little more detail...
First off, I arrived in Dallas on Saturday Morning and drove directly to College Station / Bryan area to visit and stay with my fiance's family. We had a great time while there, ate at "the boat' and drank Shiners. The next morning we prepared to make the LLLOOOONNNGGGG trip out to Lubbock, if there is a credible argument against moving to Lubbock it is the fact it is a lllooonnnggg way from anywhere. That being said, I think you'll find out later that Lubbock has everything you need so the isolation is not a big deal.
The pictures from I have uploaded to the website below will supplement some of my adventure. The drive out to Lubbock was very scenic and I was actually entertained all the way out there. I'd say it took me roughly four and a half hours to get out to Lubbock from Fort Worth. When you go into town, North of Snyder, there is a fairly strange smell, but I found it only lasted a little while and nothing you can't survive. Contrary to popular belief there are SOME hills and cap-rock's on the trip out to Lubbock. Although Lubbock is not a drive I'd want to make every day at a reasonable 72 MPH which is actually a little slow for these roads, the time passes quickly.
Ok after arriving, We needed dinner so we headed over to Rosa's Tortilla Factory on 4th and Slide (I also think there's one on 50th-ish area). They had really good, fast mexican food and fresh tortillas with every order. Also the Sopapillas rock for dessert! After my stomach was full, I crashed for the night. The next day, Monday, I got up and went to my usual breakfast place when in Texas, Rudy's BBQ for Breakfast Tacos with Eggs, Beans, Brisket, Cheese, and BBQ sauce! After getting done, I went to my second tour of the law school (my first was fairly impromptu). I met with the Assistant Dean Terrence Cook and then continued my tour with the director of career services which was great! It was good to hear from her. Her outlook on employment was great and acted like clerkships, internships, 2L jobs, and post-grad jobs were very positive and reasonably easy to find as long as one does their due diligence! Secondly, I learned from Dean Cook that the Law School was going to be interviewing and hiring a new law school only financial aid officer. I know some of you were concerned about financial aid being given out so late, but they're trying to solve that by hiring their own personnel and not relying on the university financial aid office.Thirdly, I learned that the 1L's entering 2005 will be split into four sections instead of three like in years past. As far as the expansion goes, they have broke ground and according to the dean it will be complete by the middle of 2L for us 2008'ers. The expansion will have a new criminal courtroom to compliment their civil courtroom. As well as other additions. A lot has already been said about the law school so I won't belabor the point any more than necessary. Simply, the law school is very new and is well equipt both in technology and functionality. This place look awesome and a great atmosphere to study law in. It is just outside of the main campus which affords it peace and quiet while at the same time not keeping the law students disconnected from the university life.
Next on Monday was housing, I went by a number of apartments and found some VERY nice and some VERY not-so-nice apartments. My fiance and I decided that it would be best to rent a two bedroom apartment this year and look at buying a house in or near Tech Terrace next year. After looking at a few I found I was most impressed with four complexes: The Centre at Overton Park, The Dominion, Savoy Condo's, and Ashton Pointe. Texas1 is right about how easy it is to commute from one side of the city to the other, BUT I am an avid cyclist and it would take quite a while to bike from say 82nd St. to 19th where the law school is. So I elected to only consider apartments near the university. Overall best value and quality of the units went to Savoy Condo's near 4th and Detroit behind The Pourhouse restaurant. This is about one block northwest of SBC Jones stadium and from the balcony of the apartment complex you can easily see the score board at the stadium! HAHA! They had some awesome pre-lease specials going and my fiance's cousin lived in the these condo's when he lived out in Lubbock a couple years ago. We scored an awesome deal and I'm set to move in about the 5th of August after the wedding!
After that, we went for a late lunch at Bleacher's in the Depot District. It has great food and great drink specials, Shiner Bock flows like water! WoooHooo!!! This is an excellent area for the weekly "bar reviews". For dinner later that night we went to Santa Fe on 50th.
With our apartment search over we spent the next few days cruising around the city, taking in the sights, and eating some excellent food. First let me outline the food. Lite Bite Mediterrianian food was excellent on 50th St. We went out to Llano Estacado Winery and had some excellent wines and a tour of the winery. Spanky's on University serves THE BEST burger I've ever had in my life and also their giant cheese sticks are something you have to experience. Orlando's Italian Restuarant has two locations, I ate at the one on Ave. Q, but they have awesome italian food and some unique pasta sauces made with new mexican hatch green chiles. I didn't see that Indian Place but I LOVE Indian Food so I'll have to check that out next time.
I went down and checked out the Depot District, Buddy Holly Square, Wild West Lubbock, The Cactus, TTU Campus, and Lubbock Lake (archeological preserve). All these things were very cool and I have many pictures of all these things on the website below.
General impressions about Lubbock:
- The roads are HUGE, most major roads at 5-6 lanes wide, easy passing, no congestion, everything moves very smoothly and its easy to get around the town eventhough it is VERY spread out!
- The people are ultra-sugarcoated friendly, which is great.
- The Marsha Sharp Freeway is starting to get a huge amount of dirt moved now to make room, it'll be there soon enough.
- The loop just rules, we don't have loops where I'm from so this is a convenience like no other
- Out west of the loop if you look around there are some HUGE houses!
- The atmosphere of the city is awesome. It is a big city without the big city atmosphere
- Support for TTU is huge, you tell anyone there you're going to TTU Law and they are quick applaude your decision.
I can answer any more questions anyone has, I came away so extremely excited to move there its unbelievable. I came in thinking that I COULD live there for three years, I came away thinking it wouldn't be bad to spend a lifetime there with the right career prospects. Lubbock is a great city with a lot to offer and I can't imagine a better place to allow me to both focus myself on and distract myself from law school. I can wait to be out there with y'all in August.
Last, but not least, around 80 of my 300 pictures that I took while on my trip: http://www.pbase.com/ttulaw/root&page=all