This is one of those design ideas that might have looked really good on paper, but which didn’t really work out that well when the building was finished.
The lower level of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center (where no one goes, mostly) has some broad pedestrian walkways that lead…well, they sort of don’t lead anywhere. But they don’t mind if you take their portrait.
And those two little lights work hard to light the way, in case someone happens to walk by.
It’s pretty quiet at the soccer complex this time of the year, between seasons.
There were several rabbits, some birds, a toad, and (literally) a snake in the grass. But no soccer players or soccer coaches or soccer moms. Just the wildlife and me and distant storm clouds.
As a warning to anyone who might be considering a visit out here: the far end of the bottom bench has become un-welded from the frame so if you sit down on it, down is how you’ll keep going for longer than you might expect. (Want to guess how I know?!)
Burl Huffman Soccer Complex
It wasn’t all that long ago that the only way to purchase a six-pack was to drive out into the county, where there were a lot of small beer stores scattered around, most of them featuring covered, drive-through lanes. In May 2009, voters approved package alcohol sales within the city limits, and these beer stores weren’t able to compete. After all, who’d drive all the way out in the country to get beer when it was readily available right here in town?
This place was one of those old beer stores; it had the requisite drive-through lane and looks to have featured Budweiser quite prominently. I can’t explain the mattress wedged into the building, but the “Drive Safely” sign is a thoughtful reminder.
(True Story: the first round of permits for in-town alcohol sales kicked off in September 2009. My spouse and I were on vacation when the fateful day arrived. When we got back to Lubbock, we stopped at the grocery store on the way home just to gaze at the booze for sale RIGHT THERE. We felt, finally, like grownups.)
Lubbock County, Texas
This building in downtown Lubbock has surely seen better days. It’s been a few things in the past – a hospital, a college – but most what it is now is vacant. I’ve shot it before (here and here) but this was the first time I followed my own advice and walked around back.
It was worth the trip, I think: most of the first-floor windows were broken, giving me views of cabinets with open doors, a random grocery cart, and a fabulous worn windowsill.