Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lubbock it is!

So we officially said yes to Texas Tech this week, which means that this summer we are moving from this:

To this:

A side by side comparison, for those who don't know much about either town:

Lubbock, Texas

Athens, Ohio


212,169 (+35,000 students)

21,342 (+20,400 students)

Land size

114.9 sq. miles

8.3 sq. Miles

Average temperature summer/winter

93 degrees /

25 degrees

85 degrees /

18.3 degrees

Annual Average rainfall



% Republican/ % Democrat

74% / 25%

36% / 63%

Football Team BCS ranking in 2008



Approximate number of Mormons

Aprox. 1900 (.77%)

Aprox 183(.44%)

Distance from University to LDS temple

8.9 miles

82.6 miles

Distance to Grandma and Grandpa’s house

902 miles

2082 miles

Distance to Nana and Papa’s house

888 miles

1813 miles

Median home value



Citizens of Note

Buddy Holly

Johnny Appleseed

, all-in-all Lubbock doesn't look like such a bad place. I'm sure it has its problems (they don't do curbside recycle, for one, which makes my Oregonian hurt), but like Melissa said recently, after a year in Japan we can live anywhere in the states. In fact, we are getting excited about the prospect of living in a house with a yard and room for a garden and the possibility of staying in one place for four or five years. We've been married for six and a half years and, if you include our initial drive to Utah after our wedding, we've moved six times, including once over seas and once across the country.

Now the biggest question we're facing is when to actually pack up the moving truck and leave Athens. I graduate in the middle of June, but we'd like to stick around a little longer and earn some money here before we go, and since I don't have to be in Lubbock until the middle of August, we'll try to get a summer teaching gig here that will keep us busy until the end of July.

Side note: teaching "gig"--that's a silly expression that I have heard often and used often. The OED doesn't know where the expression came from, but it does know that it refers specifically to jazz or dance music and implies a one-time, or limited engagement for a band, as in this 1934 usage in All about Jazz:

"Jack runs numerous bands which play ‘gig’ work{em}i.e. private engagements or public work. In his office, he has a file in which some hundreds of ‘gig’ musicians are listed."

Now, I initially started this side note with the intention of pointing out my own cliched use of a bad idiom, but now that I know what it really means, it feels like a good fit for the adjunct professor world. Adjuncts are a lot like aspiring musicians looking for a steady gig, and making ends meet by playing where ever they can. And just like gig musicians or starving actors in New York, or minor league baseball players, adjuncts live like second-class citizens in their professional world, doing all of the same work as the Pros for a fraction of the pay, and many of them burn out and move on to something else.

The QB has only made me promise that we won't move over her birthday and our anniversary, which means we have to move no later than the end of July.


Shiloh said...

Congrats on TX Tech! And Adjunct teaching is indeed described perfectly by the word "gig"!

Sarah said...

wow! congrats! that is a big decision, it's got to feel good to know where you're going! we were hoping you'd join us at the U of U student housing this summer but I'm sure texas will have fun student housing of it's own! so how long do you plan to stay in texas? a year? 4? forever? :)

Heather said...

Congrats! My cousin's husband (so, my cousin-in-law?) teaches Geology at Texas Tech, so if you ever need to go rock hunting, look up Pete Holterhoff!