Daily Archives: 03.02.2015

America, The Roadtrip: The Carol of Lights

Last December, I went to Lubbock to visit Billy.  Like a good 50% of the vacations I go on, I completely forgot to write about this one until way after the fact.  Anyway, while we’re off cavorting around Italy, this will give us the time to work through this, no?

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The real reason for my trip was to go and see the Carol of Lights, which is Texas Tech’s annual Christmas tradition.  The entire campus is darkened, they have a torchlight parade, and after a number of carols are sung and speeches are given, the campus is lit up in Christmas lights.  It’s pretty cool to see.

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Billy was one of the organizers, so for him this event was a REALLY big deal.  It also meant that I got to experience the Carol of Lights in a way that 99% of attendees never will!  First things first, we headed off to the pre-Carol banquet.  It was a great chance to meet some of his co-workers and the students he works with.  I planned a black and red outfit in order to work the Red Raider theme appropriately.

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And then we rode in a stretch hummer to the main event.  How Fancy, I Know!

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20,000 people from the Lubbock community come to participate.  But because of Billy, I was in the middle of the action.

To get an idea of just how in the middle of the action we were, take a look at 50:59 – 54:32.  Billy and I are to the right of the soloist.  It was a pretty exciting way to experience the evening!

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Of course after a long day of travel, a nearly-lost bag and a late night run to the Lubbock Walmart for the odd grocery (and some Blue Bell Christmas Cookie Ice Cream!) I was totally wiped out, but what a way to kick off our trip!