Written by Musgo Del Jefe
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
I can't explain the way one's body feels when you've been acclimated to the 100-degree temperatures in Texas for the past 24 days - with lows in the mid-80s - and then you step off the plane to 75 degrees. The whole weekend is tinged with a pleasure surrounding everything because it was so mild. Usually, Comic Con week seems to hover in the mid-80s (usually a nice break from 100 too) but this was chocolate frosting and sprinkles.
Checked into our hotel - we pass on dinner in order to enjoy the free Manager's Happy Hour. With a nice little buzz, we're off to the Preview night of the Con - a great time to hit the floor for some shopping for a couple hours. It's a nice way to get into the Con spirit, and I was able to get almost 75% of my shopping done. Lots of nice t-shirts this year. We meet back at the hotel - mind you it's after 9pm in San Diego and after 11pm back in Texas - we're all starving and head to Lucha Libre Taco Shop. It was difficult to find and there was a line but I felt like it was my most memorable meal of the trip. This would certainly be a favorite location for most members of Strikeforce. Throw in a great burrito - mine was the Surfin' California with shrimp, steak, french fries (!), pico, cheese and chipotle sauce. There was an agreement that more burritos need to come with french fries in them.
Our night was topped during the dinner by the incognito arrival of hot-dog-eating champion of the world - Joey Chestnut. I knew he was going to be in town for a Friday event outside the Con to set the record for eating Mars bars (more on that later). But little would you think you'd run into the man at a taco joint at around midnight the night before. Talking to him briefly, he was there on his own to break their hot-dog-eating record. Just for the pride of it, "Jaws" Chestnut was going to eat 30 bacon-wrapped hot dogs at midnight. While the man was extremely kind to deal with some of the other douches in the place, I would love to have stuck around to watch his feat but we were on the wrong end of a long day, drunk and then sober, hungry and then full, and there was three full days of Comic Con ahead. So, we retired back to the room.