Originally published on Hellions Magazine November 5, 2008.
Geek-end Weekend I
(This is not the first Weekend, not by far, but it is the first one to be written about. Dates will be provided when and where I can remember them.)
October 24 – October 26, 2008.
On Friday night, the 24th of October, members of Team Hellions made their way toSyracuse, NY. This was to be a weekend of wrestling, MMA, comics, and general geekiness. But first, a drive! Myself – Kevin Hellions, along with Sweet Matty Treats, the Educator of Excellence, and scourge of the Internet Wrestling Community – Krone Meltzer, drove the unheard of distance of 70 miles to see some hot 2CW action. However, knowing that we would yell and scream for 3 hours of independent wrestling, we knew that food would be required. What better place to stop than Plainville Turkey Farm?
Located in Cicero, NY this buffet style restaurant provides a Thanksgiving style buffet every day of the year. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, soups, salads, and more. It was glorious for myself and Treats, we who are known for eating dinner during the Jump the Smarks podcast. I was enjoying plate after plate of buffet while Treats was trying to get into the waitress’s panties. (I can only assume he was laying the seeds for a backup should Portia Perez say no to his advances). Halfway into a large slab of white meat turkey I notice that I am the only one enjoying their food. Krone is currently cutting weight for his wrestling team. Perhaps a buffet wasn’t the best idea, but what harm could one meal do? I look over at the Educator, who has frozen, fork halfway to his mouth, staring at his plate of salad. What harm could come from salad? There it was, a large flying insect, not native to this country, lodged within the folds of his lettuce. I wish I could show you a picture of this beast, but none of us took a picture with our phones nor am I willing to wade through the millions of insect species (or so Wikipedia tells me) to figure out what it was. The Educator politely and calmly points out this invader to the waitress, who Treats is still trying to invade. Minutes later and a free meal for the Educator means more money for the weekend.
We leave Plainville a little earlier than planned (I for one could have eaten two or three more plates, plus desert), and it was off to the Carousel Mall in Syracuse, NY. These three stories of retail glory is in the building process of becoming the largest mall in North America. And it has one fantastic comics shop. Play the Game, Read the Story always has the comics I’m looking for, and have special ordered products for me many times. They have gaming nights and frequent special deals.
Then it was off to some amazing as always 2CW action. My friend and fellow Hellion, Krone Meltzer, has posted his thoughts on this already and there is no reason for me to repeat it. I will say that I have now been to four 2CW shows this year and never once been disappointed. I walked out on a WWE show this year, I’ve been let down by UFC pay per views, but 2CW has always been worth every penny and then some.
Saturday brought my Christmas, the local library book sale. Thousands upon thousands of books all for a dollar or less. Most I’ll never read, but one day sell at the future Hellions store (coming soon! Well, in the grand scheme of things in the universe it’s soon. Might still be a few years out.) However, that didn’t stop myself and the Educator of Excellence from spending a little money on a lot of books.
That evening brought an end to the Geek-end Weekend. UFC 90 – Silva vs. Cote was on, and we were left… accepting? I accepted the results but was far from blown away as I usually am for UFC shows. It didn’t matter that much though, I had a belly full ofchicken wings, cheeseburger dippers, and beer thanks to my local Buffalo Wild Wings. Also, your host and lead Hellion, Kevin Hellions, was interviewed by the local TV station for an upcoming sweeps-month story on the phenomenon that is MMA.
Total cost for the weekend? Probably close to $150, but worth every cent. Comics, wrestling, and MMA are my obsessions. The joke around here at Hellions is that, “if it involves men in tights, we’re there!” A smart ass, tongue in cheek comment to be sure, but the underlying truth is there. Where there are comics, wrestling, or MMA of any kind in New York, Team Hellions will be there.
Join us for the next Geek-end Weekend, coming soon. (Lesnar vs. Couture?)