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RR Burger Recap - jch rides the Vortex, slays the Dragon(con)

  Hi, Hello, & Welcome from sunny Atlanta kids, it's everyone's favorite RR. I had a fantastical day yesterday, but let's start with something you guys actually care about - burgers. 

I was in the unenviable position of having to choose between going to Ann's Snack Bar for the world renowned Ghetto Burger, or to Vortex Bar & Grill for the Double Coronary Burger, described as such:

It’s half a pound of sirloin with lettuce, onion, 4 slices of American cheese, 5 strips of bacon, and 2 fried eggs.

The buns have been replaced by 2 grilled cheese sandwiches.

Being the man that I am, I ended up at Vortex. Pretty cool doorway if I do say so myself:

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My date was royhobbs from TalkingChop, and we were seated pretty quickly considering it was high noon on the first weekend of college football. These people down here love them some damned football, they were out in droves.

Roy and I both ordered the Double Coronary and it got a couple of comments when they brought these bad boys out to us:

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That's right, tater tots. Eat your heart out BK. A closer view with a pack of smokes as a frame of reference:

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This thing was pretty big. I actually missed the burger on my first bite. Did I mention it was good? Because it was. Damned good, the burger was moist and tender just like it should be. I've always been a fan of fried egg on a burger so to double that up just made my day. After scarfing down the burger royhobbs and I BS'd about baseball for a bit and headed our seperate ways. But not before I jumped the railing of the patio to get a picture of this dude:

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No sir, she did not.

 

As for yesterday, I needed something to do while the hostess with the mostest worked, so I drug my happy ass down to Dragon*Con 2009. I once again risked life and limb by taking MARTA but arrived without incident. After walking around aimlessly for about 15 minutes I finally found the hotel I was looking for and was immediately taken aback by the throngs of people dressed up milling around. I'm telling you guys, it was PHENOMENAL. A couple of quick pics from outside the hotel:

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These people were serious about this stuff. Just when I thought I had seen the best costume I would see all day someone would come by and raise the bar. It was mind-altering. I ended up at the bar having a beer(shocking I know), and wound up sitting next to a really cool dude who was dressed in a furry costume. If you don't know what a furry is, go google it because this is a family website and I don't need mean old uncle Slyde all up in my rear end. Here's a nice pic of me and furry guy:

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Me with Darth Vader:

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Remember, I'm about 6'4" with shoes on. Dude went all out to stand about 7' tall in his outfit, I was impressed.

And lastly, no trip would be complete without Ace Ventura and Scientology(I think), AMIRITE?

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That's it for me for now. Thanks to royhobbs for a great lunch, thanks to everyone at the Mariott for entertaining the hell out of me, and a big screw you to MARTA for being confusing as hell and making me end up in Doraville and extending my trip home by about 45 minutes. At least the Reds swept the Braves, so I haven't been catching any hell since I've been down here. :)

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