I love this show. At first, I thought, "Just how many ways can you build a bike that has two wheels, an engine, and some handlebars?"
Well, a hell of a lot more than I ever thought of. I thought it was going to be another Monster Garage where people build ridiculous things to prove they can MIG weld and use a plasma cutter. I am personally not interested in a minivan that doubles as a garbage truck.
But watching the American Chopper show, I have a few things I would like to mention:
Pauly - What's up with this kid? At first, I thought he was fighting back against his domineering father, but have come to believe he is somewhat of a Grinch. Evidence: the Santa bike. Couldn't suck it up and just say, "Lets do this for the fun of it and the kids." Had to say, "This is below the standards of OCC." Or something equally stupid. The guy welds and grinds without PPE, how much can he know? Too prissified for me.
Vinny - Simply put, the guy that makes Pauly look so good. If Vinny died, Pauly would be dead in the water. Like Mikey got to do, I would like to see Vinny get a project, and a couple of helpers and see what they came up with. But then, it might show who REALLLY has the brains and talent between Pauly and Vinny. Or maybe they are just equals.
Mikey - Mikey has come a long way. He has a heart as big as his ass, and a sense of humor that runs very deep. He jumped right in there with the Santa bike project, and the Christmas tree and the angel on top were classic. Pauly would never have acted so "childish". I love shows that have Mikey in them.
The two elves who helped with the Santa bike - A couple of classy dudes. AND, unlike Pauly and Vinnie, wore their PPE while grinding. The reindeer head fender came out great, although I was having misgivings when first I saw it going together. They are not to be passed over lightly.
The Old Man - Really showed he had a soft heart with the Santa bike. But then, pulled over a double yellow line to pass the camera truck. WTF was HE thinking? And him clowning with Mikey showed he is just a big teddy bear with a big mustache.
Looking forward to another season of AC.
Happy Holidays to all.