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American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: Mikey’s Decision

3 Oct

October 3, 2011

Last week, after Senior uncharacteristically low-key and slightly on the humble side (seriously, by Paul Teutul Senior standards, that is) reached out to Mikey, he was given the run around by his son as usual. So it all comes to a head this week, as The Discovery Channel leads us to believe, so we’ll see what Mikey’s Decision is tonight.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Next week’s show is described this way on The Discovery Channel site:

Mikey’s Favorite Moments
From PJD’s first big unveil to bow  fishing in Louisiana, Mikey recalls his favorite American Chopper memories.  Relive the scary encounter between Junior and a lion in South Africa, as well as some touching family moments.

Yep, it is a clip show. So is the season over? I don’t know. But I can’t wait to see Paulie vs. the lion! Oh, and those “touching family moments.” How ironic is that?

But on to tonight. The builds continue on the Beck’s Hybrid corn and Cepheid bikes, but that’s not really why most viewers tune in anymore. I can’t say I’m crazy about the PJD Cepheid bike, but that’s because they are following the color scheme of the Cepheid components and they are going for a “clinical” look. (Paulie must have said that word a dozen times this week. Or at least it felt like that.) I think they are succeeding, but the bike isn’t to my taste. Not a bad bike, just not to my liking. Nub has been playing a bigger part at PJD these last few weeks, and that is a good thing considering how vital the paint jobs are to their bikes.

OCC, you may recall, is building a reverse trike, meaning that the two wheels are in the front and one in the back. They are also doing work with fiberglass, which they haven’t done in the shop before. Like Paulie’s bike, they are doing a nice job but it isn’t my type. If you’ve read these posts before you know I am not a motorcycle guy but I do appreciate the way they look and how they are built but these don’t do it for me, though I do see and appreciate all the work and tech going into it. It isn’t an insult to either team that I don’t like the bikes.

Skeeter, the grey-haired old man, is helping out on the hybrid bike and while he seems to know his stuff, he also seems to just repeat what Mike says. He comes across a sort of long-haired parrot. Nice guy though.

As the show opened, Senior again reached out to Mikey and asked to commission a painting- a Mikey Teutul original! He must really be desperate. Once again, the ball is in Mikey’s court. Mikey went to think it over in his studio and we were treated to him creating more art, and I’ve said it before, he’s about as talented as an entire kindergarten class. Hey, that’s a compliment- he’s not as talented as one kindergartener, it takes a whole Kindergarten class to equal him. Anyway (sorry about that) he said that his father didn’t want to discuss anything of substance and decided that he won’t see him. How does he know what his father will discuss? It doesn’t matter. He simply doesn’t want to- or is scared to- see his father and instead of admitting it he is making up reasons to put it on his father’s shoulders. Oh sure, Mikey could meet him anywhere and anytime, Senior will be there, but in Mikey’s mind it is all his father’s fault they won’t meet. I don’t often give Senior the benefit of the doubt, but he isn’t wrong here. And if Mikey goes to a meeting and Senior won’t discuss certain things or refuses to consider change, or whatever Mikey wants, then he’ll have a legitimate reason to moan. But right now Mikey is playing possum.

Later, Mikey asked Vinnie for advice on the Senior situation. Vinnie kind of pointed Mikey in the direction of getting together and Mikey, who goes however the wind blows, seems to move a drop in that direction. (But he also says he is going to take his time with it “that’s for certain.” How much longer is he going to wait?)  And good for Vinnie, who hates Senior, for putting that aside and telling Mikey the importance of having a family.

So Mikey emailed his father and decided it was too awkward to make a painting for Senior and said he “has a fear of his father because of all the chaos.” Finally! And I swear, I wrote that a few paragraphs back before Mikey said it, I swear. And the upshot is that he decided to keep the lines of communication open (email) but keep his father at arm’s length, which is just a cop-out.

Mikey’s Decision? He punted.

But at 9:48, any little sympathy I had for Senior was lost when he sat down with Jason for advice and explained the whole thing. To Jason! And what did Jason do? Giggled and laughed. Go back and see for yourself. Jason’s advice? Hire a private detective to follow Mikey so Senior can “accidentally” bump into his son. I wish a two by four would bump into Jason’s head.

Interestingly, Senior and the guys at OCC are responding in a back door way to what the fans who write in here and elsewhere say. Fans say that a lot is fake on the show, but no, everything is real. Steve (claimed he) sat at a ballgame and some fans asked him about the show. Senior claims that they have a negative public perception (true) and they have to move past it for business reasons (also true.)

“If he (Paulie) called me up today and said fuck it, let’s go fishing, I would. But there’ll be no talk about when I smacked him with the paddle whan he was seven years old. The only time he ever got hit in his life. I’m not going there no more.” Nice.

Senior keeps talking about “doing restaurants.” An OCC theme restaurant? What do you think about that?

And last week’s tease of Rick going to PJD? Not a whisper.

Next week’s show, which they claim is “all new,” is a clip show focusing on Mikey and is followed by the premiere of American Guns. You guys are on your own with that show.

An “all new” clip show. Well, technically, but…

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Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. And my head melting.

3 Oct

October 1, 2011

According to NY1.com it was pretty hot in the city a couple of weeks ago.

Yep, it was 657 degrees on September 20th. And that was at night. During the day it was a moderate 75 but after the sun went down the mercury shot up like we were actually on Mercury. You must remember that night, that was the night when everyone’s blood boiled in our veins and our eyes melted like at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark and all life on Earth ceased to exist.

I didn’t touch that picture, that was how they put it on the web.

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