OK… I’ll admit… I’m a fan of American Chopper. What? You didn’t expect that from a girl who spends her time poring over the embroidery on vintage linens? I have many interests.
I’ve decided that part of the success of American Chopper is that everyone picks a pony in that race. People either love Paul’s abrasive manner and continual yelling, or they find it annoying. (I fall into the latter category.) People either see Paulie as the brains of the whole thing or a lazy bum. I believe Paulie is the misunderstood creative genius of the whole lot.
The bikes… well, they’re cool, but they’re just ancillary to the show. The real show is the process and the people engaged in it. It’s those people and their distinctive personalities that keep our interest.
There are a few things everyone can agree on – Vince and Rick are indispensable. Cody is a pleasant sort, and Mikey is … well…. Mikey is… well… he’s Mikey.
What people think about Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. is a sort of personality test. Maybe I’ll start asking people their thoughts about Paulie when I first meet them to get some insight into who they are.