Its been a whole few days since I talked about Billy Lane, and a number of you commented & emailed me the other day that he is hot. So I thought I would tell you about the time I met him.
Hub is really into motorcycles, so he found out about this open house thingee at a Harley dealer in western NJ. There would be Harleys there from each decade, one of Indian Larry's bikes, and some guy named Billy Lane would be there with one of his bikes. I was like, fine, whatever, nothing better to do. I usually went to do something else while Hub was watching the Biker Build-off shows on tv; I only wanted to watch American Chopper because, well, Paulie Jr. is hot (although my crush on him is over - he doesn't drink, doesn't curse, is a religious freak...no thank you). So we drive like 45 minutes out to Lebanon NJ (I didn't even know there was such a place) and we go in. There is a table set up where this Billy Lane guy was supposed to be signing autographs, but there is no one there. I am looking around and I see this guy walking around with long black dredlocks, tattoos, gorgeous, drinking a beer out of the bottle. I am trying not to stare but this guy is HOT. I say to Hub (not knowing who Billy Lane was), "I guess he isn't here" (because there was no one at the autograph table). Hub says, "no, that's him right there" and points to the guy I have been checking out. All of a sudden I am wondering two things: 1. Why haven't I been watching his show? and 2. Why didn't I do something with my hair?
So there is a line to meet him, but he isn't at a table. He is just hanging out, standing up and talking to everyone, drinking beer and just being a regular guy. Now I had met Paulie from OCC a few months before that, and he was kind of an ass - when we went up for autographs, neither he nor Paul Sr. even looked up at anyone - it was almost like they couldn't be bothered. Billy Lane was the complete opposite. He took time to talk to each person and to pose for pics with each person.
We go up and I take a pic of Hub, Princess and Billy. Don't you think Princess is looking at Billy thinking, is this my new Daddy??? LOL...anyway...Hub asks him if he gets tired of signing autographs after so many hours. Billy responds that no, he never gets tired of meeting his fans and its the best part of his job. He flew in that morning for this event, and was flying out that evening.
So we go on our way, but we're still looking at all the bikes (well, Hub is looking at bikes, I am looking at Billy). Hub's like, go back and get your picture taken with him already. You're staring enough. I'm like, "what? Me? No darling, there is no other man for me but you!" He's like, just go. So we went back and I got my pic taken (which I won't post because like I said, I didn't do my hair). We talked with him for quite a while; he told us about the hubless wheel he created and how it works, and was just so cool and down to earth. He was the kind of guy we'd hang out with at a bar, drinking beer and doing shots and getting crazy with.
My kind of guy.
Since I met him, I have read alot about him. Hub got me his book for Mother's Day and I read it in less than a day - he is a fascinating guy. Despite everything I have read about his wild ways (not that I can say anything, have you seen any of my drinking pictures?) and his preference for strippers, I can say first-hand that he was such a nice guy and not at all what his "image" portrays him to be.
(How cool is it that if you Google Billy Lane images, my lil' ol' blog comes up. Yay me!)