Sunday, May 8, 2011

Orange County Choppers OCC

It wasn't the most ideal kind of a day but that doesn't matter when you know someone who works for the most recognizable chopper company in the world. Lets call it a "backstage" tour of the facility where they build these amazing works of art. To walk around the facility and see where the "magic" happens was an honor. It was kind of funny to see how TV makes the facility look like a large warehouse. In reality the facility was probably the size of a large car wash with a second floor. The only unfortunate thing was that this happened on a Saturday and there was no one working at the time but it was still cool to just get the tour. American Choppers was the first reality show of its kind and really set the guidelines for most of todays reality shows. Perhaps some of the interviews were scripted to a certain degree but its confirmed that the drama between senior and junior was very much real. 

The First Chopper we were shown (which anyone can see in their store) was the tribute to fire fighters.  To be allowed to sit on top of this bike was an honor in its self.  All the donations of patches and paraphernalia was overwhelming which is way this bike was in a section of itself.

The next chopper we had the honor of sitting upon was the Live Strong bike.

The last bike we visited was more because it had to happen. One of the most recognizable bikes they did was a Christmas bike they did for charity.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Las Vegas

The Traveling Mushroom made it to 'Sin City' and also known as the adult playground.  Smack in the middle of the dessert this city lives up to all of its nicknames.  This was a special trip that had a main purpose of a Pan/Am hockey tournament.  After playing our 2nd game of the tournament early Saturday morning, the team went back to the hotel to drink a little and grab something to eat by the pool before our evening game.  By the time we made it back to our second game (3rd in the tournament) half of our team was a bit inebriated but luckily so was half of our opposing team.  It was a good time as the goalie from each team took the opening face-off.  In between 2nd and 3rd period, as we gathered by our bench to discuss strategy and make adjustments it had become apparent that one of our defensemen had passed out on the bench... sitting up.  We decided to forfeit our bronze medal game due to the fact it was at 9 something Sunday morning and we were all going out that night.

Staying along the strip while going in and out of the casinos but only gambling just a little, the nightlife seemed more fitting than the gambling.  Entering a red carpet event in Paris, it was a pretty nice club that even the infamous Charlie Sheen was there.  We grabbed a V.I.P. booth and partied big and then closed the club down at sometime passed 5am.  Waking up at sometime just before noon it was very smart to not play the 9am game.  Rumor had it that there was a sighting of a Gorilla on our way home from the club the night before but this has been highly debated.  Yes, an inside joke, ha-ha.
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