A few years ago I rode my Harley Davidson motorcycle to Sturgis, South Dakota to attend the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally.
While wandering around downtown Sturgis, I noticed a single family house just off the main street with a giant red and white banner marking the location as the Official Sturgis Hells Angels Clubhouse.
Because I love motorcycles, I thought it would be a hoot to join the Hells Angels. For fear of being beaten up, I did not knock on the front door. Instead, I applied online.
I could not believe it. The Hells Angels rejected my application telling me I was too wholesome.
Two years later I decided to apply again. Because the online approach was such a huge failure, I decided to put my fears aside and apply in person.
In preparing for my visit to the clubhouse, I had a black leather vest customized with the red and white Hells Angels logo on the back. I reasoned that my vest would show the Hells Angels I was serious about becoming a brother. Strutting around in my Hells Angels vest, I thought I would be a shoe-in.
The Hells Angel Chapter President was just about to give me the secret handshake and welcome me as a new member of the club when the Sergeant at Arms barked out, “Hey, Joe’s vest does not read HELLS ANGELS, it reads HELLS ANGLES.
I did not know Hells Angels could read.
Had it not been for auto-populate you would have seen me riding all over Lakewood proudly flying the colors.
Instead of being shoed in, I was booted out.
When I think about it, I guess it all worked out for the best.
In the words of W.C. Fields, I would not want to belong to any club who would have me as a member.
John Arbeeny says
Funny story. I’m surprised you didn’t get your a$$ kicked for wearing colors before they accepted you. Outlaw 1%ers don’t take kindly to people parading around as members when they’re not. They have standards to maintain don’t you know! Come on over to the “kinder, gentler side”……ride an Indian!
Good grief, I’m not sure how PC that is. HA