His son Domenic is one of the nicest and sharpest guys you'll ever meet and has nothing to prove to anyone. He'll give you the short off his back and help you fix your bike no matter if you just got into it or been there for decades. It's about life, not a scene, or status. It's about learning and sharing and surrounding yourself with people you can learn from and helping those with a will to learn. Perspective is always good and should be in the back of your mind at all times.
Oh, and Pappa Joe's 19 year old grandson already has a '65 panhead and '66 shovel under his belt and was the youngest invited builder at Born-Free 5...something to think about!
Do what you love and do it for the right reasons.