Easy to be confused...The quote and the bike in the picture are not related. That picture was taken shortly before (or after?) I took the bike for a quick spin more then two years ago I think. 10 years ago Paul built a special for me that I had to sell. I now have another that is very near to completion.
I've dug out an image or two of 'my' first Rooney Special...It's been posted around a bit so you may know it....in fact it was later remade into the bike you may have seen with Rooney frame.
Oh, and nice repair Jason. I recall during your ride in the Safari last year Paul had commented to me upon both your capacity for improvising roadside solutions and practical resourcefulness.
I was thinking of you this morning. I had just heard of the sad loss of a friend in NY, so nice to see you are well. A big world at times.