1950's — Brooklyn, New York
Billy had a sense of adventure, and dreaming.
When he was in his late Teens, he was too young to own a motorcycle, and not enough money besides. So, he bought a pair of mud-flaps for a start. In the long run, he got a motorcycle, but can not recall his every driving it in NYC.
Billy wanted to have a hydroplane boat, and decided to buld one. Using plywood and all the right materials, be built it in the cellar of the local Methodist church. When all finished, his friends were impressed and eager to help him carry it out of the cellar. They discovered that the boat would not fit out the doorway of the room and up into the outside. In the end, the boat had to be cut in half, and alas never floated nor sailed after that.