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Date of last update (somewhere) on this page: June 6, 2016

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** My Boot and Leather Life ** Boots


My Stats

BHD biker

  • Height:   5' 10" (1.78 meters).
  • Weight:   middle-bearish. Work out by walking (I hate gyms).
  • Eye color:   My eyes change color -- pale green when happy, light blue when calm, hazel when sad, bloodshot dull grey when tired.
  • Hair:   Short, buzzed. Blond - grey.
  • Facial hair:   Moustache.
  • Age:   Old enough to know, but not old enough to know better. (Graduated high school in 1975; you do the math).
  • Ethnicity:   While I do not look it, I am half Italian, one-quarter Choctaw (Native American), and one quarter what the cat dragged in.
  • Sex:   Yes.
  • Sexuality:   (do you have to ask?) Gay.
  • How out:   I do not wear a sign, but everyone who is important in my life knows.
  • HIV Status:   Negative, and my spouse is, too. We keep it that way because we're monogamous and do not fool around with other men or use drugs.
  • Mannerisms:   Masculine, Biker, Bootman, Leatherman, Cowboy, Professional, but not yuppie (or "guppie" -- the gay version).
  • Personality:   extroverted, happy, joyful, outgoing, friendly, helper. Romantic, cuddler, kisser. Sometimes too serious, occasionally funny, oddball sense of humor. Thoughtful, caring, kind, loyal (and I even was an Eagle Scout, long before I knew that I was gay or they would have thrown me out.)
  • Education:   Two undergraduate degrees, a Master's Degree, and a Doctorate (but I am not an academic geek or a physician).
  • Languages:   English, Italian, some Latin-American Spanish, Latin (as in Caesar), Modern Greek, Ancient Greek (as in Homer), and bits and pieces of German, French, Romanian, and about a dozen other languages. I also speak Aussie, having spent a lot of time Down Under.
  • Location:   Greater Maryland suburbia north and west of Washington, DC, USA.
  • Occupation:   Internationally-recognized leader in a niche of my profession. In my off-time, I do home remodeling and am a licensed electrician.
  • Partners

  • Relationship status:   Married to the best guy on the planet.
  • Looking for:   new friends who share similar interests.
  • Instant Messenger (IM) address or IM name:   I do not use instant messaging software or systems. Read about my activities below... I do not have the time for IM chats. I will exchange email when I have time.
  • Skype?: No, not that either.
  • Number so I can text you: I do not send or receive text messages. Text messages are blocked on my cell phone. I do not have nor want a smart phone.
  • Facebook:   The professional "me" is on Facebook, but Booted Harleydude is not.
  • Twitter:   What a waste of time. Nope, I do not tweet or follow anyone on Twitter.
  • Foot (boot) size:   (U.S.) Men's 10D (UK 9, European 44).
  • Calf size:   About 16.5 inches (42cm) for tall boots.
  • Piercings, tatoos:   None, not even my ear lobes. I hate needles.
  • Jewelry:   Wedding ring on my left ring finger; otherwise, nothing else. I do not like stuff dangling off my body. I do not even wear a watch.
  • Smoke:   Quit (finally) June 2016.
  • Drink:   I do not drink alcohol -- but I do not have any problems if others do. Just not me.
  • Drugs:   Only as prescribed by a physician.
  • Semi-legal party drugs:   No. I can enjoy life just fine without chemicals.
  • Q. What are your spouse's stats?

    A. Check the spouse's page on this website.

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    Activities, Hobbies, and Personal Life

    My activities and hobbies outside of my profession include:

  • Volunteer community leader: I am a leader and involved in several non-profit groups serving homeowners and residents in the county where I live, and in my state.
  • motorcyclingMotorcycling: I ride a Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle.
  • Helping others: frequently help out elderly family and neighbors in a nearby retirement community.
  • Politics: I participate by engaging elected officials on issues about which I care, but since 2010, I no longer actively work on political campaigns.
  • pathwayGardening/landscaping: keeping up the grounds of our wooded landscape.
  • Cooking: I love to bake and cook, Italian being a specialty. I eat out only when I travel.
  • Website building: if you have explored my website, you're seeing my work.
  • Travel: I have traveled to six continents, 56 countries, every state, territory, and commonwealth of the U.S. (including those in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans), as well as every province and territory of Canada. (Always in boots!) I travel occasionally for work, but my spouse cannot travel, so we do not go anywhere these days.
  • Construction: good at carpentry and have an electrician's license. I have remodeled older homes, built 1/3 of the house we live in (subbed the rest), and finished our basement.
  • Q. Why don't you use your real name on this website or on postings on the Internet?

    A. Because if you use a search engine to look up my real name, you'll find a lot of my professional life. I do not want my professional life and personal life to be mixed up.

    hand hold hammockQ. Where do you and your spouse hang out?

    A. By our back yard waterfall and pond, on the deck, in the basement recreation room, and especially in our kitchen where I love to bake. That is, we are real home-bodies, and do not go out (except that I attend meetings in my community from time to time.) We are very early-to-bed, early-to-rise guys, so that also precludes visits to bars and other nightspots, especially during the week.

    Q. When and where did you meet your spouse?

    A. At the March on Washington, April 25, 1993. He lived in Virginia at the time, while I have always lived in Maryland. We had both joined a club and met through them. I liberated him from the repressive Commonwealth of Virginia when we built our home in The Free State of Maryland in 1998 and have lived together since.

    Q. What activities do you do when you are wearing Cowboy Boots?

    A. Going about daily life (going to work/meetings, etc.)

    Q. Besides riding a motorcycle, what activities do you do when you are wearing Motorcycle Boots?

    A. Wearing leather; playing.

    muddy bootsQ. Playing?

    A. Sometimes I have gotten a pair of boots real muddy and then cleaned them up a little.

    Q. Work boots?

    A. Yes, I own and wear several pairs of work boots when I do construction or mow my lawn.

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    My Boot an Leather Life

    BHD cowboy leathermanQ. Are you a Cowboy, Bootman, Leatherman, or a Bear?

    A. Does it have to be "either/or"? I do not identify with any particular gay subculture. I have a few characteristics of these subcultures, but that's more by serendipity than by design.

    Q. What to you compose the qualities of a Leatherman?

    A. This is different for different men. For me, I wear my biker leathers for real, regularly. I do not pose in leather for a once-a-year event. I wear my leather around home and around my community during fall, winter, and spring.

    Q. Do you mentor other Bootmen and emerging Leathermen?

    A. I'm happy to give advice on request, such as my Complete Guide to Biker Leathers or my Complete Guide to Leather Gear. I will answer legitimate questions by email. Send me a message. I won't bite. I've "been there, done that" and perhaps I can share some of my experience to help you.

    UniformsQ. Are you into uniforms?

    A. I have a few uniforms or what looks like a uniform that I like to wear from time to time.

    Q. Do the red stripes on your fetish breeches, chaps, and leather shirts reflect the flag you fly as a leatherman?

    A. No. I really just like the color combination of red and black with leather. According to "The Gay Hanky Code," red means "fist fucker," I am definitely not into that.

    Q. I see you have cop uniforms -- do you get into the role of playing cop?

    A. I like the look of a cop uniform, particularly how the boots go with the uniform. But that is it. I do not role play, nor impersonate. I work with many cops in my local community, and especially appreciate and value their service. I do not pretend to be one, though.

    SpouseQ. Are you a Top or a Bottom?

    A. Top.

    Q. Is your spouse a bottom, then?

    A. Nope... two Top Men can enjoy each other just fine, thanks.

    Q. Do you and your spouse play with other men?

    A. No. Been there, done that, my spouse and I didn't enjoy it.

    Q. Not even if someone only wants to service your boots?

    A. No. I realize my human frailties, and do not want to have any temptation at all to stray. I will not betray the endearing and enduring trust of my spouse.

    Q. Does your spouse wear boots?

    A. My spouse is not the Bootman in the family. He wears boots for certain special occasions at home, to please me.

    Q. Do you attend events like Mid-Atlantic Leather, or International Mr. Leather, or Bear Conventions, club runs, or things like that?

    Us at IMLA. We have attended several MAL events and IML once. We have not enjoyed these events for various reasons: I am not a night person and my spouse does not have a social bone in his body. We are not interested in meeting other guys for sex as many attendees of these events are. We have moved on or outgrown going to these events and do not plan to attend any more.

    Q. Wouldn't you like to trample on someone and enjoy a good bootlicking to a spitshine?

    A. Ummm... no. I am monogamous and even that kind of play isn't something I do... and trampling is not something I would enjoying doing to someone else, or have done to me. It may get the other guy off, but it bothers me even to be around that type of action. If it occurs where I happen to be, I leave.

    Q. Do you get into BDSM (bondage, discipline, flogging, etc.)?

    A. No. I do not enjoy activities like that. I understand others do -- just not me, at all.

    Q. Do you phone other men who provide their number and ask for a call?

    A. No. Demanding a call without knowing the person is annoying. I delete those messages.

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    Boots

    BootmanQ. How do you know you're a True Bootman?

    A. While I didn't write it, the statements about knowing if you're a True Bootman found on the Hot Boots website almost all are exactly what I would say, too!

    Q. Have you ever worn shoes?

    A. Maybe as a little kid, but not since age 10+

    Q. Not even sneakers? What do you wear to the gym?

    A. My form of preferred exercise is walking, not wasting money on a gym membership. I have several pairs of boots suitable for my daily long walks or using a home treadmill.

    Boots suits

    Q. You mean to tell me that you wear boots even to weddings, funerals, and other formal occassions?

    A. I was booted in a tux as Best Man in my brother's formal wedding, and I've even attended receptions at embassies and the White House in my dress Cowboy Boots.

    Q. Do people ever say anything about your wearing boots all the time?

    A. Nobody knows me to wear anything different, and they probably would faint if they saw me in anything BUT boots.

    Q. What would you would wear if you took visitors on a walking tour of Washington, DC?

    Boots and treesA. I would likely wear hikers or Chippewa Firefighter boots which look good and are comfortable, if I know I have to walk a lot.

    Q. What do you wear when you do work around the house?

    A. I own various pairs of work boots.

    Q. Do your feet get tired?

    Firefighter bootsA. Sometimes... in boots made more for show than for comfort. I sometimes change boots four or five times day, depending on where I am going, what I will be doing, and the method of transportation I choose to use (my Harley, 4-wheeled vehicle, walking, or getting a ride with someone else.) Good quality boot socks also help a lot!

    Q. What are your favorite boots?

    A. I have no specific favorite boots. I wear most of my cowboy boots and motorcycle boots in my collection and often wear three to five pairs each day.

    Q. I do not see any rubber boots or rubber gear in your collection. Why not?

    A. Rubber boots or gear do not do anything for me except make me sweat. I do not like that feeling, so I do not have any. Just not for me.

    Q. Do you have any latex, lycra, or spandex gear?

    A. Nope. Definitely not for me.

    Boots bootsQ. Do you have any women's boots?

    A. No. I am a masculine man. The boots in my collection are my own and for me to wear or share with my spouse. I do not find women's boots interesting at all.

    Q. Do you prefer lace-up or pull-on boots?

    A. Generally, I prefer pull-on boots because I do not have much patience with the time required to lace boots properly. Since I didn't learn how to tie shoes until I was 13, that was another reason why I wore boots since about age 10... no tying required!

    Q. Do you wear boots without socks?

    A. I always wear socks. I can't stand the feeling of sweaty feet. Plus, my boots go on and come off so much more easily when I'm wearing socks.

    Q. I do not see any crotch-high boots in your collection. Why not?

    A. I once had a pair of 32" Wesco Big Boss Boots, but gave them away to a friend. I find boots above the knee to be hot and impractical. Personally, I do not like them (on me; this isn't about other guys.)

    Boots over jeansQ. When you Cowboy Up, do you wear jeans inside or outside of your boots?

    A. Jeans over the boots. In American culture, jeans are very rarely worn inside traditional 13" cowboy boots (though it is common to wear jeans inside tall buckaroo boots).

    Boots on HarleyQ. What boots do you wear when you ride your motorcycle?

    A. If I will be going on a long motorcycle ride, I've found my Chippewa Firefighter Boots are great! If I want to wear taller boots with jeans tucked in, I like to wear oil-tanned Chippewa Engineer Boots. If I will be riding with like-minded Boot/Leather Buddies in full gear, I wear whatever tall, black boots fit best outside my leathers, including All American Blue Knight Patrol Boots, Chippewa Hi-Shine Engineer Boots, and, of course, my Dehner Patrol Boots (which I like to wear with uniform breeches). Whatever fits the mood, look, style, and image of the day.

    Q. You didn't mention wearing Wesco boots when riding your motorcycle.

    A. That's right. I will wear my Wesco boots for short rides on cool/cold days. But otherwise, those boots are so heavy and hot, they make my feet tired and achy when worn for a long time. I have stopped wearing them for long rides due to discomfort.

    Q. What are your oldest boots that you still wear?

    Frye bootsA. I still have about a dozen pairs of my Frye Boots from high school days. One pair of Banana Campus Fryes is very well-worn but they still fit, and sound good too.

    Q. What are your newest boots?

    A. Being a Bootman, I tend to get new boots rather often. When I get new boots, I mention them on my What's New Page on this website when I have pics of them.

    Q. What boots have you been most disappointed with?

    A. Boots that won't stop squeaking, or whose size says one thing but become something else. I sold a pair from Champion Attitude that looked hot, but didn't fit. I also do not like boots that have man-made shaft material. It feels like it is plastic, is hot, and sometimes has loose threads or material that causes something inside the shaft to rub on a part of my calf, causing sores. So I do not wear Acme Boots any more. They're crap.

    Q. What do you do about squeaking boots?

    A. Inject silicone like WD-40 with a syringe, as well as apply Lexol leather conditioner along the part of the boot where the leather is stitched to the sole. If the squeak is in the heel, I have a cobbler replace the heels.

    Patrol bootsQ. What have you done in your boots?

    A. Mostly walk in them and ride horses or iron horses while wearing them.

    Q. Have you worn boots 24/7?

    A. I've tried, but I have this problem with sweaty extremeties, and when my feet sweat, the discomfort I feel keeps me awake. I can't sleep while wearing boots.

    Q. Would you like to wear boots 24/7?

    A. No.

    Q. Were boots a factor in your early years as you were identifying as Gay?

    A. No. Boots are not sexual fetish objects to me. They are simply functional footwear.

    Tall cop bootsQ. What boots do you have your eye on?

    A. Tall Black Motorcycle Cop Boots on real bike cops in uniform always catch my eye. And I do not pass up noticing guys in cowboy boots, either. (Especially if the guy is in tight Wranglers!)

    Q. What boots would you like to get that you do not already have?

    A. Hard to say ... I think I've gotten pretty much everything I have wanted and will wear, but I keep my eyes open. I can't turn down a good pair of boots (new or used) if the style, color, composition, height, manufacturer, etc., attract my attention and doesn't duplicate something I have already.

    Q. How do you decide when to get a pair of boots?

    A. When I've saved money in my Boot Fund and see something I like. I never carry a balance on credit cards and always pay my bills in full, so after bills are paid, I put some money aside in a Boot Fund (savings account) and wait until I have enough to get what I want.

    Wesco bootsQ. What's the most you have paid for a pair of boots?

    A. $700.00 for Custom Wesco Roughout Harness Boots

    Q. Other than gifts, what's the least you have paid for a pair of boots?

    A. About $40 from an eBay auction. About $100 for a new pair from a store or internet site featuring a sale.

    Q. What turns you on about boots?

    A. How they look, the height of the shaft, the sound they make when I walk in them, and how they feel on my legs when I wear them.

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