Posted on 08/01/2016 at 11:02 AM by Dena Boelter
As a fairly new driver at Don Hummer Trucking, I am always a bit surprised by things I see during my trips. But last week was a complete shock. I was into my second week of Phase 3 training with Paul Quillin, and we had just stopped for the night at a Service Plaza in New Jersey, not far from Newark. As Paul and I left the rest room, three or four guys walked past us, each wearing leather jackets, studded belts, etc. One of them looked very familiar to me, and as I tried to figure out why, Paul pointed at one of the others and quietly said, “That's Dave Navarro”.
I glanced over and said, “Yep, he does sort of look like him”, to which Paul replied, “That IS him”.
I am a big fan of Dave's. He is the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, was a member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and is the host of the TV show Ink Masters, which I watch whenever I can.
I didn't want to make a scene, especially since no one else seemed to recognize him, so Paul suggested we simply wait outside for him, and then politely ask him for a quick photo.
As he came out, I walked up and quietly asked if he was indeed Dave Navarro, and he said "yep" and kept walking. I told him that I didn't want to make a scene and I knew that he was in a huge hurry, but I would greatly appreciate it if he would take the time to let me get a quick photo with him.
Even though he was in a hurry, he graciously stopped and waited for Paul (who was nursing a sore knee) to come over and take a photo. Once Paul snapped the photo, people began to realize who he was and began to ask for photos. Dave said, "Sorry, I can't, I have to leave", and I was the only one who got to take a photo with him.
I felt great until I realized that we hadn't been able to get Paul's photo taken with Dave before he headed off, but Paul simply said, “Don't worry about it”.
As we walked to the truck, it dawned on me that the guy I thought was so familiar was actually another member of Dave's band, Jane's Addiction, and that the entire band had walked by me unnoticed.
Had Paul not said anything, I probably would have never met Dave or got this photo. Paul is a great trainer and a great guy, which is why I specifically requested him as my trainer.
If you are driving and you see Paul on your journey, give him a thumbs up or a high five for being the great guy he is, and keep your eyes open - who knows who you might run into.