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Rod is a programmer, motorcyclist, photographer, world traveler, bartender, gamer, and veteran. He lived many places during his younger years before winding up in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, PA. At the age of 17, he graduated in the 244th class of the prestigous Central High School of Philadelphia. After graduation, He spent several years working various jobs trying to find his place in the world. During this period, he became a "burger flipper", typographer, printing plate maker, nurses aid, wood finisher, roofer, general contractor, and finally a paper maker. The work at the paper factory paid well enough that Rod moved into his first apartment in the aptly named Rodney Building in Conshohocken, PA. At the age of 22, he joined the US Army as a Radio Technician and served 2 years in Germany during Operation Desert Storm. After serving his active duty obligation, he moved back to Conshohocken and resumed his life as a paper maker. During this period in his life, he also served in the US Army Reserves stationed in Camden, NJ. Rod pursued a certification in Mixology (bartending) and picked up side jobs when he wasn't working at the paper factory. He mostly bartended private events but also had the opportunity to tend bar at an NCO club in Germany when his Reserve unit was deployed there for two weeks. Rod eventually gave up work at the paper factory to pursue a degree in Computer Science at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He worked a few different jobs during his college years: photographer for the WCU paper, VA Representative for the WCU Financial Aid Office, landscaper, and parts desk person at a small motorcycle shop. He picked up a paid internship at WCU which launched his career as a programmer. The internship turned into a full time contract position with the university. Once that contract position neared its end, Rod pursued a position at a small software company where he worked for the majority of his career. Today he still works as a developer on a contract basis.
Several years ago, Rod started creating designs for t-shirts and selling them through CafePress. In addition to his own personal designs, he will create custom designs on request and make them available for purchase. Although this venture was never expected to be a significant source of income, it has sold a surprising number of shirts and apparel.
In addition to his full time job, Rod has incorporated under Team RodZilla LLC. Originally established in the hopes of finding and taking over a bar and restaurant, those aspirations have been put on the back burner pending the emergence of a good opportunity. He has repurposed the company to seek out side work to include bartending and simple web design.
If you are interested in contacting Rod in regard to any of his ventures, please visit the Team RodZilla web site.
As a youth, Rod was lucky enough to grow up with the "original" game console, the Atari 2600. Breakout, Circus Atari, Pitfall, and many other titles consumed much of his free time. He was so good at the console version of Space Invaders that he could play it indefinately. He put the controller down after flipping the score twice and no one would play Space Invaders against him after that. He also owned several other consoles including Colecovision, NES, Genesis, PS2, Xbox (original), Xbox 360, and Xbox One. He adopted the moniker "Team RodZilla" as his Xbox gamer tag and has been active with Xbox gaming for more than a decade. He has been an Xbox Ambassador since 2015. He currently spends most of his game time playing Elder Scrolls Online © (ESO), a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). He is the webmaster and run coordinator for The Vestiges Guilds family of ESO guilds and hosts a weekly run for guild mates. He is also a member of one of the guild's core teams where they tackle "end game" content. He often streams guild and core runs on his Twitch channel under the moniker "TeamRodZilla".
Rod is pretty well traveled. His first long trip was a solo motorcycle ride from Conshohocken, PA to Austin, TX and back on a Kawasaki 454LTD. The motorcycle didn't survive the trip very well, but it was the start of a life long love of long distance riding and adventure. Since then, Rod has ridden to many destinations up and down the East Coast, a coast to coast trip from California to New Jersey, a trip with his father from Plymouth Meeting, PA to spend a week riding around Nova Scotia before returning, a 12 day ride with his father and a group of riders through the Shandong Province in China, a solo ride through the Southern and Northern islands of New Zealand, and a trip with his friend "South Philly Al" covering 6 state of the Southwestern US. His time stationed in Germany allowed him to travel to Holland and Czechoslovakia as well as several areas in Germany. Business trips took him to Ontario, Canada and London, England. His travels also include a week spent in Montego Bay, Jamaica.