So, Who The Heck Is This Rod Shelley Guy, Anyway?

Hello! I am Rod Shelley, your host on this little slice of Cyberspace. Come in, sit down, and relax for a spell. Grab a cup of coffee, and a donut - I don't even mind if you get crumbs on the keyboard. And now, I'll tell you a little about myself, if you care to know……..

I'm one of those baby-boomers born in the first few years after WW2 (that's world war 2 for those of you too young to even remember 33-1/3 rpm vinyl records). I served in the US Air Force and was assigned to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. I have been involved in the electronics / technology industries for well over 30 years. I have worked in aircraft communications & navigation, cable TV equipment, aviation electronic engineering, office automation, and computers. I presently work as a field service technician, working on digital copiers and multi-function office equipment.

When I'm not at work, I can be found engaging in one of several passions of mine. I enjoy creating art, and attempting to realize some of the images gathering cob-webs within the deep recesses of what's left of my mind. I enjoy photography, and have worked in photography for many years as a second profession. I have worked with a number of clients over the years, including Freidman Publishing in New York, photographing memorabilia for a book on the Negro Baseball League. I've worked in the past with a local modeling agency, providing not only photography, but built the agency's first website. I have worked with many young ladies, helping them get started in modeling.

In 1987, I was a founding member of the Northeast Photographer's Association, which grew to be one of the largest and most active photo clubs in the Kansas City area, and later became known as the Kansas City Metro Photographer's Assn. I served for well over 12 years as a club officer, and was Chairman during 2000 - 2001, retiring from the chairmanship at the end of 2001. I also served briefly as a board member for the Society for Contemporary Photography.

Drawing, painting, and other forms of traditional art are also a passion for me. I have been fascinated by drawing for as long as I can remember. I work in graphite (pencil), colored pencil, airbrush, watercolor, acrylics, and whatever else I can get my hands on that looks like fun. Of course, I'm deeply involved in digital art as well. I find the possibilities virtually endless using the computer, Wacom tablet, and graphics software such as Photoshop - my personal favorite. Obviously, I also enjoy creating websites, and love having my own website as an outlet for my creativity. I also enjoy creating unique decorative and lighting items, and am looking into fabric-based art as well. I'm planning on having many of these creations available for sale here soon.

Having been a techno-geek for all these years, I have developed somewhat of a penchant for collecting odd technology items. And of course, the weirder it is, the more likely I am to bond with it! Hence my collection of roughly 1000 old glass and porcelain insulators (those pretty glass things you used to see on telephone poles). I also enjoy experimenting and tinkering with various forms of gadgetry in my shop.

I also enjoy reading, especially fantasy novels. I love Tolkien's works - having read Lord of the Rings probably a dozen times since first discovering it back in the 60s. And yes, I loved Peter Jackson's adaptation of that trilogy. Indeed, I'm convinced the man somehow tapped into my brainwaves, because the characters in the movies were just as I imagined them.

My wife, Jolene, and I live in Independence Missouri, and enjoy traveling, shopping, gardening, and of course, eating out.

So there it is - Rod Shelley in a nutshell. Some would say that's appropriate. Enjoy your stay, and visit often - you never know what weirdness you'll encounter here!

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