Rodney and I became friends during a scavenger hunt through San Francisco. We were at Red Carpet, a new-hire event for Virgin America. He had been through this before when he was hired as a gate agent, and was not amused that he had to do it again. It was nice to have him on our team though, as he has good insight on the riddles of this game, and he brought a certain calmness to the crazy vibe that we were all giving off.
Although I have not flown with Rodney yet in my two years of being here, I run into him all over the place- as flight attendants tend to do. He still has that quiet calm every time we meet, and I appreciate the bond we have. He really hates his picture being taken... but for me (and after several beers), he relented, and we had fun snapping photos on our way up to my room for a flight crew social. I ended up falling asleep (some may say passing out, but let's not get too technical..) and Rodney & the crew turned out the lights, tucked me in, and tip toed out. He'll laugh at me next time I see him, and I'll love him for it.