About Me

Hello America!

My real name is Dave Bierstein but as you can tell my nickname is “Rooster”.   My whole life I have been an adventurer, entertainer, and some may say... a bit crazy...but in a good way, not a straight jacket way, at least I hope not!

CHILDHOOD

I was born and raised in Clark, New Jersey. That’s where I went elementary, middle, and high school.  I’ll sum up high school cause that’s where you start to form who you are today.   I was very athletic and played multiple sports, I partied every chance I could (drinking), and cared way more about girls than grades.  I made a lot of friends.

COLLEGE - ROUND 1

After high school I went to college at West Virginia University.  All I knew was that WVU was the #1 party school in America the year before and that’s all I needed to know. Well, except if I was accepted and somehow... I was.

At WVU I was known as “Crazy Dave”. I can’t say exactly who or when or why I got  that nickname then.  I’m sure some of my college friends can post some stories for you to read in my “Stories about Rooster section” that may explain it.

On second thought, it could have been at freshman orientation when during some guys (WVU official of some sort) welcome speech I picked up a desk over my head and started a taste great - less filling chant, then led a bunch of fellow partier’s out the door and to a bar.  There was about 1,000 or more people in the room and 10 or so of us left.

Or.. At the first football game’s tailgate, which is huge at WVU, I broke a bunch of beer bottles over my own head to fire up the crowd.  I did need stitches....

Or some other story I can’t remember but there are many...

Needless to say... I got only 28 credits after 3 and a half years of college..

ARIZONA - ROUND 1

After being back home in NJ for a few months, I then went to visit a college friend for New Years Eve in Arizona.  I was supposed to stay for a week but ended up staying on his couch for 6 months.  How do you leave 70 degree weather in January to go back to snow and freezing temperatures? .... I know, that’s why I stayed.

COLLEGE - ROUND 2

After that, I went back to college to play some football at Jersey City State, a D-3 football program.  Long story short, I didn’t play much and left school after one season on the team.

ARIZONA - ROUND 2

I then moved back to Arizona where as it turned out I started my entertainment career.

For about the next 5 years I did stand-up comedy, hosted events, co-hosted a sports talk radio show on ESPN radio as well as anything else that involved not really working!

I was then cast on a reality television show on Fox called Forever Eden. It was suppose to be this big show that could have lasted for many years but it was cancelled after just 8 or 9 episodes, none of which I aired on.  Eventually it did air in it’s entirety on Fox reality channel and after seeing how they edited me, I wish it never did...

I then went back to AZ where I had nothing.  I had no job and my girlfriend at the time whored around while I gone. (She was bad to me the whole time anyway, although I didn’t see it that way then.)

CALIFORNIA

I then moved to Venice, California where I attempted to get into acting.  I was mentally shot and wasn’t myself for the first time in life.  My ex-girl had messed with my head and this state of mind unfortunately lasted for the next 2 - 3 years.

ARIZONA - ROUND 3

So I decided to move back to AZ but after just a few months back in the desert I was bitten by a spider and almost lost my leg.   I then went back home to New Jersey in order to get better medical treatment and help from my family.

BACK TO NJ

After finally getting all better, I realized I was 30 years old and living with my Mom! I love my Mom to death but who’s a bigger loser than a 30+ living with his Mom and neither one of them is sick or dying.  I can’t think of anyone either... So I moved to Boca Raton, Florida where a friend of mine had a condo no one was living in but was being paid for.  He said I could stay for free, I left NJ that day. (Thanks G and Pat)

FLORIDA YEARS

I lived in Boca for 6 months or so and them moved to the other coast of Florida to live with the friend who let me use his condo.  He had a mortgage company so I tried my hand at that.

After 2 years and not many sales, (the housing market crashed) I decided it was time to give college and football one last shot, so I moved back to New Jersey to attend a school near where I grew up.

COLLEGE - ROUND 3

I looked at a few colleges in my area (NJ) and decided on Kean University in Union, NJ.  After attending for one year and getting almost straight A’s I looked into trying out for the football team at 33 years old.  I asked the coach what he thought and he agreed to let me try out for the team in the spring. A New York based film company caught wind of what was happening and shot a pilot episode of me trying out for the team called “The Longshot”.  The company pitched the pilot around to many networks and there was interest until I injured myself and then was cut by the team.  I had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. (to watch the video -just click  on Rooster Videos)

I still continued on with college this time and just graduated from Kean U. on May 13, 2010 Summa Cum Laude!  For all you non- summa cum laudem’s, that means with honors!  Seriously, I just went to all my classes, did my homework,  studied for my tests and I wound up with 3.92 GPA.

AS WE SPEAK

So here I am with nothing to do... And then it hits me, an adventure, this adventure.  So I ask you to join me as I travel the country and write about my life on the road!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy my journey!

Sincerely,

Dave “Rooster” Bierstein

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  1. bennervous says:

    Dude! I am the first to post on your site and might be the first to offer you a little bit of sponsorship — TOURNEY ONLY. Love the Eden videos. Started with a “blanky” and ended with a freakout. You ARE very lucky it didn’t make it on the show when some people actually watched them. Too bad you won’t be around for a year cuz I wouldda had so much to break your balls about at the club.

    You DO know who this is — right??

  2. mtmiller says:

    Let me get this straight…you finally attend class, get grades and graduate (after 15 years of only sort of trying) and you’ve decided to travel the country in a ’92 Nissan Altima. For anyone else, I would have a serious sit down fatherly talk. You know I would. For you, it just seems right. I look forward to following this next adventure of yours. When you finally make it to Pittsburgh I can provide a new toothbrush, a bed, a beer and a Steelers tickets. Have fun and be safe!

  3. caseyjf says:

    Dave you’re the best I have no doubt you can do this. After watching your donation video I might even donate. If you can walk into qwest field in Seattle with a Steelers jersey the year after the ’05 Superbowl you have the balls to do this. When you get to Seattle we will have a big ass poker party in your honor. I wont let you win though.

  4. Paula says:

    I just wanted to say I met you at Delaware Park and I believe this was the first stop on your adventure. We were sitting next to each other at a poker table. You knocked me out with your AA on the button. The last thing you said to me was for me to checkout your website. Well here I am, and your page is really cool. You are a fun guy and I wish you safe travels.

  5. Ed Brewington says:

    Rooster! Hey dude thanks for your help today at the mission we hope you all the best, your in our prayers. Ed Brewington (Sunday Breakfast mission)

  6. Rooster says:

    Paula – Thank you so much visiting and your well wishes! Sorry about the AA hand and good luck in future poker room outing.

    Ed – Thank you ED. It was pleasure helping out today. You do a great job and made me feel right at home. Much appreciated. If I’m ever back in Wilmington, I will definitely stop down to lend a hand and say hi!

  7. Ron says:

    Dave — Got your message. Glad to see you are doing so well. And, go figure, your early success is coming at cash games. Don’t be like me and let your cash game success get in the way of your stellar tourney performances. Actually, I’m not sure I can say that I have had much success myself lately. I have this thing where I win small and lose big. That can’t be good — can it? Last 4 weeks for me: Won $50, Lost $600, Won $55, Won $25. Yes, I am 3W, 1L for the past 4 weeks…Great…real great.

    Most of the gang at the club is either following you or asking about how you are doing. Ron Z doesn’t have Internet access so he was asking a lot. Maybe this will inspire him to go out and get Internet access or something. My guess is that the opening discussions amongst us each week at the table will continue to be about your trip — something like “So, how’s Rooster doing?” or “Did you see what Rooster did this week?” Even in your absence, we feel your presence!

    Go get ’em at your first tourney. Cha-ching!!

  8. Brooklyn Yurek says:

    Hey Rooster!
    what you are doing is sooo awesome! i cant wait to see you again when you come to seattle in october! you are awesome!

    wishin u safe travels,
    Brooklyn

    …Cock-a-doodle-seahawks! 🙂

  9. dave says:

    Thanks Brooklyn! I can’t wait to get to Seattle!

    See ya soon!

    Rooster

  10. Aaron says:

    Hey I just saw you in the Scioto River in Ohio with my dad, jeff and my brother, Chris! You asked if we could take a picture and Chris did. It is very good what you are doing and i hope you have fun! You must know some really good html because this is a nice website!

    Aaron

  11. dave says:

    Thank you guys very much! I will be using that picture tomorrow!

    Good luck with life!

    Rooster

  12. Larry (RIAC) says:

    i cant remember when ive enjoyed reading about a friend more than your blog.You are an inspiration to anyone who has the time,attitude ane unencumbered life style to “hit the road”. Stay safe, see you back in rahway next july, text to lock up a seat.

  13. dave says:

    Thank you so much Larry. Your message is a inspiration for me to inspire, for real!

    Shoulder Dave

  14. Kesshann says:

    Dave,
    Don’t forget your boys from NJ when you get to LA. I’m sure that between Steve and I we’ll be able to help you meet your goals. You’ll definitely have a place to stay and somewhere to work out. Safe travels…

    Jah Bless

  15. Mom's friend George says:

    listen dave rooster I have the real rooster living with me . what year did you get the name . we had it first . good luck with it . its been good luck for us and maybe it will bring you the same luck.

  16. DAD says:

    Dave, Question? People ask me all the time when I tell them about your trip and web site, who
    gave you your nickname “Rooster”, and WHY?????

    Please explain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. dave says:

    tell them to read the about me section or F A Q section

  18. bennervous says:

    Hey Dad — I am disappointed. I am saying it because Dave is too kind. 😉 I thought you were a loyal follower on this site. LOL

  19. Giannaisafool says:

    Hey Rooster! It’s Gianna. I see the roadtrip’s going pretty great.
    Lemme know if you need a place to stay anywhere around the country. I know ALOT of people!!! lol Cant wait to hear more from ya! Peace!

    Gia

  20. Betsy, Donna's friend says:

    Hey i hear its your birthday today! You are awesome for doing this, you will never forget it nor will you ever regret it~
    Live Life and dont look back> betsy

  21. Aunt Lauren says:

    Hey rooster !
    Hope you’re having a fab b’day on the. Road. Love you much.!

  22. Heidi and George says:

    We met you in line at the Obama Murray Rally at the UW in Seattle. You told us your story and we mentioned that we would look you up your site. I am sure you do not remember us, but we just wanted to wish you the best of luck and follow your journey through the country. Stay safe and have the time of your life!!!!!

  23. Peter says:

    Miss the Rooster! Call me this week!

    Take care!

  24. Amanda says:

    Hi Rooster! Brooklyn’s my best friend and she told me all about you! I can’t wait to meet you if you come to Seattle again.
    TTYL! ♥

  25. Amy says:

    Stay with Scott and I in Dover NH!!!!!!!! Remember me? You played on our softball team in D.C.. See u soon? There’s a big party this Sat. in NH 3-6pm…. hope u can stay w/us and party w/us!!!!!

  26. dave says:

    That sounds great. Send me some more info so I know where to go. I sent you a personal email to this address. Thanks! 🙂

    Rooster

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