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purcelin Interviewed by: barry_89741
 5/26/2011 Newsletter - What's Up Eliters! - Stories

Real Name: Linda
Location: Long Beach, CA
Sex: Female
Age: 60 plus
Marital Status: Happily married
Profession: Business owner
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans and bits of several others
purcelin

Tell us a little bit about yourself - your hobbies; interests; passions in life.

Born in South Africa - left there during the apartheid era when I married an American (best thing that ever happened to me)! My South African roots still go deep - love nature, animals (more than humans), African music, art and most of all I miss the wonderful South African sense of humor.

My husband and I own a small engineering company and to say that it has been a challenge is the understatement of a lifetime. Like most struggling business owners, we are only too aware that we have a responsibility not only to ourselves and our customers, but also the 17 families impacted directly by our success...or failure.

I have one husband, one cranky old cat with four teeth, the best sister ever and some wonderful friends and family. No matter what happens - they make it worthwhile.

I am a really lucky person - landed up in an English school by sheer accident which certainly influenced my perspective in life, lucky to meet my husband, lucky to move to the U.S., lucky to find Eliters...


What other interests or hobbies do you have (other than Eliters of course)?

I love reading, sailing, nature walks with my hubby, spending time with friends and just generally enjoying life.


How did you learn about Eliters and when did you join?

I belonged to two other leagues prior to Eliters (Eagles which became Dragons which died a natural death due to poor leadership) so I started cruising lobbies for a new league and found Eliters. Dragged a bunch of folks from the dead league over with me. I think that was way back in about 2003. Seems like forever.


How did you pick your Eliters' Name - does it have any special significance?

None whatsoever – and now I have had it too long to change the stupid thing.


Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself that we are unlikely to know?

Hmmm – I once got accidentally locked up in an enclosure with wild cheetahs…


What makes Eliters special?

Two things - the people and the professional management of the league. I have made some wonderful friends in Eliters and especially as newsletter editor, had the privilege of getting to know some truly special people. And if you have ever belonged to a league other than Eliters, you will know what I mean about professionalism. I am always amazed at the continuous improvements to the systems and ease of hosting/playing. Issa always makes it look easy although, I have some idea of the tremendous effort that goes into it.


What games do you play? Are there any other games you would like to give a try?

I am not very adventurous so pretty much stick to cribbage. Occasionally, will have a gane of canasta therapy with friends or my sister. And Pogo Scrabble with myself. And of course, real cribbage with my hubby (who taught the game to me).


What is your absolute favorite game - and who taught you to play?

Canasta! This was the game my sister and I played with our mom. The old girl was a total card shark and taught us both to love it. It was not just playing cards, it was being together and the best means of communicating with each other. I miss those days tremendously.


Do you currently hold any position in Eliters?  Is there any particular position in which you might be interested?

I have had a myriad of positions all of which I totally enjoyed and was honored to hold – but none which I am prouder of than being a SR. TD.


What is your proudest achievement in life?

Still being totally in love with my husband after 30 years.


What is the most important thing for you in tournament play?

Just fricking have fun and be polite while you are at it.


If you could offer one suggestion to improve Eliters; what would it be?

Flush the political club down the toilet.


If you had one wish; what would it be?

That everyone I love be safe, happy and healthy.


If you could use one sentence to describe the way you feel about Eliters to a prospective new player; what would it be?

It’s a professionally run league with great players – you can try it for free so you have nothing to lose!


What is the most memorable experience that you have had as a TD or a player; online or at a live event?

The week criby broke through the #1 barrier which took every td and player hosting/playing their butts off to make it happen. Giny had been unbeatable for years and we pulled it off with a comparatively small group of tds... when we weren't hosting we were playing. We were all exhausted and cribbed out at the end of that week but it was a great sense of accomplishment which made me beyond proud. The ultimate definition of teamwork. Whatta team!


What is the funniest thing that has happened to you since joining Eliters?

It would have to be the false teeth incident – check out newfiecribber's interview for that.


What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a player or TD?

Ugh who hasn’t screwed up or typed and f instead of an l – but most recently I tried to do a tag team pards and had to recreate it three times, luckily one of our newest tds noticed my booboo and was helping me out (thanks, Dan).


If you could be one person for a day; who would you be and why?

Hmmm - no clue. One day wouldn't cut it so I guess I settle for me.


You are given five minutes to evacuate your house; the kids and pets are safe - which three items would you grab?

My handbag, laptop and kindle.


How do you pass the time on your drive to and from work?

Try to stay alive and look for hawks.


Name your three favorite movies:

Damn, who came up with these stupid questions?


Do you have any particular heroes?

Nelson Mandela


What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Floating in the pool with a coke zero, listening to Cee Lo's F You (I loathe rap music but that one just makes happy) and a nice easy book.


When I grow up I want to be just like:

This should be a much easier question to answer than it actually is. Everyone has issues and challenges in their lives. I would love to have Oprah's bank account, Charlize Theron's body, Mandela's wisdom, Feynman's intellect, Lennie's sense of humor, but none of that is going to happen! So basically - anyone who is carefree and totally comfortable in their own skin.


Any last words for our readers?

Be nice, be honest, be real - it is less effort and the payoff is great. I have met some absolutely amazing people in Eliters - what a nice bonus.




 
 
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