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silverladyAz Interviewed by: balouza
 2/3/2014 Newsletter - What's Up Eliters! - Stories

Real Name: Marilyn Roberts
Location: Lake Montezuma AZ
Sex: F
Age: 67
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Retired- Medical Record Science (Now called Health (Information Systems)
Languages Spoken: English

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

I grew up on a wheat farm in Montana, and learned early on how to work hard and play whenever possible. Rode the school bus for 12 years, and worked in our grain elevator during harvest. Also, sometimes I drove truck. After 4 years of college and one of Medical Record Science, I jumped into the world of Medical Records. My resume has many hospitals and doctor’s offices on it, in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. It occurs to me that it went full circle, as my first job was in Milwaukie, Oregon and my last was Medford, Oregon. One year I had a job with CDC, traveling and reviewing and collecting information from records at chosen hospitals. They were looking for trends of infections picked up in hospitals.

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

Traveling has been a bit of hobby the last few years. Over the years I've done collecting: Elephants, Barbie Dolls, TY Beanie Babies, Hull pottery (not as expensive as Roseville.) After moving to Arizona, Indian jewelry became a focus. My husband got interested in “beading”, and we took a class on how to make jewelry. That’s not the silverwork, but stringing beads and stones. Hot air balloons – two times went to Albuquerque. A group of us in Oregon bought a balloon, and I’ve crewed, flown (passenger) many times. Never tire of it.

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

October 4, 2003 I wandered into Beg2. Couldn't get anyone to come to table to play, they were all just sitting around, declining invitations. I asked in lobby why be there if not willing to come and play. Scrappie piped up and said there was a league that I should look into it. What fun it's been ever since. I think he actually came to table to do the invitation.

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

We met a woman at our annual timeshare at Snowbird, Utah, who sold Indian jewelry from Four Corners. She used the name SilverladyUt in her email address. It was then that I chose silverladyAz as an offshoot. We purchased some of her items, and sold jewelry for a while. Made it my email, and just kept it as screen name lots of places. Now it pretty much describes me, since I quit dyeing my hair.

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

Fourty-five years ago I found I had breast cancer. Ten days after my mastectomy I was back in college, studying hard. Fortunate, in those days of “prehistoric” cancer treatment.

What makes Eliters special?

Nice folks, interesting to share life joys, accomplishments, concerns with FRIENDS. And you can usually play a game on pinochle when you stop by.

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

Cribbage, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Uno, Golf (with cards),Farkle, Phase-10, once in a long while Euchre

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

Will say pinochle, although I’m pretty much good with whatever game I’m playing at the time. My parents taught me. We played Pinochle, along with Touring, Pit, cribbage, Hearts on our farm during winter months.

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

No… and no, thanks.You all do a grand job!

What is your proudest achievement in life?

Either graduating from college or losing 64 pounds.

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

Having fun.

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

Pretty much it’s all good.

If you had one wish; what would it be?

There would be no more cancer.

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

Eliters is a fun place to play with nice people, and to enjoy pinochle.

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

Learning that I had received the first Player of the Month. I was honored and overwhelmed!

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

Cannot think of funnies… it is all pretty much fun.

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

Maybe all the times I’ve messed up in the special tournies…. Like just last night in 65/std.

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

Maybe Dr.Ravi Zacharias. He is such an amazing man, and It would be awesome to have the knowledge that he has.

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

My purse, my cell phone, my computers. (Thanks for saving the dogs!!)

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

Listen to radio…. Maybe audio books.

Name your three favorite movies:

It's a Wonderful Life. Les Miserables,

Do you have any particular heroes?

Dr. Ben Carson.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Putting Kahlua on ice cream

When I grow up I want to be just like:

Too late.....I'm grown up.

Any last words for our readers?

I’ve really enjoyed playing with everyone. It been fun meeting some of you in person, at the pino party in Oregon, and here and there where we’ve been able to get together. Remember, it’s all going to burn, so whether we win or lose, it’s just a game.

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