What do you like to do away from the computer?
Watching TV, listening to my favorite music, going to movies and Broadway Plays, and reading books.
How did you learn about Eliters and when did you join?
I joined Eliters on July 13, 2006. I was HA of a league on another site and was looking for another league site for my league. The HA of another league on that site gave me the link to Leaga and on that page, there was a link to Eliters. Once I checked Eliters out, I was hooked!
How did you pick your Eliters' Name? Is this your one and only?
Many have asked me what my name "DMDesiderata" means or represents. The first three letters are the initials of my first name, "Deanna", my middle name, "Marie", and my last name (which will remain a secret). "Desiderata" is the name of a poem that has inspired many for many years. You can find the words to this poem by checking my profile or simply googling it. This is my only Eliters name.
What is your preferred play site? and Why?
Well this is a tough one, lol. I have been a Club Pogo member since August 17, 2003. I love a lot of games there, my favorite being Qwerty, and I love earning Badges and having fun with my Pogo Mini. However, there are some games I prefer to play on Yahoo - Checkers, Chess, and Gin.
What made you keep coming back to Eliters?
The Players - they always make me feel welcome and part of a family. Love the Clubs and the Newsletters.
How long have you played games online?
Since sometime in 2003 - then I got addicted and had to get a Club Pogo membership.
What games do you play? And what is your favorite game and why?
Well, in Eliters I play Gin, Canasta, and Qwerty mostly. Outside of Eliters, I play Checkers and Chess. I have always loved Checkers and Chess from when I was very young so these will always be my all time favorites. But once I started playing on Club Pogo, I fell in love with Canasta. When Pogo released Qwerty, that became another game on my list of favorites. My favorite games are those that have more skill than luck.
Have you learned any new games since being a part of Eliters?
Well not really new games ... but I sure did have to get used to playing Gin on Yahoo. It is so very different from Club Pogo so it took time to get used to playing it on Yahoo. Now that I am used to it, I prefer to play Gin on Yahoo than Pogo. I would like to learn how to play Literati.
What positions have you held in Eliters and is there anything that you haven't done that you would like to do in the future?
I have been a TD and SrTD in Giny, SFTD, and AA and am currently the HA of QWERTYP. My goal is to eventually become a staff member.
Who is the one person that you can say has helped you the most here?
Without a doubt, I would have to say nono_not_me_nl (Fran). She was the one that got me to try Gin on Yahoo and helped me figure out how to play it on Yahoo. She also is a great trainer and I love working with her. I am glad to be able to call her my friend. :)
In your opinion, what makes Eliters different from other leagues?
There are so many ways that Eliters is different from other leagues. One that just happens to stand out for me is the Weekly Bonus System for TDs and Players. This system encourages more activity by TDs and Players. Also, the HOT Tourneys ... thanks to all the wonderful and hard working SFTDs ... Eliters is able to meet its goal of tourneys around the clock!
If you had one wish what would it be?
Only ONE?? Gee, I thought I was supposed to get THREE wishes, lol. OK ... so my wish is to have an infinite number of wishes - just like Bastian after he saved Fantasia from the Nothing.
What is the most memorable experience that you have had as a TD or a player, online or at a live event
Hmmm - I have so many wonderful memories. One that does stand out for me was becoming TD of the Month for August. I was so shocked when I earned this honor since I had just started hosting for Eliters in late June 2007. I remember signing on that day and going to Intermediate Lounge 2 to host, and then everyone started saying "Congratulations" and "WTG". I then asked congratulations and wtg on what?? Then one of the AGLs IMed me and gave me the link to TD Club where balouza posted that I was TD of the Month for August. I still couldn't believe it. That really did make my day. August happens to be the month that my grandmother was born so I know she is smiling from above and very proud of me.
If you could only use one sentence to describe the way you feel about Eliters, to a prospective new player, what would it be?
Eliters is more than a league; it is a family ... EVERYONE is welcome ... if you want to have fun and meet great people, then Eliters is the only place to be!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you since joining Eliters.
Well ... I was hosting tourneys in GINY and I needed one more Player in an RR so I said - "We are gonna play Spin the Bottle and whoever the spinner lands on must reg for the RR". I said "SPIN ... the spinner lands on (forget the player's name at the time)", and they registered. So whenever I needed one more for an RR, usually a player would say, "Deanna, Spin the Bottle". Well one day, a player said "Deanna, Spin the Bottle" and another player (not familiar with my version of Spin the Bottle" asked "You mean the Truth or Dare kind?" and the first player said ... "No, this is the DMD kind used to get RRs full". LOL
What is the most embarrassing thing, (that you can talk about of course).
Grrrrrrrrr. Answering this question because I don't know how to answer it. lol.
If you could be one person for a day, who would you be and why?
Hmmmmmmmmmm. Let me think here. Now that's a dangerous thing, lol. Does this person have to be a real person or can this person be imaginary?? Alright, for ONE day ... I would want to be ... Garth Brooks (when he was younger) ... I love country music and his songs really touch my heart ... and I would just love to be on stage singing and making everyone happy. Really I would want to be singing on stage with him!
You are stranded on a deserted island, no internet, no phone, no TV, walking along the beach, you come across...
The book "The NeverEnding Story" ... I open the book and begin reading the pages ... and suddenly ... I am in Fantasia with Bastian, Atreyu, and the Childlike Emperous.
How do you pass the time on your drive to and from work?
Well, I don't work at the moment. I never was able to drive - and ummm you wouldn't want me on the road if you love kids and knew how bad my vision is.
What is your favorite book/author?
I have so many favorites but my all time favorite book and movie is "The NeverEnding Story" by Michael Ende. Most NeverEnding Story fans believe the book is about them I have to agree with them. If you want to know more about who I am, go see the movie - or better yet, read the book. The character Bastian best depicts me as a child - even if Bastian is a boy and I am a girl, lol
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Homemade strawberry shortcake (my mother always used to make one for my birthday) and ice cream sundaes. Who could resist?
When I grow up I want to be just like:
Bastian from The NeverEnding Story. He is my Hero!
Any last words for our readers?
Yes. Always remember that having FUN is way more important than whether you win or lose. Always know that your Eliters family is here for you - no matter what! Always do whatever you can each day to put a SMILE on some one's face - you won't believe how happy you will be! And oh yea .... always let your imagination flourish .... you are always welcome in Fantasia, my friend!