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tenor12bucks Interviewed by: purcelin
 4/20/2008 Newsletter - What's Up Eliters! - Stories

Real Name: Michael
Location: Quakertown, PA, USA
Sex: M
Age: old enough
Marital Status: Married (to burkeinfopro)
Profession: Medical communications manager for a pharmaceutical company
Languages Spoken: English

More about tenor12bucks


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born, raised, and loyal to the Philadelphia area. I have a degree in journalism from Northwestern University (Go Cats! I love the Big Ten community in Euchre; it's a geographic oddity.) Married almost 10 years, no kids.

What do you like to do away from the computer?

I'm a musician -- I sing (I'm a tenor) in 2 choral ensembles, one mixed, one all-male. I'm a passionate baseball fan (Phillies). I also enjoy cooking and wine (drinking it, not making it), and playing golf.

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

I was in Intermediate 2 playing euchre, or more accurately, not playing because I was getting booted from public tables. Viking_fan_josh was hosting for Euchy, and I was impressed with how he kept the lobby under control yet made it fun, so I joined.

How did you pick your Eliter's name? Is this your one and only?

My original Eliters name, created to match my Yahoo ID at the time, was mlk0221 (my initials plus my birthday). Boooooo-r-ing. I wanted an ID that (1) reflected something of my personality, and (2) was linguistically ambiguous (could have different meanings depending on how you read it). Eventually I came up with tenor12bucks. Read it closely and see. I love language!

What is your preferred playsite and why?

They all have their pros and cons. I spend most of my time in Yahoo because Euchy is home for me, but the graphics in Pogo are great. GameDesire is a good interface too and has some powerful features. I gravitate to where my favorite Eliters are and what I want to play, regardless of site.

What made you keep coming back to Eliters?

The people, the friends, the interactions ... and the elusive chase of the dream that someday I might be able to beat liizzzzard.

How long have you played games online?

Computer games, seems like forever, but interactive gaming, not too long at all -- maybe a year and a half.

What games do you play? And what is your favorite game and why?

Euchre, obviously -- that's been my best game since college. Gin and spades, and I'm trying to get better at cribbage.

Have you learned any new games since being a part of Eliters?

Spades was completely new to me, and I love it (and the leagues). I hadn't played gin since I was 6 years old and beating my grandmother. In retrospect she may have let me win, looking at my record against actual players (lol).

What positions have you held in Eliters and is there anything that you haven't done that

JrTD/TD/SrTD, GL, TGL, and now Rules Director. I'm continuing to serve as TGL; I absolutely love training new TDs. I hope to admin someday, but we have already have a great admin team in Euchy with Junior (goodwrench_3plus), Debz (Debzgame) and Pup (one_baddoggy), and I don't want to leave the league just to gain the experience. I felt like I was answering a call to serve with regard to Rules Director, so I don't feel like I'm missing anything at the moment.

In your opinion, what makes Eliters different from other leagues?

It boils down to top-down organization: the management, the communication, the supervision, the code of conduct. All of this structure allows players and TDs to be themselves and have fun in a safe environment. I have substantial corporate experience with varied employers, and few were/are functional as Eliters. All the credit for this belongs to Issa.

Who is the one person that you can say has helped you the most here.

I can't limit it to one. Angie (haledavnang5) took me under her wing very early in my Eliters playing career and walked me through the complicated process of making a table in Pogo. In doing so, she set a great example of how a top-notch TD welcomes and helps new players. And Debz (Debzgame) trained me so effectively and memorably that I still communicate many aspects of that initial training session to my JrTDs. They're both role models.

What in your opinion is the best thing about Eliters?

I love the people, obviously, but I must admit that the reliability of the technology, and the ease of use, blow me away.

If you had one wish what would it be?

Peace in the form of the end of state-sponsored violence, particularly that carried out in the name of religious fundamentalism.

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

We're more than a league, we're a community.

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

An anonymous player donated a series of silver memberships in memory of Mikey, and we gave away one a night in Euchy for a week. It was a tremendous act of generosity that truly built community. We shared stories, laughs, and tears. I know many leagues held special tournies and series, and that time will be remembered by most, but that particular act and the community that resulted genuinely touched me.

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

A player I won't name was new to Euchy but not to Eliters, and she mentioned that she had real trouble remembering people's names. She played a few games, made some introductions, and then signed off, saying she'd be back the next night -- we were all smitten with her, I might add. Feeling a little evil, I arranged with a few other people to consistently address one another by a different, prearranged name the next night. When she signed on the next night as promised, it went down perfectly: suddenly people were calling me "Wilbur" and I was calling krisbkritter22 "Elaine", or something like that. We had this player flabbergasted ... for only a short time, of course, and then we let her off the hook. She laughed.

What is the most embarrassing thing, (that you can talk about of course).

I mentioned that I love language. So I don't like to use generic words like "nice" and "great." I was trying to increase the crowd in a tourney, and in this case one of my typical expressions is something like "6 PLAYERS ARE IN THE NEXT .... 8 OR 10 WOULD BE JUST DUCKY". Umm, it turns out the 'U' and the 'I' are pretty close together on the keyboard, I typed "dicky", and the rest is history.

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

Tiger Woods. I want to know what it feels like to hit a golf ball like that, and to be the best person in the entire world at something. Plus, Elin is a catch.

You are stranded on a deserted island, no internet, no phone, no TV, walking along the beach, you come across...

Sunblock, I hope. I burn easily.

What is your favorite book/author?

"Don't Stop the Carnival," by Herman Wouk. I also like just about anything by Calvin Trillin.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

I take great pleasure in simple street food/junk food when it's well prepared: the perfectly grilled hot dog, freshly popped and glazed caramel corn, a good Philly cheeseteak, things like that. And I don't feel guilty in the least. Life is too short.

When I grow up I want to be just like:

Me. Whoever that is. It will change from day to day and year to year. That's what gets me out of bed every morning. Who will I be today?

Any last words for our readers?

It's not whether you win or lose. It's the friends you make on the way, in the chat lounges and the clubs, that make the community.

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