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e911callagain Interviewed by: purcelin
 6/30/2008 Newsletter - What's Up Eliters! - Stories

Real Name: Erin
Location: Sanford, Florida (Orlando area)
Sex: F
Age: 38
Marital Status: Involved
Profession: 911 (Law Enforcement)
Languages Spoken: English, American Sign Language, Sesame Street Spanish, Learning French

More about e911callagain


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

?m a mom to two wonderful boys (14 & 12). ?m pretty much a no nonsense kind of girl professionally, but get me on the tables as a player and I drive a few HAs and others crazy. My kids are the two most important things in my life. I am the oldest of 8 kids and my youngest sibling just graduated from high school & turned 18 recently. My mom is deceased. My dad and all siblings are alive. Dad is celebrating that h?s had all 8 of us graduate.

I love my job. As far as Im concerned there is no better job in the world. I am the first person someone calls when they need emergency help whether police or fire related. Id do my job for nothing if theyd let me and I could afford it.

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

I am active in the PTA as Vice President at a local school whom I owe my so?s life to and my sanity. Without this school for the Severely Emotionally Disabled children, who knows where my 14 year old would be now. The Hopper Center saved my son. (Many of you do?t know but he is the victim of Molestation.)

Other interests include History especially the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary Period and reading. I can be found with a book on me at all times. Im learning things about Canada now and Id have to add Sudbury Ontario being my other interest and hobby.

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

One day on shift, my partner and I were goofing off in Gin and I believe HERSH was in the room and mentioned ELITERS. However, it was?t until I saw them again in Cribbage Pogo that I actually joined. Peg, Jan, Ram, Calc are tough girls to say no thank you to.

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

e911callagain came from my job. E meaning Enhanced (and i4s the first letter in my Name) 911 being what I do and callagain because of all the people who call, while I hope they never have to call again, they should know that I will be there for them and get them whatever assistance is needed.

What is your preferred playsite and why?

My preferred playsite is Pogo. Tha4s where I started and where I come from. While I have nothing against the other playsites, Pogo is a bit more relaxed, less competitive and they tend to tolerate my antics much better (in fact, may provoke them).

What makes Eliters special?

Fun, Fun, Fun. No other reason.

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

I play all games however, Pinochle is a huge challenge for me as I do?t understand it at all. Those yahooers keep trying to teach it to me, however, I suffer from Pinochlitist. ?m trying though and those folks have more patience with me at the table then anyone I have ever met. I love Crib, Euchre, Canasta, Backgammon (although I do?t play often), Chess (but not in a tourney format), and my favorite is Gin. Hey Papi..?ll get you and your little dogs too!!

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

My favorite game is Gin, and to be quite honest with you, I have no idea who taught it to me. Cribbage would be my 2nd favorite and for that ?d like to thank my ex-husband.

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

Senior TD in Crib Pogo & Special Forces Director (Head Hottie is the name that many of you may associate better with.)

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

Its meant to be fun. Dont sweat the little things. Just have fun and enjoy yourself. I try to incorporate that in everything I do. Life is meant to be fun inspite of the challenges that in front of us.

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

Pay me by the hour??

If you had one wish what would it be?

Originally, my wish would be that my son or our family did not have to go through the things we did; however, I have learned through faith in God that His plan is the only plan and that he only gives us what we can handle. This being said, my wish would be for a bigger plate to balance everything on. A buffet table might help!

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

To quote a song from Cheers the sitcom - a place where everyone knows your name!

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

September 2007 when I got to put faces to names. The event in Sudbury was everything I had hoped it would be and all of us had a blast. I have acquired two addictions since then though Timmies & a certain bird. Another memorable moment would be in May 2007 when I had my unexpected open heart surgery and all the phone calls I received from all over the world. And again in June 2007 when a special someone made a very long drive after chemotherapy to come meet me. I already knew he was the person I would one day spend the rest of my life with (now if we could get past the 1500 miles that would help a bit).

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

OMG, one day while hosting or playing I believe it was in Crib Pogo, my medication kicked in and I fell asleep. Calc and the gang can recall that better than I can. I remember saying last game but not much after that.

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

Ok..well. I had just had a hysterectomy and I was home with my boys. A family friend came over to check on me. I had lied to the hospital staff and told them that the multiple laxatives they gave me worked so that I could be released from the hospital. Well, what comes around goes around. Ron came to the house and pulled up in the driveway to check on me. Jake was riding his bicycle (he was 4) and Chris was behind him with his training wheels. The laxatives kicked in in the middle of the street after I coughed in agony from the surgery. I thought I had peed myself. This poor man had to help me in the house and help me get cleaned up. That will always be the most embarrassing moment in my life!! He still comes to visit us too.

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

My passport, laptop & several books

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

Typically on my cell phone talking to someone

Name your three favorite movies

Shawshank Redemption, John Adams, A Christmas Story

Which celebrity would you like to banish to rehab permanently?

Lindsay Lohan & Brittany Spears

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Pigeons, bubble baths, candlelight, a good book & Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (and not necessarily in that order).

When I grow up I want to be just like:

My mom. She was an amazing woman! Only 48 mom and it was too early for you to leave us

Any last words for our readers?

Take a moment to smell the roses and relax. You get one life. Do?t sell yourself short and accept that of which you cannot change. Worship God (or whatever God you do worship). When you love, love like there is no tomorrow. Love completely, giving your most vulnerable side to your significant other. Love your children in spite of everything and because of everything. Their future is contingent on how you raise them. Do?t be their friend. Love them and sometimes love is very hard. Listen to your elders. Be cognizant of them. Do?t pass by them and look down upon them. They are full of knowledge which may be blocked by medical issues, but they are worthy of your respect and if you do take a moment to listen to them, you might just learn something. Love your country in spite of everything and because of everything. God bless you all. And May God Bless the USA.

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