Well we're back after a 2000+ day hiatus to resume interviewing impactful players both here at home and around the game. This time around I was lucky enough to sit down with our very own Thedillpickl.
I first met Dill when both he and and his fellow Pickles were introduced to eCan by a good friend. Once he got involved, we worked together numerous times in cabinets where he held every role from CP to advisor. We bought, fought and struggled against various enemies like Albania, Macedonia & Croatia while having a blast and becoming good friends. Anyways enough of an introduction, you the reader, are in for a treat.
1. Tell us a little about the RL Dill
Dill: Hmmm... The "real" RL dill...
Born in K.C. Missouri. After 10 years we moved to Lake of the Ozarks when my Dad retires. Graduated from Camdenton HS in '78. Studied Radio Communication and Digital Technology at trade school back in K.C. Earned the FCC 2nd class Telephone license which I still hold, but with today's equipment I'd have no idea how to repair/maintain the equipment.
Many various jobs throughout my life. Electric and plumbing construction. A short time with some painter/paper hangers. Factory work building automated soldering equipment for printed circuit boards. Sold retail auto parts and related shop work. Finished up working with Special Needs people.
Now I spend the majority of my time maintaining my health.
klop: Look at baby Dill!
2. RL Hobbies and Interests?
Dill: I like movies, music, food (both cooking myself and prepared for me), fishing/boating, working on stuff. Unfortunately I'm getting older, I can't do a lot now.
Just what do you think your doing Dave?
2001: A Space Odyssey is the best example of what my attraction to film is. The more we make the transition to digitized video the less impressed I am. Same goes for music.
The link: youtu.be/6tlSx0jkuLM
I like several genres of music but 70's rock is a specialty. There's no substitute for the real thing. When 50-60 year old music and film is still popular that says something.
If you cook anything with beef, pork or venison etc. vegetables make the meal. French mirepoix, Cajun holy trinity and Latin/Mexican Sofrito are the base ingredients in an astounding array of classic dishes. I'm no chef but it's hard to do any cooking without picking up a few things.
Basic beef stew/soup:
1 lbs stew meat, trimmed
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 yellow onions, peeled and diced
4 red potatoes, peeled (optional), 1/2" cubes
12 oz can stewed tomatoes, drained
Basil, to taste
3 or 4 Bay leaves
Olive oil, as needed
1 quart beef stock (can or box ok)
Prepare veggies, keep potatoes separate. If a long time before cooking cover potatoes with water to keep crisp and put veggies in refrigerator. Trim excess fat/gristle from stew meat, cut into bite size pieces.
Put some oil in the pot to cover bottom. When it heats up carefully put in meat and most of the basil. Just as meat starts to turn add carrots and onions. When meat is just browned and onion are clear add potatoes and a splash more oil as needed. Cook 2-3 minutes until potatoes begin to soften.
Add stewed tomato, well crushed with your hand. (If whole tomatoes, hold over sink and stick in your thumb to get juice out of tomato.) Add beef stock, bay leaves and remaining basil. Be careful adding salt as stock is usually salty.
Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover. Give a stir every so often and taste. (Tasting is important, makes you look like you know what you're doing. If someone is in the kitchen go "Mmmmm..." and nod your head.)
Should simmer at least a couple hours before serving. Carefully add any seasoning to taste and simmer additional 1/2hour. Remember, you can put more in but it's impossible to take out!
Now you have enough information to actually cook dinner. 🥰
klop: Get cooking folks!
3. Best RL adventure you've been on?
Dill: Not very adventurous I'm afraid. Visited Key West Florida, Harlingen Texas/Matamoros Mexico and Los Angels California. All three were road trips so that was an adventure getting there. lol
My favorite "trips" were to Clarksville Arkansas to visit friends. I also went on quite a few riding trips on my Yamaha 750 Maxium. Many exciting outings on the Lake of the Ozarks.
My favorite ever was with my friend Andrea. She bought me VIP tickets to a two day concert at Kansas City's Starlight Amphitheatre. The first 5 rows were empty, we were on the 11th row. The VIP section didn't have the crazy people. lol I was disappointed, the subwoofers up each side were off. That is until next to last band on the second night. Pillar, my favorite, was setting up and the subs came on, voop, voop, voop. I told Andrea to stick some tissue in her ears. She said "what for?"
The link: youtu.be/nZiiW2tLxEU
4. Tell us a story of your first experiences in erep.
Dill: I joined during the Josh Frost and C Roy Revolution/Counterrevolution. The first PM I made was to C Roy. He was actually friendly and quite helpful at first. My second PM was with Dumb Emma. Also friendly and quite helpful. Couldn't have picked more polar opposites. lol No one told me I wasn't supposed to start crap with PotUS Frost. I was a brazen little prick from the beginning. Here 2 weeks and I tell the admins to kiss my ass. Well, no one's ever accused me of being two faced.
klop: You two faced pickle!
5. Tell us a story of your first experiences in eCan
Dill: Oh crap! This is such a good story. I'll try to be brief.
I was familiar with Canada people from political connections. TheSmoke was a good friend. Just before coming to Canada my MU and I had fled the United States to play in Switzerland. It was quite a feat to move 20+ people.
We were going nuts there and I was Switzerland CP. We made the place come alive. I was working with an old friend Ice Killa, formerly Howley, Slovenia CP. Slovenia hated Switzerland and kept them wiped. Me and Ice push a NAP through. At the last minute Swiss kids killed it in Congress.
Needless to say I was pissed. After talking to Thesmoke and others I developed a plan. Congress elections were up and almost all candidates were Pickle's. I think 9 of 10 elected were my MU mates. Day after the election Canada Congress used almost every single one of their citizenship passes to move me and my guys. We took the Congress gold, resigned our offices and moved to Canada in 2 days. O-M-G the Swiss were beside themselves. Holy shit that was the funniest thing I've ever pulled in or outside of eRep.
There's still a couple Pickle's around... *helixer* *cough* *Simulare* but I won't embarrass them. FWIW, I'm still friends with Rican who's a big shot in Switzerland. He likes me but has never truly forgiven me for that.
klop: Can't say I forget you guys coming, we were excited to have more hitters but you all had a bigger impact then we ever would have guessed.
6. Greatest player you’ve ever met? (Yes more than one is fine, as long as you say why.)
> Emrick didn't like me.
> Cheshead didn't like me.
> evry didn't like me.
> PigInZen sort of liked me.
> Henry Peiffer hated me.
> Inwegin liked me.
> Rod Damon liked me.
> Gnilraps likes me.
> Bradley Reala liked me.
That's all the old US names I remember off the top of my head. Still none of them "great"... Met lots of famous foreign peoples. Of course all of Canada is great! (Obvious suck up.)
If I had to nail it down to two I would say rainy sunday for working so hard to help people and Phoenix Quinn, whose account no longer exists, but he did publish this using a friends paper. PQ, there was none like him.
7. Favourite in game moment?
Dill: The end of my 2nd term. After failing to stop FYROM and then Croatia wiped us. DMV3 crawled up my ass and parked there. Many were critical of my every move.
My cabinet, which you were part of, never flinched. They stood right beside me, as did most of Canada. Even some enemies spoke on my behalf. Here's my exit article.
I still feel the same.
"... I never said I was perfect. I never promised to kiss anyone's ass. I never promised to please everyone. Two things I will not do is run from a fight or walk out in the middle of a job. I finish what I start."
~ my quote from the comments.
klop: Fun times, the "elitism" that did or did not exist and our usual rumbles with bigger opponents
Thank you dill, for your time. As always, leave suggestions, questions you want answered or people you want to see interviewed in the comments below!
Next up is Mary Chan so stay tuned for that one! We will be returning to the AMA style next time so leave any questions you have for her below!
Finally, as usual every comment gets 1000 units of free food!