As you know Michele, I don't like online play much. As a mater of fact, I haven't played online in a little over two years. I found some cash games here locally and got hooked. Now I play almost entirely in cardrooms in and around the North Florida
area. I frequently cross state lines into Georgia from my home state to Florida to find games. I am not sure what exactly made me fall in love with the cardroom atmosphere and the live game, but I did.
I would rather be in a smoky, dim, cardroom than just about anywhere on earth. I have about 7 or 8 regular games I go to, some as close as 15 minutes from home, some as far away as a couple of hours. I also host card games at my house and am in the process of building a detatched cardroom behind my house so that I can have long tournaments or games that go until they are over or people are broke. As it stands now, my home games usually don't last more than 5 or 6 hours because I have a wife and 2 boys and the games can be loud etc.
As far as your experience with the "all-in" kamakazi's that you played with in the tournament, I'm not sure what phenonenon you were experiencing. If I had to guess I would say because it was
a tournament and the structure allowed for re-buys, you saw a lot of big manuvering early on from people trying to build a huge chip lead before the rebuy period ended. In my experience, live players are actually less crazy and loose than their online counterparts.
For me, there is nothing like playing live, against all different kinds of players, in different towns, for different stakes. I would do it 7 days a week if I could, I never tire of it.