Very well put.. Play your cards.. If you have a crap hand and make it through the blinds.. You will hit a better one within the next 4 hands (I assume with 10 players you guys were 5 and 5 until the merge).
Then dont limp.. PUSH! best case senario you get a fold, But even with a call you have a chance at doubling up.
There was an excellent article in todays paper by Daniel Negreanu on this topic.. If your in Toronto its in the sports section, If not you can check it out online at www.torontosun.com
(well I assume thats their web site..lol