I registered the .tel version of my me and my siblings name. My siblings can care less, but I had thought .tel would become popular in maybe couple years and then they would appreciate the value.
Anyway, yes its all about the emotional benefit. As I mentioned it doesnt make any business sense but I would probably offer up to $3K if I had to.
The current owner hasn't yet responded and as Wheel mentioned I wouldn't have sold it either. Not even for $20K. Again its all about the emotional-geeky benefit.
I noticed the .net, org and most other TLDs are all parked.