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Silly Saturday Night Post: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Stuck between a rock and a hard placeEvery once in awhile I'm lucky enough to get a photograph that perfectly illustrates the kind of predicament life can serve up.

This box turtle was doing just fine lumbering along in four wheel drive until she topped that last branch and ended up tail down between a rock and a hard place.

Box turtles are famous for pulling in their head and appendages and "clamming up."

This one didn't do that.  She seemed to know that she needed help from outside that pretty shell, and she just waited until I picked her up and set her down again.

Off she went.

Many of you have helped me during the past two years in the Rain, and I appreciate each of you. 


This forum of bloggers is the very first place I go when I'm stuck, and you always come through.

Thank you, Active Rainers!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 65 commentsMike Jones • June 08 2009 05:31AM


Hey Mike: What a good samaritan you are....and I thank you for your support the past couple of years too :) :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

I just started AR. It has been a great resource for me. I've learned so much these past few months.

Posted by Vanna Siackhasone, Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663 (Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663) over 11 years ago


Welcome to Active Rain.  You're going to love it here!


Thanks for being the first to comment.  I think you're the very first Rainer who helped me with an AR question way back when...  THANKS!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Great photo-- but even a better story.  You are MR. Nice Guy!  At least I know that the turtle thinks so!

Posted by Debra Cernick (DeShazer Ryan Realty) over 11 years ago


That is a title that fits perfectly for this post.   The turtle was very happy you where there at the right time to help her.  Thank you for helping me discover Picasa.   It is always a pleasure to visit your blog and check out your latest photo and stories of Tucson.

Gerry's AR signature

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 11 years ago

Mike, I know the feeling. I think that we have all been there a time or two. Good points...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Nice picture of the box turtle Mike. I think I know how he feels. ;-)

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

Very subtle message and any ActiveRain reader will understand perfectly.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE! Ahhhh ... for the turtle and your post -- nice feature story! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Even when we are stuck -- it is nice to know that we need to "come out of our shell" and ask or look for help!!!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, What a great post. Very sweet!

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) over 11 years ago


I do think that the thanks goes to you for always giving as much or more than you receive.  Nice post sir and congrats on the feature.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

That is a nice story and I love the picture. I agree AR is a great place where people are willing to help each other.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 11 years ago

Great post, very worthy of that gold star! You certainly took that photo op and applied it to all of us.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

"Ok, I'm stuck. .  .if I could only roll to my right. . ..HELP!!!!!"

that's why we need each other.

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 11 years ago

Mike, I love the picture and your explanation of stuck between a rock and a hard space.  Also, thanks for helping the turtle!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 11 years ago


I hope you're not going turtle on us? "pulling in... appendages and "clamming up."

Great photo and nice story!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Ok we all need a little help from our friends every now and then. Thanks for the post that reminds me of that.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Great picture Mike. I've been in that position many times. It's always a good feeling when someone comes along and gives us a helping hand when we need it the most

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Great motivational message for a Monday morning to get the week off to a great start.  And thanks for helping the turtle!!

Posted by Yvette Gardner (Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC) over 11 years ago

The Turtle had a great day. Helping Turtles or human beings makes their day and yours. Everybody gets something out of it.

Posted by Anne Hensel, Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island (South Beaches Real Estate Professionals) over 11 years ago

Mike:  You need to sell this pic to Comcast.  They use the turtles in their marketing ... it'd be perfect!  Thanks for the chuckle ...

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 11 years ago

Mike, what a perfect shot and a perfect sentiment.  ActiveRain is a perfect place for us box turtles to get help!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer Inc) over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting.  AR is my favorite forum for that very reason.


You're welcome.  I really like the Comcast commercials.


Winners all around!

Yvette & Dennis,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.  That's a happy turtle now.

Broker Bryant,

Yes it is!  Good to see you; best to your Darling.


That's right!  And you're welcome.


I haven't gotten shy; Ginny is still under the weather, and getting most of my time.  Thanks for the email last Friday.


I'm glad you like it.  Thanks for taking time to comment.


We sure do need each other.


Thanks for saying so; I'll see you on your blog.


You may not know it, but you're one of the Active Rainers who helped me more than a year ago with one of your posts.  Thanks!


It's good to see you;  thanks for being one of my most loyal subscribers!


Thanks for commenting!  See you soon on your blog.


We all have to come out of our shell every once in awhile; what better time than when we need a helping hand?  Thanks for your comment.


You're one of Tucson's most helpful Rainers.  Thank you!


It's good to see you; thanks for stopping to read and comment.


I didn't make up the part about gender; I surprised the turtle couple at a delicate time earlier this spring.  He got all shy, while she took off running.  That's how she came to be stuck.  I guess you could say I precipitated her predicament!  LOL


It's true, isn't it?  I've been there more than a time or two.  :)


Thanks for being a subscriber; I'm glad to be friends with someone in Red Lodge, MT.


Thanks for commenting.  I'll have to come over to your blog and find out your real name.  See you soon.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike, very good analogy. When you're stuck, it doesn't hurt to ask for help.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago

I'm glad that the turtle trusted you. Sometimes I get frustrated when my clients move too slow, get stuck, and pull their heads in. From now on I will just grab them and set them on a level path. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 11 years ago

Life can certainly catch us off guard from time to time. It is always a welcome relief when a helping hand is extended. Hope this inspires anyone that reads your post to do their good deed for the day. Nice photo.  Hope she didn't pee on you, which is what they tend to do when picked up. :-)

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago


Great picture and great story. We all Need somebody or something we can count on in a pinch. Active Rain seems to be that place. I am new to AR but have seen the value almost immediately. I hope to learn much more from the more experienced Rainers!

Posted by Rich Cotton, Waterfront Specialist Cecil and Kent Counties MD (Rich Cotton The Waterfront Specialist EXiT Preferred Realty ) over 11 years ago

So far this the only Post besides for one that I made that had a picture of a Turtle. Good Job.

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) over 11 years ago


You're going to make us search for the post?  Give us a link!  LOL


I just visited your blog and read some of the 70 comments on your featured post.  I've added you as an associate as a result of that.  Rock on!


She didn't pee on me.  LOL


I hear you!


Thanks for coming by to comment.  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Ha, I love the story you nice man you. The turtle is cute too.

Have a great day.

Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth Nh Real Estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Can I get your permission to use this pix for some marketing? Wouldn't it be effective for marketing to distressed homeowners?

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 11 years ago

Great analogy Mike.  I've been there before as well, and someone in AR has always reached out and helped.  AR is a great networking community...

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 11 years ago

Mike - Great shot. I also look to the rain to solve problems that seem to be unusual at the time. I've been saving turtles in the road lately. They start across and then pull back into their shell when cars star to pass. It seems to be a daily occurrance right now.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Mike - Ms. BT is obviously pleading for a little help from a friend.  Glad you were there to give her a boost.  Isn't it amazing what a great feeling it is when we are able to engage in supporting each other?  Be it giving or receiving ...

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,  Isn't it great when some poor critter helps with such a nice post.  Well done.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 11 years ago

Mike- What a beautiful picture of that turtle.  Thank you for all the great posts and comments since I joined.  ActiveRain is definately the place to meet people that will reach out and help.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Very sweet post Mike, and congrats on the shiny new Mike's shiney new star - I think you get this one for helping a hard headed turtle friend...

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike~  Wow! What are the chances of you being there to help out our little friend?  Timing is everything.  It seems like everyone in the rain takes the time to help each other out, and for that, I am so thankful!  Great job, Mike!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 11 years ago


Thanks for the encouragement!


(Assuming that Lee didn't say "very sweet") LOL  Thanks for stopping by to comment!  See you soon on your blog.


You're another encouraging reader!  Thanks for being a subscriber.


Nature illustrates the human condition remarkably well, doesn't it?


I particularly appreciate your blog; thanks for stopping by.


You're a good guy, saving those turtles!


Yes it is!


I'll send you an email.  Of course you may use the photo.


Thanks for making me smile!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

LOL...funny picture!! It illustrates the phrase very well!

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) over 11 years ago

This reminds me of when I saw a turtle crossing the road and also saw an oncoming truck that I just knew would smash the little guy. I slammed the brakes, jumped out and tried to get the turtle out of the road. Well, the ungrateful little guy tried to bite me!! I helped him out of the road anyway (carefully!). All ended well, but it is similar to life in real estate.... I still try to help the ones who are ungrateful. I move on through life knowing I helped them despite of their lousy attitude!

Posted by Shelby Kyle (Texas Country Properties) over 11 years ago

Nice photo (as always) -- good to see you back on the Rain -- hope all is continuing to be well with you and yours.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

"Behold the turtle 

He makes Progress

only when

He sticks his neck out"

James Bryant Conant 1893 -1978 American, Chemist, Educator, President of Harvard 1933-1953, During WW2 Director of National Defense Research Committee, Deputy Director Office of Scientific Research and Development.

 A man who stuck his neck out!

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

What an appropriate topic for so many people, not just 'Rainers, these days.  When we're in a bind, there will probably be someone there to help us out.

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Very cute.

Posted by Realty Dot Com (Realty.com) (Realty.com) over 11 years ago

Mike...  You certainly are in the right place at the right time!    Great post, you always my favorite blogger to turn to when I am "stuck!"



Cheron Lange

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Awww, Mike.  Great photo and story to go with it.  That wasn't a tortoise shell.  It was a "see shell" as in "see shell, pick it up".

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

it's always good to help out someone or even a turtle in need

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Howdy there Mike

Sure am glad you were there, to give that there little ole Box Turtle a helping hand.

I bet she has gone around tellen all her friends about the fine man, that helped her out of the jam she was in.

You, my friend have also helped so many of us out here in the ActiveRain community. With all the fine tips you have posted for us to read and learn, how to be better folks, and blogers.

Thank you very kindly, for all that you have taught myself and so many others!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago

Great shot Mike and when I go hiking at Red Rock I get stuck like this sometimes!

Vegas Bob

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Vegas Bob,

LOL!  Me too, but in the Tucson Mountains.


You're an encouragement!  Thanks, my friend.


Right you are!


Thanks for commenting.  I think Sally sells sea shells...  see shells?  LOL


You're another encourager.  You have no idea what a blessing that is to me.


.com...  What's your name?

Jim & Maria,

It's good to see you; thanks for commenting.


I stick my neck out once in awhile...  Thanks for coming back and commenting again.


Same to you and Bob!  We're doing well.  See you on your blog.


When I was a kid in college, I was riding a dirt bike across an earthen dam.  Half way across was a big snapping turtle.  I stopped.  He wasn't going to move.  I nudged him softly with my front tire to get him to move.  That big head came around faster than greased lightning, and he sank his jaw into the side of my tire.  I walked all the way home, pushing that motorcycle.  The turtle never did leave his position as captain of the dam!


Yes it does.  :)  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hey Mike,

I know.  I'm a little slow.  That turtle could represent ME on ActiveRain!  LOL  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Mike, excellent analogy and an awesome photo to boot. Refreshing.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Great post.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 11 years ago

Mike - What a delightful post - but then most of your blogs are.  And the picture perfectly illustrates your words.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago


You're too kind!  (But I love it.)


Thanks for saying so!  :)


Thanks!  Hope all is well with your new ventures!  Much Success!


I don't think so!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hey man, how about a hand here?  I'm a little stuck and I can use some assistance.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

Mike, I agree with your point.  This is a great resource for all of us.  I love the help I can get in the rain when I need it. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Fantastic picture and story!  Loved it!

Posted by Tammy Deviley (RE/MAX Select REALTORS LLC) over 11 years ago

Mike, you are the king of the Photo Op!  What a funny thing to happen and how lucky for Mrs. Turtle that you were there to come to her rescue! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

Wow what a great photo to sum up between a rock and hard place.  You need to enter this in a contest somewhere.  And it needs a nice frame.  Great work.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 11 years ago

This is my very favorite photo! Just perfect and so are your words. You have helped so many and staying in contact makes me feel so special. Thanks for the yummy treat and good wishes!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago


You're so welcome.  When your book was published, it was an encouragement to me.  All the best to you and yours.

Tammy L,

The frame is a good idea!  Thanks for commenting.


I collect photos like some people collect stamps.  You never know when one will come in handy.  :)

Tammy D,

You're welcome!  Thanks for commenting.


You're right on the money!  This community rocks!


Hey, it's good to see you.  It's been too long since I've visited your blog.  I'll correct that right about NOW.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

Your turtle reminds me of Jonathan - the last thing that he did was to build his son a wonderful turtle on Longboat Key, Florida, which we named BOB.  Now, as you know Ryan just loves BOB's.  I loved your photo and how cool was that - that you happened to be in that spot and rescue him.  I think Jonathan's giving you a helping hand.  Love Ya, Sis-in-law.


Posted by Kathie Morgan over 11 years ago

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