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Tagged For A Meme! Jungle Boy--Mike in Tucson

 South American 3-toed slothI got Memed!  Mike Mueller, a lender in California, notified me with a single word:  "Sorry."  He's a great lender.  Go check him out.

That smiling fellow on the left is not Mike Mueller.  It's a Three Toed Sloth from the jungles of Suriname, South America.  Top speed:  .15 mph  But I digress...

If you are new to Active Rain, you'll find that Meme themes make you smile.  Just hit the "Search" button up there, type in "meme," and be prepared to spend an hour learning about your AR neighbors. 

So:  5 things no one knows about Mike in Tucson... 

 Jaguar in the rainforest of South AmericaMeme Subtitle:  Things I learned as a teenager in the Rain-forest of South America where my family lived with the Tirio Indians . 

1.  I learned that while life is a lot of fun (you can't look at that sloth without smiling back,) we live in a dangerous world.  I learned that a man's first responsiblity in life is to care for and protect his family.  I've never forgotten the lesson.  I was at the World Trade Center when the bomb went off in the basement in 1993.

 The only way in and out of our station in the RainforestWe lived 350 miles back in the rain-forest, between the river and a grass airstrip.  The only contact with the outside world was by two-way radio.  Once a month, we would be visited by a jungle pilot bringing necessary stuff.  And mail!  It's important to keep in touch.

 "Delicious" means different things to different people.2. I learned that you eat what's put in front of you.  The word "delicious"means different things to different people.  "Tika-tineh" was the closest word in the language for delicious.  It meant "with fat."  Without sufficient fat in your diet, you'll die.  This man is eating a grub not unlike the ones in your lawn, except that this one's the size of a golf ball.  The skin gets discarded. I won't elaborate further.

 Palm grubsThe grubs are found in the heart of a certain palm. If you find one, you'll find eight or ten, and everyone stops what they're doing for a quick snack--roasted grub. Nutrition is where you find it.

 It's not hard to stand up in a canoe.3.  I learned that you can stand in a canoe to avoid the rocks while navigating down a rapids.  People find this hard to believe.  Look at a skateboarder, though, or a snowboarder, and you'll see the same sense of balance.  You can stand when the world seems to be shifting beneath your feet.  It's been a good life lesson.

 Fletching an arrow.4.  I learned that particular skills must be mastered in order to succeed in life.  An old Indian man taught me how to fletch an arrow in such a way that it would fly straight and true.  And the little yellow feathers?  They're just the artist's signature

Cock of the Rock5.  I learned to enjoy the exquisite beauty of God's natural world.  45 years later, I'm enjoying my childhood all over again, thanks to these old photos.  What memories are you making this week that will be indelible in your child's mind?

We in the Active Rain community are focused on the world of real estate.  It's such a narrow focus that we risk losing sight of the real world--the world of beauty and wonder that needs to be shared with our children, and our grandchildren. 

To my readers, thank you!  I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.  Three of you are about to get Meme'd!

Copyright Michael W. Jones
photos courtesy of my friend & contemporary, Joe Hill,
who worked with my Dad in literacy and translation in Suriname, South America

I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona 
Think of me as your local expert.

Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • October 05 2007 02:09AM


Three of you got tagged during the middle of the night. 
I'm looking forward to reading your Meme blogs real soon. 

You are:
Cindy Salino, Surprise, Arizona
Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home, Idaho,
Kevin Harper, Nampa, Idaho

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
MIKE:  This is, by far, one of the most fascinating Meme's that I've ever read.  You did a brilliant job of relating this experience to life lessons.  The graphics were a great addition to telling the story.  Thank you for sharing this.  I enjoy the Meme's, but this was much more than just a Meme.  Great job.
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 13 years ago

Mike, This is the most BEAUTIFUL meme I've ever read !  ....both in words and pictures.  What a fascinating life you lead as a teenager.  Why were you living there? I'd like to hear the whole story and I imagine I could listen to you for hours, if not days....

So many important and good lessons you learned there....the analogies are astounding.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 13 years ago

Mike, I like what you said much, much better than I like the pictures :-)


Posted by Steve Leung (Silicon Valley Real Estate) over 13 years ago

Meme's are becoming an art form.  This is absolutely beautiful, Mike!  

STUNNING life lesson there.  I'm always watching for them, that one's a keeper. 

Today you just may be my favorite blogger.  ;o) 

Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 13 years ago

What an awesome life you've lived! You probably learned more life lessons in 6 months living in the jungle than most people do in a lifetime of "regular" living. Your Meme is the best one yet that I've read!

You were raised by heroes because to me, that's what missionaries are.

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 13 years ago

Wow!  Mike, that is one great Meme!  I'm so glad you shared, and so quickly I might add.  My Meme was painfully hard to write.  Your seemed to fly right on out!  Good for you!


Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) over 13 years ago

Mike Jones did it again!! You always inspire me Mr. Jones!  I agree with all the commenters above, this is much more than a meme.  Perhaps you should go on Survivor- you could show all those wimps a thing or two about survival.  There is so much to do and explore in life.  We do need to exit our real estate lives and truly enjoy living.  If you don't, what point is there to go to work?   I work so I can play!

Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) over 13 years ago
Mike - What a wonderful childhood you must have had, away from our 'civilization' and learning about the true meaning of life! Thank you for sharing your memories and these photos with us!!!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 13 years ago
Mike-  thank you for a truly enjoyable read. I am absolutely fascinated with the upbringing you received as a child.  Your ability to relate specific events to life lessons is admirable.  In fact, I have to say, your overall writing is quite impressive-- maybe I misunderstood, but my impression is that you haven't been blogging long?  You have the presence of a seasoned writer-- nice job!
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 13 years ago

 Adam, you have the Gift of Encouragement!  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Jo, you'll find the answer to why I was raised in Suriname in my comments on a previous blog. 
Here's the link. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Steve, you didn"t like the grubs?  They have sort of a buttery, nutty taste.

 Sarah, The banner is on the wall in my office.

Linda, thanks for the encourageing comment!

Mike, I just read your meme!  Fantastic.  You're my html hero!

Ginger, you're exuberance is contagious!  Thanks for commenting.

 Bill & Barbara Jo, it wasn't all good.  As a 17-year-old, I came to the States to finish high school.  I didn't know a Mustang from a Grand Prix, and it took until my college years to acculturate to the US.  I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything, however.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago

Sandi, you slipped in a comment while I was doing some catching up.  Thanks for visiting.  I have been blogging since July.  Active Rain is my only blog so far.  As to the "seasoned writer," I have been writing for more than half a century, so I guess I'm not only "seasoned," I'm getting close to "done."  I love writing in any form, but especially in closed verse poetry.  Here's a link to an Active Rain blog of mine where I used poetry.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
Mike, what a fascinating meme you've written!  How long did you live in the rain forest of South America?  This is beautifully written and one of the most exciting meme's I've read here on Active Rain.  Thanks for sharing your life experiences.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 13 years ago
Hi Mike,
OK, I need to go back and edit my Memes.   They are much too dull in comparison with yours.  But wait, my life is dull in comparison so guess I'm stuck.  Seriously, this post is fascinating and the photos are amazing.  The cuisine is a little too exotic for my palate. :0)
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 13 years ago


Hi Mike...you must love being able to use those pictures! Did you take them or one of your folks?

This is the second time you've used that orange thing with one eye...I'm probably not seeing thr forest for the trees but....what is it??

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 13 years ago
Hi Mike!  This is a beautiful post!  I love how you applied life's lessons to your meme!  You are a brilliant writer and it's always a pleasure to read what you've written.  ps  I'm giving it a 5 too!
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 13 years ago
Wow Mike!!  Magnificent MeMe....being I just learned about what they are, I haven't read a lot but by your standards and others comments, this is setting a precedence for sure!! Amazing stories with messages included for life lessons learned. What more could you want?  Fantastic reading for me! Thanks. Greetings from Gilbert.
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 13 years ago

I'm getting behind on answering comments!

Brian, I was 12 when my parents moved to Suriname, and I came back to finish high school at age 16.

Cynthia, not so; no one's life is dull!  It takes getting up in years to realize that, I guess.  You're still just too young!

 Joan, I do love using these pictures!  Joe Hill, who was two years ahead of me at Pennsauken High School in NJ, went to Suriname and worked with my Dad in literacy and translation work.  Joe raised his family there, and took my Dad's place in translation work after my folks came back to the US for  my Mother's health.  The world is so small; Joe and his wife retired here in Tucson.  His son digitized some of his photos, most of which were originally slides for projection, and I only got these last week for the first time. 

The orange bird with the crest is called Cock of the Rock, and is indigenous to South American rainforests.  There's a good article in Wikipedia about the bird.  I'm a fly fisherman, and have the skin on one (from 40 years ago) in my fly tying desk.

 Sandy, I must be brilliant, because my mother called me "son."  LOL  God gives different skills to different people; I love to write, but I struggle with being a businessman.  Thanks for commenting!

Candace, back at you from Tucson!  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago

Great job with this post, Mike.  You get a big 5 from me.  "Best of the Meme's" award.

Posted by Dan Forbes over 13 years ago
Mike - absolutely fascinating life you led as a teenager.  Have you carried on the "tradition" and filled your adult lfe with the same excitement and experiences?  when I grow up I want to be able to "blog" like you do - pictures and all.  I agree with Ginger , you should be on Survivor.  Contestants would have a real struggle competing with you.
Posted by Cheryl-Anne Priest, Inviting Spaces - Staging Calgary (Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary) over 13 years ago
Absolutely wonderful post, Mike!
Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 13 years ago

 Dan, thanks for the encouragement!  It means a lot, coming from you.

Cheryl-Ann, I do jump into things with both feet.  Check out my post Brand Yourself, and you'll see what I mean.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Ann, I appreciate you.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
Mike - I read your blog "Brand Yourself" some time ago.  It was a good blog and I see what you mean about jumping in with both feet.  Looking through your blogs I can see that I have missed a lot so I plan on taking the time tomorrow to read through them.  Thanks.
Posted by Cheryl-Anne Priest, Inviting Spaces - Staging Calgary (Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary) over 13 years ago


Being redundant I will add "nice".....The lessons learned were my favorite part.......it is amazing some of the lessons we learn that carry us through life.  What a fantastic opportunity you had living there.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 13 years ago

 Cheryl-Ann, thanks for subscribing to my blog!  I appreciate your readership.

Kathy, the lessons learned are what each of us hopes will happen for our own children.  Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago


WoW!  What an incredible meme!  You are now listed in my alphabetical meme list.  Check it out when you get a chance:

Meme Tutorial and Alphabetical Index of all Memes on Active Rain!

Great Job!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) over 13 years ago

Lucky, please edit a link in your comment to take my readers to your alphabetical meme list!  Thanks for the compliment, too.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago


Thanks for asking for the link!  I hope that it is a help for the newly tagged memers!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) over 13 years ago

You're welcome, Lucky!

Readers, see the link three comments up to the alphabetical list of Active Rain Memes by Lucky Lang.

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
And he has a sense of humor too!!!! 
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 13 years ago

Howdy Mike

I really liked reading more about you.

I can also say that grubs are very fine eating.

Have a good one


Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 13 years ago

Wow, So I think I didn't know you yet when you wrote this...  there's a slaughtered sentence.  ;-)  

This IS very cool!!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 9 years ago

I just read this for the first time Mike, you are indeed a man of many journeys. I find this so fascinating and encouraging to read. I love how God has put you in the path of so many people (via the internet) to share the beauty & life lessons of/in His earthly kingdom.

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 9 years ago


I'm so glad you told me where to find this.

I'd missed it.



Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 9 years ago

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