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

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 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.

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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
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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??

Oct 06, 2007 11:04 AM #15
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Sandy Noll
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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!
Oct 06, 2007 07:30 PM #16
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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.
Oct 06, 2007 07:48 PM #17
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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.

Oct 07, 2007 12:18 AM #18
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Dan Forbes
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Great job with this post, Mike.  You get a big 5 from me.  "Best of the Meme's" award.

Oct 07, 2007 03:22 AM #19
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Cheryl-Anne Priest
Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary - Calgary, AB
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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.
Oct 07, 2007 07:59 AM #20
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Ann Heitland
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Absolutely wonderful post, Mike!
Oct 07, 2007 08:02 AM #21
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 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

Oct 07, 2007 01:25 PM #22
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Cheryl-Anne Priest
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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.
Oct 07, 2007 03:40 PM #23
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Kathy McGraw
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Mike,

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.

Oct 08, 2007 02:10 AM #24
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 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

Oct 08, 2007 11:03 AM #25
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Lucky Lang
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Mike,

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 :)

Oct 10, 2007 02:16 PM #26
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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

Oct 10, 2007 04:16 PM #27
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Lucky Lang
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Mike,

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

Lucky :)

Oct 10, 2007 10:59 PM #28
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You're welcome, Lucky!

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

Oct 11, 2007 12:51 AM #29
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Sandy Noll
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And he has a sense of humor too!!!! 
Oct 11, 2007 07:14 PM #30
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Dale Baker
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Howdy Mike

I really liked reading more about you.

I can also say that grubs are very fine eating.

Have a good one

Dale

Oct 14, 2007 02:24 AM #31
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Doreen McPherson
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Wow, So I think I didn't know you yet when you wrote this...  there's a slaughtered sentence.  ;-)  

This IS very cool!!

Nov 08, 2011 09:25 PM #32
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Karen Otto
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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.

Nov 09, 2011 01:28 AM #33
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Mike,

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

I'd missed it.

Fascinating!

Bill

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