The Leaning Tower of Me-za

Mortgage and Lending with Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611 NMLS #208860

me and tyson in our boat About a month ago Kate Bourland bestowed upon me the wonderful honor of a Me-Me nomination.  In true loan officer fashion, I closed this transaction in 30 days.  Here we go folks.

A Handful of Things You May or May Not Want to Know About Me:

1.  A life supply of red pens.  Before the mortgage biz, I actually taught high school English for 12 years.  Loved almost every second of it and I miss it every day.  It's tough for me to read the blatant improper use of the word pairings there/their and your/you're from Active Rain members, but I'm learning to let it go.  Or is it goe?

2.  What lovely book ends.  I've written a book.  It's called GET BIG.  I even got a publisher in Atlanta to pick it up, but I haven't had time to revise it.  The main character is a skinny high school kid that gets bullied and then begins to lift weights to exact his revenge.  Yeah, I know.  Just finish the thing.

3.  The sound of music.  I've composed a CD of grammar rap and guitar songs.  See #1 and you'll know why.  Eventually, my disc Grammar Tyme, will be released and such hits as Capitalize Me, Silent E, Dear Webster, and It's All About the Dickinson will fill the airwaves.  I even have a rapper persona named Tic Tac.  Scary I know, but my students loved it.  And I know the rest of the world will too.

4.  Keep it in the family.  I have an amazing wife of 8 years named Meadow, and a 10 month old son named Tyson.  They are the drivng force behind everything I do.  I really couldn't ask for anything more in life.  We enjoy boating, tennis, snowboarding, drooling, eating with our hands, playing peek-a-boo, and swimming.

5.  Get a job.  I've been a lot of things to a lot of people.  Just to name a few: hotel dishwasher, camp counselor, golf course maintainer, dental assistant, grocery store clerk, lifeguard at a Days Inn, personal trainer at Bally's, snow shoveler, restaurant manager, copy writer for a novelty item company, teacher, tutor, mold injection machine operator, door to door greeting card salesman, newspaper subscription telemarketer, housesitter, floor sweeper for a steel factory, rock remover on a horse racetrack, and even a professional model.  OK.  I lied about the last one.

And now, in the glorious tradition of Me-Me-ifying, I am tapping the virtual shoulders of the following fine folks:

Jim Skal of Oxford Mortgage

Jeff Fullmer, Idaho's Loan Expert

Rich Sweum of Homestead Mortgage


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Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Nice meme the grammar cd idea, nice way to teach kids, you don't look like a rapper though :)_
Feb 06, 2008 03:35 PM #1
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I love your post!  I have to say, I can totally relate to the improper spelling of words. I was an English major and those mistakes stand out like a sore thumb to me. That, and there is spell check so there should be no spelling errors. I have to admit, that sometimes I don't use spell check because I am in a hurry and my typing DOES leave something to be desired at times, so I am guilty of it too! I would love to hear your CD sometime! It sounds cute. I have to ask, exactly what does a mold injection machine operator do? When I first read that, I pictured you holding a syringe injecting mold into things! :) Now I realize that you must have been injecting some substance into a mold...

Any way, it was nice to learn about you and I will see you around the Rain! (I also really like your wife's name. Meadow is beautiful!)

Feb 06, 2008 05:02 PM #2
Dan Forbes
Bradenton, FL
Mike, I should have you proof-read all my stuff.  These meme's are always interesting.  Thanks for sharing about yourself.
Feb 06, 2008 10:58 PM #3
Mike Tullio
Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611 - Sarasota, FL
VP of Mortgage Lending

Mary.  I was a big fan of edutainment.  Kids are watching the TV hours upon hours a week with hundreds of scene changes every minute and then teachers expect to stand in front of a classroom and keep students angaged and interested.  It never made sense to me.  So I found ways to mix it up.  Throw on a grey hoodie sweatshirt and a big chain with a medallion, and I looked like a real rapper.  Or maybe I didn't.

Libby.  Thanks for the great post back.  Hey, I'm as guilty as the rest of them in the typo department, so I've learned to look the other weigh, oh, I mean way.  I'll post a copy of one of my songs on my blog sometime in the next few weeks, so check back and thanks for the kind words.

Dan.  For a nominal fee, I'd be glad to proofread your blog.  Ha!

Feb 07, 2008 12:26 AM #4
Jim Skal
Victorian Finance, LLC - Pittsburgh, PA

I'm baaaaackkkkk! 

I fell off the wagon and the wagon kept going!  But if nothing else, I am persistent and I finally caught up to the thing and grabbed a hold only to find that you're tapping me on the shoulder!!

So what?  Does that mean I have to do a Me-Me on my blog?  Is that it?

Mar 20, 2008 04:34 AM #5
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Mike ~ I like the way you entitled your five facts about you.  Your son is adorable!  I think it must be very interesting to write a book (although I basically just enjoy the reading end) and making a CD.  So, will you be going by the name "Grammar Rapper Mike"? ; )
Apr 11, 2008 05:30 AM #6
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