Education that counts; experience is how I learned,
and giving others experience – Page is how I teach.
I have always been healthy and happy. After my Vietnam Experience, my attitude about life has been bright and as an optimist, but I stay prepared and ready for the unexpected. I learned, “Things don’t go as expected” (Beware of the 10% Blog). I have never been good about standing in line for anything (independent and prepared). I think outside the box, not easily intimated, and have had no fear of the unknown.
I, personally, have been threatened or attacked (some multiple times) by cattle, wild dogs, a buzzard, an armadillo, street gangs, sexual predator, drunks, robbers, hooligans, crazed horses, drug motivated individuals and/or groups, gorillas/rebels, corrupt/power induced government officials, police, and military (in and outside the United States).
These stories are some examples of how I have learned and how I presently live my life, more stories are in my books Mike’s World, “Live It”and“Book of Life”, and an urban and rural survival guide from social, personal, and situational turmoil from Natural or Man-Made Disasters, “Staying Alive and Fruitful”. Who is No Stress Mike Page
Can you see the light?
I was doing a no no, traveling at night in Mexico when we came to a military road block. As they were going through the cab of my pick up one of them found my 3 cell mag flashlight. When he turned it on the whole place lite up as they all smiled with joy, the one in charge came over and took the flashlight.
He looked at it and turned it off and on, smiled and said, “Confiscate!”. And with a big grin on my face I said, “No” and keep my smile.
He repeated, “Confiscate”, but with a much more firm voice. I repeated with the same stupid smile, “No”. He looked around to all his men and said, I think, “Didn’t I say it right?” and all his men shook their as if they all agreed.
Then he turned to my travel companion and said, “Tell the gringo “confiscate” means I am going to take the flashlight and he has no choose.”
I was standing next to the front of the truck when my companion told me, “Confiscate means they are going to take the flashlight”. Loudly with intense anger I slapped the hood of the truck hard and said, “No” with a mean face and a long pause I quietly said. “I’m scared of the dark!”
Everyone jumped back even my companion as I startled them when I hit the truck. Then the commander asked my companion what I said. When he told them, they all stood there amazed, and then, they all started laughing. The commander gave me back the flashlight and said, “Loco Gringo, vamoose!” and we went on our way.
More on this story and others in my book Mike’s World, “Lived It” on amazon.com
Bribing and Negotiating are Useful Tools
As good Americans we are unaccustomed to how the bribing system words. First thing, I believe, just like with everything else, there is good and bad bribing. When the attitude is self advancement while others suffer and few benefit, bribing is bad. If no one is harmed in anyway and others benefit by your gesture of your generosity or actions, a bribe is a good thing. It is more as if you are sharing with others. That is why I would rather use my skills than money. When things get really bad, you will not have enough money. If you have enough, someone will kill you for it. For years and still now I tend to get stubborn and refuse to pay if I feel it is extortion.
One time we were crossing a border and experienced a lot of difficulty. My rich companion was scared and tipping everyone too much (up to $100), drawing the wrong kind of attention, putting both of us in danger. Once I figured out it was just an attempt to put the squeeze on us (extortion), I told my companion, “From this point on, I am the rich American and I am paying you to guide me. If any money changes hands, it will come from me.” Normally I do not lie, but when my life hinges on the next few seconds, anything goes. Usually my mystic life is enough to put doubt in the mind of my threat.
I pulled back, took my time, and found a man that worked with people to help them cross (that was his job, not a way to scam money). I knew I would be back through so I wanted to find a long term fix. As he was explaining to me how the system works I knew I was going to need his help now and may be in the future. As we talked he mentioned he had a son, we talked more and time went by. Later I told him we have a Chinese custom that the number one son needs to own gold and I wanted to be the first to give him some gold. Then I reach in my stash and pulled out a coin and gave it to him and told him, “This is for your son.”
His eyes opened widely as he gasped for air. He took it with a genuine thank you. Later he got us through without any hassles, at a lower price than was quoted earlier. Even now, we are good friends and whenever I cross he gets me through fast with no problems. Everything I told him was true and sincere. Some people call that a bribe, but to me I needed help, and if I can help another in any way I will. It just so happened the coin can help the whole family and it was a real 1/10 ounce gold coin (I had less than $40 in it).
Worth is in the eyes of the beholder. You heard, “Ones man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” That is why you need options. Worth does not necessarily need to be of great value. Anything that is pretty in appearance, useful, or odd, can have value beyond belief. I would rather use my skills and knowledge to influence others, other then using money. Before the end of our journey my companion ran out of money, but my skills and know how got us through the adventure.
More on this story and others in my book Mike’s World, “Lived It” on amazon.com
Trouble in Miami
Zena and I stopped in Miami, Florida, for gas on our way to the Florida Keys as I was looking to find a boat so we could get a ride.
One block off the interstate the Miami police stopped me. Whenever the police stop me I get off the motorcycle, put up an umbrella to shade Zena (I know it will take a long time to get through the mess), raise my hands in the air (I carry a gun), and wait for instruction.
The police don’t like it when you do anything without being told, so right from the start they are ready to ticket me, they are just not sure what for. And I do give them plenty of reasons.
* I do not follow their orders (I do not stop where they want me to stop and get off the bike, traffic gets dangerous as people watch Zena on the motor cycle and I put up an umbrella for Zena because I know it will take some time)
* I carry a gun and other scary stuff (I am a counter-terrorist, what kind of tools you think I use?)
* A big dog on the front of my motor cycle has to be illegal (animal abuse in their mind)
* The motor cycles looks overloaded and is a accident waiting to happen (that is right, but I have never got a ticket for that)
* I have a 2004 tag, which is a legally, and the bike is registered in Spanish, in Central America (everyone has a 2004 tag)
After they start asking questions it gets worse for me, they will have a lot of subjects to write plenty of tickets.
The policeman started asking questions, I was cooperating until he said he was going to take the dog (Zena). I am over 2,000 miles from home, I did nothing wrong, and I don’t know anyone in Miami.
I was getting ready to tell the policeman he cannot take my dog, which will lead to a bad situation. What would you do? I learned from that situation to ask for their supervisor, some people that are given authority do not know how to use it and that puts us all in danger.
Then a lady in the crowd of 20-30 people watching the dog on the motorcycle, said, “Mike, you almost made it, I live right here.” as she was walking towards us. The policeman asked, “Do you know this guy?” She paused and then said, “Yes.” She had no idea why they stopped me, all she knew, I was in trouble and how bad can a guy be riding with a dog on a motorcycle? The sign on the side of the bike said, “NoStressMike.com” so my name must be Mike.
The lady walked up and said, “Let me take the dog and you two can talk business.” Zena is leash trained, so she took Zena while I was ticketed for having a dog on a motorcycle. After the police left, we loaded Zena in her car and we left the county and then we loaded up and started back to Oklahoma. Later I was told that they like writing tickets in Miami because they know people will still come back and their court system is setup so a ticket would be hard and expensive to fight.
From that experience I learn with stupid police ask for the supervisor, you will still get a ticket but the situation will calm and safer for everyone. One time I was stopped and had 5 supervisors and the bomb squad before the got away clean.
Convenience Store Shooting (January 2007)
I relocated to start a new office in Topeka, Kansas, the end of 2006, the middle of December, the ice cream shop 2 blocks from my office was robbed. What kind of criminal robs an ice cream shop, sticks a gun in the face of a 16 year old girl, takes her money and then pistol whips her. I’m from a small town (700 population), so violent crime is usually limited. So I though I should probably put to use my God given right to protect myself and my Oklahoma concealed carry privilege.
Approximately 8:45 PM, Friday January 19, 2007, my friend and cousin, owns a convenience store, and was trying to convince me I needed to buy this one from him. Customers came in and out routinely while we talked. I wasn’t there more then 10 minutes when.
I heard a male voice say “This is a robbery, give me the money”. I looked up and there are 2 masked males, one pointing a large hand gun at the clerk, my friend. The demands continued with no prevail. Then the gunman looked at me, and then he turned the gun towards me. I responded, the gunman went down and the second man went out the door. Not knowing if the gunfight was over or if there were more, I persuade, but I knew the situation was over as the second man ran down the street.
As of January 1 of 2007, Kansas had its own concealed carry law go in affect. I believe this incidence was the first time concealed carry was use to stop a crime in progress in the state of Kansas. I learned and teach, when faced by two or more threats, high capacity magazine is a minimum in firepower and an AK-47 for a backup.
In the late 80’s I started training S.W.A.T. Teams in counter terrorism, specializing in hostage rescue. Hot Spot Tactics Page And to this day, in the private sector, I teach personal safety, counter-terror/kidnapping. So the use of violence and weapons are common tools in my life style. Who is No Stress Mike – Page Most people don’t make plans for personal safety, and now a days self-defense isn’t widely exercised, so you can imagine the community and the criminal elements’ surprise when someone would have the moral fiber to protect himself and others. More about this story in my book Mike’s World, “Book of Life” on amazon.com
The would be robber healed up, escaped from custody again, the first time I shot him he had escaped for 30 days, The police offered me protection, the guy I shot and other gang members came to my house with the intent to kill me and my family. But that is another story and will be in my final book, “Diary of a Dead Man”.
This is outside looking in, I was by the pop machine. The robber with the gun was just inside the window.
They keep the window in for a reminder of the shooting, but after time it started breaking more, so it had to be removed.
This was my carry at the time of the attempted robbery. It is a left or right hand draw.
I was being watched so I drew with my left hand and shot with my right hand.
After the gang came to my house for revenge, I change my carry to cover a threat of up to 12 gang members.
This whole experience showed me all people need to know what I know, and now I offer classes to those who’s lives means as much to them as
mine does to me. Ideas in my booklet, blogs, class, and tactics “Win a Gunfight” really work, I beat my life on it.
Hot Spot Tactics Page, Publications and Classes Page, “Book of Life”, and being prepared Hot Spot Ready List Page
Freedom Starts In Your Mind
Living Free is Not Easy
I have always heard, “Freedom is not free!” The obvious is our ancestors and our military has paid the ultimate/maximum price, with their lives. I feel, we all have an obligation to live a full free life that we were honored to receive, this brings us to another saying, “Use It or Lose It!” I was born with God Given Freedoms, Constitutional Rights, and I am not afraid to use my strength and abilities to protect my free will. All my life I have taken reticule for the way I have lived my life, “Outside the box”. Being self-employed requires using your own mind and imagination; certifications, regulations, and rules do not allow a person to excel, but only holds people back from releasing the greatness from within.
I believe my strong desire and ability to defend myself mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually, was the corner stone of the strength needed to feel and live “Free”. To get to that level you have to be prepared and have a plan, and when you are at that level you have a degree of confidence which will help you seek more from life. With confidence, you apply effort, which leads to experience. This experience is something to build on; if you are not capable for the next step you will be scared to take that next step. It is a series of steps, positive and negative, that prepare you for the experiences you need to build strength to succeed in reaching for the stars. Remember, it is the act of reaching for the stars that is meaningful, there are always more stars. Who is No Stress Mike Page
I Stand Behind My Beliefs
I have so much fun all the time it is hard for me to imagine using the violent talents I acquired through the years. I don’t feel or act any different then when I was younger, other then now I carry a gun. Most all the violent acts I have been involved in, I was out numbered and out gunned.
Without an uncontrollable temper there is no problem with anger, even my wife find it amazing how I can keep my cool (she does have a temper). I learned along time ago there is no reason to be alarmed if you have a Plan A. With a plan I have something to focus on, sometimes I do get scared, but I stick to the plan.
I really believe we all have the power to control our own lives and destiny, but most choose to give that responsibility to someone else or sell their soles to a misdirected belief that a house, job, or government is their security, instead of investing in ourselves, family, friends, skills, knowledge, gold, and silver. Weak peers and sheeple will hold you down, rise above the ridicule and stand strong with the strong.
My spiritual beliefs have me focus on sharing and helping others, when I can and they let me. I have no fear because I know the difference between right and wrong. I do what is right and I carry a gun (or weapon of choice) for what is wrong. That is a metaphor for doing good and not fearing the bad. We all live and die by what we believe. Freedom is Not Free
The death of my wife was an assassination (June 12, 1949 – August 9, 2012), all done while under medical care. The medical community is known for its role in legally killing, they literally have a license to kill. Common knowledge in Central America.
* Procedure when a loved one is in the hospital – rated PG
* Medical Terrorism – rated R
* Tribute to my wife – Ana Elizabeth Mah
* You need to talk to me personal to get the documented and witnessed details of how and why the assassination was done.
Now I share my vast real-life knowledge and experience with those which cherish Freedom (in Health and Safety) as much as I. I have paid and still pay a high price for the Freedom I enjoy. Freedom is Not Free
If you have read my books and Blogs or watched my DVDs and YouTube videos you know I practice unconventional methods of Staying Alive and Fruitful. My God has tested me and has entrusted me with a power to be shared with other Freedom Loving People. If you think I may be able to benefit you in your pursuit of happiness, I hope we get a chance to visit.
Stupid Government Acts
Some consider this TREASON