YES… I randomly call 3 people a day in my phone contacts “just to say HI!”

I’ve been doing this for many years. I just pick a letter in the alphabet and go to my contacts on my cell phone and choose a person to call. I say to myself, it’s been awhile since I’ve talk to so-and-so. When they answer, I say “HI ______  I’m just calling to say HI! That leads to many responses…

Hi, I’m doing good.

Hi, What are you selling?

Hi, How you doing?

Hi, How’s things going?

The challenge somedays is that a good number of people, just don’t answer their cell phones. If they answer, and believe me that seems odd to say, but lots of people don’t!

Be different, answer your phone!📱 

Back when people only had landlines, INSERT: A millennium: What’s a landline phone?  LOL  We just picked up the phone and said, “hello.” Now people seldom answer their cell phone. It’s called a cell phone because it’s probably on your body, right next to your body or near your body and people look at who is calling and then they choose to answer it or not. That’s just incredibly rude. Am I the only one that thinks that way? I am the most important person calling you right now when your phone rings, so answer it! I’m in the business of that unknown caller could be my next best client and wouldn’t that be wonderful. The old adage: I don’t recognize that number so I’m not a answering it… if you are my child and I’m calling you, my name is recognizable, so answer the phone when I call. 

So, beginning today…… DO SOMETHING!  Call random people in your contacts……………………… AND, answer your cell phone. You will amazed at some of the great conversations you can have with people

 

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There is way too much more in life than Covid19.

What a wonderful feeling this is: being grateful for life.

Grateful things in my my life:

My wife. Who is the hardest working woman that I know. What she does for her family and me can’t always be talked about with words. Just witnessing with my own 2 eyes as to what she does for people is heartbreaking. She does for others where others are not expecting something, I’ve seen her randomly give my girls and grandchildren something just to do it. She never expects anything in return. The kindness in her heart is just what she gives, She would do anything for anybody and the fanfare is not something that she publicly needs to announce to the world. I love her.

 

My 3 girls. Who when they were little would depend on me to get them to school and pick them up. Very seldom did they take a bus to school. It was just my thing to do that for them. My life job was always flexible enough that I could do that. If it wasn’t me then it was there grandfather, Ted. Who passed away a few years ago, I miss him. Now I see my  daughters married to their husbands and they all have 2 children and I see them all grown up and juggling work, daycare, being responsible Moms to their children and husbands and enjoying life through it all. I love them.

 

My 6 grandchidren, soon to be 7. Just the fact that we are so blessed to have them in our life is wonderful. There was a time when we didn’t see our oldest and only grandson because they lived 2 1/2 hours away, but now they are live in Northwest Indiana and close to us. When our first granddaughter was born I said I would watch her 3 days a week which has kept me young. Yes, I was changing diapers again at the young age of 56. As my girls starting having more children I kept saying that I would watch them. Making a long story short I’m watching 4 grandchildren 4-days a week. They all are able to call me Grandpa now. It doesn’t always actually sound like Grandpa, but I know that they are trying. All of them come running to me when I see them to call me Grandpa and give me a hug. That’s wonderful. I love them.

 

My Mom and Dad. Yes, my Mom is 88 and my Dad is 87. For the most part still healthy and living at home. AS few years ago my Mom broke her hip when she fell down and she was dependent on me. I flew to Florida in heartbeat to be there for her. My Dad even though my Mom says he can’t cook for himself quickly learned that I wasn’t there to cook for him but to be at the hospital for my Mom and see that she was transferred to a rehab center safely and that she had everything she needed, My Mom can be a PITA sometimes but I do love her and all of her shenanigans. Recently I spoke to her on the phone and she said some lady in her retirement park said my Mom was a negative person. My Mom said, “I don’t like her anyways.” I just laughed because at 88 years old there was nothing I could of said that was going to changer her mind. That’s just Mom. Dad was a man who worked for the same utility company his entire life. Yes, he only had 1 job his entire working career. That’s unheard of these days. He worked hard and played hard. When he retired at 55, they shortly thereafter moved to Florida to be near my grandfather and step-grandmother, who have both since passed. My Dad walked daily, played tennis and golf and was one of those coffee club guys. Now those days are gone. He has very few words to say on the phone but still seems happy when I do talk to him. I love them.

 

My job(s). I wouldn’t really say that I’m grateful for my job(s) because I really don’t have a job that I to report to every. I’m grateful for my flexibility. I own a business that doesn’t require me to be constantly marketing for. I’m just there when people need something. I’m in the decorated apparel business. I also do baseball and softball umpiring for high school, youth and adult men. It’s a trying career because I try to umpiring gigs all over Northwest Indiana. This past winter I even did some umpiring in some indoor domes. My last gig was 3 games one night with the first game starting at 9pm at night. I always do behind the dish (home plate), so that night was a triple-header with a hit the pillow at 1:30am. So I consider myself #halfretired I live a charmed life.

 

My friends/acquaintances. I wouldn’t say I really have any close friends. Not that guy that I hang out with and drink a few beers every week. Some people say I know everyone, when in reality, I know everyone that knows everyone. Think about that for a second. I see so many people doing an ISO on facebook and I used to respond to those but then at 8pm at night they are still researching who to use. I’m not saying who I suggested might of been the best or the worst, but if they would of called them there ISO would of been done. My best is the appliance fixer. I know a guy who owns a company that if you need an appliance fixed and you call his company before 10am, he comes the same day. He never fails me on that. I also work elections. I’ve been an Inspector for both the primary and general elections now for a few years. I have never done it for the pay, I do it to see people. Those people you see twice and year but yet when you talk to them it’s like we are long lost friends. I’ve always been a people person. Not afraid to talk to anyone about anything. It’s just the nature of my beast.

 

My hobbies. Some people think I should get a hobby. Actually, I have plenty of hobbies. I’m a cross-stitcher, a painter, a fisherman (although I have yet to catch any fish), I do my own landscaping, this year we planted a garden (out first time with this one), I write a blog that I started in 2011 after I lost 135# and flew to NY to be live on The NBC Today Show. I told my weight loss story worldwide and had my 5-minutes of fame on National TV.

 

My cancer. Yes, I was diagnosed with skin cancer in February 2020. I had a nickel size spot on my left shoulder that never healed. I had successful basal cell melanoma surgery on April 8, 2020. It has completely healed and my shoulder is back to normal. My sun days will be a little different now. My sun goddess days are over. Life is more important than having a sun colored body! For the people who want to get that vitamin D by being in the sun, just wear a hat, use lots and lots of sunscreen and never, ever go to a tanning bed. I encourage you to not sit around in the sun just to get some Vitamin D!

 

Very rarely do I watch the news on tv. It’s depressing for 20-minutes and then I go to bed. Everything is Breaking News. It’s easy to get caught up in that. But, it’s better for me to turn off the tv and cross-stitch or paint than to watch the news. Most of my news story I see are on social media.

 

Just like I said in the title of this blog… Being grateful for life. What a wonderful feeling!

 

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#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #NoExcuses

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April 7, 2020 @ 9:15 p.m.

My first exposure to a real sunburn was 41 years ago when I was on my honeymoon at the young age of 20. We went to DisneyWorld for the very first time and I laid in the sun for more hours than I really should of and spent that night with aloe vera as my bed partner. I was as red as a tomato. It was that sunburn of a doozy that I realized that I would spray my body excessively with sun screen feverishly and that would solve my sunburns forever.

I even got to the point that when I knew I was going on vacation to a warmer climate that I would go tanning to get some color prior to my plane landing to wherever I was headed.

I did that many years, even though my Dad had melanoma cancer on his face due to sitting in the sun and he has had many surgeries. He was always in the sun at work and then he sat in a lawn chair in front of the garage in the sun after work and on the weekends.

FAST FORWARD… to February 2019, I noticed an exposed skin mark on my left shoulder that would just never go away. My doctor said she would treat it with a cream and see if that heals it. Well after a year of waiting and hoping, it didn’t. I asked for a Dermotologist referral and she took a biopsy which a week later determined it was basal-cell carcinoma skin cancer. I scheduled my surgery that day which was back in February 2020. The first available appointment was April 8, 2020. I’m writing this on the evening of April 7, 2020 as my mind is racing with many thoughts and fears. I’m not one to accept fear, because I always say “FEAR NOTHING.” Just GO DO IT! Tomorrow, I might feel different about Fear!

I’m going under the knife in 12 1/2 hours to have Mohs Surgery. The cure rate is 97% to 99.8% for primary basal-cell carcinoma, which is what I have.

I will continue this blog after my surgery, until then… This is what I say to each and every one of my grandchildren when I see them and they go home, See Ya” Next Time!

(continued)… April 8, 2020 @ 10:13 a.m.

The first initial surgery took about 10 minutes and it was the size of a dime. They told me that the basal cell carcinoma that they cut out would be frozen and tested.  I should go wait in the car for the results to see if they have to cut anymore out. I got the call at 10:50 a.m. that they were ready for me. Dr. G. had to cut even more out and now the size of the cut was up to a nickel size round. More car waiting. 

April 8, 2020 / 12:35 p.m.

We got it all! No more cancer and 9-stitches in my arm! No heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks so that the stitches stay in and don’t pop out!

My days of sitting around in the sun are over.

As a man that is 60 years young, I highly recommend that people shouldn’t just sit in the sun or go to tanning beds. Skin cancer attacks 1 in 7 Americans each year.

This was a scary morning as I never ever thought I would have to have skin cancer surgery.

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April 15, 2020 / One week post-op on my successful basal cell carcinoma skin cancer removal. My shoulder is starting to itch from the 9 stitches that I have, so I know it’s starting to heal. I’m changing the bandage every day like the doctor said. 

 

April 22, 2020 / All 9 stitches removed and the surgery was a SUCCESS!

#ThisIs60YearsYoung

During the night I ran right smack into a door jamb in the dark where my wound was and split it wide open. What a doofus! After cleaning up all the blood I put on my own steri-strips and hit the bed. Tossing and turning and worrying about the possibility of having more stitches put back in, I finally decided to get up. It was 5am. So, I made coffee, saw the sunrise…

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and finished my painting…

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April 23, 2020 / I went to the Dr. office at 9am when they opened. Both my nurse and Dr. said I did a good job self-mending myself with the steri-satrips. It’s gonna be a good day! No more stitches! I had successful basal cell carcinoma skin cancer surgery on a shoulder on April 8, 2020! 💥

My sun goddess days are over. Life is more important than having a sun colored body!

For the people who want to get that vitamin D by being in the sun, just wear a hat, use lots and lots of sunscreen and never, ever go to a tanning bed.

I encourage you to not sit around in the sun just to get some Vitamin D!

Wear a hat, long sleeve shirts and lots & lots of sun screen…………….

 

#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #NoExcuses

Rick Gosser

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Right Field Was Out!

Posted: April 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

I called a friend of mine this morning from my landline phone to his landline phone. I asked him how his day was going? He said this week has been better than last week. In the discussion, I mentioned I googled, “What Did We Do Before Social Media?” The answers were fun to read. What will it take to bring those things back in 2020 and into the future? I’ll get back to that answer later.

We discussed sandlot baseball when we were kids. We walked around our neighborhoods carrying a baseball, a mitt and a baseball bat knocking on doors… Can Timmy come out and play baseball? As we gathered up more kids to play walking around knocking on doors, the goal was to get 13 players so that 4 could bat and there were 9 fielders at all times. If we had less than 13, then right field was out! If the batter, hit the ball to right field it was an automatic out. Knowing that it turned us all into pull hitters. If you did it to right field, your were out. You would grab your mitt and go play a position. That position player became a batter and then the game would continue. You kept batting until you made an out.

Re-set your mind, body and soul and start all over again. Everyone had a favorite position in sandlot baseball. Mine was first base and catcher. I was a pudgy boy so being a catcher was a good place for me, very little running. All the fatter kids caught! lol  First base was just as good, very little moving. All I had to do was catch the ball from the stud infielders. We did’t carry around cell phones in our back pockets because when we hit the ball and ran we might have to slide. None of the kids wanted to make an out!

Life should be that way. Keep going until you get an out in your own mind!

 

Now, let’s talk about; What Did We Do Before Social Media?

Life Before Social Media.

People Actually Talked to One Another

Everything Didn’t Have to Be Photographed

We All Lived More In the Moment

You Didn’t Always Know Everyone’s Business

Life Wasn’t Such a Competition

Ignorance Was Bliss

 

I will take about these in future blogs, but for now think about those 6 things.

What can we all do to CHANGE and be like we were before social media?

 

#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #NoExcuses

Rick Gosser

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Nobody can open a social media page or turn on the TV without seeing, reading or hearing about the Covid19… that too will end soon! AND when it does… THEN WHAT?

My best days are not watching news on TV!

Now is the time to plan lots of “FUN” things to do:

Planning is the key to everyone’s success.  The month of March, April and May was already planned out for me months ago with umpiring either a High School Softball or Baseball game somewhere in Northwest Indiana every night and doubleheaders on Saturday’s That’s gone now. The season is cancelled. I’m not even sure if I’ll be umpiring  even any youth baseball/softball games this summer. I pursued a part-time job in the meantime and that is on hold for now.

We should of been in DisneyWorld in March  and in Dubai and Egypt in May 2020.

It’s so hard right now to even think about planning anything but it gives us all something better to think about.

We have planned more trips… it’s just something that makes us feel better about life. June in Nashville, Tennessee, August in Vero Beach, Florida, Sept/October in Germany, on the Danube River and ending up in Budapest, October in DisneyWorld, and New Years Eve back at DisneyWorld to experience the new year 2021 Fireworks!

Today it was 64 degrees outside so #Spring2020 is here for sure.

The house landscaping continues with shrub trimming and mulch spreading.

The house sprinkler system gets turned on April 14th!

The swimming pool gets opened on April 16th!

I ‘ve always been a person to spend the majority of my days outside doing things. The only difference right now in this world pandemic, I’m doing everything ALONE!

KEEP DOING THINGS PEOPLE… KEEP PLANNING TO DO THINGS…

#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #NoExcuses

Rick Gosser

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“DO”……………..

 

Put the word “DO” before each set of words below.

YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE ONCE YOU “DO” THE “DO”

 

… Slow down.

… Rise up.

… Control what you can.

… Love others first.

… Be responsible for you.

… What is right.

… Treat people how you want to be treated. 

… Live life. 

… Fear nothing.

… Anything… it’s all possible 

… Everything… it’s all possible.

… Let things go. 

… Positive.

… Love yourself.

… Remember your accomplishments.

… Kind to all.

… Life… It can change in the blink of an eye.

… Don’t judge yourself.

… Never control others.

… BE YOU

… INSPIRE YOURSELF

 

#NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit

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The world has become about people saying BE…. Kind, Positive, Happy, Nice, etc. It’s easy to say it, but to DO them is a whole different look on life.

It requires us all as a person to CHANGE……………

Time to think and do things differently. MAKE CHANGES. Change is for everyone! Stop talking about the changes you want to make and take action to accomplish them instead.

So many people want change, but they are afraid to begin make those changes. They fear the outcome. Stop complaining about stuff you can’t change. Worrying about something that may never happen is not healthy. The majority of those things never ever happen. Live life to the fullest and just appreciate all that you have. 

Do this stuff instead. 

DO… HAVE FUN. 

Everything we do in life should be fun. Work should be fun in a different way than pleasure things. If you aren’t having fun at work, it’s time to make a change to a new job, company or career. Doing fun things in life like adventures should be done everyday. Time to turn off the tv and get off the couch. 

 

DO… KIND.

Start doing this instead of just saying it to everyone you know. Celebrities say: BE KIND. Take action and really show people how to be kind to each other. Look around as we all can do things everyday to be kind. It’s the small things in life that make big changes for people.

 

DO… LAUGH MORE. 

Many people need to do this more. Laughing is good for the heart and soul. Watching stand -up comedy is a great release of laughter. Go see IMPROV. 

 

DO… LOVE. 

This is hard for many. We all love many people, but saying you love them directly to them is sometimes hard. Change that in 2020 as life is too short. Love everyone and tell them that you love them. 

 

DO… SMILE. 

Some facts is that it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown. So let’s all smile more. 

 

DO… HAPPY.

Happiness begins in the mirror. Be happy with yourself first. Being happy with you first leads to making other people happy. It rubs off. 

 

DO… EXERCISE. 

Just saying that word is hard for some people. If it was easy, everyone would do it. It’s not easy. It takes a commitment, dedication and the fact of doing it. 

 

DO… TAKE VACATIONS. 

Some people never go on a vacation. They say they don’t have money for that. We all work hard and deserve vacations. If you don’t plan them and book them somewhere, at the end of the year you will have never gone anywhere. Many vacations don’t have to cost a lot of money. It’s the point of taking time off from work. \

 

DO… BE YOU. 

So many people want to be like someone else. Never, ever compare yourself to anyone else. JUST BE YOU. People will appreciate you more if you were honest with them directly. Some people say: Wow, you are pretty direct when talking to people. That’s the way I am. I say it like it is. Why be a fake. The TRUTH is the truth. 

 

DO… PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. 

So many people are addicted to their phones. Scrolling for nothing is consuming everyone. It’s seriously out of control. The World Population is 7,740,979,987

The World Mobile Connections is 9,327,053,848

Drop your phone and talk to a family member

 

DO… LIFE IS LIFE. 

You don’t have to do big things in life to be great. Doing small things in your own great way is great enough. You are enough!

 

DO… WORK HARD. 

DO… PLAY HARD.

DO… RELAX HARDER. 

 

DO… BE YOU! DO… INSPIRE YOURSELF #NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit

Rick Gosser

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If I got angry every time I saw something I didn’t like… it would consume my life! I just have the right mindset to let it go. I used to get mad when people were following me in their car too close for my own comfort and I slowed down just to make them mad. I thought that made me feel better, which in reality it mad the person behind me more angry. Now, I just pull off to the side of the road and wave at them! LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

So many people say “BE KIND.” Instead, I “DO KIND”. I actually take it one step further by taking action and “DO” something for someone to make them feel better about themselves. Everyone can BE KIND, but not everyone will DO KIND, because it takes effort and time to actually DO SOMETHING. It could be a small task: opening the door for someone, let them change lanes driving down the highway, buying them a cup of coffee. Some things take more time like babysitting their children for a day (if you’re a grandparent). Whatever someone does for you, remember to say THANK YOU! That’s FREE!

Focus on Life! You can only control YOURSELF! Trying or attempting to make people do what you want them to do, just won’t work. It just causes life fighting.

I personally have to try and be better to the people around me. Being nasty to someone doesn’t really make me feel better, it just causes anger in myself and the other person.

We are all living in trying times right now and being extra nice to people requires thought, prayer and effort. It’s easy to get angry that we can’t do our normal work and fun things in life now, but that isn’t worth it. Let it go! Fill your day with things that make us all happy. I started going back to church for lent this year and today my service was on the TV. I have been cross stitching for years now which I enjoy. Yesterday, I got out my colored pencils and did a picture. Soon I’ll be doing a paint-by-number project. I get outside everyday and walk because that too makes me feel better and it helps me stay fit.

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Try something different now that you’ve always wanted to do! Sitting and watching the news on TV all day will drive you crazy and it’s depressing!

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

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LIFE is PRECIOUS!  We just have to take every day as it’s given to us.

Don’t sweat the small stuff! As people are self quarantining, life just has to go on!

Sporting seasons are cancelled, suspended or postponed and schools are going on extended spring breaks. Churches are not having services. Companies are shutting down and/or sending their workers home for a few weeks. This whole health thing will affect everyone on this earth in some way. 1/2 of my high school umpiring gigs are gone. No games, no pay. Those games will hopefully begin around April 24th. There is nothing that any of us can do to change what is happening in the world today!

Let’s get back to living our lives!  Get outside to take walks, hikes or runs to get fresh air and enjoy what God has given us all, the beauty of the things outside.

Plan ahead for things to do. We took it upon ourselves to rebook our DisneyWorld trip from March to October before they announced their closer! We took action without too much panic. When making vacation plans, here’s a reminder: REMEMBER TO BOOK!!! 1. Book your destination location, 2. Book an airline flight, 3. Book a hotel the night before if you have an early flight, 4. Book your pets boarding and 5. Especially book a car rental. I failed on the last thing in the past and had to drive a 12-passenger van for 2 of us around the mountains of Vermont! Plan ahead and remember all of 5 of my BOOKING ideas! Don’t be like me!

Enough is enough people. No more posts on how we all should wash our hands. I don’t need to watch a video in order to wash my hands! Come on ya’ll  #CommonSense

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

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When I was 14 years old I wanted to be like my grandfather. He was big and strong and not afraid of anything in life. One day back then I was riding in his car with him and a car cut him off. He proceeded to get his blackjack out of his side door, sped up to chase the car honking his horn, raising his hand with the blackjack in it and cursing the entire time… You S.O.B., I’m gonna catch you and kick your ass. I loved his outlook on life… He did what he wanted to do and didn’t have a care in life about what people thought of him. At first, I was scared but then quickly figured out this was a how he reduced his stress in life and he did it frequently. I mean what’s the point of carrying a blackjack if he was never gonna use it. One time I asked him, Poppy (that’s what we called him), What are you gonna do to that person once you catch him? He said: Nothing, but I just want him to a little scared of what I might do to them.

As I got older and started to drive I thought that chasing people down was the thing to do because my grandfather taught me that was the thing to do. Unfortunately, those days are gone as road rage isn’t something I want to partake in. Loaded weapons are faster than a blackjack and it’s not worth getting into it with anyone. Now those people who drive crazy behind me are left to go around me as I just pull over and wave at them.

Everyone is always in a hurry these days.  S.L.O.W.   D.O.W.N.   We’ll get there!

We leave late for our destination so we think it’s okay to drive fast and expect people to get out of our way. In a speed limit where it’s says 70mph, going faster and driving erratically will not really get you there any faster. Just leave earlier and plan your road map of where you have to be. Turning left on a red light right before it turns green because you gotta get going might only cause an accident because the first car in line at that is also trying to go on green .001 seconds after the light turn green. Turn signals are put on cars for a reason… to use them.

Life is already moving way too fast, so why help it along by going a mile a minute

The person who says to you “I need that ASAP!”  A good response would be “I’ll get to it when I want to.” Just enjoy life! Do what you want with whom you want and when you want. If all of your tasks aren’t done today… they will be there tomorrow.

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

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