Goob Is Cramming Last Summer Into This One

Hey, remember that crappy cancer last summer? I sure do. Thankfully I'm still 100% in remission, but I bring it up because it kind of killed my summer. I spent 95% of it in a hospital chair or hugging a toilet bowl, but I guess it was worth it since, you know, still being alive and whatnot.

Another nugget it provided was an unplanned, though not unpleasant, realization of my own mortality. I'm still in my 20s now, but I won't be able to say that this time next year. Before I know it, we'll be planning for the 2062 Mars Olympics while deciding which Nixon clone to elect president and I'll be lamenting how my 70s are about to end. Ever since that image popped in my head (the 100m dash…in space!), I've been saying yes to a hell of a lot more things and life has been noticeably sweeter.

There have been a few three or four day weekends this year where I haven't posted, be it because the freebies simply aren't there or Life got in the way. During those times, I've noticed an uptick in messages, comments, and emails asking if I was alright or feeling well. The level of concern that some people have for me still stuns me. I don't think I'll ever get over that and I know I'll never stop appreciating it.

I'm almost done with a big move, I've got some personal and family things going on (all good!), and there are the usual summer vacations, trips, weddings, etc. I guess you could say I'm making up for lost time. But I wanted to make clear that I'm totally healthy and any short interruption in freebies this summer isn't an indication otherwise. I don't want to needlessly worry anyone. Trust me, if I was sick again, y'all would quickly know.

Take today for instance. I'm on my way to Bonnaroo, a four-day music festival, so I won't be around to answer questions or comments. I've scheduled a few never-dying freebies to republish over the next few days and I'll be back by Monday, but I'm obviously going to miss any brand new freebies. I hope you don't desperately need that travel-sized shampoo I'm sure Garnier will offer while I'm gone.

Thanks again for all the positive energy flowing my way and here's to a great summer everyone!

75 comments on “Goob Is Cramming Last Summer Into This One”

  1. I’m a little late with the comment, but I’m super happy you’re enjoying life more this summer than last. Keep it up:) Good things happen when you’re perpetually happy!

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  2. Goob,

    My eyes fill with tears and I get chills when I read your article and all the amazing comments!

    I love your site and I love the humor you impart each day. ‘Thrilled to know you are doing great.

    Have fun out there!

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  3. Here’s to you Goob! I think I’ve got enough shampoo samples to make it through a few weeks with clean hair, and possibly start a dog washing service on the side as well, so enjoy your summer!!!

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  4. Plan for the future and live each day like it’s your last.  Have a BLAST this summer.  So very happy you are doing so great. 

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  5. Enjoy Bonnaroo!  I am jealous!  You are absolutely right – life has a way of happening while you are busy making other plans.  So, make sure you get in as many of those “other plans” while you can.  If you have not read it before, do a google search (or yahoo search or whatever search) for The Daffodil Principle.  Every journey begins with one small step. 
     
    HAVE FUN AND BE WELL!

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  6. Amazing how a website can offer daily humor, free shampoo and a connection to someone you’ve never met!  Glad you’re doing great and enjoying yourself!!  Thanks for everything!

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  7. hi goob, when you say life got in the way — please make sure you enjoy it, have fun!our life is but one — hey, that’s me… stay healthy! that’s an order 🙂

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  8. Goob, funny how I feel like I know you. I will miss you but so happy that you are doing something fun. And even happier knowing that you are healthy. Thanks for everything & travel safely!

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  9. You know we wish you the well and we do understand. Enjoy a lot as much as you can. (not including Las Vegas) lol. Thanks for everything and keeping us up to date.

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  10. Goob!!! so glad you are doing good.. Hey you should really listen to Needtobreathe… they will be at Bonnaroo. I’m not trying to be a rep for them..one might say,  I just think you should at least listen to them once!

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  11. what a great message to start the day! thank u from all of us with the struggle- positive steps- positive outcome  have a awesome summer

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  12. A teacher once told me “it’s a short trip from the womb to the tomb and we have to live every minute”. Very true. Your great sense of humor has made some of my short time on the planet enjoyable. God speed, Goob!

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  13. Goob, we all worry when we don’t hear from you for a few days. Lost my Dad to cancer, so always happy to hear someone beating that piece of evil. Keep living and enjoying life to the fullest.
     
    Jim

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  14. Enjoy the summer and life! Glad your still in remission Goob! I don’t always sign up for the free things but always love reading what you write brings a smile to my face every time!

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  15. This is more than a website for free tampons.  We’re a community and everyone truly cares about you and your well being.  You, personally, bring so much joy to so many.  Thank you for that.  I wish you all the best, always.

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  16. Glad you are doing well. I’m pretty sure most of us kinda figured that you were enjoying life again. Hope you continue to enjoy each day to its fullest! 🙂

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  17. Glad you are doing well. I’m pretty sure most of us kinda figured that you were enjoying life again. Hope you continue to enjoy each day to its fullest! 🙂

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  18. Gosh, I really needed another shampoo packet.  But, I’ll make do with what I have, gladly.  Good to hear you’re enjoying life to the fullest.  You’re a good egg to keep us up to our ears in tiny shampoos through thick and thin.

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  19. I am so happy for you.  Let’s keep that cancer away Goob!  I lost my mother to cancer, and it runs in my family (Non-smoker cancer too…so it’s hereditary).  Let’s hope I can follow with your good health.  

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  20. I am glad that life is going great.  Enjoy all your events and gatherings.  Thanks for all the freebies you find. 

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  21. What a great message! You keep on doing what you’re doing, living life…to the fullest. Thanks for sharing a great lesson with us. Best freebie yet! 🙂
     

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  22. Have a blast at Bonnaroo, gonna be great weather ( not 100 degrees like last year) Great lineup too.  Wish I could go!!!! 

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    •  @AmandaPeone My friends all tell me I got spoiled on the weather. It was my first time and I was the only one who thought it would be a good idea to pack a sweatshirt. 😀

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  23. Goob, you are one of my favorite people, even though I’ve never met you, so I wish you extra measures of God’s blessings as you enjoy yourself to the fullest. As several have already said, “You deserve it!” Take care.

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  24. Wishing you all the best life has to bring!!  You’ve been an inspiration.  Thanks for all you’ve done for all us HF’s out here looking & hunting for those freebies we love.  Enjoy your summer and know how we all care about you.  Blessings sent your way.

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  25. So glad you posted this Goob.  Everytime there is a day with no freebies I automatically worry about your health!  Now I can relax a little – you too!   Enjoy life to the fullest – it is much too short!

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  26. Thank you God and your Doctors. 🙂 Oh… and Thank You for being so awesome with your funnys and freebies.

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  27. Goob,  This post makes me happy! I’m glad you’re past the icky part and can now enjoy your days. SO do it!! Just do it!  Go have fun! Enjoy yourself! LAUGH! 🙂 Hope you have a blast and have tales to tell when you get back.

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  28. Congratulations on your remission. I don’t know what we’d do without you. I get a lot of freebie newsletters, but I don’t actually read any of them but yours. I might scroll through them occasionally, but I don’t actually read the commentary. At least you have a good story to tell to one up those annoying one-uppers. 🙂

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  29. Glad your health is still good and that life is treating you well.  You should know you are not just appreciated for the free stuff you direct us to.  🙂
     

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  30. It’s always great to hear you’re doing well and we love you Goob! Enjoy Bonnaroo and enjoy the wonderful Life that you have so earned!!

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  31. Hey! Glad things are going so well. You go do what Goob’s gotta do. We will survive.
    Enjoy the festival and party like a rockstar. 🙂

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  32. Nothing wrong with taking time out to enjoy life, especially after what you’ve gone through! Have fun! Thanks for the daily giggles!

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  33. Enjoy Bonnaroo…it’s insane. (I live 40 mins from the field, and avoiding it like the plague!) Glad you are well, and making up for lost time. I’m laughing about the 100m dash… Thanks Goob!

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