My Personal Hero

I’d like to tell you about one of my personal heroes. You won’t find him in the papers or on a reality show. There are no websites about him and he doesn’t have his own brand of deodorant. But he is one of the most amazing people in the world and everyone should know about him and his wondrous feats.

His name is Rick Gassermyer and he is the only man to commit to wearing clothing made out of antique wooden commodes. Why would someone do such a thing, you ask? Why not? The challenge of wearing nothing but old wood imbued with countless years of odors most people find distasteful is something most of us would pass up, maybe even deride. But to do something so unique, so against the grain of society, creates a moment of beauty and power, that lives on as long as Rick has the courage to offend our sensibilities and our noses.

He shows us how to truly live, that life should always be on the edges of what’s considered normal, even if that edge happens to involve hundred year old human waste. Being a maverick takes more than innovative ideas and a life less ordinary. The world’s been around too long for that to keep our interest. Innovation is dull and while it may give us shiny new toys, it’s as boring as watching golf played by narcoleptics. With the ever increasing need for something that hasn’t been seen before, people like Rick are our only hope.

So, please, for the love of society, find your own local heroes and let them know how important they are to keeping our interest in the world around us. There’s a Rick in every town, wearing edible tuxedos and creating sculptures out of cat hairballs. And once you find these heroes, learn from them, so you too can become a maverick for these modern times.

Thank you Rick and all those like you, for your fearlessness in making the world a better place. You are an inspiration to us all.

6 thoughts on “My Personal Hero

  1. Your admiration for Rick is so compellingly written, how could any of us not try to find our local hero to learn from?

    • I’m glad I was able to inspire you. Maybe you could become a hero yourself. You don’t have to wear clothing made of stinky wood. You could just do something simple like place an overturned waste basket on your head. Every little bit helps.

  2. Car, your wonderful tribute to Rick has inspired me to share about a little-known woman in my community who deserves recognition.

    I can’t reveal her real name but we can call her Daffodil

    She is so brave and so nearly noble in her pursuit of the singular art of making sense of the sounds produced by those who run their fingernails over blackboards.

    She’ll soon be coming out with a definitive study of what she calls the “Black Symphony” by revealing the meanings produced by five PhD chemists at the University of Dayton during their lectures in 2011.

    I can’t wait for the release!!!

    • That sounds wonderful. Does she have a fingernail blackboard band I could hire? My fiance and I are planning our wedding and that sounds like the perfect addition.

      • She does!!

        But, you have to hire her secretly (at least before her study is released).

        Go to and click on the “We Aren’t for Hire” link

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