October 7th, 2012


Birthday Surprise

I knew Jon for many years, going back to 1998. But one moment of ours stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Back in 2000, I was working for the Hershey Bears as "Coco". About a week before one of our December home games, I got a call from a friend in the Philadelphia area, asking about tickets. So I gave her the phone number for the team ticket office, and told her I'd leave a couple of freebies for her at the gate.

Game night rolled around, and I was doing my normal routine around the arena - down between the benches for the lineup and anthem, then work a corner of the stands til the end of the period. Between the 1st and 2nd periods, I took a golf cart onto the ice with a t-shirt slingshot. As I made the turn for the south end of the arena, I looked to the upper deck and saw spelled out in single-letter cards, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY SK-1!"

During the next period I went up to that section and discovered the said friend and Jon were in cahoots all along. They organized a road trip for about two dozen of my friends from the DC area to see the game that night.

For someone who doesn't make a big deal about his birthday or celebrating it, I couldn't have asked for a better surprise. Thank you, Jon.

I miss you

At one of his fursuit workshops in his home. It was just him 'n me. I was working on a new idea for stitching a nose for Jarrell. I remember he had on a video of a talking pride of lions. Just being there, it felt like such a privilege at the time, just spending time while he was working on a few minor things on his suit. I always considered him one of the best suiters.

He always had an easy smile - just so easy to be around.

Got a nice hug from him while I was suited - I think it was at AC at the Adams Mark. We were going opposite directions down a hall, and he looked over at me and said something like, "there's someone I've been waiting on a hug from" (he may have thought I was a different raccoon - it didn't matter), I went over and gave him a nice coonie hug.

Two words: PandaGuy's Picnic. Always awesome. Some of the best times I've ever had at any meet or con.

So generous. So full of care for others. You all know what I mean. He was just him. One of a kind.
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I will miss him

I remember the first time I met Panday Guy. We had actually roomshared at Midwest Furfest 2002. It was actually my first MFF too, and PG was great company.

He even introduced me to FLUXX, a really fun card game that I've played on and off since. I cannot claim that we were really close friends, but I'd like to think we were at least good friends, and would say "Hello" to each other and chat each time we met.

I am happy to have at least had a chance to see him one more time at this past Mephit Furmeet just a month ago. I just wish I had not been the last time I'd see him.

Safe journey my friend. May you touch the face of God.
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