This is a microcosm of My Bearish Life. My Ice Cream Monster, JJ is my stories with him and when he crossed paths with me. J.J. Suffron was a human that I met in 2009. He argued that it was earlier...maybe we "met" on social media, but in person it was when he happened to arrive in front of my home and I showed him and his then partner what the studios in my building looked like. In 2015, I never would have expected that we would become the best of friends. I have never met anyone like him. The adventures we would go on, and the digital meetings we had. They were great, and I will miss him.
J.J. and I had a wonderful friendship. On February 18, 2017, J.J. was hit by a car while crossing the street. Unfortunately, J.J. wasn't paying attention, and he suffered a traumatic brain injury. He had been in what was designated as a persistent vegetative state which meant he could come to anytime from 6 days to a month to 10 years later. We were all used to it, and looked forward to visiting him when we could. Unfortunately, he passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020. It was not due to COVID-19. However, due to the pandemic, J.J. did not have any visitors beginning March of 2020 until his death. His partners John, Peter and Scott all took care of him, and Jon would visit him daily. Jon is a hero and such a wonderful human. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done and who he has been to J.J. He and Peter even helped J.J. relocate from Anaheim to Cleveland to be closer to his biological family. That adventure was four long days of driving with Jon and Peter. They are so strong. I love them.
The following is a catalog of my adventures with J.J. He was my Ice Cream Monster. I called him that because of how much he loved ice cream. We would frequently go to Sonic to enjoy it. He called me Poodle. He noticed I had the nickname in my phone from another friend and then we watched Honey Boo Boo call her uncle Poodle, so that name stuck. I will never forget you, My Ice Cream Monster, JJ.