Today I celebrate the birthday of dear friend Chuck Gekas, better known as Cuzz. He earned the Cuzz moniker by being cousins with another Chuck Gekas, but Cuzz fits him well in general.
Over the years, we have developed a great friendship. Cuzz has joined me at many comic cons, offering his invaluable help and never complaining. While his help is very much appreciated, it is his company which I really enjoy.
Cuzz and I have had many conversations during our roadtrips. While some are focused on serious stuff like backup catchers, we also delve into truly important topics like religion and life. I have learned a lot from Cuzz and he has helped me understand and deepen my religious beliefs. He is a great guy and I am a better person for knowing him.
I'm also a happier person. Cuzz and I have had a lot of laughs along the way. I couldn't ask for a better convention "assistant" or a better friend in general.
I won't see Cuzz today, but I am sending him wishes for a fantastic birthday. Cuzz deserves the best, because he truly is the best.
Cuzz Gekas and me in Columbus, OH-July 2016.