Dave is one of my dearest friends. I first met him when I was 13 years old. He was the advisor for the school's ski club. As a senior in High School, he was my Distributive Education teacher. It was a vocational class concentrating on advertising and marketing.
He was very much a mentor to me. As far back as the mid-seventies, he taught me that "women's lib movement" was nonsense. "Nan...you don't need an organization to get ahead! You create your own reality!".
As far as the influential men in my life, I jumped from my father during childhood, to Dave in my school days, to a boss at my newspaper in Painesville, Ohio (Another Dave!), and then finally to my Dominic. These 4 guys made me who I am today.
It was a very short 2 night visit, but a GREAT ONE!
He took me out for dinner to my 2 favorite places.... Dee's Hangout and Los Rancheros.
We spent a day at Pier Park, and I drove him around town. Went to Rock It Lanes and played video games. Introduced him to the guys at Beach Bar and Package. Had a ball!
Honestly, as he said goodbye and drove off, I almost had tears in my eyes.