I’m sorry I haven’t been online for a while. In addition to other problems I’ve been having my friend and co-worker, Daniel W. Dover passed away on Sept. 5th at the age of 64.
I met Dan when I went to work for the government in 2006. He was funny and a good friend. He was always helping other people, including me. He loved trains and I learned that he had worked for his parents for twenty years publishing a magazine about railroading. He loved going to yard sales and thrift stores. He liked to give advice, which sometimes I listened to and sometimes I didn’t. He made me mad once in a while, but all in all, he was a great friend and will be missed.
He did a lot of things for me, including driving me back and forth to work, and saving my life, but there are little things that I remember most of all. On Monday nights, he played trivia in Mason, where my mother is in a nursing home, so sometimes, he would drive me up there and drop me off so my mom and I could visit. Once he took me there before Christmas and afterward, we drove around and looked at holiday light displays (I’m Jewish, but I love those displays).
Once he asked if I had ever made him a character in one of my books. He’s a secondary character in my alter ego, Vi LaNance’s book, Nutsie in Disguise, and now that I think about it, Carson Finney, the hero of “Devil in Disguise” is a younger version of Dan.
I’m having a hard time getting used to him not being at work, but the memories live on!