Dave Rogness has the patience of a saint. He allowed me to ride along with him to a meeting in Bismarck today. Actually, he graciously offered to drive not only me but also other members of the InfraGard board. I was the only one who could go ultimately so Dave got about six uninterrupted hours of me in the car. It really was like driving Miss Daisy…albeit in this case it was Ms. Daisy.
Ah, but God bless Dave – he is such a good soul. We just chatted all the way up and all the way back. It has been such a long time since we have had a chance to visit – it was so nice. Dave and I have known each other since he started with Cass County Emergency Management. Over the years I have come to know him to be a very even keeled person. I know this based on the consistency in his dealings with me. I am not always even keeled…some days I am like a tornado blowing in and out with varying wind speeds. Yet Dave is always the chimney that remains standing no matter what the wind speed is. He is steady, calm, assured – he is, in a word – Dave.
On May 25th Dave and his lovely wife Beth will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. How fabulous is that? It seems like a just universe when I hear of good people living good lives with people they care about. It particularly makes me happy to know that Dave’s life is grand – he deserves that. After all, he willing drove Ms. Daisy – perhaps we should call the Pope and seen if we can make his sainthood official. And if not formal sainthood, well I’ll just settle for a shout out:
Love you big Dave – thank you for your patience and grace. Morgan Freeman ain’t got nothing on you.
Day six hundred and seventy-five of the new forty – obla di obla da