May 28, 2010 was a "b" day, a banner day for Jean Zaske and Bob Whitlatch. They had traveled to San Diego to visit friends Steve and his daughter Tasha Cook.
Beginning their day with birding the chaparal that surrounds the Cook's mountain top home, they added the California thrasher to their life list of birds.
After noon they joined Steve and his friend Ginger Johnson for beach combing the Encinitas strand, collecting perwinkle shells, moonstones and assorted beach booty. A bi-plane towing a banner paralleled their traipse along the the low tide shore. On their way back Jean discovered some beautiful balls of weaving yarn at a store called the Blacksheep.
Their next stop at Petco Stadium for dinner and Padre Baseball was Bob's main objective. It was his intention to ask Jean Marie to be his bride. A month prior to the junket he had purchased space on the Padre message board that read, "Jean Marie of the Valley, I love you. Will you marry me? Love, Bob of the Bench." But they had to get into the ballpark first. Much to his embarassment, Bob discovered he had left their tickets tacked to his office billboard in Boise. The Petco ticket staff graciously accomodated his plight by replacing the neglected chits.