Jessica and Dale Return to San Diego

June 24, 2009

OK, they only returned for a week, but it was still great to see them.  For those of you who don’t know them, Dale and Jess moved to San Diego in 2001 from Minnesota.  Dale started working at HSBC with me, and, after a few fishing trips, deep-fried turkeys and bachelor parties in Las Vegas, became friends.

An early (2002) photo of Dale and Jess:

A younger, less follically impared Dale:

Alas, these two were much too Minnesotan at heart to remain in Southern California for too long, and in 2005 they packed up and moved back to Minneapolis.

Fast forward to March 21st of this year. Dale and Jess decided to take a cruise to Mexico, and since the ship was leaving out of San Diego, they came a little early to hang out with some of their old friends in San Diego. And Dale also had a little surprise planned for Jess.

So, Dale had me gather up a group of friends for dinner down at the Dakota Grill in downtown San Diego, where Dale proceeded to propose to Jess. Yes, folks, it’s true. The couple who claimed for years they were never getting married are engaged! (He got down on one knee and everything.)

It was quite an evening, and I’m glad that we were able to be part of this historic event!

The happy couple left the next morning for their cruise to Mexico, but on the back end of their trip they had a couple of more days in San Diego to hang out with us.

We headed over to their hotel in La Jolla with Sophie to enjoy some time relaxing by the pool.

Finally, we headed up to the Stone Brewery for a farewell dinner. If you live in San Diego and haven’t been to Stone yet, I highly recommend it. Great food, great beer and a fantastic outdoor beer garden to relax in.

Congrats again, Jessica and Dale!

Here’s a link to the full album.

2009-03-21 Dale and Jess

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