Friday, June 24, 2005

Female, Fit, Fun and Free

Good morning. Again, let me thank you all for such wonderful comments and
observations. I knew there were terrific women out there like you-- I was just having trouble finding you (hence, my appearance on Oprah's "My Wildest Dream" which started all of this.) It's amazing to have every word I write analyzed back and forth. That has made me become more careful and measured in my writings and postings. I'm not sure that is such a good thing.

Remember the four key words I said on the Oprah Winfrey Show describing who I am looking for- Female, Fit, Fun and Free. Now, I can only hope that most who are writing are "female"-- thus the need for the Senior Bachelor Tour to meet face to face! "Fit"- well, there is not much I can do about that- that is up to you. "Free" meant that you are free to travel for one month or more at a time.

Now, the most important, "fun". What else can I say except that this is meant to be a fun experience for all of us! Fun for me is to travel to Vietnam, fully expecting to arrive at a nice hotel where I have reservations only to find it is fully booked. What to do? Have fun with it! Ask around for other hotels. Talk (or try to talk...) to taxi drivers, busboys, policemen, old women, beggars to find another hotel. I can talk to just about anyone and we are both usually left with smiles and laughter for the effort. One can sit in the lobby, argue with the hotel manager, whine and feel sorry for oneself or one can make it an Adventure. I choose Adventure every time! Just read about the mini-adventures many of you have written about already. Learning new technology. Meeting new people while trying to make the video. Negotiating for a free makeover. Asking friends and strangers for help. Thinking about your lives and discovering new things about yourselves. Taking new paths in your life. FUN! I hope we will all keep in mind this is the key word for the Senior Bachelor’s Search for Romance and Adventure.

Ciao, Richard



Good Afternoon Richard,
I love what you had to say today. First off, please don't feel that you need to make changes in how you express yourself, especially if you have to start measuring each comment, words, or expression.I think that you can see from the caliber of women participating in this "blogging" thing each day that we can handle it. The worse thing to happen would be for you not to feel free to be who you are or feel like you're walking on eggshell's at every moment.
Contrary to what men think we women WANT HONESTY, even if it hurts!
For myself I always say,"I would rather be hurt with the truth then with a lie".
So,..BLOG ON !!!!!!!!
How can you be faulted by stating you are seeking a person who is fit, if that's an important part of your life ? I know for me it is also necessary, who wants a couch potato? Anyone traveling for an extended period of time should know that it is vital,(something unforseen can't be helped).Besides I've been in countries where their alternative medicines has turned out to be better.
The female part goes without saying. It makes perfect sense to want to meet them before qualifying, I'm sure there are plenty of weirdo's out there who will be trying to take advantage of a situation that will become a public occurance and try to trick or make a fool of someone for his or thier "15 minutes of fame"
The fun part, wouldn't that go without saying? I mean, that is all part of where we have earned to be at this point in our lives. Not to say we have to leave all the important, serious stuff behind but hey time marches on and nothing is gaurenteed, certainly not tomorrow!
I think the whole beauty of travel is the unexpected. Take it ,go with it, there's a reason it's happening to you,there's something to be learned.
I know, I happened to have the experiance of getting caught while on the road in one country trying to leave to enter another which just happened to be right in the throws of a coup. had to be diverted to a 3rd country(all by auto), the two previous were getting ready to go to war with each other, so I got to see another country I would never have thought to go to. What an eye opening life's lesson it turned out to be.
As for always having to be at the best hotel's, what fun is that ,I don't want to experiance it all as a pampered American, I can eat hamburgers at home .I want to see and do as the locals do!
Ciao (I'm Italian, I can use it :)

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:25:33 PM  
happy said...

to Richard Since I'm currently commenting anyway here's another one on your new blog. Certainly every one who's ever travelled has a tale to tell, & I for one, hope to hear others' stories on this blog.

It's been said that "the only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster." So here's a tale which could have been disastrous if I had kept on talking.

I'm comfortable talking to anyone, anywhere, and began doing so when I unwittingly trespassed onto HRH's railroad right-of-way in England.

My daughter was already glowering at me over the reprimand we'd received by the porter as we borded the train. I was just trying to explain why we were where we were not supposed to be!

But when the conductor headed back to our table with fire in his eyes, she spat a threatening whisper through her teeth without moving her lips, "Mom!--do-NOT-say-another-WORD!!" Of course, mom didn't listen to her, and began to explain our 'little' mistake to the conductor.

As the fire in his eyes blazed, I received a very sharp kick to my shins under the table along with a 2nd pair of equally angry eyes--ready to kill me! I decided perhaps daughter was right & this really was the time to STOP talking.

Ultimately we were let off with an extremely stern reprimand, (delivered ever so Britishly politely). We were not thrown into the dungeon for the usual 4 months, nor fined the usual 400 pounds each.

This time, NOT talking saved our vacation. :) g'day...

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:32:06 PM  
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Friday, June 24, 2005 12:45:02 PM  

Do you think there are secret claaes given all over the world to our children?!?!?
It sounds as if you were traveling with"my daughter"(54/26)
Richard maybe you can answer this for us,"share".For some reason they seem to think that we get dumber, they know better and all the things that never bothered them about you years ago,(their friends thought their Mom's were sooo cool)have now become the things that bother or embarass
them . Go figure, as the saying goes "ah youth, pity it's wasted on the young"

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:48:47 PM  
BlueEyes1947 said...

Hey, just blogging thru and thought I would throw my comment in...agreeing with la dolce vida in regards to your freedom and walking on eggshells. I have found when I try walking on eggshells I usually end up (yep, that part of the anatomy too)stepping into some form of slimy matter!! So just be yourself Richard and take each blog as it comes! Life is so short...I'm 58 and still looking around to see where the time went...guess I was having too much fun to notice.
Let's see I have lived on a cattles ranch in KS, driven an 18 wheeler (wanted to see the country) and now in the office of the trucking co. as the exec. secretary to the Sr. V.P.
The trip I enjoyed the most was to Romania with the man in my life at that time, visiting his family, right after the collapse of Romania's government. On the trip to the Red Sea, found out our hotel reservations were not correct, we ended up asking around and stayed in a woman's house that was recommended at the restaurant and enjoyed her hospitality with the little she had to offer but it meant so much to me. I did learn that you don't take pictures of bridges unless you want a soldier running out of a little guard shack with a gun...thank goodness I was hanging out of the car window at the time and wasn't on foot! Being blonde came in handy when we visited King Carol's summer palace where I had to play deaf and dumb because only Romanians were allowed to tour his palace at that was an Academy Award performance! Needless to say, we were watched closely. Well enough about that...everyone have a great weekend!

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:02:05 PM  
happy said...

la dolce vida

Don't know for sure about "daughter classes", but it's a possibility. :)

In fairness to her though, THIS time daughter was absolutely right to give me a swift one!! We both got over it after about a day of hard hiking--thankful just to be able to, and NOT to be stewing in Her Majesty's Royal Gaols!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:02:54 PM  
happy said...

to all commentors
Yep-- I predict this is gonna be a very interesting blog--keep 'em comin'. It'll make for good evening reading. :) Later.

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:07:57 PM  
Marlyn from Michigan said...

Hello Richard,

Did I mention how great you look in the People article?! Took my breath away! (ok, so I did mention it already) :)

It has concerned me as well, the scrutiny you've been under, and you having to be so careful of the words you chose. I think it's indicative of what you would be up against if some of the scrutinizers were to travel with fun at all!

I can only speak for myself, but reading your comments brings me closer to the real you, as you have certainly piqued my curiosity.
You are constantly on my mind throughout the course of the day and what you must be going through. What with viewing videos, writing newsletters, posting comments on the blog and then reading each return comment..WHEW!!! and let's not forget, volleyball! Don't wear yourself out, I'm gonna need you on the trip... somebody's going to need to ask for directions! lol

All my best to you Richard,

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:13:21 PM  
Anonymous said...

OK!OK! I am always blogging to the Blog from yesterday!!!East Coast/West Coast time thing, I will keep that in mind from now on.

See yesterday's blog, "Happy". A fellow "foot soilder". CathyinCarolina

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:21:28 PM  
happy said...

to CathyinCarolina
Wow! sleeping in a hammock on the deck of a FLOATING log cabin sounds incredible! Thanks for your words...(Aren't these ALL just so interesting!?) Years ago
I used to fantasize about walking alone across the USA, but think, especially nowadays, that's not such a good idea. I'm thinking walking across Iceland might be safer.

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:44:55 PM  
KLew said...

Hello everyone---Richard just keep saying what is honest and true. Please do not measure your words that is --------so-----ugh. I get into so much trouble for being honest and disarming!! I laugh at myself and go forth. Most of my travels are in the US. My husband, now deceased, would strike up a conversation with anyone and away we would go. One of my most interesting travels was having a mule die from a heart attack and finding someone to move him from the trail in the wilderness after I had hiked down to the trailhead in the dark. Not all fun takes place over seas!!! LOL. Happy---keep baking cookies and you can send us all some.

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:55:46 PM  
travelin said...

Dear Richard,
Please don't over analyze what we are saying and what you respond. We are all adults here. I would never have rushed to send in the information to you, if I wasn't fun, fit, in the age rage, and free to take off for 6 months.
Now I am on the road now for 2 months already, have a few more to go, and would love the adventure in the southern hemisphere. Especially after this summer. So far I have frozen my but off, driven in snow in June(with about 1,000 buffallo herding down the mountain). Made my Grams wish come true. And gotten up close and personal (great zoom on my camera) with a few bears.
After the 4th of July weekend, we are literally taking things as they come. No reservations. As for adventure, I am all for it. I have no trouble communicating at all with anyone. And I usually get my way, or find an alternate route.
Part of the fun of traveling are the suprises along the way. So let us all have some fun, and blog on. This is fun.
Have an awesome day everyone!

Friday, June 24, 2005 2:11:50 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Yes "Happy", saftey is definitely an issue wherever you travel.One good reason for a seasoned tour guide like Richard. I'm hoping he would deter me from revealing my "true blonde side". I was going to ask you about the saftey of trying to duplicate your trip now, how many years ago was that?

You know I think that one of the things that I learned on my foot journey was that you have to have a genuine respect and (if you will) love for other people and then fear is not such a great part of the picture. I also believed very strongly that I was where I needed to be, in a kinda "destiny" sort of mentality.

My belief system operates a little differently now, but I am still pretty dauntless in most respects.

My hammock hangs half over the deck and half over the water, I can't risk missing any moon beams on these gorgeous Summer Soltice nights. Wonderful to talk with kindred spirits, out there.

Hey Richard, don't get intimidated by anyone's scrutiny now. I think I am going to quit second-guessing my spelling with Webster's pocket dictionary myself. Sure do miss those spell checks on this blogging system or am I missing that function somehow. Later!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 2:31:45 PM  
happy said...

to klew,
Please clarify...was it YOUR mule and someone elses in the group? Did he just croak right out from under you - or them? [call me nosey, but it makes a difference in the drama of the story, don'tcha know, & I'm curious.] :)

100% agree that there are many wonderful adventures to be had on our own terra firma...It just depends on the one DOING the adventure, doesn't it.

Friday, June 24, 2005 2:39:30 PM  
Anonymous said...

Howdy Richard:)
Gee wiz I can't believe I am writing again t'day, this is sooo out of character for me, although being incognito is safe and secure:) for now!
I smile when I think of all the humorous moments I have experienced on my travels, it is inevitable that there are bound to be hilarious situations and I sooo look forward to that again!
When visiting Venezuela a few years ago, my then boyfriend had booked us into a beautiful 5 Star Hotel. On arrival we checked into our room only to find it in complete disorder at approx. 2am in the morning. I started giggling non-stop and could hardly catch my breath, he was furious and literally did a 'war dance' that made me giggle even fueled the situation!!!! I love to giggle and look for the humour in Life, especially whilst travelling.
On a more serious note, every place I visit for the first time, I bury a Peace Bundle (sacred tobacco) that way I 'give back' to the country that has welcomed me.
I look forward to burying 'Peace Bundles' in exciting places I have yet to visit!!!!! :)
To ALL Fellow Travellers
Sisters and Brothers
Carpe Diem
Live Life With Passion!
Senior Bachelorette
Vj alias ~~ flowingwhitewater~~
Freedom 55!!!!!!! :)

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:10:49 PM  
gold&spice said...

Hi Richard,
It's wonderful you are still focused and not into 101 questions. It's nice to meet a person and get to know them. I am sure that in your position (as an accomplished man of the world) and with the know how of the show behind you for advice, all the details will be hashed out about transportation, visas etc. All we need suggest is the finer points to make the meeting truly unique.
gold&spice....."Come on down!!"

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:14:00 PM  
happy said...

hi cathyincarolina
I believe you said 'lake'...and in carolina...I hope it's a jungle hammock. Mosquitoes here would have a picnic, unless you bathed in DEET!

Got to say I wouldn't be afraid to do any trails trips in England...even today. I don't think I'm naive about the safety there. (Sadly, I can't say the same about here. I understand what you mean,but I don't know... I could genuinely love & respect 'til the cows came home, but that would not change the danger of walking alone in some places! We did not get this old by bein' dumb! And in the words of Prof. Harold Hill, "Ya gotta know the territory!")

Hey--here's an idea: for any applicants who don't get to have Richard as a personal tour guide, how about this consolation prize: New Balance sneakers sponsors everyone on an Autumn walk across Vermont, providing 'sag wagon', food!, photographers :), body guard service, et cetera. Then we could talk ad naseum ad infinitum!! What fun!

Meanwhile, there's supper to get, laundry to finish, floors and car to clean, visits to aging relatives, bags to pack for the all know..."women's work", as usual! bye

Incommunicado 'til Sunday. Ah, peace on the blog. Oh...spell check is like snail-mail, i.e, paper.

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:15:50 PM  
KLew said...

Happy It was our mule. I was leading him down the mountain and he got away from me and then it got dark and I could not find him and I was very nervous, my husband had gone down the mountain on his mule and my horse got away from me. The mule was a pack mule. It was not a good trip to say the least. Then when I finally made it down the mountain, I tripped and fell at the trailhead. We found the mule the next morning. We had traveled into the wilderness many times so this was very unusual. The mule had a heart attack!!! And so it goes. Now I laugh, but not much fun in the mountains with bears and mountain lions. I am not afraid of much of anything.

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:35:23 PM  
onrynurse said...

Hi ....Richard just be yourself!! If you can't be candid ans truthful...what is life worth!! As young people, I think most of us put on a good show alot!! Thinking it got us somewhere!! Well, at this time of my life, any-who, I like people who are just themselves, Watch it, this gal just might say or do anything!!
Sounds like you love I do... can talk to anyone!!
Fun is how a relationship should be not a chore!!
Free to be a motto I love!!
Hope your having a great day!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 4:55:19 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi, I was just wondering if Oprah's producers are really reviewing all the videos you are receiving? Do they get them after you have seen them? Are they aiding in the selection process too, or just reviewing them for possible airing on a future show? Inquiring minds want to know....

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:04:12 PM  
wanda whitworth said...

Hi Richard, Oh my Gosh! Please Don't start watching what you say now.. I am not going too, and if you are worried about me being out of shape because of what I said yesterday, don't, I am 105 pounds of pure muscle, I work out, I play hard, mostly with the grandkids, I dance, I go camping, hiking, we climb, we ski, or snowmobile, in the summer we spend most of our time at the lake. I am active`but I was being honest when I said I get exausted..
I love people, striking a conversation up with anybody at anytime is my game, I can usually always get a hug, let alone that big grin.. romance is always on my mind. I would rather spend the night under the stars and have campfire coffee in the morning, than a 4 star hotel, but I have never had money, so what I have never had I can't miss..
LOVE-FUN-ROMANCE-AND JUST BEING ME thats about all I can offer, and like I said before, you don't have to choose me, just get to know me, that would be nice.
Have a wonderful day, Richard.

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:24:56 PM  
neva said...

Meanwhile on a high rock in Aruba, the tour bus leaves some key passengers (my daughter and me) while watching it pull away below. A five mile ride on the back of a pickup truck owned by some friendly natives in degrees over 100 allowed us to catch the bus in order to show our chagrin at having missed the bus.

It is adventures like this that add flavor the the travel, I think.

A few hotels without reservations have landed me (alone) in a penthouse suite on more than one occasion.

Travel is what we make it, I think.


Friday, June 24, 2005 6:55:43 PM  
Anonymous said...

I was once ready to rent a car to have a place to sleep after traveling for 30 hours to get to New Zealand. (The town's annual Wine Festival was in full swing.) Finally, a B&B owner took pity and rented me a room, the only condition was sharing the family's bathroom ! No worries.....

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:14:44 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Richard,
Have you eliminated anyone yet? If yes, have you let them know? I would love to think the field is being narrowed and those of us who haven't heard can dream that we may be the lucky one (or lucky one of six).

By-the-way, much better photo on your home page -

Are you still answering emails? I haven't written because it seems like the blogs are the way to go, however, I don't want to publicize some personal comments.

your travel companion, friend and lover....

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:33:22 PM  
Anonymous said...

More nice happenings-
I pulled up on my bike to a small rural isolated Mennonite-run motel one sweltering Sunday evening. I didn't know they were closed on Sundays, but when they saw me from their house across the road, they came over, without words, opened up, made a bed, & somberly said "We'll talk money tomorrow. Come to our family picnic at 5 o'clock. You will need a place to eat this evening. Everything around here is closed on the Sabbath."

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:44:15 PM  
Marlyn from Michigan said...

Hey Anonymous, I've been wondering the same thing about the producers of the Oprah show, think they acutally have the time to invest to watch 600 videos? I wonder if they're having a good laugh....I was so nervous when I did my video, I could hardly breath! I was happy it turned out to be only 2.5 minutes..whew~!

By the way, anyone pulled up the menu for Greenbriar? I'm pretty much the fitness freak/health nut, but would fall off the wagon one time for a bite of that Cashew Crusted Grilled Salmon...mmmmmmm!lol

Happy, I have never heard of "snickerdoodle" cookies, my favorite, (if I ate them) would be the no bakes..mmmmm

I should probaby go to bed before I eat something I shouldn', it's almost 11:00 here.

Good night everyone..

Friday, June 24, 2005 7:57:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

to marilyn
what's a no bake cookie?

Friday, June 24, 2005 8:11:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

Dear Richard,
I believe I am the one you are looking for. I am a 40 year old, single Vietnamese woman without children. I am currently a medical doctor (M.D.) in private practice. I graduated from University of Pennsylvania Med School. If interest in writing to me; here is my address:
PS: You are an amazing man :)

Friday, June 24, 2005 8:36:27 PM  
Melanie said...

RICHARD - I have some inkling of an idea of how are you going to determine who of us is the fit-est, fun-est, and the free-est BUT how will you determine who of us is the female-est.
I, like the rest of the bloggers, could come up with some really, really funny stories because being who I am creates funny,fun experiences, tell tales about how fit I am which is true I am really quite fit, and indicate to you how free I am BUT the female part has me baffled. Did you really expect that some men would enter - I suppose that by saying female you are eleminating that possibility. HOWEVER, I would like to think that it has something to do with the fact that not all women are going to, let me say, "catch your eye" "tweak your interest" or "tickle your fancy." Could you give me/us some insite into what does cause you to pause and take notice of a women.
I remain
very fun
quite fit
entirely free
and all 6 ft of me female

AKA: Melanie

Friday, June 24, 2005 8:37:57 PM  
EzmeraldofOz said...


I noticed that you do not answer direct questions. Why?


Friday, June 24, 2005 9:29:15 PM  
Anonymous said...

Suzanne of Mesa Arizona writes:

Hi Ladies and our new friend Richard:

I am enjoying all the travel stories so much. Richard I agree with all the ladies that say "don't hold back, show your true self", we promise we'll be nice.

Traveln-hsr - I went to Belize in 1997. Travelled like a native. Rode the bus just like the natives. The bus seats were only big enough for 2 small people and when the school children got on the bus they'd just scoot you over and sit on the edge. Learned lots of interesting things from the natives on herbs and healing plants. Went down to Placentia "the mile long sidewalk" by Bus and got there late at night. There's only one street light in the whole town. Stayed in the only hotel we could find open and my then husband stayed up fighting the plamento bugs from getting on me all night, what a trooper he was. Everytime I went to the bathroom and flicked on the light I'd scream because the 4" roaches were scurring around, and popping up out of the sink drains. We did find a wonderful place the next day to stay and had a great time swimming in the ocean, reading books while swinging in hammets (sp) and just enjoying the natives for the remainder of our visit in Placentia. Ambergris Caye, I loved the white sand, just like baby powder.

The stories that are being shared are wonderful. Wow you could almost write a book just on this adventure.

Good Luck Everyone. It's too bad we can't all go. :>)

Friday, June 24, 2005 9:34:03 PM  
Anonymous said...

Ladies, is anyone else curious about the members of the panel? Their opinions are being taken into account, so I, for one, would really like an introduction to these ladies. Richard, how about it?
Would you be willing to let your panel members write a little something about how they know you and what they think and who they think will be a good would most informative and interesting, I feel sure.....

Saturday, June 25, 2005 6:44:48 AM  
Adventurous said...

Hello! Richard, I agree with la dolce vida, don't walk on eggshell's we are grown women and I think that we all want truth. It is all about fun and getting to know one another. This is a good way to hear others view's and express ours. You do know that great women come in all shapes, colors and sizes don't you?:)Adventurous

Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:28:53 AM  
Mystic said...

Hi Richard~
Do you have your appointment set up with Dr. Phil yet? :) You might need several before this is over.
You knew the power of being on Oprah, because you were on her show about your movie "Pop & Me". Like my mom used to say....'be carefull what you wish for'.
Have a great weekend. Your BLOG is very interesting...good weekend reading.
Remember to keep breathing, Papa Roe........and enjoy the journey.
Ready? Set? GO!!

Saturday, June 25, 2005 10:36:12 AM  
wanda whitworth said...

Good Morning Richard, Iam in agreement with these ladies, This is going to be tough on you and your panel, I for one am glad that I am just a participant!!! After reading where everyone has been I feel very comfortable in being able to express myself as I do.
I love being The woman that I am I am not one to act tough, I smile all the time, and as I have been complimented on all my life.. I never act phoney, because, I will tell it like it is, sorry.. I like honesty.. I would rather you find out now, from me, than from someone else, so if you have a question, ask me, I will tell you.
Yes, I am very soft, even though I am in shape, yes I am very much a woman, all of me! I Love to be Loved, As much as I Love to Love, Believe me I give alot of Love..
No I am not a desperate woman, I am asked out on dates by men from the ages of 25-75 at least 3-5 times a week, no kidding!! I am currently living with my youngest daughter and her family as I had mentioned to you before, I am her nanny for the summer!! Simply because I want to be with my Grandchildren. I do go out on dates. only with whom I choose, and when I do, I have a ton of FUN.. You know I Love to TRAVEL!I have traveled from one end of the States to the other with 2 dogs! Then as A HAPPY DIVORCE GIFT from my father he sent myself, and my 2 sisters, And my Mom (we are all single) with me to HAWAII!! we were there for 12 days. well thats it, other than a couple of jaunts to Canada. I could tell you a bunch of funny stories, but that would take up even more space and I need to leave room for others. Sooo, Have a Wonderful Weekend!
From A Montana Girl, in Gods Country, it's raining here, so, I am going to be cuddled on the sofa with a soft blanket and hot cup of tea, watching a great movie!! Ladies & Richard I will chat with you all Later,

Saturday, June 25, 2005 10:46:36 AM  
Marlyn from Michigan said...

Hello all,

To anonymous, the no-bake cookie consists of, sugar, milk, cocoa, oatmeal, vanilla, crunchy peanut butter and butter. Mixed properly and refrigerated, are awesome! Nuts optional... Got Milk? lol

To anonymous (not sure if you are the same one) but, I visualize the speed dating (for lack of a better term), taking place either in a conferece room, like Richard mentioned, with he and his panel sitting right there with him, which is not a bad idea at all. My friends and family's opinion mean a lot to me too. Not that I'm not capable of picking my own mate, just value another opinion. Orrrrr....they could find a nice little cafe that will let Richard and his entourage sit there most of the day or however long it will take, that way we can snack or drink tea..possibly get to check out each other's eating habits..of course, as luck would have it, I would be the first to spill something on myself or worse..Richard!!! ugh! Who me nervous..? uh huh! I was also wondering though, if it would by appointment? Regarding the Chicago area, I am only going to be available on the 27th, in the late afternoon/evening. (Dinner?) Or are these going to be 15 minutes? I also think either a personality clicks or it doesnt.

Well, I think I'm finally out of hot

The pool is calling..

Have a great weekend all,
All my best to you Richard,

Saturday, June 25, 2005 11:16:21 AM  
Anonymous said...

wanda- wouldn't you like to know a little bit more about the members of the panel before you meet them? Have a little blog or newsletter intro, (even photo) of each one about who they are, how long they've known Richard, what they bring to the panel, what they think of all this! (Who is that wonderful woman who has known Richard for 30 years?) I think it would help us to know a little bit more beforehand.
What do you think Richard? Yay or nay?

Saturday, June 25, 2005 11:31:22 AM  
Anonymous said...

whoops--I meant that last blog for marlyn --sorry, wanda

Saturday, June 25, 2005 11:32:24 AM  
Anonymous said...

G'dday Richard!
I have to share this!!!!!
I had one of THE most interesting dreams on Friday June 24th. I am not one to discuss my dreams other than with those I love, but this dream placed me in a beautiful resort, I clearly remember standing inside with my three children who were very excited. I was wearing what I love to wear, the colourful island wrap and asking my eldest Son (25 years) not to disappear as I was waiting to meet someone and wanted them to be 'around'. I then seemed to be standing outside this hotel which was perched on a hill overlooking a Bay and remember looking up and seeing the name of it from the winding road below.
I have often had what I refer to as a pre-cognitive dream/vision and those whom I see and the places I 'visit' manifest. Being a student of the Kabbalah since 1991, we learn the importance of remembering and remaining lucid in the dream experience. I certainly had no idea that this was about to occur!!!
For whatever reason, I will 'hold on to the dream' as it was soooo amazing and such happy, fun vibes!
Yes I too dream of meeting my Soulmate but know that things happen all in good time. One cannot push the river, so to speak!
Carpe Diem
Live Life With Passion!
Senior Bachelorette
Vj alias ~~flowingwhitewater~~
Toronto Canada
p.s. I am an incurable romantic :)

Saturday, June 25, 2005 1:25:06 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Here is a new experience for me, blogging- how fun! So does this make me a blogger, or would that be "Blogette"? Richard I think it is great that you don't plan trips and just let them happen; hence, adventure. To me travel is staying out of the box as much as possible.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 2:55:43 PM  
Marlyn from Michigan said...

To Anonymous: As much as my curiosity can get the best of me sometimes, this is one of those occasions that I would not need to know anything about anyone, except Richard. I love meeting new people and love spontaneity even more! People skills...I have'em and would be up for the challenge or inquisition. I'm only hoping that before all this transpires that Richard has at least filled us in with more details, maybe even on a more personal emails. Point being, Richard has the right and loyalty to his friends and family to keep them safe and out of the limelight..I call that..homeland security. I realize some people have "need to know" issues, not accusing, just trying to understand the importance of seeing their pictures or reading something about them.

Take care all,

Saturday, June 25, 2005 5:40:53 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone!

I have little time this evening, just wanted to check in as I have been south of the border the last few days and I have a painful sunburn (ouch) The fair skin and Irish in me, but mainly having too much fun! And not paying attention to mother nature. One would think I would be more careful as I grew up in the Pacific. Ocean, that is. I'll try to reply/add to this blog, I have some comments and am throughly enjoying this adventure. And yes, Richard does answer e-mails.

Have a great weekend all,

Stephanie (working on my tan now, ugh feeling the burn though!)

Saturday, June 25, 2005 6:40:15 PM  
wanda whitworth said...

good evening Richard, well it only rained for a bit, so the family went to the mud bogs.. do you know what they are? it is where trucks, jeeps, ect. drive through the mud and get stuck, my son in law pulls them out with the john deere tractor.. the ones who make it all the way through win the 100.00 the others just have a whole lot of mud to clean off themselves and thier truck..lots of the town folks show up, and bar-b-que, just a kick ass good time. tonight we are cleaning up, putting on a dress and going down town dancing, sure wished I could have invited all of you!! from the sounds of your experiences you would enjoy this too. well this is short and sweet got to get going.. by the way.. I don't need pictures of any of you, you are doing great describing yourselves. AND I am sure the woman who has known Richard for 30 years is a wonderful judge of character or he wouldn't be asking her to help.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 6:42:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hello Richard,

I know you said that only a small percentage of Newsletter subscribers sent in videos, my question tonight is:

Have any of the bloggers submitted videos, if so, are you putting faces with blogs?

Have a great evening....

Saturday, June 25, 2005 7:46:53 PM  
TTT said...

Dear Richard,
I am writing to you again. The more I read about your bio,the more amazing you are to me. I am sorry that I would not send you my profile to you due to (this is a very public event), however, I would like to know you if possible if you could write to me. Let me introduce myself to you again: I am 40 year old single Vietnamese woman,no children, who came to the States at the age of 17 through "boat people". I am a private practice. We definitely are soulmates :>). I will travel and will take care of you fore-ever!!!
Please keep my e-mail address. When you are finish with your searches and travel with other women, nothing works out, think of me and write to me. If you mean to be with me, it would never be too late to meet..!!! :>). If you like, you can go to my website to learn a little bit about me:
Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:06:18 PM  
TTT said...

Dear Richard,
Sorry, I forget to write my e-mail address:

Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:09:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Still in Cancun....

LOL... Jeeps who need pulling out of? Nothing against you, fellow blogger but I drive a Jeep, the best, hemi... You seem downright "southern" Best of luck to you. I'm a southern lady myself, but born and raised in California. IOW, I have/had the best of both worlds, in the US...To anonymous:
I have not submitted mine yet.. I have plenty of time.. Remember what I stated? I intend to win....


Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:15:44 PM  

Good evening, I'm curious about the lack of ample video(should that be the case)?Could it be because of the issue of non-clarification of just what is meant by "sole property, to be used at your descretion and or for any future advertising /publication/airing and so forth.
I know I possed that question to you but have not received any explanation's.As muich as we are all "free women" as respect to making our own chioces and living our lives as such as loving, caring,and responsible women we do have our loved ones that we still concern ourselves with .I believe that may be part of some of the women's hesitation.
For myself I do know it is a major thing holding me back. I have an immediate family member who is in a position (because of their job)that places them in the public eye. I would not want to have anything that would make them feel uncomfortable.
It is the only thing that is holding me back.
Please try and address this issue for us.
Anxiously awaiting a reply........

Saturday, June 25, 2005 9:21:19 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

It seems I’m always a few days late in following and commenting on the blogs. They make fun reading, but I can’t keep up. So here are a few of my thoughts, not all relating to this posting.

I’m fascinated by the range of reactions to Richard’s search. True, his methodology is original and therefore we all (including RR) are in uncharted territory , but if we look at the process as part of the adventure, there’s something in it for all of us.

For some of us, it’s as simple as learning to dare. Rather than worrying about compatibility and safety (not much of a worry with the “whole world” watching), why not imagine how much one would learn from such a trip – learn about interesting places, learn about an interesting man, and most of all learn about oneself. And at this stage in our lives, isn’t it time to “throw caution to the winds?”

Some people seem concerned about a panel looking over some of the finalists, feeling perhaps that Richard should not find this necessary. And perhaps it won’t be necessary, if he hears in one of us the voice he is listening for – the one that speaks directly to his heart. But, as do other good executives, he plans to seek input from trusted advisors before making a decision, in case things are not so clear-cut. As for the “Finalists at the Greenbriar” idea, while it isn’t my favorite, for many of the reasons mentioned, if it works for Richard, that has to be good enough. And I certainly don’t see it as a potential “catfight” but as a great opportunity to meet some terrific, interesting gals.

I had to smile at the person a week or so ago who wondered if Richard is controlling. Of course he is. As are most “successful” people. They get to where they are by working hard and by make most of the important decisions themselves. The good news is, he’s in his 60’s and presumably gained some perspective on what’s really important. I’d guess that Richard does just fine with someone equally strong and willing to be up front with their needs and preferences, just as long as there’s some give and take.

Then there are those questions regarding Richard’s “real” criteria. I guess we all realize that if he is looking only for is a lady who’s “fit, fun, and free” he’d have found her long ago. But I’m glad he hasn’t been real specific, because it might slant how we present ourselves. This way, we can just be authentically ourselves and let him figure out what works.

And as for you, Richard, feeling perhaps you must measure your words, I say “forgeddaboutit!” You don’t have to be perfect and “politically correct” and pleasing to everyone. None of us do. So don’t loose sight of what this is all about. You’re looking for someone who is compatible and you have to trust that she will understand. If you find that your thoughts are somehow being seriously misinterpreted, you can always clarify at a later time.

Finally, thanks to all who have shared their travel adventures. My favorite personal experience involved arriving VERY late at the hotel where a business meeting was being held early next morning, only to discover that the hotel had given away one of our supposedly confirmed rooms and had only a single king room available for me and the (male) company president. Won’t go into details, but after some arguing, and much laughter, our need for sleep won out– proving that more than politics makes strange bedfellows.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 10:33:32 PM  
Claire said...

As a teenage bride on my first return to England, I had forgotten my grandmother's address in a suburb of London and had walked the streets until my feet were bleeding. No cabs in sight, but a bus came by, and I jumped on it; then was berated by my new husband at getting on a bus without knowing where it was going in order to sit down. Ha! As we were discussing my inadequacy at not having any knowledge of grandmother's address and not knowing where the bus was going, the woman who sat behind us piped up with an offer to come home with her, and she'd try to locate Nan on a map. We took her up on it, had a wonderful cup of tea with biscuits in front of a warm fire, and when we were ready to leave, her son escorted us to the right bus stop. Kindness was that English woman.

Sunday, June 26, 2005 4:27:21 AM  
Marlyn from Michigan said...

To: Carol in Riverwoods, very well put!

Since Richards last posting, it's clear that a majority of us have his best interest at heart.

I also want to say, sight unseen, most of you sound like fine,intelligent, fit and fun gals. Everone's looking good on paper, so to speak, all that's left is chemistry.

It's 8:30am on the east side, Richard probably isn't up yet...anxiously awaiting his next comment. Hopefully he's relieved to read that he can be himself. That's all we want..

It's going to be sunny and 91 degrees in Michigan today...back to the pool when I leave the gym.

Have a great day all,
All my best to you Richard,

Sunday, June 26, 2005 5:45:43 AM  
Anonymous said...

hey SB-with at LEAST a 145 pounds of muscle-in-progress, pro'lly way too many pounds o' pure raw curiosity, lots more pounds o'intellligence & (usually)common sense, & gobs more pounds 0' stamina & heart & more'n a few pounds o'FUN waitin' to be shared--be sure to keep this heavyweight in mind. HA HA

Sunday, June 26, 2005 5:47:55 AM  
Ileana Miranda said...

Hi Richard:
I have been following this adventure, and as many other ladies felt touched by hope. No doubt there are wonderful people in this world to meet, and many ways to find that soulmate we all deserve. I want to comment about your recent idea of getting together with all your finalist for 1 week. I personally believe this can be a twist on your main goal. Discovering someone for a potential relation, is a private process that should not be contaminated by the presence of other candidates around. Like those dating reality TV Shows, if you have seen them, you know what I mean, they are hilarious but full of interpersonal chaos. You have other good options; like choosing different companions for 1 month trip, and you can get a psychological profile to match your finalists, besides all your judges recomendations. As you said, this is about having FUN, not getting into a mess. Whatever character deficits anyone has, you and your family will be able to see them, eventually. But the "all together idea" can scare and harm those that are here for the good reasons. Good luck, Ileana

Sunday, June 26, 2005 6:28:37 AM  
Anonymous said...

A whole lotta laughin'
A whole lotta gigglin'
A whole lotta smilin'
A pound of romance
A pound of unconditional love
A sprinkle of surprise
A pinch of the unexpected
An ounce of expectation
A whole lotta unknown :)
An open mind
Strength of character
A dash of spirituality
A pound of kindness
A pound of compassion
A pound of generosity
A dash of sweetness
and soooo much more :)
That's me!
Senior Bachelorette :)
alias ~~flowingwhitewater~~
Carpe Diem
Live Life With Passion!!!
Don't Worry....Be Happy :)
to be continued.....

Toronto Canada

Sunday, June 26, 2005 6:48:17 AM  
wanda whitworth said...

Hi everyone!! maybe I should slow down a bit and explain the mud boggin' it is down by the river, close to our very small airport. the pit is full of mud approx. 2'- some places 5' in the holes gotta watch out!! deep if you get stuck you are stuck even in a HEMI!! it is a blast!! the whole family has fun we have hills for the kids to run up and down to get dirty on, not to worry, they clean up nicely in the river, some of the not so locals bring tents, campers, trailors and set up for the weekend. it is wholesome fun, for everyone. the rodeo grounds are also very close so if you should get a notion walk on over and say hi to those hard worken cowboys and girls they are always up for conversation. Now of course there is the Lake just one minute to the north the Flathead Lake where quite a few just jump in... Richard, I hope you are able to get away and have a little time off here and there yourself, although, I am getting hooked on reading the blogs everyday now and find that I am entering more and more...

Sunday, June 26, 2005 7:55:39 AM  
wanda whitworth said...

I was suppose to leave my e-mail address...

have a wonderful Sunday!!

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:01:47 AM  
Anonymous said...

-to wanda-oh sure you can get out of a 5' mudhole in a Hemi--but can you get out of a 4' snowdrift in a Studebaker? :)

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:13:50 AM  

A Good Sunday to you all,
I agree with Marilyn in Michigan when she say's that she agree's with "Claire in Riverwoods"
Richard, you go for it!

I know I've said this before but I would love to meet with these ladies, how wonderful to have a meeting of the minds like this from women all over the US, Canada, and elsewhere.
We need to figure out a way to make a connection in person .It could be a gas!Obviously we won't lack for conversation, all though I must say, this is working because we can't all talk at the same time :):):):):):):):)::):):)!
And yes this thing has become better then any of those goofy soap opera's we ALL used to watch.
Maybe we can have a big sleep-over
some where.
Well the sun awaits me too, (my prescription for anything that ails ya, better then the drugs out there for sure) especially if you live here in the mid-west.
Meet ya out there Marilyn.
Till later,

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:47:41 AM  
Anonymous said...

I would just like to reiterate on knowing who has been elimated. I'll be honest. I'm not one for reading x number of blogs a day to see if I'm missing something. If I'm eliminated, let it be and I will carry on. I also would like to know more about the panel, plus their pictures.
All in all, the best chemistry connection will likely win. It dosen't matter what you do, what you weigh or how much you travelled with faux pas happening to you. Am I being realistic?
Richard are us ladies who have started bogging instead of emailing going to be forgotten in the process? I mean the anonymous ones?

Sunday, June 26, 2005 9:38:56 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hello, Why has "Ciao" suddenly appeared before your name when you sign off. Just before the name Richard appears Ciao. Please let us know!!

Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:01:10 AM  
Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I don't get a sense that blogging or not is part of the criteria to be chosen -- as I understand it, the criteria is still the tape, bio and photo you are supposed to send in. I don't get a sense that "special" or "closer" relationships have been established via emails with Richard -- unless I am mistaken. My emails (which were earlier in the process, before blogs) were rather succinctly answered in a sentence or two and nothing "special" . I was just glad to know there was a real entity at that address since this whole process is so far-out.

I also believe it comes down to chemistry. Richard looks and sounds real good to me, but there is no predicter for the face-to-face reality -- and we must remember the reality, as entrancing and romantic as the whole scenario is in inspiring our storybooks to open and our dreams to fly.

This has turned into more than a story about two people on a journey for romance and adventure. I like that, but it adds more dimensions to the person Richard chooses.

Hopefully soon we will hear more from Richard about how he is choosing, who is in the running, how will we be notified.. Talking to each other is fun but what we really want is more information about the search.

Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:05:28 AM  
Anonymous said...

Ciao means "good-bye" in Italian and is a word used by many cultures to say good bye

Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:08:15 AM  
Anonymous said...

WHere did you get that info about it being a TV series? Richard said it will be filmed (I assumed like Pop&Me was filmed) in an article I read. Richard, please respond.

Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:11:25 AM  
Anonymous said...

Isn't 'ciao' both a hello & a good-bye in Italian? meaning something like "I'm your slave." Wouldn't THAT be a hoot? for me..

Sunday, June 26, 2005 11:59:03 AM  
Adventurous said...

Hi! Richard, it is 3:24pm here in Dallas. Very hot today. Continue to be Richard and keep everything very simple. When September 16th deadline ends choose your 15 women, meet at the resort and narrow it down to six women one for each of your six months of travel. Give a thank you to all who joined in to make this a fun journey. Everybody can't be selected.
I love spending time with my grandchildren also. They are one of life's greatest joys and gift to us. Family is important and first before anything else. Lots of success in search of your Queen for I am in search of my King. I am ready for this fun unknown road of travel.:) You will have to meet me to know that I am an original.:)
Don't forget to rest. By for now.

Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:46:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

Dear angry one....please go find another site....we 're trying to have some fun here....

Sunday, June 26, 2005 5:36:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

no mal; es muy inteligente

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:01:04 PM  
Anonymous said...

no mal; es muy inteligente

Sunday, June 26, 2005 8:01:15 PM  

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