Saturday, August 27, 2005

Manhattan Beach Event

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Its been quite busy since the Oprah Senior Bachelor re-run a few days ago; working on the arrangements for the Manhattan Beach event, trying to put the Chicago event together, and possibly one or two more cities.

I've just received some astonishing statistics. On the first day the Oprah SB segment aired on April 27, there were approximately 500,000 hits to the website. Because the Thursday broadcast was a re-run, and it was in the dog days of summer with many people on vacations, etc., we believed the traffic to the site might be about 1/2. In fact it was double, almost one million hits, just the first day. And yes, thousands of new e-mails. On balance, this is a positive occurrence because it is drawing attention to "our crowd" and "our mission."

Manhattan Beach is shaping up to be quite a fun event. At least I hope so. We all are in new territory with this endeavor, and that adds a lot of mystery, Romance, and Adventure. On the one hand I am nervous, and the other hand excited. As my Irish grandmother used to say "we shall see." I hope you all are well.


Anonymous said...

Thought for a late Saturday evening home alone

"Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate."


Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:02:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Ted R.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:10:10 PM  
Katie said...

Hello Richard: wow... I saw you on Oprah...double wow.
This was the first I heard of you and have to admit, you got my interest. I checked out your site and blog and learned lots. I've done lots of single stuff and find the male female ratio often 10 females for each male. you are one very lucky guy... your ratio is more like hundreds to one guy. Pretty impressive ! What are you going to do with all these women?
I would love to go on this trip with you, but realize, after reading some of your newsletter and comments from your fan club, that I don't stand a chance. Which is sad, because I'm fun and you would be very fortunate to travel with me. But with all the people you have to select from, I don't stand a chance. What makes me, is me: I'm average looking with a fantastic, fun personality. But because you are human - and a male one at that- you will notice only the pretty ones; that human nature, and thus I don't stand a chance.
If this whole thing is really a quest to promote love for older people, why aren't you doing this with a group of guys instead of alone? good luck finding that special lady.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:16:03 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Ted, That is what I have HAD had to do, and probably would have done so anyway. Is this convoluted? Good Night, Ted. From a very nice, sweet ANONYMOUS lady named Jayne. How do you like that Ted? I always wanted a title!! Now I am Lady Jayne. Sweet Dreams

Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:35:28 PM  
Kathleen Kulow said...

Hi Richard. When I saw you on the Oprah rerun, I knew immediately that I am the woman you are hoping to meet. And I also believe you are the man I've been waiting for. A close friend was watching the show and called me when it was over to tell me that she, too, believe that you and I are destined to meet.

Unfortunately, I am not going to compete for you. That would betray everything I am and everything I believe. And I can only imagine there are thousands of women (maybe millions?) who will try to "win" you.

I think you are an adventurous, intriguing, exciting man, Richard, and I wish you much peace, love and joy as your search continues.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:08:50 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard. How terrific that there was such a great response from the Oprah show! Very cool. Good for you! (And good for us!)

And you are going to have such fun next week! Wish I could be with all of you (But it is looking better and better for me to go to Chicago)! You and Joe are doing such a great job on this meet-up ... and I know you all will have a blast! And ... you are going to meet a lot of the girls from the NNBB Sisterhood too - and they are truly amazing!! (As you well know!) : ) Just ... breath deep ... and Enjoy!

Hi Ted R. Thanks for the great quotes. Are you new to the SB Blog? Or have you been one of the silent ones out there observing all of our carrying on? Whatever/Whoever you are - Welcome. Glad to have you posting with us! We have only a few men here that we know of - so we are glad to have you join us - and hope you will post often (if you can get a post in edgewise between all of us ladies - hee hee). Also hope you will check out the Alaskan Cruise that Richard is planning - for next summer. The Senior Love Boat! We want to have as many men as women - because we expect that Richard will be 'taken' by then!

Hi Katie: Welcome to you as well! I've been on The SB Blog since the beginning - and even if you don't feel that you 'stand a chance' with Richard - remember that this is also about romance and adventure for those who are over 40/50. And there are many who are part of the journey - in support of their friends and other Bloggettes.

And, though it may appear to be 'a fan club' - poor Richard has been through his share of 'attacks' and questions and bickering and cat fights (meow) ... and all kinds of frustrations through this venture. We've just all (almost all) come to a place where we just want to live in peace (No Girls - NOT 'World Peace' - ha ha) ... and just try to get along - and play nice - and giving Richard a break - for a change. (right Richard?) : )

And - for some 118 women who sent in tapes immediately after the first Oprah airing - meeting Richard for the first time has been a long time coming. A very long time. So, naturally, we are excited for them.

So ... please feel free to hang out with us ... and support this very different effort. A lot of us meet up to chat at Desert Flowers Blog also ('girl stuff', ya' know) ... and my Blog has info about a heart bracelet that we are distributing to raise funds for American Heart Association and World Heart Federation - a very good cause. And a special thanks to Richard and Joe - for helping us support that effort!

So - maybe you won't be part of the trip with Richard - but you might just make some wonderful friends ... and become part of a special community. Hope you will consider joining in.

Thanks Anonymous 'Lady Jayne'! Love the name!! : )

'Night All. Sleep well!

Warm regards,


Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:42:40 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Just saw this great bumper sticker
"Well behaved women rarely make history" by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

How true...

Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:46:32 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

You are such a wonderful, positive person. I love to read your positive posts!

It's just fantastic what you are doing with the red heart bracelets and for such a great cause. I hope everyone gets over to your blog (click on her name for the newbies) and buys one from you!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:01:12 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

I have that one on my refrigerator, it holds up a picture my sister took of me. I never was well behaved so maybe soon I'll make history and maybe with Richard! Wishful thinking is always fun! Michelle

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:08:01 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Thanks Carol! Appreciate that.

We are all very excited about what is happening with the heart bracelets. Joe is setting it up for us to have a table in MB - and I am sending out 400 bracelets for Connie and CJ to help distribute and collect donations. I hope I have to order more for Chicago. : )

Ah - see Michelle is having a positive attitude too! Good for you!

I just read something that I really liked - on another Blog - and, since it seems to be 'quote night' here at the SB Blog - I'll pass it along (and hope no one is offended by the reference to God):

Neil Donald Walsh in one of his “Conversations With God” books - was asking a question of God and God’s reply was “When in doubt, what would love do.”

Deep thoughts for the wee hours of the morning. (ha ha)

Later All. Have a good one.


Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:17:08 PM  
w in cencal said...

I also want to thank you for your positive comments on the blog. You always have a kind word for everyone and you're so witty too. I wish you were coming to MB, I would love to meet you.

I haven't checked the blog since yesterday morning so I was surprised to see that I have won the gift bag for the Murad Day Spa re the question about the Manhattan Beach pier.
I want to send that gift bag to you to thank you for all you have done regarding the beautiful wristbands to raise funds for the AHA and WHF. I will e-mail you to get your address okay?

I know many of us have daytime or nightime jobs (I'm one of them). I find it hard to follow the blogs, just not enough hours in the day. I do read Richards initial blog and some of the others but simply can't read them all.

Fellow bloggettes;
I don't want anyone to think that I'm not being sociable. I enjoy reading what each of you have to say. I am fascinated by your stories of families, friends, travel, etc. When we meet, I'll share some of mine with anyone who wants to listen.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:40:42 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...


What an incredibly AWEsome quote!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:41:56 PM  
w in cencal said...

Thank you so much for letting me know that I am the winner of the gift bag from the Murad Spa!

I checked out Nancy's site and it's hilarious! Your wife is a jewel and I do hope we will get to meet her next week.

I would also like to thank you for all of the info you've given to those of us who will be attending. Isn't this one of the craziest adventures you ever been involved with?

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:57:09 PM  
Operawench said...

Greetings to Everyone involved with this Extravaganza called SB!!!

Thank you Joe and Richard for shoring up the security faction. I'm glad everyone will be identified that is part of the MB Party. I too want to go to the beach on the shuttle so I hope all the arrangements for that works out.

Less than a week and we'll all be in sunny CA!! I'm fortunate enough to live here so I will be driving north a couple of hours to get to MB. I'm bringing my camera, hopefully Richard won't mind getting in some photos with the NNBBSH. That way he'll have something to brag about when he goes to

Ladies I appreciate the positive thoughts that occur on this blog. As one of the "youngins" I have much to learn from you all. Yes, Richard we are a spunky, sassy, sexy bunch of mature know Girls just want to have fun!

Love to you all,
The Operawench

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:17:34 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi "W in cencal":

Congratulations. Please let me know where to send it. We'll figure a way to get me your address (do not post it on the blog!)

Glad you like Nancy's site ( She developed it as sort of stress relief valve from her corporate communications job where she has to be so formal and professional all the time. Plus, she just has a slightly twisted way of looking at things that cracks me up.

Speaking of "crazy adventures"... maybe it was because I was there to hear her scream (yes, she actually screamed), but this is one of my favorite paragraphs from "Extreme Vacation- Family Style" on her website:

Being in Costa Rica is like being in God’s Pick-A-Part lot. It’s as if God said “Gee, I have all these extra insect parts, now what can I build?” Every insect reminds me of the toys from under the bad kid’s bed in ‘Toy Story’. The aptly named “Halloween Crab” is purple and orange with bright white spots on its back. At least that’s what I remember before I start screaming.

Too much! Be sure to send her a "Bitch-o-Meter" email from her website.

I'm not usually up this late but trying to get caught up on things for the Event. Please get any other special requests in ASAP. And be sure to check back here starting Monday as details will start firming up. Check the "Meet the SB" link on for details so far.

Sleep, sleep, perchance to dream...


Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:21:14 AM  
w in cencal said...

Hi Joe, My, you ARE up late, but then so am I. I will be coming to MB next week so maybe I can pick up the gift bag then? I will be driving down from San Luis Obispo county. By the way, I grew up in Torrance so I'm familiar with the South Bay area. It will be fun for me to go "home" again.
I love the way Nancy has with words. She's so entertaining and I can see why everyone looks forward to your Christmas letters. I never liked to get those "brag" letters but this is such a unique way to let everyone know what's been happening with the Franklin family. Like I said before, she's a hoot!

Hello Richard;
I had a feeling that Thursdays re-run would draw a lot of attention to your "mission" but those statistics are incredible!

Just goes to show you that there are many of "us" out there looking for that special someone to fill the void in our lives.

I guess we're all nervous and excited as we come close to finally meeting Richard Roe, Senior Bachelor in person...I agree with your Irish grandmother,"we shall see".

It's getting very late so I will say goodnight and sweet dreams to all.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:33:44 AM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Richard, Dittoes from what Katie said. My quote I used on back of my cards in real estate was"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care".Best of luck in your search. May the forces be with you. shalom.Okie from Tulsa

Sunday, August 28, 2005 4:30:59 AM  
Merrymary said...

The dittoes only apply to the first 2 paragraphs of Katie's letter. I've been very lucky winning trips when my husband was alive. I won a trip to Cancun from the horse races, a trip to New Orleans from Sympathy at Sunset, a trip to Hawaii from a 5K drawing and a Cape Cod tour from KRMG so I'm pretty lucky. Also, the timing on this is perfect. I just retired from real estate and moved to a condo in Tulsa to be near my kids. My precious dog passed away in April so I had her cremated and she'll be buried with me. She was just beautiful. She was American Eskimo and required lots of attention. I know it's late to join in but it sounds like a real blast. I'll get my grandson over so we can work on a tape. As my late husband used to say "Time will tell". I'm also Irish....partly. I gotta meet the kids in Sapulpa for 8:30 church and Sun. School then birthday party lunch for my 19 year old grandson. Have a wonderful Sun. to you and yours and all the hopeful gals out there. This is fun. I wish I'd been in from the beginning. Oh well I'll give it a good try. Later....

Sunday, August 28, 2005 5:43:57 AM  
Jennystellenbosch said...

I have an idea.. why not find a "senior bachelor" for each city (major city)... I know guys here in Cleveland who would happily put up the money for a trip for all the attention that Richard is getting..

Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:34:49 AM  
Anonymous said...

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey."
Vic H.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:38:34 AM  
Anonymous said...


There must be more than one silent (strong?) observant type on this blog.


Sunday, August 28, 2005 6:41:37 AM  
Phyl said...

Good afternoon all from Dublin:

It's kinda cloudy, kinda sunny, kinda windy, kinda warm here today ... bit like the bloggers really *LOL*.

Hmmmm ... we have some quotes ... nice ... and we also appear to have some gentlemen appearing?? Welcome to you all. Most of us are of the friendly garden variety which means we are absolutely fantastic and like perennials we keep popping up and growing!(*phyl's original quote*). God, some amazing gardener will probably come back with latin names etc to blow me off the blog ;).

Brenda: you mentioned Neale Donald Walsch. As you like movies and documentaries, you and others might like to check out The director Stephen Simon is involved. They are casting for 'Conversations with God' movie this month. Auditions to be held in Ashland and film will be shot there.They send out a dvd each month which has a mixture of documentaries and short movies and movies that don't make the big screens like the blockbusters but are thought-provoking. They are based in Ashland (maybe you've heard of them Sunni?). Richard,as a movie-maker you may be interested also or maybe you've already heard of the site?

Ted R? ... are you related to Richard ... does the R stand for Roe? Just wondering :)

Jennystellenbosch: Great idea girl.
interesting name you have there. Stellenbosch is a place in South Africa ... do you have links there?
Welcome to the blog.

Ok .... gotta go ... its now more sunny than cloudy. I have to go nurse my virus, take my VitC blah blah to try to get my energy back.

Be good everyone

Ciao ......... Phyl

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:27:54 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

jennystellenbosch - At last - someone else from Ohio!!! I've asked in the past, but no one responded. Are you in Cleveland or a nearby city? I'm about 40 miles west of Cleveland. Welcome!


Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:34:58 AM  
Phyl said...

p.a. Brenda ..... apologies ... should also have referred to you as a movie-maker in my previous post :).

Richard: your Irish grandma sounds like a wise woman :).

Ciao ..... Phyl

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:02:33 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Wanda, I have received your materials but alas, no e-mail address. Please e-mail me at richard@seniorbachelor with your address please. RR

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:14:14 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard THE ROE/MANce and Adventure Kid on the blog + 'posse'!
Final Countdown to the Manhattan Beach soiree, you are going to 'bee' a busy little 'B' (for Bachelor:) buzzing around the beautiful scented flowers! Manhattan Beach will never be the same as this soiree is bound to ignite all the Bachelorettes and Bachelors of the 'hood' :)
When it comes to ROE/MANce and Adventure you have at long last awakened the 'sleeping giant' within, the vibrant,exciting,sexy,intelligent etc. 50+ group of peeps that we have a place in society and not to be put on the 'backburner', so to speak! When my daughter and I walk together we are often seen as Sisters and not Mother and Daughter as we both have this long blonde curly hair 100% a la natural! On the odd ocasion a 'frisky male' will try to approach us little realizing that I am the Mother. The fun starts when 'mr. frisky' realises that I am the Mother and backs-off- with a very coy, shy, reaction and vanishes never to be seen! I have sooo much fun with my kidz, my Eldest Son and I have often had waitresses in a restaurant think we were 'an item' and in disbelief when I reveal who I am:) Just a bit of sharing about my kidz on this bright and beautiful mornin'!
Here's to ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE whoever the fortunate gal may be, she is in for a whirlwind of surprises! I sure could do with a change of pace like that!
from 'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:16:08 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha again Richard the ROE/MANce and Adventure kid, Joe and the rest of the 'posse':) I see the name STELLENBOSCH belonging to one of our new bloggers, interesting as I had a dream of my daughter being accepted into the University Of Stellenbosch, which is one of the most picturesque university towns in South Africa that I have ever seen. Surrounded by the famous Stellenbosch Winery and Vineyards in the Cape Province, I used to love visiting that quaint town with the tall Oak Trees lining the streets. I love the wine country with rows and rows of vineyards, a beautiful sight from the top of a hill scanning across the valleys below. I know I would love Tuscany, Italy:)
I am a dreamer and believe in DREAMING BIG, the fun is making my DREAMS A REALITY:)
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. Richard your Irish Grandmother must have been a feisty, adorable, lovable lady!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:33:58 AM  
ClickGirl said...

Good Morning, Richard!
Good Morning Ladies ... and Gentle-men!

Hey Phyl – hope you get to feeling better soon! Thanks for the info on Spiritual Cinema Circle. Will check that out. Sounds interesting. I actually saw that quote – long story – but it actually came from ‘Sandy’s Space’. She posted here on SB – but then deleted her posts. She has some beautiful writings on her site. Go to Desert Flowers to see more about that … and my little ‘challenge’. Okay – maybe it wasn’t a challenge … more a ‘request’.

Also - so quick of you (and like you) to connect a possible link between Ted R and RR. I didn’t even think of that. : ) So Ted … enquiring minds want to know. (ha ha)

W in CenCal: Thank you for your very kind comments – and your offer of the Murad bag … but I can’t really accept that! You must – must – must enjoy that bag at MB!! I’m not doing what I’m doing to receive anything in return – I’m doing it because I enjoy it – and I’m getting such a kick out of seeing that it has the potential for raising lots of money for a good cause. And … I’m getting a lot of ‘praise’ – but Ceesoo/Dancingirl is also doing an awful lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work too … and should be recognized. I do have an idea though … so send me an Email. We’ll chat. : ) And - again - thanks! You are very kind!

Merry Mary and Jenny Stellenbosch – Welcome!! And great idea Jenny!

JP WATERS – Ahhhhh … So there are strong, silent types out there! Cool! : ) We were hoping … because we know there are way more of ‘us’ … than Richard. So welcome to you … if you are, indeed, one of those types. And … even if you aren’t. : )

Have a good one, Everyone!


Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:05:10 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard and 'posse':)

You are soooo sweet, took a peek at your blogsite, wonderful pics of you and your family! I plan to purchase one of your Red Wristbands and look forward to meeting you at the pending Chicago soiree:) will do it then! You and I are the same age and the year of the Tiger too, how interesting!
To top it all my Karma is in the House of Aries this Life, meaning I have a lot of 'unfinished business' with Aries this lifetime, and I have avoided it for as long as I can remember! I see that you are an Aries!!!!! Synchronicity is definitely an important factor here and I firmly believe that EVERYTHING in Life is perfectly synchronised! Of couse having 'Free Will' enables us to make choices but still perfectly synchronised choices:)
We are ALL 'fellow travellers' and meet on the road of Life which is soooo exciting!
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:10:16 AM  
Phyl said...


I have some kind of recollection of someone saying that Wanda's computer had packed in so I don't know if she is still able to read the blogs or not. I think Cathy in Carolina has a phone no. for her.

HEY GUYS: Does anyone have a contact no for Wanda or Cathy in Carolina so that Wanda can send an email address??

Ciao ... Phyl

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:19:28 AM  
Phyl said...

JP ..... why not fall in love and chocolate ;)

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:24:10 AM  
Anonymous said...

to phyl & click & any other enquiring minds
No Roe here. Just Ted.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:35:51 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE Richard!:)
Countdown to Manhattan Beach Soiree!

Hello to ALL our friends in New Orleans and the areas threatenend by Hurricane Katrina
Thoughts and Prayers go out to you at this trying time!
Hoping our Floridian Friends are also in safe keeping after 'katrina' swept through that area too!
G-D Speed
Senior Bachelorette
Toronto Canada

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:46:26 AM  
Jennystellenbosch said...

What a great welcome!!! Thanks..

I was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa.. hence the screen name. Now American!!!! I have lived in Zimbabwe, Switzerland and Canada, as well!

The fact that God put me in Cleveland Ohio is irrefutable proof that He has a sense of humour.

A thought for those ladies trying to win Richard's heart or the trip... you will need a valid passport. If you don't have one it takes about 2 weeks(expedited). Start at the Post Office.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:54:45 AM  
Anonymous said...

'The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.'

Do believe Joe's got it.


Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:55:42 AM  
gold&spice said...

I enjoyed a wonderful Birthday yesterday at Seaworld. Alone but not lonesome. Great weather. Wish I had RR to hold hands with, especially when it was eve time and the sky dimed to that romantic medium velvet blue,the lights flickered on casting diamonds over the water and the trees played music that gently rode the warm breeze and tickled my ears, fireworks erupted in happy chorus and skipped into the atmosphere, while water, fire and multicolored lights danced a myriad of sequences....ahh perhaps next time Richard. LOL

Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:19:08 AM  
Phyl said...

JP ...... I do believe you're right. It is the single most important thing and yes I also think Joe has it!

Brenda: Saw your 'challenge' on Suzanne's site. Gonna do it :).
God I should get the flu more often *LOL*.

BTW thanks for your suggested remedies. Yep they are all available here. I'm just impatient and want all the symptoms to be gone within 24 hours *LOL*. Ignore me.


p.s. sorry for blog-hogging today ... head foggy. Promise not to do it again for ages.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:19:32 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Richard I will email Wanda's address to you and telephone number.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:50:39 AM  
Phyl said...

Tks Ted for answering the question :).

Suzanne: that's great that you have Wanda's contact details but her pc must still be out of action or she would have been on the blog?

Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:57:40 AM  
CC said...

VJ , OutofAFrica, Dreamweaver, Aries/karmed/one-- Post your photo so we can see that lovely Rapunzel hair. :))

Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:26:27 AM  
ClickGirl said...

Hi Vj! Thanks for the kind words. I do have a great family! Have many more pics … just takes sooooo much time to post! So that is just a start.

And, yes, I am an Aries. And not only am I an Aries – but, apparently, my birthday is the day after Richard’s. April 4th. A very good day! Of course, every day is a good day to me! : )

How interesting that you would write today – because I had this dream last night – where I went to a website – it was your website - and there were photos there (okay – this is weird – they were still photos … but they were moving – not video – but moving … like they came to life). And you were dancing. And, of course, I don't have website info on you! Isn’t that – well – ironic? Doo doo doo doo (where is that Twilight Zone music when you need it?) ha ha ha ha And ... Honestly - this happened. I know I am always joking around - but this truly happened.

So will definitely look forward to meeting you in Chicago (provided I can make it – depends on the final date). And we will have the bracelets in Chicago as well! If you want one before – just send me mailing info – click on my name and go to my Email – and I will send one out to you.

Hey Gold&Spice: Happy B’Day!!! Sounds like it was a good day! By the way – would that be Sea World in Orlando – by any chance? If so – you live fairly near to me. Just curious.

Hey JennyS: Thanks for sharing! And good suggestion – about the Passport! Of course – I have mine – all ready to go. And – unfortunately – with an absolutely horrible photo! Worst – EVER!! : ( Going through customs … hopefully – they wouldn’t recognize me! : )

Phyl – Great response to JP!! : )


Great combination!!

And, about ‘the challenge’ - Yes! – ‘Do It’. Several gals have already started the chain! : )

And JP – ‘Ditto’ about Joe! He is great! And we love Nancy too! Have you checked out her web? Too, too funny!

Hello ‘Just Ted’. Welcome – Roe … or not. : ) Glad to have you with us! Remember – this is not just about Richard … (as Richard always says) … it is about promoting Romance and Adventure for All Ages … but mostly over 40 … and especially over 50! Do you fit in there? : )

Later All.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:02:57 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi "Just Ted". This is my first chance to check out the blog since last night. I have been glued to CNN and calling all my friends and one sister in the NOLA area. I have been worried sick over this awful hurricane, Katrina. I am not afraid of the weather, because I was brought up just south of New Orleans, but this is what they are calling the "Big One". I fear that New Orleans may disappear. Well anyway, Ted, whom ever you may be. I like you and all your insightful wisdom. You are a peace maker. See how ALL calmed down after you entered the blog. We could use a brain like yours in Washington. Now, I won't go THERE because I have very definate opinions about politics. I am telling myself, "Lady Jayne, just hush, no political blogging or you will open another Pandora's box from which you may not be able to escape". I feel certain that you will remain anonymous as will I. We will never know who the other really is, but you impressed me, and that is a feat in itself, impressing me!!! I hope you are not in harms way in the NOLA area or in the swamp lands I was brought up in. I have used up enough of Sweet Richard's Blog. So long for now! From the very nice, lovely ANONYMOUS LADY now anointed "Lady Jayne"

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:02:58 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Richard Don't be nervous, we don't bite. Of course, there was this time I went to a girlfriends house and she had a cockateel that talked up a storm. One of it's favorite expressions was "I Love You, I don't Bite". So being the animal lover that I am, I reached over to give it a little scratch on the neck and the darn thing latched onto my finger and darn near took it off. LOL

But really, I don't think any of us bite.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:14:39 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Katie Welcome to Richard's blog. There are a bunch of us ladies that talk over on my site - desertflowers and we have another site you can view pics of us to put a face with a blog on our site This site was done by one of the lovely, vivacious I might add, ladies Linda in Tucson. Please feel free to join us. And by the way, you have as much chance as meeting up with Richard as any of the rest of us do. So please, if you are close enough come and party with us. We will welcome you with open arms. My email address is if you'd like some of the inside scoop. Please reconsider. If you go to my blog and look at my hilarious picture with no makeup and undone hair you will see that I'm nothing to rave about, and I'm going - because I got the brains. LOL

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:20:32 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

LadyJane Like your name, and know you weren't speaking directly to me, but still would like to welcome you as a new person we can put a name to. You can go to the site and take a gander had some of the find ladies that will be attending the MB party. Not all that are on the site are going, some may go to the Chicago event. Anyway....welcome.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:23:21 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Kathleen We actually don't consider this adventure a competition. I think it will go much further than just Richard. This is for the adventure of promoting Romance for All Ages especially those over 50. What may eventually happen is a really fun Senior Bachelor/Senior Bachelorette get together. Did you check out Richards cruise idea for all seniors. It may just be what you and all the rest of us needed to meet a higher standard of suitors.

Hugs Suzanne

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:26:46 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

W in CenCal Congratulations to you for being the winner of the prize. How fun is that!

Brenda My new friend, I'm just so happy that you have a little time to write on the blogs. We miss you so much when you get busy and have to "work" "yucky". I've been spending around 15 hours on the compute for our new business and I think my brain is in overload. I just ask my daughter how to spell "the" LOL.

RICHARD I just called Wanda and said you were asking for her address and I told her that I had sent it to you along with her telephone number. She did a couple of somersaults before she could land on her feet again to talk with me. She really misses everyone and told me to tell "HAPPY" that she was sending hugs her way.


Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:33:37 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha ROE/MANcin' and Adventurous Richard and 'posse':)

cc...Hola Ci Ci:) Senorita, I am not Aries, I am Cancer/Leo but my Life's Karma is in the House Of Aries according to the Hebrew astological chart. Meaning that there is a lot of spiritual 'work' connecting me to the Sign of Aries!
I am wayyyy tooooo shy to post a picture of me wid my 'Rapunzel' hair...cute one cc! At the upcoming Chicago Soiree whoever is there will meet me and then see 'who I am' :) I wish to remain kinda 'incognito' until I meet the peeps personally. I may even arrive in Chicago with a long black wig, just for the hell of it:) nothing like catching peeps 'offguard'...more fun that way! :)
I appreciate your suggestion cc and look forward to more interaction on Richard's Blog with the consciousness of ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE....keeping the DREAM ALIVE for all of us!
Watching CNN and Hurricane Katrina that is now a Category 5 Hurricane and scheduled to hit New Orleans etc. early tomorow morning! Let us ALL keep them in our prayers!
Y'all blogettes are way too pretty and savvy for this wee 'ugly duckling' who wishes to become a SWAN one day:)
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada
p.s. having lots of fun and enjoy every minute of being on the blog!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:55:14 PM  
droma said...

nancy and jenny,
I live near Akron,=Rubber city

phyl and foresthills,
Brain foggy from Virus or Hormone swings? My office is in Kent. lol


Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:00:33 PM  
droma said...

nancy and jenny,
I live near Akron,=Rubber city

phyl and foresthills,
Brain foggy from Virus or Hormone swings? My office is in Kent. lol


Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:00:35 PM  
Phyl said...

*LOL* @Droma

In my case Doc its virus and all the 'relieve the symptoms' stuff ... they work .... *thank you god* ;).

Probably Suzan had a virus also ... lot of it going around ;).

Et tu Ellen ....... how are you mon ami??

ciao .... Phyl

p.s. doing the french thing cause you're German *LOL* and cause I know you have a sense of humour!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:22:56 PM  
Phyl said...

Ted ..... you have a lovely admirer my friend :)

Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:25:59 PM  
Phyl said...

Hmmmmmm ........ now in my 'foggy brain' state, why do I have a little niggly sense that the posting from Vj wasn't from Vj!!!!
Just my mind probably working overtime/undertime!!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:29:30 PM  
Phyl said...

hmmmm ..... on second thoughts, having scrolled back ...... I'm probably wrong ..... must be the drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:49:41 PM  
Phyl said...

BTW Vj ..... you don't sound shy cause you keep describing yourself ... maybe that's what confused me ... i.e. the fact that you said you were when someone asked you to post a photo ...

Peace ........ Phyl

Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:00:47 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE Richard...alias 'Indiana Jones' kinda guy:)

'clickgirl' thanks for sharing the dream...WOW there is something in that I firmly believe it! When we meet at the upcoming Chicago Soiree, the dream will have more to it! I always seem to dream of those whom I am going to meet before I meet them in the physical! Talk about 'twilight zone' stuff happenin' here...doo doo doo doo, my whole Life is a mystery filled with amazing coincedences and synchronized events! While the guys and dolls enjoy the Manhattan Beach Soiree we can connect here on the blog and hopefully see the pictures 'roll in' as the 'event' unfolds!
to be continued.....
Toronto Canada
p.s will be interesting to see if you recognise me at the Senior Bachelor Soiree in Chicago...Chicago..da da da da da!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:05:46 PM  
Belizegial said...

Hello Richard, Joe and fellow bloggers.

It's a blessedly peaceful Sunday in the windy tropics and I am enjoying the time off from 'work'.

As usual, the postings here are interesting and a big welcome goes out to the newer visitors to Richard's Blog.

Special mention to Joe's wife, Nancy, who has one of the funniest websites I've visited to date. I can tell she is a great wife and mother; and offers a really humorous view on life in corporate america.

Here is a Thought for a blessed Sunday afternoon:

"May today there be peace within you.

May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are
meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of faith. Let his presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you."

St. Theresa's Prayer

Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:06:37 PM  
gold&spice said...

....clickgirl "!! thanks !!"for the happy b'day. Yes Orlando Seaworld. Happy safe week to all. Welcome newcomers! Saw nnbbsh website, very nice, rich oldman what a tummy tickler, very likable. Looking forward to reading more great chats. Have to run.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:07:40 PM  
sunni said...

Gold&Spice Big Happy
Birthday to you...Love your
choice of places to spend it
and indulge yourself....with fireworks!!!
no less.

Also, to Hurricane Katrina victims,
and those in her path tomorrow,
you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Good Luck if you're riding it out!!!

From Benign Pacific NW

p.s. PHYL It was a blind
date...which makes me his seeing eye
dog? ha ha ( weak joke compliments of
my 'wasband')

Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:39:21 PM  
Phyl said...

Belated Birthday Greetings to you Gold & Spice. Sounds like you celebrated royally :).

Sunni ...... ahh the ole blind date ... always wonder who the blind one is on these ;) ... wasband indeed!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 3:07:46 PM  
Phyl said...

Vic H ......... nice quote .... meant to comment on it earlier.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 3:16:17 PM  
happy said...

to Wanda via Desertfleur

"Hugs" very thankfully received...mean so much - watching from the sidelines.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 4:26:23 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello to all,
Those of us remaining at home will have to live vicariously through all of the attendees in MB......but never fear, Midwest blogettes of the NNBBSH our time is coming in Chicago!
Brenda: You must make it to the Windy City with your bracelets. You are a must to meet.
There are so many on the blog now that it is hard to keep track of everyone.
Joe: Be sure and bring your attitude along to Chicago and everything else will just fall into place.
MerryMary: Hello fellow Realtor - this gal is still active up here 45 miles North of Chicago after 26 years. Can you imagine that we lasted this long?
I feel that I have to stick my 2 cents in once in awhile just to prove that I am still kicking around. Wishing that we could ALL be out there in MB with the group but we will be with you in spirit.
Can't wait for the MB event to start. Inquiring minds want the minute by minute report with photos.........


Sunday, August 28, 2005 4:49:59 PM  
Merrymary said...

I do thank you for the welcomes. I'm very lo-tech. My daughter was my assistant in real estate and she has the brains and I have the gift of gab. I have really enjoyed reading all the messages and already feel like you are all my new friends. You are all so bubbly and happy. I think Richard will have a hard time making his decissions. Well, I hear the rain has just started here in Tulsa so I think I'll go take a bubble bath and get into my nightie and watch a movie with my Elvis Bear. He sings "Are you loney tonight? I say yes I am.....Come back Elvis....Thanks again. Blessings to all, Mary,Mary Quite Contrary

Sunday, August 28, 2005 5:02:09 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hey Suzanne! You sound like you have been busy! That’s no fun! : ) Hope the biz stuff is going well with you and your daughter. Next week I’ll be back on a crazy schedule again too … and won’t be able to stay up until 2 a.m. anymore (ha ha) – as I will be directing a vid edit all week. But I’ll be checking in to see updates on the MB event – you can be sure! This weekend – I have just been getting the bracelets ready – lots of ‘mindless’ stuff – like printing little cards … and cutting red ribbon … and sticking little red hearts on the cards. Fun stuff like that. : ) Wish all of you were here to help (ha ha – just joking). So … going online gives me a little break from the tedium … as we have 400 bracelets going out to MB! Isn’t that great?!!

So glad you were able to reach Wanda. I know she must have been so excited. Hope she is doing well. We miss Wanda!

Thanks Gold&Spice. Yes – Old Geezer is keeping us entertained at Desert Flowers – from time to time. Also – glad you are nearby in Orlando. We’ll have to do a Central FL meet up some time. : )

Hi Chandra. If I don’t make it to Chicago … I will make sure the bracelets do!
But I’m hoping to be there too.

Hey again, Phyl: So – is Vic H another strong and ‘silent’ type? I thought that he was the Author of the quote. Hee hee I was having a ‘Dense Fog’ moment. : )

Hi Sunni: I'm with you on the thoughts about Hurricane Katrina. But I’m hoping there are not many trying to ride this storm out. It is another ‘Andrew’ type storm - and huge – Category 5. Not good! The town officials are saying there could be a 28 foot wall of water … and that they are anticipating their Levee system will break and that their entire downtown will be under water. They said that it would take 1–6 months to pump the water out. It took Homestead many years to recover from Hurricane Andrew (my Brother and two Sisters went through that horrible storm) …so I am just hoping that Katrina will not be as bad as they are anticipating. I have been having a bad feeling today – especially about the people that are sheltered in the big Stadium (over 12,000 people – because the testing to see if the Stadium is able to withstand a hurricane were not completed). My prayers are also with all of those folks … and all within the path of that storm! This will be a long night for them!

Greetings Happy!! So glad to see you here! : )

Best to All,


Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:01:36 PM  
Anonymous said...


You certainly are perspicacious...(no DF there)
That's what I also thought about Vic H.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:15:16 PM  
Carol guzik said...

Hello RR and ladies and now gents of this blogg,
I just got home this afternoon after getting the all clear from my son. It really does pay to live by an international airport. Now my friends a few blocks away have no power, etc.
RR I have to do this, delete if you must.
Anyone that is on line, please say a prayer of your liking for those in Katrinas path. I got lucky again!!!
The eye went over my new apartment of 1 week/ I got home today. I have electricty, cable, iternet, etc.
As I was playing in Orlando, doing business in Orlando, That little bugger came and went. I know what a storm like that does. I moved to the Miami area 3 weeks before Andrew hit. And dropped just a tad and took out Homestead instead of me.
RR, have fun. Ladies and Gents , have fun. Life is really short. My Grams called today, again, just making sure my family is O.K. I was restocking in the Grocery store.

Could some one please turn off my resident proof smoke alarm? I have tried everything. I can't even get to the battery. Trust me, I have tried. My neighbors have tried. I just got home. Stop the chirping please.
And RR, I missed it again.
Have an awesome day and evening everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol / aka Travelin

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:28:55 PM  
coach said...

Hellooooo, everyone. I, too, am worried about Katrina and the lives it is affecting. But today, I heard some bad news for the rest of us: maybe some of you know more about this? I heard the workers were pulled off the oil rigs off the LA coast, of course! But so much damage is expected, and so long to recouperate, that we will have a shortage of gasoline...not just the high prices that we have experienced so far, but the long lines we remember from the early 70's. I, for one, will keep my tank topped off until more is known (fortunately, I drive a hybrid). Please, someone, give me better news! Oh, I just went to an economy news site, and here is what I read:

"The Geopolitics of Katrina
A Category 5 hurricane, the most severe type measured, Katrina has been reported heading directly toward the city of New Orleans. This would be a human catastrophe, since New Orleans sits in a bowl below sea level. However, Katrina is not only moving on New Orleans. It also is moving on the Port of Southern Louisiana. Were it to strike directly and furiously, Katrina would not only take a massive human toll, but also an enormous geopolitical one.

The Port of Southern Louisiana is the fifth-largest port in the world in terms of tonnage, and the largest port in the United States. The only global ports larger are Singapore, Rotterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It is bigger than Houston, Chiba and Nagoya, Antwerp and New York/New Jersey. It is a key link in U.S. imports and exports and critical to the global economy.

The Port of Southern Louisiana stretches up and down the Mississippi River for about 50 miles, running north and south of New Orleans from St. James to St. Charles Parish. It is the key port for the export of grains to the rest of the world -- corn, soybeans, wheat and animal feed. Midwestern farmers and global consumers depend on those exports. The United States imports crude oil, petrochemicals, steel, fertilizers and ores through the port. Fifteen percent of all U.S. exports by value go through the port. Nearly half of the exports go to Europe.

The Port of Southern Louisiana is a river port. It depends on the navigability of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi is notorious for changing its course, and in southern Louisiana -- indeed along much of its length -- levees both protect the land from its water and maintain its course and navigability. Dredging and other maintenance are constant and necessary to maintain its navigability. It is fragile.

If New Orleans is hit, the Port of Southern Louisiana, by definition, also will be hit. No one can predict the precise course of the storm or its consequences. However, if we speculate on worse-case scenarios the following consequences jump out:

The port might become in whole or part unusable if levees burst. If the damage to the river and port facilities could not be repaired within 30 days when the U.S. harvests are at their peak, the effect on global agricultural prices could be substantial.

There is a large refinery at Belle Chasse. It is the only refinery that is seriously threatened by the storm, but if it were to be inundated, 250,000 barrels per day would go off line. Moreover, the threat of environmental danger would be substantial.

About 2 percent of world crude production and roughly 25 percent of U.S.-produced crude comes from the Gulf of Mexico and already is affected by Katrina. Platforms in the path of Katrina have been evacuated but others continue pumping. If this follows normal patterns, most production will be back on line within hours or days. However, if a Category 5 hurricane (of which there have only been three others in history) has a different effect, the damage could be longer lasting. Depending on the effect on the Port of Southern Louisiana, the ability to ship could be affected.

A narrow, two-lane highway that handles approximately 10,000 vehicles a day, is used for transport of cargo and petroleum products and provides port access for thousands of employees is threatened with closure. A closure of as long as two weeks could rapidly push gasoline prices higher."

I do not trust the news media, so who knows something about this!?!? love, shar

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:30:52 PM  
coach said...

And for the rumor about Mars:

I got this one recently, too, and really regretted passing it on, without checking the snopes site (Rumor Has It.) Not more than two days later, my little old (86 years) auntie sent me the rundown from
that this was a BS letter that was being sent out two years AFTER the Mars occurance in 2003! How embarrassing...I was the one who told HER about the site to check out the silly things she was sending ME, before she sent them! O.K. You can stop looking at the sky now!
love, shar

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:51:12 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

HI TO ALL!!!!!!
I have had so little time to Blog and feel that I have missed so much, yet after skimming this afternoon, now I feel right at home again. Same wonderful comradery here on the Blog,

I am so pleased to have had this opportunity to commnicate with all of you all and look forward to getting to know lots of you better.

I guess Chicago dates are not firm yet, Huh???? I want to be there!!

Hope I have more time this week to catch up, I am looking into Limousine services in Chicago. A friend of mine was there recently and found a service who gave her a great deal.

Glad you all found Wanda, my friend will give me a report next week when he meets her.
LOL, until later, Cath

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:51:57 PM  

First off let me tell alll of you how much I missed everyone on the blog. I felt like someone on a Methodone treatment :)
it has taken me hours to catch up , my eyeballs are killing me and, oh no, gadzooks where is my right hand, it’s turned into a little wheely-thingy, side effects of scrollitis ! ! !
I had a wonderful time, but glad to be home. There’s a reason why they say you should have children when your young ! It seems if my daughter has anything to say about it I’ll probably never be a grandmother either, after 2 days of Magic Kingdom, hearing children crying and being yelled at in every language she said, and I quote,”I’m getting sterlized, I’ve got 10 cousins, 8 great couisins, if I start to feel a need for a kid I’ll borrow one from the family !

Richard, who is this new man ? I don’t recognize you, you seem so real now, just as we thought, good !

Carol, thank you for your personal guided tour, loved it, and hope all went well on the home front with Katrina.

Linda,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KUDO’S GREAT JOB ON NNBBS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda thank you for all your info and updating. Remember to feel free to make me your Chicago connection. I’ll be happy to receive the bracelets at my home and help to sell and distribute. Also your comments are soooo sweet and encouraging, I hope I’ll be able to see you in Chicago. BTW please don’t ever feel it neccessary to apologize for using “GOD” in referance to anything. We are all adults here, I’m sure at this point in any of our lives we have come to the realization we “didn’t and can’t do any of this (life) on our own, no matter what word we use for him !

Dreamweaver, hello, I too am a “Tiger”,hope to see you here in Chicago. If you have any questions or concern go to my blog site and ask, I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Belizegirl, loved your prayer, have carried a copy of it for years.

Chandra, hey girl where near Chicago do you live, can’t wait to see ya, here in Chicago too!
You can hail me on my blog site.

Desertflowers, are you sure your not Italian, your crazy just like we are, fun, fun, fun.

Canadianbloggette, miss you kiddo,hope all is well with you and business is good. What’s happening with my necklace, want to wear it here for the “Chicago Happening”Also, the story you posted on the best friend, GREAT, have a copy of it framed in my den for years !!!!!

MaryRose, love the kites, I fly them here where I live, got the lake front right here in front of me and the big Chi-town wind. Come on over and we’ll fly them here!

Joe, please be sure and join us here in Chicago and PLEASE BRING YOUR WIFE, what a trip! Loved her web-site, e-mailed it to all my friends.

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEWBIES, the more the merrier !!!


All our prayers to those in Katrina’s path. My father lives in New Orleans and haven’t been able to get a hold of him yet, I’m sure he’ll be ok but still we worry.

Love to all;

Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:54:18 PM  

cathyincarolina.... hey another tiger and your a sag,and your ezactly the same as me. WOW. what's your exact bithday. You can go to my blog and hit the e-mail if you dont want to answer here, just curious :):)


Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:01:30 PM  
Laurie from Texas said...

Hi Ladies,
Sorry, I have been out of pocket the past few days. Did anyone respond to my inquiry about wanting to share a room at the Manhattan Beach Ayres Hotel? For some reason, I am unable to go back in the blog's messages beyond yesterday to check responses. Sorry - I think I failed to include my email address for those who might be interested in sharing a room. If you are, please contact me at Thanks so much! God bless all of you dynamic ladies in your quest for love and fun!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:35:44 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Anon – Perspicacious. Yep – that’s me. (ha ha) So glad that you thought the same thing about Vic H! I thought I was having a foggy moment. Ha Ha Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought that way! And … okay – I admit – I had to look up that word. : )

Carol – Glad you missed the storm … and that it didn’t do damage to your new place.

Hey Cathy in Carolina! So glad to see you posting! I’m waiting for those dates on Chicago too! Hopefully, we will hear soon – so we can make our plans. But I know there are more pressing issues at the moment (MB). : )

Chi-Town!! Welcome home! Glad you are back safely! We’ve missed you on here … and glad you are all ‘caught up’. Also - thanks for your comments! I sent you an Email – hope you got it. : )

Hey Coach/Shar – But the Mars thing sounded real! : ) Don’t you just hate that. Some of those things sound authentic! And I believed that one too. If I hadn’t seen the report on the news – I would have been out there looking too! : )

About the report that you posted - I just heard the same thing on the news … and there was a post on Desert Flowers site about it also – about how Katrina will affect the economy. Not just that city.

I worry about that … but I am mostly worried about those people in that city ... and that Stadium. I grew up in Miami and The Keys … and my Sisters and Brother went through Andrew … and living here in Tampa, we worried through all of last years Hurricane season. It is just such a frightening thing to have something that big barreling towards your city. And the poor Florida panhandle - there are reports saying they will also feel strong affects from this storm - and they still haven't recovered from last time. Anyway - I pray for all of those folks tonight - who are in the path of Katrina!

‘Night All,


Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:37:32 PM  
Laurie from Texas said...

Hi Ladies,
I have been out of pocket the past few days, so am not aware if anyone responded to my inquiry about sharing a room (non-smoking) at the Ayres Hotel in Manhattan Beach. I am unable to go back beyond Saturday's blog messages to check them for responses. If you did write and/or are interested, please contact me at Thanks mucho!
Good luck to all of you ladies in finding the love of your dreams!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:37:53 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

OK Bloggers I've tried for a week to get a picture to work so here goes.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:13:54 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Chi-Town It's me, you said you wanted to talk to me, important stuff....I did email you so here you email me this time LOL

Hugs Suzanne

Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:16:23 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey JOE I understand I missed a "Double Dog Dare" from you. Looks like I've got to go find me some water wings for the big swim. Never could pass up a dare, much less a double dog one. (Grin)


Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:41:19 PM  
leslie said...

Joe If Suzanne can wear water wings, can I bring a noodle? (Double Dog Grin)


Sunday, August 28, 2005 9:51:40 PM  
Anonymous said...

Laurie in Texas, please go over to Desert Flowers blog site.

CJinSoCal has responded over there to your room query. fyi

Sunday, August 28, 2005 11:39:42 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

OK Leslie You bring your noodle and I'll bring the water wings and will swim in the spa that's made for about 5 people. LOL - That way if I drown someone is close by to save me. LOL

What a week.

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:51:28 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

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Monday, August 29, 2005 1:06:33 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Well guess what? My daughter being as frugal as I am replenishes the ink in the cartridges of her printer herself. So tonight she ask me if I would help her and I said surrrrrrrrrre.

It went kind of like this. "Mom you have to put tape on this little hole and tape it really, really tight or the ink will come gushing out" I say "Should I put some plastic gloves on" and she says "Nauwwwww you won't need them it's really easy" So as we are filling these little lovely containers with colorful ink I look at my fingers which are now covered in yellow, cyan, black, and red ink and say "daughter...I need to wash my hands before this stains....." and daughter says "oh Mom it won't come out for a couple of days."

So guess who gets to shake my colorful little fingers at the party. Now how attractive is that going to be for heavens sakes? NOW WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO.....LOL

Good thing I'm not pretentious!
Hugs Suzanne

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:06:33 AM

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:09:39 AM  
Anonymous said...


Ladies, Richard and everyone that read this post.

This an urgent call to all of the energy workers, healers, Reiki practitioners, and believers to send prayers, energy and Love to Katrina and to the people that are on her path so she goes through with minimal damage. Channel your worries and concern if you wish toward a more positive outcome. the heart is a powerful tool.

Lots of groups are usually connecting at 7:00pm their time. Please join us.

LoL. Myriam

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:37:28 AM  

Anybody know why I can't open the NNBBS site? It comes up "page cannot be found"


Monday, August 29, 2005 6:49:36 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

la dolce vida
Are you sure you are spelling it right? It's quite a mouthful
I'm not having a problem accessing it.

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:05:03 AM  

FYI...........RICHARD AND JOE.....
I'm sure "yous guys" (little Chi-town vernacular) :)have your "stuff" together, but if there is ANYTHING, repeat, ANYTHING, that I can do to help out pleeeeease let me know.I have aamany connections here and personally know people in the resturant buisness, hotels etc. I will be happy to check out anything for you. I do know of one terrific spot right on the river that could be a great place for cocktails, dinner or whatever. It has indoor and outdoor capabilities.
You are coming into Chicago (Sept.) at a great time of the year,(I'll be catching some rays and a swimm today). So, as I say, feel free to let me know.

I'll e-mail RR , in the subject area I'll put "Chicago/Helping Hand so that you'll recognize it
and know it is my e-mail address.

Everyone, make it a good day !!!!!


Monday, August 29, 2005 7:30:25 AM  
onrynurse said...

hi everyone...hope all had a great weekend!

Glad mine is over!! work....not my kinda fun!!

Wow..Richard....What a response from the repeat show!! Amazing esp for you!! May get very confusing with all the new hopefuls sending their goodies!! Can't wait for the Chicago weekend!! By the did look good on the show....makes a girl dream.....

I also have little time to blog....busy.....but busy is good!!

Hi to all the new folks to the venture!! And the Blog!!

What are the heart bracelets?? Let me know...i am behind times it seems!! I am a hearts and flowers woman!!

Love indeed is a many splendor thing!!! By the way....falling in chocolate sounds sooooo ???? ya know!! But falling in love, is stuff this woman's dreams are made of!!!

Richard....Chicago will be will have perfected the thing by then!!

Have a good day everyone!!

hugs to all..esp RR!! Linda

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:36:50 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

RICHARD-I'm having trouble editing my profile it says now I can until I get a new question from you. I'm trying to get my picture on the blog is there someone who is helping(blog tech.) that can help?

PS How are you holding up?

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:39:44 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

LA DOLCE VIDA - Try put a cap on the that worked for me.

Good luck

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:43:19 AM  
leslie said...

SuzanneDon't worry about your colourful little fingers. I had a "teeny" accident the other day when I was in the shower. Somehow I got tangled up in the shower curtain and the whole thing including bar crashed down on me! Not a pretty sight! I am now sporting a fist-sized bruise on my upper left arm. Cold packs, gentle massage, and lavendar oil have helped somewhat, but I think it'll probably be greenish purplish yellowish while partying in MB. AND I was planning on wearing a sleeveless dress to the cocktail party! Oh well, it'll be a conversation piece if nothing else. We'll be the colourful twosome. HAH!

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:47:58 AM  
LA DOLCE VIDA said... lol lol your worse then I am, nannynannybooboosisterhood, ya got it backwards,:):):):), now I'm not the only one siting in the dyslectic corner (sp)???????


Monday, August 29, 2005 8:09:28 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Leslie The important stuff first. You've probably heard me talking on my blog about DMSO - Go get some (pet store - get the 99% pure - mix it with aloe vera - it will lift the bruise right out. Also really good for burns. (remember no lotions or fingernail polish)Oh one other caution it makes you stink something terrible. LOL But really it does work. LOL - You clutz sounds like me....I am picturing you falling out of the tub - naked - OH MY DAWD. LOL

MyriamVAI had a dream about you last night and was thinking so hard about you and why I hadn't heard from you on the blog for a while - we are all praying for the safe keeping of those in the eye of Katrina.

Orynurse aka Linda How you doing these days? Ya all healed up and back to work. The bracelets are a charity that the NannyNannyBooBoo Sisterhood chose for the American Heart Association. Brenda aka Clickgirl did all the work - researched and put out of her own pocket expenses to get the bracelets for us. She is a real go getter. Richard would be lucky to latch on to someone like her, hope they will have a chance to meet in Chicago.

Red-T-Bird Sorry you are having so much trouble with your photo. It you email me, and send me your telephone number, I'll walk you through it over the phone. What kind of computer system are you using?

That's all folks.
Hugs Suzanne

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:14:32 AM  

LESLIE..............Suuuuuuuuure, a likely story, a little birdy told me you got a little hinky on that date Sat. night. Some like it rough, :):):)
You know, that Sat. night date we all have (in our dreams/imagination)while were watching the movie we've rented and eating THE WHOLE quart of ice-cream we bought, te-he te-he.


Monday, August 29, 2005 8:20:56 AM  
Jennystellenbosch said...

I know this is not a reality show format but I think it would be a blast if we got to complete tasks to win points... Richard could design the "games" to test the skills that he feels would be needed to make the "trip" fun. Not sure what to do with the points we win...suggestions?

I can't get my photo to appear alongside the blogs.... my email is please tell me how to do it.

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Monday, August 29, 2005 9:07:27 AM  
Phyl said...

Hey Click & Happy:

I thought it was his quote also ... obviously I'm missing something ... jeez that's twice in one day .... *new name DF* *LOL*.


whoaa ... awful lot of catching up to do here!

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:08:50 AM  

Good morning to you. I have an immediate request. How can I send you $$ for the bracelets. I need two ASAP. My mom has congestive heart failure and two anyerisums in her groin.They measure 6 ctm. and this week we are going in for a new ct scan to check size for growth. Surgery is not an option, she's 79 yrs. old, has enphysemia,(uses oxygen) diabetes and high blood pressure so I would like to get one for myself and her.
I know she'll love wearing it.
BTW ladies, I also have a sister 48 yrs. old on oxygen with emphesyma(sp)and disability!

Please take heed .
I say this with the utmost love!

PS Brenda sent you an e-mail also with further info for request.

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:07:27 AM

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:11:11 AM  

Good morning to you. I have an immediate request. How can I send you $$ for the bracelets. I need two ASAP. My mom has congestive heart failure and two anyerisums in her groin.They measure 6 ctm. and this week we are going in for a new ct scan to check size for growth. Surgery is not an option, she's 79 yrs. old, has enphysemia,(uses oxygen) diabetes and high blood pressure so I would like to get one for myself and her.
I know she'll love wearing it.
BTW ladies, I also have a sister 48 yrs. old on oxygen with emphesyma(sp)and disability!

Please take heed .
I say this with the utmost love!

PS Brenda sent you an e-mail also with further info for request.

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:07:27 AM

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:11:18 AM  
Phyl said...

Click & Hpy ... I had to look up the word too ... however, I feel worse now cause I always felt that it applied to me!!! ;)

Suzanne: If that DMSO stuff is so good why can you only get it at pet shops .... is it 'under the counter' in 'brown paper bags' type stuff like 'videos on top shelves' type thingies *LOL*.
BTW you'll either arrive at MB with half fingers, no fingers, or clean fingers, depending on whose advice you go with :).

Leslie: You poor thing .... well at least your arm will be in vivid technicolour to blend nicely with MB's colourful scene ;).

Ok ....... better check out other blog.

Ciao ... Phyl

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:34:22 AM  

How the!#&*!#&*!# did I put that on twice?, today is not my day. Guess this storm has got me more frazzeled then I thought.Found out from my sister that "our father" decided to sit it out in his home ?!?! He lives practically right in the French Quarter.
I guess when they said "brains' he thought they meant "trains" and said he'd take the next one.

Got to go now, need "my" version of my daily dose of prozac, sun and a swim. talk on ya all later.


Monday, August 29, 2005 9:41:54 AM  
Phyl said...

Dolce Vida

So sorry to hear about your Mom ... sending good energy to her and to you and your sister also.

Peace ...... Phyl

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:43:02 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Phyl The FDA has approved it for certain things (DMSO) the manufacturer has had a heck of a time getting it approved for personal use and here in the United States when you get the FDA involved it's years before a drug can be used. There was a natural remedy for heart arrythemia called Aurumheel. Very inexpensive and for people who had PAT Paroxsymal Atrial Tachacardia (sp) :( 10 drops and it would/could stop the attack in about 30 seconds. I used to buy it all the time for $5.00. The FDA found out how good it worked and now you can't get it without a doctors prescription and they don't know anything about it so won't prescribe it for you. They'd rather you take some darn drug that has millions of side effects than something natural. I fight with my docs all the time. It's crazy. Even to get the purest forms of natural rememdies you have to go to a homopathy doctor and your insurance won't pay for the visit and it can be quite costly. I think I need to go back to school and get my degree in homopathy, just so I can afford the natural things I need. LOL

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:55:25 AM  
Love 2 Travel said...


I have to say...that was the best travel story yet!! I really enjoyed that, Thanks! It really had the travel and the adventure...and I like the bit about your luggage in Hanoi...tee think on your feet. LOL

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:37:38 AM  
Love 2 Travel said...


I used Arnica gel (sp?) and also the Arnica homeopathy for a gigantic bruise that I got once.
Is that good also?

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:42:28 AM  
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Monday, August 29, 2005 10:52:05 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Hey lady and men bloggers! I need your help. Of course I want to look my best for this weekend in CA :) But... I was helping the neighbor pull some brush a couple days ago and now I have poison ivy that is driving me crazy. The last time I had this was when I was a young'un.I've used Tecno to wash, calamine lotion and antihistamines. Any other suggestions? Thanks Michelle

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:53:54 AM  
EasyReader said...

I love reading the "Senior Blogettes. All of you that are going to Manhattan Beach this coming weekend, I know you will have a great time. I would love to join you and meet Richard, but I didn't get in on the "game" early enough. I just found out:) I was raised in Manhattan Beach and spent my high school years surfing and hanging out at the pier. Back in those days they used to let us jump off the pier at the surf line and swim to shore. There were very few female surfers and I was not very good, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I remember numerous vollyball games that went late into the night. You ladies will have a great time (you too Richard). Just remember that now days there is no jumping off the pier!

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:23:04 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Whoa.....I get outta town for a couple of days for a little RR (not THE RR!! LOL!!)and business and I don't think I can EVER possibly catch up on all the poop and scoop!
One thing I do know FOR SURE ......................... 3 MORE SLEEPS FOR Y'ALL: LUCKY ONES!!!
Just in case y'all are too busy packing and primping for MB I will take this opportunity to say this one more time...........I SOOOOOOOOOO WANNA BE THERE, can you hear the whine in my voice? I wish you all the best of luck and have fun FUN FUN in the sun...think of us wallflowers (lol!) from time to time.......K??!!
You bet I will be thinking of you!!

CHECK OUT MY BLOG....I posted photos of my latest travel ventures on my Blog,"Welcome to my World" just for fun and to prove to you that we Canajuns have beautiful, extraordinary coastlines and vistas
AND we don't all live in Igloos and the Temp does in fact get up to the high 80's albiet for a very short 2-3 monhts of summer LOL!!!...The photos are all east coast Canada, the Gaspe and PEI.......a very long drive (well over 14 hours) but sooooooo worth it as you can see!
Cheers to all...missed all of you!!

From Ms. Mega Moping Mighty Miserable in Montreal!!

La Belle xox

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:44:03 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Oops...I think the drive has made mashed potatoes out of my grey cells!!
on my Blog the new post is under Queen of Choices
Ciao Bellas !!

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:46:46 AM  
Anonymous said...


Richard, Just read your newsletter and you had a fantastic idea.

Umberto sounds a wonderful young man and yes, in Europe we do not call "older" people (or our colleagues) by their first name. Even though it is changing among the younger population that have visited the US of A.

Umberto: je vous souhaite la bienvenue parmi nous et j'espere vous rencontrer un de ces jours.

So that was you visiting me last night, Suzanne, just kidding. maybe!!

Not being able to go to LA, all my focus went to my new job. Being off this week, I am learning the vocabulary of a neuro-surgeon and I love it. It is going to be a great experience.

I have also been working on my bio and my friend is coming today to shoot the video. I finally ended up going to CVS this am to buy a one time camcorder, believe it or not (on sale too!) I hope the company will recycle it.

Have a lot of fun this week-end ladies, gentlemen, Richard, Joe, Linda. I will be there in spirit.

Michelle, I had a severe case of poison Ivy,poison oak and something else. I was 10 days out of commission literally. when I saw my naturopath he recommended "Rhys toxicocendron" 6x by Boiron, a homeopathic remedy. It cleared up quickly. I wish I've know that earlier! There are certain medications/essential oils you should no be taken with that so make sure if you go that route to seek advice from an homeopath.

LoL, Myriam

PS. my friend knows a few single eligible bachelors so I'll be working with her to bring them on board. One had 3 grand pianos in his house! wow!

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:16:37 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey Joe....
Not to drive you crazy..........but.......I sent you a quick email re: something very important for MB festivities
Let me know what you think.....K???
Have a good one or two
La Belle xox

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:17:45 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

***All the people dealing with Hurricane Katrina are in my prayers, last year I dealt with 5 hits that were not near the magnitude as this one. Bless everyone and may they be safe!! Michelle Bahr

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:17:47 PM  
HeiressChild said...

to all going to mb, i just want to wish all who are going to mb this week safe travels and a fun trip.


Monday, August 29, 2005 12:24:44 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Hey Richard!
Do the ladies who come to the party this weekend get a free Senior Bachelor Thong ? :) Will there be a fashion show?
See everyone who can make it on the weekend!! Michelle

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:33:25 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi all,
BOO Hoo!! I'm so blue about not being able to come to MB for the BIG EVENT. I almost wish I weren't heading for Tuscany in a couple weeks.....NOT!! Meeting some of you great women next year on a cruise will be great.
Joe, I went to a reception at the Hotel Captain Cook last Friday night, and I must say if the one you're putting together at the Ayers is half as nice, it will be a smash. They had the famous chocolate fountain with strawberries, pineapple chunks, bananas and some yummy samll round eclairs, all of which were out of this world. Good eating and meeting gals.
Richard, your friend Umberto Zappa sounds like a wonderful young man...wish he could meet my 23 year old granddaughter who lives in Denver. My California daughter has housed a couple female exchange students from Italy and they were lovely girls. I hope to get together with them and their families on my upcoming trip to Italy in Sept. Don't have tooooooooo much fun with the ladies at MB; we who can't be there want a chance to be the "1".
Never hurts to "look and sound important" at times huh? Your recent Vietnam trip continues to sound wonderful.
Good luck to all, and here's to a great life wherever we are!!
Ciao, KJS in Alaska

Monday, August 29, 2005 12:41:46 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi bloggers and all,
It is a hoot reading all the posting with everyone battered, bruised (colorful too) and covered with poison ivy. I'm sure that fun will be had by all in MB but you ladies will add such character (or should I say "characters") to the event.
Momentum is building and I am anxiously awaiting for it to start and figured by the time we meet in the Windy City RR "and group" will have gotten it perfect for us.
Chi Town Gal, I left you an email on whatever screen name you have on your site so check it out.


Monday, August 29, 2005 12:55:22 PM  
Anonymous said...


For the bloguettes that read French, there is a great Canadian website called it is free. There is an good article on EI but Ati Dion.

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:22:12 PM  
nameliar said...

Wow from watching Oprah I knew there would be an overwhelming response but wow this has really taken off.

Good luck Richard I hope you are having fun. You seem like a cool guy and you deserve the best.

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:42:57 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Richard Great travel story. I have to tell you when I was traveling in Belize I had to take a cab from the city of San Ignacio to the cabana that I had rented $35.00 a nite brand spanking new. The cab driver charged too much ($5.00) for the ride and the hotel manager got really upset about it. I didn’t know it was too much, it seemed reasonable to me. Well for the entire 3 days that I was there the cab drivers wife brought me my breakfast with hot coffee and juice. That was his punishment for charging me $2.50 more than he should have. LOL Now for Umberto, I hope we don’t skeer him. Ah an Italian man in the mist of all these women could be very, very dangerous. Run Umberto, run for your life. LOL

Love2travel Arnica is excellent for prevention of bruising in fact a lot of the plastic surgeons are using it when doing eye surgeries, but not so good to use for after the bruise has come.

Michelle you ole flying massage therapist Bet you’re pulling our leg now aren’t you? You want to be put our list – is where ya go to get your pic on that site and we have a list of gals that want to meet each other.

Easyreader So how come you can’t come? You want me to invite you? Easyreader, will you come and play with us at the party? It’s going to be great fun.

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:48:14 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Hi to all! Wish I had the time to read through all the blogs on a more regular basis.

'Loved "lady base camp"'s suggestion about a small cruise ship with the opportunity to get to know some of the "natives" and the territory.

Also thought the question she raised about a new code of dating ethics would make a most worthwhile discussion. Both men and women (at least the ones our age!)struggle with understanding the opposite sex, questions of honesty, and a host of other relationship issues. Perhaps this would make an interesting panel discussion for the SB get-together in Chicago, the cruise, or for an upcoming Oprah show. Any ideas out there?

Looking forward to meeting some of you in Chicago!


p.s. Richard, are we any closer to having firm dates for Chicago? 'Don't mean to pester, but I've agreed to work Arts & Riverwoods for a few hours the weekend of the 17th, so may have to switch my hours. For any of you Chicago area folks or visitors, Arts & Riverwoods is an art fair where artists set up in the residents' homes and visitors go from house to house (walking, riding bikes, or by shuttle bus). It's a fun way to see some interesting houses and beautiful art!

Monday, August 29, 2005 1:58:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

TO DEAR RICHARD ROE-Senior Bachelor:

Hi, Richard:

I just received your latest newsletter today. Please forgive my bluntness, but you are full of naivete, my dear man. What if your new lady love runs off with Umberto Zappa in South America? It could happen- my last boyfriend was 20 years my junior!! Best of luck on that front!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2005 2:33:30 PM  
sunni said...

I loved reading your Hoi An
stories...I was in Vietnam
in 2002...and loved Hoi An,so
quaint, on the water, great silk
dresses for sale, loved the market.

In Hue, I was sick with bronchial
pneumonia, the doctor I was traveling with
could do nothing for me with our American
antibiotics, and he was very equipped.
So, I had the hotel call me a Doctor,
who arrived 15 minutes later. He
tapped my knee, looked at my tongue
and handed me three separate packets
of pills, none of which the American
doctor could identify. I recovered immediately,
I didn't see much of Hue, but I'll be forever
grateful to him, as I was able to carry on
and enjoy the rest of my trip!! And especially
Hoi An, our next stop....

and have a great time at the SB party

Monday, August 29, 2005 2:59:51 PM  

ANON........don't worry, when he meets my daughter in Chicago he'll fall madly in love.

Umberto.....CIAO,mio figlio. (I'm a bit rusty).Your going to love Chicago.We Italians here are all over the place, and have the best resturant's in the city!!!
OK now for the nitty-gritty, remember this is about "Romance for all Ages"
OYI, do I have a girl for you! She's 26, speaks fluent Greek and Spanish, studied in Madrid,wants to live in Europe, is in broadcaasting,(news)and her dream job would be working for National Geographic doing a travel show. So be prepared when you come to Chicago, I'll introduce the two of you, your on your own after that.

PS FYI Chicago Italians aren't still gun toting gangsters anymore:) lol lol(couldn't let that one go)

Monday, August 29, 2005 3:08:48 PM  
Jacqueline from Illinois said...

Richard - Great Newsletter

As I read Richard's newsletter today it made me think of a travel experience that I had in March 2003. The last several years I started traveling to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, several times a year to escape the cold winters of Illinois. Playa Del Carmen is a town located on the Caribbean forty miles south of Cancun.

On my first trip to Playa I stayed at a small sixteen room hotel staffed by Mexicans and owned by Italians (or so I was told). On my first trip I was accompanied by my daughter and spent a wonderful New Years Eve week in the truly delightful and romantic little town. In all of my subsequent visits I have stayed at the same hotel and they are always extremely sweet to "Ms. Jacqueline" and I always request the same room which they always make available to me. Hey you do not have to be a princess - you just have to show how much it means to you.

In any event, March 2004 I was there by myself for ten days and as I walked on 5th Avenue (their main street for restaurants and shops) I noticed a display of paintings that I really liked. I inquired at the small hotel displaying the paintings and they said that the painter stayed there for the last several winter seasons but was presently out. I went back to that hotel the day before I was to leave for Chicago and asked if the man was in. The woman went out into the lush courtyard of tropical plants and began to call "Joe, Joe - you have a visitor." A man appeared on the balcony and invited me up the open stairway to his balcony facing the courtyard. His balcony was turned into an artist studio and he offered me a seat. I told him that I admired his art on the street and really would like him to "paint my hotel." Later I realized that I probably did not express that request so well - "I wanted him to do a painting for me of the hotel I was staying in."

I told him I was leaving the next day for Chicago but I really wanted a painting of the hotel that meant so much to me. He asked me a lot of questions about my life and was very insightful - we talked about $$$ and I said that "your paintings are worth way more than I could ever pay even with your generous offer but I truly love and appreciate your work." He just smiled and said let's go look at what you are envisioning. As we stood on the street corner looking at the hotel with the setting sun shining directly on my little French door balcony and as I told him my love of the staff and what the hotel meant to me - he just listened so kindly. Then he said I will deliver your painting back to the hotel at 10:00 pm tonight. I went on inside and up to the roof top pool to read, write and take pictures. Once I peeked over the roof wall and there he was "painting my hotel."

Promptly at 10:00pm he met me at the first floor of the little hotel in their open air bistro with my painting and asked if I had had dinner. As we sat there talking he told me of his life. As it turns out he is a well know Chicago Muralist, Joe Hindley, now living on the beaches of Sawyer, Michigan. His murals are in the Chicago Midway Airport, Banana Republic on Michigan Avenue, "Blind Justice" at the Chicago Police Headquarters on Michigan Avenue, the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, etc. etc....

And so it goes, one never knows in their travels who they may meet - life truly is an adventure. Enjoy Manhattan Beach Girls!!!!! And for those coming to Chicago - it is a fantastic City!!!!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2005 3:44:16 PM  
w in cencal said...

Hello Richard and welcome aboard Umberto Zappa. What a lovely name.

It sounds like you and Umberto have a very special relationship. This is going to be so much fun for both of you and also for the lucky lady or ladies who are chosen for this exciting adventure!

I hope to be one of them, "we'll just have to see".

Have a wonderful day

Monday, August 29, 2005 3:45:06 PM  
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Monday, August 29, 2005 4:02:08 PM  
Phyl said...

Jacqueline ...... loved your story. It's so true that when you're just your natural self real people respond and one never knows what might happen next.

CB ... lovely pics ... sounds and looks like you had a great time.

Ciao . .... Phyl

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:02:40 PM  
leslie said...

Richard!I come home from the first day of school (for teachers only) to find that a newletter was sent out but I DIDN'T GET IT!!! Who is Umberto??? Pleeeeezzzze someone send it to me quick. I SO out of the loop. :( First time this has happened.

Well, I have my reading material for the plane ride. New Spelling curriculum!!! Yuck! Oh least I got the time off.

Arm is mostly blue and yellow now and not so swollen. Thanx everyone for your suggestions (and comments about the "pretty picture") I was NOT ROTFLMAO at the time.

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:02:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

I was one of the original "118" and prefer, for now, to remain anonymous. I am delighted Richard will have an advance man/interpreter along. I, for one, would not be happy sitting around while he raced around finding a hotel, etc. I also like the extra security of having another man around. Nice going.

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:10:36 PM  
leslie said...

canadian bloggette The photos of PEI and Gaspe are awesome. Brings back memories of our trip in 1987. The dirt REALLY IS red there! Sounds like you had a great visit with your sister and friends. Glad to have you back here, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing you September.

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:11:09 PM  
beebah61 said...

This is my first day EVER on any blog, so forgive me if I'm making mistakes.

Just completed my bio and am planning the videotaping Thurs.

To Katie: If Richard is interested in only the most outwardly beautiful women, I hope he takes my submission and throws it in the trash. Take this as encouragement to send in your 'stuff'.

To Ted (and any other men lurking out there): Doing my bio made me really put down in black and white what was important to me in a man and what was unimportant. Here's what I ended up with as one of the qualities that was unimportant to me: "physical condition – unimportant if you’re doing the best with what you have, e.g. being confined to a wheelchair is okay if you are emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually vibrant"

Greetings and best wishes to all of you, my Sisters (and Brothers)


Monday, August 29, 2005 4:21:02 PM  
leslie said...

Thanks Richard! Just received the newsletter so will go relax on my lovely patio and read it through. Beautiful afternoon here. See you sooooon....

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:36:10 PM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Richard,
I got my first email newsletter today. Neat Story...Thanks. Is Pop and Me in book form or just movie? I went to Barnes and Nobel Book Store here in Tulsa, Ok. and they didn't have it. I thought I'd call some more book stores tomorrow before uning a bunch of gas. It was $ to fill my tank and it wasn't on empty. My thought and prayers are also with the victims of Katrina. Sounds like you have a great group of girls and boys here. I'm glad I watched Opera last week when you were on. Have a fun time at your party. I'm sure it will be delightful. Our 50's reunion will be Sept. 15-17th for Sapulpa High School and I'm in charge of decorating tables so that won't work for me to get to come to either party. I wish I could. The chairman of the whole reunion had a massive heart attack last week and they said he was dead before he hit the ground. I miss him sooooo much. He was one of my dearest friends. We'll have to have 3 or 4 of us to do his job he did soooo much. We never know when our time will come. I'm still in shock. I'll miss him for always. Take care all of you. Lovinly,Mary B.

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:46:36 PM  
Jennystellenbosch said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:46:47 PM  
LeeislesVT said...

Hi Richard,

Are there any plans to visit a city in the Northeast? Perhaps this has been asked and I missed it, if so I'm sorry. I'm just not sure if I should try to plan for Chicago should I wait and hope for NYC or someother northeast city?

LeeislesVT (Vermont) (Northeast)

Monday, August 29, 2005 4:54:34 PM  
leslie said...

Richard! Just finished reading the newsletter and I'm still laughing. You sound like my kinda guy. I better bring my business cards, too, and between the two of us we should be able to get something even more spectacular! to think up something for the cards that are sort of true and believeable. How about Educational Consultant, Tour Investigator, Travel Writer?? I'll try to bring some along to MB for a good laugh. Have to say that was the best newsletter to date! :D

Monday, August 29, 2005 5:01:46 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Jacqueline from Illinois One of my most favorite things in life is to tell a good story or to be told a good story. You had me captivated from beginning to end. Thank You.

Monday, August 29, 2005 5:06:45 PM  


It's just gotta be said;

I'm probably going out on a limb here or putting a noose around my neck. but truth be told, I don't think I could do the same.
Of course, being with someone and then something happens that would confine them to a wheelchair I certainly would be able to handle, but as you put it, I just don't know? Although my motto in life is "never say never".
I just had to make this admission, how else to give "VALUE" to your statement

Monday, August 29, 2005 5:19:14 PM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Or Richard - How about Cleveland, Ohio for a place to visit?


Monday, August 29, 2005 5:37:12 PM  
sunni said...

Jacqueline Your story was
captivating...I'm an artist and haven't
heard of Joe Hindley, but I'm going
to google him. After my teen goes
off on his own...I'm going to do a
"Hindley", rent a villa in Italy for a
month, and just paint...or maybe
Greece. Let the beautiful colors
and warm glow seep into my paintings.

I love to buy a painting by a local artist when
I travel, nothing big, just a street artist's
work, they're flat, fit easily in my bags,
and I get to support the arts.
Thanks for the great story.


Monday, August 29, 2005 5:42:54 PM  
leslie said...

Richard, by the way, I love the idea of Umberto going along. If chosen/choose, I could practise long-ago learned Spanish and Italian plus get in some actual conversational French AND maybe even learn a bit of German! English is easy for me :D being part of the Commonwealth and all that rot. So...I could even help you with that, since you speak Amerrricuhn. LOL

Monday, August 29, 2005 5:44:50 PM  



Monday, August 29, 2005 6:11:38 PM  
gold&spice said...

...Thank you ladies! Wonderful as ever!!! Umberto very good idea! Richard stay sweet. LOL.

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:15:12 PM  
Jacqueline from Illinois said...

Thank you Desertflowers and Sunni and Phly for your nice comments. I always buy one little painting on my travels and that is all I need besides my pictures and memories. My Joe Hindley is framed in my bedroom and I always smile when I walk into the room and see it. I know I can escape to Hotel Los Itzaes in Playa Del Carmen anytime - if only in my dreams. Google that - my daughter and I love it!!! And the site shows a similar picture of what Joe Hindley painted for me - of course, much more detailed and special!!! Art is a great thing!!!

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:19:51 PM  
onrynurse said...

HI All...Thanks for the info on the bracelets....Suzanne!!Will plan on getting a few!!

YES YES....I am mended!! No Cancer either place!!!! Yippeeee!!!

Felling like a party.....Chicago SB Goers watch out!! I am excited!! Chi Town Girl...will see you there!! I am in Omaha...Heartland USA!!

Richard!!! Wonderful newsletter as always!! I will look forward to meeting Umberto in Chicago....He sounds like a wonderful kid!! Umberto, it is wonderful for you to have such a friend and admirer as Richard!!
I speak French, German, and Spanish some!! catch...get them all jumbled up sometimes and speak all three in the same sentence!! It is hillarious and also embarassing....oh, how the mind does gooooo as i get a bit older and wiser!!

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and really is appreciated....will give hugs as i get to meet some of you in person!!

Sure hope chicago tour is the 15th...16th.....!!look forward to meeting you chi town girl!!!

BYE for now and HUGS.....Linda

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:35:34 PM  
ceesoo said...

Desertflowers-- I tried to blog on your site but it said "no" I can't because I am not a team member. Please pick me to be on your team. I am so sad :(

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:43:38 PM  
Anonymous said...

Bonjourno Ricardo and Umberto:)
What a good idea it is to have Umberto travel with considering that he is so well versed pertaining to different languages! The more the merrier on a journey of excitement and wonderment such as this! When you finally meet your 'lady' then the travelling one-on-one makes sense, good for you that you have changed the dynamics, instead of travelling for six months with one lady per month, that is hard to digest! I for one would certainly not want to 'keep' a potential travelling partner waiting 'in the wings' while I travel with 5 others, one per month for 5 months, not my style!
I am 'cool' according to my kids but very 'old fashioned' when it comes to the Courting Ritual as I have said previousely!!! :)
So, here's to ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE:)
When I CHOOSE the man I am drawn to such as with my ex-husband, I changed my whole Life and took that risk, moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg and a few months later applied to come to Canada. Have three beautiful children from that 'Union' and although we are no longer married, I cherish the fact that I made the right choice in marrying him as it has brought me to this exciting chapter in my life now that I am 55!! :)
I have made a Sacred Promise to myself, next time I get married I will NEVER divorce again, it will be for the rest of this Life and beyond!!!!!
out of africa's
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada
p.s. love and laughter is the best 'medicine'

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:51:19 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Bonsoir Richard,
Well for what it is worth, I thought I would put in my 2 cents worth....Personally speaking....I think Montreal (albeit I was born in Toronto!)would be the absolute BEST place for an eastern rendez vous! Hop skip and a jump from New York, Toronto etc Apart from being dubbed the "Divercity" of Canada we also have an incredible joie de vivre which is highly contagious!! superb restaurants, fabulous Boutique Hotels in the Old Port (my hood), great shopping for those shopaholics, weather is fabulous in the fall plus tons to see and do! Would be a guaranteed graaaaate time!!
and.......yes I spent a big chunk of my life in sales!!
No pressure...just think about it!!
a la prochaine
La Belle xox

Monday, August 29, 2005 6:56:58 PM  
HeiressChild said...

hi desertflowers, i was trying to comment on the nnbbsh site but i'm blocked because it says i have to be a "team member" to leave comments. ok, i give up. what's the secret password?


Monday, August 29, 2005 7:21:05 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Hi...........laptop is back up and running, whew, I beginning to go through sb withdrawls *grin*

I am so looking forward to the end of the week. My flight leaves LAX at 1pm Friday, so unfortuantely I will miss the festivities on Friday night. But have no doubt I'll be rocking with the Doobie Brothers and my baby sister once I get back to the Sacrmento area, and head up to Saratoga.

Please feel free (ladies) to ring my room. I want to meet as many of you as possible.

And this is really different for me, for I have NEVER, EVER done anything like this and probably never will again!

Hope all is well with all!

Deb Eddy

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:27:28 PM  
HeiressChild said...

desertflowers and anyone else being hit by the blog spammers, deleted comments can be permanently removed from the same site that u click on to delete them from. just click on "remove forever" and it will complete remove the post where u won't be able to see "comment deleted - this post has been removed by the author, or by the blog administrator." that way, u won't have all those empty "comments deleted" boxes showing up on the blogsite.


Monday, August 29, 2005 7:28:39 PM  
HeiressChild said...

desertflowers, sorry, but since i have to come over here to leave u comments, i keep forgetting stuff. i meant to tell u that "u are adorable", but i think the "technically challenged" part no longer applies to u.

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:36:15 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

To All:
As I see the devastation wrought by Katrina I am having a hard time concentrating on MB...In my heart of hearts I think it would be so noble for all of us to donate the funds that would be spent on this more 'frivilous' adventure to relief efforts.....

Monday, August 29, 2005 7:40:37 PM  
beebah61 said...

To la dolce vide:

Thanks for your feedback and your honesty.

I was married to an athletic guy for 28 years. After our divorce I wasn’t really interested in another relationship. However a friendship I had with another guy blossomed into more. He had not had a pain-free day since 1972 so we couldn’t ‘do’ much together However he loved me deeply and it seemed his mission in life was to make me laugh. We belly-laughed every day. Even when he was dying from cancer, we were the only ones in the oncology waiting room who ever laughed and once he made the oncology nurse laugh so much I though she was going to become incontinent.

He wrote on a tablet two days before he died: “Beebah – my immortal beloved”. He was a big man and in the privacy of our home I called him “My Sweetness”. After he died I had a stone engraved with the following: “My Sweetness John Smith (not his real name), You Made Me Laugh and Plugged the Hole in My Heart Beebah – your immortal beloved.” That says it all – what’s possible if the person is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually vibrant.

That was four years ago. Seeing Richard on Oprah last week was the first time I’ve ever felt drawn to consider having another man in my life. “My Sweetness” set the bar really high for what a relationship can be, and there may never be another. And that will be okay too. Bottom line: I’m not as much interested in what I can DO with a man as what I can BE with a man (or anyone for that matter).

Glad to hear your philosophy is ‘Never say never’. My experience may change your mind about the importance of physical fitness


Monday, August 29, 2005 7:50:00 PM  
JoeInMB said...


New blog posted by yours truly with lots of details on the Event.



Monday, August 29, 2005 7:58:14 PM  

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