Monday, August 29, 2005

"Meet the Senior Bachelor Tour" **More News About Manhattan Beach**

Hi Ladies, it's me, Joe Franklin, taking over Richard's Blog for some news for you!

Lot's to cover as many of the plans are firming up. First of all, look for this week's Senior Bachelor Newsletter- it went out today around midday.

Many of you have asked about Internet access during the Event. We have been able to secure the use of a fantastic mobile computer lab called the "CompuBus" for you to use on Thursday and Friday! All-City Computers in Manhattan Beach is setting up the computer lab right outside the south side of the hotel. Inside are eight robust computers in air-conditioned comfort. There will be a system printer and I've requested special USB ports for downloading photos from digital cameras. The cost to you--- absolutely NOTHING! Bruce Gelb, the CEO of All-City Computers ( has graciously agreed to provide full support for our tech-savvy Ladies. Check your email at anytime, upload photos from the event, update your blogs, sign up for the Senior Bachelor Newsletter or just cruise the internet while you are here. Be sure to say thank you to his computer tech when you use the computers. Follow the signs in the lobby to the van. It's really, really cool!

Here is some information on Registration and the Agenda: (subject to change)

You will be greeted at the door and your name and time of entry will be noted. You will be asked if you have submitted materials for applying for the Perfect Traveling Companion- video, biography and a recent photo. We will check your name against Richard's Master List of applicants. You will be handed a photograph and video release form to sign. Please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped. We will make a note on your registration but we ask that you remind any photographer associated with the Senior Bachelor (we will all have name tags) as the Event proceeds.

You will then proceed to the Registration tables where a name tag will be prepared for you and you will be given an updated agenda, Richard's Tour Guide of Manhattan Beach, the menu for the buffet dinner "Under The Tuscan Sun" and some other relevant materials. Please keep the name tag on because it ensures your entry to secure Senior Bachelor areas at the hotel. If you need a new one, just return to the Registration Desk. You will also be given a raffle ticket for the special gift drawings during the cocktail party and buffet dinner in the evening!

Then the meetings with Richard will begin. These meetings throughout the day will be a mixture of large group meetings with everyone assembled in the lovely outdoor Atrium and meetings of smaller groups in the Ayres Private Dining Room. Priority for the smaller groups will always be given to the Ladies who have sent in the required materials to apply for the Perfect Traveling Companion- video, biography and a recent photo. The meetings on Thursday, September 1 will start at 2:00PM and go through to 6:00PM. Then the cocktail party and dinner will start. On Friday, September 2, the meetings will start at 9:00AM sharp and then follow the same schedule with a lunch break from 12:00 to 2:00PM.

Wait until you see the special buffet dinner, "Under the Tuscan Sun" for only $19.95! If at all possible, can you please call the hotel with an RSVP if you plan to be at one or both of the dinners? 1-800-675-3550. They are trying to get a head count to have plenty of food (and Italian-style desserts!) on hand. Speaking of Italian desserts--- shame on you Ladies for already trying to fix up Umberto (introduced in the newest Newsletter)! He hasn't even set foot on the good ol' US of A soil and you are already fixing him up with daughters, nieces and friends. It's like feeding him to the wolves. Well, I'm only here to help Richard find a match-- Umberto, you are all on your own, mi amigo!

We've arranged with the hotel to set up a set schedule for trips to the beach and for returns. Check at our Registration Desk for the schedule. And I'll include the schedule of the Los Angeles Triathlon Club morning ocean swims on the materials you pick up. We've arranged for two TV's with VCR's (no DVD players at this point in time.) They'll have jacks for playback of other types of camcorders. Bring your jacks.

Oh, and Richard tells me he will be wearing casual slacks and a nice Tommy Bahama style of shirt through-out the Event. You Ladies can ask my wife Nancy for any fashion tips- reach her through her website I have been extremely impressed by the Ayres Hotel Staff these past weeks. They all watched The Oprah Winfrey Show on Thursday and are so excited to be part of this fun Adventure. Without their help this Event never would have taken place so be sure to thank them. The owner, Doug Ayres, will be around on Thursday and he said he will be available for tours of the property. He took Richard and me on one last week and it was fascinating.

Enough for now!! My family is calling me to dinner.

Warmest regards, Joe


HeiressChild said...

joeinmb, wow, talk about being on top of things. i just logged off for a few minutes to take a phone call, and by the time i had logged back on, here u are with some new info and a new blog. busy, busy, busy. must hurry up and read the latest newsletter, which came out today.

i'm looking forward to hearing about the meet, and seeing lots of pics. my daughter lives in california so i told her to be on the listen-and-look-out for the "meet the senior bachelor" event this week.


Monday, August 29, 2005 8:00:48 PM  
Forest Hills said...


Monday, August 29, 2005 8:05:38 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard, Joe and 'posse':)
The Manhattan Beach Soiree is sounding more and more amazing by the minute!!!! Wow you are ALL so very hospitable, and going out of your way to welcome everyone! This will surely be an occasion to remember!
We gals who are not there physically but in Spirit will enjoy the pictures etc. flowing out of Manhattan Beach as the events unfold! be continued!
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. wishing everyone a wonderful fun-loving time, Enshala! :)

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:11:25 PM  
Wendy said...

Hi everyone! This is so exciting! When my marriage fell apart after 25 years I promised myself I was going to be happy and have fun!

I'm sitting watching one of the most spectacular sunsets in our country and perhaps the world. Where you ask, would you believe on the St. Lawrence River in Northern New York State. I'm feeling so blessed yet hunger for more. My goal is to see as many sunsets in other parts of the world as possible.

Richard, I'm so glad you have begun this very creative process for meeting other woman and most of all for finding one to travel with. My passion is to live life to the fullest and have fun! I can't wait to send you my bio and video. Even if it doesn't get picked for you to view I will have fun making it and dreaming of the wonderful experiences you are proposing. You have inspired!

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:15:32 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

If we had 'jacks' to bring, we wouldn't even need Richard, lol

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:25:40 PM  
Linda P. said...

Hi Richard,
Today's newsletter is one of the best so far. I truly enjoyed it. I think it is a wonderful idea to take Umberto on the trip. The way you describe him is great, it will be a pleasure to meet him.
I wish I was going to be at MB, but unable to make that. But, I will be in Chicago. I am getting really excited about that get together. A dream of meeting you will soon be a reality!!
Have a wonderful time meeting all the ladies in MB.
Linda P.

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:26:03 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

Joe - thanks for the up date on everything. This is so exciting.

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:52:15 PM  
Debby Eddy said...


To date do you have an approximate head count of sb candidate attendees?


Deb Eddy

Monday, August 29, 2005 8:57:26 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Ok Bloggettes and Bloggers I know this is very very long....but there is a point to it all!!!

At the very least I win 1st prize for the longest Blog!!!

Richard .....if in fact your Birthday is April 3rd
and you are a Rowan tree...........not bad!! Ladies of the Blog I ask you....what more could ya want!!! Pretty sweet!! Ok come on TELL ME YOU ARE COMING TO MONTREAL!!!! You can plant a Rowan Tree in my yard any day!! LOL!!

Find your birthday and then find your tree.
Dec 23 to Jan 01 - Apple Tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
Mar 21 (only) -Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
Jun 24 (only) - Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 -Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
Sep 23 (only) - Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
Dec 22 (only) - Beech Tree

TREES (in alphabetical order)

Apple Tree (Love) -- quiet and shy at times, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude, flirtatious smile, adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved,
faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves children, needs affectionate partner.

Ash Tree (Ambition) -- extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable, restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands attention, needs love and much emotional support.

Beech Tree (Creative) -- has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable,
splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.).

Birch Tree (Inspiration) -- vivacious, attractive, elegant,friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

Cedar Tree (Confidence) -- of rare strength, knows how to adapt, likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined, often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Chestnut Tree (Honesty) -- of unusual stature, impressive, well-developed sense of justice, fun to be around, a planner, born diplomat, can be irritated easily, sensitive of others feelings,
hard worker, sometimes acts superior, feels not understood at times, fiercely family oriented, very loyal in love, physically fit.

Cypress Tree (Faithfulness) -- strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give but doesn't necessarily like it, strives to be content, optimistic, wants to be financially dependent, wants love and affection, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered at times, can be unruly and careless, loves to gain knowledge, needs to be needed.

Elm Tree (Noble-mindedness) -- pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes
making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Fig Tree (Sensibility) -- very strong minded, a bit self-willed, honest, loyal, independent, hates contradiction or arguments, hard worker when wants to be, loves life and friends, enjoys
children and animals, few sexual relationships, great sense of humor, has artistic talent and great intelligence.

Fir tree (Mysterious) -- extraordinary taste, handles stress well, loves anything beautiful, stubborn, tends to care for those close to them, hard to trust others, yet a social butterfly, likes
idleness and laziness after long demanding hours at work, rather modest, talented, unselfish, many friends, very reliable.

Hazelnut Tree (Extraordinary) -- charming, sense of humor, very demanding but can also be very understanding, knows how to make a lasting impression, active fighter for social causes and
politics, popular, quite moody, sexually oriented, honest, a perfectionist, has a precise sense of judgment and expects complete fairness.

Hornbeam Tree (Good Taste) -- of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks
for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

Lime Tree (Doubt) - intelligent, hard working, accepts what life dishes out, but not before trying to change bad circumstances into good ones, hates fighting and stress, enjoys getaway vacations, may appear tough, but is actually soft and relenting, always willing to make sacrifices for family and friends, has many talents but not always enough time to use them, great leadership qualities, is jealous at times but extremely loyal.

Maple Tree (Independence of Mind) -- no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to less.

Oak Tree (Brave) -- robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Olive Tree (Wisdom) -- loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Pine Tree (Peacemaker) -- loves agreeable company, craves peace and harmony, loves to help others, active imagination, likes to write poetry, not fashion conscious, great compassion, friendly
to all, falls strongly in love but will leave if betrayed or lied to, emotionally soft, low self esteem, needs affection and reassurance.

Poplar Tree (Uncertainty) -- looks very decorative, talented, not very self-confident, extremely courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely,
great animosity, great artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

Rowan Tree (Sensitivity) -- full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Walnut Tree (Passion) -- unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility,
difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Weeping Willow (Melancholy) - likes to be stress free, loves family life, full of hopes and dreams, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful, musically inclined, loves to travel to exotic places, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with when pressured, sometimes demanding, good intuition, suffers in love until they find that one loyal, steadfast partner; loves to make others laugh.

Night night...2 more sleeps for those hitting MB!!
La Belle xox

Monday, August 29, 2005 9:44:12 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

CB.......liked what I read, good job.


Monday, August 29, 2005 9:48:26 PM  
leslie said...

Rowan Tree (Sensitivity) -- full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.
Richard That's us!

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:04:13 PM  
HeiressChild said...

canadian bloggette, i liked that. my birthday was last week, the 24th of august so that makes me a pine tree. and pine has a nice fragrance too. my description is so on the money - and i've been working on the low self-esteem a lot.

forest hills, what do those marks mean?


Monday, August 29, 2005 10:04:33 PM  
coach said...

joeinmb, Great Job!! I have some questions about your registration process...and others will probably want to know your answers, too!

I am arriving about 9:00 PM on Thursday night. I HOPE the "door" where you will greet us will NOT be need your rest! Therefore, what are the hours that you will be set up to "greet" us? (on each day,...for others' info) Also, WHERE is that "door" (or where you are set up to greet us)?
I am assuming I will come to see you about 9:00 AM on Friday morning, but hoping you will "record" that my "time of entry" will be when I checked into the hotel the night before?

This all sounds like so much fun...mainly because "you guys" are SO organized! Very Impressive!
love, shar

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:30:47 PM  
Franny said...

To Lady Base Camp -
Sorry - I missed your message before the other post closed. has lists and lists of organizations that are looking for international volunteers. You can "join" (costs nothing) and set up a profile so that you are notified of anything of special interest to you (children, women's issues, HIV/AIDS, etc.). I get e-mail notification every day - because I can't seem to "de-select" U.S.A. organizations!

If you would rather go in a group arrangement (internationally mixed) you can check out Volunteers for Peace ( or Services Civil International/Internatinal Volunteer Services (

Thank you for your experiences have been wonderful and I would like to encourage more "seniors" with time to give to try this kind of travel.

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:38:18 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

And she's BAAAAAAACK!!! The woman with the funny funny jokes!! Good to see you Suzan!!

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:39:39 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

CanadianBloggette aka CherylA personal thank you from me to you!

Cheryl has donated one of her distinctive and exquisite necklaces which will be bid on in Manhattan Beach and the funds donated to our NannyNannyBooBoo Sisterhood Charity –The American Heart Association.

Bloggettes please let Cheryl know just how much this means to us and how much we appreciate her.

Hugs Suzanne

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:47:16 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Heiresschild those marks are a smiley face. look at it sideways. :>) can ya see ya goober!



Monday, August 29, 2005 10:52:48 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Ok Suzanne...........Now I am truly embarrassed and speechless... for a change!!
This is simply a small quiet jesture = "love y'all"
Coupled of course by the "all about me" you see: a small piece of me WILL attend MB!

Wishing you ALL and MORE in
Love and
La Belle xox

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:01:01 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Note from Joe

Ladies, forgot to mention, the hotel is sold out for Thursday night. There are several rooms left for Friday and the weekend. We're trying to come up with a Plan B. If you are stuck and need a room, please go to Desertflowers' (Suzanne's) blog at and ask for a roommate. Any last minute requests for rooms, post on Richard's blog and I'll try to help.

Realistically, our Senior Bachelor Registration Desk will probably only be available until 6PM on Thursday as the volunteers (we're thinking of calling them "Richard's Rangers"!?) are invited to the buffet dinner. Registration will start again at 9:00am on Friday morning.

Don't know what the headcount is- which is why the hotel is asking for RSVP's for the buffet.

Hey "CJ", I'm bringing my own "jack". LOL! Keep an eye out for a guy with a special, official Senior Bachelor name tag. He is a great, mid-50ish single dad whose daughter is best friends with my daughter (12 years old). Told him about "Senior Bachelor" and after his jaw hit the floor, he is going to try and rearrange his schedule to come by for one or both of the cocktail parties. He works hard in hotel development and loves to play tennis and travel. Be forewarned, he lavishes a lot of his free time on his lovely daughter but has room in his life for that special someone.

"VJ", a special thanks for all your positive comments throughout these past months.

And, "CB", why does your generosity (in spirit as well) not surprise me.


Monday, August 29, 2005 11:04:37 PM  
Anonymous said...

This is my first time on this site. Sorry to seem so in the dark, but will there be other senior bachelors at Manhattan Beach besides the "man of the hour"? It does seem that he will be quite the lucky guy.

It really sounds like fun if there will be more than just women waiting to meet Richard. I will really appreciate an update on how this will go. Thanks

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:08:00 PM  
Operawench said...

Hello Joe, thanks for the update blog....:) I will be bringing my materials for the Journey to the MB Party. Will it be alright to give them to someone at the SB registration desk? I do want to be included in the small groups meeting Richard. I suggested to Richard that all of us Blog Ladies meet him as one group...he thought it would be "a bit much" What do you think?

There are not enough thank yous that we could say to wish you the gratitude that we all feel for the work you've done and the help you've been to Richard...Viel Dank, Merci Boucoup, Muchicimas Gracias, Grazie Grazie Grazie!!!!

Can't wait to give you a hug of appreciation!
The Operawench

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:28:00 PM  
Operawench said...

Hello Richard, and Ladies,
Serendipidity do dah, zipitity day!!! I have my baggage for the Journey should I be chosen to go. I've been looking for a certain type of suitcase since my last trip to Europe in 1994. On that trip I used my exhusband's govt. issue for the Forest Service fire fighters suitcase. It was a cloth one that had backpack straps on one side. It was great to be able to have my hands free and carry all my luggage on my back. Well today at Costco I found myself a similiar type of duffle bag. It has the wheels that most suitcases now have, and it has backpack straps!! It's really a great bag for $40, lots of compartments. Now it's time to do some shopping to fill that

Alrighty then, ready for Roe Adventure Travel!

See you all soon at MB!!!
The Operawench

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:38:10 PM  
coach said...

THANKS, JOE!! What ARE you doing on this blog at 11 pm??? are TOO, TOO dedicated. But thanks for your quick response. Although incredulous, I am nevertheless appreciative!
CB...again, I have copied and printed another one of your fun manuscipts..."trees" has now been added to a stack of goodies that came from you!!
Are you SURE you can't come to MB and bring the necklace personally? I would LOVE to meet you! Maybe sometime... somewhere..I will work on it!!
In the meantime, thank you so much for your generosity. I will be bidding on your gorgeous jewelry!
love, shar

Monday, August 29, 2005 11:53:19 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,


This is going to be ONE GREAT PARTY!

Good luck wishes and Angel Wings for all traveling.

Thanks in advance for everyone's contributions.

:-) :-) :-)
Mary Rose

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 12:26:50 AM  
Operawench said...

I am an Elm tree, which is kind of ironic since my exhusband's initials are Not all of the aspects of the Elm fit me either, I don't like to make decisions for other people( unless they

On USA Today online there is an article about online dating...guess who's signing up in greater numbers....seems there are "grey haired" folks out there getting involved.....hmmmm very interesting(Arte Johnson, Laugh In)

CJ mentioned that the money we're using for our trips to MB etc. might be better used for the hurricane victims in the South. The Preverbial Light Bulb went on in my pea pickin brain. What if all of us that are going to the SB in MB Soiree keep track of our expenses(including souveneirs)and when we get home donate an equal amount to what you spent on the weekend to whatever relief organization you see fit. This way you will feel real good about all the money you're spending this weekend knowing that you will be honest enough to send an equal amount to help the hurricane victims.. Let me know what you think...

Desertflowers: We used DMSO on our race horses when my Dad was a race horse trainer in the 60s and 70s. We also used it on ourselves for any swelling we might have due to injury. It wasn't the greatest smelling stuff back then. Have they "doctored" it up since then???(pun for

Ok enough talk, time to do one of those Canadian sleeps...zzzzzzz

The Operawench

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 12:33:18 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi there, love reading about Richard's search for a new partner for his travels, and in life. I sent in a written application with no photo, video etc as had no computer then or an up to date pic. So much as I hunger for adventure with a little bit of love thrown in guess I was ruled out in the early stages. Looking forward to reading about your visit to England, cos that's where I am. You all sound lovely. I wish you so much luck.If you get to read this Richard, you are a lucky man!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 1:54:51 AM  
Anonymous said...

It's 10am here in England which is why I'm posting another note to you all.I'm a Walnut tree!Does that make my chances any better than they were 5mins ago? Looking at your photo's and reading about you all has left me reeling. You all seem so affluent. I'm poor, living in a rented apartment doing a part-time job.I get the feeling I am out of Richards class completely. Ah well, a girl can dream.Just make sure there's lots of photo's posted on the website for me to drawl over.Well, that's it for today. The radio is on so I'm away to have a jig around my lounge.Affectionate hugs to you

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:11:04 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

DESERTFLOWER - THANKS SO MUCH, I'll bring my CD with the pic on it and maybe we can do it down there. To busy getting ready for the trip to deal with it now. Today is going to be the day from H--- but once I'm on the plane I'll be fine.
My room will be under Nancy Spencer Email email me and I'll send you my phone #. What is you last name?
Isn't this a hoot??

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:24:26 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

JOE - Thanks for bringing Jack are you sure he's up to all of us? Scary!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:41:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard, Joe and 'posse':)
Final Countdown to FUN FUN FUN!!!!
CB very interesting information on the trees 'thingy' I am The Elm Tree and as they say, 'if the shoe fits, wear it!':)
Have a lovely sun shiny day every'buddy' and keeping all those who are suffering down in New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama etc. in our prayers and hearts!
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. Here's to ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:48:40 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:59:10 AM  

HERE I AM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


6:25 AM

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:25:57 AM  



Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:40:47 AM  
Love 2 Travel said...


Tous très admirent votre générosité. Merci!

Your generosity is much admired by all. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:44:56 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Heirsschild........happy belated b-day to you. Hope it was a really good one!

Desertflower........"ya gober", girl you have me ROTFLMAO, and its only 6:45 in the am here!

See ya in a few days.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:47:18 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Good morning all! Since desertflowers and I are taking off from Arizona tomorrow to head to the beach, we have just one more sleep! Don't forget, we will be "live" on posting pictures and musings.
la dolce vida thanks for the offer to take over the girls side of the blog hosting, but Brenda clickgirl is planning on it. I'll be changing the chat link on NNBSH to her blog tonite. Are we jazzed yet??

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:02:58 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Tuesday Morning Reply

Good morning, Ladies. One "sleep" left for several of you and two "sleeps" for others!

Operawench and others: Yes, of course, you may bring your materials to the Event and you will receive priority. Just realize that Richard will not have had a chance to review them. (That is why I am helping to take over the blog duties as he is busy reviewing the videos received. He wants to be able to get to know you all better, too. Pssst- I also think he is shopping for new clothes- ha, ha!)

And more serendipity, there is a new Costco just across the street from the hotel! So, pack an old suitcase, shop for a new one at Costco (be careful, though, they all don't stock the same items...) we'll donate the old one and you can take home the new. There is also an REI (outdoor adventure equipment company) less than a mile from the hotel. There is also a Nordstroms about 2-3 miles away for more "refined" items.)

Thank you so much for mentioning the USA Today article. That is all about ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES!! (do I sound like RR?!). It's what we have learned and what we want to help with. Here is the link:

If you are researching things to do in the area- I promise we will get Richard's Guide ready soon-- don't forget Hermosa Beach just south of MB. It is a small 2 square mile beach town with a very happening "Labor Day Fiesta" street fair this entire weekend. Artisan crafts, food, great entertainment all next to the ocean. Quite a do. They have a newly renovated pier and a Pier Plaza with restaurants and shops. You can have the hotel van drop you off there but you will either have to get back to MB (about a 1.25 mile beautiful walk along the strand- no cars, just pedestrians and bicycles) for the van pickup or just take a cab back.

More later today.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:04:27 AM  
Phyl said...


Belated Happy Birthday Greetings to you :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:05:09 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

La Dolce and yours and all the others are with me in my heart and my thoughts!!
ps...You will be a great Blog hostess!

Love2Travel........Merci a toi!
La Belle xox

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:06:00 AM  
Anonymous said...


La Dolce Vita

I hope you have heard from your father by now. Just remember that the circuits are on overload so it will take time to get him on his cell phone. The same problem happened in NY during 9/11.

Hang in there, Love, Myriam

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:22:04 AM  
EasyReader said...


Thanks for the "invite". I usually make it back to MB 2-3 times a year and I actually just returned from a visit in June. You ladies have it all under control and I'm sure Richard's match is within your group. I look forward to reading about all of the adventures. Have a great time!

la dolce vida

My prayers are with you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:24:49 AM  
Anonymous said...


To all the ladies that are trying to write in French, I will be very happy to teach you a few sentences. The French teacher in me goes nuts to see my language being butchered. (smile)

wow. Richard is lucky to have a friend like you. the event is going to be a blast. You are guys are great and sooooooo organized. I'll be very happy to receive all the pics.

LoL, Myriam

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:26:29 AM  
EasyReader said...

I suggest that you do take a trip to Hermosa Beach. Actually if you are ambitious take the walk from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach. It is a great workout in the sand. Or rent a bike and ride the strand. You can ride from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach or go the other way and ride up to Santa Monica.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:30:06 AM  
leslie said...

ONE MORE SLEEP! Yay!!! Okay, off to a long, boring staff meeting before my pedicure this afternoon and home to pack. Will I be able to sleep tonight? Oh well, as soon as I crack open that new Spelling curriculum on the plane, I'll be out zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. See you all very soon. :D

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:46:11 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Thanks, Leslie, for reminding me. In case you don't make it to your favorite nail salon in time, there is the Nail Spa Excel Salon directly across the street from the hotel. The lovely Mrs. F recommends "Kim". They have those combo Easy Chairs with whirlpool foot baths. Just walk in or call 310-536-0044 for a reservation. (Man, fit those puppies with a built in remote control and a small refrigerator and men wouldn't move for a week...)


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:53:21 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB The information that you have given us here is wonderful. Thank you for responding to our needs in such a gracious manner. The computers are a gift that we all will appreciate so much. I've got dibs on the computer for downing loading clips to the NNBBSH site so the ladies that aren't able to come can live the party vicariously.

That is soooo cute that Richard is shopping for new clothes...sounds like us ladies. I personally can't wait to meet this man who has started all this stuff and finally got me to giggle more than I have in the past 10 years.

Tell Umberto to watch out....old ladies on the prowl....LOL

Cheryl Canadian Bloggette can I plagerize your tree quote for our Pajama Party. LOL Oh no, you are making me cry....I just read your had better not embarrass dear sweet I'm bawling .....because I've got to go get something black. LOL...LOL


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:35:27 AM  
w in cencal said...

I guess I'm an Elm Tree (Noble-Mindedness)
Thanks CB

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:32:20 AM  

Richard, good afternoon hope you haven't gone completely bonkers yet!
Need a little info, sent you an e-mail regarding Chicago accomadations, heads up to look out for it.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:20:25 AM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Don't forget your sunscreen-IT IS GOING TO BE A SCREAMER-real hot!! In more ways than one, lol
JoeinMB: You should be in public relations 'cause your ability to smooth PEACOCK feathers is AMAZING!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:11:06 AM  
JoeInMB said...

LOL! Thanks, CJ. I am the ninth child of ten (four older brothers and five sisters!) and can get along in about any situation. How do you think I'll do with the "Peahens"... LOL!

Please try to RSVP today with the hotel (800-675-3550) for the buffet dinner Thursday and Friday evening. I'd hate to run out of food.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:28:12 AM  
happy said...

la dolce
and others effected by Katrina

Hearts to you while you wait for word of loved ones.

It is such a far-reaching storm. Friends in TN have had big home damage due to high winds and rains...& lots more to come before it's over.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 12:39:31 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hot off the presses and straight from the kitchen-- Richard will be at all these events, both evenings, of course!

The "Under The Tuscan Sun" Buffet Dinner Menu!

6:00PM- 8:00PM
Dinner Buffet in the Ballroom
(A la Carte Cash Basis)

Matisse and The Ayres Hotel
Presents “Under the Tuscan Sun”
Dinner Buffet Especially for the Guests of the Senior Bachelor:

Classic Minestrone

Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Basil
in Aged Balsamic

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto

Filed Greens “ Capriccio”
Italian Herb Vinaigrette with Crumbled Bleu Cheese

Cheese Tortellini Salad with Dry Salami, Olives, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Peas, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Grilled Scallions

Chef’s Selection of Warm Focaccia
With Assorted Toppings Under the Heat Lamp

Rosemary, Garlic & Olive Oil Roasted Breast of Chicken on Tuscan Potatoes

Pan Seared Salmon on Ragout of
Artichokes & Root Vegetables

Penne Puttanesca

Assorted Italian Dessert Pastries and a special "surprise" treat

$19.95 / Per Person
Inclusive of Service Charge & Sales Tax

* Beverages Available on a A La Carte Cash Basis

6:00PM- 9:00PM
Senior Bachelor Cocktail Party in the Courtyard
(No host bar)

Richard will be attending both functions both evenings.

Buon appetito!


LOL! I just spoke to Richard to review all of this. You will never guess what he just did. He went to get his hair cut this morning. After telling the ladies in the salon what was happening they refused to let him leave without getting a maninure AND a pedicure! Richard claims it was the first time for both-- yeah, right!


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:19:51 PM  
droma said...

any of your brothers single?
Ellen :>)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:26:10 PM  
Phyl said...

LOL @Droma ..... get in there quick girl. Hmmm Joe and I thought it was bad growing up with 5 brothers and no sisters!!!!!!!! Hey I'm practically a professional kick boxer ;).

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:51:10 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

I believe this is going to be a rip-roarin' time. I'm thinking all the ladies are going to have more fun than RR!!!!

PJ party OMG! How fun. I arrive on Wed. early, anyone else coming in that day?


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:10:35 PM  
Phyl said...

To Everyone going to MB and those in MB going to the gig ... have a WONDERFUL TIME ... look forward to hearing about it all. Saying this now because you guys are all either 5/8/10 hours behind me so I shall be gone to bed within the hour.


Ciao ... Phyl xx

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:13:04 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

The menu sounds yummie! Who is sitting at Richards table?
What a hoot, Richard getting his nails done. Did you paint your toenails? Will there be that type of pampering opportunities while traveling?
Joe Is there a Starbucks nearby?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:23:09 PM  

Someone was reading my mind. I've been noticing that except for the photo in People mag. Richard has been sporting this kinda little "bang thingy" on his forehead.When I see it I keep feeling like I want to push it back :).I must say he looked "GOOD" in the magazine photo. I'll be looking forward to see how he's been "duded up"

More importantly, thank-you again for all the concrens...I've been trying to keep myself busy and not dwell on it. Hard to do, everywhere you look it's there, TV, papers, radio's, computers.
I am using my common sense, 2 cells are busy, (no service) but I can't figure why the house phone answering machine comes on.
80% of the city is under water,he waited it out, why wouldn't he be in his house? Plus no one has power, so how is it the answering machine is coming on? I would think it means the house isn't flooded, but then where is he?
Now there is a major problem with snakes, rodents, and the mosquitos are calling in their troops. He's no "BUANA JIM" so I can't imagine him out in it, especially at 79 yrs. old

Sorry, I'm rambling here,I'll touch back later.
Should anyone want to talk to me I'll check on my blog and post any news there. I don't want to rain on anyones parade

Richard, their coommmmming !


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:26:32 PM  

OKAY Linda....ya gotta keep those priorities out there, yep, Starbucks. I feel ya babe:) :) :)


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:29:42 PM  
Vickie said...

I want to be a 'blogger' but don't know how...Someone please teach me.

What is HTML? How do I use it?
Meet the Senior Bachelor Tour and the newsletter is the best thing to come along since "Parents Without Partners" Thank You for this chance to meet adults over forty. I wish I could join you in Manhattan Beach, but learned about you from the August 25th Show and did not have time to submit my paperwork. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:44:34 PM  
leslie said...

Richard Just back from getting my own pedicure. We should compare toes - mine have sparkles!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:03:39 PM  
ceesoo said...

Penne Putanesca -- AND YOU thought this would get by US -- HAHA-- too many smart women here!!

Definition: [poot-tah-NEHS-kah] Generally served with pasta, this sauce is a spicy mélange of tomatoes, onions, capers, black olives, anchovies, oregano and garlic, all cooked together in olive oil. A dish on a menu described as alla puttanesca signals that it's served with this sauce. The name puttanesca is a derivation of puttana, which in Italian means "whore." According to one story, the
name purportedly comes from the fact that the intense fragrance of this sauce was like a siren's call to the men who visited such "ladies of pleasure."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 5:52:09 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard, Joe and 'posse':)
I don't mean to 'rain on your parade' but pleez keep us in your prayers as remnants of hurricane katrina is heading in our direction starting sometime this evening through tomorow! I am in the process of lifting books and valuables off the floor onto higher ground just to be on the safe side! If I do not post on the blog tomorow, then for sure the power is out here, hopefully it will not be too strong by mid afternoon Wednesday and y'all in Montreal/Quebec, Ottawa etc. please stay safe and keep in touch through the blog! :) My heart goes out to all our Sisters and Brothers down Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans way, prayers and love to you!
One more day to go....get the party started, thanks for keeping us all so well informed Joe. The ROE/MANtic and Adventurous Senior Bachelor Richard is going to look rather 'spiffy' in his new clothes for this upcoming Manhattan Beach Soiree! (just love this word:)
Thinking of y'all
Senior Bachelorette:)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:12:13 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Yo Richard and Joe...........
Be VERY afraid....THEY are almost in the house!!!!!

SPECIAL NOTE to my BESTEST NNBBSH Bloggette Buddies:
I know you are all crazy busy packing and primping, I can see y'all and I can hear y'all!!
But I do have a very important message:
The necklace "The Quest" which I created for the MB Classic will be given away as a door prize on Friday night (I believe) Because it was such a last minute idea,(my fault entirely!!) there was not alot of lead time to position it as a "fundraising item" without impacting sales of the NNBBSH Heart Bracelet........which I absolutely do not want to happen!!
So bear with me and please hear me.........for the MB CLassic I have decided to give someone a gift (via a draw) from my heart to theirs....just to keep the heart theme going!! To add, post MB Classic I would love to design and create a piece to auction with all proceeds going to NNBBSH Heart Foundation.
I ask only that everyone please understand, plus whomever wins "The Quest" appreciates that this is in fact a heartfelt gift expressly created for the MB Classic! WHY??? CUZ I CAN'T BE THERE SO AT LEAST A TINY PART OF ME WILL BE!!

Wishing you..... all...and more in health, life and love!!
La Belle xox

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:12:57 PM  
Carol / aka travelin said...

Have a great time everyone. While you are in MB, I will be in South Florida celebrating my birthday this weekend with my family and friends. Some are even coming down from Orlando for the day. I do believe La Dolce met a few of them.
And the reason the answering machine works is it's probably thru the phone company. Not the old fashioned type. I know during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew my Grandmother finally got thru to me after threatening a few phone personel.
But New Orleans is under water. If you need me, you know how to reach me. Some of us girls are staying home.
Have an awesome time ladies!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:14:01 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey VJ Dreamweaver,
I will be thinking of you also tomorrow, I have a daughter living in Toronto as well, the one that is making me a grandma in January, ........sounds as though we will be hit here in Montreal big time, but nothing compared to our neighbours in the south.
Take best care of you and yours
La Belle xox

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:24:17 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard, Joe and 'posse':)

la dolce vida
Prayers and Love to you and the safety of your Father! Please keep in touch via this 'medium'. We gals who are not in Manhattan Beach for this amazing event will be 'standing in the wings' waiting for all the news and pictures!
Love and Light
Senior Bachelorette:)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:27:31 PM  
Anonymous said...

LUDZIDZINI ROYAL VILLAGE, Swaziland — Tens of thousands of bare-breasted young maidens danced in front of King Mswati on Friday, hoping to catch his eye and become one of his wives.

50,000 nubile, young women staged the annual 'Reed Dance,' hoping to be selected by the king as one of his wives. The 35-yearold king already has 10 wives and one fiancée. Lined up in rows, the maidens danced topless before the king for three hours.

"I am tired of being poor. I want to be a queen. I hope the king sees me," said one 17-year-old Hottentot hottie, wearing the traditional dance costume of a small piece of fabric around her waist.

According to palace sources, King Mswati usually reviews videotapes of dancing girls recorded by the government-owned television station to select new brides.

The dancers paraded around in military-style divisions before lining up shoulder-to-shoulder, swaying, singing songs and raising toy spoons and kitchen knives blunted with oranges on their ends.

Mswati, who came to the throne in 1986, observed the dance from a reviewing platform with his mother, coming down several times to greet the dancers.

Last month, the palace announced that Mswati would marry the last of three girls chosen during last year's reed dance, a move seen as clearing the decks for more selections to be made this year.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:47:24 PM  
Anonymous said...

LUDZIDZINI ROYAL VILLAGE, Swaziland — Tens of thousands of bare-breasted young maidens danced in front of King Mswati on Friday, hoping to catch his eye and become one of his wives.

50,000 nubile, young women staged the annual 'Reed Dance,' hoping to be selected by the king as one of his wives. The 35-yearold king already has 10 wives and one fiancée. Lined up in rows, the maidens danced topless before the king for three hours.

"I am tired of being poor. I want to be a queen. I hope the king sees me," said one 17-year-old Hottentot hottie, wearing the traditional dance costume of a small piece of fabric around her waist.

According to palace sources, King Mswati usually reviews videotapes of dancing girls recorded by the government-owned television station to select new brides.

The dancers paraded around in military-style divisions before lining up shoulder-to-shoulder, swaying, singing songs and raising toy spoons and kitchen knives blunted with oranges on their ends.

Mswati, who came to the throne in 1986, observed the dance from a reviewing platform with his mother, coming down several times to greet the dancers.

Last month, the palace announced that Mswati would marry the last of three girls chosen during last year's reed dance, a move seen as clearing the decks for more selections to be made this year.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:48:47 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi to all,
I add my send off to the MB blogettes with RR and crew. It all sounds like some great memories will be had and to think that there will be the old time slumber parties and will there be any old time sock hops or dancing?? Inquiring minds want to know?
My oldest daughter is a reporter in D.C. and just emailed me with facts that this our Katrina may be the biggest disaster of our time as they are unfolding with huge fatalities. I think someone should suggest having a moment of silence for all those affected by this huge disaster. And it will be far reaching to all of us in many ways.
So...........have yourselves a blast and I can hear it now with all the teasing with RR's pedicure. I can see where that will be of most importance! Scan that man over well. He must clean up pretty good, ladies. Hey, at least he cares and that's more than a lot of guys........
We are relying on your photos and up to date, minute by minute reports of "the happening."
One of the Chicago bunch who can't be with you but sends her best!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:05:46 PM  
onrynurse said...

HI ALL>...
WOW... Got the plans down to a science, Joe!! What a fun thing!! Wish I could be there but will be in Chicago!! I know it will be a hoot!!
Chi Town Girl....Dear God, I do pray you hear frm Dad Soon.....!! I just wish there was something I could do to help!!I will keep you in my thoughts!! I could not believe the devastation!! I lived in Louisiana several times as a kid!! It was a miracle we survived sometimes even in land as the hurricanes came and went!! And, we gripe here about our tornadoes and the winter snows!! I think today, we all shoul be grateful..and reach out to the victims of this terrible thing!!
I will do anything you need... to help ya get thru this,,... just ask!!
OH, linda in tuson, suzanne and guys are gonna have a blast....let us all know about the state of RR's nails!! Wish I had a bug in the Slumber Party Room!! TEE HEE!!!
Keep us all in mind , who can't come this weekend!! Lots of pics, online!! OK!!!! You are gonna have your hands full !! Women everywhere!! A man's dream...!!
Leave room in your lil old heart for us commin to Chicago!! OK>>>>
Hugs to all!! Linda aka onrynurse!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:11:22 PM  

TRAVELIN........thank you again for the lit candels, our tecnilogical world does have it's benefits.

VJ AND MYRIAM.......I can feel the wonderful positive vibes that you gals are emitting. I knew I felt your spirituality presance(sp)?.The two of you have some serious vibe powers.

Happy.....There is nothing like the power of prayer, I have seen it in action.

Carol...What doesn't make any sese is that even if it's voice-mail there is NO SERVICE, NO POWER, NADA. Well I'll find out soon, hopefully.



Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:11:54 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard. What a great party you have planned! I wish I could be joining you and all of our wonderful Senior Bachelorettes this week in MB … but, alas, prior commitments dictate that I stay here. But … I just wanted to send my regards to you … and my best wishes for a fantastic time. And … I sincerely thank you for this incredible venture that has brought so many wonderful people together. I am grateful!

And Joe … thanks for all of your efforts and help! We are so glad that Richard has you as a friend … and that you are helping with this exciting venture. So great to get to know you … and Nancy (through her website)! Much thanks!!

Hello dear Friends going to MB!
I could not let the night go by without wishing all of those heading out for MB very safe travels … and a trip of a lifetime! I keep thinking about how much fun you will have … and the Editor that I was working with today had to listen to ‘the whole story’ … and even got a great kick out of the NNBBS Website! When I was leaving this afternoon, he said, ‘You should find a way to go!’ I thought that was sooooo sweet! Unfortunately – we have a video to edit … and it may take us into Saturday … so … can’t leave it (that ‘responsible’ nature in me). But … I will so be with you in spirit! And when you get your bracelets – know that I really did touch every single one!! Lovingly!! Have a wonderful time … and we will look forward to seeing your posts!!

Leslie: – we want to see pics of the sparkles!! (ha ha)

Cheryl … you are awesome!! What a beautiful idea!

Hey Suzan: So good to see you back here!

Lady Base Camp: – Your passion and caring about the victims of Hurricane Katrina (along with many other posters) is very moving. Maybe Chicago will be better timing for you. Would be great to meet you!

Hi Chi-Town: – I hope you hear from your Dad soon. We will anxiously await news with you! Please keep us posted!

Vj: – keep us posted! You will be in our thoughts!

First time Anonymous: – glad you found your way to us. If you go to – it has all of the info about this venture. Then come back here – or to my site … and Blog with us!

Welcome Vickie: – will have to save HTML instructions for later (Babette is our expert on that) … but glad to have you joining us. And feel free to come over to my Blog (just click on my name – and it will take you to my Blog) – where all of the NNBB Sisterhood will be posting this coming week – while our fellow Bloggettes are in MB. They will be posting updates to our website too – and pics!!

Also – the deadline for submitting has not passed. Check the link mentioned above – and it has all the details!

Anonymous from London! Greetings! I love London … it is absolutely one of my favorite places that I’ve ever been. Have friends in Chiswick, and Farnham in Surrey and in Hampshire County. Have traveled over there quite a bit … but, unfortunately, not for some time now. So glad to have you with us! Hope you will continue to join us … and you are welcome to come over to my Blog as well! We do ‘girl talk’ over there. : )

Dr Oma: – ahhhhhh – you think like me – ha ha. Since Richard will have his hands full – I was thinking – hmmmmm … save Jack … or one of Joe’s brothers for us - in case Richard falls 'in love at sixth sight' in MB! Ha ha

Have a good one, All! And safe, safe journey … to my ‘Sisters’!

Warm regards,


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:47:37 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeInMB CLICKGIRL will be taking over as the host to help those who need help. Cus I'm going to the pardy, I'm going to the pardy.

If any of you ladies need to share rooms, please let Clickgirl know or contact me tomorrow at the hotel for I shall be arriving early.....I'M SO EXCITED......If we have to double up the double up we will. Hey it'll be like camping out.



Hugs to all the wonderful ladies that I will have the opportunity to meet this weekend. Now I must go over and read Clickgirls message on "Signs of a Stroke" so I can be sure that I don't have one.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:48:12 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

La Dolce Vida.........
With every drop of rain and every breath of wind tomorrow
(we are awaiting the after wrath of "the storm" which should touch down here mid day ) I will think of you and yours!
To my Bestest Bloggette Buddies en route to MB...please take best care of you and get down and Jiggy!!
La Belle xox

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:54:01 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

"Peacocks""Peahens", I guess I didn't know the difference, lol..Maybe that is why my love life has been so sketchy!!

Wow, in that family I guess you did learn to smooth 'feathers'...As for you getting along with the 'peahens', there is no doubt...In fact, I think you better be guarded by the 'little lady' or someone is bound to take you off to some lab to clone you!! Richard WHO???? lol Thanks again for all of your help...Your personality seems much better suited to all of this stress, and I am sure Richard will be ethernally grateful-like in remembering you in his will-wink, wink!! :)


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:04:10 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

As I watch the news tonight...I feel sick.......and impotent. I was in Thailand 7 weeks post Sunami and I remember thinking that due to poor infrastructure of a 3rd world country it was more of a disaster than we, the fortunate ones, in the 1st world could possibly ever imagine......however as I watch tonight I comprehend the underestimated overwhelming power of Mother Nature..the wealthiest most powerful country in the world is completely as devastated by her deadly strength......... the marginalised communities within suffering so far above and beyond our imagination!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:37:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

To La Dolce Vida:
My Heart and prayers go out to you!
I've never been around a hurricane but have been in 3 tornados. You have all my prayers, blessing and hugs. I wish I could be there for you!!!! Your in my thoughts and mind. I wish for you the best!!

To Canadian Blogette:
I loved your note about the trees. I'm Poplar Tree, Your and amazing lady and to deal with what we do daily takes very "SPECIAL" ladys. I've been working with the dying since age 13. It just doesn't get any easier.
"Thank You for writing tooo me!The donation of one of your special
creations tells me****
your very "SPECIAL," I wish I was artistic my sister is a painter. Maybe I tooo am artistic my heart
is one of those that just grows bigger and bigger. I think you should get the award for the longest blog.

I love your website. "Happy Belated Birthday!!!!! My blessings tooo you!!!

V.J. [Dream weaver]:
I think you've been an inspirition tooo all of us from the begining. You must be a beautiful lady with a
"Wonderful Heart," any
oh-so special man would love to have you in his heart,soul, and pocket. Your just one of those
"SPECIAL Gals,"just never forget that!!!

Operawench: I hope you have the bes

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:08:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

To La Dolce Vida:
My Heart and prayers go out to you!
I've never been around a hurricane but have been in 3 tornados. You have all my prayers, blessing and hugs. I wish I could be there for you!!!! Your in my thoughts and mind. I wish for you the best!!

To Canadian Blogette:
I loved your note about the trees. I'm Poplar Tree, Your and amazing lady and to deal with what we do daily takes very "SPECIAL" ladys. I've been working with the dying since age 13. It just doesn't get any easier.
"Thank You for writing tooo me!The donation of one of your special
creations tells me****
your very "SPECIAL," I wish I was artistic my sister is a painter. Maybe I tooo am artistic my heart
is one of those that just grows bigger and bigger. I think you should get the award for the longest blog.

I love your website. "Happy Belated Birthday!!!!! My blessings tooo you!!!

V.J. [Dream weaver]:
I think you've been an inspiration tooo all of us from the begining. You must be a beautiful lady with a
"Wonderful Heart," any
oh-so special man would love to have you in his heart,soul, and pocket. Your just one of those
"SPECIAL Gals,"just never forget that!!!

Operawench: I hope you have the best time in M.B. as posible. I wish I coud hear you sing! Just
going to and oprera would fill a dream of mine. Just remember your glowing and beautiful and have a "wonderful," heart. Go, let your hair down, and have fun.
Just make sure to report tooo the rest of us.

Leslie: You tooo have been aboard from the beginning. I wish you all the best and have enjoyed your loving "heart,"and personality. I can't forget the jokes!!!! My wish for you is all the best and I hope you find that Oh-so special man. You have a "Great personality," and are a lovely lady.

Tooo all of you going to M. B.have a "Great Time."

I have to admit I've been the Cinderella at the blog. I'm the one who would have to have help with what clothes do I wear and what fork do I use. It's the little things that are important to me. If a man would write me a notebook paper note and make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich I'd be "Happy." It just doesn't take much.

R. R. Have a "Great time," with all the gals. I'm just sure your going tooo meet some "Great Gals,"
Just remember tooo look inside their hearts. My best wishes tooo you on your journey.

The harvest of corn will start here in a week. Then we will begin fall. My Best wishes tooo all. I going tooo M.B. have a "Great Time."
Iowa Gal

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:19:14 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Safe trip and Sweet Dreams! to all the wonderful NNBBSH friends going to MB. Post lots of Pics for those of us left behind. We will be with you all in spirit!!

Chi Town and all others affected by this terrible storm. I am holding you and your loved ones in my prayers.

RICHARD take a deep breath!
The amazing dream that you dared to dream is about to begin!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:55:28 PM  
RxLady said...

joeinmb, I know you are busy with the MB plans, but for those who might be planning to attend the Chicago event, I noticed in the Meet the SB section, Sept 8,9,10th are the tentative dates for Chicago. In the lastest newsletter Sept 15,16,17th are the tentative dates. Which dates are more likely?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 9:57:53 PM  
JoeInMB said...

LOL!! Just like I thought- you Ladies are merciless and in fine form (PJ Parties, Pedicures, Peacocks and Partying)-- bring it all on to Manhattan Beach!

Have no fear, a Starbucks is right across the street. (Just be careful crossing the road. Maybe I'll wear the Crossing Guard uniform I used to wear at my kid's elementary school!)

Richard will be visiting all the tables at the buffet and will be circulating during the cocktail party. No rest for that guy. Ladies, I think you will be impressed, as I have been, by his boundless energy. Still trying to work on some music so bring some CD's if you can. Label them clearly.

Ceeso- sharpness, wit and an unfailing curiosity is what most impresses me about all of you. (Where did you learn that about the Penne!) Isn't most food about "seduction"- especially Italian! Tell me you would not go into the kitchen of Mike's Bakery in Boston's North End and kiss "Momma" full on the lips after eating one of her heavenly cannolis. I once scheduled a connecting flight in Boston ON PURPOSE to make a special cab ride to Mike's to get some cannoli...

Stay well clear of the remaining Franklin brothers, Ladies. LOL! I'll share some stories with you when we meet. Being the youngest... well, let's just say I am living proof of that saying, "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." I credit my wonderful sisters (and Mom) who made sure I didn't follow too closely in their wayward footsteps.

Chicago looks more like the latter dates. Stay tuned to the blog and the newsletters for updates.

Peaceful slumbers and Godspeed to our intrepid travelers winging and driving their way to Manhattan Beach and God's Blessing on the people affected by the horror of Kartrina. It also reminds me of the tsunami which hit while my family and I were in Thailand last December. I remember the news reports several days after in Thailand saying the best thing we could do was to keep to our itineraries and help where we could. We are all blessed by good fortune and are generous souls-- we will find a way to help.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:14:06 PM  
Belizegial said...

Hello Richard, Joe and fellow bloggers.

Another remarkable day and it appears da event in MB just keeps getting bigger and better.

Have the bestest time y'all blogettes. This is just a moment in time, but the friendships made this weekend will last a lifetime and the memories will keep you warm for a long time.

Cheers to Joe, Richard and the folks at the Ayres Hotel, et al, for putting so much effort into making our ladies feel so welcome!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:36:48 PM  
Belizegial said...

A special prayer tonight for Chi Town's dad and anyone else affected by Katrina. We will keep them all in our prayers and trust that the infinite grace of the Almighty will get everyone safely through this crisis.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:49:37 PM  
foresthillGail said...

Hi Joe Franklin,
My name is Gail. I am happily married but told my wonderfull single friend about the Oprah show and your friend Richard. She went on line and "SIGNED UP" with Richard and was one of the first 118. My question to you is as one of the first to sign up will she have a one on one meet with Richard? Wouldn't that only be fair? She would kill me if she knew I was on line on this BLOG!!!!She is plannning on being at MB on the 1st (which is her BIRTHDAY}, and is lookeng forward to meeting with Richard. You guys better be nice to her or you are going to have to answer to me. I am Newport Beach raised (THE O.C.) and I have been around the block a fewtimes.

Sincerley, Gail

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:02:18 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thanks anon for the news item from Swaziland. I feel the same. That is why I'm going to the Burning Man festival in Nevada this weekend. I'm going to watch the hipsters enjoy themselves! I'll miss out on some great food in MB, but hey 'the event' has already been decided in the stars! Spend time wisely gals~!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:06:23 PM  
HeiressChild said...

forest hills, oh yeah, goober. right. LOL


Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:03:04 AM  
HeiressChild said...

desertflowers, sorry. oh yeah, goober, right. LOL


Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:04:59 AM  
Celia said...

To Richard and friend Bloggers, I cannot sleep tonight because this is a sad night for me. My dearest Mother passed away yesterday at 5PM. I will be unable to attend the September 1st and 2nd event, but I do want to send good thoughts and wishes to all for a wonderful time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:16:28 AM  
HeiressChild said...

debby eddy & phyl & anonymous, thank you for my belated birthday greetings. as i was telling cj, i always celebrate my birthday the whole month of august, so my presents and celebrations are spread throughout the month. it's been a wonderful month, and will finish up seeing the lion king.


Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:32:24 AM  
Operawench said...

Dear Celia,
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You will be in my prayers that you will feel God's comfort in the coming days.

So many others have lost family members due to the hurricane. My prayers are with them too.

God speed to all the Ladies traveling to MB. I'm bringing my Pooh and Piglet nightshirt for the Jama party. What a fun video we will make for Oprah!

Thank you for your sweet comments Iowa Gal. I am encouraged. Des Moines Opera has their season every summer, you should check them out. There is nothing like seeing live opera,and there is nothing like singing in an opera!

Blessings to you all,
The Operawench

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 1:18:26 AM  
mod317 said...

Some of us have one more sleep, but if you are too excited to sleep or you still have packing, etc. to do, is it still called a sleep??? :):)

Connie: I will be wearing a lime green straw hat with a wide brim, it will have a red flower on the side and to TOP it off (pun intended) there will be a peacock feather (but alas not a white one!). I will look for you in the taxi area.

Celia: Sorry to hear about your mother; hopefully she did not suffer much. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Hope everyone stays out of harm's way. I'll see the gang in MB on Thursday and keep the rest of you in my thoughts.

Mary Olive

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 2:35:49 AM  
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005 2:55:20 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Celia so sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers are with you.
I may officially be the first blogette on the road!! Off to hook up with Suzanne and hope to be at the beach by dinner.
Woo hoo!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 4:23:11 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard, Joe and 'posse':)

To ALL the gals on the blog, thank you for your kinds words, we need to keep seeing the good in each other, it is contagious hence the term the MAS:Mutual Admiration Society :)
By the way 'Anonymous' in London England, being poor as you mentioned you are does not weigh against you in any way shape or form! This is a 'global village' here on Richard's Blog and I am sure I am correct in saying that being poor or rich makes no difference, we are ALL here to support one another and help promote ROE/MANce and Adventure, and if we are fortunate to meet our Soulmate through this 'medium', then voila, it is all written 'in the stars' for us!
You are RICH in Spirit of that I am sure! I too am not rich in a monetary sense BUT Rich in Spirit absolutely! :) that is important!
Joe, WOW what a are too much, how lovely it is all going to be. It is raining 'cats and dogs' here in Toronto/'tarana':) and hopefully will not get too much computer is still functioning, thank goodness!
Love and Light
Hugs to y'all
enjoy the soiree
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. CB and all of 'us' in the 'rainbelt' :) take care and 'stay tuned' :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 4:57:07 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Hello Everyone!!!
yes it is me and I am on the blog for a moment...
well so much has happened.. so much to catch up on.. and so little time, I have a p/t job now that the grandkids are back in school.

Suzanne: Wow!! you are a busy girl youself youmust email me and let me know what is going on..

Happy: Iam still talkin with God about your family, hugs...

Phyil: Hey girl Good to see you on the blog!!!

Cathy in CAROLINA: so how is my walikn talkin girlfriend doin, I still haven't heard anything.....

Hi to all my other friends..
but most important..




Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:08:43 AM  
ceesoo said...

ForestHillsGail --go to and tell us the name of your friend with the birthday so Operawench can sing a proper happy birthday to her!!

Celia--so,so sorry to hear about your Mom. I lost my Dad not too long ago and know it is truly a sad passage in our lives to lose parents.

La Dolce-- keep the faith!

MaryOlive-- I guess there's no chance I'll mistake my fellow blogette at the airport! Thanks for the scoop.

CB- you dearheart, thank you for the necklace gift coming so a lucky Senior Bachelorette.

Joe-- nice compliments indeed. I just remembered that "putta" word in Spanish and figured it had to be something similar in Italian and googled it. Sure enough.

Katrina makes my heart hurt......I wrote a children's book (10 years ago) and now soon to be self-published-- called "A Story from Grandfather Tree" in which Mother Earth "in hurricanes and floods cries tears of earthqualkes, vents her anguish" -- but in the end we use our blessings of love, gratitude and prayer to heal her.....and so we must.

Safe travels all....

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:44:29 AM  

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