Thursday, August 04, 2005

Thanks and Pop&Me

I would like to thank everybody for being so civil on the blog. It is great to see how many new friends are being made. I recall a few years ago when I had the idea of Senior Bachelor and I remember saying to myself "Do all you can to see that this is a fun endeavor for everybody. And if I am lucky enough to find "her" great, and hopefully many women will also enjoy the whole experience." And thus far this is how things are shaping up.

Many people continue to ask about Pop&Me. There is a lot of information about the film at . If you would like some more information, you can also go to . MGM keeps all of the money from rentals and sales, so I am not pushing this for you to do. However, if you would like to see it there are various ways. One, try your local video rental place. Or, go to either VHS or DVD (get the DVD if you can, much more information), but Amazon is funny in that you must type in the title like this... Pop and Me. You have to write the word and instead of & and there has to be a space either side of and. You can buy them used or new very inexpensively. Or go to or if you have Netflix. My son Chris and I had never made a film, and had zero experience, not even having read a book or taken a class on filmmaking. We traveled around the world for 190 days interviewing fathers and sons all over the world. To our astonishment, Pop&Me won every festival it was in and was a Semi-Finalist for an Academy Award as Best Feature Length Documentary in 2000, and MGM bought it and put it in theaters across America, and now Pop&Me is on 5 continents in 3 languages. Best wishes, Richard Roe


Tangolady said...

Richard - regarding your comments about the marginalization of people over 50, I agree with you about the media and advertisers ignoring us. However, I belong to a subset (or maybe even a sub-subset!) that is marginalized even further! Here I am, a 73 year old woman – highly educated, intelligent, very attractive with a much younger-looking face and body, in excellent physical condition, and with a wide variety of interests and skills, including ongoing exotic off-the-beaten-path foreign travel.

But I'm much more marginalized than you! As a very attractive older man, you now have your pick of at least 800 eager women who hope to become your chosen one. I, on the other hand, have no pick at all! The vast majorities of 65-75 year old men are in terrible physical condition, couldn’t even begin to keep up with me, and are in search of a caretaker rather than an active, interesting travel companion to explore the wonders of the world. And even many of them dare to express their desire for a woman 15-20 years younger than themselves! The few older men in good condition are usually so hung up on a woman’s chronological age that someone like me gets no consideration at all! Boo-hoo – where is the kind of senior man I’m looking for?!!!!

Make my day, Richard, and tell me that you’re not one of those guys who are too shallow to look beyond chronological age for the “right” older woman!!

Ciao from Ann Arbor!

Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:24:56 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Nice news letter Richard. Gosh I think I'm the first to blog for this new news letter. EHHHHHAAAAWW, will wonders never cease.


Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:25:52 PM  
Anonymous said...

Greetings Richard!
I am going to find Pop&Me at the local video store asap:) I look forward to seeing it! Hopefully by the time we set off for the cruise, it would be nice to have already met the prospective Soulmate/Travelling/Life Partner.
One cannot always plan these things to work out exactly as we see it when it comes to 'matters of the heart' for I firmly believe in the perfect timing and process!
I am having FUN just thinking of the cruise. By the way someone on the Blog recommended a Hawaiian Cruise...sounds incredible with all the Fauna and Flora! Leaves from Vancouver....maybe it is possible to arrange it for this coming Fall????? I dream of swimming with the Dolphins and standing on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful ocean, lovely Sunsets and Sunrises for sure!!!!
Here's to keeping the 'dream alive'
Romance and Adventure For People Of All Ages/The 'Young At Heart' :)
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada

Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:26:37 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

D***, take it back!


Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:26:55 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Wait I meant to say "her" (grin).


Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:28:47 PM  
peachie said...

Canadian Bloggette (you are a hoot!) BUT-- who said this blog is disappearing after the Search has ended ? I bet the blogs / newsletters will continue as the "dream" evolves and provides inspiration for others to keep dreaming and supporting each other. This is one Man's Search but the Promotion of Romance and Adventure has no end.

AND thank you RR for starting a new blog before the weekend.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 1:03:39 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Ladies and Richard:
First I must comment on marginalization:
"NO ONE can make you feel inferior without your permission." Eleanor Roosevelt.
AARP has over 35 million members, and I can tell you when I campaigned for my husband [Supreme Court Justice] the senior segment of the population was one of the very most important-THEY VOTE!!
According to Baby Boomers are turning 50 at the rate of 1 every 7-10 seconds; 12,000 a day; 4 million a year over the next 18 years. The 'middle-aged' population is the 1. Wealthiest
2. Best Educated AND 3. Most Sophisticated.
The media attempts to tell everyone they must BE YOUNG or STAY YOUNG, but we all know that is impossible. We are a generation steeped in hope and belief in the future. We simply care and we give our time and resources to help our world. I believe that outside of what the 'media' machine trys to tell all of us, that we DO ROCK!! BOOMERS RULE!! This is the reason that free discussion is so important, because as long as we live in a closet 'like a mushroom' and let the media feed us 'sh_t' we will think we must buy a certain toothpaste or car, etc. to have value.. Don't buy into that!! Richard the very fact that your film caused such a stir and received so much attention indicates that 'excellence' will shine regardless of the source. Remember, "THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP"..
That said: In my humble opinion, Crystal Cruises has the best Alaska cruise. While this cruise line is more expensive than most when you compare what you get for the money you are worth the investment! I have seen many Broadway shows in New York and the level of talent, costumes and performance of the entertainers on Crystal is comparable. The food is incredible, as is the service, and the staff and servers are extremely clean and friendly. The presentation of food is equal to a five star restaurant, and if after your shore excursion you are 'too pooped to pop' you can take meals in your stateroom by ordering off the menu. The exercise area overlooks the ocean and is so inspiring! Making a choice to go to Alaska now is a wise one, as with global warming I was informed that we could lose many glaciers. The cool air on the decks is conducive to early morning walks and the scenery is fabulous. The shore excursions are enjoyable and the leather and fur goods [if you are a fur person] are beautiful...A Denali side trip by train was beautiful, but I did not see all of the wildlife that I had hoped to see...Victoria BC is amazing and 'high tea' at the Empress hotel and a trip to their awesome museum is a must. They have bikes to rent, and there is an amazing castle a man built for his wife that is very romantic...
Anyway, I would love to meet all of you ladies, and do the 'quessing game' on who is who...As for lots of men on the cruise that is unimportant......I think meeting interesting and inspiring people is important and exciting-regardless of their gender!!
GO4IT!! :)

Thursday, August 04, 2005 2:05:24 PM  
neva said...

I orderd "Pop and Me" (with two other items) on Amazon over 8 weeks ago. I received a confirmation shortly thereafter and a follow up e-mail to get feedback about 6 weeks later--to which I responded that I had not received the items.

I have yet to receive any of the items, though I notified Amason 2 times.

I realize that it would probably cost more to ship them here than was being charged, but the order should not have been accepted and confirmed if it wasn't going to be sent.

I hope your experiences are more successful with Amazon.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 2:12:48 PM  
itchyfeet35 said... have a good handle on life after 70 for us older single ladies. You said it like it is. But I'd rather be in this position than unhappily married to one of those unfit physical old gizzers. Actually alot of young 30 year old females are married to them. At least I'm foot-loose and fancy free and look forward to my exotic off-the beaten path travel, even though I may be alone.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 2:14:12 PM  
neva said...

Re: Marginalization

While degrees of marginalization exist I am sure, I choose not to perceive it to be a problem for me.

I make my own choices, am responsible for my own decisions, can ignore advertising and the media, and know that my age is what I feel it to be on any given day.

At the same time there are some situations in which I choose to function "in the margin" for whatever reasons I choose.

In other words, I have not yet felt the need to "do something about it" as far as the media, advertising and so forth is concerned. Some convincing arguments could persuade me otherwise, but they would need to outweigh some needs like "world peace!"

I believe that world peace can begin with world travel and tend to focus much of my effort in those directions.

Governed by that belief I am consumed with energy for travel and understanding customs, cultures, and needs.

Marginalization concepts, as they may enter into that belief at any time, could energize me as long as they don't interfere.


Thursday, August 04, 2005 2:36:34 PM  
leslie said...

With regard to cruise lines, I went to Alaska on the Norwegian Sun (freestyle). It was amazing - also 5-star service, if you wanted it, but also casual buffet/cafeteria style if that's what you preferred. (Myself, I figure I'm on holiday - SERVE ME!) Lots of "Vegas-style" shows at night, a variety of nightclubs with different music styles, a walking/jogging deck, spa/hair/massage salons, pool, bbq's, etc. etc. Anything and everything your little heart desires.

This may amuse some of you. One day I was in one of our drugstores (do you Americans have Shoppers Drug Mart?) at the makeup counter which is right by the door where you enter. There was an elderly lady standing there handing out flyers to people as they came in, but she had ignored me. I overheard her saying that it was "Seniors Day" and you'd get 10 or 20% off. I went over and asked her how old did you have to be to be a "senior." She said 55, to which I replied, "OH! I QUALIFY - ACTUALLY I'LL BE 56 NEXT MONTH!" She kind of looked at me weird, but gave me a flyer and I got the discounts! So I always check for Seniors Day or Seniors discounts everywhere I go now. Sometimes, it's 50, sometimes 55, and sometimes 65. The lesson: life gets better all the time!

Hey Richard - maybe you can get us a SENIORS GROUP DISCOUNT!!!

Leslie in VanCan :D

Thursday, August 04, 2005 3:22:56 PM  
Operawench said...

For Neva,
I'm sorry you had a bad experience with Amazon. I bought my Pop and Me dvd through them and got it within a week. I always buy new copies of films, used ones you don't really know the quality of them. I hope you get the film soon. I think I found out more about Richard through the film and the commentary than from anything I've read online so far. It's very revealing.
For TangoLady,
I admire you for putting it all out there! I want to be just like you when I get to 73 and beyond. I am at the other end of the spectrum at 48 and hoping that Richard doesn't find me too young to be a good travel partner, etc. I've always related well to those older than I due to my Dad being almost 40 when I was born. He was always older than all of my friend's fathers. I was married to a man younger than I for 21 years. I would welcome being with a man older than I. TangoLady did you send in your materials for Richard to consider??? Go for it, give it a shot, what do you have to lose??? That's how I'm going into this whole thing. If I don't get to travel with Richard I still have my life which I love just fine.
Thankyou Happy for your encouragement on the previous blog. I totally believe that God has a plan for all of us. I love looking through all the "open windows", this Adventure with Richard being one of them...:)
Wishing all of you Ladies the best,
The Operawench

Thursday, August 04, 2005 4:06:08 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Ladies and Richard:
Here is a quote for all the ladies who are waiting for Richard's final choice-
"If the shortest distance between two points is a line, why does waiting in a line take so long ?"

Enjoy and GO4IT!

Thursday, August 04, 2005 4:20:32 PM  
BikingNut said...

IF you are having difficluty finding the film don't forget the possibility of a library. I checked Pop & Me out at my local library. They had two copies. Neither had been checked out in years - sorry to say.
Biking Princess

Thursday, August 04, 2005 4:47:16 PM  
The New Moon said...

I'll be flying in on the FULL MOON... Please look for me... :)

Thursday, August 04, 2005 4:57:56 PM  
rhonda said...

When you think of a flight attendant, one usually thinks beautiful and young, not 50! YIKES! And what about a "nana" flight attendant?? Yup! I'm a Grandmother, and 22yrs later, still a fliglht attendant. I fly all over the world, commercial as well as a private carrier. I vacation anywhere in the world alone if I so desire. I'm not afraid. I try, and have to say, I mostly succeed, not only keeping my body in shape with diet and exercise, but I like myself. I'm very happy, even if I am single at 50. I would much rather be married, but not to the 33 yr olds that want to date me. I am selective to a fault my daughter tells me. I choose to be single as opposed to settle. That's easy..
As a Make Up Artist as well, I see true beauty in everyone I meet. Male and female. No matter what age or distictions. And, it's amazing just how a smile changes ones looks and or approach.
Let the world see the beauty in 50 and older...

Thursday, August 04, 2005 5:16:36 PM  
Anonymous said...

Howdy Richard:)
South Of The Border Down Canada Way
There is a gal with waistlength hair the colour of wheat, and eyes
Her smile is electric
Her demeanor just right
Ya gotta where shades
Cauz her 'Light' is so bright!
Senior Bachelorette:)
Here's to Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.....Making Dreams A Reality....Wildest Dreams Come True

Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:13:42 PM  
bdnc said...

Answer to your question:
Well....... depends on the distance from each points.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:27:57 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard … and ‘Ladies of The Blog’
Wow! Lots of amazing posts … and great conversations! And funny stuff!! : )

Hi CJ in SoCal
Re: Marginalization - I loved your quote from Eleanor Roosevelt – about no one being able to make you feel inferior. I adhere to that philosophy as well. : )

To Neva
Sorry you had a bad experience with Amazon – on getting the Pop&Me video. I ordered from there a few weeks ago, and got my video right away. Were you able to track the shipment? They do have that feature on their site – so that you can find out the status. Good luck with that!

Debby Eddy
Thanks for sharing the Travel Smith link! Those look great for travel! Also – I agree with Canadian Bloggette, in regard to your comments about sending in the video. So – go – enjoy your Houseboat trip (I am jealous!) … and we will be cheering you along the way! : )

Misty aka Phyl
Love your new name! Also – cracked up when I saw your comment about ‘the emotionally healthy ones’. (Too funny!) And you are definitely welcome to my Blog – no withdrawal of the invite - ever! Would love to see you there!

To Linda in Tucson
I loved your comment that you have a lot of girlfriends – and that you are in this ‘for the boy’. Too cute!

To Suzan of Forest Hills
I’d love to see your diving pics too. I don’t Scuba … but I do Snorkel … and, if you go to my Blog, you can see two pics that I took of ‘One Fish / Many Fish’ – in Cozumel. If you scroll down mid-way down the page – it is under ‘In Honor of Jacques Coustou ... <>< <><’. Let us know when you have your Scuba pics posted so that we can check them out!

Also – you mentioned liking ‘The Invitation’ that Cheryl (Canadian Bloggette) posted – and that comes from one of our favorite books – ‘The Invitation’ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. If you like the poem – it is well worth it to read the entire book. It is small – and I read it in one evening. Mountain Dreamer takes every one of the lines – and writes chapters around them. I have read the book over and over – and just love it. It is inspiring … and moving. So … just wanted you to know that there was more than just the poem. : )

To Happy
Congrats on your daughter getting married. Glad you are back! We missed your great sense of humor! And I, too, have been giggling about you trying to get the kitty from behind the dryer – naked! You are a hoot! : )

Reminds me of the story from Ann Landers, I think (or Dear Abby). She had just gotten out of the shower and put curlers in her hair … and ran out (nude) to put a load of laundry in the dryer. There was a leak in the laundry room ceiling – so she noticed an old football helmet on the shelf – and put it on. The meter man knocked, and when there was no answer, he opened the door – and was shocked to see her standing there – stark naked … with the helmet on. She froze – and he said, ‘Lady, I don’t know what team you’re on – but I hope you won’. So … at least you only had the kitty there. (ha ha)

By the way - love all of your quotes! I think you are the 'Queen of Quotes'!

To Suzanne of Mesa AZ
I’m going to ‘steal’ Happy’s reason for not having sent in a video … I still have until September 16th too. : )

Congrats Cheryl / CB
Very cool! So happy for you and your family … about the babe to be! Also – I’m interested in seeing your jewelry and ‘stuff’ too! Sounds cool!

My Best to All!

Click Girl

Thursday, August 04, 2005 7:33:28 PM  
Anonymous said...

Good Evening Richard from across the Border down Canada Way:)
The August Birthstone is Peridot and apparently the perfect stone to assist with making dreams come true, interesting information.
I was so surprised to read 'soft rain's' Blog message that she works as a volunteer 75hrs a week...what a special Soul she is to devote that amount of time,phew!
Calling 'skywatcher' "ella", come in please:) New Moon energy now so the next Full Moon is going to be the most incredible sight considering Mars should reach the full peak as well. We are entering the powerful 'energy vortex' of LEO! An interesting observation, you and 'soft rain' have a gentleness that flows through your Blog messages, beautiful energy!
How wonderful it will be when we all finally meet and put faces to the 'code names', as Richard so nicely put it.....gonna be hilarious and how exciting too:)
Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams for ALL those bloggin' here:)
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada

Thursday, August 04, 2005 7:57:26 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

<Canadian Bloggette That little thing you posted on the blog before this one about MEN AND WOMEN was hilarious. I got a copy from LESLIE as as well. She sends me the funniest stuff.

Hey LESLIE since Richard enjoyed it so much you should post more of that here.

LeslieYou are so funny I love our emails back and forth. Glad to here you are finally getting that video done and in RR's hands before the deadline.

Oh Geeeeee LeslieI hope you don't mind me saying that the MEN and Women thing came from you, love.

Shoot to I have to back to that darn naughty mat :>)


Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:34:17 PM  
macushla56 said...

In answer to Anonymous' question Re: RAGBRAI This is the first year in the last 5 that I haven't driven the sag-wagon for friends of mine. RAGBRAI has become known as Spring Break for Adults - it is great fun and the small towns in Iowa really go all out. Last year when it came through here I had two very diverse and interesting men "room" at my home, one who had ridden 26 years in a row. A good opportunity to meet folks from all over the world. BH

Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:35:20 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

I meant to say "Do I have to go back to that darn naughty mat?

Whoops Sorry .......I hate typos....

Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:37:40 PM  
Anonymous said...

Richard, what happened to your friend who wrote about knowing you 50 years? If he/she is lurking, come out, come out wherever you are and blog with us. We are friendly, really.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:38:27 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

To all a good evening.

To Bikingnut, I ordered a copy through my local library, but must wait two weeks before I get it cause someone else beat me to it! Funny how smart chicks think alike! (grin)

To Clickgirl, cheer me all the way baby, cause the trips that I will be taking in the next six-weeks are due to the fact that I am celebrating the first anniversary of my 49 birthday. And I'm loving it.

A decade ago I took my children (5); toss in a niece and a friend of my daughters to Disneyland to celebrate turning 40. You do that when you're a mother and your children are still young, right? Anywho this one, this one is for me.

My final intineraries are going out tonmorrow, and the stamps I'm using on the envelopes are of Disney characters/Disneyland (D-land turned 50 this year too). The great ones were born in 55. Look at a 55 chevy, how could you not love it, especially if its a rag top, yeah baby.

Hey I ordered the blouse from the Smith travel catalog that you can wear with or without a belt/sash. So you can look plainish or safarish. Did you see it? Did you like it? Its for Maui.

Anyway.... soowwee but I CAN ramble. And I am getting STOKED about life. And all of you women are terrific!


Thursday, August 04, 2005 8:40:20 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,
Before I go on, please always excuse my spelling and typing. I know of no spell check on this sight.

For me, ageing is a wonderful gift. Ageing healthy is to be enjoyed for it's every possible moment. Here today, gone tomorrow?

I certainly understand where Tangolady is comming from. Those that watch us Ladies with amazement seem more into "Coasting" and have different desires then we do. I know I can not coast up hill or far unless it is a down hill slide. Interacting keeps me alive.
I am so blessed to have been born FREE and FEMALE. Our lives have had many options, good and bad. Even though most of my working career has been Traditional Male Jobs, started before Equal Rights, I never really had, and still don't have time to blame others. TV, News, Media, Men, etc. are just the challenges to work around, some tougher then others. What is going on or whatever I step or fall into keeps me busy. This reminds me I can only work with what I have and try to control myself. For the next 24 hours I have many Wants but no Needs.
"In the last 1/3 of my life," RR, I still make mistakes to learn from. As a younger person, I bragged and pushed people to learn by doing. Now I know I learn from the consequenses of what I do.
It is good that I pay more attention and sometimes even think. I don't have to do so much.

Again for Anne Arbor: I just know you can Tango. My imagination races to visualizing you with
Al Pachino,(sp?)of course when he would be in one of his better characters.

DANCING **Ahhhh**
8 years ago, the wonderful Grandson, Kyle, that you see pictured with me in my last Blog pictures was born prematurely weighing ONLY 13 ounces. Indirectly, his life was saved or at least enhanced by putting a
Cha Cha music tape in his Bassinet.
Years prior to his birth, I had complimented a charming Senior couple on the dance floor.
With in weeks, they gave me Gold, Silver, & Bronze dance instructional tapes and cassette music to practice with. I later learned that listening to those old tapes in my car would keep me awake as I made the 90 minute daily drive back and forth to Kyle's Chicago Research Hospital.
That led us to experiment with dance music in his bassinet. The lively music did dramaticly decrease Kyle's sleep disorder. Because of his tiny feet moving to the beat, the Research Dept. tried incorporating music on mats to see if they could help the increasing number of seldom moving, unmotivated, drug dependent newborns and infants. The experiment was successful and went World Wide. That Senior couple had died before I could tell them of the wonderful miracles because of their activities and generosity.

Have they ever used music in sleep/snoring studies??

As for "Pop and Me": it is put together wonderfully!!

Richard, you mentioned thinking about Senior Bachelor a couple years ago. When did you first think of making a film, any film? Was it on the rock pile with Chris?

I am sure, like my Senior dance couple, you have no real idea how many cherished moments and changed attitudes you have probably contributed to because of your and Chris's efforts. Just ONE would have been worth it all! We viewers get to watch Several and hope for MORE.
Unless you instruct me differently,I will incorporate it in my groups at my hospital. It is a documentary.
Thank you again.
Mary Rose

Thursday, August 04, 2005 9:28:49 PM  
leslie said...

Evening Richard, just thought I'd let you know I made my video this morning. Thank goodness I did it in the morning near the ocean so I could benefit from the breezes. It was SO hot this afternoon!! Up to 30C = about 90ishF!! So, look for my stuff next week and I hope you enjoy it.

Leslie in VanCan

Thursday, August 04, 2005 9:50:14 PM  
neva said...

The Pop and Me video arrived today!
(apparently came from NJ first by truck and then by duck). The other two items I ordered at the same time did not come. (I guess they are on a slower duck!)Ha.

I cried and laughed as I watched Pop and Me. It surfaced so many memories of my sons life and death, our travels to New York together, my travels to Israel and Turkey with my father when he was 80, and my travels to Paris and Australia alone. Took me on an emotional roller coaster!

I also recalled one Fathers' Day I spend interviewing fathers in Old Town Virginia about what it meant to them to be a father.

Chris and Richard are to be commended on a job well done.

Aside: I am glad you have been bungy jumping already, Richard!

Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:18:59 PM  
BikingNut said...

Marginalization - since it was first mentioned and then pulled off of the blog it has been on my mind. Yesterday I went to a local liquor store to buy some g** to go with my lime and tonic water - I felt the clerk (female) was looking at me - I gave her my money (cash) and finally I looked at her and said "Darn I thought that you were going to ask me for my ID" - she said no just wanted to make eye contact. I was paying with cash so figured it was not to see if I had some sort of false ID or something. It felt really strange so I said " you know these wrinkles are just my laugh lines, I am really quite young but very happy" - I had the whole line laughing. It was a strange encounter but for some reason I felt that perhaps I did not belong in a liquor store buying alcohol to bring to a party - at my age afterall.
Biking Princess

Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:43:07 PM  
Belizegial said...

Hi Richard and ladies,

It is late here and I am bushwhacked; long day at the office. However, scrolled through the past comments and the new blog. As usual, priceless contributions from the inimitable ones..Happy, BDNC, Canadian Blogette and anyone else posting who was just glad to be here and kickin' up smoke!

It is all about attitude and gratitude. Long live the adventure :)

Thursday, August 04, 2005 11:04:15 PM  
W in cencal said...

Good evening Richard, ladies...
This is only my third time to comment on your blog...I guess you could say that I am a private person and don't like to give out too much information about myself. I've changed my name from california bloggette.
I was able to rent a copy of Pop and Me at the local Hollywood Video and watched it twice. I can't believe that you and Chris had no previous experience in filmmaking as this is a fabulous documentary! I think all of the ladies who are serious about meeting you should see this movie and get a sense of who Richard Roe is. I for one would give you both an Academy Award for this one! BRAVO...
Tonight I am sitting on my porch listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers entertain at the California Mid State Fair. Our fair lasts for 12 days and they always have great entertainment lined up. Tomorrow is Jazz night with Michael McDonald and I will be there with some friends and family members. Last night I took my grandaughters to see Los Lonely Boys...fantastic show, very talented musicans (3 brothers and their father too!)
Needless to say, when the fair is in town, I support the cause and attend as many shows and events as I can. It's fun and that's what life is all about, right?
I've also had company this past week from out of town, well actually, out of country. My nephews' in-laws were visiting from Harbin, China. I had the pleasure to attend my nephews wedding in Harbin this February. In all, we had a group of 14 who travelled together and spent 2 weeks there. The wedding was an event to behold in itself, meeting new family members in China, and the whole experience was amazing to say the least!. It was very COLD in China! Harbin is home of the famous Ice Festival and I was amazed at the ice sculptures which were created out of blocks of ice from the Songhua River. To see some of these amazing sculptures check out this website: and click on the Harbin 2005 Ice festival photos. We were also fortunate to be in China during the Chinese New Year which is the year of the Rooster. Talk about fireworks... You have not seen fireworks until you've been in China during the New Year's celebration!
My ex-husband was in the military for almost 30 years and we travelled to many wonderful places. I have lived in Germany for over 7 years and also South Korea for 2 years. I've had an amazing life so far travelling to many places I never imagined. It's so much fun to visit far away places and learning about different cultures and as Richard has said before, the children around the world are all the same. The human race is beautiful and we all share this world together. I also have a thirst for knowledge and love of travel. There is so much to see in this big wonderful world of ours and wouldn't it be great to have someone to share it all with? Richard, could you be my soulmate?...
Wow, for someone who doesn't blog much, I sure had a lot to say. Sorry :)
Until next time...goodnight and sweet dreams to all..."The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up!"

Friday, August 05, 2005 12:02:26 AM  
AuburnMichelle said...

I stopped by Blockbusters on my way home today, long day, and the Pop & Me video I ordered a month ago had just come in.
After checking the Blog I decided I had to watch it tonight. I am so very glad I did. I enjoyed it - no, I loved it!
It pulled at my heart and my emotions, I see why it took so many awards.
Richard - it gives more insight in to you and your baby blues.....nice, very nice.
Chris - you are the man, you did a great job and grew more in 6 months than most men grow in a lifetime.
Thank you gentlemen! Now I need to get some shut eye. XOX

Friday, August 05, 2005 12:33:07 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Top of the morning ladies and RR,

First off I can't remember who the blogger was, but a few newsletters back (and yes I'm too lazy to go back and look) there was a person that knew Maui pretty well. If that person is reading and still blogging could you tell me AGAIN (ssoowwwee) some good places to snorkel. Like I said before I've been to Molokini. Oh, and for long board surfing too. My baby sister (46) wants us to try that also. Is the Aston pretty nice? I mean do you know the place?

Well it is supposed to be another hot one here,in the area of the world where I reside, so I think I will be swimming for a good portion of the day. But I need to tend to some gardening first, while it is still cool. Just had my nails done too, I really hate getting them dirty and I do even if I wear gloves. Any good suggestions on keeping knewly manicured nails looking good while trying to make your flower garden look good too. Don't say gardener, cause I already have one that cuts the grass and blows(eeewww, the leaves). I like doing the other stuff myself.

Well ladies blog on. Have a wonderful week-end.

DE signing off at 6:34 in the am.

Friday, August 05, 2005 6:22:12 AM  
happy said...

to belizegial

You got it!! Attitude and Gratitude! The success combo for all! We happy Elders know it. And the sooner the Youngersters figure it out, the happier they'll be!

W in cencal

Thanks for the 'coolth' in this overheated clime! Loved the Harbin pics. I often watch CCTV (China TV) travelogues & the Harbin ones just turn me into a greedy lusting critter!!! I WANNA go there!!

to Richard & ALL with minor apologies to original author

Every day is "International Very Good Looking, Darn Smart Senior's Day".

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO -What a ride!!"

Friday, August 05, 2005 6:22:23 AM  
happy said...

to RR

I intended to offer a song for the day: "Strangers in Paradise"...

Enough said. Let the music speak :)

Friday, August 05, 2005 6:39:57 AM  
onrynurse said...

hi....will try to pick up pop and me the weekend!!
Richard...nice to hear from you, as always!!
We are behaving on the blog these days aren't we?? Tee Hee...
Hope all of ya have a good weekend!
Much cooler here so it will be great!!

Friday, August 05, 2005 6:55:59 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Dick,
Do people still call you that? I loved Pop and Me. I bought it on eBay for a penny. I wasn't trying to be cheap, but that was the starting and ending bid. I started watching it when I was home visiting my parents' and siblings for the summer, and before I knew it, the entire family was in the living room watching it with me.

What a test to Chris' and your relationship! It reminds me of this quote:

"The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands."
-Alexandra Penney

Have a great day Richard!

Friday, August 05, 2005 7:01:21 AM  
ceesoo said...

Just a note on Pop&Me -- remember this was made 10 years ago . Richard was 54 (mid-life crisis!) and Chris's age was mid-twenties(?) -- still getting his adult feet.

What these two were brave enough to bring to film is the dynamics of these life passages: Richard grieving the passing of the career person/ husband / family man he had been ---
Chris, expecting support and encouragement, not resistance! from his Dad and anticipating the career person/ husband/family man he will become

--And how that inner- personal tension played out as father/son with the added stress of traveling and filming.

At this 2005 juncture, I believe we can assume that Richard has made peace with his new life circumstances and Chris has created the career / family/ marriage he anticipated as part of adulthood.

I hope RR has learned that the only control he really has is over himself and that it is not an endearing chararcteristic to loved ones. Yes, RR, your harsh childhood caused you to develop into a hard***, but I hope age and the family love all aound you has mellowed you.

The best result of Pop&Me is that the RR and Chris did the hard work to not only make the film, but get through their issues (professional counseling was needed). How many of us have seen people walk away and simply choose estrangement rather than work through this stuff?
I find that an encouraging sign regarding RR's character. He allowed his determination to be the good father he didn't have, drive him to overcome his demons.

Good job, Pop and Chris.

Friday, August 05, 2005 7:13:20 AM  
Tangolady said...

For Itchyfeet35 -
You're so right! Better to be on our own than attached to a "couch potato". Like you, I've taken many an exciting trip solo (always meet nice people along the way) and lots of trips with wonderful female friends. But being alone doesn't have to mean being lonely!

For OperaWench-
Yes - although I didn't go to the trouble or expense of making a video to send to Richard, I did submit a biography and pictures. If he chooses not to consider me, it will be his loss!! I, too, love my life, am perpetually optimistic, and always willing to take some risks in the search for new people, places, experiences, ideas, etc.

For Mary R -
Oh yes, I can really do a mean Argentine Tango! Argentinean tango music is the most emotional, passionate, beautiful dance music in the world. Am about to plan my 4th trip to Buenos Aires where I can be found dancing in the Tango Clubs at 3 AM with my favorite Argentinean tango instructors who range in age from 25-70! Sheer bliss ... almost, but not quite, better than S--!!

Ladies over 70 - just enjoy whatever wonderful years we have left to us; make the most of them!

Friday, August 05, 2005 7:24:15 AM  
bdnc said...

Good Morning!

I can feel your feistiness. You are a great example to women of all ages. You go girl!
Belizegial and Happy
That's right girls "attitude and gratitude" and top that with the cha cha cha, marginalization will be a caramba!

I learn over the years, not to allow people to mistreat me and to pay no attention to those who know not to smile. :-) they may be hurting inside and just want to be left alone. But what i do to those ignorant people is i give them a simple smile.

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:09:59 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Wait (Dick?) you were a hard a**?hhhmmmmmmm Oh I could blog something but I'll just let those with a sick sense of humor figure it out yourselves.

Wonder if I'm going to be deleted?!? End up in blogger's h***, never to be heard from again.


What type of woman/women attract you. By that I mean; coloring (hair and eyes), heigth, you know, the physical characteristics of the opposite sex?

Just curious, and no ladies I wouldn't and I would hope none of you would run out change your hair color, eye color (contacts), or lay yourself out on a stretching rack just to make yourself look like something Richard the Roe might be attracted to. That is if he will even share with us his prefrences?!?

Oh, and what sort of music do you like? I don't see you as a Guns n Roses type. The Eagles? Maybe. Classical? Probably. Sinatra, Marin, Etta James (At Last), Frankie Vale (You're Just Too Good To Be True)? But I am just guessing.

When are you going to get down and answer some of mine and the other questions put to you? Course I'm probably overly curious, but that can be a good thing IMHO.

Any V-ball tourneys this week-end?


Friday, August 05, 2005 8:12:07 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Bonjour to Bloggette Buddies and Richard
Big HELLO to all!! busy barely time to read the latest Blogs......and no time to post a note y'all will get a well deserved break from my babbling!!......yikes!!....shall catch up Monday and hopefully post Koh Samui to my Blog site!!
A little note to all..........the Man Woman thingy from yesterday was actually from LESLIE in Van!!! I thought it actually was from another L.C that I know, clearly I did not study it properly, was laughing too hard!!I should have known it was our Bloggette Leslie as she has the best, wild and whacky sense of humour....EH??!!.....aneeeeeway

Leslie, now that I have the right
"sender"........DANKA and kuddos, keep 'em coming!! I have a great one for you, very risque, it would absolutely have me banished to the naughty carpet and the corner for LIFE!! So will email to you Monday....K??
et Bon Weekend a Tous!!
La Belle xox

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:59:13 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hello Richard:) Friday is my day off as the Seniors Club I manage is only open Mon-Thurs, mornings. Speaking of Seniors they sure know how to enjoy themselves
(my nickname is babyface) as I am the youngest Senior person there:)
55 years:)One thing I have learnt and observed the past 4 years of being there is they have a joy for Life that I would otherwise not be subjected to. Makes me all the more look forward to the future and enjoy the present(which is a Gift:) Ooooh la la the more I think of a cruise to Hawaii, all of us being greeted at the airport with flowers, the fresh smell of the flora. Maybe even zooming around the islands on mopeds. I saw a documentary on one of the islands, WOW is all I can say..Hawaii and the people beautiful! I am practicing doing the 'hula dance', what a hoot it will be trying to dance under the 'pongo stick', I can just see how laughter and fun will RULE:)The twangy Hawaiin music on the beach dancing around the fire. Flowers in my hair! (I'm up to doing a 'firewalk' again, did it once many years ago in Victoria B.C.)
Here's to 'Blue Hawaii' Romance and Adventure for all of us who have the ZEST for LIFE!
the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
'soft rain' it is gonna happen:) As the song goes "I'm so excited, I just can't hide it, I don't wanna lose control but I think I like it!" Pointer Sisters
Another song I love by Annie Lennox "Sisters Are doin' it by themselves, commin' out of the kitchen and ringin' them bells"
Yes, Romance and Adventure is 'in the air'

Friday, August 05, 2005 9:01:25 AM  
Anonymous said...

ALOHA Richard:) I am so excited that I said we'd all be greeted at the airport...sorry correction:
We'd be greeted at the HARBOUR in Hawaii:)

Friday, August 05, 2005 9:06:02 AM  
happy said...

to neva & RR

Reckon this SeniorBachelor endeavor will be RR's BIGGEST BUNGEE JUMP?! :)

to bdnc

Absolutely :)!

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:01:11 AM  
neva said...

Aloha Debbie Eddy

Aston is a management company that manages quite a large number of resorts including Papakea, Aston Kaanapali Shores and others. They are also in the process of changing their name to something else like Resort Quest.,, So I am not sure which one you will be visiting.

Molokini is a good snorkling haven.
Also a day trip to the Island of Lanai on the Expeditions Ferry (45 minutes) out of Lahaina offers excellent snorkling and a spectacular resort and spa known as Manele Bay (where Bill Gates reserved all the rooms for his wedding party--except for a few that had been reserved by the PapaRATsi).

Wyland (Artist of the sea)does some underwater photography at Black Rock at the Sheraton at Kaanapali. Some people like this for starters for shore side snorkling.

Surfing is available at most of the seaside parks between the Harbor where you leave for Molokini and as far west and north as Fleming Beach. On the West side early morning is the favorite surfing time I think. You can rent surfing and snorkling gear at Maui Dive. (I see some windsurfers out of Papakea from time to time). Calmer surfing is on the South side (Wailea). The road to Hana on the east side also offers some surfing opportunities and is quite scenic, but take a large van if you go to Hana.

My phone and e-mail are available on my website. Have a great time and if you have the time let's meet for breakfast or lunch, my treat.


Friday, August 05, 2005 10:14:51 AM  
Anonymous said...

To Macushla56

This is the first time I've missed riding in RAGBRAI in the last 13 years! Your right in saying you can meet people from all over the world. It's sometimes has the reputation of being a "party ride", but the ages seem to be getting older - and I heard, this year a little milder. When 79 and 80 year olds can park their behinds on a bike seat and peddle 500 miles in the heat, over hills and against that darn wind, etc.
Kudos to them!!! I love all the people and fun teams!! I figure I'll be doing that until I'm in my 80's.

To Tangolady,

Dang Lady - I'm impressed!!
I have always wanted to learn the Tango!! I love to dance (always have)- someday i hope!

To Richard,
Oh Richard! You know what I loved about that Pop & Me? The "little boy" in you! - when you were jumping on the bed with Chris. Every man needs to keep that "little boy" in there somewhere. And those eyes!! Swooon!
Girls, I got mine at Hollywood Videos.

Keep it real -

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:36:49 AM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,
More wonderful Blogs this time--talking about real things,not just brief vacations from everyday realities. Pop & Me has struck another good vein.

Personally, I am so excited, I can hardly write. My kids won't be too excited about this so YOU ALL are my first to tell.
I accepted an invitation to be part of a motorcycle small family group going to Durango,CO. the Four Cornors Ride, for Sept 1st. This time last year, I haden't even been to Motorcycle riding school. (When I did get into class, I was of course, the oldest and one of only 3 females with 17 males. I was also the only one who had NEVER EVER riden a motorized bike before. I am also afraid of height and real fast speeds.)With 6526 on it's speedometer now, I will know that my Honda 600cc Silverwing is designed to take me everywhere the big Harley's and Goldwings go, up to 125 miles per hour. I just don't have to shift or do anything but sit, enjoy and steer the ride. Tomorrow it is taking me with a small group to tour some Copper mines. When I first started riding, later last August, I liked what I was accomplishing; now I am enjoying it. Kind of like the difference between LOVING and BEING IN LOVE(For me, coming from a background in Insurance and Health Care, I know this is more dangerous then even Bungie jumping. My children are raised. Those responsibilites are fulfilled. Now I can sometimes be a responsible Senior Kid.
Back in Illinois where I came from, I had enjoyed 7 Fall family orginazied, One Horse Gap, 10 day trail ride in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. I have beautiful pictures and memories of the Fall splendor right in almost my back yard. Never do I think anything will replace those memories. This early Sept, I will get to experience Mesa Verde National Park. (Happiness is having something Pending I just have to keep pinching myself regularly to know this is really Me, lucky enought to be alive and adding to those memories Sometimes we are just plan lucky because of knowing or unknowing choices we have made.
As I said before, Do what we can and the fun things, do MORE.

Like Tangolady,one of our newest friends,and all of us Lucky, Wonderful Ladies,(If I start listing and missed one I would feel sad, so I just use FRIENDS}(maybe Drug and smoke free is a small linking factor)--Anyway when our piers watch us with wonderment, envy,ah,sometimes jealously and of course, questions, all I can say is, "How can I help you like someone has helped me?"
I feel Richard couldn't go wrong by choosing about any of us that are willing
to committ.
Wise men and women sometimes change their minds--Fools,never.
Mary Rose

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:40:11 AM  
bdnc said...

Mary R
I wish to congratulate you first of all in doing such a great job with all the techie dingy... :-)
If it makes you happy, go for it! Someone once said that we give our kids roots and then we give them wings. I think that goes with all mothers as well... we raised our kids and now we take our wings back to fly freely. Single or married, we must take our wings and go for what we always dreamed of.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free....
Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney)

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:00:09 AM  
neva said...


No doubt!

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:07:56 AM  
Debby Eddy said...


Just on my wy out. Will e-mail you tonight or in the near future.

Thanks so much,


Friday, August 05, 2005 11:15:56 AM  
Mary R said...

Dear Wonderful Resources FRIENDS,
Thank you for the complements. Your examples and suggestions keep us growing.
A quick question: With all this spontaneous writing, what are the best,hand held Word Spellers now?.Thumbing through pages is time consuming when I am not even close to begin with.
Thanks again.
Mary Rose

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:16:14 AM  
bdnc said...

Mary R
Clickgirl's suggestion was to first type your comment in WORD, and do the spellcheck (i think a good way if your only using spellchecker for blogging.)

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:29:51 AM  
bdnc said...

Pardon me, ...this is a good way for blogging...

Friday, August 05, 2005 11:31:05 AM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard … and ‘Ladies of The Blog’
Greetings again! Hope everyone is having a great day!

Hey Neva
You are too funny! So glad your vid arrived … even though it was by duck. At 2 a.m. – when I was reading your post … I was just cracking up. And your comment about Richard having already done bungy jumping – I so agree! And … I was glad to know he was a bit afraid of heights … as I am, as well. : )

Debby Eddy
Wow! Congrats on your 49th! So young! (ha ha) And your trip sounds great! I am sure you will have a wonderful time! Will look forward to seeing pics – when you return!

I did see that top that you mentioned – from Smith. I looked at all of the Ladies clothing (hee hee) – and loved most of them. They were very much the kinds of things I would wear – but not just for ‘travel’. My job requires not only that I travel – (though lots of times it is just over to Orlando - hour & a half away) – but while on-site I often work late (10-11 p.m. or later) and then have very early crew calls (last time was 6:45 a.m. - every morning). And, of course, because I have to look professional - the least amount of time spent ironing and messing with my clothes – the better. So I have a whole ‘stock’ of Chico’s Travelers … and clothing like that. No iron … no fuss … but professional and nice. In fact, if you are interested – I will post a list of Links (on my Blog – in case that breaks ‘the rules’) to other great travel type clothing that I got from the Trafalgar Travel Message Board. They are a wealth of info on stuff like that! For future trips, of course. : )

Hi Mary R (and any others who are interested)
As BDNC mentioned – I usually write my posts in MS Word – where I can do Spell check and it is easier, for me, to just copy and paste the code for Bold, Italics, etc. while I am writing. That is just what I am comfortable with. But there are some other options:

1. You can go to this link – and they have Dictionary and Thesaurus – that you can easily access:

2. On my laptop, I have installed the Dogpile Toolbar. Dogpile is a Search Engine that has Google, Yahoo, MSN, Jeeves and many other Search Tools – all combined in one Search feature. The Link is:
If you download their Toolbar – it has a pull down menu with Dictionary, Thesaurus and Acronym Finder – along with Yellow and White Pages, Weather and other features that can be customized. For instance, I put a News Feeder on mine – for my favorite station. While I am at work, I don’t do personal stuff – but do like to stay aware of latest breaking news (especially during Hurricane season – ha ha). So that News Feeder runs – and with just a quick glance, without me taking time away from work, I can check out what is going on in the world.

Hope this helps!

Have a good one!

Click Girl

Friday, August 05, 2005 12:45:31 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Mary R WOW girlfriend, from ballroom dancing to motorcycling you are amazing. You have the best of the bikes as well. The Honda handles much more easily than a Harley (I have been told) and the Goldwing is a great bike but not nearly as mechanically smooth as the Honda and a lot more expensive. Good choice. I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride. Well guess, I’ll have to come down to your house and you can teach me.

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:03:44 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

cjinsocal Thanks for your input on marginalization. You made some very good and valid points on this subject. I can’t say that I personally have ever felt marginalized simply because I haven’t allowed that to happen. But I do think that today’s society puts too much emphasis on outward beauty and money. I am a strong believer that there is everything, right here on this earth that we could ever need to help us live a healthy, happy lives and all we have to do is step outside to see it, feel it, and experience it.

I am getting more ideas from the ladies on this site than I could ever have imagined. You know I never even thought about traveling alone, because I am a woman and then CanadianBloggetteshowed me how enjoyable it could be through her wonderful blog site. I never thought I would attempt to ride a motorcycle until MaryRSaid she learned and loves it so much and she learned at age 63. That is just amazing to me.

Now with the contemplating and planning a cruise. I was thinking Belize, but the way you’ve described the Alaskan cruise and all the exciting things you can do, I may have to go for the Alaskan cruise first. After all – a cool breeze on a woman who has hot flashes every 5 minutes sounds wonderful. LOL

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:17:24 PM  
Anonymous said...

Ladies of the Blog,

Will you PLEASE stop asking Richard what he likes in a woman! Can't you see why he doesn't answer you? If he says he likes red hair, some will dye there hair (or worse, they'll just say they have red hair.) He wants you to be you. have some confidence and be just yourselves.

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:18:01 PM  
droma said...

HELP pleeease!
My comment here got deletd, and when I go to some of you ladies Blogsite get sent and than lost at Blogger Knowledge/ Blogger Names.
Boo hoo

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:36:32 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

< tangoladyI know exactly what you mean. . I like younger men, older men, middle age men, I just like men! Although I like men that are in good physical and mental shape as well and unfortunately there are way too many that aren’t and like you said most of the time their looking more for a care giver than a partner and they are whiny. LOL My next relationship will have to be with someone who likes being physical (exercising ladies LOL) and likes being healthy. I eat healthy and I do like to go to the gym to work out and would like sharing that with my mate.

TangoladyMy mother is 76 and she still runs circles around me. She is glamorous, loves to entertain at her home and a true Southern Woman. She lives in Stallion Springs California which is a small resort kind of town for retired people. Beautiful place.

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:45:03 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

RhondaSo true, a smile erases all wrinkles.

LeslieSee girlfriend I told you - you still don't look 50.

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:49:40 PM  
happy said...

to anonymous

Your plea to us to "stop asking what RR likes" --is understandable.

IMHO it's not that we'd all rush to become redheads - ('already been there; done that - and blonde - and black - and every shade in between! :)

I think it is merely an overwhelming cat-like curiosity amongst some driving the questions :)

Patience with us, please.

to RR

We ladies of the Blog only hope that Richard's curiosity about us equals our own and that he also will truly be 'himself'! :)

Friday, August 05, 2005 1:55:24 PM  
happy said...

to suzanne mesa

LOL at your "cool breezes" helping "hot flashes" remark! :O

Friday, August 05, 2005 2:05:27 PM  
Operawench said...

TIGF! Ladies of the Blog,
For those of you who have already sent in your videos,etc. to Richard, did you send the materials by registered or certified mail? Did anyone use FedEx or something similiar?
I'm just curious as I will be sending my materials off soon.
I'm so glad to read that a lot of you have seen the Pop & Me film! It's such a special commentary on the lives of men in general and 2 good men in particular. I'm sure I will watch the film over a few more times. The Bungee jumping scene still gets me nervous. Even if I had paid for it I probably would have backed out. It wouldn't be good for anyone that I tandem jumped with if I became a limp body due to my passing out from the git
Keeping my feet on the ground
My head reaching to the stars
My heart sending out good wishes to you all....:)
The Operawench

Friday, August 05, 2005 2:16:10 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

I find your remark that, "If he says he likes red hair, some will dye there [their] hair (or worse, they'll just say they have red hair.)" incredibly demeaning! While the 'ladies of the blog'are very enthusiastic about the possibility of becoming involved in this adventure; taking this trip; and, maybe meeting a special 'someone', I hardly think ANY OF THEM would be the interesting, intelligent, accomplished women they are at this age if they embodied your needy, desperate characterizations..Geez, I hope that this is not the way Richard really feels.....

Friday, August 05, 2005 2:17:02 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard: Have you been thinking about me??? I don’t really believe in horoscopes but read mine every day just for fun. This is what it says for today:

Libra 8/5/05
”A strong telepathic message expressing love from a potential love partner could take you by surprise today, dear Libra. Also, you should be the one to lead the charge. In a group of people, you're the natural leader. Everyone always loves your ideas. And they love it when you laugh. And they think it's mind-boggling that you're single."

Oh, right, you’re an Aries. For you, it says:

“Finances could get chaotic with multiple gift-giving occasions on the horizon. Set money aside for emergencies, and put your thinking cap on. The bet gifts are thoughtful, not necessarily expensive.”

As I said, I think it’s fun but what is funny is that when you read characteristics of particular “signs,” it is usually right on. What do you think?

Leslie in VanCan

Friday, August 05, 2005 2:23:21 PM  
w in cencal said...

Good afternoon Richard and bloggettes,
It seems that everyday we hear someone ask about spell check...
Just want you to know that we can usually understand what you're trying to say and make the corrections in our heads. (Although there are a few that I can't for the life of me figure out what they're trying to say).
Here's a cute misspelled paragraph for everyone to read:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
(sorry if I misspelled any misspelled words :)
"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them"
(John Updike)
I'm off to the California Mid State Fair...Hvae a wnodreufl wkeened erveynoe.

Friday, August 05, 2005 3:03:04 PM  
ClickGirl said...

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Friday, August 05, 2005 3:07:51 PM  
bdnc said...

w in cencal
PARDON ME?????? *lol*
That's a good one. :-)

Where do you see the Blog Police? And will not change my hair color just for a man. I designate you to be our Professional Blog Advisor. Well, you got my vote anyway. :-)

Friday, August 05, 2005 3:19:08 PM  
Anonymous said...

CJ - I can understand where Anonymous would get the idea that some applicants would change their hair color (or whatever) if they thought that's what Richard preferred. Have you been reading these blogs?!? Richard mentions volleyball and suddenly everyone L_O_V_E_S volleyball, even those who probably never played or watched a game in their lives. Then he mentions liking a full moon and everyone rushes to tell how they L_O_V_E full moons. Richard likes traveling, so blogettes rush in with their tales of travel. What will be next?

Friday, August 05, 2005 3:32:22 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Sorry Richard I know this seems to be 'off-topic', but maybe it isn't :)...
[Have you been reading these blogs?!? Richard mentions volleyball and suddenly everyone L_O_V_E_S volleyball,]
Anon, you do have a point..However, statistically speaking, you are not discussing the entire 'general' population of women over 40-50..Here, you potentially have women who do not smoke and who drink very little, if at all..Therefore, this is a population of women who take good care of themselves, and who are likely to be active..hence, liking volleyball, etc..Most of us played volleyball in Phys Ed at least, lol..I personally don't know anyone who doesn't love to travel..And, what red-blooded woman at forty/fifty + doesn't swoon over being with a special person under a full moon..And, who would shy away from a man who says he loves moonlight on the water, lol....The women who are applying are women who have survived many things, and accomplished even more..Therefore, I do not think that this sampling of women can be definitively categorized as Richard-pleasers...Of course they all want to go on the trip, and who would turn down the chance to meet their 'soulmate'...In fact, if Richard were able to give a more narrow description of what he wants, it would likely allow many women to take themselves out of the running saving hurt and disappointment for many..Just my humble opinion, as I am not applying for the trip.....It would seem that Richard is open to meeting a variety of women, so that is wonderful.....

Friday, August 05, 2005 4:52:55 PM  
happy said...

to anon

In fairness RR requested blogs re travel, full moon, etc. I don't believe he asked for VB tales. Surely some bloggers must avidly follow and play the sport. But SO much response to the finals did come across as fawning. But -- maybe I'm wrong. Who knew?! :)

Moi? Volleyball's a fun sport to watch..occasionally. I more "fit" a mean game of ping-pong!...but I have practiced cheering-on my daughters in their sports for positively years and years! I'm still GOOD at and enjoy that! :).

My hairdresser - moi, - would have a fit if the hair were changed. :)

Hmmm What COULD be next? Perhaps Richard could run something else up the flagpole and see who salutes it? But that's risky. He's got a bunch of multi-talented, multi-faceted, very far- reaching sets of interests in the bloggers. Someone's bound to be genuinely interested in or good at just about every diddlything he could throw out there!

to w in cencal

You omitted one important fact along with your melspinligs :)
The researchers determined that "some people have no trouble reading these" (that's me) and to other people "they are totally incomprehensible." They simply cannot see it. It seems to be determined by whether you are "right-brained" or "left-brained".

Don't ASK me which is which!--My brain's so full of useless stuff right now that I've forgotten! :)

Re John Updike He was raised a few miles from where I used to live. His mom had a picturesque old PA fieldstone farm house & barn about 3 miles away from my house.

Friday, August 05, 2005 4:54:36 PM  
itchyfeet35 said...

I don’t do the motorcycle scene…period. I’ve never felt the desire to bungee jump, but not because I’m afraid of heights. My grown children are avid parachutist. I enjoy being an onlooker. They enjoy the tunnel flying too. It is entertaining to watch the Tunnel Rats! I’ve experienced being rescued in a helicopter from a situation in India. The two pilots I sat with said it was the scariest thing they’d experienced. I’ve flown twice in a balloon, once on my 40th birthday in a snowstorm in Colo, it was beautiful; and once on a safari in South Africa. On a trip in Kenya our car was detained and searched by some human gorillas. You may be freighted of the Blogg Police..which makes me think of the time I had to go to the police station in Moscow to get my camera back because they thought I’d taken a picture of Lenin’s tomb. Or the car searches between Hungry and Austria 45 years ago. Which brings to mind, my last trip to Israel; when the army guys wanted their pictures taken with ME, of all things holding their guns. I escorted from Guatemala an orphan who just this year graduated from high school. He is so proud to be an American. I made a home for my family in four different countries: Japan, Germany, Sweden and Austria in a ten year period. I was alone a lot of the time, my husband traveled. I worked until I was 68 yrs old. I then realized I was a senior citizen and I there are young people out there that need a job. I never asked for a senior discount because I had a job and didn’t feel old. Today I wore my belly-dancing hat into the library to loan to the girls that are instructing a free belly-dancing class. I’ve never seen such looks and much laughing! It was such a hoot! I’ve never done the tango, but wouldn’t mind trying… I will do a lot of adventurous things but I can’t imagine myself making a video
of myself and begging RR to pick me to take on a trip. Don’t get me wrong, I would(love)to meet that guy and talk travel stories. I can only imagine the situations that he has encountered. That would make a good book, Richard. Thank goodness I've never had to be competitive.

Friday, August 05, 2005 5:43:02 PM  
droma said...

This blogging adventure is getting more meaningfull with each set. Danke

It affects our life daily, no matter what we think. At 63 I often hear what operawench said:
"I want to be just like you when I get to 73..."
Over the last 20 yrs. I have mostly
dated men (including my late husband) that graduated from High School the year I graduated from Medical School at the age of 30.
It was just easier to avoid giving my age in the beginning.
35/40 years ago there were no 50yr.
old flight attendants. Just like there were only few female Physicians, some Medical Schools would NOT ACCEPT women!!
You play our "powercard". Fun when my 40yr. old husband would
present his AARP card.
So lets enjoy our maturity, even if
romping with the grandchildren makes us a little stiff.

There is music dancing through this RR Blog!
(And isn't snoring music?!)

You all',
Please pardon my spelling, punctuation, and grammar
I am a Kraut...but not a Sauer-
or Unkraut.

Have a good Newmoon.


Friday, August 05, 2005 6:43:23 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Hi.......Clickgirl just got my package from Smith. Can't wait to open it. I had to fix a chipped nail first.

Hey, why can't we ask what Richard likes in zzzeee woman/women he sees? And BTW where is Richard the Roe? Isn't he supposed to answer some of the questions on the blog. And how did y'all get your pictures on the blogging site?

I'll bet that Richard already has his pick!!!! Just a hunch....Happy??????

Whomever it is that is going to be motorcycling God be with you. Are you going to Sturgess, in South Dakota? Cycles scare the bugeebees out of me. So you are BRAVE girlfriend.

K, bye.


Friday, August 05, 2005 7:07:21 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

K Neva.... w/out appearing to be too much of a spaz, how do I get to your website?



Friday, August 05, 2005 7:35:05 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Clickgirl...that white blouse just became a favorite piece in my wardrobe. It is sssssooo pretty and comfortable. Perfect for the 5 hour plane ride to Maui. Lovely fabric!!!!!!


Friday, August 05, 2005 7:40:06 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hey Debby Eddy
Cool! I see an online shopping spree coming on for me too. (ha ha)

Don't get me started on why we can't ask questions. I don't know why that first Anonymous commenter thinks she/he is 'the boss of us' ... and I was wondering if that second Anonymous poster had been reading this Blog for long - because CJ has been on here quite a while (back when RR still had time to answer Email). Also -Richard asked for comments on the Full moon. I had written a 'thing' to post in response - but decided it might not be considered civil ... so I went over to my Blog - where the gals are being hysterical. : )

Anyway - glad you love your new white blouse! : )

Take care,

Click Girl

Friday, August 05, 2005 7:55:26 PM  
happy said...

to debbyeddy

Assuming you mean Richard IS happy!! ... Not that he's picking moi - the Happy blogger!! That'd be enough to make a cat laugh! =^..^=HA!

As teenagers my best friend and I used to say "No one would nab us off the street - 'cause when they got a good look at us under a streetlight they'd sure LET US GO!"

(Ah, for the good ole nights when you COULD walk the mile home from a movie without true fear of molestation. 'Twas a much more innocent time. (sigh)

to Richard

It certainly would be a cryin' shame on him if Richard HAS picked someone already with 6 WEEKS more to go to the infamous deadline!!

Don't imagine you'd really take the easy way out. And here's a helpful hint to make things easier for you: Pick someone who hasn't already done every bloomin' thing under the sun! :) Like - moi! :)


I'M KIDDING! I DO figure there are about a gazillion years of incredible experiences among all of you! Any Peace Corps Volunteers out there? Just curious...

to droma

Were you by chance in Augsburg Germany at any time? I have a friend from Alzey--(or is it Alzay?) hhhmmm

to clickgirl

Yepper--I couldn't be quiet on that one either--as I said in my earlier post tonight: RR DID ASK for certain stories to be posted--

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:07:08 PM  
Anonymous said...

This might interest some of you...and since the RR is promoting romance....let me tell you what I saw on my local news....
KSDK-One St. Louis man is going to extremes and it's all for the sake of love. Rod Barnett says he's willing to offer a $10-thousand dollar reward to the person who helps him meet his future wife. You can read all about it on his website,

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:28:40 PM  
Anonymous said...

That $10,000 guy was one of the bachelors mentioned in People when Richard also appeared as one of the 50 Most Eligibible.....

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:40:56 PM  
neva said...

Debbie Eddy

Click on my name
Click on my website
Scroll to bottom

Friday, August 05, 2005 8:54:56 PM  
Anonymous said...

Right on Anonynous...$10,000 guy...wish my grand-daughter was interested in this character.

Friday, August 05, 2005 9:08:01 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

OK, just testing this picture thingie here. See what a single girl with too much time on her hands does on a Friday night? Ha.

Friday, August 05, 2005 9:15:46 PM  
Tangolady said...

We sound like "birds of a feather". Where do you live? Maybe we can "flock together"!

Friday, August 05, 2005 9:51:55 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Happy my friend, I think YOU are the one!! You just sound too cute!!


Friday, August 05, 2005 10:03:54 PM  
Anonymous said...

tangolady....we are birds of a feather..probably the same employer. twastl does that ring a bell?

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:04:13 PM  
happy said...

to debbyeddy

hahaha=^..^=hahaha! meow

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:08:12 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Hey Hap, what is up with the meow thingy?

Neva, I sent you an e-mail test. This is how I figure we'll work this thing. We meet up in Maui, then we both go blog crazy/wild/whatever about one another. You know I'll say Richard Neva is the one, you say Debby is the one. I think Happy is a shoe in.

So heck that's three down and three more to go. The math sounds good to me.

But seriously, did you get my e-mail?

Ladies just have fun with this thang.

Shouldn't some of us be out on dates tonight or sumpin'?


Friday, August 05, 2005 10:19:31 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Darn I forgot to ask. Have any of my fellow blogger's ever met in person, or maybe know one another? J/W


Friday, August 05, 2005 10:24:22 PM  
happy said...

to debby eddy

Would you just believe I just finished some dates? I like figs better, but they aren't ripe yet! :)

The 'meow thing' was just in case my 'drawing' didn't look like a Laughing Cat! C'est tout!

Friday, August 05, 2005 10:24:22 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

EEEWWWW I have a huge fig tree in my front yard. It is so messy from spring until December. There is either fruit dropping our huge leaves falling off.

Do you think any of the things that are posted on this site make Richard ROTFALHAO? Or not?

I'm tired now, so goodnight everyone and have a wonderful tomorrow.


Friday, August 05, 2005 10:30:26 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hey Happy
I tried to keep quiet … but I could not. It just burst out of me. : ) I was going to say more – but thought better of it. I’m a pretty smart girl - sometimes. : )

Love your creative little cat. You are so very clever! ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> ><>

Debby Eddy
I put a bunch of Links to cool Travel Sites (shopping stuff) on my Blog. It’s in the fourth Blog down – under ‘Share Your Travel Stories’. For future use.

By the way – when do you leave for your trip?

‘Night All,
Click Girl

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:16:08 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Happy you goose In order for Richard to pick you, you've got to send in your video. So you and Clickgirl get a move on.

I would love to see a woman chosen that hasn't travelled much, but that might defeat his purpose of finding the "ONE" LOL

Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:57:33 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

wen in cen cal Is there something wrong with me cus I could read that entire paragraph. lOl

Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:00:02 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

cjinsocalI doubt that many of the ladies that are blogging will go and dye their hair or change their face or anything just to get a man. I would like to say that the marjority of the women here are well-centered, intelligent, survivors, and most are natural in their looks. We openly joke about our wrinkles, that we call our experienced laugh lines. And quite frankly there are also quite a few of the ladies here that are very much into sports. Just thought you'd like to know.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:10:32 AM  
Operawench said...

Hmmmm, what could Richard "run up the flagpole" next??? When I was a kid at camp bras and panties were going up the flagpole, much to the consternation of the counselors....LOL Not ready to salute bras and panties yet, I'll stick to wearing
I'm another gal without a date on a Friday, now early Saturday morning. I'm such a night owl!
Back to marginalization....
For Art Linkletter it doesn't exist! He was on Larry King's show tonight. He just turned 93!
He and his wife have been married 70 years! His wife finally gave away his ski clothes and equipment last year not long after he used them! Age=Sage. Linkletter is the embodiment of Gratitude being his Attitude...:) It was a great interview and Linkletter was "sharper than a tack" I think.
Where Richard is concerned; since he's in such good shape I figure he'll be around for another 40 years at least! I hope to God that I am around that long or longer. The lucky lady who turns out to be his soulmate better be in this for the long haul....:)
I got a few laughs as I read some of the entries this evening. I agree we are not the "Desperate Housewives of Wisteria
All of us Ladies are taking the same journey as Richard, searching for someone to have a healthy, wonderful relationship with. If that means we're desparate then there are a lot of people in the world in the same boat and it may sink....LOL
Well let's "keep our head above water" and have ourselves a mighty fine weekend!
Love to all,
The Operawench

Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:16:12 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Happy You know you are so right that everyone probably had something in common with Richard. I do not like sports of any kind - I'll be the server and make finger sandwiches for everyone, and do my nails or something. LOL - But sports, well I like to play pool, but if I have to get sweaty (you know with the hot flashes and all) I don't think I'd like that much. Just kidding everyone.

I work out at the gym and sweat - I mean really sweat 90 minutes of cardio - I'm afraid I keep trying to get away from my behind and it keeps following me everywhere I go.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:16:13 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

bdnc If this doesn't work I have to tell you that I can't read your directions. LOL Going to try to post a picture

Saturday, August 06, 2005 3:07:49 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Nope still can't figure it out. I am so dumb! LOL

Saturday, August 06, 2005 3:14:31 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard/Don Ricardo:)
A beautiful peaceful Saturday morning here in Toronto which by the way means ('meeting place')
With the ongoing search for Romance and Adventure for the 40 and especially 50+ as you so nicely put it :) the mystery and intrigue is what makes the search so much more exciting! It is not the destination but the journey that is meaningful, the 'getting there'! >>>>> :) the 'destination' is the reward after going through the process, and what a process it is...FUN FUN FUN with all the challenges! Now that you have POP & ME under your belt, how about a documentary on the 'search and discovery of the Soulmate' (once you have finally met "her") We ALL love a truly romantic tale, based on a 'real life' story such as this ...the SAGA continues.......
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. waddya think of the Hawaiin Cruise idea seeing that Alaskan Cruise is 'set' for next Summer?

Saturday, August 06, 2005 5:08:26 AM  
bdnc said...

This post has been removed by the author.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 5:58:14 AM  
bdnc said...

1. LOG IN Blogger
2. it will take you to DASHBOARD
3. Click NEW POST
4. A COMPOSER will open
5. To attach a photo, click the IMAGE ICON located on top of the composer.
6. and from there it’s like flying a kite … or riding a bike ..or hmmm having a bowl of ice cream :-)

Saturday, August 06, 2005 6:33:34 AM  
sunny2 said...

to CB

Wherefore art thou, Grandmere?

Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:03:13 AM  
Anonymous said...

I realy understand what you are saying. My Mom is also in this same situation after the death of my Dad. I just wish she could find such a healty oh-so special even friend. I'd love to see her tango****
To Machula56
I was surprised to read about you speaking of Ragbrai. I've done it different times with my sons. It brings people to rural Iowa from all over. I didn't even get a chace to attend this year. I ride about 20 or 25 miles about every other night.
To the bloggets,
I don't get to follow all of the messages but,you've all built a strong bond of new friends. Even though Richard's reply was the reason for this. I think that's "GREAT," We know where not the only ones in the world wishing we had an oh-so special fellow in our lives. Wouldn't it be fun to tango??? Waltzing is my thing*** My dance partner just hug up his dance shoe at 89. To whom ever stated : But behold Cinderella may not be able to afford this possible way of finding her prince. And I have to admit I don't have much faith in "Fairy God Mothers," and that's true. You gals are just going to share your thoughts with the rest of us and have a "Great Time." I'm just like the gal in the movie "Pretty Woman." I'd need help!!!! From which fork to use and what clothes to wear!!!
To whom ever stated: "Champagne Wishes and Cavier Dreams," That was perfect!!! As close I've been to that is: Making lots of pink champagne cakes and to cavier the many fish I've caught. Maybe in my next life I'll get to taste good Champagne but, I don't no if I'd ever be ready to taste the cavier.
To all of you, have a "GREAT," and safe weekend. Keep blogging!!
Iowa Gal

Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:06:18 AM  
bdnc said...

CB is prolly enjoying her new grandbaby. Don't be sad, she'll be back.. i miss her too

Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:17:33 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Richard, Ladies,

Well, Suzanne/Mesa, if there is something wrong with you there is something wrong with me too. I had no problem reading the paragraph. Quite interesting. I am much more right brain (intuitive) than left brain (analytical). What are you? I would love to find out more about that. anyone out there????

Last Sunday, I went my friend's wedding. She is 50+ and he is 60+. very simple, very beautiful wedding in the hills of Viriginia. The highlight of my day though was when the 27 yrs old flirted with me big time! I asked his mother, the hostess, if I could take him home with me! laugh!!!! I told my boss on Monday that if I were to meet a man my age that makes me feel that way (energy wise), I'll be gone, gone, gone!!!!

Motorcycle? I won't say never but it would have to be a Goldstar, big and sturdy!! My sister and I were introduced to them during a GoldStar convention in Cherokee. Beautiful colors! The oldest man was in his eighties.

A very moving moment associated with motorcycles: I was driving on Rte 50 (VA to DC) to visit a friend on a Memorial Day week-end. I had to turn left but could not as motorcycles were passing by, then more, and more, and more. Finally, I and the motorists behind me got out of their cars and ended up applauding/saluting them as they passed by. they were the veterans going to the Rolling Thunder Parade in DC. I will never forget that.

Volley-ball, I played in high school but that's it. I also learned fencing. I like bicycling, walking and swimming. A the olympics,I like to watch gymnastics, ice skating, diving, martial arts, swimming and soccer.

As for dying my hair, not a chance. I was told by my hairdresser a long time ago that it would damaged them. I am a red head anyway more on the strawberry blond, I'm told! I learned to put as little chemicals in or on my body as humanely possible considering the age we live in! quite a feast!

Marginalization: Have you noticed that the commercials we are good for are the phamaceuticals. Viagra being the big ones!!!! Thank you tv manufacturer for the mute button. It is very handy!

I have to agree with the blogettes that wrote about making their own mind (Sorry, I am too lazy this am to go back and look for you, you know you who are eh!eh!) No one has the power to make you buy, feel, say or do anything. Easier said than done sometimes. It takes practice.

Beautiful, tangolady, My mom is 78 and no one believes it when she say so. She came to this country 2 years ago for the first time for my daughter's wedding and loved it. "It is not what we see in the movies! It is so green here."

I am off to a bridal shower my niece in law to be!

Bon ou Bonne apres-midi!


Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:30:56 AM  
Anonymous said...

PS. I have not had the time or the money to travel extensively but it is a dream of mine that I lived until now through my youngest sister (48).

Maui is beautiful. There is a plantation there where the owner planted a specimen of all the plants and trees of the island to preserve them. It is like a tropical forest. I spend 10 days there on a retreat last September. It was like paradise. I could touch the leaves of the trees from my balcony. and the people are delightful.
We went on a little boat tour and saw baby dolphins, very cute.

I would love to go and visit Joan Ocean and her Eco Village... and Kaui, and, and, and.......

PPs. The 40+ secreenwriters won a lawsuit against the networks and Hollywood if I am not mistaken.

AARP is a wonderful source of info. In the sept/oct issue there is some pub about cruises in Alaska. Last month: Landmark Study sex 2005. We may be getting older but we ain't dead yet!!!!


Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:45:46 AM  
travelin said...

Hello Richard and Ladies,
I am finally back in Florida. My son and I arrived back at my ex's house at midnight. My Lion cutted Pomeranian scaled me as she was trying to kiss my 22 year old son. She finally settled down around 1:30 a.m. and fell asleep with me. After she tried to make sure everyone was really here. Especialy me. She hasn't seen me since April and now won't let me out of her sight.
It's nice to be loved like that.
Long day, long week, long summer, a few weeks to get everything back to rights in my life. I am moving into my apartment next weekend/ after I switch it to a 2 /2 and finally sleep in my own bed. And my dog is coming with me. YEAH!
So I will actually start to unwind after this adventure.
Now to Richard, How do you stay gone so long and not become so disoriented? Now mind you I had a 90 year old with me. But I am fried. I love Grams, my adventure, a trip of a lifetime like no other. But I need some serious beach time, some stability, and someone who loves me and wants to share and explore it with me. I want to go exploring, and have someone who can keep up with me. I am so high energy.
I am so looking forward to meeting one of you in Orlando, my Orlando friends are so glad I am back, sad I am leaving, but I am definately going back to work at Disney for a few days to play. 8 days a year and I keep my passes.
I found out I missed the cast choir sign ups for Christmas for the first time in 5 years. But I will drive up to see the concert. Maybe work my way into a robe and sing a night. I am in entertainment after all. But it would be a tough gig to pull off. Commuting from Miami ot Orlando for rehearsals would not be fun.
So my agenda today is to do nothing, unwind, and get re-organized. Make a list, and get everything done.
And take off hopefully to the Miami area, see my oldest, stay with some friends and get everything ready for next weekends move in.
I am having a birthday bash for myself this year over Labor Day weekend in my own place. (By the Beach). I am flying in my youngest for the weekend. I want all my kids in one place at one time. If anyone wants to come say hello, come on down. the e-mail is I will set up some hotel information for you. Hopefully no Hurricane this year on my birthday.
Have an awesome day everyone.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:09:07 AM  
neva said...


Instead of pictures, I get the image icon.

Could that be a server problem?


Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:16:22 AM  
bdnc said...

YOu can only upload pictures in JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF or BMP formats. That could be a problem.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:39:52 AM  
happy said...

to ALL - esp. to mirianinVA (& maryr - listen up)

Rolling Thunder was in DC when I went there to see The Wall a few years ago. We'd finished our sight-seeing when we spotted an enourmous field full of motorcycles and riders in every imaginable style of clothing...from Hell's Angels to Hippie to Military to Civilian street clothes. All silent.

Then the engines started. The Thunder began. Then the Thunder Rolled. And rolled and rolled. It was the kind of deep, dark, sonorous, rumble you felt begin in your feet and stopped somewhere in your chest---never really offending your ears---just richocetting off your ribs, somewhere far down in your soul.

My oldest, her hubby and I stood, and finally sat on the grass as we waited while all 245,000 thunderous machines rolled out onto the Mall 3 and 4 deep at 20 MPH - for hours and hours. [You can do the math and see how long it took!]

No matter what political 'side' you were on - the experience of that many cycles - with everything from 4 year olds (honest!) to +84 year olds! reverently honoring so many dead simply left you awe struck!

Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:50:06 AM  
zoe said...

tangolady - If you want to get in touch with itchyfeet35, click on her name. That will take you to her profile. You will then see under 'contact' the words 'email me' in blue. Click on that and your Outlook Express will open and you can send her an email directly! By the way, I loved your comments!!

Itchyfeet35 - Wow! To have those experiences!! Would love to hear more. Me thinks I'm going to have to send you an email too!! I appreciated your clarification of the 'human gorillas'. You see, when I was 12, my family lived in Beirut and this was at the beginning of the civil war, '68/'69. I'd always hear talk of gorillas but of course, me being 12 and all, thought they were talking about the real thing, not the humans! It just didn't make sense to me - there were no jungles around, where were the gorillas living? Someone eventually explained it to me...

Mary r - Good on you for getting your motorcycle license!! I'm going to take an intense weekend class on how to drive a motorcycle the end of August. I've been on a bike about 3 times in my life but I loved each time. Well, I learned how to scuba dive but was 20 years younger then!

Forest Hills (Suzan) - Have you posted your scuba diving pictures yet???? Yes, I have to get over to your site and check it out. I know, I know! Looking forward to seeing the photos. Chickgirl has a couple of wonderful fish pictures on hers.

A cute story to tell. My passport recently expired so I went down yesterday to get my passport picture taken (always be prepared!). The photographer told me 'no glasses' and 'no smiling'. (Guess the rules have changed - I was smiling in my last passport!). I was doing my best to look suitably sombre when she (the photographer) told me the time she was taking a passport photo for an 80 year old lady. She told the lady 'no glasses'. The lady took her glasses off. 'No white showing'. The lady zipped her sweater up. 'No teeth', to which the lady replied 'I don't care what they say, I'm leaving my teeth in!!' Yeah, it took me a few minutes to collect myself and not laugh!!

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:15:32 AM  
neva said...



The pictures are all jpg.


Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:24:22 AM  
Anonymous said...

Thanks for sending everything in. I have sent your tape to the Oprah producers for possible use in a follow-up segment for Senior Bachelor. If and when I hear something I'll be right back to you. For sure I will be in touch. Best wishes, Richard Roe...

How many ladies have received this??

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:28:42 AM  
Anonymous said...

You are so right Happy. It does not matter what side you are on.

I came in this country in 1969 and was more of an observer at the time. Even if we don't like wars (I don't) what happened to our Vietnam veterans when they return was a tragedy that can not be repeated with this war no matter what side you are on.

I said to a friend of mine: Everyone is talking about Peace because it is something tangible. Peace is the other side of war. I say: let's have LOVE. If you love yourself, your family, your neigbor, the people that don't look like you, pray like you (or not), etc. how can you fight them? We fight because we fear. Fear is the other side of Love.
No matter whom I've met, people wish the same things for themselves and their children and grand-children: happiness, joy, tranquility.

I wrote on my e-mail:
"May Love Prevail on Earth and May It Begin with ME"

Have a great day! MyriaminVA

PS. Neva, were you talking about Old TOwn in ALexandria. I live nears Tysons Corner.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:28:57 AM  
neva said...


Yes Old Town Alexandria

I know Tysons and McLean well but haven't been there for a couple of years.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:17:44 PM  
sunny2 said...

to anonymous

about the e-mail from richard...i think everyone's received one. it sounds standard. have not heard anyone say different.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:45:45 PM  
sunny2 said...

to anonymous

about the e-mail from richard...i think everyone's received one. it sounds standard. have not heard anyone say different.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:45:45 PM  
sunny2 said...

to anonymous

about the e-mail from richard...i think everyone's received one. it sounds standard. have not heard anyone say different.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:45:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

OK sunny2 - :) we gotcha!

Saturday, August 06, 2005 12:54:25 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

When I send an e-mail to someone, I feel that's private. Of course one cannot stop someone else from forwarding it along, or in this case, put it in the blog. I thought whoever the anonymous writer is, who in fact did pass on an e-mail I sent her, acted in very poor taste. In fact I have been working on a follow up proposal for a major Network show, and I felt that that information should only be for the people who had their tapes submitted by me for possible inclusion. At the appropriate time, I would have notified all of the people on the Newsletter list. All actions like this do (putting what I felt was a private communication on the blog) is make me gun shy about replying to individual e-mails. If you (the anonymous writer)had a question about how many other people have received those e-mails, I am the single only person who knows the answer to that. Why wouldn't you ask me??? Now perhaps this answers some of the questions about why I do not reply to many questions asked of me. My answer is the same as it always has been. If there is information to share, I will share it at the appropriate time!! This comment is only directed towards one person. The other 99.9% of you lovely ladies have been terrific!!! And I thank each one of you very much. Well, I'm back to spending time at the beach with my children and grandchildren. Best wishes to everybody, Richard Roe

Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:30:12 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Myriam and Happy That is the first time I heard of the Thunder Roll. While reading your post I was really enthralled with your picturesque description of the event. I could almost feel the Thunder Roll of 245,000 motorcycles. Wished I had of been there. I'm a very patriotic kind of soul.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:39:07 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

someone got a spankin' from daddy. HHMMMMMMMMM I like it!! j/k

(I'll probably get deleted, bad girl!)


Saturday, August 06, 2005 3:08:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard! Having my cuppa 'High Tea' ( 2 hrs too late:) and thinking of what one of the bloggettes wrote about the beautiful island of Maui, I can just feel the gentle island breeze kissing my cheek! Would love to bury a 'Peace Bundle' there, and the feeling of stepping on new ground that my feet have never touched before, is a very special experience for me! Another bloggette mentioned Art Linkletter on Larry King Show...fabulous at 93 years young! I love children and the way he communicated with them through the years is in itself a tonic to watch:)
I am presently wearing a colourful 'wrap' that my daughter bought at the airport in Hawaii whilst in transit from Australia a few months ago. I am totally consumed by the thought and energy of beautiful Hawaii, it is a dream that I pray will come into fruition for ALL of us!
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
alias 'dreamweaver'
Toronto Canada
p.s. I hope that you will consider those of us who are willing to pay our way and Sponsor a 'Sister' too
who cannot afford to go to HAWAII:)
Much more FUN to go with YOU and YOUR POSSE:)

Saturday, August 06, 2005 3:23:33 PM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha,oh m'goodness Richard, been quite a day posting blog messages:)
I just checked out
and loved the 'trailer' of POP&ME, the music reminds me of 'The Mission'...kinda spine tingling with the flutes, adds to the essence of the documentary! Richard I have said it before and I will say it look soooo good with a beard!!!! Someone very near and dear to me has the Silver Hair and is 6'4" ice blue eyes, and he never grew a beard throughout our long-term relationship, wish he did!!! A heart-wrenching story that I do not wish to discuss, better left alone, worked through the pain of that one!!!!!
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
dreamweaver Vj
Toronto Canada

Saturday, August 06, 2005 4:44:00 PM  
Belizegial said...

Richard, just a comment on your earlier blog. E-mails are never to be considered private. In this information age, an e-mail can be forwarded across the world in the blink of the eye. One of the reasons, I don't use them for confidential communication.

For the finalists, I would recommend that you contact each of them personally instead.

I am enjoying the suspense and can't wait to see you on Oprah with the finalists. Just hope that it includes some of the bloggers on this site with whom we have all come to identify.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 4:58:32 PM  
CC said...

RR --it doesn't look like that email said anything about keeping that info confidential. In the future, if a message is meant to be private, please state that. Ladies talk to each other! We share everything! Especially here when we are anxious to hear news! Please forgive Anonymous.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 5:19:05 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

RichardI don't why that email that anonymous sent in was so offensive to you. We ladies converse back and forth as we've said numerous times. Keeps us entertained, while we wait.

I didn't see anything derogatory or malicious in her question. She may have been just curious, like me. You know me, I'm always asking quesions and trying to get answers and yes we realize you will answer as the mystery unfolds. But you know the old saying "the squeaky wheel gets greased". Richard this is Humor :>)

Feel good that you have so many women interested in you. My GAWD - what man would not love to be in your shoes right now.

These women are sensitive and they've put their heart and soul on the line for you, please have a little compassion for those of us who write here daily and try to stay intune with your adventure and stay positive throughout. Oh my gosh 5-6 months is a long time for us to wait for the opportunity to possibly meet you.

I'm looking for the one and if you're not it...maybe there will be another opportunity here for me. We don't know what exactly you've got up your sleeve or what your plans are and you have no desire to share those with us at this time. But just in case it's something good ... I want to play. LOL

This message is not meant to be read as sarcasm or malicious, or slanderous or even disrespectful. I truly feel that the woman/man was asking an honest question.

Where's the gentle side of our Richard? Hey ya need a back rub, I'm really good at back rubs and rubbing the head helps for those brain busting days.


Saturday, August 06, 2005 7:11:15 PM  
Anonymous said...

Please forgive that anonymous who pasted part of your email in her blog. It wasn't malicious, just a very womanly thing to do....check with the girls. That's what we do.
Don't worry, be happy!

There is so much mystery involved in this adventure and as someone else mentioned, it's very likely that if we did have more info, maybe that would take some away and also add some. Things are so general I'm sure there are women who are not sending in a tape because they just need more answers first.

This is a great forum you have here and obviously there is a need for such as you have women bloggers who are here, even if they are not sending in a tape. They are looking for "him/you?" but for whatever reason can't/won't participate in this adventure.

Then you have the Alaskan cruise which is a "fantastic opportunity" and raises the chances that we may meet our special someone. That's what this is all about.

I will remain "A NONNY MOUSE" (Ha ha) because I am in the group who need more info. I do however very much enjoy the forum and can't wait for the cruise.

"A Nonny Mouse" who loves to Travel

Saturday, August 06, 2005 8:35:12 PM  
happy said...

Richard, Richard, Richard [long exasperated sigh]

Really got your knickers in a knot now don't ya? Holy Cow!--The e-mail question was certainly innocent enough and no names revealed (Wasn't me, I'm a hold-out :) remember? who's now nixing any chances at all, I reckon.) IMO the chastisement was unbecoming an officer.

I'm reminded of temperamental bosses I successfully worked for as an admin. ass-istant. :) They would instruct, "Write that @$&%* Jack and tell him I'm P*$%@ at him & never want to see his sorry arse again!!" and I would write,

"Dear Jack, I appreciate the extra work you've been doing trying to keep the project on schedule. Let's meet next month and discuss any questions we both may have. By the way, I saw Jack Jr.s pic in in the paper this morning.

Congratulations on his big volleyball championship! I know that means a LOT to both of you.

Respectfully, Joe Blowhard."

Every single boss signed (and appreciated!) every single letter I wrote, because the letters said all that needed to be said and nothing that did not need to be said. Plus the letters covered their own arses quite well.:)

So, if you play so hard in the sun that your brain gets baked again, call me. I can help. :) We're here for FUN--REMEMBER!!?

to bloggers from the Queen of Quotes
from Euripides, who was speaking to a male audience. But we women are a quick study here and can easily apply the message to us.

"Forgive,son. Men are men. They needs must err." :)

Saturday, August 06, 2005 8:39:15 PM  
happy said...

to ALL from the Q of Q

Then there's "Absolute virtue is impossible..." from Camus. Of course, he was talking about forgiveness leading to the guillotine...............Oh no! Not the hood!! :O

Saturday, August 06, 2005 8:46:15 PM  
happy said...

Oh DEAR!! I think I'm having delusions of adequacy. Maybe Dr. Phil can help.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 8:50:50 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

We all have different standards, and my standards and others standards can be wildly different. By my standards, I consider a personal reply to an e-mail private-just like a letter. If I wanted it to be public, I'd post it on the blog or in a newsletter. As my last Newsletter stated, overwhelmingly, women have said honesty is #1 in what they are looking for in a man. Well, with me as well. Thus, when what I considered to be a private communication was put out to the public, I did not feel that was "honest." Having said that, I do realize, as I said in the beginning of this comment, that we all have different standards. Just because that's the way I feel, it doesn't make it right, or wrong. However, it's the way I feel. And I am not a man who holds back on his feelings!! I was born and raised on the streets of New York City in a very rough environment, and I'm Irish!! People with my background and DNA don't have letters written to cover our asses!!!! I have always stated things the way they are and will continue to do so. I realize I am not showing a sensitive side here, but believe me, I have a very sensitive side as well. But when I get my Irish up.......No more work for me. It's 9:00 and I'm going out!!! RR

Saturday, August 06, 2005 8:59:53 PM  
sunny2 said...

well there you are ladies- our sensitive irishman-sure doth protest-protest-a's the side you been looking for? more reveals than ever before.

i'm irish too. with feelings. GOOD feelings. lordy no--don't hold back on those feelings--why would anyone ever hold back...i can think of lots of reasons.

guess my family chose the "easy way out" - they gambled on a new land and struggled to make it all the way to the midwest on asses! then they used them to break land, farm fields, & haul more ass to pull more logs to build houses and then cities. They had to dig wells to get water. Plant crops to eat. fight wolves at the door. drought & poverty & death were constant companions. we going to contest which is the roughest environment and whose got the best dna? good gosh.

The families of my dna continued to work when their dander was up!! Would never quit! We faced our challenges,worked til they were met and did not back down.

if we QUIT every time "our irish was up" our DNA would be history.

-just another irishman's opinion---and i do believe we're each intitled to our own

Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:52:13 PM  
Anonymous said...

Happy, please go to the naughty mat..and stay there!

Sunny2....what the devil are you trying to say....speak clearly man or silence and away with ye!

Folks, this forum is for light banter, remember.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:10:00 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Debbie Eddy: "Spankin' from daddy" How funny!
Richard: Hope you got out and away from all this "work" and wake up a bit cheerier tomorrow! I think that whole exchange revealed some interesting information we have all been if we didn't get one of those special e-mails we are probably "out". I think most of us are ready for a nudge one way or the other. Sorry you feel betrayed by someone....sure you want a whole boat load of this? Ha

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:20:37 PM  
Anonymous said...

Worth repeating:
I think that whole exchange revealed some interesting information we have all been craving...

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:27:35 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Going out at 9:00, you're out of control!!!

Fellow bloggers I would NOT want to be in Richard the Roe's shoes for a million dollars. He is aferall doing all this "stuff/searching" by himself. That to me would be sssoooo overwhelming.

Now everyone make the peace, and we all learn from our mistakes. This IS Richard's site.

I'm so amazed that a 64 year old male can be at the beach all day, in the sun, them go out after 8:59. You go boy!!!! My ex never stayed up past nine unless there was a good movie on the tube. Gawd, it was could get really boring. But that's why they call them ex's or exes.

Now I'm going to take my cheesecake out of the oven and hit it. No not the road, but the posturepedic. Nighty-nite.

Richard, when you go out are you looking for that special someone. I mean is it a full-time thing? K, NOMB, right? Saaawwweeee. Have a good time being out.


Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:40:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

Worth repeating:


No matter whether you love him or hate him, Ricardo is the "cream of the crop" and you know it.

Underneath all that gruff, is a man worth waiting for.

Practice to be nice and you just might. Nighty night.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:44:43 PM  
Anonymous said...

I've got two loves in my lifetime, a true love and one that's brand new.

I'm not really sure that I know how to love one and tell the other we're through.

I can't sleep at night, I toss and I turn.

I keep losing sight of the lessons I've learnt. I'm standing at the crossroad with just one concern.
Which bridge to cross, which bridge to burn.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:59:18 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Question Richard - Is the itinerary posted on the website still the pretty much the plan with 6 ladies joining you on one month intervals? Challenging logistics. Bet you are ready to hit the road again! I certainly am!

I spent my Saturday night watching "Pop&Me' a second time. Great film, I am adding it to my favorite list.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 11:32:25 PM  
w in cencal said...

Hello Richard, ladies;
Just scanned some of the blogs posted since last night...
I guess I figured that since I could read the paragraph, everyone could...interesting

I guess growing up in that
picturesque farmhouse in PA was an inspiration for John Updike

I also spent the day at the beach today...Cambria and San Simeon. I have a friend visiting from VA. She was my neighbor in Germany 26 years ago! I love staying in touch with dear friends.

Jazz night at the fair was a big success. Michael McDonald was fabulous! Each person at our table prepared something special to eat and our table was decorated beautifully with china, crystal, silver, candles and red roses.
Good friends,good food,good conversation and good wine; what a wonderful combination.

Richard, I know you don't drink; but I live in the beautiful wine country of California's Central Coast and I do enjoy an occasional glass of wine with dinner. (Oh, and then there's the occasional Margarita)...There; I've said it!

I just have to add that there sure are a lot of amazing women who contribute their input to this blog, thank you for your wisdom and knowledge: Like the left, right brain thingy.

seewt that just doesn't look right to me!

Sunday, August 07, 2005 12:56:43 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Dear RichardI feel terribly sorry that you think anonymous was so untrustworthy.

We ladies have sent you a personal and private part of our lives and these videos are being viewed by other people other than just you. We're not sure what they might be saying about each and everyone of us either. These videos are very private to us as well and we're not sure exactly where they might end up. We have put them in your hands and care and we don't know you. We know very little about you. But yet we do this for the adventure, I suppose. Let's have tell us to keep it light, well that applies to you as well. Like I said I don't think they lady meant to deface you in anyway.

I've learned to never argue or disagree with an Aries man, because once they make a statement that's it, done. Life is not perfect and neither are people - and with that I shall say Good Morning to all and let's start our new day out with some funny stuff.

Hey where's Happy and Canadian Bloggette.....their always good for the laughter.


Sunday, August 07, 2005 1:31:11 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...


A beggar walked up to a well-dressed woman shopping on Rodeo Drive and said, I"I haven't eaten anything for days." She looked at him and siad, "God, I wish I had your willpower."

A man inserted an advertisment in the classified: WIFE WANTED. THe next day he received a handred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 1:47:07 AM  
Anonymous said...

to anon - If rr's the cream - I'd rather have buttermilk! At least then you'd know why you had a bad taste in your mouth.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 5:56:13 AM  
Anonymous said...

Well Dear ANON,
Take two pieces of paper.
on each write the name of the one you love
in one column write the pro in the other the con

I am sure you will know how to interpret these lists! and please, tell the other one in a gentle way the way You feel, if she loves you it will be hard anyway but she derserves the truth!

and if you still can't decide, then go on a ten day silent retreat! does wonder for the soul!


Sunday, August 07, 2005 6:24:38 AM  
Anonymous said...

Top 'oer the mornin' to you Richard:)
I am looking at this beautiful Irish ring that I am wearing...The Claddagh, love the symbolism!
What shall I say about the Irish?
The utterly impractical, never predictable Irish
Sometimes iracible, quite inexplicable, Irish
Strange blend of shyness, pride and conceit, and stubborn refusal to bow in defeat
He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight
Yet the smile of a child fills his soul with delight
His eyes are the quickest to well up with tears
Yet his strength is the strongest to banish your fears
His hate is as fierce as his devotion is grand
And there is no middle ground on which he will stand
He's wild, he's gentle, he's good, he's bad
He's proud and he's humble
He's happy and sad
He's in love with the ocean, the earth and the skies
He's enamoured with beauty wherever it lies
But mostly he's Irish in love with his God.

from 'when 'Irish Eyes are smiling' :)
the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada
p.s. when I first read this approx two years ago, it resonated with me like the sound of a finely tuned Violin.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 6:45:48 AM  
Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be a wierd situation if, unknown to him, Richard ended up choosing one of those difficult bloggers?

Sunday, August 07, 2005 6:49:44 AM  
peachie said...

To Anonymous who feels scammed and ripped off. Please email RR and have your name removed from the list of those who got the "special" email. To let him proceed with your information is deceitful and unfair to those who want to continue on. You have ALL RIGHTS to your opinion and feelings and decisions -- I don't think any of us mind hearing them (well, RR does), but each of us will make up our own minds.

RR - a suggestion -- send a 2nd email to those who received that last one -- stating it is a PRIVATE communication and asking if the recipient is still interested in being included in the Search. Lord knows you don't want this person spouting off on OPrah and compromising the whole SB intention !

Please don't waste your time on those who are no longer interested. There are some very fine ladies who are.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 7:18:06 AM  
Anonymous said...

People, people! - I agree with anon, if you feel ripped off and want 'out' then let Richard know about this right away. It will help him to clear out the deadwood and keep him in touch with those who really want to go ahead and do this adventure. As to anon ref buttermilk and sour taste in your mouth, if that's all you can say at this point, then move on dear lady and leave Richard be to carry out his quest for romance and adventure without you. The irish poetry from Vj is classic.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:25:20 AM  
itchyfeet35 said...

There is a lot to love about that guy – but I bet he’ll be the first to say he still has a lot to learn about women. Such a generic email as the one mentioned, hardly seemed personal. A travel companion who knows how to make a fool of himself started the trip out by saying to me “I want to apologize in advance if I make fool of myself.” So now I just look at him and he say’s “Am I doing it?” Which I shake my head and smile. Richard…you do need a companion. These girls will eat you alive.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:30:27 AM  
Forest Hills said...

To ZOE and all:
I FINALLY MANAGED TO POST MY UNDERWATER PHOTOS! But... the difference from the "preview" to the published blog is terrible! The captions are all over the place! Please forgive this neophyte who's been at this for hours last night (Saturday - shows you what kind of social life I have) and hours this morning!

It's now 11:35am, I'm going to the pool!! I hope everyone has a nice day!
ps - If any of you can give me tips on posting photos and placing those darned captions, then I'd have the courage to show you some of Fiji! Another beautiful place!


Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:37:16 AM  
w in cencal said...

Good morning ladies,
Richard has stated at the very beginning and has reminded us all repeatedly that "by submitting your tapes, you agree that they may be used in any manner or media worldwide as determined by him including, but not limited to a future episode of the Oprah Winfrey show and its production."

So, why now are some surprised? I really do not believe that Richard has anything but honorable intentions and who would ever think that he could handle this all by himself? It only makes sense that there are people helping him in the background. The response to Senior Bachelor has been overwhelming!

I for one have not yet sent in a tape. I will definitely send in my bio and photo but am a little hesitant to send in something as personal as a tape. I am very interested in this adventure but if I am eliminated because I did not send in my tape, so be it...
I believe that my soulmate is out there somewhere, I'll just be patient and wait....

I like Peachie's suggestion about sending out a second e-mail and asking the receivers to keep the information private.

My grandaughters are waking up now so we have to go make breakfast together...Have a beautiful Sunday!

Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:37:23 AM  
Anonymous said...

Richard would never apologize in advance or afterward, in my opinion.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:40:52 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

W in CenCal Just a note, none of us that sent in videos are surprised that RR is using our tapes to further this adventure for Love and Romance. He's always been right up front about others viewing the tapes. We just don't know how many others.

As you indicated he did tell us that and we are all aware. I merely was pointing out that we put our heart and souls into them and they are personal to us. I for one thought my personal video was funny, but it was scary for me to speak into a camera and I was very nervous. Some of the woman hesitate because they don't want their personal life on display. I've tried to encourage everyone I speak to on this site to send in your tapes, because in my heart I want to beleive in Love & Romance. I'm a romantic, still think that there might be that special person out there just for me.

Never have I said our Romancing Roe has been dishonest in his desires to encourage Romance for All Ages. I may have misunderstood some things, but they have been cleared up.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:15:40 AM  
bdnc said...

FYI: I just dyed my hair red and had an irish blood transfusion last night!!! and be careful of that spanking bit cause somebody might just like it. AHA!!! of course i am kidding!

I respect all that is true. I believe that HER intentions are all good. She was just EXCITED and the first thing women normally do, when excited, is to tell girlfriends. If it was to be confidential, those "lucky?" women was misinformed. It seems to me that there is more to it than just confidentiality. RR, i see your point and the point seems to be pointless. Of all people, you should know how things work in the media. How are you going to handle Paparatzi ?
My last comment is WORLD PEACE.
And it should start right here.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:21:16 AM  
Anonymous said...

Or would that be: BLOG PEACE??

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:41:55 AM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friend,
Just getting home from work after a night with you All/US on my mind.

My overpriced 2 cents worth except for maybe the ending:

Just before last night's work, I took a quick opportunity to ck our blog for new info. What a great mix of wonderful topics showing & stretching out talents - adding to our knowledge base. We share with several experts that we would have never known unless we wanted to be here.

I even found what I was looking for; info on the Search. Although I have never received anything from Richard (which is really more than I need to share about my personal life,) I was glad to read that someone was getting something! Those of us Volunteers here know it's Richard's Rules. All we can control and represent is Ourselves. At the finish line, if our best isn't a match - something better is for each of us. Yeah! Yeah! Richard has raised the bar and taught us much.

With Richard's comments, the Secrecy and Confidentially flags went up the poll. WHOW!

I'm reminded that "ignorance is bliss." Occasionally, it is more comfortable not knowing the process, even though it might appear like we have our head in the sand with our rears in the air. But, --what isn't said or seen is still part of the unfolding, developing picture. ALL will come out sooner or later. I prefer 'sooner.' I like knowing as much as I can about what I am dealing with, right up front. My nature has no talent or desire to be like a Defense Lawyer, sometimes having to win cases by omissions. Omissions do leave holes in the foundation. I don't always get what I prefer. In looking back, that is good.

My unprofessional, reality oriented video, etc. is in. fact A "No" I always have. Now, a "Yes" I might get. I still want to meet Richard.

Under the Secrecy and Confidentially flags are our real questions: "What is going on? How do I fit in(or out)?" This is a test of our Emergency Broadcasting Systems (even published for all to see), our Adaptability, our Commitment, and surely, our Boundaries.

As a mature adult, I can no longer blame my DNA or Astrology for my actions any more than I can blame Adam and Eve for eating apples. This is America. If I want my rights, I have to give you yours as long as they are not dangerous to others. Then--I test my skills with the current developments. I often error because of my lack of information/training.
Hang on! There is FUN on the Horizon

After Blog updates, I rushed to my car for work, getting to view another awesome Arizona storm cloud sunset.

2 things: (a) I wish I could describe it in words like some of you are so gifted at. Pictures would have even shown it 'short' as the multiple sights changed so fast.

(b) My thinking couldn't help but compare the sky to what I had just read on our Blogging site, sunny on one side of the street, rainy on the other. Even the cars regained their sparkle as they drove from rain to sunshine. There was a single majestic pillar of a cloud alone over the mountain right next to horizontal dark sheets of rain, lingering streaks of lightning, with roars that followed and patches of the orange, coral, pink,and black sunset peeking through, bright enough to bounce of chosen eastern mountains with cascades of glowing color. GOSH!

Then I drove up behind an ambulance. It's back door popped open. A small box fell out. I pulled over and retrieved the box. Inside was a body part -a big toe.

What do you think I did?

I called the Tow Truck.
Mary Rose

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:51:19 AM  
Anonymous said...

The worst case scenario would be a show like American Idol has showcasing (and making fun of) the 'losers.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:04:30 AM  
Anonymous said...

With so many sharp women blogging in here, I doubt if many of the ones who do not get chosen would consider themselves 'losers'.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:19:42 AM  
Mary R said...

Seeing my thoughts in print-Yikes--
The rain was coming down in verticle sheets and I know "pole".
I am going to cover my head for a night time nap in the daytime.
Mary Rose

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:53:33 AM  
CJinSOCAL said...

I am not entered in the trip, as most of you know...But, after seeing Richard on Oprah's show, and realizing how close we live to one another, I did send him an E-mail telling him how impressed I was at his total vulnerability and honesty in sharing the deep pain of his divorce. Hearing him share his pain was a unique experience for me, as it is something not known to me. I also shared with Richard that I had appeared on Oprah and I wanted to give him a 'heads up' on what he could expect....Not what he 'would' get...Anyway, I have not dated in over four years and had no real interest in finding a long-term romance, but I found Richard's decision to feature fathers and sons to be such a noble endeavor...For those reasons, I sent him my phone number and told him I would love to buy him lunch and just have the kind of discussion that gives you a perspective and understanding that is so intriguing when filtered through a male any rate, Richard actually E-mailed me from his TRUE E-mail address...For me this is evidence of the fact that Richard had absolutely NO IDEA that he would receive the response he has received...Can you imagine anyone who is just on a lark trying to take advantage of a bunch of women giving out a real E-mail?? Think about it....No, I will not reveal it :)....While I am NOT endorsing Richard, or this trip, my gut tells me that he likely innocent person caught up in a whirlwind......I can promise you that he has been advised to have little personal contact with any women until the finalists, as anything he says can be taped or could be construed as some kind of a promise...I believe that in Richard's heart he wanted this whole thing to be a lot more personal, but it got out of hand...As for the E-mail that Anon referenced...That E-mail was likely sent to the first group of women who were able to send their tapes in quickly...For legal reasons, these people would need to be notified that their tapes were being forwarded...Harpo does not come back from 'hiatus'/vacation until September, but if/when they call any of the women you will likely have VERY LITTLE NOTICE!! I was told by Harpo that they only schedule their shows one week in advance, and my experience was that I had less than a week to prepare...So the E-mail was likely just some advance notice that you might get a call from the 'O' show...Also, Richard is likely prohibitted by the 'O' show to further discuss any follow up show because, of course, 'O' wants the exclusive...The last time I was booked for her show I was asked to promise that I would not appear ON ANY OTHER SHOW before coming on her show...Many times when people are selected for 'O' their local press gets notified by them or others and the local media want to do a story which takes the 'punch' out of 'O's' show, as the taped show usually airs in two to three weeks unless it is live which is rare...Anyway, I would suspect that Richard is contractually restrained from much personal contact with any of you...For those of you who have done the internet dating I remember one lady who said that it took her hours just to categorize and organize her E-mails and follow up contacts with that group of men...There is NO WAY Richard could possibly contact everyone, and if he did there are people who would take anything he said as some kind of a promise...On the other side, I worry so much that any one might get hurt, as this is supposed to be fun and an adventure...I would 'bet the ranch' that if Richard had this to do all over again he wouldn't.......I wish you all had more information and I wish everyone could be 'the ones' chosen...even though I still gag at sloppy 5'ths and 6'ths...ewww...You are ALL such great women with such INCREDIBLE attitudes....I have a feeling Richard would like to tell you all so much more, but really can't right now....I have not heard from Richard and I do not expect to, as I have been concerned and critical in some of my comments....It is my prayer that all of you will be just as excited at the end of this as you were at the beginning and that Richard will be able to enjoy the trip without a bad taste in his mouth....For you ladies who sent your tapes in early....some of you may get a call in late August or early September so get ready...remember Richard doesn't need to have completed his choice for 'O' to do a follow up...I see a follow up on the vast number and variety of women who have responded and then another or many shows to do finalists and possibly parts of the trip, etc......Just my take...WHAT A BLOG-HOG I AM!! Sorry :)

Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:32:38 AM  
Anonymous said...

to anyone who thinks making fun of ANY of the women on this blog would be a good idea - I can only say:

May a pimple grace you nose;
May a big old corn hurt your toes; And may the hurt on others you'd cut;
Come back to bite you in the - foot.

Doesn't rhyme, but - you know what I mean.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:39:05 AM  
devils advocate said...

There are no losers here....only individuals with strong opinions. We have seen beyond the blogs and gotten to know the person behind the words. Those who came here to post did so voluntarily and have demonstrated true heart, soul and minds that gleam with intelligence. Patience is not anyone's strong suit here and may be the reason for the dissensions that have erupted on and off since the beginning of this adventure. This was not work for many of us, it was a labor of love and identity with like minded individuals. I trust RR knows this to be the truth and bear this in mind for the future. PEACE, GOODWILL and LOVE to all.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 12:48:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thank you Cj. Your sharing is always very valuable. I love your honesty and the way you simply state the facts.

Devils advocate: I agree. "loser" is in the eye of the beholder. I am no longer a victim or a loser.


Sunday, August 07, 2005 1:50:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

Love a Devil's Advocate, but always see the humor in Bierce's Devil's Dictionary.

"Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue."

Sunday, August 07, 2005 1:57:07 PM  
Anonymous said...


I recognized you the first time your picture posted on the blog. I told my husband, she looks just like someone I saw on Oprah! I remember you and your story very well. How are you now? Did things get better after your appearance? I think I saw you on a follow up too, but can't remember the details. You sound great in your emails, I hope things are well for you.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 2:25:01 PM  
HeiressChild said...

hi everyone,

this is my first blog comment; i just learned how to set it up. i love reading the blogs from everyone. richard - i absolutely love the senior bachelor newsletter and everything associated with it. i will continue to follow what's going on.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 2:41:07 PM  
macushla56 said...

Hey Iowa Gal - first time I could get online this initial RAGBRAI blog was in response to a question whether anyone had ridden in it - and sounds like a couple of the bloggers have - as I said I'm just a sag-wagon driver! Great Fun for All Ages! BH

Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:43:29 PM  
Anonymous said...

RR -- if the blog is getting too annoying, shut it down. Many ladies now have their own blogs so we can still "talk" amongst ourselves. We have found friends and learned technology and had some fun, but we can continue that elsewhere. Get on with the many things you have to do and communicate via the newsletters -- my two cents worth.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:50:33 PM  
Mary R said...

F = Fear
E = Everything
A = And
R = Run
F = Feel
E = Everything
A = And
R = Recover
Mary Rose

Sunday, August 07, 2005 4:13:15 PM  
Anonymous said...

This is a great story.

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her.
She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.

She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed
as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots of water came to a boil.
In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second pot she placed eggs, and in the last pot she placed ground coffee beans.
She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.
She scooped the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.
She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The
daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked,
"What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity ... boiling water. Each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the
boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its
thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting
through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had
changed the water.

Which are you?" she asked her daughter.
"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a
fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes
the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean,
when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do
you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 4:50:03 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

CJ, Thank you very much for the information you gave in the blog.
I wonted so much to see this adventure turn out the way I think RR first wonted it to. I could see myself having fun on one of those cruises, getting to meet this man who spoke of doing things I dreamed
of. I did not get one of those e-mails but I'm going to stand still and see what the outcome will be. Thanks again for your perspective on what is going on. M.M. Corbett

Sunday, August 07, 2005 5:13:12 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Anon--
THANKS YOU, I'll use that with my teaching group tonight. They will love it. Then I have 4 days off. Winder what mischief I can stir ? up? If I get a call Monday that I have been waiting for, I'll still have time to go to the San Diego Zoo.
I'm out of here for the night.
Mary Rose

Sunday, August 07, 2005 5:20:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

We're not sure what Richard wants in a romantic partner, but I've got my ABC List of traits my partner should have and I would match. He must be...


Sunday, August 07, 2005 7:16:02 PM  
zoe said...

Forest Hills (Suzan) - What great photos!!! Love it, love it, love it! They are so clear. You're a doll for taking the time to share. Much appreciated.

bdnc - You need a new photo to show off the dye job!! (j/k!) You're too funny!

CJ - Always love your perspective. Keep sharing.


Sunday, August 07, 2005 7:37:28 PM  
Anonymous said...

Peter Jennings I will miss you!

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:08:25 PM  
Normal said...

Ladies,ladies,ladies....alot of you are waiting impatiently. You've submitted your tapes or are going to, but PLEASE, don't forget to live life now. Don't get tunnel vision where Richard is concerned. Yes, this is an awesome opportunity, but don't miss out on the men who may pop up in your own corner of the world. The law of attraction could very possibly be working for you, because your open to love and romance, but your blinded to every day occurances. Richard is not the only quality man out there, he just happens to be in the limelight.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:15:06 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

I had to change my names ladies but it's really me Suzanne of Mesa Arizona LOL

PhylNice to hear from ya again. I thought the Irish poem was kinda cute though.

Well I'm still attempting to get a blog up and running and seeing if this photo of me playing at a sport (the kind you don't have to sweat at) comes through.

Wish me luck

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:43:16 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Well I'll be, just about peed my pants I did it - I did it.
Hooray.....I'm not completely technically challenged. Only a wee bit. HEE HEE.....I finally got my pic on my blog site. Had to change names and all and will probably forget what I call myself and my password.....hmmmmmm better go right it down.


Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:46:42 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Now I just need to learn to spell.
right = write

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:47:32 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello All!
Wow. There seems to be trouble in Paradise!

All I have to say … is a want to be a coffee bean! : )

By the way … Thank you ‘A Nonny Mouse’ – for giving yourself a name!! And … such a clever name! I love it!! : ) Hope the other Anonymous posters will follow suit!

Hi ‘back at ya’ Phyl. Good to hear from you!

Peace to All! Or … should I say ‘World Peace’? (That’s for you Dancingirl!) Ha ha ha ha

Click Girl

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:52:56 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hey Suzanne / Desert Flowers

Congrats! I just finally learned how to do my pic also. My problem was that my jpg was too big ... but I finally worked it out. I went through the same thing. My first Blog was the 'Blogging with Brenda' Link that is on my newest Blog. I still can't access the files for that Blog - and had to change my name too. So ... don't feel bad. But good for you that you did it. Now I understand why everyone kept saying how beautiful you were! You Go Girl! : )

Warm regards,

Click Girl

Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:58:04 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Clickgirl I was just talking to my daughter about your blog site. She and I are going over to look at the terrific job you've done and see if I can't plagerize a little. LOL -

So glad to have your smiling face looking out at me as I write back. Oh thanks for the compliment. But as I told Leslie, you'll notice nothing is really showing, cus I keep going down to the gym - but my behind keeps following me home. I don't understand it. LOL


Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:03:23 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

I love it when the ladies come to the blog and tell stories It brings out the little girl in me. I was reading the carrot, egg, & bean story and became completely enthralled with it. And then the poem about the Irish, I really liked it as well.

CJ I was talking to my daughter about you and she said she remembers you from Oprah. She hasn't seen your pic here but she said she remembered you being really pretty. I agree. I know when my ex and I split up I had a hard time regaining my self image back. I so enjoy your comments and advice.

Has anyone heard from starliteinmyeyes? Been missing her input and Klew WB?

Suzanne of Mesa Arizona

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:14:11 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Suzanne - you are too funny! And you do look great! Even without sweating. ha ha ha ha

We've had some interesting stuff on my site today - but not as 'heated' as on here - more 'sharing' of our lives. Feel free to use anything that helps! I think I said before - it is a lot of trial and error. I couldn't believe how hard it was just to post a little pic on the Profile! Made the rest seem easy! So ... you've been through the hardest part - I think. : )

I think you asked earlier about how to get the text to work with the photos on the Blog. I always put the pic in first - and you can determine where to put it: L/Center/R. Then you can write around that. With my Photo Blog - I ended up doing one Post for each one - because then I had more control over the text. Anyway - have fun with it ... and your daughter!


Click Girl

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:24:08 PM  
leslie said...

Hey there "desertflowers" - now I know what you've been up to lately. Good on ya! Now if you would please change your background - hard to read on black. Just my opinion.


You're gonna be one fine friend, my girl! Sports without sweating - great! Having been through the haute flashes, I never want to sweat again. Oh - there "might" be a time I'd be willing.....LOL

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:34:17 PM  
w in cencal said...

Good evening everyone...
Just a comment to all who have had the courage to make a video and submit it for consideration. I ADMIRE all of you! It takes a lot of guts to put yourselves up front like that which is something I haven't been able to do as of yet, but I do have until Sept 16th right?

At 9:53AM today, an anonymous blogger wrote; "Some people who wanted to move forward now wishing to take a step back." I guess that includes myself.

suzanne of mesa arizona;
keep encouraging those of us who hesitate, maybe some of us will come around.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from your safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."
Mark Twain

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:56:42 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Leslie Hun......aaaa....the reason you find it difficult to read my bloggey thangy on the black background is cus I haven't put anything on it yet. LOL

Just kidding.....Man it only took me what like 2 weeks to figure that out. Now to enter real stuff.


Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:06:10 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

W in CENCal I say go for it girl friend. Like I have told everyone else that I've been talking to - my video was horrid. I stubbled all over my words, my daughter put the camera too close to my face and got an up the nose view of my nose hairs the sound was horrible. I had never made a video before. I wanted to come across as a very elegant person and came across as myself a goofy lady.

If you feel that this is what you want to do......then just do it. Have fun with it and love yourself for it.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:13:36 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

See I told you I stubbled all over my words (stumbled) LOL

Big day tomorrow moving in the heat. 110 degress with humidity and moving .....GAWD! Hey maybe I'll sweat a few pounds off.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:16:05 PM  
Celia said...

Richard, re marginalization of seniors, you have highlighted a topic that is close to my heart and deserves attention. It is interesting to note that research is being conducted to promote quality and length of life. Unfortunately seniors are concurrently being treated as "second class citizens" in the work place, in the media and in hospitals. I have personally witnessed this when with my Mother waiting in the Emergency section of hospitals. Years past seniors were respected and valued for their age and wisdom. It's time society does so again!


Monday, August 08, 2005 12:18:18 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Morning Ladies/Richard


In the world of romance, one single rule applies: Make the woman happy. Do something she likes and you get points. Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something she expects. Sorry, that's the way the game is played.

Simple Duties:
You make the bed (+1)
You make the bed, but forget to add the decorative pillows (0)
You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets (-1)

You leave the toilet seat up (-5)
You replace the toilet paper roll when it is empty (0)
When the toilet paper roll is barren, you resort to Kleenex (-1)
When the Kleenex runs out you use the next bathroom (-2)

You go out to buy her extra-light panty liners with wings (+5)
In the snow (+8)
But return with beer (-5)

You check out a suspicious noise at night (0)
You check out a suspicious noise and it is nothing (0)
You check out a suspicious noise and it is something (+5)
You pummel it with a six iron (+10)
It's her pet (-10)

Social Engagements At a Party:
You stay by her side the entire party (0)
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a college drinking buddy (-2)
Named Tiffany (-4)
Tiffancy is a dancer (-6)
Tiffany has implants (-8)

Her Birthday:
You take her out to dinner (0)
You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar (+1)
Okay, it is a sports bar (-2)
And it's all-you-can-eat night (-3)
It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted in all of the colors of your favorite sports team (-10)

Your Physique:
You develop a noticeable potbelly (-15)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to loose jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts (-30)
You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too." (-800)

The Big Question:
She asks, "Do I look fat?"
You hesitate in responding (-10)
You reply "Where?" (-35)
Any other response (-20)


Monday, August 08, 2005 1:03:43 AM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,

Still working on this picture thing. Feel like I should be out taking them, but once I get this figured out, I’ll have a whole new toy.

Just another example that it isn’t as important what we have done as it is WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW.

Mary Rose

Monday, August 08, 2005 1:41:02 AM  
macushla56 said...

desertflowers - I really like that name! I got such a kick out of you describing your trials on getting your video done - glad to see I wasn't the only one - I think I tried to record that darn 3 minutes a dozen times - the best one was when I mentioned my sibilings and said I had two brothers and a sister - thought my daughter was going to become hysterical - I actually have two sisters and a brother! LOL BH

Monday, August 08, 2005 5:30:06 AM  
Phyl said...

To Vj:

Apologies to you for my comment on your posting re 'Irishness'. Didn't read it properly ... tiredness had set in.
I read it again today PROPERLY and liked it.


Ciao ..... Phyl

p.s. must be my 'Irishness' getting me fired up ;)!!!

Monday, August 08, 2005 7:44:05 AM  
Forest Hills said...

(messed up something in my last posting of underwater photos, and I want to see if my Emperor Angelfish is back). Will still have to redo this post at a more convenient time!
Have a nice day all!

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:38:08 AM  
Forest Hills said...

Yeah!! My Angelfish is back! I'll repost the photos, so there won't be so much empty space around them. Sorry! (simple toys for simple minds!)


Monday, August 08, 2005 8:45:07 AM  
droma said...

What a way to start the week!
Almost to keep doing those Kegel exercises.
do you put a twist in your panties when they get wet?
sounds like RR got up your irish j/k
These blogs are serious/fun entertainment. Let me go boil some coffee grounds.
Happy blogging & Guten Tag,

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:57:23 AM  
droma said...

What a way to start the week!
Almost to keep doing those Kegel exercises.
do you put a twist in your panties when they get wet?
sounds like RR got up your irish j/k
These blogs are serious/fun entertainment. Let me go boil some coffee grounds.
Happy blogging & Guten Tag,

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:57:29 AM  
bdnc said...

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Monday, August 08, 2005 9:01:26 AM  
bdnc said...

I slept in! wahooooooo... i missed a lot yesterday... PHYL, great to see you again. You were missed terribly. And I think you've been sent to the naughty mat? :-(I couldn't find your last night comments. Holly!

Suzanned of Mesa and Mary R
Congratulations to both of you... YOU DID IT!!! so so happy!

I will miss Peter Jennings too!

Is there anything new in the SB world? besides the mat and all that?

and zoe
Ye asked and ye shall received...

Time for another cup of coffee

Monday, August 08, 2005 9:19:48 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

bdnc Yeeaa Gads love! You've gone and done it. Red Hair and all. You crack me up. LOL

Gotta run for the day. Moving in the heat. Yuck

Monday, August 08, 2005 9:21:29 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

dromaNo dear, I don't wear panties....I wear thong thangies!

Monday, August 08, 2005 9:22:42 AM  
Forest Hills said...

Many thanks to Zoe, Leslie, Suzanne, W in cencal, Happy,BDNC, and others who have seen my underwater photos in the Red Sea, and had such nice comments!

One question, from Happy, I believe, about how I can concentrate on diving AND taking photographs at the same time: the old analogy about “like riding a bike” comes to mind, but in my case it was riding my motorcycle or my first stick-shift. Once you’re completely at ease with the “mechanics” of how it’s done, you relax and enjoy the ride! Like horseback riding, too! If you do something long enough, or often enough, a lot of things become second nature. That doesn’t mean that divers can afford to take their “eye off the road”, so to speak, and not pay attention to what they’re doing, depth, gauges, etc. Just as one would with a car. The hard part is getting just the right shot of a fish who isn’t too keen on posing, much less doing it over! Patience is key! Like taking a picture of a fidgety child, I suppose!

For me, I started taking photos with the disposable kind (not great, but better than nothing). Friends would previously have to endure my monologues of how beautiful it was, trying to describe the variety and colors of corals and of fish, politely stifling their yawns. That’s when I decided to show them! I bought a decent underwater camera, separate strobe, relatively simple to use. Attitudes and attention started to change drastically after, with friends always asking to see photos from my latest trip (which was to Palau and Yap this past Feb.). Learning from other divers with cameras helped a lot.

To anyone interested in trying, I say go for it! In 1999 I was with a group from all over, diving off Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos). The oldest diver there was a 91-year-old women who had taken it up in her mid-80s!! Tangolady would definitely identify with her! Also, being weightless underwater forgives everyone their added pounds and inches. We all feel graceful and free underwater, with that autonomy to swim around and look at those schools of Bannerfish, Angelfish, Lionfish, etc.!!

Well, that’s my contribution to the blog, and to the ageless fun of diving!! If you can swim, you can dive!


Monday, August 08, 2005 11:35:43 AM  
Tangolady said...

for Forest Hills Suzan -
I thought I was impressive for getting my scuba certification at 60, but an 80-yr old ... WOW! Haven't done much diving in recent years, but what I love just as much is snorkeling. Was on a sea kayaking/snorkeling trip last March in Palau (I hope you had the experience of being in Jellyfish Lake when you were there .... indescribable!) I've also snorkeled on the Belize reef, in the Galapagos with the sea lions, and in the Sea of Java. Hoping to go on another kayaking/snorkeling trip off the coast of Burma in March. Wouldn't it be nice if RR could come with me?!!

Now if only he would take a chance on a 73-yr old, I'd gladly show him the wonders of the reef and also teach him to do the tango with me in Buenos Aires!

Monday, August 08, 2005 3:01:14 PM  
itchyfeet35 said...

Tangolady....I thought ladies could lie about their age and get away with it.
I love to hear about travel stories, so I hope you'll keep them coming. I'm the only one in my family that can't swim, but I love to hear about it.
I'll be in Burma in Nov for a land tour. I love everything about that part of the world.
I for one would travel to Buenos Aires to watch you tango with Richard.
I was hopeing you'd contact me on my blog....I bet we could talk like men talk about war stories...

Monday, August 08, 2005 3:15:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

I have so much fun reading everyone.

Thank you so much. I can feel your kindness and compassion coming through.

I'll try to take note so I can respond directly to the person(s).

bndc and Happy thoughts (right? my note are still not up to date!!!) Virgin power! reborn virgin! Yes, I always say that if virginity grows back, I'll have a hard time on my honeymoon!

All right Ladies, I am not remotely upset at Happy. I work with a spiritual group and if something comes up instead of letting it fester or whatever we just ask and that's it. There is always room for miscommunication or misinterpretation that can be cleared very easily. So Happy, lots of hugs. and I'll remember the humor. By the way, I'll join u in front of the WH.
The 3rd Annual Department of Peace Conference will take place in DC on Sept 10-12:
I was on Dennis Kucinich presidential campaing. I met Patch Adams at a fund raising in a vegetarian cafe. This guy is FUNNY!!!

DesertFlower, everytime I read your name it reminds me of AZ. great memories.

I took my daughter's 9 years old sister to the Archives museum, her dream was to see the actual Declaration of Independence. She was mesmerized by it. Quite interesting. The doors of the building are...52ft. quite impressive.

I could not believe Peter Jennings went so quickly. Bless him. He will be missed.

You are so very right about the Internet. I would add that the phone is not that private either. I could not understand how millions of phones could be monitored. (I've worked 4 years in an African Embassy). I've read that there are certain words that will trigger a listening device. I experienced it first hand. Privacy belongs to the past. no matter what we are told.

I saw Tina Turner on Oprah today. How old is this woman????? She is incredible!

I could start a blog from my website but I am still tech impaired? maybe I should stick with RRB. when you choose blogger. you have to have user name. I gave up after all the ones I wanted where taken, need to be more creative. password.ok but it ask for a website if I am not mistaken what do Iput??? RRwebsite. HELP???

HUgs, MyriaminVA

Monday, August 08, 2005 4:08:29 PM  
Anonymous said...

to myriaminVa

YOU MET PATCH ADAMS!? Now THERE's a genuinely NICE guy it would be FUN to meet!

Wonderful info about ThePeaceAlliance in Sept. going to try to make that

Ciao...P quick!!! (see how long this stays on) I heard y:)u! itsy bitsy violins - try clickgirlsblog.

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:17:44 PM  
Anonymous said...

He is a fun guy. He came as a clown!!!
If you come to the Conference, let me know.

Cia P: Actually this posting was not intended for this blog but guess what I was deleted from Clickgirl. You'll never know.
Anyway I certainly don't want anyone to believe that I learned about that from the Embassy. I learned about it from some public source. You can find a lot of stuff when you look for it.


Monday, August 08, 2005 9:08:28 PM  

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