Thursday, September 15, 2005

Chicago Fun!! Need your feedback ASAP.

Hello Ladies:

Joe here. Richard is reviewing your materials. Do we have some procrastinators among you!!??

So great to hear about such terrific memories from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel! Looks like we picked the right spot. All I can say right now, Ladies, is keep Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings open for some terrific fun. And rest up because you are going to need it!

What we are trying to do is plan some events at or close to the Palmer House Hilton Hotel (call 1-877-865-5321 for reservations and ask for the Senior Bachelor rate) Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. This gives you, Richard and your new friends more time to socialize and spend time together. With the exception of Friday evening, which I'll go into more detail below, these events should end around 9:00PM. Then you all can go discover the other great nightlife that Chicago has to offer (me, I'll probably head off for bed- LOL!)

We talked about the Chicago River Cruise. Well, this can be the actual first "Senior Bachelor Cruise!" Here is what I have been able to work out for the Chicago River Dinner Cruise for Friday evening, September 30. Check out this boat- it's called the Odyssey!

Here is what is included (from their website):

"Odyssey is the perfect venue for an unforgettable special occasion! Enjoy a three-hour escape to the elegant entertainment experience that only a true luxury vessel can provide. Dine on creative appetizers, sumptuous entrees and delicious desserts prepared fresh onboard daily. Add an award winning wine from our comprehensive wine list. Dance to live music...or simply watch the unmatched skyline views drift past your table. Board: 7:00pm (from the Navy Pier) Cruise: 8:00pm - 11:00pm. Your ticket price includes your cruise, the view, your dining experience and our entertainment. Coffee, tea and iced tea are complimentary. Beer, wine and liquor may be purchased separately from your service team.$87.00 per person (Price does not include taxes, fees, and an 18% prepaid service charge)."

They will give us our own deck with a live jazz trio. Their regular price including all taxes, fees, gratuity, etc. is $115.71. They are willing to offer the Senior Bachelor group a TOTAL price of $80.00 which includes everything- tax, fees, and gratuity. That's a savings of 30% or $35.00. This sounds like a really fun time at a terrific price. The Head Concierge at the Palmer House Hotel highly recommeded it. Dinner alone at almost any restaurant in Chicago could almost cost that much. Get more information at

Now, for budgeting purposes, Thursday evening will most likely be dinner together with separate checks near the hotel with some free entertainment back at the hotel that evening. For Saturday evening, it might be a buffet dinner and no-host cocktail party with fun (free) events planned in our ballroom.

Please let us know what you think about the Cruise idea right away. Normally, with large groups they want the group leader to sign a contract and collect the money from individuals, etc. We really don't have the ability to do this so they have agreed to let you call a special number and use your credit card to pay for the cruise and dinner.




linda in Tucson said...

I don't get to vote on the Chicago activities since I'm not going...but you know I love to keep my face out there so wanna be first! Heh heh

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:21:10 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hi Joe
Sounds great and yes the price is about the same as dinner in the city and it includes a bottle of wine?? Wow! Could be dangerous!
Count me in!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:22:03 AM  
Anonymous said...

I am planning to my materials in just yesterday but that sounds like a wonderful time to me.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:28:06 AM  

Hi Joe,...............The cruise you are talking about is the one I had mentioned previously when things hadn;t been confirmed. You can also go on that same ship for cocktails only. They have a cocktail/bar on board, and what is really nice is that it is open of course and you go upstairs and see all the sights as it cruises along. I see it each time it is out on a run because it's turn around point is where my apt. overlooks Lake Michigan.
I have been on it several times for fund raisers, and dinners, also a wedding reception. So if dinner for everyone doesn't work you can do the cocktail criuse. Also where you board is quite nice because it is at Navy Pier and there's many things to see and do there, resturant's included.
Anyway just trying to help since I've had the pleasure of experiencing the"Odessy"

My offer still stands for airport pick-up if anyone's interested.



Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:34:19 AM  
HeiressChild said...

whew, richard and joe, you are rolling on the blogs - new ones are coming out faster than i can read the old ones and catch up. lots of blog activity on this site.

i've been a part of the sb journey through the newsletters and blogs, and i won't be going to chicago, but i sure wish i lived near there just to come and be a part of the cruise that friday night. sounds like it is going to be so much fun.


Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:45:11 AM  
Merrymary said...

Linda, You always beat me....I think it sounds INCREDIBLE...I vote lets do it. Mary in Tulsa

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:47:12 AM  
Jacqueline in Illinois said...

Hey Joe - The Odyssey is great! Count me in!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:57:07 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

IMPORTANT: If you have made reservations at The Palmer House, please e-mail me ASAP at and tell me which nights. In the subject bar put CHICAGO. If you plan on attending, but not at The Palmer House, please e-mail me which days. I am doing this so we can get a count as we plan activites. Plan on lots of laughing!!! Keep tuned and you'll hear it first before the Newsletter which will be on Monday. RR

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:03:19 AM  
Forest Hills said...


Sounds like a lot of fun, for everyone! Ladies, you can't imagine - YES! Imagine! I'm sure it just gets better and better! RR, Joe, and SW will make sure everyone has a grand time!

Linda - Hey g'friend! Paula's right on your coattails and keeping a keen eye on the blog, too! But, you've got more photos and more expertise, and I must say (since I know you!) more of the 'edge' ... GO4IT! (Sorry, Paula, but you should have been blogging sooner. Have any more photos?! LOL)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:20:26 AM  
JoeInMB said...


I think the bottle of wine is extra as their site says: "Beer, wine and liquor may be purchased separately." The marketing blurb was just saying you can "add" a bottle of wine, etc.

Glad you like the idea and thanks for the feedback. I'll be getting the final details from them soon. It sounds like a terrific value and, when I call on the Senior Bachelor group's behalf, they all get excited about it! You Ladies are creating quite a commotion! One of my favorite movie lines is "I think we need a bigger boat." (or something close to that) Where is that from?


Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:41:56 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Yep, forest hills 'ya gotta get up pretty early in the morning to keep up with me, ha ha.
But I am very willing to share so you go Paula and all you other fun, fit, free, fantastic girls!
BTW...that is my official "ForestHills" hat in the current photo

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:45:09 AM  
Anonymous said...

Joe Your line is from the film "Jaws". I would love to be on your cruise but will just have to wait for the photos this time.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:02:43 PM  

Joe........I can tell you that YOU CAN EAT AT MANY GREAT/GOOD RESTURANTS in Chicago for LESS then $80.00 per person, including a drink ! By no means let people scare ya into thinking all life in the big city costs a fortune.


Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:18:52 PM  


Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching.
>Nothing could dampen her excitement -- not
>even her parents' nasty divorce.
>Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear
>and would be the best dressed mother-of-the-bride
>A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's new
>wife had bought the exact same
>Jennifer asked her to exchange it, but she refused.
>"Absolutely not. I look like a million bucks in this
>dress, and I'm wearing it," she replied.
>Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, "Never mind
>sweetheart. I'll
>get another dress. After all, it's your special day."
>A few days later, they went shopping and did find
>another gorgeous dress.
>When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, "Are you
>Going to
>return the other dress?
>You really don't have another occasion where you
>could wear it."
>She just smiled and replied, "Of course I do, dear.
>I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner!"

Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:22:32 PM  
yvonne in Honolulu said...

Aloha Ladies and a special thank-you goes out to Joe for acknowledging the newest Ladies on the blog... I love the great suggestion of having a dinner cruise on the "Odyssy". Yes! Yes! Let's rock & "Roe" on that boat and have lot's of fun...


Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:32:37 PM  
dreamweaver said...

How interesting...THE ODYSSEY...that is one of my very favourite movies and have watched it many times, a love story supreme, purrfekt name for the ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE GROUP! Count me 'in Spirit' for sure, WOW WHAT A MAGNIFICENT VESSEL.
'Buckle Up' and get ready for the time of your lives...the OFFICIAL LAUNCH to the upcoming Alaskan Cruise/Shmooz Summer of 2006!!!!!
ROEmeo ;) you and your 'posse' sure know how to organise, and what an atmosphere you peeps create, VERY MAGNETIC, even from hea!
Happy Trails to all.....yeehaa! I am slowly preparing for the REAL DEAL, the butterflies in the tummy...the Courting Ritual with the POTENTIAL of ROMANCE..Yippety Doo Daa Yippety Dey...who knows it may happen to me on the Cruise/Shmooz ;)
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:59:57 PM  
dreamweaver said...

How interesting...THE ODYSSEY...that is one of my very favourite movies and have watched it many times, a love story supreme, purrfekt name for the ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE GROUP! Count me 'in Spirit' for sure, WOW WHAT A MAGNIFICENT VESSEL.
'Buckle Up' and get ready for the time of your lives...the OFFICIAL LAUNCH to the upcoming Alaskan Cruise/Shmooz Summer of 2006!!!!!
ROEmeo ;) you and your 'posse' sure know how to organise, and what an atmosphere you peeps create, VERY MAGNETIC, even from hea!
Happy Trails to all.....yeehaa! I am slowly preparing for the REAL DEAL, the butterflies in the tummy...the Courting Ritual with the POTENTIAL of ROMANCE..Yippety Doo Daa Yippety Dey...who knows it may happen to me on the Cruise/Shmooz ;)
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:00:49 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Oh ROEmeo...;) it went through twice....took forever when I clicked the first time, oh well
to be continued.... :)
Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:03:11 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi Everyone,
I spent a fabulous New Years aboard the Odyssey about 10 years ago and bumped into some Chicago celebrities on board. You won't want to miss the Lake Michigan cruise and there is no finer view of the Chicago skyline at night.
Can't wait to meet everyone! "Roe & Joe", keep up the good work.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:24:45 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Pictures being worth way more than words........

If anyone would like to take a peek at the Marilyn Monroe Room were I filmed my X-Rated Video last night

Go to:

I'm Just kidding!!!!about the X-Rated part!!!!!!

Wouldn't that be a hoot!!! X-Rated Seniors!!!!!!

Where are you Happy and Suzanne, Cheryl aka Canadian Bloggette....Phyl...... you ladies would appreciate my slap-stick comedy.


Naughty mat!!!!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:32:29 PM  
Merrymary said...

Paula, I just wanted to tell you ,you are sooo cute that you should be a movie star and you have a beautiful smile. I know you're to young to remember but there used to be a tv sitcom called Jeannie and she was this Major's Jeannie that he'd found in a bottle. That's who I think of when I see your picture. I've read Linda's instrucions and still haven't even attempted it. I had an assistant (my daughter) that worked for me in real estate and did all the computer work. I'm amazed at myself and quite proud that I figured out the blog. It's certainly fun. I start a 3 day reunion at 6PM so will miss blogging as much. I'll have to sqeeze some time in tho. MM

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:45:29 PM  
Merrymary said...

Chi-Town girl...I love it. That is sooo funny about the dress. mm

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:48:52 PM  
HeiressChild said...

cathyincarolina, i don't know where the others are at the moment, but i appreciate your slap-stick comedy. u should have seen my expression though when u said "x-rated." whew! LOL

chi-town girl, isn't there a saying about sweet revenge? LOL


Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:51:33 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey there Bloggettes, Bloggers, Joe and Richard,
Hola and bonjour....from not so sunny Vancouver
Wow...Long time no Blog!!
I am currently in Vancouver visiting with my delightful darling daughter, her main squeeze and my grandog and have not even begun to get caught up on the "poop & "scoop" of the Blog in a while!!!....whoa...seems there is alot of shakin' goin' on!!!
So wish I could make it to Chicago....sounds like yet another great time will be had by y'all. Jealous?? Who me you ask??... You bet your bippy I am!!! YAH!!!!!

Oh and BTW....I can not believe that the cruise is on the "Odyssey".....that is what I affectionately called my 3 month journey to Oz and Thailand!!!

Wishing you all the time of your lives as I had on my "Odyssey"!!
I am having dinner with Leslie on Saturday night here in Vancouver so hopefully I will get back in the groove re SB!

Remember all you lucky ladies who will be in Chi'Town....have fun and if in doubt.......

The heart never lies!

Thinking of y'all!! Special hugs and hola to all my Bloggette Buddies!
Cathyincarolina...on my way to check out your XXX Rated site! Can't wait!! Should add some spice to life...n'est pas??

a a la prochaine
Ciao bellas
Wishing you all and more in health, life and love.
La Belle xox

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:52:11 PM  
Merrymary said...

Serious note....The conflict between what one is and who one is expected to be touches all of us. And sometimes,rather than reach for what one could be,we choose the comfort of the failed role,preferring to be the victim of circumstance,the person who didn't have a chance-Merle Shain
That's not us thank God. MM

Thursday, September 15, 2005 1:55:08 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey cathyincarolina....
Just checked out your x-ray ted site.....

What's up with that??

La Belle XOX

Thursday, September 15, 2005 2:01:04 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Merrymary (what a classy lady)
You are so sweet - thank you for the compliment and believe it when I tell you I was around for the original "I Dream of Jeannie" I have actually been told that before - and some say I look like Michelle Phillips from the Mama's and Papas. I think she was on Dynasty to or something like that. I appreciate any and all compliments and one should never get too many. I saw your picture on Linda's website and you are fabulous so get that picture up - ps..Linda helped me - she is great at this stuff. I think I owe her pizza -in Italy!! :)
I can't wait to meet the ladies and the gang RR, Joe, etc...soon!
I was wondering if the Cruise is cocktail attire, or formal or as they say now casual chic? Which can mean very expensive jeans and anything that sparkles,or flows on top. : )

Thursday, September 15, 2005 2:42:34 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

CHICAGO GALS - This is how you get some really quality time with Richard - arrive on Thur. go to dinner with him, he's intelligent, great since of humor and just plain delightful. He makes everyone feel so welcome. There were 13 of us and we had him all to ourselves for a good 3 hours. This gives him a chance to put a name with a face. OK next he'll have a 2 hour meeting in the morning and that's a must because he tells funny stories about himself and the movie industry(Oprah show). He's always open to any questions you might have so lay it on him. Than when it gets to be your turn for a meeting with him, he has a name with a face & you already know him and that makes it more fun.
Joe is a HOOT,too! Umberto is a cutie and to young for all of you.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 2:48:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Joe
If I were lucky enough to be attending the event in Chi, that cruise would definitely get my vote.....good on ya.
I'll be missing this blog for a couple weeks coming Sunday when I'm on my way to Tuscany. Bet there will be lots to read when I return on Oct 5th huh Richard?
Ciao, Karla

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:08:05 PM  
willemina said...

I'm with Sylvia!
I too wish that I lived close enough to just drive in for the Friday night cruise, but then if I could do that, I would just stay for the entire weekend... You ladies are going to have a fabulous time, and don't forget your cameras to get some pics of the scenic Chicago skyline at night!

loved the site, reminded me of our local world famous Madonna Inn: check it out: they have over 100 themed rooms, the caveman room is one of my favorites. There are also some pics of the beautiful central coast where I live...

Hello CB;
Please give Leslie a great big hug for me when you see her on Saturday.

I have to admit that you are adorable...I do have one question though. Are you old enough to be here? :) And I'm sure that whatever you decide to wear on the cruise, you will look just fabulous!

I gotta go...have a date

with my grandaughters :)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:15:24 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I made Paula show me her ID before I would help her with her picture, ha ha.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:24:06 PM  
Linda P. said...

Hi Joe,
The cruise sounds wonderful...I say it is a go. I am getting excited about the Chicago trip.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:40:44 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

CHICAGO UPDATE: Wow, 120 room nights have been already been reserved at The Palmer House!! And do we have some great surprises for everybody!!! More information will "leak" out in the next few days, and on Monday there will be a new Newsletter with lots of the good stuff on the agenda. That's it for now. Richard Roe P.S. For the record, the delay we were having setting up this event had nothing to do with the demand. It had to do with logistics-you all know that timing is everything. You'll see!!!!! RR

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:42:26 PM  
Ada said...

Was at the Madonna Inn in 1973 & loved it. Then we took the kids in the 80s or 90s. It had fallen on hard times by then I think. Hope it's back to its old great self.
LA DOLCE VIDA - please reply soon.

On my way to a Festival of Short Films. Everyone I know is busy so I have to go myself. Boo HOO.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:46:13 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Wow, Ladies, you are a well traveled group! Thanks for the comments on the Odyssey (I found the lovely irony in the name, too.) More details tomorrow on that.

"Anon": good catch on the line being from "Jaws". I checked- Lake Michigan is fresh water-- no great whites.

"Cathyincarolina"- did I miss something or did you tape the video you are sending to Richard in that room? If so, I'll be peeking over his shoulder! There was a woman who came to the Manhattan Beach cocktail party who was a celebrity look a like of Sophia Loren. I mean, I had to look twice to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Now, if you could arrange a Marilyn look a like for Chicago. LOL! By the way, did anyone at MB take a photo of "Sophia". Could you send me a copy if electronic? "Ada", I think the Madonna Inn is back in shape. Can anyone in central California report on that. They have one heck of a "pink" coffee shop. Like sitting in a big cloud of cotton candy.

"CB" great to have you back safe and sound. Isn't Chicago on your way back home from Vancouver? C'mon, you can make it!

"Karla" please try to update us from Tuscany. I'm planning a trip there when school is out next June for my family and another. I want to get the kids (ages 13 and 14) on bikes going through those gorgeous hills! Lots of internet cafes in Italy-- stay in touch and safe travels.

"redtbird" thanks for the testimonial on the Manhattan Beach shindig. Shhhhh, the early arrivals event is supposed to be a surprise. Actually we are going to need to see a show of hands soon (not now) of who might be arriving early on Thursday, September 29th. Got something brewing for y'all and for you locals that might want to drop by.

Hey, who can give us some movies or TV shows that were made in or about Chicago? I'll start with the movie "The Fugitive".



Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:18:57 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Well, um, how about the movie "Chicago"? Do I get the big prize?

Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:21:32 PM  
BikingNut said...

I vote for the cruise -
MerryMary - rings a bit true given the battle with those aging signs but we are all in the same place - I feel one way and then look in the mirror and wonder how people perceive me. Then I say S*@t - I don't care. I am going to keep keeping on.
Did Joe say something about some of us who did get out material in and called us procrastinators - I been ridin' my bike -
Still looking for a roommate.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:43:30 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hi Joe, I imagine Karla is having a fantastic time. Tuscany (Tuscana) caught my eye. I cycled with VBT tours end July-Aug '05 for 7 days. It was great (would have been better with a partner).They provided the bikes to fit you by making arrangements ahead of time(asking height/wt). The 2 guides provided route maps & were there for SAG support. ie.< Unbeknownst to me, they noticed I had a flat and fixed it while I had lunch! The hotel/villas and most of the food, sight seeing to winery, crystal engraving, churches, shopping. It's one of the best trips I've had. It's a great way to liveSTRONG. I'll bring a brochure to Chicago, How about a SeniorBachelor trip cycling through the sunflower fields and vineyard admiring the architecture, not to mention the sunsets...thanks, Erika

Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:51:37 PM  
willemina said...

Hello Ada;
The Madonna Inn is thriving and a very popular tourist attraction in our area.

Hello there Joe;
You asked for names of movies or TV shows filmed in or about Chicago so here's mine:
Home Alone
Somewhere In Time
When Harry met Sally
Sleepless In Seattle

You also asked for comments from anyone on the Central Coast about the Madonna Inn, I think I'm the only blogger from this area so here's a little info for all of you.

The Madonna Inn was established in 1958 by Alex and Phyllis Madonna with only 12 rooms. They chose a perfect location midway between LA and SF. The biggest tourist draw is the waterfall urinal in the men's restroom and yes, ladies, we can go in to have a look...although it is customary to give the complimentary hollar before you go in to see if the coast is clear.
Sadly, Alex Madonna passed away in 2004 at the age of 85.
To see pics of this area, go to and click on 'while your here'.

Linda in Tucson, Glad to hear you're checking ID's, keep up the good work:)

PS: I want to go to Chicago :(
Gotta go again, have another date...

with my sister. So many dates, so little time...wish it was with Richard watching the sunset in Morro Bay...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:06:07 PM  
willemina said...

I wish I would have gotten a pic of Sophia...she was absolutely georgeous wasn't she? I hope someone got a pic for you...
By now

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:12:22 PM  
willemina said...

Morro Bay or Manhattan Beach, both have initials MB...I'll take either one, watching sunsets is so roe-mantic don't you think?
I'm really signing off for now...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:20:20 PM  

Hey there bikingnut,............
be careful, you might get a gander at our bike trails and not want to leave. Should you want to check them out let me know, I'll let ya use mine.
You can bike the whole lake front, north to south, and then go into the ones in the forest preserves and up to the Botanical gardens. Fantastic stuff.

As for the attire on the cruise, yes dressy casual is fine. You'll probably find all modes of dress since people are there for different occasins and reasons. Do remember to bring a sweater or jacket though. It can be breezy at night here, 'THE WINDY CITY"
Anybody know how we got that monicer, or what Chicago means?

I would love to be rooming with you gal's but realistically, I'm 10 minutes away from where all this is , sooooo I will be attending all the fun , staying to enjoy . I'll just go home at the end of the evenings and return in the AM .

Also, I can keep you posted on last minute weather. Even though you might look up on-line forecast's our weather can change in a moments notice. Give yourself the options of clothing that has temperature flexability.


Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:22:09 PM  
Anonymous said...

Haven't been on the blog before (am computer phobic), nor was I in CA, but am really looking forward to meeting everyone in Chicago. Friday on the Odyssey is a definate must.
How early do I need to arrive on Thursday to join the festivities?

I love the dress story !!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:23:03 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Wish I could be there for the dinner cruise but I will be flying. Hope the activities for Saturday night will be exciting otherwise us ladies will just make it exciting!!!!

Hey Linda! YOU will be there is spirit hee hee! I'm only there for Sat-Sun if you need someone to take pictures those days let me know.

Looking forward to Chicago!! Michelle

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:24:03 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...




Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:25:22 PM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Joe -
Regarding the Friday evening cruise, is there a special number we should call to make a reservation and give our credit card? Or did you say to wait until we hear from you again on that subject?
Thanks -


Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:44:09 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

nutty mermaid you really are quite nutty! ha ha. YES...I will be there in spirit and I'd love for you to e-mail me pics.
Say, are you the only one thus far that has been to MB and going to Chicago??

Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:55:53 PM  
JoeInMB said...

"Erika" I'm all for that! Would love to see the brochure. Hope your biking is going well.

"Willemina" a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge of the Madonna Inn and Chicago movies- thanks! I thought 1941 had some scenes on the west coast- or am I confusing it with another movie. Doesn't Belushi crash into a pier at the ocean at the end?

"Anon" Thursday is a secret-- shhhhh. Actually, plan to be ready in the lobby probably around 6PM or so.

"Bikingnut" All just gentle ribbing about procrastinators. Richard is up to his knees in the last minute submissions. Haven't seen him playing beach volleyball for the past couple of days.

"Nancy in Ohio" I'll be getting the telephone number for the cruise probably tomorrow (Friday). Hold tight! Look at their website and call for questions but no one there will know about the special Senior Bachelor rate until we finalize things.

Still looking for any photo of the Sophia Loren look alike lady who came to MB. Grazie!

And, "Linda in Tucson"- Congratulations, yes, you win the big prize for being first with the movie trivia. I took a picture of the prize and posted it on my Blog. Just click the "Joeinmb" link above and then click on my "Helping the Senior Bachelor" post to see it. Way to go!!


Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:07:43 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Re The Friday night Cruise in Chicago. A telephone number and a password will be posted here for reservations. Stay tuned. RR

Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:09:06 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

JOE Too funny! Now I have a mate for my peacock....can't wait to see the offspring!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:17:16 PM  
Sunrise said...

Almastar, I hope you see this-I don't have much time to do this, but occasionally will read all the comments, and it always makes me smile-this is a very unique "group"
I am from Texas also, and apparently there are not many of us. Maybe there is a "senior bachelor" right here in our own state just waiting to be found! Sounds like you are in the southern part of Texas? I am in the northern part-Dallas. Are you going to chicago? If so, have a great time-MB sounded like a wonderful weekend. I have not seen you "blogging" lately-then again, I rarely write anything either. To the rest of you, your pictures and comments are humerous, inspiring, and I am living vicariously through all of your extensive travels and experiences!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:46:03 PM  
HeiressChild said...

karla, i know you'll enjoy tuscany. i wish u safe travels, and we want to hear about tuscany when u return.

richard, who's doing the "leaking?" inquiring minds want to know. LOL

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:11:40 PM  
ilene in kansas said...

Good evening Roe & Joe and Ladies...Count me in for The Odyssey, this holds special intrique for me.

Let me tell you why (this is a true story).

My daughter had just moved to Chicago for an unbelieveble job; tho she had never intended to move to Chicago, this was just one of those flukes. She felt destined to be in Chicago, but had no idea why.

Then on News Year's Eve she was invited to a party (guess where??) You got it, on the Odyssey!!! Who did she meet????
RICHARD!!! Now this Richard is from England, so they spend a few days together, and he is back in his homeland. They keep in touch and visit back and forth and eventually they spend several months together to see if they are truly soul mates.

Does this theme sound familiar?

Now, if this same story would only play out once again, only this time for MOM :D, lol

And just to let you know how the story ended........Yes, we have one awesome Richard already in our family and he is a keeper!

Richard, I'll see you on the Odyssey!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:14:47 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Hi All –

Looking forward to welcoming all of you to Chicago! And heed Chi-town Girl’s warning: When the wind blows off the lake, it won’t feel like what the thermometer says.

Joe, just to clarify, the Odyssey is a Lake (not a river) cruise. I believe there are some tours on the river, as well. Seeing the skyline from the Lake is really quite lovely, particularly if we start out before it gets dark. Check the time for our sunset (I think it’s around 7:30 right now). There’s no doubt one can get many wonderful meals for less $$, but not with the view. However, the idea of a cocktail cruise might work as well.

Chicago is an “architecture town” and anyone who is interested in architecture will enjoy seeing it. I’ll certainly be happy to ferry some of you gals around the neighborhoods, if you want to get a feel for the city and surrounding areas.

As for movies made in Chicago and its suburbs, include the following:

Risky Business
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Blues Brothers
Sixteen Candles
Ordinary People
Raisin in the Sun

Check the City of Chicago Film Office site for many, many more.

Finally, I’ll be happy to transport someone flying into O’Hare on Thursday around mid-day. I live about 15 minutes north of the airport and could pick you up on my way in.

See you soon!


Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:19:00 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello all,
Lots of movies are always being made in and around Chicago and being a movie buff I live North of the city where the film crews like working. The most famous movie made in Chicago was definately "The Blues Brothers." About 45 miles North there are more and more directors choosing to use a "highway to nowhere" that we have for a lot of crash scenes and they had one there in the film (if I remember) was "Ordinary People" with Carol Burnett. Another film that was made in and around the Chicago area and is very famous is "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray.
We have a good film that will be coming out during the holidays that they said would be called "Ice Harvest" with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. It was fun to watch since it was July and they brought in lots of snow for it since it takes place at Christams. They also decked a whole neighborhood out with Christmas decorations. Watch for it. "My Best Friends" Wedding is another one that was filmed at the Cuneo Estate, not far from where I live, and I had friends that were cast in the background. The list goes on and on but the movie "Chicago" was filmed in Canada.
Willemina......"Somewhere in Time" is my favorite romantic movie and I watched the whole film being made on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel. I was staying there at the time. I have Christopher Reeve's autograph and I knew that the sound tract and costumes would win an Academy Award - and they did! That was 1979.
I can list a whole lot more films made in Chicago and if you are lucky you might run into some famous people that seem to always be in Chicago. A lot of them eat at Gibson's Steak House in Old Town.
Just some more tidbits about Chicago............

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:22:55 PM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Carol in Riverwoods -
I'll be flying into OHare at 12:58 on Thursday afternoon. Is that too late for your generous and thoughtful offer of a ride?

Nancy in Ohio

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:31:16 PM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Carol in Riverwoods -

And my roommate will be Chandra, who I believe you already know. If you're driving back and forth each day, you could hang out in our room if you want to.


Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:43:31 PM  
Chandra said...

Carol of Riverwoods,
Ferris Beuhler's Day Off - one of my favorite movies of all time! Risky Business was another one made here - thanks Carol.
Linda - Bob Fosse's original play, Chicago, (of which the movie was taken from) was made in 1975 and that was from here. But the movie Chicago was made in Toronto as strange as that seems. Loved it.
..........don't get me going on movies.......I have a whole collection of the old time movie star greats who personally autographed their photos for me when I was a wee tadpole.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:52:23 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Yeah...I got it. Chicago wasn't filmed in Chicago. But I still got the peacock!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:00:26 PM  
HeiressChild said...

ok, here's my chicago movie contributions:
A League of Their Own
In-Laws (with Michael Douglas) - part of the movie filmed in Chicago
Left Behind - some scenes take place in Chicago

la dolce vida, how's this?
Chicago comes from the Indian word Chickaugong (tribe unknown)

Definition of Chicago: strong; great

Windy City: according to one Editor of the Chicago Tribune, the name had to do with it being a tourist attraction during the summer and the refreshing breezes on the lake, as well as the brisk winds off of Lake Michigan.


Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:27:32 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I'm thinkin it's getting close to the full moon. Feeling some changes taking place...
G'nite Richard
Sweet Dreams Prrrrrrrr

Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:37:20 PM  
Born To Travel said...

I would be interested in taking you up on a ride from the airport to the Palmer. I will be arriving at O'Hare around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Is O'Hare one of the stops you are willing to make? I couldn't find a flight into Midway. If this works for you I will send you the rest of my flight information.
Pam in Missouri

Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:53:03 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Hi Nancy,

Your flight time works fine! Have gotten your phone number from Chandra and will give you a call tomorrow. Also, thanks so much for the offer! I probably will stay overnight at my girlfriend's place, a few blocks from the hotel, but would love to hang out with you two in the hotel. So nice to have a place to "freshen up."


Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:59:42 PM  
sherry-wherever I park said...

I'll be there. I have a double, non-smoking room at the Palmer House for Sept 29-Oct1. I would like a roommate. Call me 703-966-5733. See you there

Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:16:32 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi everyone,
Does anyone know where the nickname "Windy City" came from?
Well, way back when Chicago was trying to promote the Columbian Exposition, to be held in 1893, the politicians constantly boasted about the city because they had done so much after the Chicago fire. People thought that they were full of wind. Plus, it really is windy along the lake so it has two meanings.
Does anyone know when the great Chicago Fire was? Oct. 8, 1871. It is documented in my great-grandfather's diaries of which he had written across one whole page on that date......"Conflagaration in ruins!" Linda Ellerby once said......."and so it goes."
I guess I have had too much time on my hands tonight. The excitment is building......
See you soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:28:04 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hi Everybody! And Welcome to all of our new Bloggettes! I've been working a lot this week and have a show to produce tomorrow - so have just been 'skimming' the Blogs ... but will catch back up on Sunday. Loved the Chicago menu items! Making me want to go. : )

Also - just wanted to mention (hope this is okay Richard and Joe) ... for those of you interested in making donations to The Red Cross - you are welcome to participate in the NNBBS Red Heart Bracelet venture - which will donate funds to The American Heart Assoc/World Heart Fed. OR The Red Cross (your choice). You receive a Red Heart Bracelet, like the one that Richard was wearing in one of the photos from MB. This is not an official SB activity - but Richard and Joe have been kind enough to allow us (The NNBB Sisterhood gals) to mention it from time to time. You can find all the details on the new Red Heart Bracelet Blog at:
or you are welcome to come to my Blog ...
to get more info.

Hey Joe. I signed on to get Nancy's updates ... and she wrote me a nice Email. What a great lady she is. I'm looking forward to more 'Mirthquakes'!! : ) Thanks so much for sharing that with us!! Hope you are doing well.

Well Richard ... tomorrow is ...
'D Day' (Deadline Day). I bet you will be relieved to have a stop to the receiving of the videos ... and to being able to concentrate fully on the selection process. What a task you have undertaken! : ) I hope that it is fun for you ... and that the right ladies will be easy for you to choose ... because they will have reached out and touched you in some way. If we get to vote ... I know of six great gals for you! : ) (ha ha) Seriously ... just wanted you to know that I was wishing you well ... as you go into this part of the process. I didn't submit anything to you ... because it just wasn't the right thing for me to do ... but I am definitely 'in' on the quest for romance and adventure ... and 'The Cruise' ... and watching to see the 'arms and legs' that develop from all of this. And ... I am hoping that I know some of the chosen ones! : ) You Take Care ... and Enjoy the process!

G'Night All! See you in a few!

Warm regards,


Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:19:42 PM  
willemina said...

Hello again ladies, Richard and Joe,

Joe; Now I want to go out and rent 1941 because it's been a while since I last saw it. It's a classic and maybe I'll get a chance to see it this weekend.

I checked out the City of Chicago Film Office/lots of great movies listed... wasn't sure if all I had listed were filmed in Chicago and found out that they were, thanks.

Hello Chandra;
Somewhere In Time is also one of my all time favorite movies. How special for you to actually be there during filming and meeting Christopher Reeve! I'd like to mention that I love your picture on the NNBBSH, you look like a lady with class. I love your comments on the blog and so wish that I could meet you, Chi-Town girl and Carol in Chicago. I know that all of the ladies will be in good hands with the three of you there. Isn't it amazing how this blogging can bring complete strangers together? We're all so different but then again so much alike. I'm glad you had too much time on your hands tonight because I have enjoyed learning some trivia about Chicago.

Welcome to some new bloggers I haven't seen before; Ilene in Kansas, Sunrise, linda p.,sherry-wherever i park (now that's an unusual name, maybe you can tell us where that comes from?)

Erika in LA (lake arrowhead);
I have only seen you blogging a few times before, but then you've been off bike riding in Tuscany...not much time for blogging I guess. Have you and biking nut shared stories?

Yvonne in honolulu;
Have a wonderful time in Chicago!

My Kind Of Town

(Writers: Cahn/van Heusen)
(Performer: Frank Sinatra)

Now this could only happen to a guy like me
And only happen in a town like this
And so I say to each of you most gratefully
As I throw each one of you a kiss

This is my kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of people too
People who, smile at you

And each time I roam, Chicago is
Calling me home, Chicago is
One town that won't let you down
It's my kind of town

My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of razzmatazz
And it has, all that jazz

And each time I leave, Chicago is
Tuggin' my sleeve, Chicago is
The Wrigley Building, Chicago is
The Chicago Cubbies, Chicago is
One town that won't let you down
It's my kind of town

goodnight all and sweet dreams

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:29:34 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Brenda;
How do you find the time to keep up? You are one of the sweetest, most considerate gals I've had the pleasure of meeting. You are one class act and gosh darn it, I like you lots!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:33:25 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

CathyinCarolina I'm here, viewing from the side lines just so I can say...see I told cha so. LOL Now I have to go to the naughty mat, darn it. Well - ya know if your video is ex-rated, it might just be a big hit who knows?

How you doing in Carolina, I saw the news tonight and looks like more horricanes heading your way?

Hugs Suzanne

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:02:13 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

CathyinCarolina We're all over on my site talking. Heh, Heh

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:24:39 PM  
susieq said...

The cruise sounds like lots of fun and very romantic!! Can't wait!! Count me in!

Yvonne, I'm emailing you. Thanks for sharing a room. I know we'll have a great time!! Looking forward to meeting you!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:37:03 PM  
Ada said...

I too love movies, Frankie, that song & the city of Chicago. Also the lines about you'll have the time of your life, I know a man, he danced with his wife in Chic...
I say I am a Treasure Trove of Trivia (probably too many years at camp) so I knew the Windy City name reasons. Of course I can't find my keys but....
Next: Does anyone know the ditty on how you spell Chicago?

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:44:30 PM  
BikingNut said...

I will also be arriving at O'hara around 5 pm on Thursday - if the offer for a pick up is that late - it would be great - other wise if anyone else is coming in around that time we could share a cab.

PS - joe I knew you were kidding

Friday, September 16, 2005 12:14:20 AM  
yvonne in Honolulu said...

Aloha to all you lovely Ladies,

I just wanted to thank the original bloggers...You Ladies have led the path and make it easier for all of us new bloggers. You all have the true "Aloha" sharing your thoughts, and making the blog so much fun. Most of all, starting new friendship. I look forward to Chicago knowing all of you have open the door... so that when we get to "Chicago" ...We can continue to meet and bond with many more great Ladies.
Thank-you Willemina for your words...and Linda...I love your web-page..
Susieq I got your email..
Mahalo, Yvonne

Friday, September 16, 2005 3:10:42 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Carol in Riverwoods -
Oh, good - I look forward to talking to you! If you'll give me some idea of about what time you'll be calling, I'll make it a point to be off the computer, as I only have one phone line. (Seems as if I'm spending more time on the computer lately since this whole Senior Bachelor thing started.....) :-)


Friday, September 16, 2005 4:18:16 AM  
let's talk about love said...

nancy in ohio.....same here. I can't seem to stop reading this blog. the computer is suddenly far more interesting than reality tv shows. life is funny, unexpected and wonderful at times.

all hail the senior bachelorettes heading out to the windy city for a taste of love, adventure and romance.

keep the photos and information coming via Linda in Tucson's website (the NNBBSS) so that we can enjoy our view from the 'back seat'.

Friday, September 16, 2005 5:44:00 AM  
Sunrise said...

Hi to Ilene in Kansas. I am also fairly new to the Blog, and had never seen anyone from Kansas. I have been transplanted to TExas, but grew up in Kansas, and went to KSU "several" years ago. My mom still lives there, and I go up quite a bit. IF you are going to Chicago, have a great time-I would love to be able to go, but the time was less than perfect for more than one reason. Greetings from Texas-it was good to see "Kansas" Sunshine

Friday, September 16, 2005 6:07:58 AM  
Sunrise said...

Ilene in Kansas, Oh my gosh, it is too early! Kudos to your daughter and her "Richard" I hope you have the same wonderful fantasy she had, because I re read your blog, and you are going to Chicago-I hope the Odyssey brings you good luck..Did you get your video, bio, etc submitted-I am cheering for you!!

Friday, September 16, 2005 6:12:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

Today's the day!!!!!

Hope RR has all his ducks (chickadees) in a roe

Let the games begin......

Friday, September 16, 2005 6:30:19 AM  
onrynurse said...

Hi to all of you out there!!!

I am not going to be able to attend the event in Chicago!! I had counted on it so very much!!
I am especially sad that I will never get to meet Richard!!

I wish you all the best, most awesome weekend!

Am disappointed that I will not get to meet some of you gals on the blog!!

But Life just does not allow us to do all the things we want!!


Friday, September 16, 2005 7:07:57 AM  
Merrymary said...

A Bit of wisdom for the winners....Chinese in 5 minutes(u must read outloud)
1. That's not right.....Sum Ting Wong
2.Are you harboring a fugitive?....Hu YU Hia Ding
3.See me ASAP...Kum Hia Nao
4.Stupid Man...Dum F-k (woops)
5..Small Horse...Tai Ni Po Ni
6.Did you go to the beach?..Why yu so tan
7.I bumped into a coffee table...Ai bang mai F(woops agin) ni
8, I thing you need a face lift...Chin TuFat
9.It's very dark in here...Wao So Dim
10.I thought you were on a diet...Wai Yu MUn Ching?
11.This is a tow away zone....No Pah King
12. Staying out of sight....Lei Yin Lo
13.. He's cleaning his automobil...Wa Shing Ka
14.Your body odor is offensive,,,Yu Stin Ki Pu
15.Great.....(naughty word) Su Pah

Sorry...I didn't notice until I typed it there was naughty words. Please forgive me. The rest of it's cute tho. Have a great Fri.
Our 50's reunion got off to a good start last night....Probably not near as fun tho as what we'll have in Chicago. MM

Friday, September 16, 2005 7:12:53 AM  
pattynyc said...

Still hoping to hear from someone wanting to share a room. I already have reservations.

Friday, September 16, 2005 7:33:25 AM  
BikingNut said...

Ilene in Kansas - just put together that it was you who e-mailed me - I sent you a message late last night - hope to hear back from you. Loved your story - I am such a romantic and what a coincidence.
The blog becomes overwhelming if you do not keep up with it - so many stories and postings - I do not want to miss anything.
Now that I have a bit more time I want to get back to my blog and post some pictures but so far all I can do is read what I have posted.
Sent my bio, video, etc in yesterday - the video was the hardest to do - 3 minutes is not very long for someone who likes to talk.
Chicago is going to be great -

Friday, September 16, 2005 7:45:39 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Good Morning Ladies,

What I really like about all the comments and trivia games are the memories it provokes. For example, those are all great movies and hearing about them triggers memories of where we first saw them, who with and what we learned from them. Thanks to all for jumping in!

Same thing with "Ada's" question: "Does anyone know the ditty on how you spell Chicago?" I'm not sure if this is the one you had in mind but my Dad taught us one that went like this: "The chicken's in the car and the can't go and that's how you spell Chicago." Brought up all sorts of memories with the family and long, long road trips!

"Yvonne in honolulu" Great sentiments and I'm sure much appreciated. I look at how far we have all come on this Search and Journey and want to thank you all, too.

Welcome to even more newcomers to the blog: "sunrise", "sherry where ever I park", "linda p", "ilene in Kansas" and more (apologies if I left you out.) I think one of the most fun things in Manhattan Beach was guessing who was who by the Blog names and placing the face with the name. If you've thought of blogging with us and are going to Chicago, post a few comments so everyone can get to know you before you arrive!

More later.


Friday, September 16, 2005 7:47:09 AM  
BikingNut said...

La Dolce Vita - thanks for the heads up - do not think that I will bring my bike - just might take you up on a ride. Perhaps I could rent a bike - I am not leaving until last Monday afternoon.

ROOM MATES - I find 4 of us who are looking for room mates

Myself - Melanie
Ilene in Kansas
sherry - wherever I park

I have had e-mail contact with Ilene
Sherry left her phone number so maybe you could call her, patty


Friday, September 16, 2005 8:01:07 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Good Mornin' Richard

How are you Richard? I haven't written to just you for a while, so I want to Thank You! it looks as though you have done it again! you are "The Man" For Sure!!, today is the 16th, and you are gonna be busy so heres a hug, keep smilin'... I probably won't make it to Chicago, so I suppose I will catch you on the Operah Winfrey show again some day..LOL..

- Joe -
I wonder is the there a "Flood" of mail that Richard has you working on??? is it piled sky high now! or will be in the next few days...

WOW.. hello to everyone, my gosh, the chatter has picked up, excitement everywhere!!
today being the day, Chicago! after all of these months~ and pictures on the blog, New friends met in person, (and on the air)~ new comers to the blog, to the news letter, to the operah re-run, fall in the air, LOVE, ROE~Mance,hope in Adventure, Adventure, wisdom, wise, funny, courage, strength, sad, happy, SEXY,early, late, young, old, IT JUST DOESTN'T MATTER- we all have something in common, we have a Dream.

So it sounds so wonderful... I wish I could meet the Man myself, to say I did..

I will be keeping up though.. send pictures, and info as fast as you can...

hugs to all,


Friday, September 16, 2005 8:03:19 AM  
BikingNut said...

That was late not last -
Joe - you are so sentimental - love to read your comments.

Friday, September 16, 2005 8:05:54 AM  
Merrymary said...

Was Mariyn Monre...Some Like It Hot filmed in Chicago????I thought New York but we got to talking about this blog and stuff last night at the 50's reunion in Sapulpa and someone said it was. I thought New york and they said they used props to make it look like New York???????MM

Friday, September 16, 2005 8:14:51 AM  
Merrymary said...

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Friday, September 16, 2005 8:20:36 AM  
Merrymary said...

Marilyn Monroe I need to proof read.

Friday, September 16, 2005 8:24:01 AM  
curlyinVancouver said...

Hey all you fabulous women! Have a great time in Chicago! I don't think I'm going to make it.....sometimes things fall into place and other times they're just not meant to be. I know I'd really enjoy meeting you all...wild and wonderful women in control of their lives, manifesting experiences! Lovely!


Friday, September 16, 2005 8:37:06 AM  
Merrymary said...

Brenda,Just got back from the mailbox and got your package. Thank you. All my girls will love the braceletts and I stuck one in the suitcase to bring to Chicago. Wish you were coming. Good luck on your program tonight...or was it last night?. Everyone who doesn't know Brenda is selling cute little braceletts for Heart fund or Red Cross...great causes. Thanks again Brenda....MM

Friday, September 16, 2005 8:55:39 AM  
ilene in Kansas said...

bikingnut....Thanks, I got your email and I am looking forward to rooming with you and hearing all about your adventures. WOW, I am endlessly impressed with all of you amazing ladies on this blog. Richard has opened up a form that just may lead to 'the mission' he has his heart set on. I see tremedous resouces and an unbelievable combined energy here; can't wait to experience it all in person....yeh CHICAGO!!!

Sunrise, HELLO transplanted Kansan!!.... thanks for the encouragement with 'MY Odyssey' fantasy! Wouldn't that be a Roe-mantic story to tell the grandkids? And YES, I overnited all my materials on Monday (sorry Joe, somebody is burning the midnite oil--right?). Poor Richard, Oh the thought of having a +1000 possible mates to choose from, if only we all had Richard's problem! Heh heh

SUNRISE...(I like your handle)So happy to hear you are from Texas, which city? I may be moving to Austin to join my daughter and 'her RICHARD', but until then, please let me know if you are coming to Kansas and we'll get together. We will miss you in Chicago, perhaps you can make it to the cruise.

Isn't this blog amazing...what a wonderful happening for so many people, myself included. I know I am going to have RR blog withdrawal when it is over.


Friday, September 16, 2005 9:17:17 AM  
flowergirl said...

Hi everyone,
I am new to this. I'm am planning to go to Chicago. Looking forward to meeting you all and appreciate all the helpful comments and info.

Friday, September 16, 2005 9:18:20 AM  
sunni said...

From around the world ... 
Some of these are recognizable straight away - in the UK they would say "When the cat's away, the mice will play". The Ugandan equivalent is "When the master is absent, the frogs hop into the house". Others seem to make no sense whatsoever. If anyone can tell me why the pants of today are better than the trousers of tomorrow, I'd love to know. 
. Zimbabwe - Whoever ploughs with a team of donkeys must have patience. 
. Egypt - The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel. 
. Uganda - The hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds. 
. Thailand - Life is so short we must move very slowly. 
. Ethiopia - The frog wanted to be as big as the elephant, but he burst. 
. South Africa - If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. 
. Kenya - You may laugh at a friend's roof, but don't laugh at his sleeping accommodation. 
. Niger - If the owner of the goat is not afraid to travel by night, the owner of a hyena certainly will not be. 
. North Africa - Better a handful of dry dates than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked by a broody camel. 
. Burkina Faso - The pants of today are better than the trousers of tomorrow. 
. Uganda - When the master is absent, the frogs hop into the house. 
. Thailand - At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish. 
. Benin - The frog does not jump in the daytime without reason. 
. China - Do not swat a fly on your friend's head with an axe. 
. Georgia - The cat which did not reach the sausage said: "Anyhow, it's Friday". 

Some fun sayings for CHicago!!!

Friday, September 16, 2005 9:25:36 AM  

OK ,first off,:





Friday, September 16, 2005 9:33:03 AM  



Friday, September 16, 2005 9:35:04 AM  
connie said...

Ilene-- do not fear blog withdrawal. This whole venture is more than "one man's search for the perfect travel companion". A whole sisterhood has formed and the senior romance movement will keep blogging alive and connections continuing, I have no doubt. I betcha the SeniorBachelor and his SeniorBachelorette will be checking in regularly with their travel stories on this site. BUT many other blog sites are sprouting....(the arms reaching and the legs moving onward). There is WAY too much energy here for this to go away.

Can't wait to hear you all "Chi"me in with your own SB event experiences -- which BTW falls on Oct 1--my 54th b'day! (would someone please stop me with this word-play stuff-- just too much time in my brain)

Best to all!

Friday, September 16, 2005 9:35:56 AM  
Chandra said...

Hello everyone,
Ah....."Some Like It Hot" - another favorite movie of mine. It was made in Miami and I was there on vacation when it was released. Among the great films. 1959 I believe. You are among us 50's fun lovers - remember James Dean? He was my heart throb and Rebel Without A Cause started our generation to think about independency. He was killed far too early in his Porsche.
Can't wait to meet you in Chicago and talk real estate....


Friday, September 16, 2005 9:41:58 AM  

HAPPY..don't know if your out there gal, but if you are....I'll be in Albuqerque in OCT., where are you again? Maybe we could hook up. The same goes for anyone else in and around the area(states).

Hey there Carol/lonestotravel,....
how's the trip going, ya keeping up with u?


Friday, September 16, 2005 9:43:55 AM  
Sybil said...

Richard-Hi there-I'm amazed(but not surprised)to see your plans take shape(I LOVE that "take charge"quality)into something VERY exciting!!
Wish I could be there-I'm sure it will be a terrific time-My sister and I have started the process of cleaning out our Mom's house(&Sshe saved everything!-Mom died July 17th)I will share with you that we found our Dad's FIRST 2 letters to her,after they met(&6 weeks later were married)"What have you done to me-I am a reck!"how precious is that!!How wonderful to know that they shared a great love-
Have fun in Chicago-and have an enjoyable time in narrowing down your choices of women (my wish for you is, that along the way you find Great love-one for the long stretch)
Take Care& Enjoy,Sybil the Women of the Blog-Safe travel and have a great time.

Friday, September 16, 2005 9:58:46 AM  



Friday, September 16, 2005 9:59:49 AM  
I'm Connie-pick me! said...

I'm new to the folks are having so much fun, I couldn't stay away. I have reservations for all 3 nights in Chicago--anyone want to share the room?


Friday, September 16, 2005 10:08:04 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROEmancin' ROEmeo, Joe and posse:)
Well well well t'dday is D-Day for all videos and bios to be in..inching closer to the 'grand finale' before departure on the whirlwind adventure of a lifetime!

CB: its rainin' again...wish it was rainin' men as it is wid da ladies for our 'Leading Man' ROEmancin' ROEmeo ;)

LINDAINTUCSON: lovely pictures that y' keep rotatin', kinda like a chickidee on a spit...just 'roasting you a bit' ;)
keepin' us thoroughly entertained

PHYL/SWEET 'P': You are too quiet....sometin's cookin', can smell it from hea ;)hope all is ok!

JOE: ROEmeo's Right Hand Man, a busy little Bee on this hea ODYSSEY!

COACH: Miss your positive comments on the blog!

TGIF....the weekend is here...time to chillax....take care y'all and welcome nu blogettes, I am one of the originals, going back to the very beginning when this ODYSSEY first 'kicked off'on Oprah April 27th, 2005!
'out of africa's
Senior Bachelorette:)

Friday, September 16, 2005 10:27:42 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Prelude to a Kiss -- originally an award winning play and that is why it is such a richly textured dialog. It got some Tony awards. I watched the film and loved it Films from plays are often the best.

Friday, September 16, 2005 11:54:28 AM  
ilene in Kansas said...

Room sharing.....I am arriving in Chicago on Wed. nite (wanted to be all rested up --per Joe's encouragemant to all of us blogettes). So if any one wants to share only that nite (since I have a roomie the other three nites) let me know. You can reach me @ 316-393-6627.


Friday, September 16, 2005 12:03:30 PM  
droma said...

I have gone on some great bicycle trips of Spain and Italy with The tour in Tuscany goes from Florence to Pisa. My favourite was cycling from Venice to Florence, through the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. For maximum enjoyment I take along a gel bicycle seat and sunscreen with bug repellant. If your wife goes, I recommend "man repellant", the Italians love blonds.

Friday, September 16, 2005 12:04:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

MerryMary You are so funny, I love your Chinese lesson. LoL

Friday, September 16, 2005 1:52:17 PM  

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