Saturday, September 17, 2005

Chicago, Saturday Evening, Oct 1- "Crazy Hat Party!"

Hello Ladies,

Guess what I've been doing...

...working like crazy to get through all the materials in time for Chicago. Speaking of "crazy" let's have a "Crazy Hat Party" on Saturday, October 1! I've hosted these many times in the past and they are a real hoot. Bring or make the craziest hat you can think of and wear it on Saturday evening. Prizes will be awarded to the most original.

Have to get back to work now. Joe has some comments below. Stay tuned!!! RR

Chicago “Meet the Senior Bachelor Event” info:

Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Friday, September 30:
Call 312-396-2227 and ask for Rob. Have your credit card ready. Be sure to tell him you are calling for the Senior Bachelor Cruise to get the special $80 TOTAL rate. (This is the only telephone number you can call to get the Senior Bachelor rate as we are set up as a special group- sorry it is not a toll-free number.)

Palmer House Hilton Hotel: The toll free number is 1-877-865-5321-- ask for the Senior Bachelor Rate.

Random thoughts from Joe: Deja Vu, Full Moons in September, Videos, Search for Soulmates, Integrity, Princess Grace and "Coeur"age

I hope you will grant me a few moments to tie in all these random thoughts about the past half year helping Richard and you with the Search and Journey. It all started yesterday when I saw him sitting in front of his television reviewing the videos you have all worked so hard to make. I know a little of what you have gone through and what he is going through now. I've shared with you previously on the Blog and Nancy recounted at the Manhattan Beach Event that I met her via a video dating service in the late 1980's. What led me to using the service was a three week trip, by myself, on my bicycle, in France at exactly this time of year in 1988. I was camping in a field on Corsica and I was awakened by the full moon on a crisp September night. I was thinking at the tender age of 35 that I wanted to find my soulmate and start a family, and, when I got back to Manhattan Beach, I better do something about it.

So I joined the video dating service. The internet wasn't really used for such things then so all of us "members" had to fill out a profile, insert a recent photo and make a video. I know how difficult the whole process was in taping the video and, even more so, writing the profile. But, just as many of you have mentioned in emails and on the blog, it really helped me focus on who I was, what was important to me and what I was looking for. The bio form was not on a computer and I remember writing it, tearing it up, writing it again, tearing it up so many times. And then the whole "search" process started. They had arranged all the women's biographies with photos attached in three ring binders in alphabetical order. Where to start? Being a linear kind of guy, I started at "A". When you found someone promising, you would find their video number on the profile, trot off to the video viewing room, find the tape, find a VCR, rewind the tape and watch their video. Then, if you were interested in the Lady, you marked her member number on a sheet and when she came into the office, she would receive a sheet with the member numbers of all the men who were interested in meeting her. Then she went through the whole process to find your bio and tape, etc. What a process! So, I feel for Richard as he is being very diligent in reading bios and viewing your videos. That's the "integrity" part. He set out to find his perfect traveling companion, asked you to make a video and write a bio and, even though he received many more than he anticipated, he is viewing them all very carefully.

Now back to my video dating experience and "deja vu all over again." I started with the "A"s and made it through the "D"s. Then I went to the "Z"s and moved backwards through the alphabet. Tried that for a few weeks and was becoming exasperated as I had not met the right woman (Nancy claims I scared them off because I included photos with my profile of my solo bike trip to Europe. Those spandex biking shorts are a privilege, not a right!) I had negotiated for a six month membership and time was running out. So on a whim on one of my last days, I went to the middle of the alphabet. The rest, as they say, is history. I'm the luckiest man in the world having found Nancy. What attracted me to Nancy was her great bio. You have seen how that gal can write. Now, ready for some deja vu big time. ("Twilight Zone" theme music fades in...) Here is part of what she wrote under the heading "Who I am:" "Equal parts Grace Kelley, June Cleaver and Jessica Rabbit."

So here I am 15 years later helping a good friend (and, hopefully you) find a soulmate. I'm paying forward. The overall lesson I have learned in my life, and what many of you have said about the Senior Bachelor endeavor, is nothing happens unless you break out and take the first steps. No one can take them for you. It takes so much "coeur"-age. Something inside you has to stir to get out and make things happen. It appears for so many of you wonderful Ladies that the Senior Bachelor has stirred things up inside of you. And you are taking those steps by making that video, by writing your bio, by going to Manhattan Beach and Chicago, by following along, by encouraging your new friends, by writing to Richard and sharing yourselves on the blog. And, whatever the outcome, we, your families, your friends and, in fact, the world are better for it. Thanks. Joe.


dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROE/MANcin' ROEmeo, jOE and the 'posse'
to be continued....
'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:02:52 AM  
Linda in Tucson said...

Good Morning Richard LOVE the pics and insight into your daily life these days!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:08:36 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha again.....I have THE PURRRFEKT HAT....wherever I go wearing it, people stop and have to comment!
Reminds me of the song by Joe Cocker...'You Can Leave Your Hat On' ;)
18 years ROEmin' through the desert looking for my Soulmate is a long time, I look forward to having my thirst quenched, I can see the Oasis on the horizon but unfortunately don't have a Camel to transport me there as yet!!!!!;)
To ROE/MANcin' ROEmeo a lot of excitement 'in the air'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:08:58 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Dear Joe,

How touching, truly, I am at this moment crying. Very lovely of you to share this story. While I was reading it Fleetwood Mac's song Landslide was playing....Took my love took it down....mirror in the sky what is love....can I sail through the changes....can I handle the seasons of my life....I've been fraid of changes in my life......k, I've stopped bawling. Thany you again for sharing.

Richard, in your picture you remind me of a young boy on Christmas morning, surrounded by all his gifts, waiting to unwrap that perfect, much waited for gift.

Aloha to you both.

Deb Eddy

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:09:50 AM  
Jacqueline in Illinois said...

A really good post Joe - those Harvest Moons are indeed the best.

Oh my gosh Richard - I can't wait to hear all of your stories someday regarding your adventure - great pictures!!!

A Chicago Crazy Hat Party.....

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:10:42 AM  

ADA............I haven't recieved anything from you, are you coming?

Try this again, DEMEDICCI@AOL.COM


Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:14:51 AM  
Dana Point LOIS said...

Good morning everyone!!! This is getting SO exciting.....
RICHARD..great new've got to be having so much fun....I like the one of you at the computer...a room with a view is one of my favorite things...especially when it's overlooking the ocean.... love the flowers too.... Which one of the blue boxes is "the keeper pile"?:):)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:29:06 AM  
Sunrise said...

I am also interested in which pile is the keeper pile-wow, has anyone kept a running count of just how many videos were sent? Richard, you must be feeling very special right now, and rightfully so.....but what a task!! I have my fingers crossed, and have to smile everytime I see pictures of this unique gentleman-will I get to meet him? Richard, maybe you need to file away some "runner ups" in case that "perfect someone" is not in the first 12-just a thought-good luck!!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:33:20 AM  
Anonymous said...

Willaminna, I did not get a personal email about this blog from the 22 year old. I do not get personal emails concerning this venture. No one has my email address on this blog,except one person, and I feel that it has entered "File 13". Anyway, this boys email was on the blog!! It got poophed away. He was a young kid expressing his opinion. No harm done!!
End of story!! Let's move on. "All the Best", ANONYMOUS, Lady Jayne

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:50:20 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

A new lady e-mailed me asking what to expect in Chicago since I was at the MB soiree. Here is just a bit what to expect. (Things may be a change a bit since it is a new location)
Go with an open mind of wanting to enjoy yourself, don't be shy with the other ladies and you will have fun. When I went to MB, I got there the second day (I'll be there the 2nd day in Chicago) Anyway, I got there, there was a table to check in, so they get you on the list. They ask if you sent a video, for priority sake, then find Joe, Richard's right hand man, he will put you on his list to organize groups of 5-6 women. PLEASE BE THERE AT THE TIME JOE SAYS, IT WILL MAKE THINGS GO A LOT SMOOTHER. You may have to wait a bit but you have great company to talk to. Everyone loves to travel and most have accomplished some great things in their lives. Richard was doing a large group orientation on the hour, but that was too often, so I believe they will be doing it every 2 hours this time. Our group went into a small parlor with Richard, chocolates and coffee (what a great combo) and we asked our questions. Don't be shy, write a few questions down so you are ready. After the meetings there was a dinner and cocktail party, another great chance to speak with other ladies, also Richard, Joe, and Umberto are there to talk with. The women definitely out numbered the men and the energy level was fantastic, so many good hearted people, it was fun. There was a little ceremony with thank you's and hilarious speakers that I'm still giggling about. A bunch of pictures were taken with Richard and whoever else you wanted one with. If you bring your video you can share it with the other ladies. A TV and video was set up.Then around 9p.m.ish Richard headed off to bed and the ladies spent a few more hours together. In the morning Richard had breakfast with everyone going from table to table chatting and sitting down when possible. Then some of us ladies went to the beach to meet his sons who were in a volleyball tournament, which was a great pleasure, very polite young men. After that I headed back to Atlanta but I understand Richard went out for dinner with some of the ladies who were there enjoying the long labor day weekend. He was quite the gentleman... polite and respectful. If you have anymore questions please let me know. Make it a great day. Michelle

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:00:34 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha again ROE/MANcin ROEmeoow!
and posse!

JOE: thank you for sharing your lovestory, how you met your lovely, humourous Wife, Nancy. Please believe me when I say, I have never thought of being sooo active on a website before, let alone for 6 months non-stop everyday and now the Blog too! I do have that innate driving force in m' gut which kicked into 'high gear' when I first saw Richard on OPRAH that sunny afternoon April 27th, 2004.
Here is a man that sincerely is looking for a potential Life/Travelling partner, there is something uniquely different about him, compared to all the previous Bachelors on TV and even the 'lonely hearts club' sites on the Internet. I said I will NEVER look for my Soulmate through this 'medium'!!!!!! I surprised myself!!!!! My three 'chickadees' have encouraged me to venture forth and keep 'in touch' here!
Initially I kept it a secret from them, the excitement got too much at the 'POTENTIAL' so I told them what I've been up to for the past 6 months ;) their reaction: GO FOR IT MOM!!!!!
By the way very important to mention that I accept my Soulmate unconditionally, the whole package....children...grandkidz...snoring....the whole 'kit and kaboodle'

A 'no no' would be smoking...more than an occasional social drink.....swearing....walking behind me instead of next to me!
Sooooo...catch me if you can ;)
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:09:52 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...


Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:13:00 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey Joe Loved your story about meeting your lovely wife Nancy. The spandex pants must of sold her though. Nothing like a man in spandex. LOL

Richard I cannot even imagine what you are going through. No wonder you didn't recognize this beautiful mug of the way I've seen the light. So forgive me, please. Pardon me for being so overwhelmed with so many drop dead gorgeous women showing up at MB, that was scary. LOL You really are a nice person, I am sure. As none of us really got to know you on a deeper level it is hard to tell.

And one other thing, it was very difficult for me to enjoy myself fully as I left my youngest daughter in a safe hiding place after being in a very abusive relationship. My heart was here at home and we have finally gotten the man arrested.

I hope you will forgive me for being too out spoken.

So can I still be one of the 12 chosen ones, Linda and I would like to come together. LOL Can you put up with moody, sensitive, loving, sexy, sensual, intelligent, articulate, fun loving ladies.

Richard, I'm really a very nice Lady with a quick sense of humor and temper. But I don't hold a grudge.

Wish I had another opportunity to see you in Chicago cus it sounds like the hat game and cruise will be so much fun, and plus I'd like to show you my better half.

Hugs Suzanne Wirries aka by Richard as Desertfox.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:20:05 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...


Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:21:33 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

DebbyEddy For some reason your email address didn't get on our list. Could you send it to me along with your location, type of work you do, sign, and interest.

Thanks Suzanne aka known by Richard as desertfox.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:21:44 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

G'day Joe,
I just KNEW you were a big mush!! Wonderfully romantic story about you and your Nancy.....allows others to keep the dream alive and BIG!!!
Merci Beaucoup for that and all xox

G'day Richard...."Choices are the Hinges of you Destiny"
wow!!.....a ton of hinges to chose from...a daunting task, I am sure you are more than ready and can handle it....after all is said and done you hopefully will have found that perfect hinge to connect with!! All the best....and have fun!

Women of the Blog...also all my best thought and wishes...may you (we) also find your (our) "hinges" !!

I am off tomorrow kyacking and exploring the Gulf Islands around
Vancouver Island so won't be near any techie stuf. Will say hi before I leave and let you know how my dinner was with "Angel face" aka Leslie tonight

wishing you all and more in health, life and love...ROCK ON!!
La Belle xox

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:27:09 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

ooops....sorry for type o
"Choices are the hinges of OUR destiny"

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:39:22 AM  
safari soul said...

Good morning Richard and Joe,

Usually I address my comments to Richard & Ladies, but at ths moment I have no relevant thoughts other than to respond to today's posting by these two amazing men.

First you, Richard. From the time you announced your search for your soul mate/perfect traveling companion on Oprah, I thought to myself,"Wow! Does he have any idea what he has gotten himself into?"

If you didn't know then, you certainly have learned as those bios and videos began rolling in...and kept on coming. You have stayed true to your mission. Bet you didn't think if would become a full time job!

And what about that party at MB! One man surrounded by over 100 women all focused on meeting him might sound like every man's fantansy. I think the reality is many men would have run away in fear, feeling like prey in the site of so many huntresses.

Finally, the comment I should have lead with: Richard, silver fox looks and the desire to spend quality time with the woman in your life. You could easily attract attention from women much younger than you are. Most men in your circumstances would to just that.

But, you, Richard, have chosen to search for someone in your own age range. That means you and your mate will share a similar knowledge base. Elvis who? It also means you probably will find the love and companionship you seek.

Richard, none of us, including you, know where your search will end. Will it be with one of us? Certainly each of us hopes so.

I want to go record as saying I hope you find THE ONE. I think you are an extraordinary man!

Which brings me to you, Joe. I refer
back to a couple of comments I made to Richard. When you agreed to help him in his search, I doubt if you had any idea of the commitment you had just made to your friend! But, you, like Richard, have stayed the coarse with ongoing good humor. And, you had the good sense to marry a wonderful woman! As a woman myself, I've gotta love that!

Funny hat party in Chicago aside--my hat is off to Richard and Joe!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:52:24 AM  
Debby Eddy said...


Give a hi and a hug to Leslie when you see her. Also, she has your gift bag that I passed onto you from the MB bash.

Have a great evening out.

Deb Eddy

Smile everybody and take just one minute to love yourself today.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:53:47 AM  
dragonflyfille said...

RR: yeah, i agree with drmweaver. you look very cute at your computer.. i laughed out loud when i saw the FAB photos...obviously having too much fun looking through all the submissions; you look really happy (KooL)...remember to get up and stretch once in a while, and drink plenty of water, that electromagnetic field around your computer is energy draining...Crazy Hat Party - excellent idea! ...and Joe, thanks for the Deja helped me feel like i know a little bit more of what is going on. And also, like when in school, it is helpful to review your homework. Song on the radio, "say woman take my hand, now, all we need is just a little patience"...actually one of my assets, which is just as well. I enjoyed doing my bio, it reminded me of how well i have been loved.."better to have loved and lost..." etc. i HAVE had a great love in my life, and i have loved with all my being, and that sustains me...and i know that i am not going to JUST SETTLE for anything else...i WILL know when that special someone, who i want to spend the rest of my life (another 30 to 40 years!) with, comes along, ...and i feel it coming, (i just got chills up my spine)...i read some of Nancy's writings, hmmm, reminds me of someone.
Random thoughts: i'm thinking it would be great, if one of the ports-of-call is Vancouver, BC, i could meet some of you at the Pan Pacific Centre, stop for coffee and, depending on the time allowance, show you around this fab City, which we Vancouverites love to brag about. Well, we'll see how things unfold. When Joe referred to families and friends, and sharing on the blog i was reminded of several things, one was the web of life, and the other was what i learned from reading "The Seat of The Soul" written by Gary Zukav (i saw him on Oprah in 2000). He has amazing insight into reincarnation and knowledge about "soul" and talks about our time here at "Earth school". I highly recommend this book to anyone who has not read it! I can't find the original quote about the web but the essence is this: we are all part of the web, and when one of us does something to hurt the web, we hurt everyone..." I'm not sure if it was Chief Seattle who said that or someone else, but i'm sure there is someone here on the blog who knows. well, my project for this weekend is to creat beauty and order in my personal space, so i'm off to buy some paint for my bedroom...cheers for now, pj

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:54:40 AM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hello to: ALL Generations, Especially the Man of the Hour, Richard, Joe, Umberto and Co.

from: a "Baby Boomer"...Not ready to throw in the towel (or any other object unless it's in fun).

Research tells us we are able to live to 120 years, therefore what's all this about getting old. It's truly a mind set. We bring out the kid in all of us, but with responsible maturity and respect for others.

Joe you do have a way with words (and Nancy is hillarious)!! I'm tissueing off the tears (of joy for you,) and honestly that's the most wonderful, heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing.

Richard, what a monumental task ;)
Thanks, Erika

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:55:20 AM  
Anonymous said...

Now that's the Richard "LOOK" I was attracted to in the beginning...happy, tousled, casual, and very handsome. What a challenge you're facing now Richard..good luck on your continued pleasant journey!
Joe, you are one lucky guy, great story about finding your soulmate. It's nice Richard is making this process for "us" so much easier than you experienced, however the shear volume in mindboggling. Richard is also fortunate to have your friendship and support.
Hoping to meet Richard, and you & your family soon!!
I'm winging off to Italy in just a few hours for two weeks, and so very sorry I missed the face-to-face in MB...I'll definitely be thinking of all those lucky ladies attending the "doings" in CHI...have fun!
Ciao, Karla

Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:56:54 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Wow RR you certainlly have your hands full. My heart beats a bit faster when I see you going through all those videos and pictures but I enjoyed seeing you in the process. I know this is quite and undertaking and I admire you and Joe for your true committment in the pursuit of true love...romance and adventure. Joe - I love your story and you are quite gifted yourself and I am sure that attracted your beautiful Nancy to you also.
Whew - the process, well I am glad it is almost coming to a close as far as the selection goes. I can't wait to meet you and see where it leads. RR I would love to show you my best Mae West imitation in person ..ahhh..that gives me an idea for a hat!!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:14:06 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Suzanne you DesertFox You! So nice to see your fun spirit emerging once again! You know I'm wild about you! I hope all those who tried to invent trouble between us are over it.
Richard I forgot to say I loved the g'nite to the cute!
I'm picturing you at your ocean view desk today...

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:15:08 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey Linda That tummy is surely looking flatter and flatter. You must be really working out. I haven't been to the gym just yet. Hopefully will start again soon.

Hugs Suzanne

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:58:37 AM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Joe you are so romantic! I loved meeting your children and seeing your lovely wife. (Jimmy rocks) What an adventure it must be to go through this with Richard.

Richard you certainly have your hands full, I have been spening a lot of time viewing screens as well and am ready for trading it for some hard core travelling - seeing new places, tasting new foods, smelling new smells, feeling the new rythms of sound. Oh yes the people, especially the children. You have so much to look forward to soon.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:59:35 AM  
flowergirl said...

Good afternoon Richard, Joe and the entertaining ladie of the blog.

I believe this is my second time to post. I am so looking forward to meeting all of you. Richard I believe that is my favorite picture of you, love the natural hair look. I don't believe you will be able to make Chicago with all you've got to do, we may have to party without you!
Joe ..I loved the story of how you met Nancy, you two sound like an amazing couple. I just wish I could have come up with her line : Grace Kelly, June Clever and Jessica Rabbit.
I can somewhat relate to that.

And I cannnot end without say hi to Linda in Tuscon, You are toooo cute and funny I wish you were going to Chicago.

Great day to all!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:59:36 AM  
willemina said...

I love the new pics! Wow, what a georgeous view you have...peaceful and tranquil. I love the ocean and I'm glad to be living in California once again (since 1999)

Thank you so much for sharing the story of how you and Nancy met...I think you both came out winners!
You mentioned pay it forward. Many of our bloggers probably already know that there is a book and a movie of that name. The book was written by Catherine Ryan Hyde of Cambria, CA ( again, near where I live) wow, I guess I just picked the right place to live didn't I?
The idea of pay it forward came to her when two men helped her with car trouble and when she wanted to thank them, they were gone...she then decided to "pay-it-forward" and in turn help someone else. Don't pay back, pay it forward.
Catherine describes it as a new way of thinking to see beyond our own problems into other peoples' lives, to figure out if there is some way that we can help.

I like the idea and I think Richard is lucky to have you for a friend, helping him with his "quest'.

For those of you who are new to the blog, check out Nancy's web page at
She's a very talented writer and she'll make you laugh. Laughing is good for the soul. There's too much sadness in our world...

I have another soccer game to attend (my other chickadee grandaughter). I'll take pics and post them on my blog tonight.

Hugs and warm wishes to each and every one of you who reads this.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:02:56 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROEMANcin' ROEmeo, jOE and 'lone rangers'
Just thinking of what you said way back in one of your Blogs that the 50's plus is the age category that would be ideal for you Richard ;) don't forget this 'chikadee' is 55...a purrrfekt age fora yoo ;) and what's more is I don't look my age nor do I act it, so there y'go
ROEmeo ;) Remember how important it is when choosing your 12...then 6 finalists, keep the age in mind!
Que Sera Sera...what ever will be will be...the future's not ours to see...Que Sera Sera
When I was just a little girl, I asked my Mother what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich?
This is what she said to me....Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be!

Pj......I love Vancouver, lived there and Victoria Island for a few years before moving to Toronto.
Vancouver is truly 'Lotusland' so much to do and see!

PHYL: Sweet 'P' nice to see you on the Blog again, you do have a very witty side to y' ;)keep posting!

DESERTFOX :) owwwww welcome back to the Oasis, quench your thirst from the 'wellspring' of such a wonderful group of peeps here on the blog!

LINDAINTUCSON: are them coyotes still howlin' the night away? FULL MOON on the 18th September...the howlin' should increase...owwwww

from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Vj ;)
ROEMANce and ADVENTURE...the sweet elixir of life!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:07:40 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Thanks my "flower" friends...desertflowers and someone new here flowergirl...welcome!
Yep, I'm working on the tummy. That pic was taken this morning. I'd say there has been some improvement since the May video. For you newbies who haven't noticed that I keep trying to make this journey about ME (heh heh) you can see some MB pictures and my actual video that I submitted on Kinda fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:11:37 PM  
Destiny said...

Good afternoon everyone from Colorado.

Richard the view you are sharing with all the videos is wonderful. I am glad you have a respite from the computer. September 15th has finally passed. Too soon for some and not for others.

Joe and Nancy you are a lucky couple and I wish you a lifetime of happiness. It seems that you are well equiped for the challenges of the present and the future.

Michele, you sumed up the MB experience very well. I hope the Chi group has at least as much fun.

I want to thank Larry for the great picture he took of Richard and me. I also enjoyed talking with Amber who postponed dinner to visit with us. Thank you.

I have pictures of Sophia but have still not mastered posting them on the internet. Looking forward to the next adventure!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:15:21 PM  
Merrymary said...

Holy cow...I'm here to change clothes and get ready for the banquet and dance...and checking in. Unbelievable Mr. R.R. I won't give up tho 'cause I entered one contest at symphony at sunset here one time and there was over 20,000entries and my one won. So keep the faith girl. We gotta get at least one blogger or preferably all 12 of the finalists. I've got to check on O.U. and get jazzed up in my 50's costume. I love crazy hat contests.
VJ I still haven't got my order back on Pop and Me...They said it could be up to two weeks. I'm dying to watch it tho. Cheers..Mary, mary Quite Contray P.s.Joe you are doing a fantastic job. Sounds like we're going to have a real blast. Thank you soooo much.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:16:02 PM  
flowergirl said...

desertflowers love your name, sorry about it being so similar but the other couple that I wanted were already taken. I LOVE flowers is the main reason I chose it. Linda, thank you for the welcome. I have reviewed your site it is very entertaining and helpful. They should put ya on the payrole.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:17:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

"Love is the triumph of imagination of intelligence." Mencken

JP Waters

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:21:38 PM  
flowergirl said...

To Linda in Tuscan, Your video is a little intimidating to watch. I don't posesss your technical skills.
I should have contacted you before I did mine.
I was sort of a last minute entry due to prodding from my daughter.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:25:12 PM  
coer age said...

Putting all your chickadees in pecking order? We are waiting for the final 6 crowings.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:43:32 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Flowergirl Quite alright, because I love fresh flowers in the house all year round. Since I used to live in the mountains my email address is "mtnflowers". And the desert in the springtime here in Arizona is absolutely breathtaking and that is how I chose my name here.

I want you all to know, I'm really not in the competition. Crowds and being filmed is not my idea of romance. LOL I've met a very nice man here in Arizona and we're kind of taking it slow, but we both like each others company and neither like the stress of a rushed lifestyle.

I wish all of you the best of luck. Lots of new things going on. Can't wait til this is all over to see where it actually ends up at. But waiting another 7-8 months, I doubt that I'll hang around for the conclusion.

I rather tend to go for the more serene environment. That rush, rush, on the go thangy is too much for me. I have several sisters in California and I swear I don't know how they do it, well they're alot younger than I am that's probably how.

You girls have fun with Richard in Chicago.

Richard when you start making your choices of the finalist are you going to tell us who they are?

Hugs Suzane Wirries aka desertfox by Richard

Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:51:46 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Dreamweaver, Out of Africa, Senior Bachelorette, and VJ Wow by the time I finish with all your names I've forgotten what I was going to say. Just kidding, thanks for the welcome back.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:54:40 PM  
Patricia-in-MN said...

I need help!! I am looking for a roommate for chicago. I'm not sure how to use the blog anyone looking? email me


Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:58:57 PM  
sunni said...

JOE Well you've certainly
energized this group...your story
is so inspiring for all of us
hoping for another round of
romance in our about posting
that photo in lycra? I'll bet you looked too
cute...Nancy sure got a winner in YOu!!!!
(and you in her)

RICHARD LOVE the toussled's what we all fell for in the beginning
when we first watched POP&ME...your sweet
fun loving side peaks it should...
a mountain of videos of beautiful women to really started a fantastic adven-
ture for yourself!!!! Many thanks as we've all
enjoyed being on the ride with you!!!!

I can't wait to see who gets to " Hinge
their Destiny" onto your "Odyssey" train
out of town.

Wish I could hitch a ride in the caboose!!!


Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:06:24 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Suzanne Dahlink'......WHAT!!!! don't you want to do the traveling thingy?

Well time will tell with that relationship in AZ, but in the meantime should you be picked you should GO GIRL!!!!!

Deb Eddy

Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:14:17 PM  
Debby Eddy said...


ERCCCHHHHH.........I didn't see my packet in the "research" pile.

K, well anywho, girlfriends, Nancy, Linda, Jan, Zoe, y'all doin' Miss all the fun we had in MB!! How 'bout you?



Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:40:55 PM  
ScotchBonnetPepper said...

Dear Richard, Joe, Umberto, and Ladies:
Reporting in for the first time as a Blogette. Based in Chicago. At your service. Regarding Chicago's nightlife:
Buddy Guy's Legends
754 South Wabash Avenue
Greatest, most famous Chicago Blues Club. Visitors from all over the world attend nightly. Open until 2:00 A.M. 8 blocks south of our Palmer House Hilton digs. Easy to walk there from the hotel, or take any State Street CTA bus southbound (costs $1.75) for 8 blocks and get off at Balbo Drive and walk east one block to Wabash Avenue. I'll be happy to escort anyone - just ask!!
Ciao for now,
Die lustige Witwe von Chicago

Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:45:43 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Wow wee the hat event sounds like a blast - sorry to have to miss this one.
I am going to the Black & White Ball here in Auburn tonight - it has a Carnival theme. Think I will break out the glue gun and make a fun hat for it. There are four of us going - three outrageous ladies and one very sad just out of a relationship fella(we have all been there) - we will have an incredible time, 5 band venues, thousands of party goers - Willaminia if I had more notice I would have asked you to come over and join us - these Nor Cal extreme sport nuts really know how to party.
TTFN - Love, Michelle

Saturday, September 17, 2005 2:51:08 PM  
flowergirl said...

Oh my gosh!! I can't believe how many errors I had in my previous post. I must start previewing them.
I meant ladies of the blog and payroll not payrole. Sorry. I guess I hope I will get better at this.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:03:21 PM  
Operawench said...

Hello Ladies, Richard, and Joe,

Richard, thank you for the photos!
My Dad would wake me up in the mornings by saying "Daylight in the Swamp". I hope you find your "daylight" soon....:)
Richard, are your sisters still on vacation? Will they be making an appearance on the Blog soon or at Chicago???

Joe, I think you told your story at just the right time. It does give us a lot of hope in finding our special someone.
I did use a service like you described for a couple of years but nothing resulted from it. I know the lack of results from that service and several others I've tried is due to my size. I know I may not be everyone's cup of tea but then 'they' don't know what 'they' are I can tell you and every other man out there that women "of size" are full of fun, extra full of sexuality, just as intelligent as our thin contemporaries, and have the energy that can keep up with any man. At least I can speak for myself in all of the above catagories, and I'm not "full of it"
Joe, kudos to you for paying it forward.

Lady Base Camp: I'm a little confused. On the previous blog you mentioned the song "Play Misty For Me". You're not confusing that piece with the piece I sang at MB "Misty"? Did you know that Clint Eastwood plays piano and has a decent singing voice? He's a talented man for sure. I do love the song "Close to You" from the Carpenters. Karen Carpenter is my favorite pop female voice of all time. Just to think of the great singing she could have been doing now as her voice matured. Another favorite of mine is Cher, her voice has stayed consistent all these years! Notice both of these ladies are altos, like moi....yey!
I have sung for a few weddings including my own wedding back in 1979. I'm hoping not to sing at my next wedding(and I will marry again)as I know many good singers to chose from for wedding music.
As for this "Wedding Singer" I do have a few books chocked full of love songs so I'm ready if you or anyone else out there has a need of music in the future.

Dancing on the Odyssey: It's looking like there will be over 100 women at the Chicago SB event. I was thinking, how is Richard going to dance with each one in a 2 hour time span(this is after the cocktails, dinner, and the judging of the Crazy Hats). I think Richard will have to channel Lawrence Welk, the great dancer with the ladies in his audience. He would dance a few steps with one lady and then get a new partner, and so on until every woman gets a few steps with the Senior Bachelor. Ladies you don't have to worry, Richard will have just as much energy at the last dance as he will for the first. I can hardly wait to see the pics from the cruise! What a lucky bunch you all are that you'll get to have a Jazz combo on board! I wish I could be there to sing with them....:D

I think I've used my 200 to 500 words for this

Along with being an Operawench I'm also a "Dancin, dancin, dancin, dancin machine!"(Jackson 5)

Best of Bloggin to you all,

Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:46:33 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello all - no one commented on my thinking that the g'night that RR gave us was from WC Field's and Mae West - so I decided to do some research to see if I was right on.. well here you go.. It was a movie they made together in 1940.. mixed reviews at the time...but revived in the 70's..

MY LITTLE CHICKADEE was originally released to mixed reviews, but by the 1970s a revival of interest in both W.C. Fields and Mae West sparked renewed attention to the film--and while it is somewhat uneven and does not give us either actor at their best, this single pairing of two of Hollywood's most legendary comics offers enough amusement to keep us watching right through to the end.

Love the oldies!
Good night all and Sweet Dreams especially to RR.. I am going out dancing with friends in Palm Beach! I am sending sunshine Chi- Town's way!

Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:25:26 PM  

AHOY RICHARD, JOE, UMBERTO AND LADIES,guess what I saw passing my window about an hour ago, yep none other then the "ODESSEY"
I ran to grab my camera , got a pick, buuuuuuuut, still don't know how to post photo's :(
Maybe if I can figure how to e-mail it I'll send it to ya Joe, then you can get the headache :D.

Getting worked up for the event!!!

BIKINGNUT ......what's your flight arrival, will be picking people up, have no problem tossing ya in also,lol,lol.

PAM...........haven't recieved your flight info yet either, I'm waiting.

CB......miss ya gal, glad to haave ya back.


YOUUUUUUUUUUU ????? your toofsis felling?

BTW, far as the Cruise attire, wellllllll how often do we gals get a chance to dress up anymore. It seems it's always "dressy casual". What ya say we do it right! Now I'm not talking to the nine's, but why don't you all give Richard some real "EYE CANDY"
I'm sure everyone's got something you only got to wear once, or saw it and said "I've just got to have that, I'm sure I'll need one of these days" Well, it's one of those days guys !!!!!!!! GO4IT

JOE.......even though I'm not participating in the competition do you still need med to RSVP via e-mail. I will be attending the events,dinner etc.



Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:38:06 PM  

FYI FYI FYI......................




Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:46:38 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

La Dolce Vida
Pam is away all weekend and away from her computer - she will probably get back to you Sunday evening or Monday...I think she comes in to Chicago around 5:00pm Thursday.
Her roomy Paula

Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:47:07 PM  



Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:53:05 PM  



Saturday, September 17, 2005 4:56:00 PM  
Frenchie said...

For the last time, please spell it right: "coeur"age!!! Sory but tipos driv me crezy. :)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 5:08:00 PM  
willemina said...

Go to "home" at the bottom of your screen.
Click on settings
click on comments

I have mine set for word verification so I don't get a lot of spam...good idea

Gotta go, I will check back later tonight.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 6:00:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

Sorry ladies, Richard, told us (when we asked him at MB) that he is not a dancer. But who knows what magic the Odyssey on a beautiful lake with gorgeous ladies can conjure? Have fun...

Saturday, September 17, 2005 6:05:14 PM  
BikingNut said...

Great a crazy hat contest - the last one I entered I WON - a friend has an Easter Parade every year - it is great fun to see so many adults and children acting "crazy" together. MMMMMMMMM there are so many themes in this adventure it will be hard to choose which one and my head is not big enough for all of them.

Joe - the reason I bike is to watch men in tight black riding shorts - well not really but I must say it does make the whole adventure more interesting. Loved your story - thanks for sharing - gives us all encouragement to follow our dreams.

Richard - love your computer attire - hat and all. Keep enough energy for my video, etc - should be there on Monday.

I rode my bike nearly 2000 miles this past summer with only one minor mishap - I forgot to take my foot out of clip when I stopped at a stop sign and fell over. Yesterday I took my dog for a walk on a trail near the river - I lost my footing as Phoebe ran past resulting with me colliding with a rock about mid back. Now any movement result in muscle spasms. So I have carved out a nest for myself with all that I need at my fingertips - pain pills, muscle relaxers, and ice - this too will pass.

Question that does not have anything to do with Chicago - why does it take 10,000 sperm to fertalize one egg?

Bye for now

Saturday, September 17, 2005 7:03:37 PM  
BikingNut said...

Answer - because none of them would stop and ask for directions.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 7:05:11 PM  
BikingNut said...

Kyle - you are entitled to your opinion regarding this blog and this adventure BUT please do not make judgements about people you know nothing about or how they spend their time, money, or energy.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 7:15:02 PM  
soft_rain said...


Close your eyes,

Take a deep breath,

Slowly let go and relax,

You are almost there,

Soon Richard soon,

A loving gaze,

A soft silky touch,

A heart felt hug,

Close your eyes Richard,

Slowly take two deep breaths,

Hand n hand strolling the beach,

Romantic bright orange sunset,

Crashing waves carressing the shore

Close your eyes Richard,

Relax take three deep breaths,

Soon Richard soon,

A velvety black sky,

Twinkling mystical stars,

Glowing full blue moon,

A tender slow wet kiss,

Soon to be shared,

Close your eyes Richard,

Relax, soon you will be there.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 7:30:03 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi All,
It sure looks like Richard could use a good secretary about now- anyone want to apply??
Sheesh. RR, you have your work cut out for you, my friend. I bet you never, in your wildest dreams, thought it would lead to all this! Thanks for sharing your "behind the scenes" with us. That was great! We can at least see a bit of what you are going through.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 7:31:24 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Thanks, Joe, for the great story! It was a wonderful pick-me-up when I checked the blog this evening after an entire day searching for a new pair of jeans for you know what event! Although most of the pairs I tried on sit 3" below my waist (and are at least 6" longer than my legs), I'm happy to assure everyone that they won't have to view MY belly button! I wouldn't inflict that pain on even my worst enemy (if I had one)! Anyway, your post certainly brightened my mood. Also love Nancy's web site and am recommending it to others. Am not able to keep up with all of the blogs, so don't know - Is she coming with you to Chicago? Well, guess I'd better get busy on that hat. For a gal who has never even worn a hat, it should be something of a challenge! (Like I needed another one. Richard, I think I'm starting to hate you!)


By the way, someone may have asked if I could pick her up at O'Hare later in the day on the 29th. Unfortunately, since I'm picking up Nancy around 1:00, I'm afraid I won't be able to do it. So sorry.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:12:24 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Fabulous full moon in the desert tonite...and yes, the coyotes are yipping and yapping! Maybe cool enough to open windows tonite...finally!
G'nite Richard and as always, sweet dreams. :)

Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:23:28 PM  

To the person that may have asked CAROLINRIVERWOODS for an O'Hare pick-up on the 29th, what time,I'll be picking up two gals, room for one more! :D


Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:35:40 PM  
HeiressChild said...

soft_rain, loved the "logic of the irish" story and the story about the "cheap man" on the last blog. they are both so funny.

prarie critter, that was so cute about "the group blowing into chicago." i'm sure you all will "take the town by storm (storm - get it? well, it was funny to me LOL)

paula in florida, i liked your "mae west imitation," but i think now u have to go to the "naughty mat." LOL

linda in tucson, is that a picture of you on rr desk's in the new pictures on the blog? hmmmmmm..could be.

willemina, also in the movie "pay it forward," if we're talking about the same movie, the little boy brings his mom and teacher together, and the little boy is killed in the end. sad, but the lesson of paying it forward continued to go on.


Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:53:28 PM  
prarie critter said...

I believe there has been an APB put out for Mr. Roe. I think we may need to bring out the rescue dogs to track his trail. Hopefully he can be found alive before he is due in Chicago.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:04:23 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Good Evening Ladies,

APB LOL! I assure you, Richard is not far from his desk. After my early morning post this morning (I'm a morning person-- my best time for writing while the house is quiet) I spent a few hours on the honey-do list and then snuck off to the "Roe" house (my gosh, are we going to pun his name to death!) to help with the mail processing.

Richard had just come back from playing volleyball with his son Chris. Standing before me I had my own personal "Pop & Me" vignette. Richard dusted himself off, bid adieu to Chris, took a shower and we continued working on the mail. Umberto had taken a quick break to catch some waves as he had started very early in the morning. He is learning to surf and doing very well. Richard's good friend Sol (you might have met him at working the Reception Desk at MB) is teaching him. A week after the lessons started, Sol presented Umberto with his very own long board. Umberto sprouted wings like a Botecelli angel and has been flying high ever since. The man is a natural in the water. I'll get some photos soon.

Processing the mail consists of carefully opening your packages, writing your name, address, phone number and email on an index card, cataloging all that you sent and then creating a folder for you. We note the type of video you created as well-- we have to have about five different types of players! We then lay everything out on the table as shown in the photo. Then it goes to Richard for his work. While I am somewhat curious about his evaluation process, I have chosen to not have him reveal to me any of his choices as I feel, since I have to choose photos for the blog and website and correspond with you, that I should remain neutral. So no water (or tickle) torture for me!

Danke shoen und wilkommen, "ScotchBonnetPepper". Thanks for the blues tip- I'll have to take a nap to go after all we have planned for you. What does "Witwe" mean?

Glad you all like Richard's "crazy hat" party idea. I'm chuckling thinking of all the airport security guards if your bags have to be checked. "Excuse me, ma'am, what's this?"

"Frenchie" sorry about that. No spell check for that word.

"Sunni"- Nancy wants to assure you that you DO NOT want to see those biking pictures.

"la dolce vita" Now take a deep breath and no Starbucks for you. No RSVP is needed however priority for small group meetings will be given to the women who have sent in the proper materials.

Lois- I think there are going to be much more than 100 women in Chicago. I say let's teach the bloke the box step! I saw some pretty fancy moves on the volleyball court today.

And thank you for inquiring about Nancy coming to Chicago. She has to stay home with the kids and has her job to tend to. I'll probably clear the resulting honey-do list by Christmas time for my going to Chicago.

Okay, Ladies, another long day for me. Take care.


Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:07:33 PM  
prarie critter said...

Ah, Mr Joe.I was referring to tracking his tail,um I mean trail, with a critter with a tail, into the the depths of the mountains of materials that must be covering him in his office. Woof.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:16:48 PM  
Ada said...

You guys are so hot. For those of you going to Chi. your sizzle may start another Chic. fire - but this time with only good memories.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:23:21 AM  
Operawench said...

Hello Joe,

omg!!! What have we started here??? It's all of our faults, those of us who came to MB and went on and on and on about what a great time we had and what a great man Richard is. There's an avalanche coming to Chicago, "it's raining women" So Richard will have close to 200 women to dance with! That would have taken Lawrence Welk months to have danced with that Joe, you had a good idea to teach Richard the box step. Heck anyone can slow dance, I was able to teach my non-dancer exhusband to do that. Thanks also Joe for explaining the bookkeeping process for all the materials coming in. It looks like Richard is going to need a few more blue crates for the files....:) I'm glad Richard got some air and played some VBall with Chris. I so enjoyed meeting Chris and Rich Jr.(or just plain Rich?) 2 weeks ago and watching them play.

How cool is it that Umberto is learning how to surf! Good thing he's not surfing in San Diego this weekend, we have some high surf from a storm in New Zealand!!!???

I forgot to mention what else ladies of size have....big hearts! Mae West was not a thin woman but she had curves that went into next week! No wonder everyone was in love with her! Another woman of size that I think is awesome is Queen Latifah and her role in "Chicago" the movie musical! Of any of the roles in the musical I would want to play her role.

Crazy hats: are any of you ladies going to wear Kentucky Derby hats or in England I believe it's called the Darby. You all can get some good ideas from photos of those hats. The craziest hat I had to wear in an opera was the 'head covering' I had for "Aida". I swear it looked like a football helmet, one of those old fashioned ones from the 20's that covered all around the head and The only thing that made it worth wearing was that it was a lovely aqua blue and matched well with the rest of my costume! I'll tell about my best opera hat in my next posting.

The best to all of you and "all...that...Jaaaazzzz"
(Catherine Zeta-Jones version)


Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:39:52 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Wow. . . the selection process pics are great, Richard. I know guys who would fake their own death to get out that, lol.

Willemina ; I watched Pay it Forward one Christmas eve, it was a perfect Christmas inspiration
Opera Wench! Oh No! It’s not the same song? So sorry, what a dork I am. No wonder no one reacted. Are you sure?—I think it is the same song.
Eastwood sang in Paint Your Wagon but it would be so grand to hear him sing again. One of my plays has a curmudgeon pathological liar who makes up stories about Clint Eastwood, aliens and Japanese Zeros crashed in the woods—it’s very funny.

Joe, you can tell Nancy the women in my town PAY men to wear spandex + tux on top at least once a year at the Dressed to Kill Party—ALL women except the spandex waiters, until after midnight, a great time.
Opera Wench, you would love it. IT’s very powerful when 175 women are up on the floor dancing. Richard would love being in the middle of it! PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHIT E BOY . . . however I would like to put the New Zealand Maori Rugby team out on the water chanting for him so he can have some warrior energy to power through his huge task.

– My craziest hat was a long, grey-striped snowboarding hat, the yarn threads made of recycled plastic bottles.

Wow . .. I love hearing about Umberto’s rides on the long board. I live very near the furthest north Longboard Festival site and wrote a story about it in Coast Magazine. Some fun and crazy guys out there in 6 mil, booties, hoods, gloves and everything, surfing with the sea lions.
But summer’s gone here. The sun came through at last today- it stimulates the pineal gland in the brain and puts the circadian stuff back in order and really feels good.
SNL’s on, my little taste of NYC for the night. Cya later navigators. . .

Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:12:11 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

UUUMMMM, not that anyone would care, but I am currently in a hotel in San Francisco and will be leaving for Maui in the am (9) flight.

Just want to wish everyone, here, on the blog a good-bye, and a best of luck to the final 12 candiates.

I will check in with the blog periocdically (msp?) I don't care it is 1:55 am where I am just want to see who has the privelage of traveling with RR.

Peace and love to all.


Ps Neva see YOU soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:54:54 AM  
soft_rain said...

Good Morning Richard,

Its 6:00 am here, handing you a coffee, hope you have a beautiful day! I think you will do just fine, you have always followed your heart and always will.

To HeiressChild,
So glad you had a chuckle, laughter is so much fun!
I spend at least 30 min. a day reading Jokes and laughing,feels Grrrrreat!!

Heres a Joke for you

On a plane bound for New York the flight attendant approached a blonde sitting in the first class section and requested that she move to the coach section since she did not have a first class ticket.
The blonde replied, "I'm blonde, I'm beautiful, I'm going to New York, and I'm not moving."
Not wanting to argue with a customer, the flight attendant asked the co-pilot to speak with her. He went to talk with the woman asking her to please move out of the first class section. Again, the blonde replied, "I'm blonde, I'm beautiful, I'm going to New York, and I'm not moving."
The co-pilot returned to the cockpit and asked the captain what he should do. The captain said, "I'm married to a blonde, and I know how to handle this."
He went to the first class section and whispered in the blonde's ear. She immediately jumped up and ran to the coach section mumbling to herself, "Why didn't anyone just say so."
Surprised, the flight attendant and the co-pilot asked what he said to her that finally convinced her to move from her seat.
The pilot replied, "I told her the first class section wasn't going to New York."

Sunday, September 18, 2005 3:18:24 AM  
soft_rain said...

Something to think about

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,

"Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

In the middle of the room was a large round table.

In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished.

They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water.

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill.

You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves."

Sunday, September 18, 2005 3:25:22 AM  
Merrymary said...

Good mornong Richard and Soft rain...Time to rise and shine. I passed Richards pictures around at the 50's reunion. Some wish it wasn't too late but I told them the 16th was it. Anyway they all thought you were soooo handsome. Softrain, loved your jokes. Guess what, Brenda said she might get to come to Chicago. I hope so ..By the way, Brenda I wore my red bracelett last night with a red felt 50's skirt and red can cans. They said I'd never make it on a jure if I was called in that because they don't like people who wear red becuase they're too aggressive. I've never heard that and I wear lot's of red.(my favorite color) I'm getting alot of people in Sapulpa, Grove and Tulsa rooting me on...I can't wait to really meet Richard ,our Roe'oster. I gotta go start getting ready for 8;30 service. A tip I learned from the preacher...Make a triangle and put God at the top and the husband and wife at each corner on bottom and the more you love God and put him first the more your love grows for each other. Love to all,another chickadee..and thenks Paula for the research......XXXOOO P.S. Chi-girl I emailed you on wrong address. I'll re-email this afternoon.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:03:06 AM  
connie said...

Joe: Witwe is "widow" in German.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:15:49 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Joe -

Thanks for the information about the 'processing of mail'. Just curious - could you explain what is meant by the 'types of videos'? You mentioned having 'five different types of players'. What are those types?



Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:25:21 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful FULLMOON weekend! I've had such a nice experience I just wanted to share.
It was 6:15 a.m., we were departing Naples Florida. My office is small but my view is incredibly awesome. I am a pilot. We were cleared to 24,000 feet at 18,000 feet I gave the first officer the controls because I wanted to make the announcement.
" Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I just want to welcome you abord flight 4659 from Naples to Atlanta. We have an absolutely gorgeous morning this morning. For those on the right side of the plane we have the start of a beautiful sunrise, and for those on the left side we have an incredible moonset. If you look down you can actually see both sides of the Florida pennisula. It is absolutely breathtaking. I'm turning off the seatbelt sign so you can move around freely in the cabin. We are expecting a smooth as silk ride. Feel free to change seats if you would like to experience both views but anytime you are seated please make sure your seatbelt is fastened. What a beautiful day!! Thank you for choosing Delta Connection."
It was truly breathtaken, I love when the moon is full and I'm flying it is such a rush!
Make it a great day everyone! MIchelle

Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:35:48 AM  
connie said...

Nancy-- I think those "players" would be VHS tapes, DVD, CD's, 8mm and mini DV's.

Ha! Were you thinking in terms of 'players?"-- flirts, sexpots,intellects, comediennes and the yes darlings?

Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:51:53 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Connie -
Yes - that was my immediate thought when I posted! :-) Then after it was too late to delete, I realized what he really meant!


Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:31:31 AM  
Anonymous said...

When prairie from PRARIE is finally spelled correct maybe coer = age is next?
Richard, having a bad hair day?
Why not take the baseball hat off
and with your glasses on show us the real morning Roe?!
Honey dripping dreamer

Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:41:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

omigawd! Au"roe"ras have been seen in Alaska...

Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:59:27 AM  
dreamweaver said...

OWWWWWW ROEMANcin ROEmeo ;) jOE and posse!
FULL MOON and it is not only the coyotes that are howlin', mine is the call of the Soulmate and looking forward to hearing a 'return call' ;) pun well intended! Oh What A Beautiful Mornin', Oh What A Beautiful Day, I've Got That Wonderful Feelin', Everythin's Goin' My Way :) Howard Keel, one of my favourite singers, one in a million voice he had. I can still remember his song 'I Talk To The Trees' which I loved as a little girl.

DESERTFLOWERS/FOX ;) you are a funny lady, my Iroquios name is ~~flowingwhitewater~~ just to add to the list. I wear many 'hats' and don't like to leave a trail, like that of the coyote, they walk on hard ground in the desert terrain so as not to leave a trail!
We have coyotes in the ravines close to where I live but have not heard their howlin', guess I'm out of range!

MERRYMARY: waitin' and anticipatin'
for your 'ROE REVIEW' pertaining POP&ME, in fact I am going to watch it again, an opportunity to get to know a little more about our 'Leading Man' ;) the bungy jumping is a riot, loved Richard's reaction, what a lovable character he truly is with all his nonesense, he is a 'go-getter' and a mushy romantic with an incredible sense of humour, and that is soooo appealing, a nice 'package'! My kinda man ;)
So, ya'll...carpe diem, take care of yourselves and each other
Hugs and kisses
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. still sending a card a week to the kids at the 'Astrodome'in Houston


Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:15:25 AM  
safari soul said...

Good Morning Richard, Joe, and Ladies,

My toes are still tapping and there's a smile in my heart.

Last night I attended a performance called "In The Mood" featuring a band named "The String of Pearls Orchestra". It's a pretty easy leap
to surmise this was big band music from late 30's-early 40's.

This music is NOT my music--I am a child of the 50's, but there were several things about the evening that bounced off the page at me.

This band was GOOD, really good, with abundant energy and lots of vitality. The interesting thing is that most of the band members are of the age that the music they played with such distiction really was THEIR MUSIC. I couldn't help but wonder how big the notes on their sheets of music had to be printed for them to read!

Another thing I noticed was the audience. Not surprising, this show didn't attract a young crowd. In fact, I was among the younger patrons (worth the price of admission right there??).

I hasten to explain that age as related to all my comments today is strictly chronological lingo. The people in this crowd were not old. And when a singer cajoled participation in one of the songs, the refrain "Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop" was sung with total enthusiam.

I shared this story with all of you because it totally validates what for me has been a long standing observation: age is a state of mind. A person can be old at 20 and young at 80.

That means that none of us who have joined Richard on his search is "senior" anything!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:48:09 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROEmeo ;) Jolly jOE and posse! Nice to see where you sit at your 'puter' Richard, a room with a view, beautiful, used to have same in Cape Town South Africa, long for the smell of the ocean and sitting at the waters edge as the waves lap over my feet!

SURFER SOL: what a kind hearted Soul you are, Umberto must be in his element with the new Surboard.
'Jolly Joe' mentioned you were at the 'greeting committee' desk for the Manhattan Beach Soiree, were you in the photos and are you going to Chicago?

PAULA IN FLORIDA: 'simmer down na'
as one of my favourite characters on Saturday Night Live would say, in fact it was Cheri Oteri, what a hoot! Your 'Mae West Impression' is a little 'below the belt' to coin a phrase ;) and in my opinion a little too risque. Our 'Leading Man' is a man of integrity and 'lofty morals' if I may say so.
He believes in the 'old fashioned' tradition of taking one slow step at a time and cultivating a friendship first with the POTENTIAL of it leading to a long term Life/Travelling Partner! So, lovely lass try to 'cool yer jets' and maintain your ladylike disposition;) on the blog!
As Richard has said we are 'in his livingroom', with that in mind we gals on the blog must respect one another and keep the airwaves clean!
'out of africa's
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:20:05 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

It was all in fun and Mae West is a hoot and was quite risque! Not to worry - I am a women of integrity and if you knew me- you would certainly see that! I am sure RR will find that out very quickly.

I try to discover the beauty in everyone..
Have fun - be silly and laugh a lot - cause life is too short!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:31:29 AM  
Anonymous said...


Richard didn't say anything about the Mae West imitation. And Paula is a very classy lady!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:42:33 AM  
willemina said...

Good morning Richard, Joe and ladies,
I've enjoyed catching up on the recent posts sitting here with my morning coffee.

I have just posted some really cute polar pictures on my blog if anyone might be interested...

Also some pics of my grandchildren, my little chickadees

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:43:09 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Joe -
Please disregard my last question!

Thanks -


Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:13:54 AM  
onrynurse said...

Richard is BUSYYY!!

Mourning started.....should I wear Black!! Sooo sad we won't get to meet.....

It sounds like a really fun time!!

You guys have fun for me, too!!

I love hats..try on everyone I come across!!


Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:27:25 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey Debby eddy No I was never in the competition for the Travel I was in it for finding a true partner. I’ve always said that money can’t buy me, but I can be bought – through emotional kindness.

Flowergirl I never go back and read my post to see how many errors I make. LOL Sometimes I spell like I’m doing shorthand.

Frenchie LOL – me to. You’re too funny.

Joe I would really like to see that picture of Umberto on the board riding the beautiful California waves of MB.

SoftRain Loved your blonde joke.

Flowingwhitewater aka dreamweaver aka VJ aka Out of Africa aka Senior Bacheloreete Whewwwwwwww I hope I didn’t leave any of your names out. My ex-husband’s father was a full blooded Pima Indian and he named me “flowingwhiteflower”. If I remember correctly the white stood for pure heart. I think that is why all my names here have some kind of reference to flower. It was a very special event when he gave me that name.

Hugs Suzanne

Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:31:28 AM  
~~flowingwhitewater~~ said...

Aloha ROEmeo, jOE and posse

I'm havin' fun on the blog t'day;)

Thank you for the info. on the 'WHITE' part of my name ~~flowingwhitwater~~ always questioned what the significance is. I was once told by an Elder that I have a PURE HEART, long before ~~flowingwhitewater~~ was given to me. I remember you mentioning how you liked all my names on the blog ;) The arrow flies straight and if I have something to say, I say it, very much like Sweet 'P' PHYL.
Good luck with your prospective new Soulmate, happy for you, Love Is A Many Splendid Thing! By the way you looked fabulous in your pink and green at the Manhattan Beach Soiree, very pretty lady!
Hugs and Kisses
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:45:37 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Howdy Joe and Richard!
I have had a few ladies e-mail and ask questions about the meeting with the Senior Bachelor- "our dear Richard" :) I know it's a bit long but I am going to put it on the blog for others to see so maybe it will help them out a bit also. If for any reason this bothers any one please drop me an e-mail direct because sometimes I can't always get to the blog to read the answers.Here goes.... What I wore was a fun, comfortable dress for the afternoon and a classier dress for dinner . The next day I wore capris with my swimsuit underneath. (I was going to check out the weather in Chicago to see how warm it was and then decide what to pack.)
Some questions asked at Richard's small group meeting were how to pack for Richard's trip? (Richard is not carrying your suitcase.) He was not planning on back packing. My understanding about all expenses paid means - airfare, hotel, and food. Also he plans on picking 12 ladies to meet up for 1 week then 6 for the trip. If you are one of the 6, he will start out on the trip with one gal for 1 month, she flies back then the next lady will meet up with Richard on the next leg, ect. ect. He will do all 6 legs with 6 different ladies. If he falls in love with the first, the roe-mance will have to wait until all 6 months are complete to be fair. If for any reason you don't get along with Richard , he said you will have a return ticket as soon as you like. Richard plans on traveling in November. In my eyes, it wiil be an amazing feat for him to go through all the biographies, choose 12 women, then 6 and be ready by November. God give him the power!!!
You ask if this is a competition/contest, I think with so many women and only one man, you would like to catch his eye so he remembers you somehow. I would feel for his sake to find a long term soulmate that he would be looking mostly at personality and not just physical beauty. Usually there has to be an attraction blend of both. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder- as we all know! (I don't think Richard would want a beautiful bitch nagging him the whole month long trip.)
You asked if I'm a regular on the blog , not as often as some, but it gives me some giggles and some positive thoughts, even some of the misunderstandings you were commenting on makes me see how people react. Life is as positive as you make it and if you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at! Life is one big learning experience!
I hope this answers some more of your questions, look me up on October 1st, it would be a pleasure to meet you :) Michelle

Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:51:11 AM  
willemina said...

Perfectly said Michelle...BRAVO!

To all the ladies; I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle in MB and she's a fantastic lady. We got together with a few other ladies for an after dinner drink at the bar (mine was Drambuie)

I am hooked on this blogging! I have been checking 5-6X a day and I really need to get back to my everyday life...but I will be checking in from time to time. Maybe just not quite as often...

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:08:59 AM  
Anonymous said...


Initially, I hoped to find one partner for six months of travel. However, so many women have written to me and said that this is simply too long, mainly due to other commitments in their lives. And, to go away with someone who is a virtual stranger was asking a heck of a lot! The overwhelming recommendations were to shorten the time of the trip to about one month. While it is still possible that it will be one woman for six months, it's also possible it could be six women for one month apiece or any combination thereof. I will be able to reach a more informed decision after I view all of the videotapes, biographies and letters. This will also provide the opportunity to travel to more than one woman. My offer includes paying all of the travel expenses while on the Journey together.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:10:10 AM  
hmmmm said...

Looks like it could be three women for 2 months or two women for 3 promises of 6 that I can see...

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:12:53 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

FlowingwhitewaterJust for your information and if I remember correctly which sometimes my memory amazes even me the “flowers” represents the beginning or newness, I can’t recall what the word “flowing” represents, do you know?

To Anonymous Finding You In MB Richard told us he was fairly firm on 6 for one month each. Joe told us it might be 12 finalist though.

Joe You never answered my question. Is Richard going to share the 12 finalist with us when he finally makes his selection and are we going to be able to vote on his choices?

Hugs Suzanne

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:53:22 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hola all from Vancouver,
As promised am "reporting" in after a wonderful soiree with Leslie aka Angel Face....she really DOES have an angel face!
We had a superb meal overlooking Vancouver uner a full moon...imagine?? How fortuidous!! or perhaps serindipidous!! We yacked and chatted and giggled and had an absolutely mahvelous time dahlings!! I took many photos for fun which i will post when i return home on the 26th or so.

Must off to HorseShoe Bay to catch the ferry to Nanaimo where i will start my sea kyacking adventures throughout the Gulf Islands for the next week. I have decided to continue my personal "Odyssey" whenever and wherever possible, hey someone's gotta do it!!...for those who have checked my Blog...ya know what I am talking about!

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

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:00:58 PM  
coer-age said...

Instead of deleting Kyle's post, why not tell him about the travel arrangements that have evolved. It may also be of interest to the new blogettes:
There will be NO ROEMANCING DURING the 6 trips. If physical attraction developes it will have to wait until all 6 trips are over.
The persons involved, a lady, Richard, and Umberto, will all have their seperate rooms. (Richard snores)
As we all can see, its' ALL on the uppedy up, no sneeky surprises.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:29:23 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROEmeoow, jOE and posse;)

The original group prior to the Manhattan Beach Soiree would be an incredible group to travel with our 'Leading Man' for one week ;)





PHYL/'Sweet P'







If I have left out any one of the 'original nu kidz on the blog' it is not intentional!
We ALL established an incredible connection over the months on the Blog, it felt like family, we bonded as a 'sisterhood' and had a hell of a lot of fun doing so, with the occasional 'sister' being sent to the 'naughty mat';) I really miss the camraderie and hoping y'all come back to the blog!
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:38:46 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROEmeooow...jOE and 'rangers';)

DESERTFLOWERS/FOX ;) I guess the 'flowing' signifies 'go wid da flow' everything happens the way it should, don't try to push the river, if something is meant to be yours so be it, it will! Waddya think of what I have said? I would like your input too sista ;)

I hope you plan to be on the first Senior Bachelor Alaskan Cruise Summer 2006! I am very definitely planning to be on the cruise, my first official holiday in five years! We ALL will have a blast cannot even begin to imagine the FUN, the ultimate mode of travel and our 'peacock's feathers' will fan out once again(our ROEmancin ROEmeo;) with jOE in TOW and all the chicadees in a row, there y' go!
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. my physiotherapist indicated that my physiotherapy should be over and done with by end of October!! My Lawyer is happy as the Case moves forward!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:23:37 PM  
prarie critter said...

Anonymous : I shall spell my moniker however I so shall choose. I chose to spell it this way from the beginning and that is how it shall stay.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 2:50:25 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey Canadian Bloggette Isn’t Leslie just the nicest Lady. I found her to be so fun loving in MB and am so glad you were able to meet up with her. I can’t wait to meet you for real and BNDC, it’s hard to believe our “Little Bit” doesn’t drive. I just want to come up there and make her learn. LOL Have fun kayaking you really are the on the go kind of woman.

who the heck is Kyle? I keep seeing his name and haven’t seen a post from him. LOL

Prarie critter Just ignore anonymous, he’s just trying to get every bodies dander up. Your name is cute

Flowingwhitewater I was thinking that the “flowing” might be to rise above and go forth smoothly. You forgot Dancingirl on you list. I’m glad you’re finally getting over your accident and are healing your physical body. Your mind seems to be working pretty good. LOL

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Sunday, September 18, 2005 4:09:32 PM  
OK Danger Ranger said...

Somehow your stacks of materials, along with your meeting schedules, look a lot more like work than fun. Either that or you're putting the heat on Santa Clause with the whose been naughty or nice lists....

Happy Hunting

Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:01:22 PM  
sherry said...

to: carol in riverwood OR
la dolce vida
I would love a ride from O'hare on the 29th A 1pm
Please call me 7039665733

Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:37:44 PM  
droma said...

You did not recognize DIE LUSTIGE WITWE? Maybe because its an Operette, not an Opera.
lustig is NOT lusty, but close enough, THE MERRY WIDOW is lusty.
by Franz Lehar

Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:55:48 PM  
droma said...

You did not recognize DIE LUSTIGE WITWE? Maybe because its an Operette, not an Opera.
lustig is NOT lusty, but close enough, THE MERRY WIDOW is lusty.
by Franz Lehar

Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:55:52 PM  
droma said...

You are gushing, not flowing smoothly, when you talk about the 2006 Alaska cruise. What do you and other blogettes think about RR's agenda? After giving us in depth knowledge about POP&ME and Monaco's royal family, we FINALLY will hear from THE MAN himself:
...Oprah and her wonderful show and what THE INSIDE STORY is.
All of us FUN and wonderful women will be on pins and needles to finally find out what the SENOIR BACHELOR ENDEAVOR is really all about...
This should be especially FUNny for his CHOSEN to sit by and experience. No egos here.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:33:43 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:45:14 PM  
ScotchBonnetPepper said...


Giirrrrlllll, you are sooooo funny, and articulate!!!!
I have to meet you. Will you be in Chicago for the Senior Soiree??
Pls. reply.
Die lustige Witwe von Chicago

Monday, September 19, 2005 1:59:27 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

Joe I just check into the Blog and read you comments. You my friend have so much compassion and what's not to love about you. I'm so glad you are Richards friend and he could never do all of this with out your support.
Have fun in Chicago.

Monday, September 19, 2005 11:22:18 AM  
yvonne in Honolulu said...

Aloha Ladies,
I just want to give a special thank-you to LA DOLCE VIDA for her kindness to come to the airport so early.. and take me to the hotel. She is also, helping the other beautiful ladies who are also arriving in "Chicago" at all different time's. She has the "Aloha" Spirit" and truly a big heart.
PS: Joe, I appreicate your help in the great information on what we should wear to the different events. You comment about Mina had me laughing...I can't wait to meet her.

Mahalo..Yvonne in Honlulul

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 1:30:18 PM  
Mandukasana said...

I published a "cry" for help yesterday but it does not seem to be here today. Maybe it was delted because I included my email address and phone number. I am looking for a room mate in Chicago. I have a room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the $159 + tax rate. It has 1 double bed and one bath. I checked out the hotel site and there are rooms available with 2 beds and 2 baths for just a little more. I would like to meet someone and have a "buddy" for this event. I have been following it since the beginning but have not published on the blog but one time when a woman lost her mother and I sent a note to her. I have a son who lives in Bensenville and may be able to pick some people up at the airport through him. I am coming in by train from southern Illinois. Please get back to me if you are interested in sharing a room.

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:44:59 AM  
Mandukasana said...

Yvonne, If you are on the blog this afternoon (morning for you I think) from Honolulu, I called your number and replied to your email this morning. I am anxious to hear from you about sharing a room. I have until midnight tomorrow to cancel the room I reserved. I also have the option of staying with my son in Bensenville but have to make decisions. It will be easier to stay at the hotel because of scheduling and transportation.

I noticed a little symbol at the end of my post and am not sure what it means. None of the other posts have that symbol.

Michelle, thank you for your insight into the last meeting. I enjoyed reading that. Jerri

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:02:32 AM  

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