Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hello from Richard Roe

Update from Joe re: Blog, Sun Sept 11: I spent some time reformatting the photos on the previous blogs and renaming the blogs (adding Photos Part I, II, III and IV to the titles) for easier reference. It may slow down the downloading of the blog this one time for some. Now that I've got the photo loading figured out, I'll post some more photos of the Manhattan Beach "Meet the Senior Bachelor Event." Most of them will be from Umberto. Also, your comments on the MB Event are greatly appreciated. I realize that the initial sign up on Thursday and my estimation of times for your small group meetings were the biggest snags. For that I sincerely apologize. The good news for Chicago is that I think I have a better system in place to make it run more smoothly (so the Ladies from Chicago have to thank the Ladies from Manhattan Beach!) Once again, thank you for your patience and indulgence and for your kind comments about my family. We all had a blast meeting you! Look below for some new photos.


From Richard:

A few observations: For the current status of Chicago, please read my comment in the blog below this one and posted Friday at 6:08. To Lois, thanks for explaining the Event in MB was WAY MORE than just meeting me, as it will be in Chicago in your comments Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:32 am. . The real story was so many AMAZING women meeting each other and making what I believe will be new, lifelong friends!! We're already talking about a reunion on the Alaskan cruise next summer!! And, yes, the most painful part of this Journey will be over the next 4 weeks. I have said consistently that there are so many wonderful women to choose from that it will be just guesswork at this point. For those of you who have sent in materials, and/or e-mails, that have not been acknowledged, I am doing the best I can, and I remain more than 1,000 e-mails behind-mainly due to the Oprah rerun 2 weeks ago. I'm running as fast as I can.. I also enjoyed anonymous' comment of Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12:35. Thanks again for the nice comments on this blog, and let's keep talking!! Richard Roe

We stopped by the Ayres Hotel to thank Ann, Sal and the Staff and they said to say "Hello!" They really enjoyed hosting the Event and miss the Ladies.

PS- Here is a recap of the newspaper articles of "The Meet the Senior Bachelor Event":

"The Beach Reporter", Friday, September 6, 2005

"The Daily Breeze", September 3, 2005

(The "Daily Breeze" article has now been archived by the newspaper and will cost you money to view. I'll post it here if I can.)

Saturday, September 03, 2005
By Kristin S. Agostoni Daily Breeze

Bachelorettes flock to area to meet traveling MB man

In a quest that began on "Oprah," Richard Roe is looking for six single travel companions "fit, fun and over 40" to accompany him around the world.
Some got dolled up in strapless sundresses and stilettos, while others dressed down in jeans and summer capris. One made the six-hour drive from Rio Vista, while another booked a morning flight from Scottsdale, Ariz. A few brought girlfriends, yet some kept the trip a secret.
But each shared a common, dreamy goal of winning a few minutes with the eligible bachelor. Or, perhaps more importantly, getting the tanned, tall Manhattan Beach man to remember their names. Considering the size of the crowd, the latter task seemed to be easier said than done.
Hawthorne's Ayres Hotel was teeming with women Thursday afternoon as Richard Roe's worldwide search for six single travel companions shifted into high gear, including face-to-face interviews, impromptu dates and cocktail parties that continue today.
The quest that first gained steam with Roe's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in April was expected to draw at least 500 women, many of whom booked rooms and took off work for the entire two days.
"Humbling is knowing the fact that you all spent the money and time to come here," Roe boomed from outside the hotel lobby, having just staged his entrance in an antique convertible T-Bird.
"We're all cut from the same mold," said the bachelor, dressed in a pink linen shirt and khaki cargos. "We're all single. And we all don't want to be."
The afternoon showed all the signs of the typical, cheesy TV dating show: Dozens of eligible bachelorettes vying for one man's attention, eyes focused on a pricey and impressive prize -- an all-expenses paid trip with Roe around the world, with promises of romance and, just maybe, something long-term.
But in this case the 64-year-old divorcé's offer isn't open to just anyone. Prospects must be "fit, fun and over 40," qualifications that on Thursday won him many fans.
"Very nice guy. Very down-to-earth," gushed Beth Ann Forest, 53, of Georgetown, Texas.
"He has a quick wit," said Christine Lom, 62, of Moraga.
"Sincere. Communicates well," added 50-year-old Debby Eddy, who had just returned to the hotel from having a facial.
"He cuts to the chase," she said.
Roe, who gained name recognition in 2000 after creating a documentary with his son about father-son relationships, contends his travel offer has nothing to do with attracting more media attention or creating the next reality dating show. (Although applicants are asked to sign disclaimers saying their videotaped messages "may be used in any manner or media worldwide," as determined by Roe.)
The ultimate goal, he claims, is to find compatible travel partners and prove they can come from within his age bracket, a demographic that older, single men too often overlook.
"I want the world to see how many fabulous women are 50 and over," he said. "What keeps me going is the fact that I have found myself a non-unique person in a unique position. It's about the message. ... I really am in a position where I might be able to make a change."
Roe, who has three sons and lived most of his life in Philadelphia, never saw himself living alone on The Strand in Manhattan Beach.
But in 1994 his wife of 29 years asked for a divorce, a move that left him hurt and transformed him into "an emotional marshmallow."
"I loved her tremendously. It didn't seem fair," he says of Margaret Ann Davis, the niece of Grace Kelly, in his online biography. "Instead of wallowing in self-pity, I decided to run away."
So the retired stockbroker moved to Los Angeles, where his three sons had settled with their wives and children, and started a new venture with his second-born son: A feature-length documentary called "Pop & Me," highlighting 29 relationships between fathers and sons from Los Angeles to China.
Distributed by MGM, the film won the pair appearances on CNN, ABC World News and Oprah.
It wasn't until his second appearance on Winfrey's show, one that promised to make "Your Wildest Dreams Come True," that the senior bachelor travel contest was born.
Roe has since launched a Web site -- -- and started his own blog, gift store and online newsletter. He claims it has attracted hits from thousands of prospective mates around the world.
Of course, he admits there are a few "deal-breakers at my end."
Smokers? Forget about it.
Anyone more than a "social drinker?" No thanks.
"Let me add," Roe says on his Web site, "that I have never been arrested nor had any skirmishes with the law, and never had any serious illnesses or diseases of any kind. I suspect the woman I am interested in being with will have a similar background."
He hopes to narrow his choices down to 12 and eventually the lucky six, one for each month of his trip.

-- Looks like it worked!! RR

Hey, Willemina sent in some pics of me and the '55 T-Bird. Thanks so much!


linda in Tucson said...

Good Morning! Thanks for cleaning up the blog Joe...someone told me people weren't playing nice and I get quite sensitive if it's directed at me! This is all in fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 7:53:18 AM  
Merrymary said...

Thank you Richard.....Hope you have a great week end. I hope you all do. When this is all over I don't know what I'll do with all my extra time. I love reading all the comments, Hang in there. There will soon be 6 very happy women. Shaloam....Okie

Saturday, September 10, 2005 7:56:00 AM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Linda, You beat me again....I bet you are as heck of a realtor. I used to have people list with me because I was so persistent. I left 33 listings when I went inactive and I bet you are a top producer and loads of fun to be around. MMQC

Saturday, September 10, 2005 7:58:50 AM  
Belizegial said...

Good morning Richard and fellow bloggers,

Well, it's nice to be back on the blogs after a little time off :)

Today is a public and bank holiday in Belize so I get to play a little with you today.

Richard, you are so funny! Answering tons of e-mails and facing the most difficult part of the selection process over the next couple weeks. You are so dedicated and wonderful to this cause.

My suggestion, meet as many of the gals as you can. If there is a connection, you will feel it as chemistry is a strong element in this type of selection process. Once you have chemistry, the rest can be worked out. I truly doubt you can go wrong with this group of ladies that have assembled here.
Cheers and best wishes.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:18:36 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

To merrymary, This endeavor will not "be over" for the rest of our lives. Long after the Search and Journey, there will be many new and exciting "arms and legs" that will have been spawned by our collective efforts. Stay tuned!!! RR

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:35:52 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Top 'oer the mornin' too yoo Mr. Blued ROE/MANCE AND ADVENTURE Richard:) Joe, 'lone rangers' and gals on the blog!
Again a glorious Saturday morning here, love the season ahead with the Fall colours, vibrant and pleasing to the eye! The first Senior Bachelor/Senior Bachelorette Cruise next Summer sounds very exciting, that will make it 5 years since not having a holiday, too long without a break!
As the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait :)
I am excited as people are responding to the idea of the Children sending 'prayer cards and letters' to the Children at the Astrodome in Houston Texas! Thank you Joe for your positive input and forwarding the info. to your kids and their schools. I always 'see' a powerful presence when I connect to the eyes of babies and little children, they seem to 'know' something that I am not fully cognizant of! Maybe it is because children are void of all the 'layers' and games we adults can play, they teach us about UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!
Now for a bike ride in the crisp fresh air of today!
Take Care Y'all
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:43:43 AM  
leslie said...

Morning all! Wow, I can't believe my energy level considering the busy-ness of the past week. I think I'll spend some time today cleaning up the garden, getting it ready for fall. Tomorrow am taking Robbie in for grooming - his professorial eyebrows have grown so bushy, I don't know how he can see! Then I'm dropping in to see my grandson (well, I guess I'll visit his Mommy, too - "grin")

Richard With all your busy-ness in preparing for Chicago, make sure you take some time for R,R,&R (rest, relaxation, & reminiscing).{Hugs}

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:59:45 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

I'd like to thank gold&spice, Miriam in VA, honestgal, Karla, Chi-town girl, and Sylvia (heiresschild) for your kind comments about the "classified" humor I posted. I appreciate you, too! . . . and I'm glad I was able to brighten your day :-)

And . . . thanks, Richard! I've really enjoyed reading about Etruscan culture. Thanks for introducing me to it.

It's especially interesting to me that women had such a high status in Etruscan culture, yet, as Dr. Warden of SMU observed: "I am absolutely convinced one of the main reasons they weren't successful in the long run was that their society was static, didn't change with time." . . . do you think there's a possibility the Etruscan women weren't as enlightened as the "Ladies of the Blog"?

I think it'd be great fun to discuss this theory, and others, with you sometime! But, for now, I'll just wonder . . . where in the world did the Etruscan's come from?

Peace to all,

PS: Joe, thank you, too, for all you do!

PPS: I wasn't able to log in with my password for "Sheila", is there any way for me to retrieve whatever password is on file? Or should I just open another blogger account? Thanks for your help.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:21:41 AM  
neva said...

Is it really necessary to meet in Chicago? Would a second MB event serve the same purpose/s?

My observation was that many traveled from far to MB and others had time/schedule restrictions for the first event.

Just asking in an attempt to find some solutions!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:45:19 AM  
beebah61 said...

I’m guessing that the ‘most difficult and painful part of this endeavor” that is coming up is the actual choosing from the many fabulous women you’re meeting. We all understand that you’ve already decided that rather than choose one woman with whom to travel for six months, you will choose six women for one month. Why not 100 women for 100 months?

I’m certain, Richard, that having set your intent to find your perfect mate, that you will manifest her. And like I said in my video – “Want to make God laugh? Tell Her YOUR plans!” By that I mean you may be accompanying one of us wonderful women somewhere and meet a waitress who is serving us. Your respective eyes will light up and that will be the end of your search.

If I am not chosen to accompany you anywhere, I will not consider all the time and effort I put into my bio and video a waste or a loss. And thus it won’t be painful. I have learned so much about my Self just in the doing of it. To accompany you somewhere in the world would only be extra frosting on the already delicious cake that this experience has been for me.

Happy choosing, Richard!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:48:48 AM  
BikingNut said...

This is the day I had planned to fly back from New Orleans following my bike ride down the Mississippi River. The ride ending in Memphis, cut short by 500 miles, but I did ride 1200 miles. Instead I am home, waking up in my own bed with my one year old Golden Retriever, Phoebe, at my bedside and along with my brother' 11 year old Golden Retriever, Elsie, who I am boarding for a week. They make an interesting match - Phoebe is more of an influence over Elsie than the other way around. Elsie is much more playful but Phoebe continues with her puppy energy. MMMMMMMMM - that said - is it the influence of the young who keep our energy flowing or is it something else - perhaps just being young at heart and attitude that make us want to go out and challenge the world.
And tomorrow is my birthday - have not wanted to celebrate in the past four years - given 9/11 but have managed to pull together a few gatherings for myself.
I had planned to have my neice who was going to visit me from Pensacola when I was in New Orleans do my 3 minute video from some wonderful spot in New Orleans. So now I am scrambling to get it done and in on time. And my bike is some where in route between Memphis and Washington so cannot use that as my prop.
Richard - get lots of rest and stay healthy because some of these energy filled, fun lovin' women are going to Chicago!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:50:41 AM  
Anonymous said...

Good morning RR. This is going to be such a challenge for you. Don't you love it!! There are so many great ladies on this blog and so many more out there waiting for their turn to look into you beautiful baby blues. I was fortunate enough to already do so in MB. I choose to remain anon. because I prefer you make your decisions with all the material you already have. It IS all about chemistry. Physical and Mental.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:07:39 AM  
Belizegial said...

Just a short post to put in my 2 cents. I strongly believe the Chicago event should take place. After all, this is where it all started...on Oprah in chicago.

The MB event was good, but Chicago has it's own flavor and looks promising.

BTW, my heart is thrumming along with the marching bands that are passing directly in front of my house. It's the Tenth Day of September (the Battle of St. George's Caye day) and all the nation of Belize is celebrating.

The annual Carnival parade takes place later in the afternoon and it will be fun in the sun for the revellers who abound on the streets of Belize today.

My daughter got about a million balloons and is jumping around with beads and chains strung around her neck.

Wish you were here to join in the fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:11:27 AM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Richard.I had to go shopping ...I have 17 coming for lunch after church,grand kids and great grands(I was a child bride). I'm your age but about chemistry. You had never addressed me personally and WOW...oh my heart is still fluttering. I feel like a teen ager. See you in Chicago with bells on. In Lust >>>can't be love...not yet??? You are a sweetheart. Thanks for making this so fun. Ms. Mary....very Merry

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:24:31 AM  
Anonymous said...

Joe in MB

I failed to be clear because you seemed to have missed the point I was trying to make. Don't sweat the small stuff (hotels). We can solve problems, find answers and most of us don't even like being told where to stay, what to think, nor how to respond.

Your efforts are appreciated. Just "give up" some of the control and you might be surprised what can happen!

Re Blogger who refers to "cream rising to the top."

Thanks for the reminders of events that could happen. It reminded me of why I sometimes prefer traveling alone. I learned many years ago, however, that most cream never rises to the top but is rather pushed or pulled to the top (at least in the business world) and I think in the travel and love world as well.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:39:04 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy 'Baby Blue Eyes'...RR :), Joe and 'lone rangers'roaming them thar hills :)
Tomorow as we all know is the Anniversay of the Sept.11th catastrophe, prayers and thoughts go out to all those who suffered the anguish of losing loved ones. We must have the certainty that 'every cloud has a silver lining' there is always a BIGGER PICTURE'

WANDA: nice seeing ya back on the blog!

CALLMELIN: prayers and thoughts with you and holding thumbs for your brother's full recovery!

DESERTFLOWERS/'DESERTFOX':) come back to the Oasis!

PHYL: 'sweet P' waz up?

SHARON/SHAR:) I too am enjoying the camraderie on the blog, now and again we find a 'stray coyote'
whose disposition is a little way 'off track'! :) The Blog Police is doing a fine job of putting it in the 'pound' owwwww!

Love and Light
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 10, 2005 11:52:32 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Re the questions about why having an event in Chicago versus Manhattan Beach and about no need for Joe and I to plan for a specfic hotel in Chicago: Very good questions...I thought it fair to the people who live in the Midwest and East Coast and Southeast and Canada to have an Event closer to where they live than Southern California. That just seemed fair and made sense-at least to me. Also, a lot of women who sent in their materials are from those areas. Do I have a "secret deal" with the Oprah show for them to film there??? No, I don't. I wish I did have a "deal" with them as I believe the exposure would be great for our common cause. Might they show up? Maybe, but you know as much as I do at this point. It has not been a secret that I almost did a follow-up show right after the first broadcast in April, and I have sent over 60 tapes to the Show, but I have heard nothing that would lead me to believe they will be there. I'll tell them though, that's for sure! Re us taking care of a hotel, it goes without saying, that of course you can book your own hotel room and you do not have to be where the main group is. But if you had been in MB (I'm assuming you weren't there or I doubt you would have posed the question) you would have seen the INCREDIBLE chemistry with the women there. This was something simply wonderful to witness, and I hope we can recreate that in Chicago. I'm really looking forward to the Chicago event, and many people have contacted me about attending. I do think you'll here from me early next week with the plans for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and possibly starting Sept. 29. Best wishes and have fun on the blog. Richard Roe

Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:17:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

I am thinking about sending a tape. I have some questions.

1. Are you only looking for women over 50? I read that you were at one time looking for someone 38? Do you like older women or youngs ones? I am 42.

2. What if you get to one of these exotic places and you just cannot get along with that person. Are you going to have second runner ups or are you going to just come home?

3. What if the lady you choose just cannot get along with you is she free to go home?

4. What if you find someone before you go or the first lady you choose is the "one", are you going to still go with the rest of the ladies? if yes, why?

5. What if you find someone before you go, are you still going to go through with the trips?

6. How can you decide that you're going to get along with the person without getting to know them first? At least a E-harmony or something like that you mutually get to know each other. Don't you think it would be better to write or talk on the phone first? The timeline you are describing doesn't seem to allow for that.

I guess I am just worrying about sending a video tape to a complete stranger and I am imagining what kind of person does that, though I am considering it! Can you answer my questions?

Thanks. I live in Seattle.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:54:24 PM  
prarie critter said...

Ladies of the blog, I pose the following questions to you. What are your expectations regarding accomodations? Do you expect 5 star all the way?Would you be sorely dissappointed in anything less? Would you even consider Hostels or B&B's.Could you truly enjoy a trip that was loosely structured and dominated by 'fly by the seat of your pants' planning. Or must you have a very tightly structured, pre planned trip? Just curious.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:29:24 PM  
willemina said...

Just testing this out to see if a pic appears...

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:40:31 PM  
willemina said...

My, it worked,
I had a few hours to spare (actually only took about 20 min to figure out with Linda's excellent easy to understand instructions, thanks Linda In Tucson!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:42:03 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy RR, Joe and 'posse':)
Just received a call that the DVD POP&ME has arrived at the local video store! Soo looking foward to seeing it with my three kidz especially considering my Middle Son leaves for Africa end of the month for his 6 month Internship!
Again, what incredible timing!!

Ciao for now
Love and Light
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:43:19 PM  
droma said...

Spent over an hour on Suzan's blog
explaining to Lois that I did not mean the ladies going to Chicago are doing so as an EGO TRIP. And to
meet the blogettes I would rather do that on a cruise.
RR's going to Chicago is the EGO TRIP.......than the post got lost;
maybe for the better with my poor English.

I had just gotten off a 12 Hour Shift at the Nursing Home, now I am
loosing it. ....

Thank you for clarifying Umberto's

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:57:28 PM  
Belizegial said...

Leslieinvancan , your photos on your blogsite postup are fun to look at!

Thanks for allowing us the inside view of the friendship that you enjoyed with the ladies in MB.

BTW, I loved your pedicure foot photo with Rich Roe on the NNBBSHD website! So cool to see that you both have neat feet, ha ha!! Sorry, I couldn't resist :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005 2:04:02 PM  
Merrymary said...

Happy Birthday tomorrow Melonie. I do hope you have a good one and many,many more.I have a friend in New York that worked at the WTC and was one of the lucky ones. She moved back to Portarico (spelling?) for awhile ,until she partially healed and is back in New York now. I met her this summer at Good Morning America and we email frequently and talk by phone. Willmena your picture is great and that blue dress is beautiful. MM

Saturday, September 10, 2005 2:51:42 PM  
willemina said...

Merrymary, Thank you so much for the compliment. My nephew married a wonderful girl from Harbin, China this past February and her mother had this dress tailor made just for me and it fits perfectly!
She asked me what color and I said, "surprise me". I love the color! She also made me a beautiful green jacket to wear for the New Year celebration.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:01:10 PM  
Anonymous said...

Alaska checking in:
Richard, you're right on in commenting on Anonymous's blog on Sept. 10 at 12:35:47...whoever it is has great insight into what this "search for adventure and romance" will lead to. I"m getting more anxious by the day for the selection process to come to an end, and begin "the trip".
Ciao for now, Karla

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:04:18 PM  
leslie said...

Richard Well, there you go -no reason to look further. Neat feet says it all! ;D (according to belizegial

Willemina Great to "see" you again! The dress is gorgeous and what a beautiful colour! Keep in touch.

Droma I disagree that RR going to Chicago is an ego trip! I saw him as very sincere. I could go on, but I'll leave it at that.

To the anonymous from Seattle - all those questions have already been posed and answered. If you are in doubt, don't bother. You have to be committed to the adventure and be willing to go in fearlessly with eyes wide open.

Well, time to take a break and do the Saturday crossword. Will check in again later.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:17:42 PM  
cjinsocal said...

BikingNut: Never let the events of September 11th violate your SPECIAL DAY! Happy Birthday!! Your birthday is a day to celebrate, and I can only imagine every person, and every family memeber of those who were lost would want you to celebrate LIVING! When you lose the innocence of that child-like celebration with birthday cake and candles you let evil win, and the evil ones continue to victimize all that is SPECIAL about you! Hope is about the future, because we cannot change the past...So have fun and be ALL THAT IS ALIVE for that is YOUR destiny!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:45:47 PM  
Anonymous said...

Where have all my questions been answered and who are you Leslie? I think if I am going to do a video, then Mr. Roe can answer my questions or show me where they have been answered. Who are you anyway Leslie, his personal answer person?

Anonymous in Seattle.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 4:21:52 PM  
willemina said...

To Anonymous in Seattle,
Leslie is actually a very sweet lady from Vancouver, Canada whom I've had the pleasure of meeting.
She is only letting you know that those questions have been answered in previous blogs. It is somewhat overwhelming to go through them so I can understand your having to ask them again and I'm sure you'll get your answers. Leslie is only trying to be helpful so please be nice...thanks and welcome

Saturday, September 10, 2005 4:57:52 PM  
prarie critter said...

To anonymous in seattle,I have not met Mr. Roe. If we are to believe all of the many obsevations made by so many different women, and there is no reason not too. It would appear that he is a very down to earth person. The joy of travel and some of the most memorable experiences come from unplanned, unexpected bumps in the road. Just by your comments, I think that it might be safe to assume that you are a very type A personality and must have everything just so and every second tightly orchestrated. You seem to have some misdirected hostility. As an observation, I believe that this whole concept is beyond your grasp. Leslie! You go girl.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 5:33:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

Seattle, I understand you asking those questions-but they have been answered not once but maybe a thousand times.

There are so many of us who have meet this man and he is truly a wonderful guy.

If you can't just go for it-then your not the one for him.

So I would say-forget the video, forget the trip and enjoy your life if at all possible.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:16:32 PM  
Merrymary said...

'"SOMETIMES OUR LIGHT GOES OUT BUT IS BLOWN INTO FLAME BY AN ENCOUNTER WITH ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. EACH OF US OWES THE DEEPEST THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE REKINDLED THIS INNER LIGHT"......ALBERT SCWEITZER So, thank you Richard and thank all of you for making this such an awsome chapter in our lives. I ordered Pop And Me today. It'll be a week before it comes in. Okla. is a bit slow. They had it to rent but I want to bring mine and get it autographed. I guess Chris won't be there but Richard's will do. Dreamweaver I hope you all enjoy Pop And Me tonight. MM

Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:19:36 PM  
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Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:45:36 PM  
honestgal said...

Willemina....beautiful dress for a beautiful person. It is amazing what the Asian tailors can do with a couple of measurements. A lady in Hue, Vietnam, took flash measurements one evening and in less than 24 hours presented me with a wonderful Ao-dai (dress).

Operawench...I just watched an amazing Italian film of a 'castrato' opera singer "Farinelli". Have you watched it? Beautiful music!

Ladybase....thank you for clarifying about the ages. I'm a bit sensitive about calendar ages as I'm in my late 40's and it seemed from previous blogs that the preferred age for RR is above 50 even though I've always felt more 'mature' than others in my age bracket.

Droma...Aren't the nursing home patients challenging? I too work at a hospital, but I find sitting down (if I can find the time) talking with the ones without dementia are really interesting adventures. We have one lady who is 106 and claims she was an archelologist in Africa. She is pretty accurate with her descriptions. Anyways, good luck to you!

Linda in Tucson...I think I'm getting braver. Can you send me the instructions on how to get my pic in here? Thanks!

Today was a clear morning ... great for a long bike ride. Yes, it is autumn! My white birch's leaves are turning yellow.

Hugs to all!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:09:25 PM  
leslie said...

I was wondering why my photo didn't come up with my last couple of blogs and apparently our power went out, so I had to reset everything. Put up a new photo, too.

Thx everyone for the support re Seattle Anon. After all, it's pretty far fetched to expect Richard to answer the same questions over and over again for one person who can't make a decision with 5 days remaining to get everything in.

And, Anon, you never know who I might be one day ;)

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:14:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

Regarding Anonymous in Seattle,
She is probably new to the blogs, therefore does not know the answers to the questions she is asking. Instead of being obnoxious to her, why not just tell here where she can find answers, or better yet, give her the answers yourselves. Yes, Richard has answered some of those questions, but apparently she doesn't know that. Anonymous in Seattle, you can go back to some of the previous blogs to find out some of your answers. Also, if you don't find anwers to your questions, Richard will answer them, maybe not right away, but he will answer them. He has to understand that there are new people coming on board who don't know what's been previously asked or answered.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:16:10 PM  
honestgal said...

Prarie Critter...You are not forgotton, so forgive the late entry!

I have traveled in many conditions and I have to say that for me, I personally most enriched with "flying by the seat of my pants". I have stayed in 'not even a star' hotels, waited for a train for 23 hours, been air vacced (sp) out of a country (civil war), had a camel as one of my first pets/modes of tranportation and had my behind (gluteus maximus)fall asleep on the back of a motorcycle. I haven't stayed in hostels yet, but welcome the invite. Huts yes. So yes, to answer your question, I'm open to any modes of travel...!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:29:10 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Anonymous in Seattle:
Welcome to the Blog.

I think you will find that if you go to the SB Website - and read everything posted ... and read through all of the past Newsletters, that you will find the answers to most of your questions there:

For instance, under 'Finding You' - you will find this statement - regarding age:
The woman I feel I will be the best match for me will be fit, a great traveler with a thirst for knowledge, and really-REALLY-REALLY-a lot of fun to be with. She should be at least 40 years old (thank you, Oprah!), adventurous, adaptable and open to the possibility of a long term relationship.

If you still have questions after reading Richard's prepared materials - then you might consider scanning through and reading all of the posts on the Blog - by Richard. (If you collapse the comments - you can quicky scroll through - and identify the comments that Richard has posted).

Regarding your comments to Leslie - as Willemina states - she is a great lady ... and was just making a suggestion. That is the nature of a Blog. Everybody jumps in and helps out. Just so you know, many of us have been posting here since April ... and Leslie and many others were participants in the 'Meet the Senior Bachelor' event in Manhattan Beach - so I'm sure that you can understand that we just appreciate people who 'do their homework' before asking questions that have been answered over and over ... and over. And over. : )

Happy Birthday Melanie! Enjoy tomorrow ... and celebrate your life!!

Hi Belizegial! Good to see you again. Have missed seeing you on here!

Hello Richard! Loved your comment to Merry Mary - that this will not 'be over' for the rest of our lives! Great comment!! Looking forward to seeing the arms and legs too! : )

Good Night All

Not Richard's Answer Person ... just a long-time SB Bloggette

Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:58:17 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I've been out of the loop today....did you miss me? Ha ha
Re: instructions for putting your pic on your posts, I wrote them out on my blog which you can get to by clicking on my name.
Just popped in to say g'nite Richard
Sweet dreams! Prrrrrr

Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:40:12 PM  
prarie critter said...

Ladybasecamp and honestgal,New Zealand has an awesome hostel setup. It was a great way to see and meet the KIWI's.Given a choice between a 5 star and a hostel. I will take a hostel everytime. Although I must say, I am often the oldest guest in the establishment when I travel that way. However, I have met some of the most wonderful kids. Flying by the seat of one's pants is such an incredible experience. I love it.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:15:49 PM  
Anonymous said...

It looked like everyone in M.B.had a "Great Time." I just wish the rest of us could've been there. Oh-so many beautiful ladies in one spot. I'd loved to have heard the serenade by the Oprawench. It was just oh-so nice to put some names on the faces looking oh-so sharp in M.B.
From the begining I have admitted just going to Chicago was going to be an excursion for me. I'm afraid I've been the hopeful Cinderella looking in on the wings at the "BALL." Remember I'm the one like the gal in the movie "Pretty Women," I'd need help from what clothes do I wear??? And what fork do I use???? I guess that's part of living in the rural U. S. A. But I'm Proud to say that's were I'm from!!!

I commend you for having the courage to step out of your box and do this. I again would hate to be in your shoes. The good news is I toooo have stepped out of my box by just writing to you. Learning about the blog and all of the other "GREAT LADIES," I've gotten aquainted with.
I have to admit I'm allot disapointed about not getting to be the Cinderrella looking on from the wings at the "BALL." The date for the "Windy CIty," just happens to be the date of my sons wedding.
I've been on a very long journey with my son and his dreams come before mine. I've been so blessed to have him arround four years longer than I was supposed tooo*** So this day is even more "Special,"
He will be marrying his PRINCESS!!
If you happen to have a lay over or fly into The Des Moines Airport. I'd be glad to buy you a cup of coffee. I'm about an hour and forty-five minutes from there!!! Maybe just send me one of those smiles and a twinkle from those eyes as you fly over. I just might be in my boat dreaming about
the journey I longed tooo be on***
I'm going tooo miss you gals in Chicago but, will still try to keep up with the blogging. My Blessings tooo all!!!!
Iowa Gal

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:19:32 PM  
willemina said...

Thank you honestgal for the compliment. I lived in S. Korea for 2 years and had quite a few items of clothing tailor made. You just show them a picture and they make it exactly as you want it. And they're fast too! By the way, did you figure out how to post your pic on the blog? Just click on Linda's name and it's right there on her page. It's very easy.

Leslie; I love the new pic!

Prairie critter; I know where you're coming from re the travel arrangements. I have lived a military lifestyle for over 30 years. Sometimes staying in what we call a 'guesthouse' on base. Well, we shared the kitchen facilities with maybe 10 other families, 2 stoves for 10 families and everyone wants to eat at 6 o'clock! We shared bathrooms also. I would go in and scrub the tub so that I could give my children a bath only to realize that I forgot something. Well, while I was gone, someone else went in there to start their own bath and then left it dirty for me...I learned to never do that again.
One year during Christmas we were living in the guest house in Germany and didn't have a Christmas tree so my children decided to make one. We bought green crepe paper and made an outline of a tree on the wall and my children made decorations for it. It was one of the best Christmas' ever! We even had snow that year! it was beautiful...

We usually had to wait 30-45 days for our household goods to arrive at our new location so we used cardboard boxes turned upside down for tables and sat on the floor. We borrowed dishes, etc. from a lending closet on base and returned them when ours arrived and always donated lots more back to them. The military was my family and they were good to me. We had some hard times but the military family takes care of their own. So what was my point? Sorry for rambling on like that...memories, I have lots...
I think that sometimes the unexpected turn in the road makes for some great memories...something you can't find in a 5-star hotel in the big city. I would welcome to join Richard in his unplanned adventures, it sounds exciting!

Iowa Gal; Welcome...that's wonderful that you had the couer-age to step out of the box. You sound like a person I would love to know. Congratulations on your sons upcoming wedding. Start saving for one of the cruises next year and maybe we can meet.
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Lois (Operawench) and she's a darling. She, Zoe and I talked until late Saturday night in my room. Two truly wonderful ladies.
It was exciting to know beforehand what some of the ladies looked like, When I first drove up to the hotel, I parked right next to Linda in Tucson who was just returning from Starbucks. I recognized her right away and gave her a great big hug! These women were truly amazing and I consider myself a better person to have met them. I only wish we could have had a week to really get to know everyone, but then that wouldn't have been long enough.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:59:29 PM  
Marty said...

Just got news of my training with red cross. They need 44,000 people!

Would be one way of helping. I heard only 13% of the people in the U.S. have given money to this horrible event. If we can't give money maybe we could give of ourselves-or maybe both :)

Hope all of you are doing well.

Doris your book came in, so will pick it up tomorrow-I am excited about getting it.

Pam is melting-her air went out in her car-but she is still laughing and I am so excited she is back in my life. What a great person to have as a good friend.

There is another reason to go to Chicago-you may just find a lost best friend or find a new best friend.

Best to all of you,


Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:06:13 AM  
beebah61 said...

To merrymary,

Thank you for the beautiful quote from Albert Schweitzer. I'll be memorizing it and keeping it with my fifty or so other 'all time favorite' quotes.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:26:34 AM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Beebah62...You are so welcome. Hope you have a great Sun. I'm getting ready for early church and then family here for lunch. On GMA they just did a tape from our own American turned Muslin saying Los Angelos will be next target. That is scary. It's hard to believe our own people turning on us but that was the case in the Ok. City bombing also. Take care and remember to let someone light your fire...maybe Richard?????? Love to all, Mary

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:35:43 AM  
Merrymary said...

Woops...BeeBah61...Sorry...I should have been born blond.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:39:07 AM  
droma said...

9/11, a day to ponder.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:49:17 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy Mr. ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE Richard, Joe and 'lone rangers':)
I am on my way to pick up my POP&ME DVD, we gonna chillax and watch it t'dday!

IOWA GAL: congratulations on the upcoming wedding of your Son. I would love to meet you....I feel the Cruise next year is going to be the reunion for ALL of us who have yet to connect face to face:) I too fit into the 'Cinderella Category' so you're not alone Sister! By the way thank you for your kind words in your former Post. Whatever you see in me resides within you, that is why we have to choose our words very carefully. The song by Christina Aggulera 'Words Can Bring You Down' is very true indeed! I love the part 'You Are Beautiful, no matter what they say, words can bring you down'

MERRYMARY: I will post the reaction to POP&ME as soon as we have seen it, for sure! :) I look forward to your input too!

LINDAINTUCSON: You are a character, never a dull moment:)

CLICKGIRL: thanks for the positive input on one of your former Posts!


Love and Light from the
'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. have any of you read Carlos Casteneda's Books? I have quite a story about it!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:20:41 AM  
droma said...

You ladies sure are quick to defend RR, as if he needs it.
He comes across as very sincere on the Oprah show, but the more I see,
the more I doubt the man's motives.
He is looking for a travelling companion; that is and stays clear.
I think by now he should add another F to his requirements,F like in Financially Fit.
I will see if this will pass the Blog Police on this try. Than I will make some remarks about RR's
8/24 Newsletter. Anon in Seattle, you may want to read this, especially the part about his stay in Hoi An, Vietnam. An example of RR's idea of Fun???

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:39:12 AM  
prarie critter said...

Iowa gal, Hang in there. God will put you where he wants you to be, in his own time. He answers in Yes, No and Not yet. This is just a not yet.You have taken a huge step just stepping out of the box. Now that you have started by poking a whole in the box, try to do something outside the realm of your comfot level at least once a month. For many people, it may be just going to a movie or out to dinner by yourself.Have a most marvelous time at your son's wedding. Nothing can compare to that occasion. Willemina-Your dress is absolutely fabulous.Rambling is OK. Memories are the fabric of life. Good or bad, they shape our very being. It is how we allow those memories to affect us that is important. To allow bad happenings to turn us into cynical, sarcastic, negative od bats is tragic. Embrace, analyze and learn from each event for God has put it in our path for a reason. Turn it around for His greater glory and crush satan with his sword. Let us all remember on this day, those who have fallen in the 9/11 tragedy but also all those who have given their lives in service to this great nation in all the wars, so that we may remain free. We must not forget those affected by Katrina.Many times we forget how blessed we are.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:00:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

praire critter: I say: Amen! You are such a delight. I love your posts :-)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:37:36 AM  
HeiressChild said...

good morning everyone, even though i didn't want to post on this site for a while, i couldn't help a few comments:


Second: prarie critter thank u for your encouraging words to iowa gal. sometimes we try and do things because someone else is doing it, but it may not be the right time for us, and just like u said, God leads and guides us - puts us where we He wants us to be in His own time - not our time or anyone else's time.

my daughter and I are very close, and did just about everything together. almost 2 years ago, she moved to CA. even though i grieved when she moved (because of missing her), i began to go out by myself to the movies, museums, plays, etc. sometimes we don't do things unless we have someone to do them with. i will get up and go in a minute to whatever it is i want to do now. it seems the "friends" i have here don't want to go when i do, or don't like shakespeare or always have some excuse. so i go. and i really enjoy myself. l laugh, or cry, or just talk. in other words, i'm comfortable doing those things now by myself.

this was stepping out of my box. now as i've been reading the blogs and reading about the travel experiences of the other ladies, it's giving me couer-age to plan a travel trip on my own one day. i will be flying out to CA to visit my daughter and son-in-law in november when they have their 1st baby. i've done a little traveling, not too far from home and for short periods of time, and always with someone, so this time i'll be going to the airport by myself and flying by myself until i reach CA. this is stepping out of the box for me. each of our lives is so different, yet we are all so unique in our own way.

prarie critter, u inspsired and encouraged me this morning; i just wanted to let u know.



Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:13:30 AM  
raceee said...

prarie critter - I am planning on going to New Zealand and Australia next winter probably by myself and would love to talk to you about what you experienced and any tips you can give me email me at

Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:24:15 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Good Morning!
Just checking in to say all is well in my world:)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:28:30 AM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Good Morning 'All
I would imagine is it difficult for anyone to try to catch up with all of us. Think of how much knowledge we have from reading the newsletters and bloggs.
I would like to add another "F" word, that would be FLEXIBLE - this process is all new to all of us and we are learning how it works as we go. MB had it's share of snags, but you roll with it.
It really is about the journey, when you travel alot you learn that you have to move with the tide so to speak, some of the ruts in the road can turn out to be the best parts of the journey.
I totally enourage any of you considering Chicago to just go for it. In MB we had the advantage of staying in one lovely little property. If you don't actually stay at the Chicago property, be there as much as you can as some of the best times we had in MB were before and after the planned events. Plus that will allow you the great opportunity of meeting some wonderful women.
Love to all, Michelle

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:58:43 AM  
HeiressChild said...

police blog, you're on your job. i was just getting ready to send a reply to anonymous, but u beat me to the punch with a delete. if i didn't see the comments with my own eyes, i would have thought i imagined it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:56:22 AM  
nevawatts said...

Do you think the Chicago event will evoke as much or more exposure for the cause as the MB event did?

While some of us support the cause, we are not overly enthusiastic about the exposure because of family protection, privacy issues, and/or job security.

What, if anything, is being done to protect family privacy and safety and security of participants in this endeavor?

Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:18:01 AM  
willemina said...

AKA biking nut

Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:19:14 AM  
honestgal said...

Willemina....thanks for the hint on how to drop in a picture. Now I have to futz around with that darn digital camera! I loved the story about washing your kids in the tub! Also your Christmas story! Rock on!

Praire Critter...I've been a 'lonely planet reader for awhile; I thought you had to book ahead for Is there a internet site, book or whatnot to get info on hostels? And I'm glad to hear there is NOT an age cut off...!

Biking nut....Happy Birthday! Enjoy your Special Day! Know there are a lot of folks thinking about you and wishing you happy thoughts!


Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:35:16 AM  
safari soul said...

Another voice heard from.

Richard & Ladies:

I am an unknown entity to all of you, but I have been playing catch up, reading many previous postings on Richard's blog. I feel that I have come to know those of you that are regulars.

I would like to share some life wisdom, gleaned in 20+ years of living single. Many of you already know this, but I feel life's truths can never be repeated too often.

When I first became single after a long term marriage, I thought that I was supposed to have a man to complete my life. Over time, I came to realize that a special person can bring me joy, but happiness comes from within.

Expecting one man to be all things to one woman is asking a lot of that man.

The importance of good female friends can never be overestimated. Having strong female friendships is priceless.

Those of you ladies who have bonded on the blog and are planning a giant slumber party--go for it!

A final note: regarding singles travel events.

They are great! I have been on a number of them from singles cruises to a fantastic trip to Kenya. Being part of a singles travel group will guarantee you are surrounded by fun loving people.

If your criteria for travel with a singles group is to have a wonderful vacation, you will be guaranteed a good time. If you go expecting to meet your soul mate, you most likely will be disappointed.

I think the same philosophy would serve us well in regards to travel with Richard. Like the rest of you, I hope to be one of the lucky six who get to go.

If romance should blossom, what a delight! But if the magic chemistry is missing, whoever goes will return home with memories of a fabulous trip and the beauty of a new friendship with Richard.

And, while I value my friendships with my female friends, I equally value the friendships I have with many males in my life

Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:53:56 AM  
HeiressChild said...

i'm still catching up on the blogs. willemina, enjoyed reading your stories about your miliary life experiences. it goes to show how we can make make much out of little - how we can make do with what we have until we can get more, or do better. some of the best times are in the hardest times because we learn it's not the tangible things that are important, but it's family and friends - our loved ones.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:58:06 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha ROE ROE ROE your boat gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily merriy, LIFE IS BUT A DREAM!
I am now looking at the DVD POP& step closer to seeing it:)
Spent a good part of the day in the beautiful sunshine and the cool breeze! Okay time to watch the documentary...take care y'all
'till the next Post;)
Love and Light
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:07:07 PM  
Anonymous said...

from Sheila:
oops! sorry for the mis-spelling, prarie critter :-( I knew I should have previewed my message before sending it - typing was never my strong suit!

Happy Birthday, Melanie! I'm so glad you're here, blessing our world.

Willemina, you look absolutely beautiful in that shade of blue!

For all those who might be interested in some resources for senior travel: is the International Hostel network's site. You'll find plenty of links there to get you started. I've also stayed at hostels, met some incredible people from around the world, and have very fond memories from those adventures. is for the 55+ traveler and is another great way to go, especially if you want to add some education to your traveling experience.

If you're interested in finding other links to websites that offer exotic adventure for seniors (eldertreks), walking tours for seniors, etc. I'd suggest going to and clicking on the "Senior Travel" link on the left. They've devoted an entire page to people like us . . .

And, last but not least . . . Go, Steelers! Sorry, I just had to say that - I'm from Pittsburgh :-)


Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:19:38 PM  
dr oma said...

Dear Ladies of the Blog,

I would like to present to you a reality check as to THE MAN:
You are dreaming of a 0.2% chance to spend 1 month with a stranger
(2 the first 2 mo.) in some part of
3 Continents, all with different cultures, that are foreign to the USA. You do not know much else about the trips, except that the travelling portion will be paid for by HIM.
Your knowledge of RR is scant and only from what he has said, none backed up by action so far.
Some of you had a few MINUTES with him. Is that enough for you to commit yourself to a person for
1 month? To be somewhere neither he nor most likely you have enough
knowledge to get around unprepared,
and tackle the unexpected?
And without anyone knowing where exactly you are?
It took RR 4 MONTH TO LET US KNOW that he does not speak, much less is able to read, any foreign
language. And I pulled that out of him with asking this
specifically several times.

RR himself said, in the beginning, that anyone can say something, but it is their actions that are PROOF.
OK, lets' look at his "actions" to prepare for these trips: He goes to
SE Asia Dec. 2004. By his own words, these trips consist of unplanned excursions into the country side, mostly by CHEAP local
transportation, in CHEAP Hotels.
He said he was getting to long in the tooth for that, so hopefully your conditions will be better. And
you all are real troopers that do not mind some inconveniences.

What will happen when the reservations have not been made or
are not kept by the Hotel? This is
the part that realy bothers me, how
RR discribes his DECEPTIVE AND PREPARED FOR ACTIONS in his 8/28 Newsletter: "whipping out my most
IMPRESSIVE business card" THAT IS A FAKE!!!! Would you do that?
"I reached into my bag and pulled out the DVD version of POP&ME
(Ha, take that, SCHMUCK!!!) something I had been saving for just such an occasion. I thrust it
SMUGLY WATCHED as Mr. Vinh slowly came to the realization how exceptionally fortunate that he, and his Hotel might,just might, be
to have me as a guest."
Mr. Vinh in his honesty would not even think that he is being deceived and lied to. So the SCHMUCK extends himself to this gloating American.

Yes, this blogging has been something very, very special for us
ladies. But that was not of RR's making, in fact, this was totally unexpected and surprising to him.
But than it would be to most men.

Any busted bubbles? THEY ARE JUST BUBBLES!!! We become a little foggy when a man is willing to commit.

If this gets past the blog police,
please wait with the flogging until
after Christmas, I got too much going to not be able to walk, and after than should be able to recover in time for skiing.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:44:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

bla, bla, bla.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:06:40 PM  
willemina said...

Today is 9/11-A day which changed our lives forever. Let us never forget...God Bless America

prairie critter; You have a wonderful way with words! Thanks for the encouragement. I too was a little slow getting on the blogs but am feeling more comfortable now.

safari soul; Welcome to the wonderful world of Richard Roe's blog. You'll find many funny, witty, loving, caring, truly wonderful people here with a heart of gold and then a few others... well I just won't say anything because I'd rather just forget about them.

Sylvia aka heiresschild;
Congratulations on becoming a grandmother soon! Is this going to be your first grandchild? I know that California is a rather large state but if you'll be anywhere near me, I would love to meet you!

Thank you everyone who has commented on my blue dress. I wish I could give one to each of you, that would make me so happy :)

If anyone is interested, I have posted some pictures on my blog. Just click on my name here in blue and it will take you there...

I am going to cook dinner for my 84 year young mother now. I will check back in with the blog later this evening.

Have a beautiful Sunday

Ellen aka droma;
I don't remember you being so uptight in previous blogs? Everyone has the right to their opinion but I think most of us understand what the travel arrangements might be and we are willing to take that chance. Thank you for being concerned about our welfare but most of us are fairly independent and can take pretty good care of ourselves and if for some reason we're not happy with the circumstances at the moment, we'll do something about it...
I really have enjoyed reading some of your previous posts and was even going to comment once or twice but chose not to. My mother is an Oma too as she's from Holland. Where do you live in Germany? I love Germany and spent about 7 years there altogether.
I don't think your comments will be deleted beacause they really are not offensive to anyone, you're just stating your opinion.
Thank you...

Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:13:53 PM  
willemina said...

I would like to make a correction to my previous comment to dr oma;
Her statements were a little offensive to Richard and I don't think he deserved that. Maybe she didn't see the humor behind Richard doing the things he did while; using his video to get a room at the hotel. I for one found that to be very funny! When I was living in Korea, I knew of someone who flashed his American Express card to get onto the base as he left his ID at home. It worked! The card was green, the same color as an active duty ID card. That's kind of scary though to know that anyone can do that and it's not a good thing for the safety of America. But in Richard's case, he was not hurting anyone.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:25:02 PM  
Anonymous said...

Humor it was NOT
Ugly American it was!!
Maybe you lived too long on the base. Try the local economy for for awhile.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:37:54 PM  
devil's advocate said...

Dr. Oma, pardon the interruption.

Everyone is an adult on this site and knows full well the consequences of entering this type of traveling arrangement.

None among us are perfect, I challenge you to find a perfect man or woman.

One of qualities I find endearing about Richard Roe is his sense of humor. It may be a bit avant-garde for some like yourself, but in the end he means no real harm. I certainly don't think it sufficient evidence to label him one way or the other.

Don't rain on anyone's parade, it's just not fair. Thanks for giving love, romance and adventure a fighting chance.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:21:40 PM  
Anonymous said...

from Sheila:

How's this for the unexpected...


An older couple were lying in bed one night. The husband was falling asleep but the wife was in a romantic mood and wanted to talk.

She said: "You used to hold my hand when we were courting."

Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second and tried to get back to sleep.

A few moments later she said: "Then you used to kiss me."

Mildly irritated, he reached across, gave her a peck on the cheek and settled down to sleep.

Thirty seconds later she said :"Then you used to bite my neck"

Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed.

"Where are you going?" she asked.
"To get my teeth!"

Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:35:29 PM  
Merrymary said...

Hi Friends, Well I had my 17 kids and a fun day it was. It's good to have them but now I've gotta clean up the cute little hand prints on the doors and windows and the crumbs in the floor but how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family. We talked about Christmas and decided not to exchange gifts for the first time but to put our money in a pot and send to Noah's Wishing Well for animals(we're all animal lover's ). I had seen on here where someone had contributed. Can anybody tell me about it? Also, my 8 greatgrandkids put their piggy bank change in an Angel can to send to Operah's angel network...coming to $74.80 total. I think they have a truly giving spirit. Of course they are all little dolls. Willimena, you should write a book. My son and daugher in law were at Ft. Ralley in Ks. and we'd drive up there about once a mo. to see them and they lived in military housing...2 story with 1 bath and it was upstairs. They made life long friends and have alot of great stories of those days. Will you be in Chicago? I want to meet you and be your friend. That goes for all of you. Richard is right this has become a bonding experience and I am so happy I saw Operah's rerun. I can't wait to hear the review of Dreamweaver on Pop and Me. I ordered 2 from SamGoodie here in Tulsa and 2 from Amazon and will bring them for autographing and give 3 as gifts. Thanks Prarie Critter for a moving and beautiful message...Reminds me of "For everything there Is a season"from Ecclesiastics I think and there was a beautful song too. My family watched my video I sent to Richard and got a really big laugh....said it needs to go to America's Funniest Home Movies. I'm NOT in it to win, just for fun. I've had my soulmate and he's waiting for me in heaven and if God wants me to have another it will happen in his good time.....Call me old fashioned. I believe God is a "HE". Hopefully we can start booking flights to Chicago tomorrow and meet face to face and tell our war stories. Much Love, MM

Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:51:08 PM  
soft_rain said...

Just some silly Sunday reading.

Those whos name begin with ( R )

Does this sound like you Richard.

You are a no nonsence, action oriented individual.

You need someone who can keep pace with you and who is your intellectual equal, the smarter the better.

You are turned on more quickly by a great mind than by a great body.

However, physical attractiveness is very important to you.

You have to be proud of your partner.

You are privately very sexy, but you do not show this outwardly.

If your new lover is not all that great in bed, you are willing
to serve as teacher.

Sex is important; you can be a very
demanding playmate.

Hmmmm....I wonder.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:01:03 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Hey Richard!
October 1st would be an excellent weekend for Chicago! I have some ladie friends who want to meet you. Keep smiling! Hope to see you again! Michelle

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:11:32 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Richard is working very hard reviewing the final material submissions- the deadline for submission is post-marked September 16. As always, I am here to help to answer questions and to work with logistics, etc.

Thank you for all the terrific comments about the support found on this blog-- and thank you to the Ladies of the Blog for taking the time to answer questions that Richard hasn't the time to answer now. Leslie, Clickgirl, Auburnmichelle, Willemina and others. To the various Anonymous commenters, these Ladies have been on the Senior Bachelor Blog for a long time and have asked many of the same questions you are now asking. In addition, they came to the Manhattan Beach Event and heard Richard's answers firsthand to these and other questions. Please listen to their answers and respect the fact that they are trying to help you. If something is mis-stated or is incorrect, we'll try our best to correct it. Don't get yourself deleted by being rude and disrespectful.

There have been several assertive statements regarding a few subjects that I can address. All we ask is that if you have a concern, just ask a question. Please do not speculate- ask. The information on the website, the newsletters and the blogs is very carefully written (Richard has several of us review it) so please read these resources carefully and your questions may be answered.

As to concerning ourselves with the "small stuff". Well, the details are very important for such a meeting. Our overriding goal is to make the Event as affordable as possible and the Ladies who are coming comfortable, secure and relaxed so they can enjoy themselves with Richard and each other. No one need stay where we choose to stay or follow any of our recommendations. Continue traveling alone if you like.

Regarding "droma's" comments- if I can understand your diatribe it sounds as though you are asking can the Ladies he chooses expect the same kind of travel experience Richard describes in his Vietnam stories. He has stated several times (I don't have the time to research for you) that he will not be doing that kind of Adventure travel with his Perfect Traveling Companion. He was asked that question many times in MB and he answered it the same way. That is the way he likes to travel when he is alone and it is a challenge for him. So, please, ask questions and don't speculate on matters that can be so easily answered.

"Neva" asks "What, if anything, is being done to protect family privacy and safety and security of participants in this endeavor?" You can read the release on the website on the "Finding You" page on the Senior Bachelor website under item 4.

Thanks, Ladies!


Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:11:55 PM  
leslie said...

I am going to continue to have wonderful memories of my days in MB meeting Richard and all the other wonderful women, with whom I feel I've made long-lasting friendships. I will ignore all the caustic and catty comments and pray that everyone finds some sort of peace in their lives.

If anyone is interested, come on over to my blog to see some photos taken today of my darling little 20-month-old grandson. He gave his Mommy a thick lip today when he threw a truck and it hit her. She's icing it constantly but poor thing, she is hurting! And of course Noah has no idea of what he's done. He was so loving with all of us today - hugs galore!

It is a beautiful day here in Vancouver - sunny and warm, but in the evenings you can now feel a teeny nip of Fall in the air. Oh how I miss the feel of that warm, soft sand sliding between my cute toes. I want to come back, Richard.

soft rain I like your posting today. So, Richard what do you think? Is she right on the money? Sounds good to me. :D

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:19:04 PM  
HeiressChild said...

sheila, right on time again with your wit and humor. THANKS. much needed right about now. sometimes reading the blogs lately can wear a sista out with all of the different tonage (?is that a word for different tones? if not, i like it anyway!)

willemina, thanks for the congrats. this will be my daughter's 1st baby (girl). my son has 2 daughters, ages 5 months and a 5-yr old about to turn 6 yrs old on sept 30th, so that makes me a 3rd time grandmother. my daughter lives in san bernardino, and i have a brother who lives in clovis, ca so i know we'll have a reunion while i'm there.

what part of cali are u in? it is a large state, but perhaps i'll be able to work something out to meet you. that would be nice. u'd be the 1st person i'd be meeting from the blogs. how far are u from mb where rr, joe, and some of the ladies were the other week?

one thing i like about commenting on the blogs is we have a freedom to say whatever (some sites more than others); however, we still have to be respectful of one another. respect doesn't mean we call people names or insult them.
we've had an "anon" person on the blogs for a while that does just that. i don't know if this "anon" is the same one, but to this "anon," you are so rude. that was so ugly to say that to Willemina. it wasn't even necessary. u can state an opinion or make a statement without being so rude and crude.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:24:49 PM  
neva said...

Thank you Joe for responding to the safety and privacy question.

I am well aware of the public nature of the tape as covered in Finding you #4.

However, my question related more to the Chicago event and the safety of participants in Chicago since Chicago is the only US city where I previously felt unsafe when visiting.

The fact that there seems to be an increased interest in additional exposure for "the cause" seems to concern others as well as it relates to protecting our families.

Is the answer the same? If so, I believe some of us will be withdrawing our interest in Chicago.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:28:04 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:31:11 PM  
Franny said...

Racee -

Check out

When I spent the Northern Hemisphere winters in Australia I always stayed in a Hostel in Melbourne.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:10:22 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

I have receved quite a few e-mails from many of the wonderful ladies who have been involved with this endeavor for many months, and they wonder why I haven't deleted one writer in particular, who is very nergative and cetainly not "in the loop nor the running." First of, Leslie is GREAT. We sat next to each other at dinner at RockNfish the last night in MB and I found her to be very intelligent and charming. Truly a terrific lady. And I agree with what she wrote-about ignoring the caustic and catty comments. I actually laugh at them, that's why I don't delete them!! Or have my "blog posse"
delete them. Those negative words speak volumes about the writer. Volumes!!!! And all of us "in the know" know what's going on. This is an individual who clearly knows she (or he, who knows??) would never even be remotely considered to be on the Journey, and well, you know what I mean. So consider laughing at the comments the way I do. Re fear in Chicago. If I felt that way, I'd not go. I adore Chicago and feel very safe there, but to the writer who does not, I think you would be better off not putting yourself in an uncomfortable position. Re privacy, anybody who understand what this endeavor is all about, knows this is not a private matter, and the press will continue to cover the story. I do know certian people for various reasons cannot be in the public eye, and if that is the case, I would suggest similar advice about not putting oneself in an uncomfortable situation. To 99% of you wonderful ladies of the blog, and readers of the newsletters, and active participants, my sincere thanks. It has been so great to have met so many truly fantastic women. Respectfully, Richard Roe P.S. I just made reservations for myself, Joe and Umberto for Chicago for Thursday, Sepember 29, arriving in the late afternoon, and returning Sunday afternoon, October 2. I still don't have the hotel, but will shortly. I feel if you are planning to come to Chicago (and please do, we are looking at a GREAT time) I would make your travel arrangements. And keep tuned to the blog for any changes, but I feel confident those will be the dates. RR

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:23:39 PM  
HeiressChild said...

sheila, would u post your joke on the nnbbsh/clickgirl's site so those who don't come here can enjoy the joke as well? thanks.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:26:14 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Oops, sorry for the typo in the comment I just posted. Misspelled negative. Hmm. RR

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:54:15 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha Richard...Joe and 'posse':)
BRAVO for an incredible 'down to earth' heartwarming, honest and 'open' journey/bonding that ocurred between you and Chris in POP&ME. I laughed...cried....went through the gammit of emotions and identified with a lot of what was said and experienced! I was so surprised and happy to see a bit of my home Cape Town South Africa and recognised the Cape Town Harbour where I loved going for THE most amazing Fish&Chips!!!!!!:)
This DVD is a TREASURE as it captures the raw emotions ..a la script just go with the flow and whatever transpires is captured on film ....precious memories!
His Holiness Dalai Lama on Larry King tonite, be sure to His Holiness's sense of humour, although tonite may be more of a serious interview!
Richard I say it again, after seeing POP&ME...beautiful sultry blue the beard and your curly Silver hair! What handsome Sons you have....Like Father Like Sons!Loved the jumping on the bed scene...too much, kinda thing I would do if given half the chance!:)
Love and Light
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:59:47 PM  
leslie said...

Richard Wow! Such chivalry! Feel free to rush to my defence any time - not that I need it here. :D (I love a good laugh, too.)

Have fun in Chicago, but don't forget the "intelligent and charming" lady that shared your drink in MB.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:08:31 PM  
connie said...

Richard-- new subject! -- you said you took the PerfectMatch evaluation-- so what type are you??

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:12:22 PM  
honestgal said... are a true gentleman, with emphasis on 'gentle' for enduring the sometime 'catty' comments. Bravisimo!

Thanks ladies for the info on backpacking and hostels. Appreciate.

Safari soul...keep blogging!

Leslie...Is there a mean bone in your body?

Hugs to all.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:19:56 PM  
Merrymary said...

Hi VJ Dreamweaver, Thanks for the report. I can hardly wait until my Pop and Me dvds come in. Blockbuster had rentals but I want to be an owner so I ordered them and it may be a week but that way I can take them to Chicago for autographs from THE STAR. Will you be in Chicago? Hope so.
I've sure gotten old.I've had 2 by -pass surguries,a hip replacement,new knees,fought cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind,can't hear anything quiter than a jet engine,take 40 different medications that make me dizzy,winded,and subject to blackouts...have bouts with dementia, have poor circulation,hardly feel my hands and feet anymore....can't remember if I'm 85 or 92....have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license......(;
Do u think Richard will be interested???????? I shouldn't even joke about stuff like that but I just got that from one of my email buddies I worked with at Grand Lake. Maybe if Richard reads that it will make him pleasantly suprised to see a spry 64 year old that still has her child in her and it comes out quite frequently.....could that be my 2nd childhood???
Thanks again. I certainly enjoy your blogs. Okie (not from Muskogee) Have you heard that song???

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:23:02 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Is that Connie as in dancingirl also known as ceeso? It was soooo much fun to spend some time with you in MB! Lunch at the sushi place (but we didn't do sushi...go figure) and the mini pajama party that I pooped out on. You are so photogenic, I love the pics we got of you! Richard she is a keeper (and Leslie too!)
Not to leave anyone out...those aren't my only picks but HEY I don't get to vote!

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:26:32 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

I would just like to recognize you for your extremely positive and patient persona on the web. You are so patient and step up to explain things, to even the most negative posters. WOW so non judgemental too. I really enjoy your posts.

Gotta go get ready for my big trip on the Mediterranean now. I LOVE ITALY!!! :-)

Ciao,καλή νύχτα,bonne nuit

Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:04:48 PM  
Operawench said...

Good Evening Ladies and Richard,

Richard, thank you for your kind comment about my post. I truly enjoy writing as a whole but especially on this Blog!

HonestGal, I have not heard of the singer Farinelli, I'll have to check on that film, sounds great. Fortunately the Counter Tenors of today get to keep all of their body parts unlike the Castrati of the I heard an awesome Counter Tenor last season at the San Diego Opera where I sing as a chorus member. He was in our production of "Die Fledermaus". This upcoming season at San Diego Opera in one of our productions we will have 2 Counter Tenors singing! Seeing 2 Counter Tenors in one room is a rare sight!

Willemina, It was fun for Zoe and I to visit with you and see all your photos from China! I felt like I was actually there! The country is developing so fast it would be fascinating to visit there. Along with all of the other ladies I love the blue dress and wish I had one in that color!

Iowa Gal, It was my great pleasure to have had the opportunity to sing for Richard and the Ladies! It was great fun for me as singing always is. Congratulations on your Son's upcoming Nuptials! I should mention to you that I grew up in a rural life style. My parents were ranchers in Washington State where I was born and raised. You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl! Even though I live in the nation's 7th largest city I still have my country values and am proud of them!

I'm jumping up on my "soap box" again because it's such good
First of all,WHAT'S WRONG WITH HAVING AN EGO????? Anyone worth their stuff has an ego. People who have achieved great things have an ego! Our country wouldn't have been formed unless there were some men in Philadelphia with egos! So if Richard is seen to have an ego, more power to him!!! Actually I find that a bit attractive in a man. In retrospect the Richard I met wasn't egotistical at all. He was humbled by the MB experience of all of these women choosing to come and meet him, choosing being the operative word here. To be truthful it was all of us women who had to have egos to be able to go to such an event as Meet the Senior Bachelor.

To participate in this Journey with Richard takes some RISK! I believe it was in Scott Peck's book "The Road Less Traveled" that he mentions that in order to truly love you must take on risk. To be truthful this Journey is a glorified blind date in some aspects! I can usually discern if I want to go on a blind date by hearing a few details about the person. I believe Richard has been as open as anyone in his position can be. One has to believe he is a man of integrity or he isn't, I happen to believe he has integrity. I was skeptical about the Journey at first. I did my research though. I read every jot and tittle of this website called Senior Bachelor. I "googled" as much as I could to find out more info and I found some good stuff. Then I bought the DVD "Pop and Me" because all of the reviews I read were very positive. Talking about risk....the whole film is about risk and volunerability from a section of the planet's population that you don't normally see that happening...MEN!!
Even though it's been almost 10 years since the film was shot the Richard I saw in the film is pretty much the Richard that I met in MB. So maybe this Journey isn't so much of a blind date after all.......

Ok, time to Bungee Jump off the "soap box" woohoo!!!!
(disclaimer: this Bungee jump is done on the relative safety of this Blog, and won't be risked by the writer in a real life situation)

Love to you all, A risk I am willing to take....:)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:05:31 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello everyone,
It sounds like the Chicago event is finally coming together and I am so excited about it. And since there were things learned from MB we will be the beneficiaries of the new plans.
For anyone hesitating to come to Chicago -only you will be the one to look back and wish you would have. With all this warm weather the city is still decked out with her beautiful foilage and gorgeous flowers everywhere. You will be impressed. There is so much to see and do that I hope you give a bit of extra time to take a look around. I truly believe that we, in the Midwest, are the salt of the earth and the friendliest people anywhere. (It's a known fact.) People come from all over to study the city's architecture and we have so many things to take in that you will want to not only participate in the SB event but stay awhile to tour the city. We have free old time trollies that will take you all over and you can get off and on anywhere they go. I won't even begin to list the points of interest because there are far too many. Navy Pier, Millenium Park, the Art Museum, Michigan Avenue, just to name a few.
So, come and join in on all the fun with Richard, Joe, Umberto, the crew, and all of the bloggers that you have only read about online. It will be a terrific opportunity to network with a group of terrific women.
I, for one, will be there and hope to meet all of you then.
See you soon.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:30:32 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Here are some useful travel links: One of my favorites for deals Good magazine too, good tips Gives you an idea of the weather deals for the Caribbean Seats on planes Instant translator that helps with reservations, etc. London rentals London Travel pass travel consolidators/ cheap airfare

Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:42:22 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Thanks Joe and Loves 2 Travel. Appreciate your nice words. I figure - 'life is just too short'.

Hey Loves 2 Travel - can I come too? I love the Mediterranean! : )

Oh - Joe - I signed up for Nancy's 'weekly' Email updates. I just love her writing! And - thanks to you and your sweet daughter for getting one of the red heart bracelets.

Good Night All. Pleasant Dreams.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:51:26 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Richard Hope tomorrow brings the news so many are waiting to hear.
Sweet dreams Prrrrrrr

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:32:11 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

You have no idea how hard,I was looking for someone to go with me. I get great last minute deals through work. I am going with my aunt, as she also likes to travel. I promise I'll drop you a line the next time I'm looking for someone to travel with!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:35:39 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Thanks Loves 2 Travel! Several of us have been talking about getting groups together to travel ... and have several ideas of trips that we are considering as well - so I'll keep you posted on that.

Have a fantastic trip ... and take lots of pics for your Blog!

Warm regards,


Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:38:44 PM  
willemina said...

Hello merrymary;
It sounds like you have a very special loving family...lucky you and lucky me because I do too!
My 2 grandaughters usually spend Saturday nights with me but last night they went to their other grandma. They did call me to tell me they love me and miss me though.
They are 5 and 7 and I adore them. I had to come home from MB last Sat. night because I didn't want to let them down, otherwise I would have loved to stay one more night and have that last dinner with Richard and the ladies...
I really want to go to Chicago but hadn't planned on it...I want to meet you too! Hey, Let's be friends anyway! You go and have a wonderful time and write to let me know how it's going, ok? I just know it will be as magical as it was in MB thanks to the charming Mr. Richard Roe and friends.

lady base camp; So glad you enjoyed my stories. I have lots more. You mentioned Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane. She lives in my area and I have seen her shopping in my local grocery store from time to time.

Shiela; Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I am located on the central coast of CA. Midway between LA and SF on the 101 FWY. I am familiar with Clovis (118 mi NE) and San Bernardino is about 260 miles from where I live (80 mi E of MB). Maybe we can meet halfway somewhere? Let me know what your plans are. I'm sure you'll want to spend all of your time with your new grandaughter and that's fine. Just send me an e-mail thru my blog. And thanks for sticking up for me on the blog. I've already forgotten about it.

lois aka operawench; You are so much fun! I loved meeting you! You're a jewel and I'm glad to call you my friend.

Richard; This has been a busy day for me...the most blogging I have ever done in one day...I guess I missed having my grandaughters around today and had too much spare time. I wish I was going to Chicago because I want to meet you all over again. My heart was going pitter patter and I felt like a teenager again. Thanks for the memories and I hope it's not over for me...sweet dreams

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:41:42 PM  
droma said...

What always amazed me about Opera singers is that they can speak any language without an accent, even if they did not know what they were
In the street where my parents lived in Frankfurt the Americans had their Opera stars living next door (gammar?). It was always exciting to watch these neighbours perform.
Just don't ever ask an Opera singer to take a deep breath, you'll have to wait a long time to finish listening to their

Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:03:11 PM  
Ada said...

Willemina, Not sure you will get this. You don't accept anons so I started the process but I don't know if it went thru. Ditto on the dress from me + it's easy to find you when scrolling. I remembered Harbin from rtoddking.'s site in 2003. Ladies get lost in this man's photos. And I don't like the cold but would be willing to go to Harbin for this festival after seeing his photos. Was in Ottawa's & loved their festival. It's called Winterlude & their river becomes the largest ice rink. You see business people with briefcases going to work by iceskating. Thanks for reminding of this lovely memory. Ada

Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:18:42 PM  
Operawench said...


Loved your post! You're right about singing in different languages without an accent. I've sung in German, Latin, Italian, Spanish,French,English and la la la. I don't have an accent with any of

I'm trying to remember if you were at MB or not? If you were then you heard me sing and yes I can hold a note into next
If you weren't there then you will have to be satisfied to know that I "love" listening to my lungs fill with air. It's called breathing and I'm happy to be still doing

I'm having too much fun
Really I love German folk and have a couple of German friends that accept my humor. I loved both times that I traveled in Germany by train. Americans are a weird, funny bunch of people.

Oh by the way Droma, you were concerned that Richard didn't speak or read any language except for English. Umberto speaks at least 5 languages and I know 3(besides English)enough to get by. Richard will be in very good hands traveling with us....:D

Hang in there with us Droma, it's fun having you along for the ride.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:51:06 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:12:56 PM  
connie said...

Linda in Tucson -- you were determined to get me back on the blog, sister, and you did it. ( I was having a hard time after all that "nergativity")
Yes, Connie=dancingirl=ceesoo. I will forevermore just post as Connie to keep it simple, though I know that IowaGirl and SBsister1 are also Connies. Thanks, Linda for the sweet comments -- that ladies, is CLASS-- to encourage everyone in this venture while nurturing your own hopes.

Some of you have seen and commented on my photo blowing bubbles on the MB beach (on ForestHillsSuzan blog). I have made it my credo to NEVER forget what is important. Aren't bubbles a good reminder? They are magical, elemental, beautiful and full of joy. I carry them often and would always have them with me on my world travels with RR!

On my way home from MB at my connecting flight, there was a little girl just having a terrible time with her Daddy. She was wailing away-- her cries filling the airport terminal -- the travails of travel just too much for her little self.. I left my seat in Starbucks and just started walking toward her blowing bubbles. SHe stopped in wonder at this unexpected sight. Her Daddy--SO grateful. I just whispered "These are for you" and put them in her little hand and walked back to my coffee with many thumbs-up from nearby patrons.

So simple.

Let us never forget how blessed we are, wake everyday with gratitude in our hearts and a prayer for wisdom in thought, word and deed. It's a good way to never forget what is important.

Thanks, Linda and Brenda , keepers of the sisterhood.

And Suzanne,wherever you are, eternal thanks from many us for your spirited encouragement to go to MB. I believe you are personally responsible for getting at least 20 of us there!

Best to all.

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:09:42 AM  
Ms. J said...

Hello Richard and Ladies. Looks like you guys are having all the fun. What are you going to do with all of the videos, etc. that you receive after your Chicago trip? Will we still have an opportunity to me you, or have we missed out on a great opportunity? SKJ

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:18:25 AM  
Anonymous said...

Ms J -- There will be NO videos after the Chicago trip. The deadline is Sept 16! It appears that there may be a SB cruise next summer if you still want to meet RR.

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:33:54 AM  
BikingNut said...

Women of the Blog - thank you all for the special birthday wishes and I do celebrate my birthday each year but I also have my two minutes of silence for those families who lost so much on 9/11.
So that said I did have a wonderful birthday day with many surprises and some great laughs.
Operawench - a vertual bungee jump - made laugh. Now go for the real thing. I am not an opera goer but would love to hear you perform.
Keep the humor coming -
to all have a great day.

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:37:19 AM  
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Monday, September 12, 2005 10:50:21 AM  
Anonymous said...

Okay RR and ladies - I laughed so hard at the "nergative /nerd + Negative" comment that I almost wet my pants. Seriously I think you have invented a new word for the Webster. I can't wait to meet all you fabulous ladies in Chicago -I just booked my flights. Who is coming in on Thursday? I have enjoyed reading the ladies of the blog and keep up the positive spirits. Afterall it IS all in fun! It is all about the Chemistry - that will determine the outcome for us RR and you really can't force that. And it has to work both ways.
Take care and I look forward to meeting everyone in Chi-cago!
Paula in Florida

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:51:58 AM  
Anonymous said...

OOPS - I meant to say the chemistry for us AND RR.. .it is a two way street..
Paula in Florida

Monday, September 12, 2005 11:03:06 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Hi Paula in Florida -
I just booked my flights also! I'll be arriving at O'Hare at 12:58 PM on Thursday. At what time will you arrive? Now all we need is the name of the hotel. Keep in touch.


Monday, September 12, 2005 11:06:31 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hello, Have been off the blog since Friday afternoon. Very busy with a flea market to raise money for the survivors of Katrina. Anyway, I have just read all of this and I am laughing, laughing and laughing. And, I will not comment on any of the fighting. I feel certain that some of my snippy comments won't be appreciated by a few others. I just wanted to chime in and say to the lady that mentioned the safety of Chicago. All the big cities have huge crime rates and danger. The big city I live in has one has one of the highest crime rates
in the nation. If I may, I will say this: When I was seventeen my Irish, New Yorker Daddy met me in Chicago to introduce me to the world. The first thing he told me was, "Janie, I want you to stay off of South Clark Street". I think this was a very dangerous street back then, and probably still is. I did not go anywhere near South Clark St. My Daddy was a world traveler, via the Navy and the Merchant Marines and he know a lot. I am an Irish Gypsy just like my Dad was, but I have a sense of security about me. If you go to Chicago, just walk with assurance, stand tall and stay with a group and ask the taxi drivers where not to go. My experience with Chicago, so very long ago ended up being a good one. In fact I got my first job there and got my S/S card there. It's a GREAT city.
So, go to Chicago, and check it all out. Just don't put yourself in any unsafe situations.
Just a little advice from a little seventeen year old girl from so "Long Ago and Far Away. "All the Best", ANONYMOUS, Lady Jayne

Monday, September 12, 2005 11:31:08 AM  
gold&spice said...

To bikingnut "happy beginning of a fabulous new year!"

Monday, September 12, 2005 12:07:43 PM  
connie said...

Richard-- Did the LA power outage affect you?? If you respond --we know it didn't!! Hope you, friends and family and all are OK....

Monday, September 12, 2005 2:03:04 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy in Ohio / Paula in Florida
I will already be there (whereever "there" is) : ) - my flight gets in early at around 9:30am - it was the only flight from Ft Lauderdale I could get before evening. I will ask at the front dest to let any ladies who check in for the SB event to know my room number so maybe we can meet up. I may not get into my hotel room that early so I will be wondering around aimlessly for awhile. I might just have to go shopping!
Paula in Florida

Monday, September 12, 2005 2:20:58 PM  
Nergative said...

Spats on the blog, my, my.
One is allowed to voice an opinion,
but if it is disagreeable to some the claws come out. Even Joe's, on droma's "diatribe". I want to defend her some:
If you read all of her post, she is aware of Richard's change from his usual travelling ways, since he himself now is too long in the tooth for it. lol
She also credits the ladies as being troopers that will and can put up with problems.
Anyone that has spent some time in
Northern Europe knows how honest
people are there. To them if it is not true, it is not honest, even if "funny" to us. They can not understand Americans' bragging, to them it is telling lies. We are so used to it, we take it for granted and all do it.

On a lighter note, Fun, Fun,
Chicago here we come!!! Just walk outside in groups,ladies or have one of the SB group guard you.

Illinois FFFF & Fairy

Monday, September 12, 2005 3:18:11 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy Blue-Eyed Boy:)RR, Joe .....(RR's Right Hand Man:) 'Posse' and gals on the blog!
Oooh like the beautiful colour of the TBIRD...what a grand entrance to the Manhattan Beach Soiree by The Leading Man!
I am off to enjoy the Toronto Film Festival vibe with my 'three'...gonna shmooz and have FUN FUN FUN:) it is exciting to have 'All The Stars Come Out At Night':) for one week in the city!
Then we'll return to watch POP&ME as my 'three' did not watch it with me yesterday, so I'll see it once again:) and am sure will see stuff I missed on 'the first round' :) By the way Richard you are sooooo lovable, bad mood...good mood, any 'ole mood:)
like the boyishness in you!
carpe diem
from the 'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Some Enchanted Evening...You will See A Stranger....You Will See A Stranger Across A Crowded Room

Monday, September 12, 2005 3:28:48 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

For sure the power outage affected the blog. There were 107 comments around 6:30 this morning and now only 116. Keep tuned for CHICAGO. I am awaiting one phone call to firm things up. I hope to know before the end of the day. And if "this" comes through, we will be a happy group!! Ciao for now, RR P.S. I am happy everybody appreciates the new word I accidentally created "nergative." Ha ha

Monday, September 12, 2005 3:30:43 PM  
onrynurse said... we have 2 new words!!

Scrollitis and nergative!!

Awaiting the announcement......!!

Missed the blog the weekend but workin girl, here had no puter time!!


Monday, September 12, 2005 3:41:00 PM  
marty said...

Doris-where are yoooooooooou?

Paula same goes for you??

Please e-mail me if you get this.


Monday, September 12, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Ada, Thank you for your comments on the Harbin Ice Festival. The pictures are nice but it's even more amazing to be there. They had quonset huts to warm up in... they served hot tea, and believe me, we needed that! I have never felt that cold in all my life! But am so glad that I was able to see this amazing site first hand.
I looked up the Ottowa Winterlude Festival thru and they had some great pics! Thank you for sharing that one with me!
I have changed my blog to allow anonymous bloggers, sorry you weren't able to access it, I'm still learning.

Hi Richard, I'm not "nergative" at all about your search for love and romance...I think this is fun and that's what keeps life interesting...

Monday, September 12, 2005 4:11:25 PM  
Prarie critter said...

Heiresschild,Excellent. To like and love oneself is the ultimate gate to any relationship. I have found volunteering to be a marvelous way to meet people and make new friends. I help out at a theraputic riding center. I deal with both the diabled children andwork with the horses. The best of both worlds. Dare to dream. Make a list of all the things you would like to do and places you would like to go. When making the list, do not under any circumstance think about what others would think. Then start small. Pick a small doable thing and go to it. It is up to you and you alone to make them happen or not. Pretty soon, that box will have so many holes you won,t even know it was there.As Aubunmichelle said, Flexibility is absolutely everthing. Not only in travel but in life. Racee-Will you be in the Windy City? I used the site. You can get a membership card that entitles you to discounts at many of the hostels. They ran from 6-18 dollars a night.I used the lonely planet and for the life of me I cannot remember the other book. I gave it to some one to use.It listed the B&B"S as wll as the hostels. I will get back to you on your site. Lady base camp- They keep a very close eye on things. The NZ hostels are not homeless shelters. Not even in Aukland. By traveling off season, I was always able to get a single. The only rservations I had when I hit the runway were, the first night's hostel and and 8 day horse trek in the montains. I was ther 31/2 weeks.

Monday, September 12, 2005 4:40:09 PM  
BikingNut said...

RR - MMMMMMMMMM - interesting power outage - added a few blog comments. Perhaps "nergative" people have problems in adding and subtracting.

Sorry for the delay - I was doing hand exercies for my "scrollitis"


Monday, September 12, 2005 4:54:50 PM  
Prarie critter said...

Droma-This no longer about RR[Sorry buddy] and THE TRIP. This is about women beating their way out of boxes that have been so tightly duct taped. RR has merely served as a catalyst, and a mighty powerful one, to make that first little air hole. I am lucky. Both of my brothers are hole punchers.My oldest brother invited me to climb kilimanjaro with him. This was while I still had my knee totally imobilized after shattering the kneecap. 4 months after a second surgery to remove the wires, I summited the 19,340 ft.peak. I was scared to death that I couldn't do it.Life is a gamble.Thank you RR for helping so many women make that first step. LET GO-LET GOD He will free your mind and spirit. With the freeing of your mind and spirit comes incredible life affirming rnewal. Sorry about the lengthy comments. That's what happens when you live alone out in the woods.

Monday, September 12, 2005 5:04:37 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Hello all How many suffered from blog withdrawl today?
Willemina I just love your upbeat attitude!
I heard from our sister Suzanne today and I want to assure anyone who is interested that she will be fine! Personal stuff, not my place to say but it has nothing to do with me as some overactive imaginations were assuming.

Monday, September 12, 2005 5:18:55 PM  
neva said...

My flight arrives in Chicago early am on Wed 28. No doubt I will have considerable jet lag. If so, I plan to visit the Art Institute on 28th and/or 29th.

If I am not overcome by jet lag, I plan to go to New York on Wed. 28 and return to Chicago the same day or next day 29 or maybe 30.
Of course, all of above is subject to change almost daily.

I plan to stay on the east coast until October 20, going to St Michaels, Baltimore, Washington, New York and Atlanta before returning through Chicago.

If I can be helpful to anyone, please let me know.

I am meeting a blogger in Kona tomorrow for a couple of days, another blogger in Waikiki late
this week so I will be blog free for most of this week.

Yes, Debby I will be back on Maui by Sunday. I look forward to meeting you and your sister.

Aside (My cell is working now. but I don't take it to the beach nor meetings. Just leave a message.)

Monday, September 12, 2005 5:39:13 PM  
willemina said...

Thank you so much for letting us know that Suzanne has been in contact with you! I am one of the many who was very concerned about her. I feel really bad because I didn't get to speak much with you or Suzanne while I was in MB. I will keep an upbeat attitude about all of this until the very end because that's who I am. Life is short, and I want to enjoy every moment of it!

Monday, September 12, 2005 5:45:02 PM  
safari soul said...

Hello Richard & Ladies-

I want to thank honestgal for inviting me to write again. It is great to feel welcome!

For those of you interested in pursuing single travel other than cruises, I whole heartedly recommend you visit:

This is a singles group out of Atlanta that I accompanied to Kenya. It is headed by a vivacious former (and married) flight attendant named Suzy Davis. I myself live in the northwest, but learned about Suzy's group from an Atlanta woman I met on a Carribean cruise. See how great networking works?

Suzy is not at her best on the computer, but she does put together fantastic trips. I don't think there is any age requirement, but don't let that stop you. As I mentioned in my other attempt at blogging, single people on vacation are typically a fun bunch.

Richard, I'm sure you know this information is not meant to take anything away from the fantabulous plans you have for the LUCKY six of us that get to go with you.

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:11:56 PM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Neva, I am coming in late afternoon to O'Hare and will take a taxi I guess to our hotel,whereever it is so maybe we could have supper together. I'm glad I won't be the only early bird. I am getting sooooo excited. Can't wait to really see everyone. I'll have my cell phone....918-964-9103. My plane lands at 3;45 so don't know what time I'll get to hotel. I'm going to stay over until the 5th so I can see some of the sights. Where are you coming from? Take care , see ya there.......17 more days...but whose counting????? Mary from Tulsa

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:39:42 PM  
Merrymary said...

Wilemena...Guess what I found in my closet that I had forgotten about until I saw your beautiful dress.... It's a jacket I bought in San Francico at the warf that looks like your material. I put it on and look like an overweight "Susie Wong"...Remember that movie with William Holden. He was sooooo good our Richard. Richard , do you want a pleasantly plump Susie Wong???/ If so I'll be your cup of tea....Just you wait and see...Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:47:15 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I cannot wait to find out what "this" is that might come through!

Monday, September 12, 2005 7:59:23 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Ladies: I would not list your e-mail addresses or telephone numbers on any public site like this. Too much information for unknown people. RR

Monday, September 12, 2005 8:17:18 PM  
Merrymary said...

Hi VJ,Well, was it just as good second time around.? I watched Love and War....true story in WW1 about Earnst Hemmingway. It mostly took place in Italy. That's where I've always wanted to go but haven't made it there yet. I won't give up tho. Hopefully someday that will happen. I'm so anxious to see Pop and Me.
Neva....duh.... born blond here if I'd paid more attention I'd known. Are you flying out of Honalulu? My husband and I (God rest his soul) had more fun there...We flew into Honalulu then toured the islands on the S.S. Independence......Fantastic trip. They called me Captain O'Douls because that was my drink of choice. I still like O'Douls on a hot day fishing. See ya the 28th or 29th. Maybe, youcan nap on the plane. I hope you have a smooth flight. Aloha,Mary

Monday, September 12, 2005 8:31:56 PM  
Merrymary said...

Aye, Aye Captain Richard....Guilty as charged. Thanks for looking out for us. MM

Monday, September 12, 2005 8:37:55 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

The coyotes are yapping out here in the desert tonite....I'd rather be listening to the sound of the ocean :)
G'nite Richard and friends
Sweet dreams

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:23:42 PM  
neva said...


I will actually be leaving Kahului Maui about 3 in the afternoon one day arriving about 6 a.m. next day
nonstop I think (5 hour time difference as well)--a true red eye.

Glad you have fond memories of Honolulu. Most people, as I, enjoy it tremendously and go whenever I can.

I think the Independence has now been replaced by Pride of Aloha and Pride of America as tours for the islands. I haven't seen the Independence at Aloha tower for a while, but I might have missed it.

See you soon. My e-mail and phone are on my website.

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:30:17 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hello RR...Just curious as to how you feel about a woman or women in this case (your bloggettes)flirting for your attention,as so many have already met you. I could guess it must be very flattering. My question to you is..Do you prefer a "chase' or do you like a forward woman???? After all,this is YOUR blog.

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:47:18 PM  
willemina said...

"To Realize"

To realize the value of a sister ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years, ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years, ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months, ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

-Rex Barker C.S.

Goodnight one and all...

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:01:34 PM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy RR (Indiana Jones)...Joe...'posse' and gals on the blog:)

MERRYMARY: Exactly as I thought, POP&ME the second time 'round was even more interesting...Richard was 55 at the time, my age now! My Middle Son thought it was an amazing adventure and thoroughly enjoyed watching it with me:)
The more I watch POP&ME I get a strong sense that it is better for me NOT to meet Richard as my heart feels like a MARSHMALLOW at the moment and I don't want to RISK wearing my heart on my sleeve, only to have it broken again! Observing his facial expressions, the mischievious smile, the cuteness about him is enough for me to fall 'hook, line and sinker' for 'Capitan Richard':) From my perspective he is 'Soulmate Material' make no bones about it!
There you go....I have surprised myself being so open on this blog but Life is way toooo short to play games, so I cut straight to the chase! Amazing how over a period of 5 months emails, newsletters and now the blog one can easily develop a fondness for someone.....hey this 'medium' is brand new to me!!!!! So I will wait until the 1st Cruise next Summer, by then my financial situation will have improved too!

LINDAINTUCSON: owwwww to them coyotes howlin' on them thar hills...I was once told I am a Desert Person, makes sense to me:)
How amazing it must be to hear coyotes howlin' in the stillness of the night, kinda creepy too:)
A friend of mine who now lives in the Arizona Desert, once spent a night on a 'Fast'(Aboriginal Fast Ritual) he fell asleep and was suddenly awakened by the sound of coyotes howling outside his tent. He politely stepped out in his 'birthday suit' only to be surrounded by coyotes forming a circle (12 to be exact) one by one each coyote approached him lifted the leg and made a pee against his leg, then ran off into the night!
I have been 'hounded' by coyotes all my Life.....mmmmm!!!!!!
Here's to ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE
with FUN FUN FUN!!!!! :)
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s I know I know Richard this post may give y'all major 'scrollitis' but had to share this:) Now now nuttin' to git 'nergative':) about!!!!

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:35:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

To WILLEMINA...I like your comments...Here's one for you.To realize all "values" is loving life.

Monday, September 12, 2005 11:21:24 PM  
dragonflyfille said...

Ahhhh here it is! This note is for "dremweaver" not sure if i can attach the picture i have with this quote which i keep on my fridge; anyway here goes: "I have learned not to sorry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart" - Alice Walker

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:36:41 AM  
dragonflyfille said...

finally figured out how to use this blogging thing...had fun looking at the photos...wished i had been able to attend...also wanted to post this inspiring newsclip...amongst a number of other donations, as well as a group of vets and animal health techs. heading down to the US Gulf states a group of 12-year old school kids in Surrey raised $1,740.26 to aid hurricane survivors! our prayers are with you all.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:44:53 AM  
dragonflyfille said...

correction: that should be: "i have learned not to WORRY about love" ..o brother...hmmm dreamweaver, after reading your blogs i think you may be one of my soul sisters (funny thing too, i often sign of as Pj - and do you know a Patricia in Denver, Colorado? i have a feeling i may know you from a workshop i attended there?)..and no annonomous:... (i had a good chuckle at question 3.), if you don't get along with the man you can't go home, he's going to chain you to the bed while he goes out and parties all night...sorry, but i just think that is too funny. And don't worry, if the cream does not rise to the top you can always make butter...DW- what a good idea about the prayer cards and letters! - Kool pic Willimena; MerryMary: i loved your Albert S quote. here is one of my faves for you: "One look, one word, one thought, can change your life forever." - Guru Mayi Chidnilasananda, and on that note good night to all, have a fab week.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 2:19:38 AM  
ADA said...

By the time I get to this box from scrolling (love "scrollitis" & all the other words-we will soon give Webster a challenge "Bloggettes Book of Blips, Bloopers,Etc.")I forget all the responses I want to make.
Lovely story (Connie?)in the airport re the bubbles. Sort of like Glinda in the W. of Oz. If old enough she may always remember this incident, Bad that turned into a magical Good.
Willemena-Thanks, you're my first reply on here I think. This is exciting. Should you want to go to Ottawa contact me.
Neva - contact me - I live in Balt.
How will this continue after the DECISION?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 2:35:31 AM  
dragonflyfille said...

postscript: thanks ClickGirl: your generous comments for Anon. are also helpful to me; oh and i forgot the main point of the story about the Surrey School kids, they raised the money by setting up a Lemonaid Stand and selling lemonaid and cookies. Pretty neat,eh? well, i'm having too much fun reading and blogging (Rrrr Rrrr & Joe; you have created a monster, lol)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 2:35:34 AM  
Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is real but I too think it is funny.

This is an actual job application that a 75-year-old senior citizen submitted to Wal-Mart in Arkansas. They hired him because he was so funny.
NAME: George Martin

Not lately, but I am looking for the right woman (or at least, one who'll cooperate).

Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky,
I wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

$185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance
package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.


Target for middle management hostility.

A lot less than I'm worth.

My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

It sucked.


1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment.

If I had one, would I be here?

LIFTING UP TO 50 lbs.?

Of what?

I think the more appropriate question here would be, "Do you have a car
that runs?"

I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, so
they tell me.

On the job - no, on my breaks - no.

Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde supermodel
who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to
be doing that now.

Oh yes, absolutely.

SIGN HERE: Sagittarius

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:30:38 AM  
Ada said...

Woops! That was from Ada

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:32:17 AM  
willemina said...

Ada; I loved your Wal-Mart application!!! I got a good laugh before I head off to work this morning.

Dreamweaver; I also enjoy your comments on the blog. You have such a way with the way, we're both 55.

Connie; I too love your story about the bubbles, I meant to comment before on that one. I think it is so rude when people complain about little ones making noise. Instead of standing or sitting there complaining, I also try to get the child's attention and make them smile. As in your case, the parents are usually grateful. The bubbles were a perfect distraction and I'm sure appreciated by everyone.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:36:13 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:40:31 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Hi all......I have been so very busy lately and have not been able to blog because of my schedule.

I just wanted to say hello to my "new" buddies that I met in MB. I do have photos of a few of you that I will be sending via US mail, probably today.

To Neva, can't wait to meet you. You will get a kick out of my sister. Together we're like peas and carrots. Her name is Gayle, and I think that is one of the reasons one of the first people that I started talking to in MB was the darling Gael Darsch and the two of us hit it off immediately (karma).

Anywho, I was at the dentist for my 6-month cleaning and he and his family had just returned from Maui. He said that Molokini has been pretty much picked clean? That there are much better places to boat ride out and snorkel.

I also found out that our cousin Shelley and her hubby will be in Maui for a few days the same time we are. So we will hook up with them one day to snorkel, then maybe we can all go to dinner one evening. Do the poo-poo thing. I love saying that.

Then I have a male cousin who lives there and he has a large fishing vessel that he wants to take us out in. He is an absolute riot too. Biggest tease.

I'm getting packed and stoked for/about the trip. Today I am going digital camera shopping.

I'm glad that you have your cel up and running and I gave you my info right? My cousin who is a nextel customer like me, called nextel to see what our service would be like in Maui and she was told that we should have zero problems.

Out of curiosity what has the weather been like this week?

Truly looking forward to meeting you in person.

You will have a wonderful time in Chicago.


Deb Eddy

PS Glad to her that Suzzane is doing ok, thanks Linda for sharing. D

PPS If you get a chance and if you like Carly Simon buy her new cd titled Moonlight Seranade. Oh my I just went to my dressing room to get the cd to make sure I wrote down the corect title. In the cd case was a little card from SB...the Thank you so much for coming to the first Meet the Senior Bachelor Event.......signed by Richard Roe himself hmmmm more karama. Richard either you need to run out and buy the cd OR you need me to be one of the twelve then six candidates *grin*.

Oh ladies and espcially the ones that inspired me to go and work-out, I have dropped two dress sizes, I'm developing muscle definition, and feeling real good (except last night I pulled a chest muscle, ouch, pain, motrin). So thank you again Linda, Suzan, Gael....and the rest.

Y'all take care and have a wonderful and happy day, SMILE.

Deb Eddy

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:30:03 AM  
connie said...

Ada-- to your question about "how will this continue after the decision?"..... as I sat at breakfast at MB making plans with with some of my lovely new bachelorette friends (two of them from my own city!) I commented to Richard who was passing the table "The adventure goes on !" and he said "Yes, with or without me".

DOn't forget there are two missions here. One is Richard's mission to find his travel / life companion, the other is to promote Romance/Adventure for all ages (but especially Seniors). What I imagine is that this energizing call to remain vital throughout life will continue -- perhaps with Richard as the Poster Boy and his lady as the Poster Girl and ongoing events for Senior Adventure and Romance abounding. After all-- we Boomers have re-defined every decade we encounter-- why not this one? WE get to decide how to get older.

Some of you know I took up the art of trapeze dance at the age of 51, 3 years ago. Now-- there is a troupe of age 50+ aerial artists (communicating through an online Yahoo group) intending to create a show! We are calling ourselves Quintdecence. Some folks are still doing flying trapeze (not me!), there are clowns and jugglers,too. The Toronto Circus Arts Center (thank you Canadian friends) has agreed to showcase such an event. Senior vitality and adventure!!! I bet there are LOTS of other stories of Seniors doing outrageous and fun things! On my refrig I have my heroine pictured -- a 90 year old woman kayakking in Alaska.

My grandmother married again at age 84 (a younger man of 80) !

For those who have the eyes to see what is going on here, it is way beyond "one man's search". Some have alluded to "broken hearts" after RR's decisions have been made. RR has not led us on -- he wants to win the "World Series" (his language for a wife -- men!) That means ONE woman after all is said and done. No one is led astray by that declaration.

But the bigger story continues -- how all of this has inspired so many....the adventure will go on and on if you choose it.....

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:15:20 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Good Morning Ladies,

We're very close to a Chicago announcement. I think you will be pleased with what Richard has been working on- he is leading the charge for you Ladies!

Regarding bubbles in the airport- I loved that story. After having two children a year apart and trying to travel on airplanes, my wife's sister, a flight attendant, gave us some very useful advice. She said to buy some very inexpensive toys and wrap them like presents and bring one out about every hour when traveling on a plane or stuck in airports. This worked perfectly for the kids! It kept them entertained for hours. Compliments from fellow travelers abounded as the kids occupied themselves with their new playthings. I usually got them travel related items like toy planes, books about cars, trains, etc. Now, as early teenagers, the new iPods fit the bill- although I don't like the somewhat anti-social aspect of them since I think it inhibits talking to people. But now when I travel, I usually take along a small toy to give to a child who is having a hard time traveling- just like Connie did with her bubbles. I must admit I do it selfishly so I can rest or do some work on the flight- but I also enjoy helping a child go from tears to smiles!

Should have a new post today.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:39:31 AM  
gold&spice said...

...Connie how wonderful of you to find excitment. I too am looking to get more excited with age and fulfill my dreams. How insightful your analysis of Richards quest. He as we all are, is searching for a permanent partner. I would love to get married but only to someone who understands me and loves me for the person I am. To all the ladies who seek, examine your inner reasons for this search and be the best you can be. Your love will find your light.
Adios Amigas.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 7:18:24 AM  
connie said...

P.S. How DARE anyone look me in the eye and call me "desperate" ( as I have heard suggested) for extending myself in this venture!! NO way.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:12:55 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

Have a great trip send blogs so we can all enjoy it, too. I know you'll have fun where ever you go.
Nancy Spencer

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:20:48 AM  
Merrymary said...

I have great news Richard...Just returned from getting the mri results on my pinched nerves and I am going to go into phyical therepy and I ask him IF by any slim chance I would happen to win a month long trip would it be ok to go and he said YES ,go for it. It's like I said there will be 6 happy women and honestly I will be happy for them no matter if it is or isn't me included.
Willemina...I lloved To true.
Connie my mom remarred at 80 and they spent their honeymoon palying glof at Shangrila. He passed away 5 years later but what a good time they had.
Neva, I heard Korea bought S.S.Indepenece and it since sank...Wonder if they had insurance???
Debbie...speaking of Snorkeling ..I had my husband take 3 of the grandkids when we took them on the Red Boat and he lost his teeth. He was so mad at me. I said a quick prayer and God answered it and a diver went down and found them. I'm sure glad God answered that prayer.
Ada.....I LMAO so funny....If it was at a Wal-Mart here in Ok. it was probably for real application. I can talk about them. I had stock but I gave it to my kids and my daugter is a service manager at the W-M in Sapulpa. They do a lot of good things.
Dragonfly...I wrote your quote in my book to save. Here's one I read today that is good too.
Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Connie and Joe..The bubble thing is a fantastic idea....They have little small ones for wedding favors at W-M so I am going to buy some and take to give away at the airport.
Dancing girl...How cool. We have a ladies basketball team that you have to be 70 to be on and they are so cute. We did a fund raiser for RPAC and our older brokers played them and lost. I was a cheerleader. It was hiarious.
You all have a great Tue. Ok???? MM

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:29:25 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

RedTbird....what are you wearing in your blog picture, babe? You remind me of a Dallas Cowgirl Cheerleader! And thanks, yep I try and make it fun where ever I go, eeehhhhhaaaawwwwww. I'll try and post some photos, but I'm such a tard when it comes to that sort of thing. I'll try and post one of me surfing (long board). have me ROTFLMAO with that snorkeling story, Yikes!!


Deb Eddy

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:14:19 AM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Yhatzz (sp) is the best game when travelling with children. Five dice and a pad travel light. We had soooo much fun teaching it to other travelers - you don't need to speak the same language when you know Yhatzee!
Enjoy the journey (~.~)
Love, Michelle

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:17:28 AM  
Anonymous said...

Richard and Joe,

I have been watching this process from a distance,and can say, that like many, I am fascinated by Richards quest and methodologies. I am blown away by the response from the many fabulous and accomplished women, and just a bit curious about the possiblities here. So many great, self-actualized women, looking for a gentleman like Richard to share adventures with !!? Tell me, that aside from personal gain (finding "that one" that has everything you are looking for), you will consider the potential for another documentary on this journey and the possiblities of really helping others connect in a similar fashion (i.e. lots of guys on the upcoming cruise) ? So many of us baby-boomers are now heading to the best years, and looking for partners to share the adventures with. Most at this age have had careers, marriages, raised kids, and are ready (emotionally, financially, and physically)really enjoy life, preferably with an equal partner.
Richard, what have you stumbled onto here ! :) :)
Best wishes in finding the woman who brings you joy, and is fascinating in heart, body, mind and soul (and a great traveler to boot).

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:41:15 AM  
neva said...

Deb Eddy

Weather has been in 80s with great trade winds; rains about 5 minutes every day or night on the west side ending with beautiful rainbows.

Coral Gardens is an alternative to Molokini (because of the winds) as is beyond the coral at the new Westin Villas on Kaanapali.

Jaws is the most challenging surfing area in Piai. Some of the beach side parks between the tunnel and Kaanapali offer some beginner surfing in early morning and late afternoon.

Going to Kona Coast today and to Waikiki to meet Carol Wednesday. It appears that you two will be crossing paths in the air. I will be back on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:21:12 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Hi All, My brother went thru surgery well and is now recovering. He fractured his back (T-5 & T-6) and they put a balloon filled with silicone to keep the two vertibrae separated. I've been teasing him about being the only one in the family to have silicone implants and he grabbed his chest to be sure none of the silicone had ended up on his chest. He still has his since of humor. Thank you for your prayers, I'll be back to join you all soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:31:54 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Thanks for the update Neva.

Thanks for your blog Richard, see what you have created.

Good job.

D. Eddy

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:32:51 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Thanks for the update Neva.

Thanks for your blog Richard, see what you have created.

Good job.

D. Eddy

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:32:53 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Aloha RR, Joe and posse:) The ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE TEAM!

DRAGONFLYFILLE: I have never been to Denver, Colorado, interesting how we can connect with someone through words going back and forth!
Yes I identify with the 'soul sister' and 'soul brother' connection and love it when it happens! :) That is how I feel about our 'Leading Man' Richard. Although I have never met him, watching him on POP&ME I definitely sense a spiritual connection, kinda like the brother I never had and that is sooo special, he is quirky...quick wit, and VERY sharp, doesn't miss a beat:) and leaves no stone unturned:) as gentle as a Lamb and the strength of a Lion, a good balance! I know if I had to meet him I would surely cry, now don't ask me why :)

MERRYMARY: thank you for your kind words, I love to write, taps into that creative 'pool' of thought!

CANADIAN BLOGETTE: wasssup? Long time no hear, still waiting for your jet to scoop me up enroute to meet 'His 'High'ness' (now Richard git yerself off that 'high horse' and mingle wid da single:)

come back and drink from the cool fresh waters of the oasis, wattya doin' girl?

PHYL.....sweet 'P' long distance owwwww...come in please!

Love and Light
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:02:22 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

OK, I'm Back How lovely a feeling that I was missed. I noticed most of you that really missed me the most posted on my site. My goodness I need to catch up, but will do so over where I belong : just click on my name Desertflowers and come on over and we'll talk.

Hugs Suzanne Wirries

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:52:03 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey VJ how'd you know I was called DesertFox by Richard? I think I wrote something to that effect over on Brenda's site. Please come and join us anytime. We like to talk to everyone and all have the same goal and that is not to live a life of loneliness. I think God has a plan for each of us and sometimes we just need to learn patience until we find the right one that he has chosen which might not of been the one we first married. LOL -

OK need to run over and look at my page and maybe put another pretty pic of our Arizona desert up and start answering some questions that were ask before I had a brief hospital adventure. Seems my ole heart does not work as good as it used to and I just returned from the hospital yesterday and couldn't wait to get back to my friends. Doctor's say don't spend too much time blogging, LOL so I'll have to limit my time on the puter.

Hugs Suzanne Wirries aka desertflowers and known by Richard as desertfox

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:00:29 PM  
Merrymary said...

Welcome back Desert Flower....Hope you get better and better with everyday. Blessings and prayers,Mary from Ok.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:18:24 PM  
connie said...

Yea! Welcome back Suzanne, DesertFox. You were mightily missed. Hugs to you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 2:46:58 PM  
prarie critter said...

desertflowers Take care of that ole heart of yours.I work at a state of the art, cutting edge heart center. I wish you the best as I know that it can be a struggle at times. God's blessings to you. I will pray for your health.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:54:01 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Connie, Prairie Critter (you're a new voice)and Merrymary thanks for your welcome back and I'm feeling pretty darn sassy right now.

Hugs Suzanne Wirries desertflowers and known by Richard as desertfox.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 7:14:13 PM  
Mermaid said...

Hi Richard and Joe, So much fun for all in California and Chicago. I couldn't be there, but the pictures tell a lot. I am dying of curiosity to see who travels. Of course, I want to win or I wouldn't have entered. Whomever does go will have to have fun! That's a given! Good luck to all of us.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:23:16 PM  
Mermaid said...

Hi Richard and Joe, So much fun for all in California and Chicago. I couldn't be there, but the pictures tell a lot. I am dying of curiosity to see who travels. Of course, I want to win or I wouldn't have entered. Whomever does go will have to have fun! That's a given! Good luck to all of us.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:24:30 PM  

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