Thursday, September 08, 2005

Ladies Of The Blog

I wanted to thank all of the bloggers (well, almost all-ha ha) for adding so much to this Journey. And a Journey this is!!!!! As you have seen from my comments, getting a good hotel at a reasonable price in Chicago in September is a real CHALLENGE. We happened to get a fantastic deal with the Ayres Hotel here in Manhattan Beach and I have been trying to do the same in Chicago. Sorry for such a short blog, but I wanted to prevent "scrollitis." Is that a word???? Best wishes, Richard Roe


linda in Tucson said...

Let's get the excitement brewing for Chicago!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005 9:49:09 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Richard! Good luck in Chicago! Glad you mentioned Hurrican Katrina. Was just in Biloxi in May and have signed up to go with Habitat for Humanity later on when they go in to help rebuild houses.
My best, Miss Sweet Briar

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:05:55 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Life is as good as you make it so make it a GREAT day!!
Hey Linda could you please help me figure out how to get my picture on my blog? You could e-mail the how's at
I'm looking forward to Chicago if it fits in my schedule, hope to see many faces there!! Michelle Bahr

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:06:48 AM  
Merrymary said...

Will we get to attend the Operah show????That would be alsost as good as meeting Richard. Richard I go to the orthopedic surgeeon for my pinched nerves this afternoon so will know the verdict as to what will happen later. Mine are result of car wrecks so I certainly can smppathize with you. Take care. Mary from Ok.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:08:56 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

For those who can, clean out your closets and donate, donate, donate! Money is great but clothing, toiletries ect. are also needed. We have many families here in Atlanta that were displaced from Katrina. I have a friend from Biloxi that shall be coming to stay with me until they get things up and running. Lucky to be alive! Best wishes for a realistic, speedy recovery! Prayers help too as we all know! Michelle Bahr

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:13:00 AM  
Merrymary said...

I should proof read. I can really spell better than that????Okie

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:13:11 AM  
Anonymous said...

To:Richard or Joe, Did you know that the blog is not downloadingproperly? It takes "Forever and a Day" to get it up at least on my weird computer system. I called Microsoft, my server, and they said it sounded like the problem was with "Your Server". I honestly don't know since I am not very high tech. Thought you both would like to know of the problem. Would you please address this. Many thanks!! Anonymous, Lady Jayne

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:35:59 AM  
BikingNut said...

Richard - I am considering Chicago as I was on my own adventure at the time of the MB event which was closer for me - however the two week window for getting a good airline rate is quickly approaching or almost past - sooo since you are having trouble with Sept in Chicago might you consider a later date?
Biking Princess

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:44:35 AM  
sunni said...

Hey RR And Joe,

No problem here pulling up your
site or blog....thought you'd like to Know.

I'm Busy getting a visa for a trip in
November to Libya...why go
there you ask?...."because... it's
there!"....No, really, there are
some incredible Roman and
Greek ruins and ancient rock
art in the desert/Sahara and a chance
to see the famous "BlueMen" the Tuareg
on their camels...but you have to jump
through hoops for off to jump

Figured I'd better get this girl travelin' again,
no waiting for any bachelor here!!!

Sunni in Oregon

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:45:00 AM  
BikingNut said...

It is probably the pictures that slow your computer down - they always take longer.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:46:10 AM  

Good Afternoon Everyuone,.........
The ability to be flexible is one the things I've always prided myaelf on. Unfortunately the difficulties that RR is having in securing lodgings is not helping.
With the constant delays and changes it could blow it all out the water. I realize he is trying to make things affordable, but in a city like Chicago you could be asking for the impossible. Sept./Oct. are one of the busiest convention times, I know I've worked in the Resturant buisness, (owned one with my ex)
It would have required serious advance planning. I realize that with Chicago not being RR's home turf the dynamics can be difficult.Realistically, the atmosphere that surronded MB and the Ayers is cannot be duplicated. What can take place however is a different flavor.
We have Navy Pier, which can be a fabulos setting. There are also several resturant ships that leave from Navy Pier. I have been on cocktail parties, reception's and dinner on them and they asre special. A wonderful romantic setting. The convience of it all taking place in, on, and at one venue could prove to be unrealistic, especially if you are looking for "good deals".
Richard, as I have offered in the past,if I can help , please ask. My cousin,(like a sister) works for the Hyatt Hotel's (20 yrs.)
and a very close friend works at Navt Pier . Please keep in mind this is all a suggestion and am just trying to help.

Linda,..............I think you can understand how it could be hard getting excited about something that you don't know when or if it is going to take place.

Where in ILL./Chicago do you live. Would be great to meet you. E-mail or post on my site.
Yes there are many fabulos things to do here, and you've not even scratched the surface. Plus we get a wonderful Indian Summer here,was swimming this morning and plan to spend the weekend at the pool.

CJ.....anything you'd like! Yes those things do happen, I've got tons more for ya. I was a troop leader with Girl Scouts for 7 yrs, AGHHHHH. Have I got stories!

Richard,....At this point if Chicago goes into October,well..........I have commitments in Albuquerqe. I have a client there that I must finish work on. I also have plans to attend the Hot Air Ballon festivites that take place every year. They come from all over the country and the world. I'm told it's a site to behold.

Ladies,maybe some of you could come on over. The gal I'm staying at has two guest house's that are very reasonable,(I'll get us a discount) and could accomodate up
to 8 people, 2 would have to take

Oh well that's it for now, check back with everyone later,


Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:56:26 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Michelle I sent you an e-mail w/picture instructions
Chi-Town Girl No, I have absolutely no trouble getting excited about something that I have no clue when/where or if it is going to happen! Just watch me! Heh heh

Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:07:50 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid

Where should people donate clothes? Maybe this is a localized

I know we are seeing some victims in our area and they need clothes, which are being donated locally.

When I worked with disaster relief in Hugo, clothes were not a help after the first week, except to the ones of us who were working the in the relief effort.

We dug through mountains of clothes and found shorts and cooler clothes to wear.

Generally, the Red Cross asks, to not donate clothes. I understand that every disaster is different.

Maybe you are saying to donate locally to the victims as they are relocated to our neighborhoods.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:21:48 PM  
neva said...

Saving a $100 on hotel to pay $450 MORE for airfare doesn't seem practical to me!!!!!!! That is what happens when I search for 9/21 and 9/22 arriving the 23 at this point!!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:36:43 PM  
Anonymous said...

Bonjour from Georgette ! Richard ,Joe, and you Wonderful Ladies!
This is my first attempt at blogging .......I really wanted to say "THANK YOU" Everybody for such a great experience in Manhatten Beach.I met some Amazing Women , of course Richard and many of his Special Friends,with whom I hope to develop lasting friendships. When you Mention the word COUR_AGE
the root of the word is "COUR" which means "HEART" in French,
So I guess we have a lot of Heart at our AGE !!!!


Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:46:16 PM  
neva said...

Just saw the date changes to 9/30 and 10/1. Will check fares.

Strongly recommend Chicago Art Institute........ and "the mile"

Omni and/or anywhere on "the mile"
also recommended.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:47:14 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,

I am still living my Mom's advise, "Don't talk about it, just do it."

It was a wonderful experience going to MB. I repeat as one of my friends said, "Most of who we hang with would not have had the courage to do it, but but but We would have always wondered why WE hadn't done it. Would I do it again??
Darn tootin I would!

Met so many wonderful people including those not with SB.

Richard commented about "Amazing Women."

Everyone has something special (Including the storm survivors I have been working with since my early return Tuesday. The stories are amazing. The gifts we have, seem of no real value unless or until they are shared.

Back to MB and the Mission of Fun and Adventure for our maturing segment.

First, thank you Richard, for reawaking dreams and the Network of encouragment and examples of people pursuing those Dreams and Missions.

Attraction is always such a "Selling point."

My next Adventure is an overnight cycle tour. Want to come along? (I think Joe's wife said you might not be attracted to Biker Chicks. How about Scooters? I saw them all over MB.) I am really no expert, but as one of the wonderful ladies I met said, "I didn't have the strength or knowledge when I started, but I got it, little by little, as I kept trying."

Thank you Richard and your Helpers for being such WONDERFUL Hosts.

I do believe in your thinking to do each of our BEST with what is in our own focus as IMPORTANT. If we feel strongly about something, then we are the best volenteers to make a difference.

A natural follow up within your mission, would be stories we're learning about each other. That seems to be the bond (Common ground) in our developing friendships.
{{A resourse for the courage to carry on. A Pool of ideas.}}
You could even ask some of us for details a Host never has time for.

Another highlight was my times spent with "Irishman" -Lady-
DR Doris McCoy, now working on her 3rd book.
She gave me some wonderful ideas. Because of MB,I am able to open my copy of her second book where she wrote I "will run into the new future. Warm regards. Doris Lee McCoy." Yes, I am encouraged not to lag or fear. Help comes as sought and when needed.

I do share your belief, that the future will work out. Help is available.

I don't want to miss an opportunity to hold hands or share an "Everything will be OK" hug.

A turn in the road isn't the end of the road unless we fail to make the turn.

Do you have a date yet to start choosing Traveling companions?

Now is a good time to count our Blessings.

Mary Rose

Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:15:20 PM  
Sunrise said...

For everyone who is lucky enough to make it to Chicago-have a great time. I will look forward to seeing pictures again. There are so many wonderful, positive comments about Richard, which makes me smile. My gut feeling was correct, I think. Keep the Katrina victims in your prayers-I live in Dallas, and we have 250,000 survivors in Texas, many, many here in the metroplex, and quite a few in a shelter two blocks from my work. I work in a dental office, and our dentists, and office has been giving on going dental assistance, as well as time, food, clothing etc. What a sad, sad, situation. I lived in New Orleans for five years, so my feelings run deep. Good luck to you, Richard, in Chicago-I wish I could be there. Somewhere in that deep stack, i did send a video and bio, but it looks like the numbers are getting bigger, and the chances smaller. I have enjoyed my taste of this alot.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 1:52:24 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...


Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:18:16 PM  
sydney247 said...

The gathering in Manhattan Beach was definitely an INCREDIBLE EVENT. Richard, you have attracted some unique, special people. Thank you to Patricia for researching my New York problem.
My dear, you are so flexible and smooth, that it was truly a joy to watch your reaction to the attention that you were getting!!
You made all of us feel special.
I'm doing a Fundraiser for the victims of Katrina at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Hollywood.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:33:29 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

Debbie Eddy where are you. We haven't heard from you lately? You were such fun at MB.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 2:50:44 PM  
leslie said...

What a beautiful afternoon here in Vancouver (well, my 'burb) - for my first afternoon off. My energy has totally returned now and I'm into the routine again.

Richard re sending you emails with comments about our experiences...already done - but you may be a bit behind in reading them as I'm sure you have received many. (a response from you would not be unwelcome, either.)


Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:10:18 PM  
Marty said...

When did the date for the next adventure change?

In AZ we have about a thousand from New Orleans. Many have found homes in our community to stay at.

I too plan on going when they start to rebuild and do what I can.

Had to order Doris book-wish I had more time to talk to her-what a delightful woman.

Hope all is well with everyone.


Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:24:34 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Georgette welcome! I finally got your name matched up with your picture on the NNBBSH site.
Nutty Mermaid what a fun picture! Be careful...there are those who will be convinced you have "inside information" ha ha.
Leslie Nice to see you! BTW those are Leslie's toes next to RR's on the "pedicure" pic

Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:27:22 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello All,
Time is fleeting and we all realize that all of you involved had such a special arrangement with the Ayers. That was exceptional but.... Chicago is Chicago and we all know that it is not possible to get anything really inexpensive here especially on short notice. We only hope that you can make some kind of plans........please don't go into October! I had postponed things into October, knowing the event was in Sept, and I will be gone on a tour of the National Parks.
Hopefully, we can settle on the dates soon because a lot of the gals who have to book flights need advance notice.
Maybe we can do it somewhere on the outskirts of the city? In a suburb of Chicago?

Thursday, September 08, 2005 4:15:42 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thanks to Biking Nut for trying to help. The blog is now down loading quickly, but can't understand why yesterday and today it took over half the day to get it down loaded. I have a Microsoft Webtv system, with no hard drive. Perhaps that is the problem. All the other Senior Bachelor info downloads quickly, even the info with lots of pictures. If this happens again in the morning, I will call one of the Microsoft engineers, if I can get these men, they usually give me quick answers and put up with my untechy explanatios and lack of knowledge. In fact we have had a few laughs over eBay and Webtv.
Thanks again! I am trying to keep up with the SB adventure. It is lots of fun. ANONOMOUS, Lady Jayne

Thursday, September 08, 2005 4:26:00 PM  
BikingNut said...

Neva - where did you see the date changes?
I looked on the web page under Meet the SB and it still says dates to be determined.
That would be great if true.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 4:43:43 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Chicago Update: We have 4 people working on this!! I am really hoping by this time tomorrow to have the dates and place set. Yes, I am sensitive to the 2 week window for air tickets, and virtually certain it will be Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, so plenty of time for a good air ticket. We're working away and the blog will be the first to know. RR

Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:01:54 PM  
Forest Hills said...

This guy friend from college days SWEARS this is true. I have my doubts. But, it's cute anyway! ;)

Dear Diary,

I never have quite figured out why the sexual urges of men & women differ so much. And I have never figured out the whole 'Venus and Mars' thing.

I've also never figured out why men think with their head while women think with their heart. And I've yet to have figured out how the sexual desire gene gets thrown into a state of turmoil, when it hears the words, "I do."

One evening last week, my wife and I were getting into bed. Well, the
passion starts to heat up, and she eventually says: "I don't feel like
it, I just want you to hold me".

I said: "WHAT??????"

So she says the words that I and every husband on the planet dread: she explains that I must not be “in tune” with her emotional needs as a woman.

I'm thinking: "What was her first clue?".

I finally realize that nothing was going to happen that night, so I went to sleep.

The very next day, we went shopping at a big, unnamed department store. I walked around with her while she tried on three different very expensive outfits. She could not decide which one to take so I told her to take all three of them.

She then tells me that she wants matching shoes worth $200.00 a pair to which I say OK. And then we go to the jewelry dept. where she gets a pair of diamond earrings.

Let me tell you........ she was so excited. She must have thought that I was one wave short of a shipwreck, but I don't think she cared. I think she was testing me when she asked for a tennis bracelet because she does not even play tennis. I think I threw her for a loop when I told her that it was OK.

She was so excited by all of this when she finally said: "I'm ready to go to the cash register". I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out: "No, honey I don't feel like buying all this stuff now."

You should have seen her face .... it went completely blank. I then said: "Really honey! I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while." And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me I added:

"You must not be ‘in tune’ with my financial needs as a Man".

I figure that I won't be having sex again until sometime after the
spring of 2008.

(At least that's what HE told ME!)


Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:26:08 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

WOO HOO on the near decision for Chicago. I'm not even going but do want other girls to have the same opportunity to hug the man as we had in MB. Don't expect any answers to questions like "are you attracted to me" 'cause it tried it to no avail! Such a gentleman :)

Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:32:59 PM  
ClickGirl said...


"Guess who just recently got back from MB,
Them wild-eyed Girls that'd been away,
Haven't changed, had much to say,
But wow, I still think them cats are crazy.
They were askin' if Richard was around,
How Rich was, where Rich could be found.
Told them Rich was livin' in a beach town,
Drivin' all the Blogger ladies crazy.

The Girls are back in town
The Girls are back in town.
The Girls are back in town
The Girls are back in town."

(Original Lyrics by Bon Jovi / Clever re-write by ClickGirl)

Just wanted to say how happy I am (really happy!) to see things ‘back to normal’ on the Blog! It made me break into song. (hee hee)

Welcome Georgette and other ‘Newbies’! Glad to have you joining us!

Suzan … You are cracking me up! Keep ‘em coming! ; )

Hey Paula in FL … No worry about the ‘Anonymous’ … we just appreciate that you identify yourself at the end. We want to know who you are too! : ) Thanks much!!

Hi Michelle – Love the Pic! Also – went to your Website and loved the info on Marsh Harbor in the Abacos! I love that place!! My ex and I used to go there with a group of friends – stayed in a Villa there. Was such fun! And what beautiful waters! I lived in Islamorada, in The Florida Keys when I was a teenager … and thought we had the most beautiful and clearest water anywhere … until I went to the Abacos! Just gorgeous!

Hey Linda – you are too funny! Love the different photos too. It’s like ‘Photo of the Post Club’. : ) Making me jealous! I’m going to start changing mine out too. (ha ha)

Ah … Leslie! I was wondering who had those cute feet!

Hi Lady Jayne: Another potential reason for the slow download could be if the Blog itself is having a problem – or maintenance was being done. I noticed a while back – that they have a way to check the status of the Blog at:

If you look at the bottom – on the right – and click on ‘Blogger Status’ – you can see whether there is any problem. Like, for instance, there is a notice that says that there will be a scheduled outage for 1 hour at 3 p.m. on 9/9 – while they move stuff from one server to another. So … just thought I’d mention that – for future reference. I know it can be frustrating … when you can’t get access – so this is just another possibility. Anyway – glad you were able to get back with us. : )

To Richard, Joe and the MB Blogger Gals:
When I got home tonight I found the nicest ‘card’ – signed by all of my ‘Friends of the Blog’ who were at MB! I was so touched and moved by such a wonderful gesture … and as I read each comment, tears were just rolling! I am at a loss for words - which – as you know from most of my posts … that is usually not a problem (ha ha). Sorry Richard – I know you once said you preferred ‘brief’ posts. I just can’t help myself! : ) At any rate, I just can’t thank all of you enough! The good news … is we are reaching 75 bracelets distributed … and I’ll have a count soon on our total (to date) – for the Heart Bracelets. The new Heart Bracelet Blog should be up and running soon – and we are now allowing a choice between donating to The American Heart Association/World Heart Federation and The Red Cross (already have 40 for that cause – thanks to one generous Bloggette)! So … many, many thanks!! And a special thanks to Richard – for wearing the Heart Bracelet at MB … and to Joe for posting the shot and for the nice ‘Blurb on the Blog’! Much appreciated!! We can make a difference!!!!

Warm regards,


Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:50:00 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hola Richard........
"scrollitis" is a real word found in my very own
"not so real personal dictionary" of
"CC's useless words and information"
I find this personal dictionary VERY handy when trying to find a word that fits the moment for example:

Bloggettes =females Blogging ie Canadian "Bloggette"

Bloggers = males Blogging

Blogging = male/female Bloggettes/Bloggers in the midst of writing a Blog

Scrollitis =painful abundant unecessary scrolling

Fluffette = brain challenged female species

Fluff = brain challenged male species
etc etc etc there you have it!

I am soooo busted...but ya know I gotta say...these "words" from my personal "useless" dictionary seem to work as everyone quite happily uses them!! I can't believe that no one has questioned these "words" before this!!
But then only takes one!Soooooooooooo perhaps you in fact do read Blogs afterall!! Hmmmmm??!! whomever wrote the COUR AGE thingy, ( I apologise but am way too tired to scroll bakwards tonight!!) the french for heart is actually COEUR not COUR ( zero malintent!!) ....thanks to my devoted French teacher!! Perhaps we could start spelling COURAGE=COEURAGE......I personnally think it fits much I will add that to my personal dictionary....thanks!!
Ciao Bellas et all...Jiggy on!
La Belle xox

Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:54:59 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

ooops thinks perhaps I should consult my english teacher re proper spelling..........oiey!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005 5:58:16 PM  
sunni said...

I've never been to Chicago
They have a great art museum
there don't they? anyone been?
It's tempting to go just to see the
windy city for the first time...

Suzan/ForestHills Bring
back some more great underwater photos!!
I so love your Red Sea shots...I'm not scuba
certified, my ears don't I'm stuck on
the surface with snorkle....but love doing that!!

And keep the stories flowing, loved the 'Great
truths' especially "raising teenagers is like
nailing Jell-O to a tree" I'm right in the middle
of a big batch of red Jell-O!!!!! Picture that!!!
This MOM has plenty of Coeur-age...

Off to Make dinner,
(sans Jell-O)


Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:02:38 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Linda in Tuscon would you please end me an e-mail w/picture instructions too. I agree totally with you girlfriend I too have absolutely no trouble getting excited about something that I have no clue when/where or if it is going to happen! Thank you for posting those pics on the NNBBSH site.
Desertflower - where are you sweet?

Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:19:09 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Michelle will do, but I'm really not the techie expert. Just a girl who gets dangerous with a digi-cam and time on her hands!
Brenda love the song! Now it's playing in my head and I can't shut it up!
Been trying to get the spirits up here and I need very nice to hear from you and CB!

Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:26:29 PM  
Anonymous said...


Hello everyone,

FYI, I just came back from an orientation meeting at the Red Cross. they are looking for 40.000 volunteers and cash donation. For us, here is the DC area, fireman stations have stopped taking clothing donations, toys etc. only toiletries and tissue.

A few of us were interviewed by Channel 7 as why we wanted to volunteer. Hopefully we'll get more people. It is an impressive organization.

Love and hugs, Myriam

Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:42:02 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

MyriamVA - I went to a Red Cross meeting today as well. I can't pull away that long and decided to give a donation to the Salvation Army - they are feeding over 60,000 people a day in New Orleans. Whatever I do it will not feel like it is enough. Love to all, Michelle

Thursday, September 08, 2005 7:38:07 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey there y'all,
Just passing along some very sought after info re our Suzanne!!!
I just spoke to Suzanne's aka Desertflower's lovely daughter........AND... "Mom is fine ....she is away for a bit and will be back in touch (via computer) as soon as she not to worry!!


La Belle xox

Thursday, September 08, 2005 7:40:11 PM  
Born To Travel said...

Wow! Sounds like we will soon have definite plans for Chicago. I am excited just thinking about being part of this extreme journey. I have been reading the blog for several weeks, but have not commented except a few times. I think it will be great to meet other gals with a love for travel. I'm going now to check for airline tickets for the 29th just in case!
Pam in Missouri

Thursday, September 08, 2005 7:57:03 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

HOW COOL IS THIS: I won the first raffle prize at MB which was a bottle of wine wrapped in plastic with chocolates. This was kinda funny since I'm all about not drinking but I brought it home anyway and put it by my peacock.
So tonite I'm craving some chocolate and get into it and there is a gift certificate for the Ayres Hotel!
Since it's for a future visit, I just may have to pop over and say hello to Richard & Joe.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 8:11:22 PM  
Forest Hills said...

(Just make sure your next visit to MB happens sometime between end of November 2005 and June 2006!! Kidding!!)

Just posted on my Blog what few photos I managed to take with my camera, before it went kaput! Some cute ones, but unfortunately missing a lot of my new-favorite people. Darn.


Thursday, September 08, 2005 8:44:32 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Suzan Nice pics!
Ha ha on the Linda not in Tucson :)
Nighty nite RR

Thursday, September 08, 2005 8:58:57 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Linda in Tucson
Thank you for your help. What a hoot you received a gift certificate for the Ayers and found it after you left.

Ladies of the Blogg if you want to have a really good time, go to CHICAGO and meet Richard, Joe, Umberto and a lot of really great ladies! I caution you however, get your beauty sleep before you go! Enjoy the journey!

Speaking of beauty sleep - nite t'all


Thursday, September 08, 2005 9:00:50 PM  
neva said...


I saw the tentative date change close to the end of the previous blog (with pictures) and now on this one by RR (see above).

Suggest wait until tomorrow but it looks like Sept. 30 and Oct 1 for Chicago according to today's blog.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 9:03:25 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Ladies: Chicago is a fabulous city, and the trolley tour with narration regarding the Chicago fire is very interesting...Great architecture...There ia a great museum too, that would take a full three days to do right...I stayed at the Omni when I was there for the Oprah thing, and stayed over after filming..They gave me their Oprah rate, for which they charged $189 a night...The Omni is downtown and close to the action; the staff is 'way' friendly and the food is great [especially their special tomato soup!].....If you eat meat there are some great steakhouses as well! My favorite reason to go would be to meet CHI-TOWN GIRL!! I am taking a SoCal Red Cross training with my daughter..It is so difficult to see all the suffering and do nothing...THE 'WOMEN WITH HEART' bracelets are selling like 'hotcakes'!! Thanks to the ladies for all your great help...Richard you owe $5.00, lol..

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:10:21 PM  
willemina said...

If you're thinking about going to Chicago to meet Richard Roe, the very handsome senior bachelor, I want to encourage you to go!
I had a wonderful time in MB although I don't think I got quality time with Richard. Our eyes met on quite a few occasions but I'm not sure if he felt the same as I about that...Have you noticed his beautiful blue eyes?
But hey, there were so many georgeous women vying for his attention. I just want everyone to know that I personally did not see him pay special attention to any one in particular. If he felt a connection to anyone, that was a private matter to him only. He was a true gentleman and treated us all with respect and dignity. I did not feel like this was a cattle call at all. It was fun and exciting and everything I had hoped it would be.
I almost did not show because I was afraid of just that and said to myself, "what the h--- am I thinking?" After some reflection at a nearby park, I decided to go and I am so glad that I did. Maybe Richard will choose me to tag along on one of his excursions and maybe not. I would love the chance to really get to know this very special man and I think he would be equally lucky to know me :)
Richard has put a spark back into my life...I have dreams again for what may be. Thank you Richard, Joe & Nancy and family, Umberto, Ann Williams, Doug Ayres and family, staff of the Ayres, Amber, (Richard's friend who is just a darling), Murad Day Spa, See's candies, all of the fantastic women who attended and those who couldn't make it but were there following the blog and gave it their all with their hearts...
Follow your dreams, go to Chicago and enjoy!

Thursday, September 08, 2005 10:57:16 PM  
soft_rain said...

Hello Richard,

I am glad you are back, its nice to read your postings once again.

Your friend Joe did a wonderful job in keeping us all informed in your absence
and of course it goes with out saying Umbertos pictures were a speacil treat.

I would like to thank them both for their much appreciated involvement which enabled us all to remain studious.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:01:57 PM  



Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:26:36 PM  
soft_rain said...

To Coach

May I add a speacil thank-you to
you for posting the following very informative web sites.

If you are an animal Lover you are guaranteed to shead a tear.

Taking into consideration that in general, animals have the conprehention of that of a two year old child

We can only imagine how terribly frightening their plight must be in the aftermath of Katrina.

I am conforted in the fact that Oprah has an eye out and an open heart for these helpless creatures.

The following can be read on

O IN N O (Oprah in New Orleans)

For Bruce Earnest, a member of The HSUS's Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), words couldn't describe the stench he encountered inside the devastated Superdome on Sunday. Disgusting, awful, hideous.

For Earnest, none of those words captured the worst smell he had ever breathed into his lungs. He called it a combination of sweat, feces, urine, and who knows what else.

So imagine his surprise when, amid the squalor of the scene, he saw Oprah Winfrey walking around the Superdome.

It's true. New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin had invited Oprah to tour the stadium (among other sites), which city officials are debating scrapping because it sustained massive structural damage.

When Oprah saw the DART members in action, Earnest said, she raised her arms in the air and shouted, "Thank God they didn't forget the animals!"

She then visited the 30 or so animals that the team members had rescued from the Superdome, including a mother dog and her 11 pups.

Oprah's support was so emphatic that Lou Guyton, command leader of The HSUS's rescue operation at Gonzales, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, remarked that if the animals need anything, "I'm going to call Oprah." (International Fund for Animal Welfare) (Humane Society of the U.S.) (located in Seattle)

Well Oprah youve managed to make me cry once more.
From the deepest recess of my soul I thank-you in the name of all the left behind creatures,God bless you and your mission.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:27:21 PM  
Operawench said...

Hello Ladies,
I'm in agreement with my Blogette friends. If you have a chance to go to Chicago and meet Richard,Joe,and Umberto, do it, Do It, DO IT!!!! Do the trip for yourself, you will be so rewarded! I'm so glad I went to MB even though I was having my doubts about going. I met some great gals and Richard isn't so bad He is truly a gentleman and I was amazed at the energy he has. Richard is not your 'average' 64 yr. old. He's a handsome, rugged man with an awesome smile and beautiful blue eyes! (Richard, keep your head from exploding
Plus if you stay in Chicago long enough you might be able to get a ticket to Oprah's show, hear some jazz, go to the art musuem, go to the top of Sears Tower, go see a performance at Chicago's Lyric Opera, and I hear the eating is good in Chicago! Anyhow please don't think you will stick out like a sore thumb or get lost in the crowd if you go to Chicago. We all are so unique that there will be someone you meet that will appreciate you and will be glad you came. So Ladies go have some fun, fun, fun!!! I want to see pics rolling off the comp from your adventures in Chi Town!

Coeur-rage to you all,

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:28:37 PM  
Celia said...

Hi Linda, I would also like to download my photo on the Blog. It would be great if you would e-mail directions to me at my website

Mucho thanks!

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:00:24 AM  
cer in Hawaii said...

Aloha from Hawaii. I've had fun reading the blogs for several weeks now and never entertained the thought of doing any more than that. My kids would say I'm crazy but it wouldn't be the first time. Anybody else from Hawaii planning to travel to Chicago?

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:30:03 AM  
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Friday, September 09, 2005 3:08:02 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Hello, Good Morning, and Welcome home, Welcome to the new bloggers, so many to cover!! lol.. hi.. just me,.. Back to the Blog but only popping in for a quick minute! I am leaving today to take the horses to California (I am going to help a friend drive) then I should be home as near as I can tell late Monday night. I hate leaving the blog that long so much happens and I end up with drawling.. some of you know what I mean!! at any rate



Friday, September 09, 2005 6:21:46 AM  
EasyReader said...

Born to Travel
Pam in Missouri

Where in Missouri are you? I'm currently in Branson

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:27:05 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

RedTBird, Hi, and thanks for the kind compliment. Life is just too d***** short not to have fun, and I think most will agree with that statement.

But I'm here. Just been sort of busy trying to get things organized for the Maui trip.

Been working out every night too, then swimming laps so that has me pretty wiped out (Linda [I might have to pierce something], Susan, Gael, and more) y'all got me motivated to tone and get some muscle definition (and its working baby)!!!

I have also been enjoying this change in the weather, here where I live. Fall is so in the air. I love it!

I have never been back East before and would have loved to had made the journey to Chicago, but I have a couple other really short trips planned when I return from paradise, plus I think that is when sb will be in Chicago. So it wouldn't work anyway.

Cute Gael, are you going to be at the sb festivities in Chicago? Hi girlfried! Did we all have fun in MB or what????

I got MB pictures back yesterday and for those ladies that wrote in my little address book I will mail you copies, k.

Just want to wish all those wonderful women that will be traveling to Chicago a safe journey.

Richard and Joe safe travels to you too. Richard, don't forget your headache medication *grin*

Y'all have a great Friday and week-end.



Friday, September 09, 2005 6:30:43 AM  
Born To Travel said...

Hello Easyrider! I live in Carthage about an hour and half northwest of you. I go to Branson regularly and spend time in my condo. Are you planning to go to Chicago?
Richard, I am finishing my biography this weekend and have my video ready to submit. I looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. I am one to usually let the man make the moves, but in this case I don't think I have a choice. Traveling and Romance are the reasons I retired early so I plan to take advantage of every opportunity. And this is an OPPORTUNITY! Always!

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:57:27 AM  
Anonymous said...

Dear Click Girl, Thank you so much for the downloading info you sent in your last memo. I just printed it up, and will try to figure it out later. Richard's Blog is now downloading quickly, but I plan to research exactly what you have sent to me. If I ever can't get info, I usually just move on with the thought that I will find it somewhere else, but in this instance, there would not be an adventure like this anywhere else. It is quite unique. Thanks again! Your help is greatly appreciated. ANONYMOUS, Lady Jayne

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:59:46 AM  
Born To Travel said...

To Linda in Tucson - I have been enjoying your blogging for the past several weeks. I, too, would like to be able to post my picture with my messages on the blog. Would you be so kind as to e-mail me the directions to Thank you sooo much. Always! Pam in Missouri

Friday, September 09, 2005 7:02:13 AM  
linda in Tucson said...

Good Morning Richard! now wouldn't you like me to serve those words up with a hug and a smile every morning for a month? heh heh.
I'm really not the techie person here (where is Babette when you need her? But I'll tell you what...I'll post some directions for adding a pic to your blog on my blog in a just a little bit. Just click on my name to get there. Love to see all the smiling faces!

Friday, September 09, 2005 7:06:39 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Hi Richard - I thought I'd ask this here, as others might be wondering the same thing. If we've submitted a video tape, as I have about a week and a half ago, will you acknowledge to us that you've received it? (Just wondering, as things can get lost in the mail.) Thanks -


Friday, September 09, 2005 7:49:36 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Good morning All, hope you can all help me out this morning. My brother goes in for surgery today, I'll of course be there but this morning I'm rowing out into the bay for some praying time. So at 10 am I'll be alone in the boat asking for Chucks surgery to well. My father died in my arms on April 13th and I am not ready to let go of my brother. A couple of you asked me if I was ok while at Manhattan Beach and I said that I was but it has been one Hell of a year. Anyway at 10am please join me in prayer, I hope I see the dolphins that is always a peaceful sign. Thanks....

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:16:49 AM  
onrynurse said...

Richard.....Scrollitis...Is a great word!!

Hope all have a great weekend!
Wking this one!! Will chk bk on Mon Am!! Gotta take care of the patients..ya know!! 12 hr shifts, 3 in a row, make no room for much else!!


Friday, September 09, 2005 8:17:31 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Better than collitis (msp) (from what I understand) *grin*


Friday, September 09, 2005 8:26:21 AM  
onrynurse said...

Linda in Tucson....I love your enthusiasm!!

Richard, OH Goody....I an off on the 30th and 1st....i wont have to play hooky!! Cant wait to hear!!

CHI TOWN GIRL....You are awsome!!
Albuquerque is home to my sister and family!! They say the Ballon festival is just Awsome!! They live in Rio Rancho!! By the way, I sleep great on Couches!! Ha

Just had to write more!! Nap time now..its 1025 Am and wk comes at 7pm.....nitey, nite!!

Hugs Linda

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:26:47 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Hey Jan,

You out there? Skul baby!!!


Friday, September 09, 2005 8:34:32 AM  
Ms. J said...

Hi Richard, Good luch in Chicago. I mailed my information to you. I hope you can come to Texas.

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:40:21 AM  
Anonymous said...

Good Morning Richard.I have a question for you. Since I have been following your journey I was attracted to the adventure. I was hesitant to come to MB, it was a distance for me. I am contemplating Chicago, but am confused as to what would be the purpose.If as you said, the cut-off date is Sept.16TH why would anyone need to come. Your decision would be made and the ladies coming would be creating expenses for nought.
I mean, all women who came to MB were either there because they have submitted a video, or wanted to meet with you and see if they wanted to. I realize that there has been a group a women who have been on this journey from the begining via your web site and wanted to meet with one another, and the same thing could take place again for them.
It seems as though at this point that would be it's main purpose.
Those who were in MB came with possibilities of hope's.
Chicago would just be a sightseeing tour. I had thought in the begining you made statements inferring your traveling different area's of the country. It is now just 2, and the second is still not a confirmed event.
Why are you asking women to spend money when there isn't a reason too. If the Chicago round was before the cut-off I could see the point, but why now?
Could you expound on this a bit, It may help in my decision making.
Signed, New Kid.

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:41:06 AM  
Ms. J said...

Hi Richard,
From reading the newsletter, it sounds like you and the women are having a fantastic time.

I emailed you photos of me, and I mailed you my bio, video and other photos. I am looking forward to meeting you soon! Hopefully, you will come out to Texas or somewhere in the area.

What happens if you have not made a decision by October?

Again, I cannot wait to meet YOU!

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:44:38 AM  
dreamweaver said...

G'dday ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE Mr. 'Blue Eyes' (reminds me of the song 'Baby's Got Blue Eyes' by Elton John) Joe, the 'lone rangers' and gals on the blog!

I've sent my first 'prayer card' to the Astrodome in Houston and will do so every week until all the people have left and found a new 'lease on life' Enshala! Children love receiving cards with pretty pictures of Love and Hope, it gives them a strong sense of being in one's thoughts and they identify with it too, especially when it comes from distant places!

I am soooo happy to see the animals being taken care of and the story of this one brave Dr. in particular who refused to abandon the animalas he was asked to care for. I loved 'babysiting' my daughter's 'dwarf rabbit' named POH(HOP spelt backwards:) but alas they have to leave, studying time has begun for my daughter!

Chicago sounds as though it is shaping up to be an incredible soiree, you go girls!!! Would be nice to have the song 'Itz Rainin' Men' come into fruition considering that our Senior Bachelor's 'peacock feathers' are going to be 'fanned out' once again in Chicago Chicago da da da da da:)
So I bid y'all tootaloo for now on this glorious Friday and keep the DREAM ALIVE for ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE!
from the 'cat's meooow' :)
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. listening to Zimbabwean music, amazing all the interesting instruments, very unique!

Friday, September 09, 2005 9:43:42 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy 'Mr. Blue Eyes' :)

CORRECTION.....Anamalas should be animals :)

Love and Light

'the cat's meoow' :)
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. waiting for The Full Moon then the cat's meoow becomes the Wolverine's howl...owww

Friday, September 09, 2005 9:58:04 AM  
Forest Hills said...

HEY LOIS - OPERAWENCH!! Did you see your photos on my Blog?! Just put them up last night! I have CONNIE blowing bubbles, CJ, ZOE, MaryRose, Leslie, W in CenCal, a great LINDA shot, and ... hmmm, I'm forgetting someone ... Oh, well! I'll go have another peek!!

Callmelin: Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to your brother, Chuck, and a successful surgery and speedy recovery. May God guide the hands of His servant, the surgeon, and all those who will lend aid. Likewise, I'm sorry to learn of the passing of your father last April. Indeed, it is hard to deal with and understand. But you must, and you will, be strong for your brother. We are all, of this community of the Sisterhood, linked to one another in so many ways. Please count on us, contact us collectively or individually, as you need to. Peace.

Hugs to all!


Friday, September 09, 2005 10:01:10 AM  
Forest Hills said...

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Friday, September 09, 2005 10:01:10 AM  
dreamweaver said...

Howdy 'gain... Baby's Got Blue Eyes' Mr. ROEMANcin' 'lone rangers' Joe and Gals including the 'nu KID on the blog' :)

Kindly consider sending what I call 'prayer cards' to the CHILDREN at the Astrodome in Houston Texas. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE, you can only bend the tree while it is young, they need our support to know people care and that the world is not a bad place!
Address Again is:
TEXAS 77230
P.S. the little ones will grow up and read what we, the people have written, it makes an indelible mark on their lives forever for the good! THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Friday, September 09, 2005 11:50:31 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Ladies:

Richard and I are working furiously on the hotel in Chicago. Again, your patience and understanding are most appreciated. Once again, the power of such an amazing group is making these hotels (and other service providers) stand up and take notice. They want you to party with them!

Let me answer a few questions that have popped up here:

1. "Nancy in Ohio"- it is virtually impossible for Richard (or Umberto or me) to acknowledge each submission individually. Best to have whatever shipping company you are using get an acknowledgement for you.

2. "CB"- how about adding the new word "flogging" to your list! That's what Richard and I call the flurry of postings on the blog when we make a mistake! LOL!

3. Anon "New Kid"- If you have not submitted your materials by the deadline of September 16 then, you are right, what would be the reason to come to Chicago. But, if you have been reading the blogs and all the comments from the Ladies who did attend, you saw a great deal of comraderie going on and meeting other women of similar likes for adventure and travel. Ask you question of them here on the blog and see what responses you get.

4. "Dreamweaver"- what a lovely suggestion to send prayer cards to the Astrodome. My former sister-in-law and her husband (who is a retired neurosurgeon) are both volunteering there and they say every little bit would help. Can you imagine how the survivors must feel and how a note from a stranger knowing they are thinking about them would make them feel. I'm taking this to my kid's school and having them write letters to the other kids. What a great group of considerate people you Ladies are!

Still working on posting more photos from MB. Keep those Chicago suggestions coming...


Friday, September 09, 2005 12:21:40 PM  
EasyReader said...

Hello Born to Travel - I'm thinking about Chicago! Some days I think yes and then there are days I think not. I've been following the SB blog for quite a while and stayed silent for quite some time. I grew up in MB and the excitment building up to the big event - well it was just great to be a part of it even if I was not there.

I have the weekend to make a final decision about Chicago. That is if there is a decision made by Mr. Roe and his countless helpers. :)

TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:21:42 PM  
Anonymous said...

Would someone please explain to me just exactly what (This Post Has Been Removed By the Author) means. Does it mean that Richard Roe or one of his assistants removed the post? Or does it mean that the person who wrote the blog changed their mind and removed. Thnks. New to the Blog

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:25:57 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

My apologies, in an earlier blog I talked of working out, being inspired by certain women last week. I mispelled SUZANS name. Sorry, someone spank me, please *grin*


Friday, September 09, 2005 12:34:38 PM  
coach said...

To "Annonymous New Kid: Richard has already answered your question many times, since others have been confused, also. The "deadline" of Sept 17th, is a ONLY a deadline for getting your materials (video, bio, picture) MAILED to him. The two "soirees" (MB and CHI) are unrelated to that deadline. He has told us many times that his goal is to narrow down the field by the first week of October. I am supposing that it will take that last 2 weeks of September for him to review the hundreds of tapes that he is probably receiving. Then having reviewed your tape and bio, he will be ready to meet you in CHI. Hope this helps you and others who are confused!! love, shar

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:38:38 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Friday, September 09, 2005 12:38:53 PM  
coach said...

JOEinMB...Sorry, I was posting at the same time as you, and did not know you were answering "New Kid", but hope my answer also helped her and others. Also, to EVERYONE: I typed the wrong date for the deadline...oh mercy me, sure hope that does not cause a flurry!!
love, shar

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:45:41 PM  
coach said...

To easyreader Lurisa: Do NOT hesitate another minute...make your decision immediately, pick up the phone and make your reservations... If CHI is even half the fun that MB was, your money will be well spent. To all who are considering going to CHI, please go back on this and former blogs and see what we all had to say about MB, the other benefits of going other than just meeting
"the man", and the attitude you need going in...and then GO IN AND HAVE A BALL!! love, shar

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:56:11 PM  
willemina said...

lady base camp;
No pic, try again
I would like to send you a pic I took of you with Richard so please send me your correct e-mail??? I tried with the address you gave but to no avail...thanks
PS: It was a pleasure meeting you in MB

Hi Shar! I didn't get to say goodbye...It was also a pleasure meeting you in MB. Thanks for sharing the bar stool with me :)

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:03:03 PM  
Merrymary said...

I checked on Opera tapings and they are on Tue. through Thur. which would be the 4th of Oct. but if some of us could get in ,wouldn't that be fun??? She just goes to prove your wildest dreams can be answered if you try and believe. I am getting excited. I hope to meet and make some life long friends. Okie

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:13:30 PM  
connie said...

Coach Shar: Not sure this is correct "Then having reviewed your tape and bio, he (RR)will be ready to meet you in CHI." I don't think the narrowing down has anything to do with CHI -- perhaps we can get clarification from Joe or Richard?

Also- CJ-- I know you were kidding, but just in case anyone is not sure-- the cost of Richards's bracelet was covered!

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:15:14 PM  
coach said...

To SoftRain, DesertHills, Canadian Bloggette, Clickgirl, Dreamweaver, LindainTucson, LaDolceVida, the flying massage therapist, DebbyEddy, and many more:
I just want to take a minute to tell you how MUCH I enjoy your blogging comments. I do not take the time to acknowledge you very often...time is I just want to do a blanket THANK YOU to all of you. Your positive, uplifting, loving, supportive, funny, etc. etc. comments are such a joy for me, and are what keep bringing me back to this blog! What a GREAT group of women with whom to be associated!! I am proud to be one of you. love, shar

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:16:04 PM  
coach said...

HI, Connie (is this dancingirl connie?) Sorry if my note was confusing. The entire end of my message was prefaced by "I'm supposing," so everyting I said after that preface was conjecture. ... and yes, I would love it if Joe or RR would like to comment! Thanks for the question!! love, shar

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:21:57 PM  
EasyReader said...

Coach - Shar

I appreciate the encouragement. I do have some dates in September/October that I would definately not be able to attend, so as with many other CHI possibles, we will just have to wait for the dates to be confirmed. I'm not sure if the 9/30-10/1 dates are set in stone.

TTFN - Lurisa

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:37:40 PM  
coach said...

Willemina...loved meetng you, too! We DID have a great time switching cheeks on the stool, ;D didn't we!!
Soft rain...thanks for your additional Louisiana animal stories! I knew Oprah (merrymary, her name is Harpo spelled backwards) was an animal lover, but had not heard this piece of news. I loved reading the story! thanks!
O.K., it is beginning to look like I am a "blog-hog" (was it LindainTucson who coined that term?) so I'll sign off.
Now I am on my way to San Diego for our annual beginning-of-the-academic-year Coaches' Conference
..sigh...can you imagine a room full of men and women just like me who like to pontificate the entire weekend??? Whew!! I will check back in with you all on Monday... have a great weekend everyone!! love, coach

Friday, September 09, 2005 1:38:42 PM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

So in other words, 'New Kid', the deadline to get all materials in to RR is Sept. 16th. But he will not be making his decisions on that day. That comes later - after reviewing all tapes and AFTER the Chicago soiree. So mail everything now and join us in Chicago!


Friday, September 09, 2005 1:43:45 PM  
honestgal said...

Just for sporty fun!

'two extreme sports enjoying modest success recently (according to stories in, respectively, Time magazine and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin): 1) Yak skiing in Manali, India: a person on skiis and holding a bucket of nuts is attached to a yak by a long rope fixed to a pulley on a hilltop, with the yak near the top and the skier far below. The skier rattles the bucket loudly to infuriate the yak, which then charges down, yanking the skier rapidly uphill and (2) Ancient, luge-like Hawaiian lave sledding: a daredevil lies on his stomach, 4 inches off the ground on a handcrafted board about 6 feet long, and slides down a 700 foot long rock formation at speeds from 30 to 70 mph.'

Anyone, anyone?

Friday, September 09, 2005 2:03:17 PM  
EasyReader said...

Honestgal - Luge sounds fun. I did it on ice in Austria - might as well try it on lava in Hawaii.
NOT! Who am I kidding.

Friday, September 09, 2005 2:11:31 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Yes, I know YOU PAID FOR HIS BRACELET, lol...And, I want to thank all of the ladies who went to MB and paid for their hotel; their food; their airfare or gas; and, then bought one of the 'WOMEN WITH HEART' bracelets!! You showed true class and compassion for a worthy cause!!
I sent money to NOAH'S WISH...I sure hope that is a recognized animal rescue group as it was advertsied as such on our local channels...I can't even watch the innocent animals looking so lost and abandoned...For the most part, people of a certain age can protect themselves, but our animals cannot!! As for Oprah, I wanted to mention something that she said to me...It was said while taping, but edited...The women who star in How Clean is Your House do not believe in animals sleeping on the bed...Oprah told me that her beloved dog always sleeps with her, and that told me alot about a woman I have come to admire greatly, even when I criticize her, I can't help but love her too!!
For those who want Oprah tickets, I would try everything you know to get them NOW!! I was at the Coach store, and the lady behind the counter told me she had lived in Chicago her whole life and had never been able to get tickets...It was real 'iffy' for me to get a ticket for my very best friend when she came to Chicago-so, GO4IT!! NOW!!
Peace and Joy,

Friday, September 09, 2005 2:49:54 PM  
HeiressChild said...

i was up reading the blogs early this a.m. and posted on the old blog, so i'm now pasting those comments over here. that's what happens when u do stuff at 4:00 a.m. and need some sleep:

sheila, thank you so much for those funny jokes and for putting some FUN back in the blogs. HA HA HA LOL LOL LOL i've stayed away from this sb site since monday because of "blah, blah, blah." i decided to check out the comments tonight to see what was going on. as i've scrolled down, it's getting better, and u've made it even more so with your humor. i'll be going to bed as soon as i finish reading the rest of the comments, but THANKS for some laughs before i go.

hmmmmmm, maybe i should change my name to "fungirl" because girls just wanna have fun, oh girls just wanna have fun, they just wanna, they just wanna, they just wanna, they just wanna, girls, they wanna have fun.

and this is what happens when it's 3:46 am, and you're still up. lol

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:47:29 AM

suzan, u are such a riot. lol isn't it amazing how those comedians were so sharp and quick-witted? some people are born funny and then some people.....

i think i fit in the 2nd category...

but i still might become "fungirl" if no one has that name.


Friday, September 09, 2005 1:31:40 AM

Friday, September 09, 2005 2:53:41 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

OK It's "this time tomorrow"
I'm not leaving my computer 'till you make the big announcement!

Friday, September 09, 2005 4:06:45 PM  
Forest Hills said...

Have you gone over to the "Alternate Site" and seen my latest CAT joke? My male colleagues were nearly peeing in their pants! (what IS it about men and cats?!!!).

For the record, to all the newcomers, I AM an animal lover!! And I like a good laugh!!
AMEN to that!!


Friday, September 09, 2005 5:26:08 PM  
macushla56 said...

Well darn - sorry to see the date for Chicago has changed - leaving on Oct. 1 to hike the mountains in Georgia - this is one Midwest Gal who won't be making the trip North, so the rest of you gals party for those of us who can't! - BH

Friday, September 09, 2005 5:41:16 PM  
kathryn Levenson said...

Thanks for a wonderful time. This is only my second blog attempt. I loved meeting you all (including Richard, of course). I especially would love to hear from Zoe and Operawench. What a cool group of women!

Best, Kathryn in Walnut Creek

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:01:03 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Chicago Update: I still do not have the final confirmations from the hotel!! September is a very, very busy month in Chicago and I do not want us scattered in different hotels. I remain 95% certain it will be Friday September 29 and Saturday October 1. And Joe, and Umberto and myself MIGHT come in early Thursday afternoon so we can all go out to dinner with the "early birds," which is what happened in Manhattan Beach. If so, I will have breakfast with any interested ladies and start meetings right after breakfast Friday morning, so we can get extra time Thursday night and Friday morning. And I will stay for breakfast on Sunday morning as well. This is exactly how the 2 day MB Event turned into a 4 day Event, which was fine with me. To clarify any uncertainty, the deadline remains September 16, and to be considered for the journey, materials must be postmarked by Sept.16. If someone would like to say "hello" in Chicago, who has not submitted the materials on time, and know that they will not be eligible, that's OK if I have the time. I'll be back as soon as I get the right hotel. Ciao, RR

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:08:07 PM  
droma said...

Reason for going to Chicago post 9/16 to meet RR & posse? Its' called an Egotrip. If it was to just meet other ladies, how many would go?

From what THE MAN has told us, he has travelled the last 10 years mostly by himself, with no one else to consider. Also no hint how he could afford to do such extensive travelling.

To South America you'll have a third person with you, the rest is unknown.

Anon, when a post is deleted by RR's blog police, no mentioning of it appears on this blog.

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:22:40 PM  
Merrymary said...

Yea...I for one am happy about the dates. I'll get the 50's reunion over next week end...Our chairman from class of '55 died suddenly in his back yard of a massive heart attack 2 weeks ago and he did so much we'll miss him like crazy. Richard do you have any pull if I stay a few extra days getting me into Oprahs taping on one of the days? CJ said it's really hard to get tickets. I'll start calling Mon. I need to deliver some money for the Angel network from my great grand children. Any help would be appreciated. I have the MRI xrays done Mon. but I told the doctor I'm going to Chicago hurting or not. He thought it was funny when I told him about you. Of course he never watches Opera so doesn't know what goes on outside the doctor's office and hospital. Thanks for making this so fun. I love ANTICIPATION. MMQC

Friday, September 09, 2005 7:03:52 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

To all my new found cherished Bloggette Buddies,
at the risk of forgetting anyone I won't name y'all, you know who you are.

"My friends are my estate"
-Emily Dickinson

I am one very wealthy woman!!

Love and hugs to all...I am off to Vancouver for 2 weeks to visit one of my dear sweet wonderful magnificent delightful daughters, what a gift they are to me!! YAH!!!
Will check in from time to PLEASE take best care of yourselves and others and HAVE FUN.......LIFE IS SHORT and we only get one shot at it so cherish, savour and taste the moments, each and every one ladies and gentlemen!
La Belle xox

9/09/2005 10:44 PM

Friday, September 09, 2005 7:47:52 PM  
Anonymous said...

Me thinks we need to add another f to the fit, fun, free--frustration?!

I, for one, have needed to cancel three appointments on the east coast already in order to attempt to combine some trips with Chicago and I am still no closer to the event than last month.

Most of us have freebees with HH Hilton Honors, Starwood or others so a hotel should be the least of our problems. After all aren't we independent travelers and adults?

I appreciate the complexity of organizing such an event and appreciate the efforts of all,
however, at this point I must ask is it time to let go?

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:00:11 PM  
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Friday, September 09, 2005 8:34:40 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Richard I'm checking in to say g'nite and yes I have my jammies you want me to describe them? Nevermind, you'll just have to wait and see :)
Sorry you were unable to get things firmed up today.
I was born, raised, and lived in the near Chicago burbs all my life plus I've already had the pleasure of meeting not much in it for me!

But as I keep reminding myself, this is not about me! Ha ha. Sooo I'll do my best to get jazzed for everyone else!
Sweet dreams
(and yes, I'd like to say that everynight for a month. Prrrrrrrr)

Friday, September 09, 2005 9:00:05 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Ladies,

Now, let's play nice on the blog-one of the "Anons"- no rude comments allowed (one was deleted). We are so beyond that sort of thing here.

"Anon 1" and/or "Anon 2": Agreed, many probably do have some sort of frequent stay awards they could use for a hotel. But the event in MB exceeded everyone's expectations and the majority did not use award points because the Ayres Hotel is an independent chain. Why did they choose to pay for their rooms instead of using awards? Just go back and read this and the previous two blogs. If any of the reasons you read from the Ladies who went don't appeal to you, then don't go. Simple as that. Having most of the Ladies at the same hotel seemed to add to the bonding, energy level and excitement.

Remember the primary reason for the "Meet the Senior Bachelor Event" is for you to meet Richard and Richard to meet you. This event provided the opportunity for face to face meetings. And, it turned out for so many, much much more. Richard has stated before that not going to one of the "Meet the Senior Bachelor Events" will not count against you in the evaluation for the Search for the Perfect Traveling Companion.

Here is another article about the Manhattan Beach event that came out in a regional newspaper called "The Beach Reporter":

Click here to read it.

I promise, after the kid's soccer and football games this weekend, more photos!


Friday, September 09, 2005 10:14:32 PM  
Katie said...

I think I know what part of the 'anonymous' problem is: logging on incorrectly. I wrote on the blog a couple of times, using the identity of anonymous, because I couldn't figure out how else to get on. It took me a couple of tries before I realized that you click 'other' and you are then able to type in a name. Prior to that, I was trying to get on by clicking on blogger... but since I don't have a web page, I obviously couldn't get on. Anyway...I have a feeling that a few other of the anonymous people are doing the same thing.
Richard since you are having so much trouble coming up with a place for us to stay in Chicago, why not show us how adaptable you are and switch to another city? What about St. Louis? Dallas?

Friday, September 09, 2005 10:35:05 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hey what about us Montreal would be good.LOL!

To all the Bloggettes/Bloggers who are not playing so "nice"
A message from my mentor, my very wise grandmother, she would sing this to me when I was a little girl and I was being "not so nice"...

"There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead, and when she was good she was VERY VERY good, and when she was bad ,she was VERY VERY bad!"

Where or where is that naughty mat when we need it??

So ladies of the Blog.......quite simply..........
It is what it is and it isn't what it isn't.......don't make things unecessarily complicated......the choice is yours, take it or leave it and play nice!! or you just may get a Flogging ( with a wet noodle) via the Blogging....(that was for you Joe!)
wishing you all and more in health, life and love
La Belle xox

Friday, September 09, 2005 11:00:17 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

To all my new found cherished Bloggette Buddies, at the risk of forgetting anyone I won't name y'all, you know who you are.

"My friends are my estate"
-Emily Dickinson

I am one very wealthy woman!!

Love and hugs to all...I am off to Vancouver to visit one of my dear sweet wonderful magnificent delightful daughters, what a gift they are to me!! YAH!!!
Will check in from time to PLEASE take best care of yourselves and others and HAVE FUN.......LIFE IS SHORT and we only get one shot at it so cherish, savour and taste the moments, each and every one ladies and gents!!
La Belle xox

Friday, September 09, 2005 11:30:03 PM  
curlyinVancouver said...

Hello everyone. Sounds like you are having tons of fun. I haven't kept up with any of this (sun was shining and I was rollerblading) and so have missed much of the goings-on. I'm out of the blog loop although I did send in my video & stuff.....had such a good time making my video. My children are very used to my silly antics but I drove them (and my friends) a bit crazy by making them tape me over and over. FUN!

lady base camp - you have some wise words.
droma - 3 in South America?
canadian bloggette - I'm in Vancouver, where do you live? Enjoy your time with your daughter. Maybe I'll see you out on the seawall.


Friday, September 09, 2005 11:35:59 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thankyou's not about "award" points here with a hotel.RR is the award!!!! He is looking for a senior bachelorette..over 50. So many of the bloggettes are being so immature with their comments.Grow up ladies. Think seriously about your comments.Have you forgotten that men love a challenge.Stop throwing yourselves at him.

Friday, September 09, 2005 11:47:16 PM  
honestgal said...

Ladies, if you are into a wonderful film about Romance, adventure, song, dance and India - try watching a film 'bride and prejudice' which is a takeoff from the Jane Austen novel, 'Pride and Prejudice'. What color! What beauty! And what plain fun! Lalita tries to foil love from a wealthy American and the plot thicken with the ever helpful mother arranging marriages. It was a fun Friday evening complete with granddaughter, popcorn and dogs!

Hugs to all!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:16:23 AM  
Anonymous said...

I think RR is mature enough to read through the biographys and sort out who is mature enough to be a real travel partner for him. Someone who can deal with mosquito bites, broken nails, missing a couple of meals/flights/lattes, losing baggage, no electricity, traveler's diarrhea, rashes, no air conditioning, open-air markets, air/sea sickness, jelly fish bites, language blocks, constipation, trains/buses without w/c's, leg cramps, shin splints, sunburn, decompression sickness and insomnia. WITHOUT MOANING AND GROANING AND COMPLAINING. Beauty is only skin deep and it is really the mature SOUL who can endure. I have seen more than a couple of 70 year olds who spend their days complaining about the present, past and the future. Age in calendar years really doesn't count worth beans, if you haven't learned anything or ventured anything. Someone should have some serious net worth of some type of asset in their life, by calendar age '50'.

So, let's see if the cream really does rise to the surface in the final selection, whether it be the sweet sixteen or the finaly four.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:35:47 AM  
Operawench said...

Hello everyone,
Just a Pot Pourri of comments, questions tonight.

Hello Joe,
When you mentioned in your post that you, RR, and Umberto are doing your best to acknowledge receipt of the Journey Materials I believe you! Everyone should know that there are more than 1000 videos, etc. that Richard has to deal with. My comment Joe is that some of us brought our Materials to MB or sent them some other way that can't be tracked. My Materials came to MB via my "Pony Express"(a 1996 Oldsmobile) so I would like to know if Richard received them, if at all possible.

Yes, there will be 3 people on each leg of the Journey; Richard, the lucky woman, and Umberto. Umberto's purpose on the Journey will be one of great importance and is priceless in Richard's eyes. Umberto, a sweet, capable young man, will be doing the nitty gritty work of making arrangements for every leg of the Journey. This is so Richard isn't spending precious time, which he should be spending with his traveling partner, making arrangements. In this case Droma 3's Company, not a crowd!
If you read some of my previous posts and those of others then you would know that the trip to MB wasn't about Richard totally. The trip was for each and every woman who made it for their own specific reasons. And Yes there were many there just to meet the other women from the Blog, and there were some who hadn't sent any materials to Richard at all. Some of those women are still not going to send in materials for whatever reason.
Droma, if you have a chance to go to Chicago, do it for yourself most of all. It's a chance to get out of "Dodge", get some fresh cool northern air, and meet some really amazing women who have travelled the world and have such wonderful, tragic, exciting, happy, and sad experiences to share. Give the trip a shot and determine to have a good time!

Suzan, thank you so much for the heads up on the photos on your Blog page! Such great smiles from everyone! We were all blessed to be in MB!

Ladies, as Richard has said, the decisions he has to make on travel partners after the deadline is passed are possibly the most difficult he has ever had to make. Can you imagine having to choose 12 semifinalists, then narrow it down to 6 travel partners out of more than 1000 women that have sent in materials from everywhere??? Patience is a virtue and one we all that are considering the Journey and have sent in materials, have to acquire.
So let us all support Richard in his endeavor and send good vibes, thoughts, prayers his way to help him make some good decisions about who he should take as his traveling partners.

I'm leaping off of my very high "soap box", preaching platform, and or lecture podium for

Spreading the Love,

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:32:33 AM  
Merrymary said...

It's not at all,all Richard that I want to go. My husband used to own an oil storeage tank cleaning business and did clening in Joliet so I'd fly into O'Hare and he'd pick me up. I want to reminises about some of those times...Drury Lane Theater, Planetariun, museum, restraunts etc. We know the odds of winning Richard are like a long ,long shot....But look at the horse races. There's been some very long shots win in the derbys. I also want toi meet Joe and his pretty and funny wife. I know Richard doesn't have time to "Roe everybody's boat." Lovingly, MaryB. Okie from T-Town

Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:06:36 AM  
Merrymary said...

Dear Linda, I'll bite....What does your jammies look like?? I bought some O.U. ones yesterday for the slumberless party in Chicago. Mary

Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:09:01 AM  

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