Friday, September 02, 2005

Meet the Senior Bachelor- Sept 2-- What incredible women! Photos Part III

11:00PM Friday, 9/2, Joe Reporting:

Another terrific day with Richard and the Ladies. Just going to post these quickly and head for bed- I think the party is still going and it's 11:00PM! Even I am impressed with Richard's energy level- but he has been waiting for this for a long time....

Yesterday there was about 110 women that showed up during the day and today about 50 women. Many heartfelt thanks to the women who came on Thursday as you were so patient and understanding while we were trying to figure out the logistics. As you know, priority for smaller group meetings with Richard went to those women who submitted a video. The smaller group meetings ended up with about 4-5 women on average. The first day of the smaller group meetings all consisted of women who had submitted videos. However, about every hour Richard came out to the Courtyard for a question and answer session with all who were gathered. We referred to these as "General Meetings" and they lasted about 15-20 minutes. Then, back to the smaller group meetings.

Based upon feedback from you Ladies, we learned that perhaps, every hour was too frequent for the General Meetings as there was repetitive information. So today we did the General Meetings every two hours- which left more time for smaller group meetings. Today, the first few group meetings were video Ladies and the rest were Ladies who did not submit videos- several who had signed up on Thursday but had to come back on Friday for a smaller group meeting. Very happy to say that everyone that came to the Event at some time participated in a small group meeting that lasted on the average about 20 minutes. So everyone got to meet the Senior Bachelor!

These photos are the ones I took with my inexpensive Nikon Coolpix 5900. Wait until you see Umberto's shots. I'll get his camera specs for you. Sorry for the slow download for some of you. Still learning this. Please comment if these photos load any faster. Also, we want to find a better way to display photos on the website that is easy and fast that an average computer user can manage. Are there any suggestions out there?

Go to the photos-

"Let's check out the Compubus!"

Give me your best Vanna impression- great sports!

Professor Roe inside the Compubus.

Richard's little helpers- some great Manhattan Beach kids!

Larger group meeting- about every two hours lasting 20 minutes. Lots and lots of great questions and answers.

Smaller group meetings- about 4-5 women for 20 minutes.

Richard enjoys the "show" during the Cocktail Party.

Richard gets the "Peacock Award" from Mary Olive (and she got a big smooch later!)

Connie found Richard's Pink Pants and returns them.

Lois (operawench) seranades with "Misty" accapella (sp?). Bravissima!

The lovely Mrs. Franklin "Roe"sts the big guy. Look for the speech she gave on her website .

Another shot of those fabulous women on those marvelous stairs. Look, Umberto is "trapped"! How do I get his job...

The Second Official Senior Bachelor Stairs Shot

Coach Sharon

A lovely Mother and Daughter "Team"- the daughter (right) forced Mom into making a video and handled all the technical details. Richard received many heartfelt emails and submissions from such wonderful "teams".

Christine pitched in on Friday when we needed help. She is officially named the first Richard's Ranger! Thanks!

Good night, all. I'll post some more tomorrow. Thanks to all the fantastic women that made this happen. It took courage and a strong sense of self to pursue this. And thanks to our supporters who made this such a special event for all to enjoy! Buona sera.


PS- The Meet the Senior Bachelor Event made the front page of the paper:


HeiressChild said...

good morning richard, joe, ladies, and any gents, it's 5:30 am here and i'm getting ready for my saturday class, but wanted to take a peek at pictures before i get started. beautiful pictures joe and nnbbsh. thanks for all of your tireless efforts to keep us back here abreast of what's going on, and for all u've done. the pictures loaded pretty fast for me joe. glad everyone had fun, and i wish ALL a SAFE return trip.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 2:44:38 AM  
Nancy in Ohio said...

Thanks, Joe, for all the great pictures. It makes it all seem so real. These women actually made the trip! And now, is it too soon to ask, for those of us wanting to make plans for Chicago, when the definite dates will be and where it will be held?


Saturday, September 03, 2005 5:21:32 AM  
Born To Travel said...

Good morning all to all in MB. The minute I woke up I had to check the blog to see what happened last night. The pictures are fantastic and loaded immediately on my PC. I am filming my video today and will have it in early next week. I am looking forward to the Chicago trip. Any definite plans yet? Richard and Joe, I am looking forward to meeting you and all those wonderful friends you have supporting you in this quest. I wish all a great Saturday and safe travel home. Always...

Saturday, September 03, 2005 5:48:41 AM  
Anonymous said...


THanks JOe for keeping us in the loop. The pictures are grat and I can't wait to see Umberto's. You guys will need a week off after all this hard work.

On another note:
If you can open your home for housing, hear are some websites:
" Civic Action, which set up on Thursday, said its Web site listed offers for 50,950 beds on Friday afternoon, and the number was climbing by more than 1,000 per hour." from MSNBC

Have a great week-end. Myriam

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:21:23 AM  
onrynurse said...

Hi.. looks like the party in MB went sooo well!! Great Photos, Joe!! Loaded fast here!!

I am off to Watertown, SD to see my grandson..home on Labor Day!!

Have a great weekend all of you!!!
Rest up Richard!!! Chicago awaits!!


Saturday, September 03, 2005 7:31:43 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Prof. Roe :) Joe and the 'posse'
More lovely photos, gee the prettiest ladies are on 'candid camera' makes for a special collage for sure...wonderful memories! I am surprised with your energy, vitality, health, charm, success and living in such a beautiful environment as Manhattan Beach California that you have not met your Soulmate Richard! It tells me something loud and clear that you are genuinly seeking your TRUE SOULMATE and a unique individual who is truly on the Spiritual Soulmate Journey! That is like trying to find a 'needle in a haystack' and not an easy task by no means! The reward when finally seeing 'HER' will be like 'going home' a feeling that one cannot put into words! Kabbalah says if one can utter such words, then it is because the Soul remembers being with the TRUE SOULMATE in a previous incarnation! This is what I have always felt throughout my Life and am determined to experience it again for the rest of this lifetime:) The Man has to work harder at earning his Soulmate and be at the Spiritual Level to attract her, or he will not EARN the merit to be with her! If you are not married to YOUR TRUE SOULMATE, then you are married to someone else's :) so be careful 'out there' and resist 'temptation'. The reward is great for those who wait..(restriction)
Senior Bachelorette:)
Here's to: ROE/MANce and ADVENTURE :)

Saturday, September 03, 2005 8:52:32 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Prof. Roe, Joe and 'posse'

My daughter is with her Father Sailing this morning( I do miss the Sailing) love the feeling of gliding through the water and the wind catching the sails, then 'come about' and change direction catching the strong wind
lapping at the sails! Then I'm off to celebrate her 21st Birthday, I so love the company of all three children, fascinating to listen to them, I learn so much!
I guess that is why I love to holiday on a Cruiseship, the ultimate mode of travel, in addition to the RV which is a purrfect mode of road travel. I dream of seeing the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park 'Geysers':). By the way is 'the old rich geezer' in attendance at the Manhattan Beach Soiree as he professed he would be, with his LadyLove 'in tow' :) ??????? Enquiring Minds wanna know:)
Ship Ahoy a la Capitan Roe:)
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. La Dolce Vida so happy that your Beloved Father is safe and in Chicago! Hallelujah to the power of prayer!

Saturday, September 03, 2005 9:11:46 AM  
Forest Hills said...

THANKS RICHARD AND JOE, AND ALL WHO HELPED make this a wonderful event, and for the opportunity to meet all my lovely friends on the Blogs, both! The Sisterhood reigns!!


Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:43:26 AM  
Forest Hills said...

Dear Richard and Ladies,

As I leave this wonderful gathering, pay my bill, open the map and hit the driver seat of my camper, I first am saying THANK YOU for All being a part of living.

A lady shared with me that none of her friends back home would have had enough courage to do this. Maybe that is true with most of my associates too, BUT BUT BUT, go for your desires, so that you don't always wonder "Why you didn't". There will be the help and info you need when you need it.

I will be traveling now and away from the comp for 7 days.

There are more things to explore and feelings to feel.

Each one of us is an example for someone.


Mary Rose

Saturday, September 03, 2005 11:10:15 AM  
Mary R said...

The last comment was mine but I had followed Forest Hill so it got sent under her account,

I am Mary Rose and now off for 7 days.

Love and courage, again
Mary Rose

Saturday, September 03, 2005 11:18:20 AM  
sharingthenight said...

hello to everyone,
the party looks like it was a hit as far as agreat time was had by all.. i am sorry to hear richard hadn't found his soul mate, that means he still has a lot of work to do..ladies you need to get your video's in the deadline is just around the corner...
just in case you are wondering--
no i have not gotten my cattle call card so i am not one of the chosen, i suspect it would be a phone call or a piece of mail, if you are one.
okay well everything on the homefront looks good,
you all have a safe trip back.
thank god to chi-town for your good news.
myriam i received your e-mail, thank you, you are a beautiful woman, god bless ya honey.
desertflowers, you are a one of a kind, precious for sure.
linda, your website does not come up for me, so i have been missing out just keep me informed through the e-mail i guess. love ya and thanks a million.
hey cathy girlfriend the weather is only going to be 60-70 but that aint gonna slow me down.. gotta go play..
phyl.. we will find our fish and he will be a big 'un.
okay iam really out the door again.


Saturday, September 03, 2005 12:07:26 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

My Take on MB:
I did not take a meeting with the Roe so, no comment there...
The NNBBSH was so awesome!!
JoeinMB: does have a breaking point, lol..
The hotel staff was very friendly, but the food was marginal. It is very difficult to have a buffet that does not overcook salmon though :)...Hotel has NO BELL CAPTAIN to help with luggage and they do not allow for late checkouts-bummer!
If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't!
I would continue to get to know the ladies of the NNBBSH and give the money to the Red Cross...
If you have the money to spend Chicago might be fun, as meeting the NNBBSH is an honor...But, if you can't get there don't have a cow...Richard will never even remember half of the women who are hanging all over him, lol...

Saturday, September 03, 2005 12:37:12 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Joe, and R
Thanks for the continued pictures and update of the Big Event!! Looks like a great time was had by all....and I know Richard had the most fun of all meeting with all those fabulous women....however maybe the best is yet to come after your decision making process!!
Richard....just a note of possible interest to you: I think your hair looks better in it's natural, curly state. The straight forward comb style (by a hair stylist I'm sure) kind of makes you resemble Capt. sorry, but just trying to suggest the "new look" may not be the one for you.
Joe....I had no trouble bringing up this set of pictures, nor the ones you posted before. They followed your synopsis of the events just fine. Thanks again.
Ciao, Karla in Alaska

Saturday, September 03, 2005 12:38:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

It continues to be very slow accessing the site, but the wonderful images are downloading much more quickly. What a wonderful party Joe and Richard and all the MB folks threw. Just lst Class.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 12:38:50 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Goodness...........what a wirlwind last couple of days!

Had a wonderful and very enjoyable time in MB Wed-Fri. So many lovely, sweet, kind, beautiful , smart women. Richard really will have to make some tough decisions!

My day ended yesterday attending the Doobie Bros. concert in Saratoga. Had the best seats in the house. What a show. The last number the band members brought out their children and they joined their dads jamming. It was so cool. My sister and I rocked like we did when we were teen-agers. Dancing and caring on. Can you imagine ME doing that?! *grin*

Hope that everyone has a safe trip home returning to their final destinations following all the excitement in MB (especially the lovely ladies from England).

Good luck to all and to Richard. And kudos to Joe. I really don't think things would have gone so smoothly without that guy!!! He was amazing.


Deb Eddy

Saturday, September 03, 2005 1:23:27 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Ladies!

Man, that man and those Ladies at the Event don't stop!! I went over early this morning (Saturday) while the missus and kids were sleeping to pick up the final load of things and, as I walked into the lobby, who do I hear (or was it all just echoing in my ears from yesterday??!) but Mr. Roe. And about six tables of beautiful, glowing and radiant Bachelorettes. Just like they did last night taking over the lobby, they took over the breakfast dining room. Smiles all around and I collected several great hugs and "thank yous"... all much appreciated.

I'd like to thank all the Ladies for coming to Manhattan Beach for this event. I'm sure it was not an easy decision to come for many reasons but I would guess that most are glad they came. I would never have imagined it would have turned out like it did with fast friendships being made and potential travel partners met. A very sharp and supportive group.

Well, I'm off to work on a long-neglected "honey-do" list I have to attend to after spending so much time with the Event. Then to catch my breath and gear up for Chicago! (No details are finalized yet due to issues with Katrina-- more details in the next newsletter soon.)

I am pleased that we managed to get everyone who wanted one into a small group meeting with Richard. Ladies, we would love to hear your comments on the meetings as they would provide valuable feedback. Pro and con- all are appreciated.

"CJ" a breaking point- perhaps. I may have skirted it a couple of times but, hopefully, never crossed it LOL! As to Richard remembering the Ladies, I'll let him address that himself (if he ever gets back to his computer...) but my observation is that he remembers most-- certainly if they sent in a video. His ability to recall names astounds me. Again, comments pro and con.

Gotta run... I'll put up more photos and comments later. Thanks, everyone and safe travels!


Saturday, September 03, 2005 2:10:18 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Suz and I are about 100 miles outside phoenix reading the blog on cool is that?

Saturday, September 03, 2005 3:41:46 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Yo Girls!!
FOCUS!!!! Drive safely ...K???
Can't wait for the poop n'scoop!!
On my way out for dinner........catch y'all later........
Ciao for now
La Belle xox

Saturday, September 03, 2005 3:53:39 PM  
b1ONNDE said...

I'm dumbfounded by the pics of all the ladies! I would have loved to be there(I need a holiday.) I'm going to be honest. I really didn't think I would have a chance to meet Richard. It's not that I don't have the courage. I don't have the money,honey,but I have the time. It sounds like we Canadian ladies are an afterthought. Alberta is the only place I could travel to right now. It was a fun fantasy though. Richard,u have so many women to choose from. Good luck Richard. I hope you do find the love of your life. Six chances instead of one makes more sense as the human element will show up; u worked so hard to find "her." My grandaughter was the fairy godmother in a play last week. I was dreaming about being Cinderella. lol

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:00:28 PM  
Belizegial said...

Richard, Joe and fellow bloggers, thanks for the opportunity to post my comments here.

I have to admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the sight of so many femme fatales surrounding 'our Mr. Roe' as we women of the blog had become a bit proprietary of his attention :)

Nevertheless, on the other hand, I am proud to see that this adventure is now getting the attention it truly deserves both from the participants and the media.

For all those familiar ladies of the blog who attended the Senior Bachelor bash in Manhattan Beach, cheers to you for braving the crowds and proving to the rest of us that life is all about living it to the fullest. You went, you saw and you made a difference!

BTW, the pictures are loading more quickly, even on my slow dialup. Thanks Joe.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:08:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

I just flew home from a fabulous two days at the event in Manhattan Beach. The highlight was meeting so many "soul sisters." I made more new friends these past two days than in the past five years. Joe did a great job of organizing everything, Umberto is a dream, and "the peacock" held up well displaying enormous energy. I do take issue with "CJ,s" comments, but do not dispute that she is entitled to feel and say anything she wants. You said you did not "take a meeting" with Richard. You previously said you have not nor will submit a video or biography. This is a rhetorical question, but why are you involved and commenting when you are really not part of the "official" process?? And, you said you wouldn't do it again ( go to an event) knowing what you know now?? All of the rest of us (to my knowledge) had a terrific time, and I find it interesting that you are not really officially "in the game" yet you make comments, and often times negative ones? You seem to have appointed yourself the "housemother." P.S. I could not disagree with you more about all of the food, including the salmon. The Ayres Hotel, the staff, rooms, and food were fantastic. I might even go to Chicago as well.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:54:53 PM  
HeiressChild said...


and cj certainly is entitled to make comments, whether she's "officially" part of the sb process or not. she's been a blessing to many on the sb and nnbbsh sites, and i, for one, welcome all of her comments. everyone sees things differently, and it's good to have different perspectives. the only way to have different perspectives is for individuals to speak out with their beliefs. anon, just as u disagree with her views on some things, she likewise shared her views on some things she disagreed with and disagreed about.

anon, i know u stated "I do take issue with "CJ,s" comments, but do not dispute that she is entitled to feel and say anything she wants" - well the same way u take issue with her comments, she takes issues with the things she talked about.

THANK YOU CJ for your comments. i still say you are so real.


Saturday, September 03, 2005 7:23:52 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

And a good time was had by all!!!

(I am going to try to put a picture on this blog from day 2 but it may take some experimenting)
Michelle Bahr

Saturday, September 03, 2005 7:45:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

To Anonymous I disagree with CJ about the hotel but she was there to support the NNBBSH, which you are probaly not apart of and we most likely wouldn't want to include you.

CJ was also there to help to be a focal point for ladies that would like to stay incontact with one another after the meeting which was also the work of the NNBBSH.

CJ was also there to promote the American Heart Association by asking for very, small donations on the bracelets that were shown at the party which I'm sure you probably did not support either.

Lots of self-serving people out there, but CJ was not one of them. She is a kind loving lady who has been through a heck of a life and has a story to tell if you'd ever just take the time to listen to what she has to say.

She has given really sound advice to us ladies in maintaining the fact that we should stay focused and not expect too much and not to get too attached. Good advice I'd say.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 8:22:45 PM  
Anonymous said...

The above post was from Suzanne Wirries aka Desertflowers

Saturday, September 03, 2005 8:24:51 PM  
Anonymous said...

heiresschild Let's post over on Brenda's site. We don't want to blog hog here on Richards. We'll show some respect to him and all his new followers.

Suzanne aka desertflowers

Saturday, September 03, 2005 8:26:23 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Joe Many, many thanks to you! I'm sure what we saw of you in action was just a fraction of the behind the scenes work you have put in. You are gracious, charming, organized, funny, and kinda cute! Nancy is a doll and a real compliment to you.
The hotel was lovely, I thought the food was good (though would have been better if someone else had bought it for me). I will express my disappointment around the fact that the event was a free for all open to anyone, whether or not they had sent in tapes, been following the "journey", or just happened to read about it in the paper. Just seems that after 4 months it would have made much more sense to have a get together with women whose tapes Richard had seen and liked and the chosen ladies might have felt like there was at least an initial mutual connection. How exhausting it must have been to chat for hours and hours, answering the same questions, at times to groups of ladies that perhaps didn't include anyone Richard was remotely interested in. Just my opinion.
Yes, it was in part great fun to bond with like minded women, but I'm not quite sure what we were all celebrating? Being single? Being attracted to Richard? Being frustrated at the lack of sincere eligible men in the older age bracket? And could someone remind me of just what the big prize is?

Saturday, September 03, 2005 8:57:57 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Don't forget there are more party pics on

Joe I see you took off the infamous undie there one of me & RR on the pier? Yes, I'm still enjoying my few moments here.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 9:23:56 PM  
Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if Richard still says that not being able to attend the MB and Chicago events will not affect our chances for selection...

Also, wonder if he still says subscribers to the newsletter will have the opportunity to recommend who he should select.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 9:55:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

I have been following the "journey", even reading all the comments. Seems like fun & you are a special group of women. Loved the "treestology" & would think of joining you if there was room (i.e. you are willing for more women to join). However, I am a "blogidiot". Do you only communicate here, do you exchange e-mail addresses, phone #s or what?
Do I check back here?. I got here off the S.B. website. I will leave a secondary e-mail address if someone is willing to help me that way. Either way bon chance to you all. Have enjoyed the read, thanks
P.S. Tried to go to www.nannynannybooboosisterhood but it was not coming up. It could be me. Will try again after the weekend.
P.S.S. Am I no longer a virgin since this is a first blog or do I have to go to the motherlode?

Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:09:27 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Ladies,

Apologies for not getting more pics up but my "honey do" list grew substantially in the past few days. And having Nancy "Roe"st Richard cost me a foot rub- not mine, hers!

And, I just looked through the photos that Umberto took with him and there are some spectacular ones I'll want to post before any of mine. I'll try to get them up early Sunday- tomorrow. (It's really funny working with his Apple laptop with the software in Italian! Reminds me of being in Italy in 2002 at the internet cafes and the Italian keyboards do not have an "@" key. Makes it tough to send emails.)

Does anyone have a photo of me driving Richard up in the '55 T-bird they could please share with me? Umberto was filming and I didn't have a chance to give my camera to anyone so I don't have one. Please email me at with any photos (or anything else.)

Yes, Linda, I took the "Early Birds" photo down because I thought it might cause embarrassment and I apologize for not being more careful. That was the end of the Wednesday which turned out to be the first 20 hour day. I know I have one of you two at the pier at sunset I'll put up.

And, yes, it came up when we were discussing the Meet the Senior Bachelor Event the possibility of "inviting" the ones he might be more interested in came up. But Richard said he decided it was out of respect of the time and effort that everyone put into making the videos and writing the bios that he decided to open it to everyone. Now, I don't know if I am the best judge of this, but I saw some pretty happy women talking to him and taking photos, etc. I imagine some great stories around the bridge tables the next few weeks-- and I think Richard does play bridge.)

And we all have to be sensitive to the Ladies who just found out about the Search-- they are just as excited about it as you all were when you first heard about it.

I think the majority of who attended are still traveling and I hope they will comment (anonymously is okay) on their experience. I'm looking for a polling tool so we can ask questions and get feedback.

Nancy just told me her "roast" speech introducing Richard on Friday evening is on her computer at work. She'll email it to me first thing and then I'll post it. I'll also post the "Travel Wedding Vows" that Connie wrote.

Safe travels home, Ladies.


Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:13:01 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Just curious - the Anonymous that wrote the comments about NNBBS - are you, by any chance, the same Anonymous that wrote the comment about 'dental floss'? Just wondering.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:15:48 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

To the Anonymous who wrote the following:
"BTW I thought belly button rings were for women with flat stomachs???LOL"

One thing that I really have liked about this blog is that the women of the blog, have tried to be nice to each other and not make rude comments about each other. However, it seems that the annonymous bloggers (not all of them), but some/one of them keep hiding behind their anonymous name, and keeps making rude and inappropriate comments.

I would like to ask...before you write your comment, please ask yourself....would I write this comment if everyone knew who I was?
If the honest answer is NO...then please keep that thought to yourself. There are alot of very nice, caring people here, and many of us take offense to the comment that would not be written if we could all see who it was.

Be kind to thy neighbor and fellow inhabitant of this planet. Peace!

PS. Obviously you were referring to Linda, who happens to be a really wonderful caring lady who is also obviously very fit. Wow, to have such a figure....and be ABLE to wear a belly button ring.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:47:41 PM  
Anonymous said...

To Anon..yes "that" Anon, the one who is dissing the NNBBSH.....
My grandmother taught me a very valuable lesson when I was VERY young...people in glass houses should never throw is quite simply not nice!!
Did anyone ever tell you you can't spell worth a darn, I guess that would mean that you are human too!!.. Ba Da Bing!!

Saturday, September 03, 2005 10:49:42 PM  
let's talk about love said...

Romancin the Rísque Roe

The sweet caress of twilight
There's magic everywhere
And romance is in the air

Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
With all its living things

He's holding back, he's deciding
Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look too far
Stealing through the night's uncertainties
Love is where he is
And if he falls in love tonight
It can be assumed
His carefree days with us are history

Saturday, September 03, 2005 11:46:45 PM  
coach said...

Hi, everyone...SO sorry it took me so long to get back to the computer...whew! The last two days were busy! I was only in MB 1 and 1/2 days, and yet it felt like a week. I met so many of my newest "best friends", and shared so many mutual feelings with them...gosh, I don't even know where to begin to tell you how much "in love" I am with the women I met who I consider "like women" to myself! Oh, and then there was Richard, of course. He started out as my secondary interest, but I guess since this is his blog, I should talk about him first. He was only handsome, fit, funny, extremely expressive, totally entertaining, and truly “one of a kind”. I am communicating with some other “60-something” men on PerfectMatch(dot)com and they are no-where near the quality of Richard. However, I am continuing to talk to them because maybe when I meet them I will be as taken with them as I was with Richard. You remember, don’t you, that I was not very gaga about RR before going to MB. I guess I just can't get into someone who is a bunch of dots on a television screen. But once I saw him in person and looked into those wonderfully expressive eyes, I was a GONER (n: one whose case is hopeless). Now, don't get excited ladies! I had EXACTLY the same reaction from Richard that you had…REALLY!! I got absolutely NO feedback, positive or negative, from him. In fact, as I drove home, I was contemplating how he excelled at making everyone feel "equal”. It wasn't "equal" that everyone wanted, but at least he was consistent with every one of us…kissing and hugging those who WE encouraged him to kiss and hug, and smiling and laughing right along with us, at exactly the level where WE were! He was a consummate host, making sure that each of his "guests" (yea, yea, I know we paid our own way, but hang in with me for a minute...) making sure that each one of us felt welcome, that each of us thought he was glad to see us, never letting on when one of us might have offended him, or shocked him, or disappointed him. I thought he was a master at his task: to try to stay out of trouble with this extremely confident, impressive set of women! So, now I'm really P.O.'d...NOT at him, but at ME!! Now, I am “into” him, and have absolutely no idea how many other women feel the same way, and even worse, how many women HE might be “into”, and those numbers can only increase!!!!!!! I understand and agree with his MO to give absolutely no hints until after his deadline for entries (oh, please God, don’t let him extend it!) O.K. so now what do I do while “Waiting for Godot”? (a famous play, a tragicomedy, where 4 or 5 characters have long, really boring with specks of comedic, conversations while waiting for the person, or thing, or event, or God knows what named Godot..sound like our blogging all summer, heh?) Well, I don’t...wait for Godot, that is!! When I first saw that play many years ago, I determined never, EVER to wait for a Godot…and I have lived that determination ever since. Just a few years ago, I read a book along the same lines entitled, “While Waiting to Win the Lottery” which was investment advice, and I followed that advice, too! And how many of us love Seuss’ ‘the Waiting Place’ in his “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”? If what I dream for is gonna happen without any further effort on my part, then it’ll either happen or I’m not going to pay it any nevermind! In the meantime, I attack every one of my dreams with at least 3 plans of action...I NEVER only depend on one! Anywho...I am rambling at this late hour...ahhh me. O.K…back to my new best friends. All I can say here is, to those of you who are going to Chicago: you are in for a real treat! I went to Manhattan Beach to look for my kind of women and I was not disappointed. Sure, there were women who were not like me, but I TRIED not to be critical, ignored them, and spent my time with those with whom I did “connect”. Some of you have already connected and actually met outside of RR’s
event(s). Good for you and good for us!! I will go to Desert Flowers’ blog to say more about this either Monday or Tuesday, whenever I can get back to the computer at work. (yes, I am in the office at this God-awful hour!!) ...this is getting WAY too long. To get to my “bottom line”: my heart felt message for you is ENJOY CHICAGO, go into it with EYES WIDE OPEN, go ahead and either get “into” or “out of” Richard...but remember to have fun doing it!! ...and may each of us reach for, grab at, work on, and turn up our own private dreams! love, shar

Sunday, September 04, 2005 1:37:19 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

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Sunday, September 04, 2005 5:06:09 AM  
Carol aka Travelin said...

Now everyone went to MB for different reasons. Some to meet new friends, some to meet RR and truly persue everyones dream of traveling with RR and finding True and lasting "Love".
Now I am one of the original few who sent in all the requested information in May.
When I saw the pictures, I was floored by how "BEAUTIFUL AND DIFFERENT" we all are. Now I am skipping all open meetings. My choice. I would rather spend my money elsewhere.
But those who attend, spend the money and time to go, that is their personal choice. And I hope you enjoy yourselves.
Never regret the money spent. You had the guts and courage to put yourself out there and go for it.
Now to ANON and comments about spelling. My computer skips around, sometimes my brain works faster than my fingers, and I had eye surgery last year that changed my life forever. So even I don't catch everything, and neither does my computer. No human being is perfect. How boring a life it would be, if that were so.
And I am not the one you were addressing. And please remember that not everyone's first language is English.
So let's keep the blogg fun, not nasty, and be nice.
I have kind of watched the sun rise, behind a thunder storm. And I am off for a walk on the beach and some breakfast on the beach. It's my birthday. And I always start it with something I like to do. The adult children are all still sleeping. My son even gave me a hot air balloon ride a few years ago for my birthday. I do love sunrises. Peaceful.
And ladies, RR, Joe, etc. Have an awesome day. And be nice to everyone you meet today. It may just be the nicest thing to happen in their day.
Smile eveyone! Carol

Sunday, September 04, 2005 5:48:34 AM  
Phyl said...

Hey Everyone

Just reading fairly quickly through the blog and my first reaction is 'here we go again with the anonymous people who are SOOOO brave behind their 'no name'.Regular blog users will know that I pursued this topic with one such person last week sometime and it's like talking to a wall.

Just an observation for Richard and maybe Joe now that he is involved in the blog. There was a time when blogs were deleted by Richard when any posting disagreed with him/pursued questions he didn't answer etc etc. I know you've been busy with MB for the last 5 days or so, but while I don't agree with deleting per se, IMO as you have set a precedent already, how come you don't delete the very nasty, also usually badly written, personal remarks aimed at regular bloggers (such as Linda and CJ today) who don't hide behind the anonymous title and who, I might add, have contributed enormously to the success of your campaign in a fun and intelligent manner.

I know Linda and CJ are very capable of handling this themselves but I'm kinda curious. Again I reiterate that being anonymous is a choice and there have been excellent postings from people who for their own reasons wish to remain anonymous. I refer again only to the cowardly ones who make the nasty comments!

Ciao ..... Phyl

p.s. To the Anonymous person who made much ado about CJ not sending in a video .... neither did I, but might I remind you that Richard Roe has consistently invited people to 'follow the journey', so to speak, in whatever way they wish.
I don't live in the US but my impression is that there is still some freedom of speech and travel!!! Therefore, CJ & anyone else can go wherever they choose for the weekend. However, I think Suzanne aka Desertflowers has answered that one also for you.

Sunday, September 04, 2005 7:19:53 AM  
Anonymous said...

Aloha Richard/'Humble Servant' and Joe!

Took my beautiful daughter out for dinner last night to celebrate her 21st Birthday, we had such a special one-on-one Mother/Daughter chat. She is going into her Third Year/Psychology Major. Tomorow Monday nite the celebration contnues with my two Sons as they are away with their ladyfriends for the long weekend! I am enjoying perusing through the photos of the Mannhattan Beach Soiree and Le Capitan Richard:) pleez comb that beautiful silver hair off your face, it makes such a difference when you do not have that 'fringe thingy happening'. I have a very keen eye, having been aHairdresser/Cosmetologist/Beautician in South Africa many years ago, I developed a sense of every persons facial structure is unique therefore a haircut/style is extrememly important to enhance the features. You have a strong handsome face, but NO FRINGE on the forehead pleez Prof. :) You look smashing in the photo on the cover of People Magazine with your hair combed back, changes you whole face!
So, now y'all taking a break from the very lively, active Manhattan Beach Soiree:) and gearing up for Chicago sometime! Joe nice photos of U2, including Nancy, what a character she must be, never a dull moment in the Franklin household of that I am sure! Today would have been my 28th Wedding Anniversary, the thought of it still sends a sharp pain through the heart, I was an 'emotional marshmallow' for the longest time and even moved to Victoria B.C. to escape the pain of it but one cannot run away from having to deal with such a harsh reality. Now in retrospect I am so much stronger and wiser for the experience and look ahead to being with my TRUE SOULMATE in the not too distant future! I just happened to see a movie with Marilyn Monroe, the saying 'No Man Is An Island' popped up, how true it is! So for ALL of us feeling the yearning and the longing to be with that special someone, stay connected here on the blog, G-D works in mysterious ways:) I am not a religious person whatsoever, I would rather be 'seen' as someone who is trying my best at showing Respect and Dignity towards my Fellow Sisters and Brothers. I am a very passionate individual in everything I do, even my temper is fiery and burns, but soon to cool down as the Lion loves to have FUN IN THE SUN:)
Senior Bachelorette:)

Sunday, September 04, 2005 7:35:41 AM  
HeiressChild said...

Carol aka Travelin,



Sunday, September 04, 2005 8:00:17 AM  

In response to your statement asking for suggestions I would like to comment on this qoute:

"it came up when we were discussing the Meet the Senior Bachelor Event the possibility of "inviting" the ones he might be more interested in came up. But Richard said he decided it was out of respect of the time and effort that everyone put into making the videos and writing the bios that he decided to open it to everyone. Now, I don't know if I am the best judge of this, but I saw some pretty happy women talking to him and taking photos, etc. I imagine some great stories around the bridge tables the next few weeks-- and I think Richard does play bridge.)"

After seeing and hearing all that I have from the weekend I would like to offer some consructive advice. I am an Interior Designer by profession and having worked with people for many years who have to make all kinds of choices, both expensive and sometimes things that they will have to live with for many many years, I have learned one thing, "to much of a good thing is not good." "When you have too much in front of you , all of it looking very beautiful, inviting and pleasing, you risk "astetic visual overload". Showing my clients too many fabrics, or giving them too many choices would only confuse them .I have a little "schtick" I do that helps them immensely.
I show them three fabric's, tell them we're going to play the finalists game, and ask them of those 3 which one do they like the least, it's always easy for them to eliminate the first. We then take a little time and then choose the favorite from the final two.
I realize this may seem over simplified, but that is usually the easiest way for most of our choices in life. SIMPLIFY.
It does bother me that RR seems to want to just go into overload, especially when it seems to be obvious that he does not read the blog,:"case in point, he didn't even know who Suzanne was !"
Her face was only on that blog a gazillion times a day !Come on, also,that comment re-garding "happy women taking photo's and conversations at the bridge game". Let's get real, yes they were having a good time, but really, you make it sound as if this was the high point of our lives or as if we don't have anything else to do. For most of these gals it has been an adventure, a fun happening something new, and for that we can thank RR for sure, but we are our own women. If anyone walked away with little hearts floating B4 their eyes, please get a grip, it sounds to me like "RICHARD" would make a great politician. ALWAYS NON-COMMITAL,.Richard please be careful, I truly feel that "US" women who are planning to do the Chicago event would have more respect for you if you said I think that I have plenty to choose from and more would just complicate it all.
Also, I think that there should be an understanding that in the course of the 6 months you fall in love with one of the woman and you haven't completed the whole course, I for one would rather be told that B 4 hand then go through the month having hopes and be dissapointed. Better to be hurt wuth the truth then a lie, and first and foremost it would be very cruel to the lady you had fallen for to have to sit back and wait, wondering if one of the other ladies may be trying to change your mind.

OK I've really gotten long winded here bit sometimes things need to be said.
Love each and everyone of you, my love and hugs go out to all,


Sunday, September 04, 2005 8:43:10 AM  
Phyl said...

Carol ... aka travellin

Forgot to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY ...


Sunday, September 04, 2005 8:49:12 AM  

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