Friday, October 14, 2005

A Beautiful California Blonde!!

Joe here:

WOW!! I went to Richard's this morning and found him with this beautiful California blonde! "Richard," I exclaimed, "Have you made your first selection?!"

"I think so," he said calmly. "She is FUN, FIT and FREE. I just love her beautiful brown eyes. She is so affectionate and we've had great walks along the strand. I have to struggle to keep up. I think I have my hands full!"

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Mary R said...

Hi Hichard and Joe,
I did vote again to
Either way.
If Richard is out in the 'Bush some place whomever will love him anyway.

Till Later
Mary Rose

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:31:40 AM  
ceesoo said...

Richard, why didn't you add that other "f"-
four-legged :) What's her name?

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:35:31 AM  
Sybil said...

hello Richard,what is her name?She IS beautiful.Does she travel well??You are looking well,and relaxed.OK-thanks for the photo-that was cute:))
Take Care&Enjoy,Sybil

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:36:57 AM  
ceesoo said...

Am I seeing a little beard stubble action???? in that photo???? Hope so.

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:37:55 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Hi Richard and Joe, I wonder what the possibility is for booking Compu.bus training time? I know there are a few of us that live here on the west coast that would like to attend a training day with the bus. I don't have anything like it in my neighborhood. It would be so fun to see some of the SB ladies and oh yeah training too. If we fill the bus will they come north to say the middle of the state?

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:48:50 AM  
CallmeLin said...

PS...I have had offers of help but there is so much about this new mode of communication that I need to LEARN.

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:52:55 AM  
Merry Mary said...

I figured it would be a cocker spaniel but Labs are smart and sweet positioned too. Cute, cute cute. She's a real Peach. MM

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:00:00 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Wow , what an awsome view. Is that from your patio? It's is puppy dogie. MM

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:03:56 AM  
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Friday, October 14, 2005 10:04:06 AM  
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Friday, October 14, 2005 10:16:19 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Good Morning Richard... Joe, and Umberto.. My Friends... Oh how I Love Puppies...

I can Smell the puppy breath.. oh how sweet... I want to play too..

can I huh?? can I ??? you know me.. I came from the ranch with lots of animals... oh gosh~ I am really pouting now ;)

any way that is so wonderful... have a blast:)!! ~~~
they are so much fun..

I just Love a guy that can play with the kids, the puppies, me!!
grow a beard, not grow a beard, hey you are your own.. and handsome IN MY DREAMS.. while doing all things.. is that too bold??? oh well I already wrote it...

heres to you.. Hey what is her name????

Have a Wonderful Day:)
Hugs coming your Way~~~ I hope you know I am having a good time here, and please Ladies, don't take offense... it is all in good fun...


Friday, October 14, 2005 10:31:25 AM  
Forest Hills said...

Geee!! I'm glad you go for the blond hair and brown eyes!!

I had a hard time finding this photo, but it was worth it. Looks like it was a beautiful morning out on the West Coast! Today is the 8th day straight of pouring rain here in New York and the New England seaboard. We're waterlogged and getting moldy from waiting for the end. But, the end is near!! Isn't it?!!

Richard, I hope the fact that you look relaxed means that you've finished your arduous work! Hmm?!

We're all looking forward to the newsletter, or any kind of news. Please let this be over soon!

Hugs to all!!


ps - I voted (twice!) for facial hair!!

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:52:11 AM  
Forest Hills said...

OH! Is it me, or is that a smile on her face?!!!



Friday, October 14, 2005 10:53:48 AM  
chocolat47 said...

Patty --Consider that you are here as Richard's guest with his friends Joe and Umberto and BlondieDog. Richard once said to consider this a converstaion in his "living room".

I did not read your words so do not know why they were deleted but must say some consider this an "open forum" with the right to say anything just like you have the "right" to say anything in any public place to anyone in "listening" range. I suppose this difference here is that the owner of the blog /any blog/ has the right to make calls about his/her tolerance for what appears there. Apparently what you said did not sit well with our host.

And he is our host.

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:00:45 AM  
Marty said...

LADY BASE CAMP-eat the See's I just happen to know where to get more :) I will send you more when you are out,just because you are who you are!

RR-great dog, have had many lab's and they are great.


Friday, October 14, 2005 11:01:20 AM  
Debby Eddy said...

Nice picture Richard......I/we once had a yellow lab. Sasha was her name. But she liked the water too much and one hot evening she tried to crossing the levee to the river for a swim and that is where she met her demise. A hit and run on the levee road. Crushed our entire family.

Swore off getting another dog. That lasted about one month.

Next pick was a beagle, Max. He is still with us (12 years young), but I don't have doggie custody. Miss that little bugger.

Nice to know you like blondes *grin*

Deb Eddy

Hey DesertFlower/Foxy Babe I'm going to call you in a few. Want some help with the pictures. Hope you're home. D

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:03:51 AM  
Simple Abundance said...

Great Picture Richard, beautiful Morning,handsome man, loyal puppy,what more could a woman ask for or better yet a man? ( A brunette with brown eye's) :~) I see in the background how it is you play volley ball everyday! What a awesome place to live. I frequent the beach here in Florida but I have to drive all of 5 minutes to get there. Would love to come hang in your world for a long weekend some time! I've been in your neck of the woods as I lived in Vista in 2003. Been all up and down the coast line. Where were you when I was walking the beach?

In awe, Charmaine

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:08:46 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEMANCIN' ROEmeo..jOE...Posse and gals on the blog!

I KNEW IT...please believe me, before I saw this picture, I said this MUST be a doggy...VOILA:) she is adorable and one of the gentlest
breeds, Golden Retriever. My upstairs neighbour has one too named 'Nella' from the movie Lion King, I call her 'Angel Dog'!

This poem dedicated to our 'Leading Man' Richard...aka 'Indiana Jones'
The Final Countdown
The Grand Meltdown
One Step Closer
Towards Your Goal
To be reunited with THE Female Soul
Itz time for a celebration
And that's no exhageration
It is 'written' in the Stars
For Venus to realign with Mars;)
Whoever you choose
There's only WIN ...NO LOSE
So onward and upward towards the
next phase
Let's ALL stand together
For YOU deserve to be praised
The courage you have shown
To stand on your own
A 'Daniel' in the Lion's Den
Against all odds no matter where or when!

Written by
Your humble servant
Senior Bachelorette
val the gal
p.s. WOOF...owwwww ;)

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:11:56 AM  
Karla said...

Now, THAT'S a BEAUTIFUL BLOND. If only choosing a partner for a lifetime of adventure and fun could be as easy as looking into the face of a puppy and picking that one to take home with you.
Right Richard?
Thinking of you....
Ciao, Karla in Calif.

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:14:40 AM  
willemina said...

Richard, I love her! What's her name? She looks just like my grandpuppy who is also a yellow lab named "Madison"

My daughter and her family share with me so I get to enjoy her and they take care of all her needs. Works perfectly fine for me...

My next door neighbors have a Black Lab named "Puzzles" and they also share her with me.

Trader Joes has the best peanut butter and molasses dog biscuits!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful brown-eyed girl with all of us...

Lunch is over...back to work...

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:16:08 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEmeo, jOE and Posse;)


p.s. love the 'shades' shorts
showdog seaview sunrise or sunset;)

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:23:42 AM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hi Richard, Joe, Umberto, Ladies & Dog lovers:

Adoring pix of you Richard with "Blondie" a brown eyed golden retrieve or lab ??, are you doggie sitting or is he yours??? You've become more adoring in light of your dog appeal.

Joe, you are amazing with new material highlighting you friend Richard....My Scottie, Winnie 14 yrs, recently died. So loyal, loving and fun, I've never missed a dog as much, bringing tears on now. Down to basics, Just a sentimental girl!
How about a green eyed blond? that be ME!
Hugs, Erika

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:25:52 AM  
Karen JW said...

Hi there everyone,
I finally had to put my two cents worth in. After reading the postings of the last few days, I found my mood changing from cheerfully plugged in and loving every minute, to complete and utter astonishment at the break down in communications that seems to be going on. I met a lot of fine people in Chicago, and I know a lot of the people blogging were from the MB get together,and they and I have never met, but if I were someone newly checking out the site, there is no way I could ever think that we women met for such an adventurous common cause, made such great new friends, and now it appears we have our own version of 'as the world turns'. People, please try to relax, and let's get back to the fun of waiting to see if a very handsome man has picked me, or you, or you,to continue on this exciting adventure with him. I myself have been quietly waiting on pins and needles for Saturday to arrive. I had been enjoying reading the blog, and hearing your stories, and inspirational materials, and just tuning into the joy and excitement this adventure has brought to me and I'm sure to others. Let's all go back to happily waiting to celebrate the ones chosen, and sharing good feelings. Enough said.

JOE- you have been a sweetheart through the past couple of weeks.

As I'm new to this blogging and new to the site, I wanted to say hi to Richard, Joe, and Umberto, and also to CathyinCarolina, and Jeanette and Rachel and Carol and Joyce and Barbara, and all those other great gals I met in Chicago.

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:27:17 AM  
SailingAnnapolis said...

Chocolat47--thank you for your response. It most certainly is the SB blog, and they have every right to delete whatever they wish. I was just hoping to understand it a little better.
Best of luck to all of you reciving your emails tomorrow!

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:34:52 AM  
JanieGirl said...

We are getting emails tomorrow?? We can vote more than once?? Now what have the Secretive Blog Boys been conjuring up. A dog on the trip!! Ya'll better get that precious dog his Avian (Bird Flu Shot).
Richard. Now I know what you Mystery Men are up to. RR is only taking the puppy. She knows how to keep her mouth shut. See ladies what all this squabbling has created!! RR is taking no one but the doggie. I off the blog, going to a matinee. Jayne

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:53:47 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB you little devil You got me again. As I clicked on the click button I was imagining Richards choice and I just knew who it was and was ready to jump for joy because I knew this lady.

You guys are really teasing us now, no fair.

Hugs Suzanne aka THE FOX

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:05:00 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

DebbyEddy I've got to pick up my grandson at 12:30 so I might not be here. If you send me your telephone number via email, I'll be happy to help you with your photos.

Hugs Suzanne

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:06:27 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Oh almost forgot to cast my vote on the facial hair thingy:

When traveling: Beard (makes you look like a Sean Connery (my most favorite on-screen hunk of all time!!!)

When Home: Clean shaven (makes you loke like Richard Roe *grin*


Deb Eddy

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:13:16 PM  
Forest Hills said...

Richard, or Joe
Just need a little clarification. The following was written at the end of the previous blog:
“I plan on sending out the "agonizing" letter Saturday, October 15. I plan on announcing the ladies who will be going forward in the Search in next week's Newsletter.”

When is the next Newsletter coming out where we find out who will be “going forward in the Search”? All the previous ones came out on different dates:
Oct. 11 – Tues.
Oct. 4 - Tues.
Sept. 28 – Wed.
Sept. 19 – Mon.
Sept. 14 – Wed.
Sept. 6 – Tues.

And so on …
Does this mean we’ll have to wait an agonizing 3, possibly 5, days?

Just wondering.


Friday, October 14, 2005 12:33:42 PM  
Yvonne in Honolulu said...

ALoha Ladies:
Richard you have made my day and have made me not only smile, but had me laughing. Because of my love for pets..and my type of work that I do ..I am glad to know that you have a great love for animal's too. The ladies that you choose will be very lucky. I already knew that you had a great big heart, and just by looking at this picture & your love for your special are a very loving person. This was the best gift you can share with all of us. This picture with your special furry friend says it all.
This picture of you and your beautiful dog was much better then seeing a great Alfred Hitchcock movie..Our hearts were beating fast.. and did have a great surprised twist at the end. Bravo!
Mahalo, Yvonne

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:40:30 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hi Everyone,
It's a beautiful day in Lake Arrowhead (there's a joke here but not for family viewing)

I missed the facial hair voting, can you plz direct me to the site.

Especially want to say Hello to Pat in MN, and Victoria in Laguna Niguel.

Willemina, The College is Columbia in Chicago....


Friday, October 14, 2005 12:56:16 PM  
Rosalie from TO said...

Hey Richard

Canadian blondes like to "RUFF" it too!!!

(giggle, giggle)

Rockin' Rosie from Toronto

Friday, October 14, 2005 12:58:56 PM  
Linda P. said...

Hi Richard,
The golden lab is beautiful. They make the best companions. I had one name Mac. The best pet I ever owned. Do we have a name yet for the lab????
Til later...
Linda P.

Friday, October 14, 2005 1:07:03 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ALoha ROEMANCIN' ROEmeo...jOE...Posse and Gals on the blog!


Hugs Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Friday, October 14, 2005 1:14:42 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

How about that beautiful blonde? (oh, yeah, and who's that guy in the photo?) Couldn't resist. You know I've been working with all the photos and I forgot I took this one this past August.

The young Lady is "Soleil"- my sister's dog. If you remember she was in a kennel as my sister was traveling to Russia with her Sweet Adelaine (sp?) group/troupe. There was a severe outbreak of "kennel cough" and it was Uncle Joe and family to the rescue. My sister rescued her about four years ago. We think she is a Lab/Chow mix. A real sweetheart. (When I call my sister and get her answering machine I'll call to Soleil and whistle. My sister tells me Soleil's ears perk up and she looks for me when she hears it.)

I have turned into a certified cat person as our 16 pound, 8 year old male "adopted" us about 6 years ago. I was never a cat person but "Traveler" behaves so much like a dog that I've turned around on that. I've actually taught him to sit and roll over on command! He belonged to a neighbor behind us who moved about two miles away and he "traveled" back to his familiar haunts- twice! The second time we had him stay- his first name was "Jack."

The true definition of detente is what was happening in our happy home by the eighth (and final) day of Soleil's visit. I caught them sleeping on the living room carpet with about six inches separating their noses. Soleil went with me to a meeting with Richard that day because, well, you can't leave dogs behind like you can cats. You can, but not if you value your leather sofas and don't want them turned into chewey toys.

How about that for a poll question-- cat or dog lover or both (thanks Leslie for that suggestion earlier with the beard question!)

Erika, the poll is on the new "SB Photos" page on the SB website. There are some great shots of you and Richard at the Crazy Hat Party.

Sorry, Suzanne, but like Richard, we Franklins are teasers as well.

He's working hard, Ladies.


Friday, October 14, 2005 1:27:03 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

I'm so excited... I just can't hide it...I'm about to lose control and I think I like it! (Pointer Sisters)

Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Friday, October 14, 2005 2:01:19 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Ok.........its October 15 somewhere!!!!!! *grin*


Friday, October 14, 2005 2:21:44 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Ok.........its October 15 somewhere!!!!!! *grin*


Friday, October 14, 2005 2:21:46 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Ahhhh! Richard she's perfect!! What cuties both feline and canine...pets are special people aren't they! Can You keep up with her? My best days are running on the beach with my pup. I love it!!

Yes Richard - you do look relaxed and happy. Does this mean the choosing is over for now??

Thanks for the photo's Joe and tomorrow is the big day!
Happy Friday!

Friday, October 14, 2005 2:39:36 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

I CAN'T BELIEVE I FELL FOR IT!..., Joe, and clicked on "click" lol

...nice legs... i mean on "blondie"...but WHAT A DOG!


Friday, October 14, 2005 2:55:21 PM  
CallmeLin said...

DebEddy and Nancy S. Thank you both for the pictures of MB. I got them both in the mail today. Fun to relive our fabulous time together, the three of us (and anyone else who would like to join us) should get together. That is if we are not ALL doing something else heehee, wouldn't that be a hoot!! I would be happy to pass the batton to either of you and what a 'get together' that would be afterwards. We could sit around the fire and share stories......OK now I'm dreamin'

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:09:50 PM  
Linda P. said...

Joe, Joe, Joe....
Yes, you certainly are a teaser!!! You had us believing that Soleil belonged to Richard. She is still a beautiful dog.
Take care of our man, he will definitely need some rest and relaxation!!!!
We are ready for the big release!!!!
Linda P.

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:16:18 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Oh gosh, this is all making me so homesick for Peaches. I had her 12 and a half years and she got low thyroid and her beautiful white hair started falling out and she got a bad stomach condition and possibly had a stroke and I had said I won't let her go thru what I did my last 2 that I kept until they died on their own so I had her put to sleep on April 29th. I miss her sooooo much. She won the cutest dog in the strut your mut parade 2 years and we got 2nd place for look alikes another year. We dressed like clowns and they ran our pictures in the paper.She was an ARF dog but she looked like full blood Samoyed. Anyway, she really was a sweetheart and she will be burried with me. She was cremated and I have her in an ern with Peaches was the joy of my life written on it. My kids said I took better care of her than I did them. She had her hair groomed at least once a month all her life. Since I live in a condo now if I get another pet I'll probably get a kitten. Have you all ever been to the website called Rainbows Bridge?. It's where pets go when they die to wait for their masters. It's really sweet. Val the gal would like it because of the poetry. You do really good poetry val. Well, thanks for listening to my goings on. This just made me miss her sooo much and I needed to talk about her to my sisterhood.You are all awsome. Thanks for letting me get it out. Much Love , Merry but sad Mary

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:23:11 PM  
Leslie from Ohio said...

Leslie from Ohio says I just got home from work and was checking out emails and such. I got a chuckle from the blog thanks Richard and Joe.

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:38:16 PM  
Leslie from Ohio said...

Hi everyone I just got home from work and checked the blog. I got a good chuckle. One that I needed. Thanks Richard and Joe.

Friday, October 14, 2005 3:40:29 PM  
honestgal said...

Loved the pictures! She looks like my ol' gal, except my yellow lab has a pinker nose.

Well, off to watch girls volleyball at the high school!

Hugs to all!

Friday, October 14, 2005 4:24:35 PM  
Inspiration2 said...

Richard, your new love reminds me of my former golden Lab Heide. She was also a cutie and very smart. Your kitty is cute he or she would love to play with my Siamese kitty Chantilly. I know my little love likes to cuddle and play...but then some humans do too!


Friday, October 14, 2005 4:42:48 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hey Joe! Thanks for the cute pics of the doggy and kitty! And, of course, of Richard. (ha ha) Loved your stories about them too. Hope you are hanging in there! : )

Oh No ... JanieGirl! No pink slip for me! Please!!??!! I've just been busy at work ... and trying to get a bunch of paperwork done. As I am in a creative field ... doing all of the 'budgety' type work is very hard for me. It's not fun ... and it is difficult for me to get 'into'. So ... have been trying to concentrate and get it all completed. Has been a tedius work week. And then Blog Hopping when I get home (so many Blogs ... so little time)! So ... sorry I haven't been posting much. But I have been reading ... and ... I have been 'praying for peace'. And ... 'World Peace'. : )
Hope you will take back the pink slip ... as I think Joe is doing a great job of 'keeping the peace' here. Don't you think?

Karen JW - Welcome! I so agree with what you said! I always look at posting on any Blog as a reflection of who I am ... and often wonder what people who 'drop in' think - when things start to get nasty or unreasonable. And ... we know that there are guys out there (the ones that we call 'the strong, silent types) ... because they have written from time to time. But why would they want to stay ... if they have to come and read such negative stuff, from the 'Nergatives'? And ... I often think ... would Richard really want to travel with anyone who was so nasty and mean on the Blogs? Just my thinking - but I'd say 'No'. : ) Anyway ... I appreciated your comments. And Paula, yours too! As I've said before ... 'Life is too short'!

Speaking of life being too short ... I just went to my Oncologist the week before we went to Chicago - and got a clean bill of health ... and don't have to go back for 8 months! I've been going every 6 months ... and I can't tell you how that extension of two more months makes me feel! So, so cool! And ... four months until my five year mark! Sigh! : )

Hellllooooo Richard! Hope you and Umberto are having Fun!! : )

We'll Everyone ... I'm waiting patiently ... for all of you! : )



Friday, October 14, 2005 4:46:32 PM  
Inspiration2 said...

Oops Richard, the dog is not yours...cute anyway...actually I was wondering why you would adopt a dog before your six month journey. Joe is right, it is much easier to care for a cat than a dog although I love both.


Friday, October 14, 2005 4:52:12 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Friday, October 14, 2005 4:53:25 PM  
Marion Terpening said...

And Richard, What is your beautiful blondes name?

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:02:06 PM  
leslie said...

Hi everyone! just checking in after work. Stayed until 5 so I'm all ready for the next 2 weeks. Kids can be so rotten! Today I had to deal with a boy who thought it was funny to add a "ck" sound in Music when singing Do, Ra, Mi, Fa ("ck") So, La, Ti, Do. Oh boy! was the music teacher MAD! The kid had to write a letter to his parents telling them what he'd said, why it was wrong, and how he was going to improve his behaviour. Then, he had to write a letter of apology to the music teacher and THEN had an interview with...da dada da...THE PRINCIPAL. Also, the parents were phoned and had to come in to see me. Have to nip it in the bud! These are the "not so nice" moments of teaching.

Aneeeway...LOVE THE DOG. I also have a blonde one...check him out on my blog. He looks sort of like Fabio (remember him?) or the dog/dragon in the movie The Neverending Story.

Metalxmonkey just called from work and said she's treating me for dinner...again! What a doll! Might check in again later. Caio!

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:24:51 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Joe
Thanks for letting us know the name of your sisters dog "Soleil". She does look a lot like my grandpuppy "Madison". She will be 2 in December. I just posted a picture of her on my blog and also my grandkitty "Jasmine" in Denver...among some other new pics...I now have 2 pages of pictures.

I love animals but am happy to share others pets...I can take them out for walks, love them and feed them goodies anytime I want.
I don't feel that I have the time for a full time pet right now.

I talk to Madison on the phone often and she gets all excited and starts looking for me...

Merry Mary
I used to have a yellow lab/collie mix with a pink nose. I'll post a picture of her in a few minutes. She was 17 years old and we had to put her to sleep because of her failing health. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I was afraid that one day I would come home and find her gone and I didn't want her to die alone. I wanted to be with her. My vet was wonderful and so caring...
The day we arranged to have this done, I took off from work and my son took the day off from school...(this was about 3 years ago)we spent the whole day with "Samantha at the park and bought her some plain hamburgers at McDonald's and a cup of water with no ice (her favorite treat). We brushed her and loved her all day long. At the end of the day we took her to our vet and she explained the whole process and let us spend as long as we needed with her. I cried for days as I was so attached to her. A very good friend sent me "Rainbow Bridge" and I share it now with friends who have lost pets. It's a beautiful poem.

I will check back later tonight...

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:33:16 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy ROEmeoow...jOE...UmbertO...Posse and bloggers!


Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal
woof...urrrf urrf...owwwww
p.s. I stand the chance of being 'thrown to the dogz' on this one...itz my call owwwww;)

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:34:26 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

val the gal ;)

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:40:33 PM  
willemina said...

Very creative as usual...I also like dogs...I'm allergic to some cats but not all. My neighbors have a minx? (a cat with no tail) and it just loves comes over and lays by my feet and rolls over like a cute and I've found that I'm not allergic to this one...

Gotta go now, later everyone...

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:46:30 PM  
willemina said...

I am waiting for my daughter to pick me up so....I thought I would look up "Rainbow Bridge" and share it with all of you...thanks Merry Mary for suggesting it...

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:02:50 PM  
Nancy said...

(aka Nancy in Ohio)

Thanks, Willemina - I copied Rainbow Bridge. It's such a lovely
sentiment for when one loses a pet.
I remember looking in several stores before finding a card to send to my son when he had to put his dog to sleep.

And thank YOU, MerryMary, for your kind words yesterday!


Friday, October 14, 2005 6:16:45 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

OH MY GOSH A girl takes a leave of absence and finds herself unable to catch up!
No, I didn't go away forever (though some wish I had) And no I was not wisked off to an exotic location armed with inside information....although I am still willing and able!

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:37:44 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

OWWWW....MEOWWWW ROEmeo...jOE...UmbertO..Posse and hopefully after my poem promoting
DOGZ......Friends on the blog;)

p.s. thanks for the additional pics LOL....cute!

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:40:43 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEMAN(at the helm;) ...jOE/Right Hand Man...UmbertO/Photographer, 'lone rangers' and bloggers

WILLY: thank you for the beautiful
Rainbow Poem, I am going to copy it and send it to my Sister in Cape Town South Africa and keep a copy for my records too. I have a
THING for Rainbow stories!
Like the song by Judy Garland:
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Bluebirds Fly
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Why Oh Why Cant I..........etc.

LINDAINTUCSON: Howdy! Nice to see you bloggin' again

Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:57:53 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Val the gal thanks for the welcome back....I'll put on my silly veil for a moment just for you!

Friday, October 14, 2005 7:12:14 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Callmelin, happy to oblige, and yes we must get together, that would be nice.

Babe, at this point we are all dreamnin'.

By tomorrow YOUR dream may be a reality!!

Sleep well all, and sweet dreams.

Deb Eddy

Suzanne just wanted to thank you for the time you spent trying to help me out with photo cd. You're kind and sweet.

Friday, October 14, 2005 7:32:51 PM  
Mary R said...

Hi again,

Friday evening,

Whow, I wonder if you gentleman have any idea what it feel like to be in our position this evening. I tried to explain it on the audio blog I just posted, but--

I KNOW that the best is about to happen. I/we all just wonder if or how "NEXT" happens and what will be our part.

Whatever mine is, it sure will be good to get, as we would say in Illinois, "Off this Fence," and "On with the show."

Mary Rose

Friday, October 14, 2005 7:36:42 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Linda in Tucson...just want to say glad you are back... missed you girl!!

Have you been able to catch up yet?? so many blogs so little time..

Counting down the minutes now...are you packed yet?

Merrymary - you are such a real sweetheart - they are rare these days..I heart U!!
Good night Richard, Joe, Umberto and all...
sweet dreams.. purrrrrrrrrr....

Friday, October 14, 2005 7:48:59 PM  
skelsea said...

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Friday, October 14, 2005 7:50:22 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

CALLMELIN Glad you liked the pictures. Yes we'll get together. email me your phone# Nancy

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:12:16 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB You're making me cry. I noticed your kittie looks just like my Boosie I had to find a home for when I moved in my daughter. She is very allergic to cats so everything had to go. Your pictures are great though. Labs make the best dogs especially for families with children they are very protective.

Hugs Suzanne aka THE FOX

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:16:55 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Thanks Paula Missed you too and a whole bunch of other things going on in life!

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:20:40 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

Suzanne the Fox I am still wild about you! You know I never would have gone to MB without your encouragement and you were the best roomie ever. I hope everyone knows what a driving force you have been in all of this...starting way back when there was no Joe, and all we girls could do was talk about cooking and stuff. You are one special woman!

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:26:40 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Hey LindainTucson Where the heck have you been? Well it looks like it's only one more day, right? Or is there more time involved. I can't remember? The deadline for RR's choices is tomorrow I think. GRIN

Linda did cha go and check out Richards new Men's Blog page. We need men over there I'm afraid we'll drown The Coop Man.

Thanks for the compliment.

Hugs Suzanne THE FOX

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:10:56 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Sweet Dreams RR...Joe...UmbertO...'Lone Rangers' Gals on the Blog! Git yer beauty sleep y'all, lives have changed already because of THE DREAM being kept alive here on the blog! No matter what happens keep blogging. Lives are going to change forever in ways that we cannot even begin to comprehend, far better than winning the Lottery;)
On this EVE OF CHANGE thank you Richard and Joe etc. for bringing so much LIGHT into the hearts and minds of all of us!
A big thank you to OPRAH for being the catalyst on that bright and beautiful sunny day April 27th, 2005! My Life has been enriched by being a part of this exciting journey, travelling with everyone since April 27th to date!

(Annie Lennox)

Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal
p.s. I have two more sessions of physiotherapy, then I'm 'home free'
WOW what a relief! Phew!
Nite Nite ROEster and Co.
Chickadees too;)

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:12:28 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Hey there LINDA: "Lady of the Lavendar Veil", How goes it!!! - still love your "disguise"


Friday, October 14, 2005 9:45:30 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...


After receiving an E-mail from one of our orignial NNBBSH ladies I did some research on this 'geezer'....I am posting both of his sites, and I encourage ANYONE who has dealt with him or given ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO HIM to look on these sites...THIS MAN NOT ONLY 'HATES WOMEN', but in my opinion HE COULD BE DANGEROUS!
Here are the two sites:
In this his second site, Geezer responds to someone named Kelly, when he says:
Malibu Jon said...
Kelly, Kelly, Kelly..

The travel and bauble story seems like ages ago. Met my match and I am traveling with her. I bought tons of baubles because I can (I can't take it with me) and she was testing to see if I would. What a pair we are. We sold several of those baubles and helped a couple of 9th ward families in New Orleans.

As for my age, lets just say I am old and there are days when I feel that way. I am older than 50, younger than 64 and I in no way want to strig you ladies along. I just thought it would be - wait was the word joeinmb likes - fun - to start a blog where we could discuss real geezer issues and who knows, maybe we'll get some intelligent men here too. I can go away too. This isn''t my entire life, but it is a "fun" way to connect with other peopl.

The email I'll give is:

I answer sometimes, but I am thinking about changing it. You wouldn't believe the weird email I get.

4:59 PM



JOE, PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THE ABOVE POSTING TO KELLY as 'geezer' can delete this....

In my opinion this man is DANGEROUS!

Richard and Joe: How are you going to protect the ladies from
this kind of thing....


Friday, October 14, 2005 9:59:28 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

here is something that i cut out of the newspaper quite a few years ago! - i think y'all will like it...


It's never too late to teach an old human new tricks. Fiorenze Albert-Howard of West Vancouver sent along this little something he saw on the Internet, called "Things We Can Learn From a Dog."

* Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstacy.
* When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
* When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
* Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
* Take naps and stretch before rising.
* Run, romp and play daily.
* Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
* Be loyal.
* Never pretend to be something you're not.
* If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

my two favorites -
* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle him or her gently.

* Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

* On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
* Bond with your pack.
* Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

and there you have it!

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:06:50 PM  
SailingAnnapolis said...

Willemina--thanks for the rainbow bridge story--it is wonderful. Having had so many dogs, it is always so painful when one leaves you. I have always loved this quote, and it makes me tearful when I think of all my wonderful departed dogs. But I guess I always think of them playing with other friends who are no longer with us. I remember I lost a puppy about the same time as the horror in Oklahoma City where so many children were killed, and I assumed my puppy left to join the little children who needed puppies. Silly I know, but warm fuzzies for me. Here's the quote:

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of his devotion."
Author Unknown....


Friday, October 14, 2005 10:07:34 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Clickgirl Brenda,
So happy to hear your good news from the doctor. I will definitely be holding you in prayer for good news in the next four months!!

I am also big on praying for World Peace (as well as peace on the blog!) The company who makes my checks will put a little one liner above the signature line for no extra charge. I had them put "Pray for World Peace" up above it, so that every time I sign a check, it is an affirmation, towards the thought of world peace.

Good Luck tomorrow for everyone!
And if you don't get picked...maybe your soulmate will be on the Love Boat cruise, or your being on the blog will lead you in some way to him. The search is not in vain...just a step along the way.


Friday, October 14, 2005 10:15:39 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Oh for PETE'S SAKE! is not up to Joe or RR to protect us!...first of all, try not "answering" his e-mails in the first place, and also, it is easy enough to block "Geezer's" e-mail's, and failing that, send a report to the e-mail privacy security attached to your internet server...when i get unwanted stuff i simply "block and bounce" - try that...
cheers for now,

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:15:55 PM  
honestgal said...

RR: nice letter! I realize it must have took a lot of time, thought, rewrites and finger biting to write an honest letter. I'm sure when you started the Quest, you had no idea there would be such an outpouring of wonderful Ladies who would respond. And who wants to pop the bubble? All good things must end sometime. But again, honestly, you have been forthright (in what I have read) in your intentions.

I wish you only the best.

Hugs to all!

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:23:03 PM  
JoeInMB said...

CJ- I think a way long time ago I cautioned the Ladies about this guy. What "red flags" went up for all of you? No photos. No direct name of anyone he contacted and supposedly met. Anyone ever get a phone number? His rudeness towards Richard and his comments about women.

You have to take responsibility to protect yourself on the internet. Each of you should have at least one "alias" email account that you use when setting up a blog account, for example. Use that for all public areas. You can usually set it up to automatically forward to your actual primary email account so you don't have to check two or more places. NEVER give out your personal information especially last names, addresses and phone numbers. My son plays an online game called Runescape. I noticed there was a chat bar and he was "chatting" with someone on it. We talked about him not giving out any personal information. So if you ever hear of Edwina from Iowa City that's my boy...

So far with everything that has gone on the blog here, the only one who has shown his face online and in flesh has been Richard. And you met him with over 100 "sisters" who had your back! That's pretty safe. Just make sure you take the same kind of precautions with anyone else you "meet" online.

Now look how "CoopMan" came aboard. Personally endorsed by a fellow Senior Bachelorette or two. That's a pretty good system. Hey, Suzanne, how about doing a little investigating on the geez?! Actually, Ladies, just let him be. He will get bored and go away.


Friday, October 14, 2005 10:30:40 PM  
soft_rain said...

Ah oui, Soleil un tres jolie nom.

What wonderful names Soleil and traveler.

I myself adore animals and enjoy training cats and dogs...

Your right Joe when you say cats can be trained, with enough gentle Love they are only to happy to please.

Love the pics, thanks.

They both look so relaxed and peaceful...says a lot about the caregivers.

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:33:21 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Friday, October 14, 2005 10:37:49 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

THANKS, LadyBaseCamp...for the Slammingly Good on girl...check out my blog...i have just posted a photo of Miss Kitty, my beautiful blue/green eye'd cat, and Her Story!
cheers, pj

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:06:00 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Hey Joe, check out MISS KITTY (she is an absolute Angel in Disguise!...i just posted her photo on my Blog,
cheers for now,

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:16:25 PM  
ceesoo said...

CJ-- Don't talk" to anyone on the Men's Blog unless they have a reference from a blogette whom you can email to verify their credibility. Let's keep taking care of each other....

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:22:06 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

So many times we are way too trusting in this cyber world today leaving ourselves wide open and vulnerable. I ran back through all the info, as you suggested, and I feel that you are so very right to warn everyone......the potentialities are quite frightening!
Also thanks Joe for your words of caution as well.
Me thinks a wake up call was over due!
Sleep well everyone....and the best of luck to all demain!
La Belle xox

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:34:59 PM  
lynnincalif said...

Richard, I just knew you liked california Blondes!!!!! Thank you Joe for protecting us on-line. sleep well tonight you two and to all of you anxious ladies, don't you think we're already all winners?? Lynn in Califonia

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:41:29 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

To The AMAZING LADIES of the NNBBSH and the 'Chickadees' from Chicago:

I pray that the dreams of all will go on long after tomorrow and the next day!! CONGRATS TO ALL-FOR ALL OF YOU ARE WINNERS IN MY BOOK!!

I find is so 'ironic' that I met all of you when I gave my little speech about the possible ramifications of being on national TV, and now we are on the eve of the decision and I find the desire to again advocate for you as WONDERFUL, ADVENTUROUS, WOMEN who have so inspired me!! Be happy; Be safe; Dream On and Bring Bubbles,


Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:02:32 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Good early morning Ladies,

I cleared out the "re-postings" CJ put up because, well, I gave my advice on how to treat this situation- ignore them. CJ, your heart, as always, is in the right place but I've always deleted that garbage from this blog. I left the postings that offer solid advice on how to protect oneself online including the protection provided by your internet service providers and online email providers. They don't want bad stuff happening with their services either and they will help you. It may be difficult to get through to them to get the help but it is there. I would ask for help on this blog- there are many savvy and experienced women here. I'll share some more advice. This is an appropriate topic.

I know a little something about "predators" with work I continue to do in town with protecting our children from such deviants. Universally, these predators prey on the weakest people. If you offer resistance of any kind, they give up and scamper away on their way to find an easier victim to exploit. It is because, fundamentally, they are cowards.

I actually have a folder in which I keep info on safety issues and I have some good info now on online safety (remember I mentioned my own children are online. It scares me what some other parents allow their children to do with their computers. You want a shocker, look over the shoulder of a teenager these days when they are instant messaging. My strong suggestion- develop backbones as parents and get rid of it despite the protests of "but everyone is doing it.")

Here is some good advice attributed to PerfectMatch:

Tips for older online daters

Have a healthy skepticism: Don't automatically assume people you meet online are honest. Use your common sense and critical-analysis skills.

Guard your privacy: In your personal profile, reveal only what's appropriate, never giving out your real name, address or phone number. Use a moniker and a special e-mail address you use just for dating.

Talk first by phone: Before meeting face to face, get an over-the-phone feel for a person's social and communication skills.

Meet in public: If you decide to meet, always do so at a public place. Tell someone else where you're going and when you'll be back. Keep the first date short, meeting for coffee or lunch.

Don't rush it: If the relationship progresses, take it as slow as you like.


Saturday, October 15, 2005 4:57:50 AM  
Linda P. said...

Thanks for the excellent and important advice.
Linda P.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 5:58:48 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...











---Alan Wolfe

Saturday, October 15, 2005 5:59:36 AM  
REDTBIRD said...


Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:00:02 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Good morning RR, Joe, Umbreto and all my new found friends.....I got my Dear John letter this morning and Richard you did a good job writing it. I still support you and your cause and let me be the first one to say congratulations to the 24 and you still have a tough road to hoe ahead of you. Thanks for all you all have done to make each other feel good about ourselves and hope we can continue the fun. You are a wonderful group. Much Love from Tulsa girl....Ms. Mary

Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:05:47 AM  
Merry Mary said...

P.S CJ...I took bubbles to the birthday party at the Olive Garden. It was fun. You've got me hooked on carrying those little wedding size bubbles. MM

Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:12:07 AM  
CLMPeace said...

Hey Everyone!

Have a great idea! Put both arms around YOURSELF and give a big HUG!
Whoever "wins" ??? We are ALLLL winners!!!! We now have each other (all over the world!)
Hooray for SENIORS who have it ALL!
Hugs and Happies and Good LUCK
Peace Bachelorette aka CarolLee in CO

Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:50:29 AM  
houstonkaren said...

Good morning...Rainbow Bridge broght tears to my eyes thinking of Aggie, my golden who lived until 15. Talk about the most expressive eyes. I still miss her after 9 years. I aways thought I would see her again...The day has come and it's very exciting. Best of luck to everyone. Marlyn W (also from Houston) and I went out last night. We decided that we need to leave Houston....Same men, same stories. Karen

Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:11:46 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Carol Lee,I agree and I just did that...It felt so good. I hope bunches of us can go to Alaska. That will be loads of fun. I feel enriched by doing this and I think Richard and Joe and Umbreto are wonderful. We used to sing a song called Make new friends but keep the old...One is silver and the other gold.... so I feel like a very blessed person to have come aboard and made new friends...Too Blessed to be Stressed. MM

Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:17:55 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Karen, I bawl everytime I go there (Rainbow Bridge)....This is my poem for Peaches....
I wasn't in the market for another dog.
Missy, our dog of 16 years we had just lost.
I was shopping at Southroads Mall
When this white ball of fur I saw.

I went to the ARF booth and picked her up.
I had never seen a prettier pup.
It was love at first sight.
I knew she was right.
Peaches was already her name.
We left it the same.
Bill would come home of an evening and say...
What did Peaches chew up today?
I was glad when she grew out of that stage.
When she ruined the creepy crawler her dad was in a rage.
She thought it was fun.
When Bill would try to catch her she'd run.
She always had a lick and a smile.
Being happy was her style.
She had been with me the past 12 years.
Thinking about her my eyes fill with tears.
I loved Bill and Peaches from the start.
They will always remain in my heart.
Peaches has gone to be with her Daddy Bill...
I will join them when it is God's will.

Bill and I were married 23 years and I lost him to cancer in 1999. He is really irreplaceable. Have a good sat. down in Texas. MM

Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:33:13 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Good morning Ladies,

Before we open a new blog I would like to thank "Lady Base Camp" for those wonderful sentiments. She is so very right about "get your passports ready". It reminded me of why most of us probably came here in the first place-- the travel! Richard and his companions are going to be going to fantastic places and we are all going to go along. You got a good sample of his travel writing with the Asia stories in the Newsletters. I, for one, have not been to many places on the itinerary and now I am going to learn so much about those places through the eyes and ears of three people who I now know. We are all going to learn so much more about those places than reading travel books.

While the Search has turned into fun for me (at so many times it seemed like a second job, believe me!) it is the Journey that I am looking forward to!

"Put your tray tables in the locked and upright positions---"


Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:39:17 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Joe, That sounds simply fabulous my dear. MM

Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:42:49 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Dear Joe, "RIGHT ON". GREAT ADVICE!! Thanks so much!! Jayne

Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:49:15 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Good Morning Richard, Joe, Umberto,
My Dear friends~

So the Anticipation grows.. Merry Mary, How did you receive your Desr John Letter???


Saturday, October 15, 2005 8:27:04 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Merrymary- You are the epidemy of a WINNER! Such grace and style you project from your beautiful being. May we all aspire to be so loving and supportive. Luv you Lady!!

CJ thanks for the information on you know who...I read his website and he is very scary...someone should alert the authorities perhaps - he sounds psychotic and depraved. Definitely deranged... yikes!

Much happiness and success to all you fabulous women on the blog!
Can't wait to hear all the news next week. Have a great weekend all.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 10:36:31 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB I started last night and will let you all know what I find out about the Rich_ole_geezer. CJ notified me and I'm doing some research.


Saturday, October 15, 2005 1:33:04 PM  
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