Monday, October 31, 2005

Hello From The Senior Bachelor

Hi, I am sorry I have not been active on the blog or in answering e-mails, but it has been delightfully busy these past few days. We just finished a long bike ride from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach to Redondo Beach and back. Yesterday's trip to Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade was loads of fun, as was a superior dinner at Fonz' in Manhattan Beach. Tonight after dinner at Club Sushi In Hermosa Beach, we will check out the Halloween sights. Tomorrow is a big day on Rodeo Drive and the highlight will be a private showing at Harry Winston's of their best jewelry. All of the ladies have been great to be with, and well, we'll see..........Best wishes for now, Richard Roe P.S. I expect information on the Alaskan cruises within the next 2 weeks.


Linda P. said...

Hello Richard,
Sounds like you are having a really great time!!! Good for you, I'm sure this will also be a hard decision to pick the next 6 ladies!!!!
I'm waiting patiently to hear all about the cruise to Alaska news. I am anxious to hear what cruise line we will be going on. Alaska is beautiful, I can't wait to go!!
Good luck as you finish out this next week.
Linda P.

Monday, October 31, 2005 6:04:04 PM  
soft_rain said...


Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on?

He asked for help and she could see why.

With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on.

By the time she got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost whimpered when the little boy said,

"Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."

She looked and sure enough, they were.

It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.

She managed to keep her cool as they worked together to get the boots back on -- this time on the right feet.

He then announced,

"These aren't my boots."

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream,

"Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to.

Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

He then said, "They're my brother's boots.

My Mom made me wear them."

She didn't know if she should laugh or cry.

She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

She said, "Now, where are your mittens?"

He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots ..."

Ever have one of those days?

Monday, October 31, 2005 9:34:38 PM  
soft_rain said...

Good advice

1.Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the
same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race
has not achieved, and never
will achieve, its full potential, that word would be

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness"

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost
never want you to share yours
with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too

7. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one
individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very
often, that individual is crazy.

8. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

9. Never lick a steak knife.

10. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

11. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and
compelling reason why we observe
daylight savings time.

12. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests
that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging
from her at that moment.

13. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to
make a big deal about your
birthday. That time is age eleven.

14. "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age,
gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down
inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

15. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to
annoy people who are not in

16. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice

17. Your friends love you anyway.

Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that
amateurs built the Ark.
Professionals built the Titanic.

Monday, October 31, 2005 9:38:20 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Well, I did it again-- lost my voice scaring the daylights out of the trick or treaters!! But the most fun of all is Richard and Umberto brought the Ladies by my house without them knowing whose house it was. Umberto lined them up in front of the many Halloween decorations including the mock casket in front of them. At a prearranged cue, you know who popped out of you know what and scared the bejeezus out of the Ladies. I never saw ten Ladies jump so high in unison except for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. I hope they forgive me!

To all a safe and sound all Hallows Eve. And thanks so much about the touching and sound advice on raising children for the world. A lot of collective wisdom in our group. Let's continue that discussion on preparing children on this blog, too.

Good Night.


Monday, October 31, 2005 9:41:08 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

oh my gosh JOE, that is TOO funny...i hope someone got some photos of the Ladies being Booooood? i don't know, they may not forgive you... you might have to give them extra chocholate treats, or at least buy them breakfast! lol
cheers for now,

p.s. my pumpkin is still glowing out on my balcony

Monday, October 31, 2005 10:57:07 PM  
Merry Mary said...

DearSoftrainI love your joke,,,I'd heard it but forgot the ending....and your "Softraineisms"(new word????)are the best. #3describes me when the little Beanie Babies hit the market. I was paying up to $500.00 for the rear ones I.E.Magetica and Garcia and the first Princess Di's....Anyway our house got overcome by Beanie Babies and I decided to give them to one of the grandkids and when she hit 16 I bought them back from her so she could buy a car and gave them to the youngest grandchild thinking this will put him through college.....Now I guess they're worth the original price of $5.00. I was that way with arrowheads and then digging for antique bottles in old dumps...Now I collect Mary, Mary Quite Contrarys. Oh yes I did dolls too and have donated them to Sapulpa Historical Society so they can be displayed.
Joe and Richard and UmbretoWhat a fun and exciting time you guys are providing. Sounds like a blast.P.J.Speaking of chocolate treats...I'm all out of See's Chocolates. They were the greatest. I did not get any catalog. I think they sell them at Tulsa's most expensive Boutique, Miss Jackson's in Utica Square. All you Chickadees and Fabulous Finalists and RRand Joe and Umbreto have a lovely first day of Nov. 6 more days and I'll hit 65....Like Richard said on Pop And life is over 2/3rds over,,,,Now what do I intend to do with this last 1/3rd??????ENJOYRight???? Get ready for my final destinationHEAVENGonna dance all over God's Heaven...I love those old spirituals. MM

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 2:54:10 AM  
Merry Mary said...

I just checked the new pictures....Cute, cute,cuteThanks for sharing...Next best thing to being there. Joe, you really go all out. Christmas is my favorite. I'd love to see your home then. I bet you have the prettiest tree in the neighborhood and your house probably looks like the movie"Christmas Vacation (Chevy Chase???) You are quite the man. You and Nancy and kids have got a Wonderful Life(another good Christmas movie),,,I'm out of here this time. Later....Mary

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:08:10 AM  
CLMPeace said...

Hey Everyone in MB and "uss-ins" 2!

THANKS for sharing the fun in and out of the sun! Good goin' on the photos, U ... You make the souls and spirits come alive -- especially on 10/31!!! :)

RR, We're building our force for Alaska! Can't wait!

PeaceBachelorette aka CarolLee in CO

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:43:16 AM  
soft_rain said...

Parenting Test


MESS TEST: Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

TOY TEST: Obtain a 55 gallon box of Legos (If Legos are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk barefoot to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (This could wake a child at night).

GROCERY STORE TEST: Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

DRESSING TEST: Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.

FEEDING TEST: Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

NIGHT TEST: Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00 a.m. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for five years. Look cheerful.

PHYSICAL TEST (WOMEN): Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10 of the beans.

PHYSICAL TEST (MEN): Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

FINAL EXAM ASSIGNMENT: Find a couple who already has a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

Have a Great Day!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:37:49 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Oh!!!Darn, I missed the Sushi, my favorite!!

I don't do the raw fish, but vegetarian, except California rolls(here that is imitation crab meat and avacodo)!!Anyway, now i am envious!!!But I would be trying to drag everyone back for Sushi, every night!!

I recently learned how to roll my own sushi, and I have to drive 50 miles to buy that pickled ginger at the Health Food Store. Anyway, it's not that difficult and even tho all the authorities will advise against Brown Rice, I find it works mar ve lous ly.

Sounded like the Rice Wine was good, too.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:05:40 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

hi soft_rain: i was having such a hard day yesterday I think i must have left my gloves in the toes of my

well, time to get rid of this pumpkin has served it's purpose...this photo is from years and years ago, this year i carved a "happy face" -- as soon as i get the pics developed i will post it (i don't have a digital camera yet!!! - maybe Santa will bring me one this year --- maybe not, i have NOT been a good girl!, ho ho ho!

the comments you wrote on my blog are HALIRIOUS!!!

cheers for now,

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:18:53 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

hey CATHYINCAROLINA, 50 miles to pick up ginger? - now that's dedication. i wonder if it would be cheaper (considering the cost of gas) to by it from a catalogue and have it couried to yourself.

But i will tell you, i have many many stores just up the road (10 min. walk) who stock it - so if you want me to mail you some, give me a shout (and i will compare the purchase cost plus mailing to see how that compares) - leave a note on my Blog. if you think this is worth investigating.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:23:00 AM  
Karla said...

Joe & Umberto...What wonderful pictures; they truly show off the BEST of SO.CAL. and of course all the beautiful ladies. Thank you so much for continuing to share the journey with us.
Richard....By the time the Alaska cruise is on it's way, I will already be back home in Alaska. If I can be of any help with plans for what to do there, please contact me by email; you have the address.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:25:04 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...


i think daylight savings time started with the farmers, when they had to worry about "burning daylight", so they needed the extra hour of daylight to bring in their crops.

a couple of years ago in BC the powers that be were talking about changing the school year, so that summer holidays (the two months that the schools are closed) would be over the Chirstmas season rather than in the summer. In my opinion the prime movers and instigators of this change were the lawyers and doctors, and all the people flying off to warmer climes, and they wanted to be able to take their kids with them! Anyway it never got off the ground.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:48:02 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Cap'an ROE, JOE & CO.

Way back sometime in 1990 just before leaving beautiful Victoria Island enroute to Toronto, I
had a dream about Rodeo Drive. In the dream I was zooming along Rodeo Drive which seemed to wind up into residential areas, beautiful homes and lots of trees/greenery! I then stopped in front of a house where two tall individuals dressed in White were standing at the door of their home, the Woman and Man greeted me and we hugged. I have NEVER been to L.A. only Annaheim California in 2000 for a brief visit!
Little did I realise how profound a dream it would be as a year later I by sheer chance stumbled across a BillBoard that read 'When The Student Is Ready, The Teacher Will Appear' Free Lecture on Kabbalah with Kabbalist Rabbi Philip Berg, Dean of all the Kabbalah Centres around the world and his Soulmate/Wife Karen Berg.
It just so happens they live in L.A. Robertson Boulevard/The Kabbalah Centre in Hollywood! The rest is (Ancient History;) It was a clear prophetic dream/message of things to come for me and my Children!

JOE: speaking of Children I can highly recommend the Kabbalah Spirituality For Kidz Program, it is incredible and teaches the little ones the important values pertaining to treating one another with respect and dignity etc., a Spiritual Kindergarten! They have classes for Teens too. Students come from all ethnic backgrounds, Race, Colour and Creed! Spirituality has no colour, it just IS Consciousness!
check it out on

Here's to LIFE...The Mystery ;)
Romance and Adventure
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 12:11:48 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Joe you crack me up..I can just see you all dressed up as Dracula?
I am sorry we will miss that but Richard promised the same entertainment so you just may have to re-create that scene for us. That would be even funnier!

Hello all - looking forward to more pictures and getting to CA tomorrow fo rmore fun fun fun. The flights are still on so far. yeah!!

Richard - rest up!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 12:11:53 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I'm still checking in for news here since I have some friends that are in the next group.
Once upon a time RR insisted that he really wanted the blog to be about events related to romance, adventure, the journey, etc.
I'm sorry if this sounds bitchy, but I find it quite annoying to have it filled up with recyled jokes. There are plenty of places to go for that online if that is the sort of entertainment someone is looking for.
There, I said it!
I am doing fabulous, thanks for asking!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 2:07:35 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Umberto posted some new photos from yesterday on the "SB Photos" page!

The report from the Harry Winston private viewing today is that it was pretty amazing. I think they were able to take photos (and "samples?!") Paula, leave the credit card at home. Stay tuned!

Merry Mary, did you see the photo of Mary from Tulsa? I loaned her my "First Mate" hat you gave me in Chicago that I was wearing in the hot sun yesterday. And, boy, do I have a story about decorating our home for Christmas. We'll discuss that one later. Over 300 kids came by last night- wiped us out and went into the kids' candy.

Look for the new Newsletter that just went out. Looks like it might be a couple of cruises to Alaska to choose from.

Laughter is a big part of life- old jokes, new ones and recycled. Studies actually prove laughter is good for one's health.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005 2:39:23 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

they told me to be "careful what you wish for" i wished to be more "well endowed" and LOOK WHAT HAPPENED! Yikes!

bitchiness does not become you...i don't think that RR objects to us connecting on his blog and sharing jokes...[AND untill there is some REAL romance to talk about, we are doing the best we can]

Anyway, if RR or Joe do mind, i'm sure they would say so...and it's ok for you to say so, but don't expect us to change our little idiosyncratic know there are a few people i would like to blog to but they have "closed" blogs, so we have to post here for THEM. Anyway,chin up girl...come over to my site and bitch there, i don't mind...there are lost of "salons" for you to visit -- come over and play with me and let's have fun!

So anyway, on a more serious note, does anyone now of a good plastic surgeon who can fix me up? lol

cheers from VERY rainy Vancouver.
xox pj

ops, "the Butler" just dropped in to tell me i have mail, oh Goodie!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:06:32 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

by the way SYLVIA, were YOU able to get your butler yet?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:07:19 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

the mail that Rodney had for me was the Bachelor newletter. Just skimming it, i though it was going to say, ".....we gazed into each other's eyes" and i had this insane image of RR gazing into a dozen or so assorted colour eyes! thinking,: "that would be dizzy-making," lol

i'm in a silly mood this afternoon



anyway, now i am going to go and watch Dr.Phil and see if he can 'FIX' a crazy-mad "stepford" housewife who is driving her family equally crazy with her perfectionism!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 3:13:32 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

- "knock, knock knocking on Heaven's door" - playing on the radio...

Hey JOE, that sunshine you said you were sending my way HAS FINALLY ARRIVED...and now, after the rain, the clouds are all white and puffy; there is the most glorious golden hue as i look out the window to the West, and the sky is all pink and blue as the sun goes down (it is now 4:39)...what a joyous day!

looking forward to more pics.

XOXOX everyone,

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 4:44:01 PM  
leslie said...

Sorry Joe but I have to agree with Linda here. You guys told us to keep this site for discussing the love, romance, and adventure theme, so most of us are doing as you wish. I just scroll through the "merde" and move on to my real life.

Hi Linda So glad to hear you're doing great. Check your email.

Cruises Looking forward to hearing more about the Alaska cruise(s). I hope it will be a VERY sweet deal since I've been there, done that, and won't go again unless....

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:04:22 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hey Ye All! that's Southern California talk!
We cannot please all the people all the of the time >in fact if we can please some of the people some of the time, we're doing great....(some jokes are better than others)thank goodness for scroll button. DragonflyfillyYour photo had me laughing out loud,you won the boobie price for abundance!Research shows kids laugh 15 min per day & I strive to do same but often fall short of goal.
Alaska here we come...

Lady Finalist, Richard, Joe, Umberto, Bloggers...enjoyed the photos & wanted to be with you all on the bike ride ....but I for one, am glad where I stand, what a difficult choice facing ye all! We are showing up by posting on the blog and since we're still all participants in this adventure, we're all winners!!!
Take care and have a Great Night..
Hugs, Erika

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:41:02 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Beverly Hills photos on the SB Photos page. Wow!!

Leslie, I think most of us know the translation of that word and don't appreciate it. How would you like it if people posted on your blog such poor choice of words. Would you please delete it.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:41:12 PM  
soft_rain said...

Dear Miss Nasty Blogger:

What a shame it is that there are always a few in every crowd that must bully the others.

How sad that they are unable to find something positive to say.

What a pity that they can only feel good about themselves by belittleing others.

What a soreful display of immaturity.

What a useless display of selfishness.

This calls for severe disipline.

Come on Ladies it's group hug time!

Double doses of jokes will be the order of the day!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:02:32 PM  
soft_rain said...

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:10:36 PM  
soft_rain said...

Peeking around to see if the Sourpuss Patrol is lurking about,
as I quickly slap on an annoying riddle and dart away before I am seen.

Why did the bubble gum cross the road?

Because it was stuck to the chicken's foot.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:23:14 PM  
soft_rain said...


Hmmmmm.....I reread your post but still couldn't find the substance
but it did give me a good laugh...

Your pretty good at telling jokes!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:25:39 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Just watched the program on PBS about WHO and Unicef eradicating polio in India-- now I think I know what I want to do when I travel. I love those people, I don't think I would ever want to come back if I went there.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:28:34 PM  
soft_rain said...

Here's an old one I found laying around collecting dust!

A man and his wife were making their first doctor visit prior to the birth of their first child. After everything checked out, the doctor took a small stamp and stamped the wife's stomach with indelible ink.

The couple was curious about what the stamp was for, so when they got home, he dug out his magnifying glass to try to see what it was. In very tiny letters, the stamp said, "When you can read this without a a magnifying glass, come back and see me."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:36:50 PM  
soft_rain said...

Hello LBC:

Great to see you here...

Have you heard the lattest news?

We now have a "SOURPUSS PATROL" on board this blog.

You can tell who there are, they have a puckered look...yup! must be from reading all the annoying
stuff with no substance!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:47:22 PM  
soft_rain said...

Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger and Tonto camped in the desert, set up their tent, and fell asleep. Some hours later, The Lone Ranger wakes his faithful friend.

"Tonto, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Tonto replies, "Me see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" ask The Lone Ranger.

Tonto ponders for a minute.

"Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What it tell you, Kemo Sabe?"

The Lone Ranger is silent for a moment, then speaks.

"Tonto, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:50:22 PM  
soft_rain said...

For those wishing to avoid being annoyed or searching for substance,...please fast scroll forward.

Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch.
Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.

In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.

They hear about a bull for sale
in Abilene and decide the brunette sister will drive out to check
out the animal.

Upon leaving, she tells her sister, "When I get there, if I
decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home."

The brunette arrives at the man's ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it.
The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less.

After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office, and says, "I want to send a telegram telling my sister that I've bought a bull and I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here
so we can haul it home.

" The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, then adds,

"It's just $.99 a word."

Well, after paying for the
bull, the brunette only has $1 left.

She realizes that she'll only be able to send her sister one word.

After thinking for a few minutes, she says,

"I want you to send her the word

The telegraph operator shakes his head.

"How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck
and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her the word, 'comfortable'?"

The brunette explains,

"My sister's blonde. The word's big. She'll read it

com - for - da - bul."

Come on admit read this post anyway!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:06:21 AM  
soft_rain said...



Read the following story very carefully, and THINK carefully on what is happening here.

Margaret’s Story:

Here I was in the back of China, with laryngitis. How was I going to survive? As I jumped from the bus to the ground, I twisted my ankle with excruciating pain. My body tensed, and I felt my face wrinkle in pain. Strangers witnessed my plight, read my face and helped me up. They carried me to a nearby seat under a dilapidated awning. Five people surrounded me. I lifted a cupped hand to indicate a drink and from no-where a cup appeared containing water. I looked into those faces and smiled – they smiled back. Never a word or sound was made, but my body communicated exactly what had happened and what I needed. My face and hands were my immediate messengers.

By using her hands and face, her message of need was conveyed.

Think about the POWER of these non-verbal communications.

It is proven that your words make up only 10% of your message.

The other 90% are in how you say your words (sound) and
how your audience sees you say your words (visual).

The Message is made up of

your WORDS .. 10%
your SOUNDS & VISUALS .. making up 90%

All three are interdependent!

Knowing how to use this knowledge takes you 70% toward being not only a successful speaker,or
an inspiring speaker BUT
a POWERFUL speaker.

A POWERFUL communicator.



It is impossible to fold any piece of paper, no matter how big,small, thin or thick, more than 8 times.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:28:26 AM  
soft_rain said...

Torture mode off !!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:32:50 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:11:52 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

WOW ! great jewelry pics! Richard, Vija's got it goin' on ! She looks great, like she was born to wear Harry Winston! It's the woman who makes the jewel look so good not the other way around.
I always fantasize about renting and wearing that kind of jewelry for one night a year-- no rings though, they get caught in the bushes! I've always had the dream of attending the Oscars and actually having a reason to be there, and then there are the after parties . . . where bushes abound in the landscaping around Cali pool sides! I always have my own Oscar party during which it’s often snowing outside! Anyone see the TV show Laguna Beach- great scenery but weird scripting ; scripted to be reality. . . what’s the point? To bad it isn’t about seniors. I got over missing my prom a while ago—last week lolololol

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:23:13 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Okay,I'm the real blond...What does merde mean?
Joe, You look better in the first mate hat to me....but yes, I'd noticed and thought other Mary must shop at the same boat store I do. She did look cute tho and I hope she wins one month. I guess you could jump out of some bushes at night dressed as a turkey and scare the new group, You are so creative I wouldn't think for a minute you wouldn't think of plenty of surprises for next group. Maybe you can run some Christmas pictures of your house. Take care and everyone have a nice Wed.
P.S. Per the Bible"Laughter is the best medicine"...somewhere in Job. Mary

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 5:14:53 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Woops....Laughter is the best medicine would be in Proverbs....Job is about the devil testing Job to see if he would remain loyal to God.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:14:38 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Good Morning Ladies,

LOL- great jokes! I have to tell you I shared some of the previous "blonde" jokes with my kids and they howled. Interesting info for you- some of you may have heard it firsthand from Richard at the Meet the Senior Bachelor Events. I overheard some of his opening questions in the meetings where he recounts that the majority of the women who have contacted him wrote that one of the most important things they are looking for in a man was a sense of humor. And as you can see with Richard and the Crazy Hat Party idea (and many more examples) he likes a good laugh (would you wear fake buck teeth like that!!) So scroll through it if you don't like it- the jokes stay!!

I'd like to shift it a little from jokes to your funniest or most embarrassing moments. I must admit, I love a great laugh and it is even better when it is at my own expense! I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours!


PS- We say goodbye to the first group of finalists and hello to the second group today. I'll encourage them to comment on the blog to give us feedback on the previous four days. They are:


It was great meeting all of you. Safe travels and good luck!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 7:10:53 AM  
leslie said...

With all due respect, Joe, I was trying to be tactful in my remarks. However, truth be told, I received so many emails this morning supporting my comment that I can't respond to them all. (and a lot don't know the meaning of the word but get the drift).

You and Richard asked us to set up our own blogs if we wanted to "chit chat" amongst ourselves and/or discuss "other" topics. Therefore, most of us have done so. For you to ask me to remove my comment after all the really nasty things that have been said here over the past 6 months is not nice. I was simply reminding everyone what this site is supposed to be for. I believe it's time soft rain set up her own joke site and only post ones here that pertain to love, romance, adventure, travel, etc.

Have a great day everyone. I'm off to work.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 7:54:30 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Good Morning,

I received the news letter with some great pictures..

Joe: your house sounds like the way I use to go all out for Halloween Every year!!!
the kids loved it.. the Adults I think would jump higher than the kids!!

Soft_Rain: you come up with some great stuff where do you find it??
it is awesome!!

Merry Mary: How are You?? I have said Hello for a while so I thought I would just pop in to say Hi....

Linda: Glad you are doing much better, stay on track, it is a hard road, but it does smooth out.

Lady Base: Your Writting still is the best!!! I can't wait to read more, keep it coming girl..

Leslie: those kids can't help but Love ya... cause I know we do...

Dragonflyfilly: hey, hey, hey, your pictures say it all.. you have personality!!!!

Cathy In Carolina: I miss ya Girlfriend!!! hope you are not over working yourself you need to rest once in a while...

I really need to get going..

so heres a hug to all

If I missed anyone I am Sorry~
heres a HUG

have a great Day,

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:43:59 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Merry Mary, I don't know what this "Merde" is either. It is not in any dictionary I have. Well, this receipe that I am sending to all of you all is guaranteed to create romance. Just give him a couple of pieces of this fudge, and you will have instant romance::::"FANTASY FUDGE" ****
1 1/2 STICKS OF BUTTER OR MARGARINE (butter preferred)******3 CUPS OF SUGAR******5 OZ. CAN OF EVAPORATED MILK****** 12 OZ. PKG. OF SEMI SWEET CHOCOLATE MORSALS******1 - 7 OZ. JAR OF MARSHMELLOW CREAM******1 TBS. PURE VANILLA (preferably from the Ucatan Peninsula)****** 1 1/4 CUPS TOASTED PECANS PIECES

Toast your pecans in advance and let cool. Combine first 3 ingredients bring to a moderate boil and stir constantly for 5 minutes, remove from heat, add the chocolate chips, stir, add the marshmellow cream, stir and stir, then add the pecans. Pour into a 9 X 11" pan, cool and serve.

You can also make this fudge using BUTTERSCOTCH MORSALS. These butterscotch chips come in 11 oz. bags, and it does not make a bit of difference. You don't have to buy another whole bag to make up the1 oz. difference. Also, if you want a little different flavor, use pure almond extract instead of the vanilla. Hope everyone like this wonderful "Fantasy Fudge" receipe. Have a great day!! Oh!! This receipe is also guaranteed to sweeten up even the most sour type of personality. I am not a big joke teller, but I have loved the light heartedness and fun of all the stories and jokes these days. So much fun!! Have a Great Day, Jane

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:17:22 AM  
Love 2 Travel said...

I have generally enjoyed this blog over the months, but there are some definite control issues and finger pointing that has not been pleasant. A big issue with many women, is with the men, who try to control them. Long gone are the days where a woman looked to a man to direct her on what to do. I guess it has alot to do with women working and gaining independence. It goes hand in hand with respect.
I know there are still some women who are old fashioned, and enjoy not having to think about it, but rather be told what to do, but I think it has become the minority. The control theme, has been a recurring theme here, hence the naughty mat jokes. It would be great if you guys could lighten up a little when you don't agree with what someone has said. OK enought said.

I was finally able to put some of my pictures from Monte Carlo on my blog. Now that's the place for the diamonds and emeralds and rubies..Oh my! I'm working on Mykonos and Santorini next.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:21:16 AM  
Love 2 Travel said...

I forgot to commend you on the photos of the finalists. They were very nice! Would have loved to see a full on picture of your house for Halloween though! The comments were cute, sorry that you removed some, they were funny!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:40:21 AM  
DesertFlowers said...

My most embarrassing moment

One time I was looking for love and happiness and thought I would join a dating service. Most of the men turned out to be bitter old men who were still recovering from divorce or breakups and weren't really ready to date.

I saw this decent looking man on a TV show and I had been extremely vunerable that particular week and feeling very lonesome and thought to myself "Oh My A Sign From God". LOL

So like a vacuum cleaner sucking up every emotion that I had, along with the insecurities of not dating for over 5 years I said "Go for it" "What have you got to lose".

I prepared myself to meet this TV personality in hopes of finally meeting someone that might have somekind integrity and real desire to fine his soul mate.

After months and months of non-personal contact with him - the moment came to meet this special man.

So with my own meagerly monthly income I paid for a trip that was really not affordable to me and went off just knowing that I had made somekind of connection.

To my surprise there were hundreds of lonely women that also felt that way and attended this meeting.

Never in my life was I more embarrassed for my choice. I stood in a hallway of hundres of women in line to meet this man and could not put myself into that line no matter how much I wanted to meet him. Private meetings were just as embarrassing and I have never felt so uncomfortable. I was embarrassed for the lack of knowledge as to how this world will take advantage of lonely people.

I was even more embarrassed by the reaction of the women that have been harmed and become emotionally sick over the results of this so called fun time.

I have never in my life paid for my own date. I was raised as a Southern woman with Southern traditions. A man ask you for a date and generally pays for it.

I consider myself to be the ultimate woman and will not take less than what I think I am worth and will never again in my lifetime pay for my own date.

That's it in a nut shell my most embarassing moment ever.

Hugs Suzanne Wirries

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:08:58 AM  
CallmeLin said...


Hi All, just back from the cruise to Acapulco, Ixtapa, and Manzanillo. Hope you all enjoy the next few days of my ADVENTURE.

Yipeee I'm going on a cruise to places I've never been before, can't wait to meet up with the girls (my travel companions). We are going to have so much fun as we always do. Just a short flight to San Diego and we are off.

One slight problem, I arrived in San Diego but my luggage did not. Hmmmm I'm wondering how I am going to pull off Formal Night in my jeans. Oh well, the air lines tell me that my bags might be on the next flight, so I wait......Horray...they do indeed arrive on the next flight. Unfortunatly the family of three generations who are also waiting for baggage were not so lucky...maybe the next flight???....

I went on this cruise with the local radio station that gets together once a year for a cruise and this year there are 1200 of us. This is going to be so much FUN. I find Laura in the crowd and then Joan and there is Susan, and we are off like a herd of turtles, laughing all the way. I wish I could see the water line to measure how deep the ship goes when all these people and luggage and supplies are on board.

We find our cabin on the 8th floor and are pleased to see that we got a state room with the head of the beds pointing in the direction we are going. Believe it or not you are less apt to get sea sick if when sleeping your head points in the direction you are going.

As the ship sails we are out on our balcony with champagne in hand and a toast to good friends, good health and good travels..........the setting sun shows us her magnificent beauty over the Pacific Ocean.

Life is good and I acknowledge how very fortunate I am.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:28:48 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Well, there's that "nergativity" again. Although I don't know why it's there. Yes, this is about a man trying to find his soulmate. I just said goodbye to ten intelligent, warm, caring, lovely Ladies with whom Richard just spent four days trying to see which one could be his soulmate. And more are arriving today. And how many hours, days and months did he spend reading each and every biography and video on his search because he made a commitment to each and everyone who sent them in to review them?

Let's see- please count up how many dates you have been on in the last several years looking for your soulmates. I think most of you would agree the number is probably dozens of people. (For me, I dated dozens from the dating service before I met Nancy. Is that wrong? And there were many more dozens who turned me down.)Would you limit yourself to meeting just one person in the hopes of finding the right one? Would you begrudge Richard the same opportunity-- and in full public view? If you don't want to date a man who doesn't pay your way- then, (surprise!!) don't date a man who doesn't pay your way. Open your eyes and follow your instincts.

And "merde" is a not-friendly word in French for excrement. I wonder which day in class that word and how to use it is taught? Give me advance notice and I'll keep my child home.

love2travel- It is not that we don't allow opposing views, it's we don't allow comments that are lies, slander, exaggerations, suppositions and wild-haired theories that have been discussed ad-nauseum by the same people over and over. THAT is what is tedious.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:01:03 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

ref: "merde" [just now read the translation] ----- OH MY!

Hi LOVE TO TRAVEL; i remember something my sister told me a long time ago, and i think of it whenever the issue of "control" comes up. this is what she said: "Often, when people feel the need to control others it is a good indication that there is something in their own lives that is out of control" ... and generally, it turns out that she had a good point.

Hey ERIKA IN LA, Thanks, i graciously accept the "boobie prize" - it might be the only one i get this year, HAH HAH...and WANDA, (a.k.a "glamourpuss" i hope you don't mind me calling you that, but you must admit that photo of you IS very glamourous in a feline kind of way) Yes, you know how i love to laugh, even it it at myself once in awhile. That photo was taken at work, after a party for one of the clients...people living in a transition house need a lot of "cheering up" -- and my efforts had the desired effect. Before i went into social work i toyed with the idea of becoming a professional clown.

Cheers for now, Rodney has just walked accross my screen so i had better see what's in my mail box. [and then change my T-shirt, lol]

Later chickeepoos..
pj (a.k.a. ABNA)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:20:25 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Poo Poo Caca doo doo pee pee scat scat dog-log cowpie road apples rat raisins elephant piles and guano gravy !!!! and young republicans!

LOLOLOLOLOL I just want to see if I can get deleted!!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:42:02 AM  
JanieGirl said...

My Dear Suzanne, Several years ago, I was going to be confronted with the most horrible loneliness that one can encounter. A divorce and when my three little boys left to be with their Dad for his week-end and they all walked out of the house, the most desperate feeling of lonliness came over me. I was seeing someone to help me, not with decisions about my life, love and divorce, but how in the world I would ever raise these three little boys by myself and then the realization of "lonely" real loneliness hit me. My councelor suggested two books for me to read. I hope these books by Clark Mustakus are still around because they were wonderful and so helpful. Dear Suzanne, you created your own embarrassment, and feeling of loss and loneliness. If you did not have the money to spend for a trip, you should not have done it. Can you blame a man for your decisions? No, Suzanne, you cannot. You did everyting in our power to get attention and obtain a feeling of oneness and your game backfired on you. If you could only see this, then you will be able to move on. Loneliness cannot be corrected by another, you have to find the answers. So, please, dear Suzanne, read "Loneliness" and "Loneliness and Love". You may just find the answers. Jane

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:48:12 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Cap'an ROE, JOE and CO. ;)

SOFT_RAIN: you are a character, the kinda person I would love to have travel in the group on a cruiseship! Laughter is GOOD medicine, THE best! Love The Lone Ranger and Tonto...LOL
get along little doggie, rrrrf;)

JOE: my most embarrassing moment that I can truly recall goes back to arriving in Canada 1978.
I was working from home assisting my then husband with the clerical work required as he started a home based business in addition to being a Civil Engineer working for a Civil Engineering Company.
I walked into a store specialising in office supplies and asked the little old lady which isle I would find the 'rubbers' (not realising that it is an 'eraser' in Canada and a 'rubber' in South Africa!) She turned the colour purple called me to one side and said "Young lady you need to go to the pharmacy next door") I insisted that I needed 'rubbers' and could not understand why she was acting so strange with hand signals ushering me to keep quiet, as a Teacher does with her Kindergarten students :)
Suddenly after a few minutes of desperately trying to get her to understand what I needed, she realised that asking for a 'rubber' was in fact an 'eraser'
after demonstrating what the function in my particular case would be, she finally got it!!!
The moral of my story is there are 26 languages.....ALL English! That is only one of many many stories relating to my English from South Africa and the Canadian interpretation and vice versa!
to be continued.....
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal
p.s. ROEmancin' ROEmeo and Co. enjoy the 'second round' of ladies for the next four days

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:54:54 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

LBC LOL LOL LOL LOL , 2 funny, gotta run before i have an accident..and now i am going to be late picking up my daughter...and she will send me to the naughty mat which is covered with stones because it is in my car and i have just come back from the mountains and not vacuumed yet. you really need to know all that, right?

Ancient but not anxious

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:02:44 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Suzanne, I wanted to add this, and I hope you will accept my words, not as a criticism, but merely an effort to be helpful. I was not at the parties, but I would venture a guess that not all the women that attended were suffering from lonliness or felt as rejected as you did. Suzanne, only a few of you have reacted as you have regarding this venture. So, I hope you will see what it is within yourself that caused all your problems, and not look to blame the men in our world. In this day and age of so called "women taking control", don't many of the men expect women to pay their own way? Gee, that is what we have been telling them for thirty plus years. We wanted to bring home the bacon. Now if one man suggests you go to his parties and he does
n't pay your way, he's a cad. And, if these men don't make special concessions, then they are hurting all these sensitive women. Bull, Suzanne!! Just, please think about this. There is a big difference between being a control freak and a strong, masculine man that is sure of himself. What is it some of you women really want? Until you find out that answer from within yourself, you will cannot seek to correct others or tell so many women that they have been wronged and duped. The councelor I mentioned earlier said to me what I am about to tell you. He said, Jane, if he criticises you again, just tell him this---
"Ron, if you want me to be a better person, then you have to be a better person yourself". And, Suzanne, in this instance, the same words above must apply to you. I hope I have not offended you, Suzanne. I am a little older than you, surely not wiser, but some of my experiences may be of help. "All the Best", Jane

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:24:44 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hello, I have just said goodbye to 10 terrific ladies who (at least in my estimation) had a lots of fun. Intelligent, kind, beautiful, fit, and fun was how I felt. And as before at the events in Manhattan Beach and Chicago, I felt humbled and not worthy. The way these ladies, and I mean ladies in every sense of the word, deported themselves was so wonderful to see. I thank each and every one. And now 13 other lovely ladies arrive. We will keep you posted via the Blog, and the SB Photo Page daily and of course next week's Newsletter. Next week's Newsletter might contain the Cruise information as I remain in final negotiations. Very best wishes to all and thanks for following along. Richard Roe

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:45:10 PM  
chicagotricia said...

Risk, disappointment and potential gain… I knew all existed when submitting my tape and attending Chicago SB event. When I joined the Odyssey group I was in awe of all the beautiful and accomplished women seeking fun and adventure. Many women, whose beauty radiated from their souls. I was pleased to see such energy but also recognized the statistics of me being selected were narrow. Color me naive but I think Richard saw and appreciated the same. I experienced women who are alone but not lonely, seeking more for themselves, not necessarily a remedy to a condition. I risked, I was disappointed and I gained. I gained a few new friends, the insight to always speak from the heart and to trust fate has someone very special for me at a later time. Suzanne, I hope you will come to the same peaceful place. I reviewed your information you are a knockout! Go get em!

As my kids tell me…peace out….Tricia

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:47:23 PM  
Merry Mary said...

I've had soooo many embarrasing moments but this one ties in with the kids too Joe.....I played the piano at church and my daughter had turned 2 and was now out of diapers and in panties....I'm at the piano in the front of the church and everyone quit singing and started snickering and here come my daughter with her panties still around her ankles totering down the asile with toliet paper in her hand saying"Wipe me Momma"....

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:23:14 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Oh! Merry Mary, I needed that laugh!! Guess what? I made a mistake in the "Fantasy Fudge" receipe. I put One (l) TBS. of vanilla. It should have been one (l) teaspoon. Same for the Butterscotch Fudge, One (l) teaspoon (tsp.) of pure almond extract. A tablespoon would be much to much especially if you have pure vanilla
from the Ucatan Peninsula.
I am not trying to turn this into a cooking blog. However, this fudge can create some very romantic moments.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 3:02:55 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Suzanne, There are no guarantees that Richard will find his soulmate in those girls. It's like someone said a long time ago...He may walk in a restraunt and have instant love chemistry with the waitress or who knows who....It could still be you or anyone of the rest of us if it's ment to be. The timing just may not have been right yet. ?????He may end up back with Mae....(the mother of his boys)...Weirder things have happened...and after my last marriage (he had 4 kids and I have 2)...I said I don't think I'll ever get married again unless it's to my first husband who is the daddy of my kids. His kids and mine did not get along.MM

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 3:14:02 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Janie...It sounds delicious...I'll have to make a batch to take to the lake the 11th....My new friend is coming to my sisters for supper and to play Mexican dominoes. I could handle some roemance too. Sounds Yummy.MM

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 3:18:31 PM  
Merry Mary said...

For Leslie....An embarraing moment....Merde reminded me of this one...My poor daughter ,here I go again telling true stories...I was in the hospital having just born Sammy on Dec. 22...I'd had some complications so the doctor wanted me to stay over Christmas. Pam was 16 months old...All my family had Christmas dinner at my Mom's house and she had Pam while I was in the hospital....My sister says here comes Pam into the kitchen ...carrying something....My sis says Pam ..where did you get that Baby Ruth????? Joyce reached down to take it out of her hand.........No, not a Baby Ruth....Lady Base Camper got it on her last blog...Now is that merde??? Okay JOEyour turn.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:01:51 PM  
JanieGirl said...

MM, Be certain to stir the first 3 ingredients continuously for 5 minutes. Look out if you make this fudge! Are you going to invite me to the wedding? I am making two batches for a Thanksgiving dinner on the 12th. I suddenly get really popular around the holidays. Well, that is enough about this fudge. Have a great evening. Jane

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:09:28 PM  
coach said...

Hi, everyone...dreamweaver asked a couple of days ago where "coach" has gone?...thanks for asking, Val. I took my students to another tournament last weekend (one of my Novices won a 2nd place in debaters missed getting in finals by one point, urgh!)...and upon return to campus, swamped with mid-term exams.

Please don't think I am "gone", or ignoring you all. I love coming on the blog and reading up on some classic examples of human nature....ahhh, the beat goes on!

I am loving watching the 23 go through their paces. Something tells me that RR picked his "finalists" so carefully that there will be no "hurt feelings" among them when the final 6 have chosen RR and been accepted. I feel confident that they will all (to the very last of the 17) be happy for the adventure, and, as they complete that "last" conversation with RR, hanging up the phone, they will say, as I did: "It was great fun, thanks for the memories ...NEXT!!"

Life is WAY too short to be unhappy about the choices I make in life. I believe in my heart that I have never, ever, made a "bad" decision. Each time that hindsite requires me to look back and question my original decision, I say outloud: I believe I made the BEST decision I could have made, based on the information I had available to me at the time the decision was made. I have repeated that to myself, thousands of times during my lifetime.

I, too spent lots of money on the SB adventure...and had a ball doing it!! I spent $400 and 3/4 of a day at a recording studio to produce a professional DVD...just to get started! O.K. I can hear the groans...I am just offering this little tidbit to make the point, that each of us has our own budget and what some think is "spending too much", others of us think it is money well spent on another adventure. I have spent lots of money over the years on lots of different kinds of adventures....the SB Adventure was only one of many! And the vast majority of my little "adventures" did not accomplish any result...other than FUN!
AND now that I look back, I see that it was RR and this project that has brought me to a wonderful place in my lifeL: I am having SO much fun "dating on-line", I am sorry I did not have the guts to do this sooner!! There was a learning curve, but now I have the hang of it! Try it sure beats the hell out of sitting home feeling sorry for ourselves. BUT!, you must be strong, and when either you or he does not feel the elusive "spark", just yell, "NEXT!"
I am happy to report that
I wish the same for all of you, shar

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:32:26 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Mar ve lous, Coach!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 5:55:46 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Hola, hi, hello, bonjour, haori, kaneeshiwa, osiyo, buenos dias, and......HI AGAIN!!!!

I have not posted in a while...very busy with LIFE, which is a wonderful thing!!....however I find I can not resist throwing my 2 cents worth in , to take or to leave AS YOU WILL...your choice.

To make a very long story short......after all the back and forth on this Blog (BTW..that was responsible for bringing alot of us "together")
I find it all morphing into a very sad and quite tragic state....I would simply like to pass on but one heartfelt message from me to all.........

On Choosing One's Attitude,
“Man’s search for Meaning”

"Everything can be taken from a man but ...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." p.104 Dr Viktor Frankl

At the risk of being rather redundant.....
SO COME ON.......ROCK ON!!!!
Don't lose your groove!!!

La Belle always!!

PS....The direct translation from Quebec is:......pooh pooh
aka ca ca
aka not something you'd want to step in with bare feet!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:52:57 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:55:49 PM  
Kylieidaho said...

Hi Folks,

I have not been here in awhile. Had some other 'stuff' going on.
Joe, there are many things I don't agree with you about, but I have to agree that soft rain's jokes are priceless. I get a good gust of laugh going over the stuff she writes here.

Also, find Joe's, ValtheGal and other comments on kidz to be quite insightful and knowledgeable.

Hey, it is a free country, world, lololol. whatever makes ur boat, float should work.

BTW, Joe, u don't need to answer every comment with a comment. let it all flow together and let the free spirit of the blog prevail.

peace out <**>

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 7:44:04 PM  
Kylieidaho said...


Are we allowed to vote on the fab finalists? if yes, I vote for Tamara, Yvonne and Mary from the first round. They are natural beauties, dress well and appear quite relaxed in all the scenarios.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 7:52:19 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Lady Base Camp have me ROTFLMAO!!! Too funny!!

My most embarrassing moment was when I was 15 and out with guy that I thought was so cute. We were with his friends, I might have been the only girl there. Anyway, I think he kissed me, or something sweet and innocent. I asked him in front of his friends, what the bump was in his pants? I was an innocent at the time.(In those days they didn't teach this kind of information in Health class) His friends were rolling on the floor laughing!! I didn't understand why the commotion. I don't think anyone explained it to me at the time, but I remember being very embarrassed because his friends were howling with laughter. ;-)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:16:43 PM  
JoeInMB said...

You Ladies are great! Fantastic posts, stories and wisdom shared by all.

Going to try and post some new photos of the second group of Fabulous Finalists right now! We had a wonderful lunch together and I had them all to myself while Richard was out shopping for their dinner this evening! Alas, then reality set in and I had to get back to work.

We bid a fond farewell to the first group of great Ladies and godspeed on their journies home. Keep an eye on the SB Photos Page for the new photos from today.

All the best,


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:04:48 PM  
soft_rain said...

"MERDE" is the substance I leave in the litter box....

It is the annoying by product of my yummy meals....

It is the word used by the Sour Puss Patrol to bully and badger...

It is a French word and can only be found in a french dictionary

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:16:26 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Got some new photos from today posted on the "SB Photo" Page.


The weather turned a little cooler here at the beach- about 10 degrees cooler than earlier in the week. But most of the Ladies came in from colder climes and thought it all still very warm.

Am hoping Vanessa made it to the hotel from her digs in Beverly Hills. Even though it is only about 12 miles it can take over an hour.

The Ladies were to take a ten minute trip to the beach from the hotel around 4PM and then a stroll along the beach to Dan's house for a bar-b-que. There was talk of going dancing this evening. We'll have to wait for some news tomorrow morning. Paula and Michelle promised to blog.

Pleasant dreams!


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:34:25 PM  
soft_rain said...

Here is some substance!

1. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only
on one row of the keyboard.

2. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in
order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

3. There are more chickens than people in the world.

4. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

5. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
that it burns.

6. Maine is the only American state whose name is just one syllable.

7. Butterflies taste with their feet.

8. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":
tremendous, horrendous, and stupendous, hazardous.

9. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

10. The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:47:27 PM  
soft_rain said...

1. The Bible, the world's best-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book.

2. Someone paid $14,000 for the bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film 'Some Like It Hot'.

3. More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

4. In the U.S.A over eleven thousand people (up until the end of 2003) have visited a tortilla chip that appears to have the face of Jesus Christ burned into it?

5. A kiss lasting one minute can burn more than 100 calories.

6. Buckingham Palace in England has over six hundred rooms.

7. After the death of Albert Einstein his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:56:45 PM  
soft_rain said...


Instructions for giving your cat a pill

1. Pick cat up and cradle it in your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore loud growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with it's head just visible from below spouse's armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10.Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie cat's front paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat's mouth open with small spanner Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:25:40 PM  
Umberto said...

Just wanted to say there are new photos on the SB photos page. Latest folder is 04-FabulousFinalists2 11-02-05


Wednesday, November 02, 2005 11:42:22 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Okay, time to go to work here. . . come on Dr Phil. Sit on my shoulder and be my talisman, you little Pillsbury dough boy, you * * * smootch smootch smootch

Is the idea of perfection in women to never have hurt feelings? I don’t think our mental health can afford to be that arrogant. The Myth of THE OLD WEST is dead- to “buck up” may be the worst thing we do to our stress level.

Every time we risk our hearts we are sure we can easily say "It was great fun, thanks for the memories ...NEXT!!" I love that and always think I can do it but I can guarantee you, if you love enough times, it will not always be that easy. And if you are sensitive, instinctively loyal and find men who are really desirable and fantastic it may never be easy as pie. These words of Coach’s I really like: “I believe I made the BEST decision I could have made” I wish I had a machine that nudged me every time I forget that.
Where ever you are, whoever you are, feel your feelings. What you say is what you feel and that is okay and always valid—it’s what you do about it that may not be okay. Feeling the feelings is a way of examining them and eventually understanding them and possibly altering or letting go of them. This SB Search and online participation means nothing in comparison to taking care of your self. Everyone should expect to see here some DELAYED REACTION to not being chosen as one of the SB’s dates and parting with the immediate possibility of what I call the UNIVERSAL LOVE DREAM. And it shouldn’t be a big deal to those not feeling so intense.
LET PEOPLE HAVE THEIR FEELINGS- that is healing. —It’s simply ROE-covery ! Some unaccustomed to grief or internal chaos will just now be dealing with those feelings that are attached to a lot of internal, meaningful things in our lives, future and past. I don’t know how but I processed it in the first 36 hours. That’s how I am, everybody is different. It’s more than disappointment and not easy to deal with particularly if you are alone and have no immediate ways to process feelings. For some the photos of all the great stuff will bring up very valid envy and feelings of loss and perhaps even abandonment. I applaud the honesty and sincerity people are expressing here. When the grieving subsides a little, you might find yourself thinking about all the good reasons not to be Richard’s date. Partnering is work--- There is nothing like the sweet sense of freedom WE CAN BE LAZY IN BETWEEN MEN AND HAVE OUR FUN without the scrutiny of the straight guy-male eye and all the rigid standards that come with that! WE can make our own standards with our own needs in mind and try new things. We can be plain selfish and not own any guilt for that at all. And have no one else’s boundaries but our own in becoming by our own cognizance, the women we want to be.
Instead of lingering in bed in the morning wondering – “What will that guy be like?” I am jumping right out saying “Woooooo! I got out of that one!” Right now, If the King of the Moon floated down and sat beside me and said “surrender, you’re mine” I would get my flash light, shine it in his craters and say , “I don’t think so. Your mom’s on the phone. Bye.”

Perhaps there is a way to mimic the Harry Winston experience. What would it be like to try on jewelry with your friends at a premiere jeweler in AUSTRALIA, Belgium or even in Cincinnati? You might be overwhelmed when you catch yourself crying seeing the new Pillsbury Perfect Portions commercial “ People come in Pairs, why shouldn’t biscuits?” I’m just so glad they didn’t show the Pillsbury dough boy with a mate --- HE’s MINE! And you girls stay away! SEAL’s Kissed by a Rose will no longer send rushes through your body disturbing your driving abilities and making you a road hazard but you may find yourself absorbing a powerful feeling of success over grief when you turn up the volume on Tina Turner’s WHAT’s LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT- I`VE BEEN THINKING OF A NEW DIRECTION,BUT I HAVE TO SAY, I`VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT MY OWN PROTECTION, IT SCARES ME TO FEEL THAT WAY life is transient, ever changing and chaotic and unexpected. Anything unexpected is a little scary. A little scary is fun, right Coffin Joe?
Well I’m off to South Park now—gonna have myself some fun. . . .

And I forgot fly specks and dung beetle! hhehehheh

Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:20:51 AM  
Merry Mary said...

LadyBase...Good job...You do write so well....Oh yes,the grossest is mice droppings.Yuk.MM

Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:06:03 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Lady Base Camp, you just try to get yourself deleted-- NO WAY!

"A little scary is fun, right Coffin Joe?"- that gives me goose bumps. I think I've learned the most about myself and grown the most when I have been scared in life. If you're not scared you're not taking risks- if you're not taking risks you are not living. A concrete example for a man- saying "I do" at the altar. You Ladies may think it is all romantic and mushy- I bet every man would say it is one of the scariest moments of their lives. But you probably are the most "alive" at that moment and your thoughts are going a mile a minute and the adrenalin is pumping. Then look at what you learn about yourself when you commit yourself to another person, your soulmate. Throw children into the mix and you really become a bowl of mush. Powerful stuff.

Ladies, be sure to check out the SB Photo Page for Umberto's latest shots from Wednesday evening at dinner. Great photos!

The folder of photos Umberto just posted is labeled 04-FabulousFinalists2 11-02-05. We are trying to work out a way we can post these photos so the most recent photos appear at the top of the list. Computers are generally wonderful tools but sometimes very frustrating when you want them to do the simplest things!!! "Hal, put this folder at the top of the list." Not always that easy.

This all, of course, is our dry run for posting photos from the Journey. We want to give Richard, Umberto and the Lady every opportunity to easily post photos, captions and descriptions along the trip to share with you. They will be traveling in so many remote areas that we are trying to design the easiest way to accomplish this. You patience and indulgence while we find our way is appreciated.

In fact, we have to design a new page for photos when the Journey begins. Let me open it to all of you to pick the name of the new web page! There are some limitations in length as you can see by the names of the existing web pages. Let's hear from all you incredibly original people!! Post them here or send them to me at



PS- I am receiving your bios and photos. Keep them coming! Look for them on the website within a few weeks. Hey, please help me with the name of that web page as well.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 5:52:23 AM  
Lady A said...

Dear Richard,
I am so glad that I was not included in this grand scheme of things. I do not understand how successful women that have lived full lives can be impressed by the jewelry bit. Everything seems to be a bit shallow and apparently some people just do not have full lives that this is very important to them. Everyone has their own life and style, I am just so glad that I have never been a "groupie".
I have never blogged here before and this will be my last. I also am going to unsubscribe to any newsletter or information. I really have no desire or interest in being an observer. When I first saw the Oprah show, I really thought you were seriously looking for someone and I was quite surprised to find what a circus it has turned out to be. I will add good luck to all of you women that need this activity in your life and each to their own to fill their needs.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:36:38 AM  
soft_rain said...

Lady a ....

We know you will continue to peek in here from time to time....

HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO BET! be honest if you loose.....beacause I know you will........ha ha

Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:30:00 PM  
Operawench said...

Hello Lady Base Camp,
Thank you so much for putting my feelings as well as yours into words. As much as I tried not to get emotionally involved in the SB search it did hit me emotionally. I am looking at the photos of Richard and the Finalists and I still get a lump in my throat. I'm hoping all works out well for Richard and that he makes the right choices for him.
Like yourself LBC I'm enjoying my life now, free of emotional romantic feelings for now. I'm taking care of myself and I'm enjoying the time alone. I will keep following Richard's journey because we may all learn some things from it as far as relationships go.

Thank you Joe for describing your feelings too. I barely remember my wedding(I've only been married once). My wedding occured 6 weeks after my mother died. In hind sight I would not have gone on with the wedding and taken some time to grieve and heal. I was only 22 and thought I should be "strong". As Lady Base Camp mentioned it's important to live out our emotions and I certainly didn't at that time of my life. Marriage is a huge commitment, that's why I stayed in mine for 20 years, trying to fix it any way I could. I'm being much more cautious this time around. I want to find a man that can live out his emotions as much as I want to live out mine.

Richard, good thing Connie and Kim are there to help you out. My best wishes to you and to the 6 you choose for the Journey.


Friday, November 04, 2005 4:37:15 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hello ladies, My name is Mary from Tulsa I'm one of the fablous finalist. I just wont to tell you from first hand experience that the meeting we had in M.B. was one of the most organized adventures I have ever experienced. Every effort was made to meet the needs of each finalist. My first impression after a long jurney to M.B. was one of respect and worm welcome. Richard and Joe were perfect host to a lasting adventure. Richard spared no expense in providing for wonderful food and accomodations. Richard's sister Connie accompanied us on each activity to make sure that we had a friend to talk to or someone to express a need or feeling that needed to be shared. Our individuality was respected and accepted by Richard and Joe. They made sure that fun for all was the goal of the day or evening . Thank you Ricard, Joe, Connie and Umberto and everyone else who truly made this a wildest dream come true adventure. Mary of Tulsa.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:35:17 AM  

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