Friday, October 07, 2005

A New Blog

To prevent "scrollitis" here is a new blog. I returned home from a glorious 5 days in Chicago late Sunday evening, then left Tuesday for 2 days in Denver and 1 day in beautiful Wyoming. I have been working with Shell Oil, showing Pop&Me to their executives in New Orleans and Houston 6 weeks ago, and now Denver and Wyoming, concerning Cultural and Diversity training. Really fun stuff. Have a great weekend. I'll be with 2 of my sons and 5 of my 7 grandchildren at the beach. Ciao, Richard Roe


itchyfeet35 said...

My gosh this new blog has been up and ready for so long and nobody has started it out, so I will.

Have a nice weekend Richard and enjoy. Once you start traveling you'll be away from your family for 6 months...

Friday, October 07, 2005 6:09:44 PM  
SusieQ said...

Richard, It's about time you took a few days for yourself. We all had an unforgettable time in Chicago!! Of course the best part was meeting you and getting to dance with you!! You are even sexier in person!! Enjoy the weekend!! Your SusieQ

Friday, October 07, 2005 6:12:46 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Well, the cool weather I feared might ruin last Friday night's cruise has arrived. It's in the 40's. But the warmth of last weekend lingers on.

Reading Shel Silverstein's "Where The Sidewalk Ends" to my granddaughter a few minutes ago, I found this poem so appropriate for our group that I'll share it here:


I will not play at tug o'war.
I'd rather play at hug o'war.
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Have a great weekend!


p.s. Can't figure out how to use the HTML tags so quotation marks for the book title will have to do!

Friday, October 07, 2005 6:56:55 PM  
Forest Hills said...

CarolInRiverwoods - what a nice-sounding name! Your little poem "Hug'O War" was endearing. A nice thought to start the weekend!! Thanks!

Hugs to all!


Friday, October 07, 2005 7:14:46 PM  
leslie said...

Richard Sounds like you've had as busy a week as I've had with 3 days of professional development. One full day of learning a new Spelling curriculum at my own school and two days roaming the gorgeous campus of Pacific Academy with 1620 teachers, attending seminars and listening to keynote speakers, etc. Teachers were from all over BC and Washington state. My brain is now dead so I'm thankful for a 3-day weekend. I will be with family celebrating (belatedly) my birthday and Thanksgiving. I hope you have a grand time at the beach with your family. Hugs...

Friday, October 07, 2005 8:29:01 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Friday, October 07, 2005 8:39:49 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

For your Grandchildren, & theirs...

The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by and by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nanna came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“REAL isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse, it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are REAL you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are REAL you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

--Margery Williams
The Velveteen Rabbit

Friday, October 07, 2005 8:51:15 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...


That was wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing it.


Friday, October 07, 2005 9:09:18 PM  
Simple Abundance said...


Have an awesome weekend at the beach with your family! I will be taking in the beach on Sunday as well in beautiful Florida. Going into the winter months, the weather is absolutely soothing to the soul! You'll have to come share my beach someday, Voted the finest, whitest in the world! Sunday Night they have the circle of drums. A unique experience in itself. People from all over come and play and form a huge circle on the beach where all the bachelorettes could let loose and dance to the stars! :~) Everyone does their own thing! And yes we have volley ball tournaments as well! Take care, Be safe! Charmaine

Friday, October 07, 2005 10:01:28 PM  
Belizegial said...

G'nite to everyone,

It's great to be back on the blogs. I have had a busy week myself here at our health center in Belize dealing with tons of administrative paperwork and then patients and then employees *sigh*

But, I am happy to note that things have been progressing nicely here :)

Skywatcher Ella I can totally identify with the last line of your poem
once you are REAL
you can’t be ugly
except to people who don’t understand.”

I have been dealing with a lot of ugly people lately *lol* in my 'real life' and can assure you that some of the wisdom I have collected on these blogs are helping me to get through some difficult situations.

Richard and Co., I am conjecturing already who will be the lucky 12. Anyone placing bets as yet? *lol*

Have a good night folks and a great holiday weekend!

LeslieinVanCan a haappy belated Birthday to you!!

Friday, October 07, 2005 10:03:14 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

I've deleted comments from two bloggers who have consistently posted rude and grossly inaccurate comments recently and in the past. They are invited to post elsewhere and they will be continually deleted here. Of course, they will continue to try to post as they have before when they were anonymous. Please disregard them.

Have a great weekend and look for some new surprises on the website early next week that we have been working on!!


Friday, October 07, 2005 10:27:56 PM  
sunni said...

I saw them too....
Thank you for the deletions!!!

Friday, October 07, 2005 10:46:56 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:49:48 AM  
Operawench said...

Hello Richard,

I was correct in thinking you were out of town this past week. I'm sure Denver and Wyoming look pretty awesome this time of year. Good thing you hit Wyoming before the snow flew. I've been through Wyoming several times as it neighbors Montana where I used to live. Spring and Fall are usually the best times of the year there.
I know you will have a terrific weekend relaxing with your family at the beach.

Tomorrow evening I will sing the National Anthem one last time for the Professional Women's Football game, as this is the San Diego team's last home game. The team has had an tremendous season and I love cheering for them.

Thank you Ladies for the stories, the poetry, and the jokes. It's a good thing there are Blogs for us women to verbalize on. We are the Verbal Gender and always need to get our thoughts and feelings out.
Writing is such a sweet art....:)

We Ladies have quite a week to look forward to as Richard makes his decision on the 12(it's almost like he is calling the 12 As for me I've been praying that God's will is done and that I'll be able to handle whatever happens.

Lots of love to you Ladies
Lots of hugs to you Richard
Lots of appreciation to you Joe for keeping the Blog going for the past week.

When you're smiling, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you....:)


Saturday, October 08, 2005 2:12:40 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Good Morning Richard amd Joe and all you fabulous ladies,
RR It is great to hear from you, you are as busy as a bee, as my grandmother ues to say... I have been traveling a lot lately too and it feels good to be in my own bed again, and sleeping "in" -which is trying to sleep until 8:00 am for me. I haven't been to the gym in 10 days and my body aches for a workout. I will spend some time there today, lifting weights, working abs, doing cardio on the treadmill, and then punch and kick a big bag for more cardio and endurance training. I will also try to get some sprints in today at the park with my dog. Makes me feel beautiful and strong when I work out! It's empowering!
Thanks for the new blog and I can't wait to see what is in the works for next week.
Take care all and have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 6:18:03 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

Richard, I spent 9 yrs in WY. What city were you in? I lived in Evanston & Casper in the 80's. We were involved in the oil field all that time. I met some wonderful folks there.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 6:54:06 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Richard, Joe, Posse and Gals!

RICHARD: I had no idea that filling in the free Profile Questionnaire would result in such a rapid response. I kinda get the feeling what you must be going through but on a much bigger scale.
PerfectMatch has informed me of a few gentleman with 'compatible profiles' who are waiting to establish contact. I have informed PerfectMatch that I am waiting to see what happens with our Senior Bachelor for now;)

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': Love The Velveteen Rabbit, in fact as a child I had a couple of paintings of a family of 'Bunnikins' shopping in the grocery store and remember staring at it for hours looking at every detail, clothes, store and the expressions on each 'bunnykins' face! I don't have GrandChildren, although my 'three' are soon to be 26, 23, and 21. I love the energy of children pure and free, unconditional love, I learn from them:) You are a special person!

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?

LINDAINTUCSON: Oww(short howl 'cause it aint the Full Moon)
The Natives are stirring;)

Wishing y'all a lovely day..FUN IN THE it is gettin' very cold already brrrr. There is excitement and a little trepidation in the air, waiting to hear who our 'Leading Man' has chosen for the week 'getaway'
(My Passport expires 2010) ;)
Whoever is chosen, it is meant to be and we will celebrate those who are and those who carry the torch!

Prayers and thoughts go out to the Earthquake victims in Pakistan, India etc. 7.5 on the Richter Scale
occured this morning!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

Saturday, October 08, 2005 7:18:40 AM  
Patty/wRichard II said...

Richard, enjoy the time with your children and your grandchildren. They will bring peace to your life.

Well, we lucked out on the week-end in Chicago with the weather. It is now in the low 60's for the day and down to 38 at night.Brrrrr
We wouldn't have enjoyed our wonderful night on the cruise as much with this colder weather.

Joe-I sent a message to your website. I wanted to answer your question and give you my permission to use my video that I sent to Richard that included Richard II. You have a great week-end with your family.
Patty Crow from IL aka
Patty/with Richard II

Saturday, October 08, 2005 7:26:08 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Welcome back home
Richard...They drew my name last night at the high school football game for a weekend on the town...Want to come to Tulsa for a week end??? It's for two. We can eat ,drink (tea) and make merry....???? That's bad. Your pal and buddy. Merry Mary P.S. My sis is here and we're getting ready to go watch Pop and Me. It'll be my 4th time.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:04:06 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Carol,
I love your Hug a war poem. Sooooo sweet. Thank you. Maryxxxooo

Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:13:25 AM  
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Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:13:25 AM  
Born To Travel said...

Good Morning RR, Joe and Ladies of the Blog. It is a nice sunny chilly 45 degrees here this morning in Southwest Missouri. I haven't turned the heat on yet so my cat, Harley Jay, slept really close last night for warmth. Hard to turn over and get comfortable with a cat sleeping on your back. But I love him. Right now he is the only man in my life (except RR, of course)! Today is my birthday so I am rejoicing that I have lived another year and have been so blessed. This year has brought me two beautiful grand daughters, my retirement after 28 years in education, a new part-time job, a new house, many fun times with friends and family, several fun trips and one coming up to Israel, my good health, new friends made in Chicago and the opportunity to participate in the senior bachelor experience to name a few. Wow! Couldn't have asked for a better year. I am so thankful to our Creator each and every day for all these many blessings. Thanks to all the wonderful ladies in Chicago for a great time. It was so fabulous to meet such awesome, intelligent, outgoing, adventurous women. It is truly amazing that we don't have men beating our doors down to date us because we are truly an awesome group. Have a peaceful weekend. I'll be celebrating!
Pam in Missouri

Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:36:38 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Bon anniversaire pour vous, bon anniversarie pour vous, Happy Happy Birthday!!

May all your hopes and dreams come true for you on this day and always!!!! Miss you,

Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:44:00 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Happy Birthday Pam and may you have a blessed year.
Richard,My sister just watched Pop and Me. She says you look like Kenny Rogers(which is a complement)..She enjoyed it, and that you should have made Chris jump 2xs. There's no way she or me could have done that. We'd been DOA.
Everyone have a great weekend. Just think what we were doing one week ago tonight. My how time flys. Memories are so wonderful. Lots of love to all...Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Saturday, October 08, 2005 10:28:37 AM  
Nancy said...

(aka Nancy in Ohio)

Happy Birthday, Pam!

Congratulations, MerryMary! (for winning the weekend on the town).

And happy birthday 'week' to you, Leslie!

So much going on, as we wait for the final week of this long journey. Well, it's not REALLY the final week, as we will hopefully have many great experiences to come. I'm thinking ahead to the cruise and which bachelor I might, and which bachelor I would definitely NOT, recommend to travel with us.

Are we going to be doing anything else in the meantime?


Saturday, October 08, 2005 10:36:13 AM  
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Saturday, October 08, 2005 10:39:28 AM  
leslie said...

Pam "Bonne fete a toi, bonne fete a toi, bonne fete a Pam, bonne fete a toi."

Have a wonderful birthday - isn't this the greatest time of the year to celebrate our "libra-ation"!? I always think of this time as the beginning of a new year. So...many wishes going out to you today as you begin a new year.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 10:41:51 AM  
Rosalie from TO said...

Hi Richard, Joe, Umberto and all the wonderful ladies from the Chicago trip.

Wow, what a weekend. I had never visited Chicago and to be introduced to it in such a fabulous way made this first trip 'totally memorable'.

It was wonderful meeting you Richard and stealing that 'first dance' really got you moving for the remainder of the evening, you were really movin' and shakin' with your harim of women. Every event was wonderful, and it was great to meet so many friendly and dynamic women, some of whom I know I will see again.

Being one of the few Canadians in attendance, the girls made me feel so welcome and the comraderee was unbelievable. I had such a wonderful trip, fell in love with Chicago, met so many great people and first and foremost I was delighted to see that you Richard are as charming in person as you appeared on TV.

This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so I will be busy in my kitchen preparing the 'traditional' turkey and all the trimmings surrounded by my family and my two delicious little granddaughters. You deserve a well-earned rest, enjoy your weekend with your clan, I am so looking forward to the results of this amazing adventure we have all been on.

Best of luck in your decision making process.

A big hello to all the gals I met in Chicago, anytime any of you are up my way, just call, many of you have my card.

Good luck to everyone. Cathy C., I told you I would get on the blog, see you perhaps in two weeks in NC, I will be there on business.

Ciao Richard, keep well, you have quite a busy 6 months ahead.

Rosalie from Toronto

Saturday, October 08, 2005 11:01:29 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEmeo..jOE, UmberO, Posse and Gals!

PAM: Hhappy Birthday to you, Hhappy Birthday to you, Hhappy Birthday dear Pam, Hhappy Birthday To You;)I always see Marilyn MonROE
singing in her soft sultry voice to JFK on his birthday so many Moons ago, well I am trying to send this BLOG/O/GRAM to you in that 'Marilyn' type demeanor;)

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': I read The Velveteen Rabbit again. For sure it is a metaphor and those who have 'the eyes' to see between the lines will fully understand the moral of the story. My daughter had one of the ugliest dolls I have ever seen, she would go nowhere without it, I tried to hide it disguise it, you name it, nothing worked, she loved this doll in its state that it was. I named it Raggedy Ann and that is putting it mildly:) I learnt from that as she loved it just the way it was, since getting it brand new through to it losing one eye, tattered dress and a coupla strands of hair. Therein again lies the metaphor as with the Velveteen Rabbit!
Thank you for sharing, there must be more where that came from!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

Saturday, October 08, 2005 11:30:59 AM  
Mary R said...

Welcome back Richard, Staff and Ladies,

The crescent moon is a wonderful sight here with it's close bright "stars" shortly after sunset. As we mentioned months ago, "We can all see that same moon. The difference is that now we know a little more about each other.

Happy Birthday Pam.
I am so glad there wasn't birth control before I got born or I might not have been here.

About people knocking down our doors to date us:

Richard and Joe would be the best to explain why it seems a lot of?, some of?, a few of?, men would rather date non thinkers or those who's first automatic response IS "Yes Sir."

I think (1/2 cents worth, maybe) it takes a very confident person to choose an equal partner. (Male or Female)

The balancing point seems to focus between How much we need to be needed and How we view the possibilities of the relationship.

Oh too serious. I just work here. Someone else is directing my whole "show".

The other night I was following an ambulance to work when it's back door came open. A small box fell out. I pulled over, picked it up and opened it. There was a little toe inside.

Knowing me as you do, what do you think I did????

I called the Tow Truck.

;-) Mary Rose

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:03:14 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Dreamweaver Thanks for asking about me. I just found that this blogging thing has been a real addiction to me. I heard someone say that Richard was posting pictures of the women that sent in videos somewhere, so I came to see and can't find it.

Joe Do you know anything about individual pictures being posted of all the women that sent in videos and photos. Just wondering if I got the correct info.

I love talking to all of you and I receive about 30 emails a day from new ladies.

Right now I'm trying to help ladies with posting pictures. I got RedTBirds pictures up for her, but want to tell everybody who's who in the photos.

I noticed our lovely Barb got her hair colored and cut while in Chicago and looks fantastic.

Gorgette Don't know if you blog or not, but I saw pictures of you posted from Chicago. Gorgette was also in Manhattan Beach. She is one of the ladies that I met and very, very nice. We sat together in one of the private meetings with Richard.


MARY ROSE I've got my fingers crossed for you girlfriend.

Hugs to everyone Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:15:55 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB Should clarify that question. Someone told me that Richard was posting individual pictures of the women that sent in videos and pictures. So I came here to find them and don't see any. Do you know anything about that? Don't know if the information was correct or not?

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:18:34 PM  
CallmeLin said...

Richard, I took my two grandsons to the beach this week and as you know you just can't beat California weather this time of year. We walked to the beach and enjoyed the monarch butterflies along the way. The monarchs gather here in the Fall and cluster in the trees by the lagoon. It is a beautiful sight. While at the beach my grandson went boogie boarding and as I stood there watching him, prepared to jump in if need be, it so reminded me of when my son was that small and way more brave than able. I was glad when he decided the water was too cold so we started making sand turtles with a beach sand mold. My youngest grandson (2years) was delighted and with every turtle he would say 'make more beebee turtles GaMa, make more' So we had a whole herd of beebee turtles on the beach. What fun!!!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:24:57 PM  
flowergirl said...

hello everyone! Happy Birthday to my buddy Pam in Mo. and a belated Happy Birthday to you Leslie. Hope you went out and made it a great one! Merry Mary I am on my way to help you celebrate your winnings..just kidding hope you have a blast. Skywatcher-'ella
I saved your story, very touching..I want to show my daughter. I lost my father at the age of 13 and my daughter lost her father, (my husband) at the age of 18. Thank you.
And to our Main Man Richard, I can't believe you were able to handle all these sometimes CRAAAAZY
women and still make a couple of business calls in two different cities all in a week's time. You are one AMAZING guy!!! To be born in NYC, you still have a southern charm about you. So great to have met you, hope I am one of the deciples.xoxoxoxox

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:26:52 PM  
Mary R said...

Two ladies that weren't at MB, Chicago or even on this sight were filling up at my local gas station. The first said to the second, "I bet these awful gas prices are going to go even higher."
The second replied, "Won't affect me, I always put in just $10 worth."

Mary Rose

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:28:06 PM  
Jerri from the "other" Illinois said...

Cute, Mary R.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:41:23 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Great to see new "names" blogging! Welcome aboard. A lot of fabulous alumni here to lend a helping hand.

Yes, we are planning a lot of fun new things for all of you. However, these things take time to design, build, test and get ready for the internet. We hope to have something very soon to start. Patience, patience. When it is ready we will announce it on the blog and in the Newsletter.

The fun part of this whole endeavor is that it is constantly evolving and mostly, because of Richard's zany ideas. One example is the "Crazy Hat Party." Do you know I almost nixed that when Richard suggested it?! Here we were in the midst of arranging all the details for Chicago and I had just updated the website and we sent info out on the blog and newsletter. Richard then gets this wild idea for the Crazy Hat Party with a week to go. "Too much," I pleaded. "I'll have to update everything and you know how much time that takes!" All to no avail and thank goodness I didn't prevail.

Another example is the music for the Crazy Hat Party. We had absolutely nothing planned. We were just going to have the party. On my way out from the Odyssey on Friday night, the manager of the band stopped me and thanked me for having them play for the Ladies. He said it was the most rolicking good time he has had in a long time. Because we were all jazzed up from the music and dancing I asked him if he knew of any DJ or Karaoke guy who could play at our party the next night. Do you know how difficult that is to line up the last minute?!! He said he had a guy in mind, placed a quick call to him, we got Richard's whole-hearted approval and, voila, it was all arranged! Seat of our pants, that's for sure!

As always, thanks for your patience and understanding.

Have a great, safe, weekend.


Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:49:44 PM  
Simple Abundance said...

Mary R, I love your words expressed on all the guys knocking on our doors. Its not that they are not knocking, it's no one has either knocked hard enough nor the attraction has not not been right for me to answer! LOL Plus I am being a lot more selective this time around. When the right one rings my bell I'll have to say, he will be a very lucky man! Are ya listening there Richard! :~))))) Each and every woman I met in Chicago had some extrodinary gifts. We are all worthy of greatness! Our values, our dreams, wants and needs change as we experience life in it's many phases! I'll have to say that I am excited about today and all the new adventures ahead!

Pam,happy birthday and really make it that! A new beginning of the best days that are here and yet to come! So much for my philosophy,as you can see I am extremely passionate of the perfect gift we have (Ourselves) and the gift of unconditional love for others! Have a Terrific Day ladies! Richard thank you for sitting on that driftwood on the beach and realizing how wonderful it would be if there were another in the picture? ( ME):~) You have brought back the burn and desire in so many women including myself! I get butterflys just thinking about it! Everyone, have a fantastic day! Charmaine

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:55:12 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeInMB I'm really glad you had the crazy hat party and it's so great when things work out the way they do. I know you have been working very (extremely) hard for Richard and I for one am pleased to have met you.

So are you saying that there is a surprise coming that you are working on that might be on the lines of what I heard?

Not to be pushey - because I know how busy you and Richard are right now. But someone said they actually saw the site where these photos were and I was really trying to find it.

Thanks for your quick response you are a sweetheart. How is Nancy handling those photos of you dancing with all those lovely ladies?

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:58:41 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Simple Abundance My main motto is "My Picker is Broken". I learned a long time ago that my choices in men were not very good. So I tell them now that "My Picker is Broken" and you must endure the scrutiny of my children and sisters inorder to date me. If you pass the test then we will date. GRIN

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:01:49 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEmeo..jOE, UmbertO and Posse!

FLOWERGIRL: Pretty In Pink! Wow that colour is healing and a pleasure to look at, how beautiful it is!

WILLEMINA/WILLY: The electric blue Chinese Dress in your picture is also amazing, Kingfisher Blue, as we say in sunny South Africa;)
By the way who named you 'WILLY'?
very cute!

Whatever happened to Jenny 'STELLENBOSCH' (from South Africa) who posted here before Chicago Soiree? She said she was going to Chicago.
Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Richard you asked for feedback and recommendations re. Cruises, well as I said before 'OUR MAN TOURS' keeps advertising incredible rates from Vancouver to Alaska and from L.A. to Hawaii....ALOHA 'flowergirl' you'd
fit right in, I also LOVE flowers
I'm still on 'CRUISE CONTROL' toot toot!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal
p.s. listening to 'Cafe Latino' fabulous Latin music from 4-6pm on our local radio station, m' feet tappin'

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:07:53 PM  
HeiressChild said...

soft_rain, loved your funny jokes from the blog before this one. it was already closed just now when i read them, so i'm posting comments for you here. also, thank you for the beautiful poem a couple of weeks back for my daughter and brother. i was moving so fast then i didn't have time at that point to thank you.

houstonkaren, you posted a joke also on the last blog. funny.


Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:14:07 PM  
houstonkaren said...

Hi Joe, Welcome back Richard, I thought you were too quiet...Joe, thanks so much for getting the DJ. I think it added so much to the fun. As tired as I was on Sat. it was a blast creating the postcard hat! I wish I could say that my daughter Cris got my genes for creativity, but I am not her real mother, I just raised her. She googled and found interest stuff and we created the post cards from Richard and me. What fun we had in going to Party City and Michaels and finding stamps, animals, shells, etc. All the woman's hats were terrific and I am so glad I was a part of that terrific night...Richard wanted to know where we went in Chicago. I loved the piano bars (Gilleys and Red Hat) and the night life is non stop there. Made for puffy eyes the next day, but my first trip to Chicago had to include Rush Street and blues bands. Thanks for all of your hard work. The weather in Houston is sooooo great...Sunny and in the 70's and great golf weather. Tomorrow I'm going to an air show and see the Blue Angels. Bye for now and welcome back Richard. I lived in Denver mountains for 9 years, loved skiing, and the aspens in fall. Karen

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:17:40 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I'm out of here for a few days..
If I am "in"...then Yahoo.
I won't be able to check in for awhile..wishing you all the best!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:33:01 PM  
flowergirl said...

Hey, Karen from Houston so glad to see you got on here. Did you get your hat back? We were all modeling it down in the lobby at our after party to send you a pic of us. Security had brought it over to us..we made sure they kept it there for you. It was one of the best.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:33:10 PM  
BikingNut said...

Joe - I love surprises - keep them coming. The Crazy Hat Party was the greatest - music, skits, dancing, way toooo fun.
The memories of Chicago are still really alive and vivid in my mind. One of my favorite touristy trips was looking at the aerial photos in Millennium Park - what an incrediable way to view the area. Then there was the walk way overpass to some flower gardens - the sides of the walk way looked like a slide and yes I wanted to slid. Also the ferris wheel ride at the pier park before the cruise - watching the sun shinning at sun set through the buildings was awesome. Really beautiful -

Today I performed a second time around wedding ceremony using my internet Universal Life Church certificate. They collectively have 5 children - youngest is a junior in high school - who all were in the wedding party - what an honor to be involved in such a special time in ones life. I almost cried during the ceremony when the groom read this poem as part of his vows.

The Meaning
To love is to share life together
to build special plans just for two
to work side by side
and then smile with pride
as one by one, dreams all come true.
To love is to help and encourage
with smiles and sincere words of praise
to take time to share
to listen and care
in tender, affectionate ways.
To love is to have someone special
one who you can always depend
to be there through the years
sharing laughter and tears
as a partner, a lover, a friend.
To love is to make special memories
of moments you love to recall
of all the good things
that sharing life brings
love is the greatest of all.
I've learned the full meaning
of sharing and caring
and having my dreams all come true;
I've learned the full meaning
of being in love
by being and loving with you.

- Kellie Spehn -

What a special day and a special couple - this time I remembered to tell the guests to sit down after the bride walked down the aisle - the last and only other ceremony I did - I forgot to tell everyone to sit so they stood for most of the ceremony -
Have a great day everyone -
and Richard - build a few sand castles with your grandkids -
Melanie - the tall one.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 1:56:43 PM  
sharingthenight said...

Hi Richard, Joe and Ladies

Wow you all look so Beautiful!!

Your pictures are terrific if I have never said so before,
it is so unlike me to not comment on things like that but I promise I will get back to my old self here shortly..

it is taking time .. but it is coming back..

I just want to tell all welcome to the Blog, that are new comers... Happy Birthday's to the ones I have missed ( I have been rather slow in saying so) Sorry..

So Richard you are going to spend some needed time with your family, good for you!!

Today I am going to take the whole day, well after I get done playing on the puter, and go play too.. I figure after moving, and having quite an experience that lifted me off the ground I need to not worry about things I can't control any more, but just relax and take life as it is given to me! No matter how it is given to me! (if You want an explanation it is on CJ's site it happened Thursday afternoon, what an EXPERIENCE)

So to Everyone Have a Wonderful Day
I am sending HUGS to you all

Wanda Whitworth

Saturday, October 08, 2005 2:46:37 PM  
lynnincalif said...

Richard,Joe and all you Roe Fans".Just came back from watching my grandson play football. Nothing like the reward of being a grandparent and watching your children watch their own children with such pride.Life is good .Richard, your Chicago chicadees are still smiling thanks to you, Enjoy your grandbabies and our California sunshine this weekend. Lynn in Sacramento

Saturday, October 08, 2005 5:17:32 PM  
lynnincalif said...

Hey, Karen in Houston, Rachel in Little rock, so glad to blog with you from so far away. Karen, I'm taking you up on a visit to texas and hope Mailyn w. is in town then.I have great pictures for both of you. Rachel,you stood out from all of us blonds and that sweet southern voice of yours was so nice to hear along with "sugar britches, Cathy from carolina. what fun we all had at Jilly's. Ole'blue eyes would have proud. Joe and Richard, you should have been there. Next time. Lynn

Saturday, October 08, 2005 5:34:12 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

DESERT FOX: THANK YOU so much for helping me with my pictures. All of you check out my BLOG SITE for more PHOTO'S of MB & CHICAGO. Tooooo fun!!
Thanks again your the best.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 5:51:14 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Hi Mary Rose,

I was glad to see your comments on relationships, as this is a subject that has long interested me. I think you're right about someone needing to be very secure. Is it possible that women, as a group, are more secure than men? And if so, how did we get that way? It seems counter intuitive. On the other hand, we do have an extraordinary support system (in our "sisters") and perhaps that, along with the things we have had to struggle through, ultimately bring us to a stronger place.

I, too, would like to hear (someday) from Joe and Richard (who are both pretty unusual), and other men, on that subject. It is one of those areas where we women may be quite ignorant of what is actually going on.


Saturday, October 08, 2005 7:31:04 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello everyone,
It sure has been quiet around here for awhile. Everyone is just waiting for the news.
I am leaving tomorrow (Sunday) for my week off to tour the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Lake Powell. I look forward to some great photos and also I know I will be in awe with the vast beauty of the land. It humbles one to view something so awesome.
I will miss you all but never fear, I shall return soon. When I get back we will all have the answers we have been waiting for. Good luck to everyone!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 7:41:56 PM  
SanFranCA said...

Hey, don't forget about us who did not go to ChiTown. We, too, are anxious. Oh, be still our hearts.

God Bless you, Richard and staff, This has been one heck of a ride...such giving and sharing people. Good luck to us all. Enjoy the long weekend.
Good night.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:16:39 PM  
SanFranCA said...

Quick comment...did you know that you can fix your email to notify your cell phone of a message received from a particular source, like one handsome SB, namely RR.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 8:22:26 PM  
Simple Abundance said...

Hi All, I have been trying to set up my profile and downloaded everything for the photo's etc.Just cannot figure out how to enter these photos. Any of you out there care to give me some tips! I know I'll get it soon enough but maybe it's just because it's late and I am getting a little tired, can't think right! :~) What is the (Photo URL) Not understanding that one? Helppppp! Thank you!

Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:30:09 PM  
ceesoo said...

Joe-- please elucidate-- mickey mouse ears and celebrity lips...thank you...

Sunday, October 09, 2005 5:48:49 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Good morning RR,Joe,Umbreto, and all the chickadees. Richard is probably reading his newspapers from front to back this a.m. It's been a week now since the soree' was over...My how time flys. Hope everyone is well and healthy and full of Love, Joy and peace. I've got to take my sister to the after hours clinic. She broke out in a rash last week and looks like she's been burned with blisters. She went to the doctor and he gave her prednisone but she's worse. It seems like he didn't really know the cause??? Anyway Happy /Day to all. Much Love, Merry Okie

Sunday, October 09, 2005 6:21:21 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: Get in to touch with DESERT FLOWER she can help you with your pictures she is very very clever and such a nice person. Look at my Blog, it has lots of pictures thanks to her.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 7:09:30 AM  
JoeInMB said...

All right Ceeso, I think I know who put you up to this. It's not quite as funny when you write it out as when you see it!

When Nancy was pregnant with Jimmy she was very far along and was in the shower one morning. We have a glass shower door and it was all fogged over. I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and Nancy says to me, "Hey, Joe, look, it's Mickey Mouse!" Now, I will leave it to you clever women to figure out what she did!!

Sunday, October 09, 2005 10:15:03 AM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Hello RR, Joe, Umberto and Ladies of the Blog,
I have been away for a week and am finally catching up. Chicago looks like it was a total hoot! Love the hats, how fun! Thanks for all of the postings, it is a great way to stay in touch.
I took a cruise out of Long Beach, CA this past week, it was my first. My friend works in a heart center and was one of the lectureres on preventing heart disease. We wore pedometers and met our daily goal of 10,000 steps - good thing as there was so much incredible food, it was a balance.
Talk about diversity, the employees on the cruise ship were from all over the world. I am one of those people who celebrates diversity!
The weather was wonderful, from out at sea you could see the smog/smoke from the LA fires clinging to the coastline.
We spent yesterday with our friend who lives in Hermosa Beach, we had a hearty walk along the strand. A delightful way to get those 10,000 steps.
I would like to encourage each of you to get a pedometer and try to do take 10,000 steps for your health every day. It was a lot more than I thought it was, and I feel great after doing that, and want to continue to do so. Where I live it is very mountainous, so those steps will be a lot more work.
Joe, I totally got the picture of Mickey Mouse - wonderful! A natural artist eh!
Love to all, take care, Michelle

Sunday, October 09, 2005 10:59:56 AM  
leslie said...

Hi everyone Just thought I'd pass this along. I think we could all use a chuckle today:

It is with great sadness that I pass on the following news. Please join me in remembering a great North American icon.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Tim Horton, Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch.

The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly to stardom at tight end, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.

Despite being a little flaky at times, he was as a crusty old man considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John and Jane Dough; and one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Joe hilarious! I can just picture it :D

Sunday, October 09, 2005 12:20:56 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

JOE: I just read Nancy's "Traveling Adventures with Richard" I'm on the floor laughing but the best part of it is she's right and I don't think some of our cute little Chickadee's realize this. Won't that be a cutural shock for some. I was raised on a ranch so basically anythings goes you just have to adjust.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 1:18:11 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

LESLIE: Loved the "Dough Boy" too cute.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 1:23:04 PM  
Simple Abundance said...

OK REDTBIRD, what adventures are you talking about? and where do I find it? I want in on all the laughs with ya? Also thank you for the picture advice!

NIce Joe, Living in Florida I do know what mickey looks like even on a steamed shower door! Ha Ha!

I can show ya on the steamed door what the the pillsbury dough boy looks like from the back! No Pun intended! Or is that Buns? LOL All in fun now! Thanks Leslie, that was good!

Have a great day! Charmaine

Sunday, October 09, 2005 1:36:23 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Guys 'n Dolls:)

LESLIE: HILARIOUS......Thank You;)

SOFT RAIN: Love your 'funnies' too:) of THE necessities in Life:)

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal
psssst Richard...what was that about brevity ;) ????

Sunday, October 09, 2005 1:56:15 PM  
Forest Hills said...

Yes JOE (and Nancy) - thank you for that image conjured up!!! Hummm. The ears, now what could theeyyy be?! I'm more intrigued by that wide smile ... Just what could that be?
(Thanks Ceeso for the 'heads up'!!)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Hugs to all!!


Sunday, October 09, 2005 1:56:40 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

SimpleAbundance You may contact me for help at on getting your blog page up and running.

I sent you an email.

Hugs Suzanne

Sunday, October 09, 2005 2:11:48 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

JoeinMB That was hilarious. Your Nancy is a crack up and you and she was have a blast together.

Leslie Very funny.

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Sunday, October 09, 2005 2:13:58 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

ANY LADIES THAT WANT THEIR PICTURES ON THEIR BLOG PROFILE Just email me and I can offer you some assistance on setting up your pages for you. It appears that the hardest thing to do is to get your picture next to your name. I am happy to assist any of those that would like the help.

You can click on my name desertflowers and view my blog page and let me know if you would like help.

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Sunday, October 09, 2005 2:18:39 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy 'gain Guys and Dolls:)

JOE: You and Nancy are 'TWO PEAS IN A POD'

Love the humorous 'vibe' on the blog!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

Sunday, October 09, 2005 2:20:14 PM  
prarie critter said...

Auburmmichelle. Just an FYI, they figure that 10,000 steps is about 3miles. Keep steppin'.
Have a peachy week everybody!
Marry mary, Be good young lady!

Sunday, October 09, 2005 4:24:17 PM  
leslie said...

hi again everyone As I was watching some Canada geese flying south, it reminded me of the following story. I think it relates very well to all of us who have been a part of Richard's journey. A side benefit of his search for romance and adventure has been the incredibly strong bond of a sisterhood of mature, intelligent, vibrant, and capable women.


Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter... flying along in V might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range, than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone... and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs...with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally...and this is important...when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 4:51:29 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Well said, Leslie!

Sunday, October 09, 2005 5:41:52 PM  
Kylieidaho said...

While I don't post here, I have been following the SB adventure from the sidelines for some time now and have even posted anonymously when this was allowed at this blog.

Now that the SB Journey is about to take another decisive turn, I would like to share these words with you that was posted over on another of our sister's blog tonight.



After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul;

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and companionship doesn't mean security;

And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contract's and present's aren't promises;

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up, and your eyes open, with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build your roads on today, because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.

And future's have a way of falling down in mid flight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really do have worth.

And you learn to learn............,
With every goodbye, you learn.

Comes the Dawn is a wonderful reminder that with time and personal growth, even the pain of goodbye is lessened. I join with Leslie in encouraging all of us to keep in formation and keep our spirits up and keep the friendships going that were formed in Manhattan Beach, in Chicago and online.

Have a wonderful night and may the forces stay with all of you.

Peace Out

Sunday, October 09, 2005 6:29:59 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

Leslie Well said. I don't know where you get all your inspirational thoughts, but I really do enjoy your postings.

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox by Richard

Sunday, October 09, 2005 7:16:30 PM  
soft_rain said...

Hello Richard: Hope you had a wonderful and restful week-end with your family.

Heiresschild: Your so very welcome, It was my pleasure.
Your daughter and brother are in my prayers.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 7:28:46 PM  
houstonkaren said...

Hi everyone, Rachel, thanks about my hat. I am having it sent. Lynn, you do not have an email address on your bus. card. Mine is Love to hear more from you and you are always welcome at my place. Hey gals, I found a great product just before I went to Chicago. It's called Grab by Loreal and I just put in on wet hair and dry using a brush - no more curling iron....You can get in in the drug store...

I met a woman the other night who knows Richard. She works for Newmans travel and is our rep in Texas, but lives in LA. Richard told her she was too young (39) so we lucked out! I do outside sales for my girlfriends travel agency and get a CLIA/IATAN card which lets me travel at travel agency rates. It works out great for both of us and that's how I went to Alaska for less than $500....We all have to work smart at this time of our lives so we can enjoy this wonderful time that we have earned.....Love the blog. Karen

Sunday, October 09, 2005 7:37:21 PM  
ceesoo said...

Joe-- Okaayyyyy-- now we know about mickey mouse at the Franklin house! Giggle :)))) Thanks for sharing.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 8:12:01 PM  
droma said...

Just saw your wise words on another blog, kind of you to post them.
Peace out

Sunday, October 09, 2005 8:33:23 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Ladies: Come visit the MB bunch at:

for discussion and jokes while waiting for that 'other thing'to happen...Welcome to the new ladies from Chicago.....NO RULES, JUST BRING BUBBLES, and talk about whatever 'floats your boat'...
Peace and Joy in the Neighborhood,

Sunday, October 09, 2005 9:34:12 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

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Sunday, October 09, 2005 10:29:55 PM  
willemina said...

Just finished scanning the latest blog...I haven't been on the blog this weekend and now I'm trying to catch up on all the news...

Yesterday was the 75th Pioneer Day Celebration here in Paso Robles, CA. My grandaughters were in the parade so of course grandma was there with her family calls me Miss Kodak. I'll post some pics on my blog later. It's a day to celebrate the Pioneers who settled this area. We have a parade, entertainment, and good food. Later in the evening we were invited to a neighborhood block party. My grandaughters spent the night with me and I rented an old movie for them to watch. Actually it came out in the mid 80's. It's called "Flight Of The Navigator". My grandaughters loved it and watched it twice. I remember my son who is now 21 watched it many times when he was little.

Denver is beautiful this time of year. I lived in Colorado Springs for 13 years and my oldest son and his family now live in Denver. I was there for a visit in June of this year. I used to be a telephone operator for Mountain Bell and we answered calls for Colorado and most of Wyoming.

Pam AKA Born To Travel
Happy Belated Birthday To You!

Dreamweaver18 AKA Val the Gal
My nickname has always been "Willy". As a child, I did not like my name and wanted to use my middle name which is Diana. My friends used to love listening to my Dutch mother talk to me..she called me Villemina. Also, thank you for the compliment on the blue dress...

Auburn Michelle
Glad to hear that you're back from your cruise. I have only been on one before and that was a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Rivera and I loved it! I can't wait to go on another...
I've been thinking about getting a pedometer as I love to walk and I'm just curious as to how many miles I put on my feet every day...

Hello Sylvia

Houston Karen
You mentioned the Blue Angels...Aren't they amazing? I have some awesome pics I'll post on my blog later (they were sent to me). And I will try the L'Oreal product you mentioned for hair.

I loved reading your facts about the Canadian Geese flying south...
interesting trivia.

And hello to everyone I failed to mention here. I thoroughly enjoy each and every comment and joke. Thanks to all for keeping it fun and interesting

Sweet Dreams everyone...HUGS

Sunday, October 09, 2005 10:57:50 PM  
wondergirl88 said...

guys, sorry I haven't written you..I am in New Orleans, helping six friends whom have totally lost their homes. My wardrobe is different these days. face mask, rubber gloves, and boots. such a disaster here. An adventure that I have never taken before. Richard, you want to join me on this adventure? (:-)

Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:08:39 PM  
willemina said...

My heart goes out to those devastated by the major earthquake in Pakistan/India/Afghanistan.
We had a 6.5 earthquake here on Dec 22, 2003 and we are still trying to recover from the damage. A 7.6 earthquake is more than 10 times stronger than a 6.5. Here is some info on earthquakes for those who may be interested.

The Richter Magnitude Scale

Seismic waves are the vibrations from earthquakes that travel through the Earth; they are recorded on instruments called seismographs. Seismographs record a zig-zag trace that shows the varying amplitude of ground oscillations beneath the instrument. Sensitive seismographs, which greatly magnify these ground motions, can detect strong earthquakes from sources anywhere in the world. The time, locations, and magnitude of an earthquake can be determined from the data recorded by seismograph stations.

The Richter magnitude scale was developed in 1935 by Charles F. Richter of the California Institute of Technology as a mathematical device to compare the size of earthquakes. The magnitude of an earthquake is determined from the logarithm of the amplitude of waves recorded by seismographs. Adjustments are included for the variation in the distance between the various seismographs and the epicenter of the earthquakes. On the Richter Scale, magnitude is expressed in whole numbers and decimal fractions. For example, a magnitude 5.3 might be computed for a moderate earthquake, and a strong earthquake might be rated as magnitude 6.3. Because of the logarithmic basis of the scale, each whole number increase in magnitude represents a tenfold increase in measured amplitude; as an estimate of energy, each whole number step in the magnitude scale corresponds to the release of about 31 times more energy than the amount associated with the preceding whole number value.

At first, the Richter Scale could be applied only to the records from instruments of identical manufacture. Now, instruments are carefully calibrated with respect to each other. Thus, magnitude can be computed from the record of any calibrated seismograph.

Earthquakes with magnitude of about 2.0 or less are usually called microearthquakes; they are not commonly felt by people and are generally recorded only on local seismographs. Events with magnitudes of about 4.5 or greater - there are several thousand such shocks annually - are strong enough to be recorded by sensitive seismographs all over the world. Great earthquakes, such as the 1964 Good Friday earthquake in Alaska, have magnitudes of 8.0 or higher. On the average, one earthquake of such size occurs somewhere in the world each year. The Richter Scale has no upper limit. Recently, another scale called the moment magnitude scale has been devised for more precise study of great earthquakes.

The Richter Scale is not used to express damage. An earthquake in a densely populated area which results in many deaths and considerable damage may have the same magnitude as a shock in a remote area that does nothing more than frighten the wildlife. Large-magnitude earthquakes that occur beneath the oceans may not even be felt by humans.

Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:09:56 PM  
Marty said...

Some great jokes, great stories, and facts. I seem to learn something every time I read the blog. Even hair products.

I appreciate all you put into this, it is funny and educational.

I am up way past my bedtime.

Goodnight John Boy

Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:29:00 PM  
wondergirl88 said...


Thanks for all your help!


Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:34:38 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Hi Willie - You little night owl, thanks for the information about earthquakes. I am up late cooking beets - yep, beets! You want me to send you a pedometer? Email me and I have one for you.
'Night ladies and Sir Richard, et al,
Love to all, Michelle

Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:36:40 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

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Monday, October 10, 2005 2:19:05 AM  
Forest Hills said...

Thank you kylieidaho for your perception and sharing in a very personal - and yet - public drama we are all a part of.

I have been thinking of this personal issue greatly, and will opine at the original site, not here.

Have a great day (and thanks, desertfowers for directing me to where I needed to be.



Monday, October 10, 2005 5:41:55 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

SIMPLE ADUNDANCE: Go to Joe's wife site MIRTHQUAKES.COM and enjoy. It's the funnist thing I have read in a long time. Yes, there are vacations like this. LOL

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:52:56 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

DESERT FOX: As per our discussion it's like you don't play ball with them. They throw the ball and you don't throw it back, they throw the ball you don't throw it back pretty so they go away or get the picture, we hope.
Nancy Spencer RAOV

PS Did any of you do the Perfect Match. They're right on.

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:57:56 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Good morning...It's cool and cloudy here in Tulsa. My poor sister has shingles. She looks awful. God love her. I hurt to look at her blisters. Please remember her in your prayers. Have a blessed day. Love, MaryP.S. Prarie Criter..."Dog" I love you loads and will be good just for you.

Monday, October 10, 2005 7:32:00 AM  
Mary R said...

News Update,

It has been reported that when the waitress came to our table for drink orders at MB, lady #1 asked for a BL. The waitress asked "What is a BL." "Bud Light" was the reply. Lady #2 asked for a CL. The smart waitress knew that was a Coors Light. I asked for a 15. I had to explain to the waitress that that was one 7 & 7.

It is also said that people who compile these jokes/reports are quys without Friday and Saturday night dates.

Happy Columbus Day
Mary R

Monday, October 10, 2005 7:44:00 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...


I think my feet are on the ground again,

But my head is still in the clouds!!!!

It is the Love that has dominated our adventured here that caused this "re-awakening" in me!!!!

"Such a Wonderful World" as Richard and I waltzed to for that few moments on the cruise and agreed that it is indeed, a wonderful world and a wonderful thing that we cooperatively have create here.

I heard Louis Armstrong sing it again yesterday on XM Radio channel 23- "The Heart" and I danced the entire waltz this time, by myself, but I was not alone, for you all were there with me.

I see so many people on the blog that I connected with in Chicago and relive what we felt, my only regret is that there were ladies there that I already cherished from the Blog and didn't even get to meet them in person.

Thanks to all who helped to awaken this Life in my heart, i look forward to continuing our connection and Love Adventure!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2005 8:26:52 AM  
sharingthenight said...

Good Morning Richard Joe and all of my friends!!!

Just a quick saying before I head out the door today,


Thats it folks~

sending hugs out to you all

Have a Wonderful DAY today

Wanda Whitworth

Monday, October 10, 2005 8:28:18 AM  
Ms. J said...

I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. It's nice to take time off to regroup and spend time with the family. I know you are overwhelmed considering the decisions you have to make.

I hope that I am one of the LUCKY 12.

Looking for to meeting you.

Monday, October 10, 2005 9:51:53 AM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...


Yoh! I have returned from quite an interesting long weekend near Grand Junction, Colorado. My adopted grandfather, Buck, decided to give a nice donation to the library of the small town of Colbran, Colorado. His ancestors were the pioneers of the Plateau Valley in Colbran. So for the last 6 years I have heard many, many fascinating stories from the late 1800's and early 1900's of life from this mountainous, cattle ranching community and this weekend was the first time I experienced the incredibly picturesque rugged settlement. The colors of the autumn leaves made it that much more beautiful. It was very fullfilling in every sense. I feel it completed a lifetime chapter in Buck's life and it was a pure pleasure to be a part of it! Life can be sooo good!!
Anyway,I guess I have some catching up to do on the blog, Please e-mail me if I missed any important items. This week I'll be flying to PA, IL ,MS and MN. Hopefully in between flights I will read the blog!
Best wishes to all you dear ladies, many have touched my heart and that is a gift and a blessing!
Make it a great day!! MIchelle

Monday, October 10, 2005 10:49:58 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Been off the blog for a few days!! The first thing I did was look for Lady Base Camp's writings. I always get a good laugh. I am amazed at your knowledge and your expertise in presenting your thoughts. Besides being hysterical, you also present food for thought and research. To Willamenia, your wonderful information on earth quakes is greatly appreciated. I am going to print it up to save. I lived in hurricane country for many, many years and know all about that, but know very little about earth quakes. As I said a while back, this blog is a great source of learning. Maybe we should name this blog "Richard, Joe and Unberto's Encyclopedic Blog of Learning". This is really lots of fun and always thought provoking.
A while back, we learned about Ella, Skywatcher's grandmother and other actors of that day. I really find all of this very interesting!! "All the Best", Jayne

Monday, October 10, 2005 10:57:14 AM  
Karla said...

Wow!! Richard your life continues to be one big excitement after another. Keep up the active lifestyle, as it keeps one young and interesting. I just returned from my two week trip to Italy (first time there) and I can definitely say missing the Chicago affair and the opportunity to meet you face to face was truly sad, but I wouldn't trade my experience "on holiday" for anything.....that is one beautiful, friendly country I would return to at the drop of a hat. Richard, you continue to amaze me with your positive attitude about this gigantic endeavor to find your traveling companion and possible soulmate, and all the other ideas that have popped up as a result of the interest you have generated. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the process.
Karla in Alaska (& Calif)..Ciao

Monday, October 10, 2005 11:18:03 AM  
Yvonne in Honolulu said...

Yvonne in Honolulu

Aloha Ladies,

It's been nice hearing from my room-mates .Debbie K. and Jerry & Susie Q. as well, from Linda P and other's who I have met in "Chicago."
To all the other ladies..this has been a fun.empowering..connection of a new beginning for all of us.
I have loved the blog and thanks to all the ladies that have shared so much about their lives. I love the jokes and just want to say..this is just the beginning of a lasting relationship. I applaud all of you.
As we say in Hawaii..No ka ole
It means the "The Best"
That is what you Ladies are..
Mahalo, Yvonne

Monday, October 10, 2005 11:54:50 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Hi Ladies, Hi Joe, another rainy day in beautiful BC. oh well!

JOE, i think some people don't understand about DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER...they don't seem to realize that making false and potentially damaging statements are liabilous, or maybe they do and that is why they hide behind, Anon. - thank you for deleting them. I stand behind my previous comments: This is Richard's domain, and he is entitled to remove rude and unwanted comments. as i said before, if a guest in my home was insulting me or my other guests, i would ask them to stop, if they did not stop, i would ask them to leave -- i don't know why this should be any different!!

Happy CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS day, all you Americans!!!

i have now posted a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Flan at Kenneth's Kitchen, on my blog, so if interested, check it out. It is sort of pumpkin custard poured over a burnt sugar topping, so when you turn it out of the baking dish, you have a sort of creme caramel desert, only with pumpkin, nice and light, and very easy to make.

cheers for now,

Monday, October 10, 2005 12:23:43 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

p.s. i don't know about anyone else, but i have a kind of suspicion who the "culprit" can sort of tell by the grammar, and the really angry tone...ANON. you are relly making a fool of yourself!

Monday, October 10, 2005 12:26:23 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

Desertflowers sezs I've changed your photo for you Nancy. Hope you like it.

Hugs Suzanne desertfox

Monday, October 10, 2005 12:27:27 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Post Post Script: I don't get the Mickey Mouse joke, but i told you i'm a bit slow, but don't worry about elucidating...i don't need to know everything!

LESLIE, i loved the Pillsbury joke!!!

Monday, October 10, 2005 12:37:53 PM  
soft_rain said...

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, October 10, 2005 1:32:21 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

i have been reading some of the other blogs, and just have to add: with reference to "defamation of character". There is a fine line between idle and (and i truly mean idle: as we know, the "devil" finds work for idle hands, eh?)..between idle gossip and SLANDER. i would be very careful what i post on my own blog as well! ... Even if you are slagging Richard on your OWN site, that does not make you immune to repercussions if you cross that line. Even if you think you are Anonomous, i'm sure that the Blog Manager in Germany or where ever he originates, would be able to track you down. Keep that in mind as you continue to ruminate and attempt to draw people into your "Melodrama", my dear ANONOMOUS one/ones!
Sincere in Surrey, BC

and THAT is all i am going to say on this silly subject.
cheers for now,

pj in very very wet and wonderful BC

Monday, October 10, 2005 1:47:38 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Greetings Everyone!
Just got off a website that college students from all over the USA and from every economic and ethnic background who have studied abroad put together as a guide for cultural do's and don'ts for traveling overseas, just thought it may be helpful to some of us!
Make it a great day!! Michelle

Monday, October 10, 2005 1:51:25 PM  
soft_rain said...

Mickey Mouse funny

Pressing her body against the fogged over glass shower door
Nancy said "Hey Joe! Look it's Mickey Mouse."
(taking in mind she was pegnant)

Monday, October 10, 2005 2:22:16 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEmeo, jOE, UmbertO and Friends on the blog:)

Happy Thanksgiving to all the 'Canada Geese'...quack quack;)
I am 'turkeyed out' gobble gobble!

Happy Columbus Day to all American Eagles;)

WILLEMINA/WILLY: another 'true blue' gal you are;) love that colour!

I phoned my Son in rural Uganda today and he says the scenery is breathtaking, loves the friendly
people, they make them feel so very welcome wherever they go!

Listening to Steven Tyler/Aerosmith
singin' 'Dude Looks Like A Lady';) one of my favourites...foot stompin' for sure!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

p.s. scrollitis is startin' t' set in again;)

Monday, October 10, 2005 2:28:50 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha ROEmeo, jOE, UmbertO and Posse:
I am going to have a 'leetle' fun wid 'WILLY';)

WILLY: Goeie dag en ek wens vir U n gesonde dag met alles wat goed
en lieflik is, ek praat Afrikaans, maar hierdie taal is nie soe goed as U mooi taal Hollandse is!
Alles van die beste
(ek is in Kaapstad Suid Afrika gebore) en daar gebly tot ek in 1978 verlaat het om na Noord Amerika toe gekom het.

Met liefde en mooi gedagte
Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

Monday, October 10, 2005 2:38:32 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

DREAMWEAVER, hoi gaan dit met jo, (my Afrikaans is nie so good as yours!! - one of the reasons we left, my mom dispaired for me ever getting along there, knowing that English is my first and only language, and the Nationals coming into power (was it the nationals, i forget, it was so long ago) and putting Afrikaans first in the schools i would never have passed grade 6)...
but i did understand everything you said to Willy...

HAPPY THANKS GIVING to you too from this "silly goose", and i don't mind admitting that i have been known to be very co-operative and know the VALUE of flying in the V formation, UNLIKE some people who confuse co-operation with sheep-like behaviour!!

so "totscience" for now,

Monday, October 10, 2005 3:05:17 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

p.s. i had my turkey dinner yesterday, but am not "turkied out" yet...i was sent home with left-overs, which i am going to go and enjoy RIGHT NOW!! -- hey SYLVIA, i'm going to have my turkey and eat it too, hah hah what do you think of that? ---and maybe watch Dr. Phil...i am having a Lazy Lazy day, as the rain torrents down...
cheers and HAPPY C.C. DAY once again,

Monday, October 10, 2005 3:10:08 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Cowboys an' Cowgirls!
'Saddle Up' for we are in for quite a ride....yee haa! What is it about those Westerns?

DRAGONFLYFILLEY: you are quite a character;) where about in South Africa do you come from? By the way
you and LESLIE live in 'Lotusland' such a beautiful place with the snow-peaked mountains and ocean. I loved living in Vancouver and Victoria Island, the best time in Canada! Yes I too am fascinated by the birds flying in V>>>>Formation
and LESLIE'S writing on how if one falls away, a couple will escort it down...amazing stuff! I have an affinity with birds all my life. At the time of my birth there were two little Turtledoves cooing on the windowsill, my Dearest Mother once told me! Saw an amazing documentary on the Canada Geese the other day, won awards, incredible photography of the plight and flight of these birds!
There is so much to be learnt from observing Nature, that is why I am drawn to the Elders that pass on the stories down through the generations. I LOVE storytellers!
As previousely mentioned I have an unquenchable thirst for Knowledge!

Senior Bachelorette:)
Val The Gal

Monday, October 10, 2005 3:46:21 PM  
DesertFlowers said...

I just posted some new pictures on my site if anyone is interested in seeing some of the pictures I sent to Richard in my biography.

dragonflyfilly blogging is an individual thing and done on an individual basis to express whatever people choose to express. People that have individual blog sites do so, so they may express themselves. It's called freedom of speech. Although I will agree with you that personal expressions should be kept as to be "politically" unharmful.

I invite you to visit my site and scroll down and see the topics that I have covered. I hope that I have never been offensive and in hopes I have been light hearted and possibly a tab bit opinionated.

Hugs Suzanne aka desertfox

Monday, October 10, 2005 3:50:23 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello Everyone,
I am checking in and wanted to say hello to you all. Michelle it is great to hear about your travel stories. I love that you are a pilot- that is just such a hoot! I love women in charge! I wanted to say a prayer for all the people in the world right now going through all the natural disasters. It is just horrible what happen in Pakistan with the earthquake that killed over 20,000 people. Also the mud slides from Hurricane Stan in Guatamala, and the hurricane in the gulf states. Makes you wonder what is going on in the world. I think God is trying to tell us something. I hope we get it!

I feel blessed now more than ever and hope we all just appreciate what we have and help each other keep the positive spirit going during these sad times. The world is definitely changing.
Be happy, and take care of others less fortunate than ourselves.
Much love and peace to you all. I treasure this wonderful planet and hope to see more of it before is gone.

Monday, October 10, 2005 3:58:48 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Yes, God is trying to tell us something, but are we willing to listen??

Remember, ALWAYS GO4IT!
Peace and Joy,

Monday, October 10, 2005 4:18:01 PM  
leslie said...

Hi everyone! Yes, it is a drizzly day in Lotusland as we celebrate our Thanksgiving, BUT as I was driving home from the Surrey area (where dragonflyfilly lives) I could see the brilliant sun shining through the clouds over the ocean. By the time I arrived home in Ladner, the sun was gloriously shining overhead. We truly do live in Lotusland! (sorry, pj, but it was still black as I looked behind towards your area of the city) I'm going to check out your recipe for Pumpkin Flan. At this time of year, I always make a pumpkin loaf that is to die for!

dreamweaver18 When did you live out this way? I think you're in TO, right? Can you believe I've never been there, even when we lived in Ottawa for 3 years. We went East towards Montreal and the Maritimes instead. I'm glad you enjoyed the little ditty about the geese. It is so sad how someone (on another blog) has belittled it.

Paula my heart is breaking at all the pandemonium going on all over the world - it doesn't rain but it pours! tsunamis,mud slides, hurricanes, earthquakes, -I, too, hope we all GET it and soon. With all this, who could/would take the time to slander Richard and us ladies who have found a true sisterhood as a result of his quest for adventure.

Well, I'm off to check out desertflower's site to look at her new photos. Also, going over to copy down dragonflyfilly's recipe(s).

Happy Columbus Day to all my wonderful new American friends!

PS: I actually bought myself a new coat today - I think we're in for a cold and nasty winter this year and I only had lightweight jackets. This new one is chocolate brown suede with a cuddly lining inside. I'll have to get my daughter to take a photo of me wearing it. It's been SO long since I've had to even consider getting a coat to keep me warm!

Monday, October 10, 2005 4:33:23 PM  
leslie said...

Since I've had several questions about the difference between American and Canadian Thanksgiving, here's a brief history:

History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours.

After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.

Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...

"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
In researching my own family's history, I've discovered that I am descended from the American Loyalists who settled in what is now New Brunswick. Hope this has answered any and all questions re Canadian vs American Thanksgiving and have a great day, everyone.

Monday, October 10, 2005 5:45:29 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

still waiting patiently for the rellies to arrive YVR, phoned Canada customs to see if they were stuck there!!! "NO One detained" he told me...where oh where could they be??? LESLIE, i would like the Pumpkin Loaf recipe...i love anything PumpkiN..

yep SEN.BAC. I AM a bit of a character, although some people have called me other things. oh well, to quote PopEye, "i yam what i yam' [and i DON'T mean a sweet potato, hah hah hah!]...and i TOO embrace diversity, in cultures and in individuals...can you imagine if we were all the same, how boring!
DREAMWEAVER 18, i think i visited your site, are you the same as just simple Dreamweaver? i enjoy a good discussion, even if people do not agree with me. i can be persuaded to change my opinion if someone has a worthwhile and intelligent argument...i believe in free speech, but i do not think that gives people the freedom to malign your character, as you know, there are laws to protect us from that.

i'm getting desertflowers and dreamweaver mixed pls ignore and/or forgive, ta ever so..

I grew up in Rosettenville, Johannesburg; my dad died when i was 10 and the following year my mom brought my sis and i to Canada. there certainly was NOT free and equal speech tolerated in S.A. when i was there, and when i visited in 1967 my friends had to warn me to keep my mouth shut and my opinions to myself, and watch who i associated with (i.e. no people of black or mixed, or other, orgin, allowed--i even got into trouble for standing in the wrong line up at the post office!!!) or i would likely end up under house arrest. i high-tailed it out of S.A. after that dire warning! [nobody was going to tell me who i could be friends with, but i didn't want to go to jail either!] i disagree with you somewhat on the "polital" aspect though, politics IS messy, but i think we can keep our political beliefs separate from our PERSONAL beliefs. i also think we can still LIKE each other even if our political views are different...i think that is called "being mature" . If everyone agreed with everyone there would be no change and no growth. I PERSONALLY DO NOT RECALL you ever having being offensive. i think i am opinionated too at times and i don't think i have to apologize for that either.
i DO have your blog in my list of faves and will visit you (again) soon; come visit me soon too, ok. and leave me some comments so i can improve my site.

i still have a little pin/broach that my sis gave me when i was about 18 - she used to call me a Silly Goose..and i ADORE Canada geese, and their the call of a deeply mysterous wild..yes, they are amazing creatures...i have a story i could tell about geese, but no one would believe it, well maybe Sylvia would...i will think about including it on my blog.

hey PAULA, how's things...are you practicing singing happy birthday MM b/d is in May so you have lots of time.

gotta go, my turkey is drying out, and my veggies are starting to look like typical English cooking, the way my mom likes them, i.e. cooked to death, yectch!cheers for now, and let's keep on blogging,

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:06:13 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Richard and Posse;)

LESLIE: Yes, I now live in Toronto.
1983-1986 I lived in Vancouver.
1988-1990 I lived on beautiful Victoria Island. I have special memories of my stay on the Island where I would periodically visit a Medicine Man and his then Wife.
He was Chief of the Nootke Tribe and studying Anthropolgy at Victoria University. As far as I know he is/was a Professor at the university. He lived on a beautiful Reservation in Sooke B.C. his house/log cabin was built with his own two hands. It faced South right at the water's edge of the inlet. I used to go for Healings and witness the Sacred Healing Fire Dance where He would dress in Traditional Ceremonial Dress whilst making the Sacred Fire outside at the water's edge. Then He would proceed with the Sacred Healing Medicine Dance inside and we would all 'smudge' with the Sacred Smoke! I was going through great turmoil at that time and became very ill. I thank G-D (The Great White Spirit) for the Sacred Medicine that helped pull me through at the time!
I would love to write a book one day as my Life has been and still is ONE BIG DREAM!
Senior Bachelorette:)
(val the gal)

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:10:13 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hi Everyone!
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! : )

Hey Richard: Hope you are having fun making your decisions ... and that you know that so many of us are here offering support and encouragement to you! Can hardly wait! : )

Joe – loved Nancy’s Mickey Mouse story!

Hey Leslie. Thanks so much for sharing about the geese! What a great analogy for what we have experienced here!

And Kylieidaho: – Thanks for posting ‘Come the Dawn’. That has always been a favorite of mine!

Paula and Leslie – Ditto!! Thanks for the great reminders!

Hey DragonFlyFilly: I have a little pin from the 70's that says, 'Will it matter in a hundred years'. : )

Lady Base Camp: We should plan an AT Hike! I’ve been trying to find people interested in doing that for a long time. When I was married, we used to take youth groups on the Trail … and then White Water Rafting after. Was great fun!

Your comments about the Bedouin tribes brought back memories to me … of my travels to Israel, several years ago. I was there with a crew – shooting video for a marketing video for an Ophthalmic Hospital. We had traveled out to Jericho to do some shooting and our main van broke down. Okay – sooooo - we were using a big, yellow school bus – and the poor Videographer was strapped to the luggage racks on the top of the bus – shooting the van as it wound around the mountain curves – so we could illustrate the Hospitals ‘Outreach Program’. Porter (the shooter) was bumped around quite a bit – and I really ‘owed him’ when it was all over. (ha ha) Hadar, our guide and interpreter, stayed behind with the broken down van, to wait for a replacement vehicle, and the crew and I went with the second driver … to continue shooting. Hadar gave us very strict instructions that we were to stay close to the bus – and not, under any circumstances, go into one of the Bedouin Camps. But – we needed to get some footage of the Bedouin tents – and so, despite Hadar’s warnings – when we came upon a Bedouin Camp – we got the driver to pull over … and started shooting from the side of the road (despite the driver waving his arms at us – in what we assumed was a ‘no’ warning). We had been warned that, during the day, the men would be gone and if we entered into the camp without permission – the women would call to the men – and we could be attacked, for coming into their camp without being invited.

So … we were a bit nervous and keeping our distance … until about six little kids came running up to us. I ran to the bus and got a box of cookies - which we had along for little snacks. I gave each of the kids a couple of cookies – and they went running off to their mothers – who were standing on the side of the hill – watching us very carefully. We slowly walked down the hill that we were on – keeping a respectful distance – until the kids came running back – wanting more cookies. I waved to the mothers … and they all waved back … so we went with the children, as they led me back to their camp. The whole while, Porter was shooting footage … and the kids were laughing and giggling and pulling at me. It was so much fun … and a moment that I won’t ever forget. When we ran out of cookies – we headed back to the bus – gave the kids whatever snacks we had left – and waved our good-byes. It was magical … and the footage that we got was outstanding. Some of that footage (the women on the hillside) is used in the video demo that is on the DreamKeepers Link – that is on my Blog. It captures a moment in time that will stay with me forever. Ah … Memories!

One last thought … found on CJ’s Blog ( ):
LIFE is not measured in the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!!



P.S. Off to check out Desert Flowers aka Desert Foxes Blog! : )

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:21:17 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

LESLIE, thanks for the info on the Thanksgivings...good for the teachers, keeping us on the straight and narrow..i fondly remember my English teacher, Mrs. Purvis, she nutured my love of the English lauguage, as well as my ability as a creative writer.

talked to my mom, she reminded me that we celebrated Harvest Festival...we did not have a big dinner, but went to the local church where we took food and stuff for the "needy", people less fortunate than ourselves...

hey FLOWINGWHITEWATER,i was very interested to read your above post...i have only been to two "sweats", one at the Matsqui Minimum Security Prison, and another when i was working at an addiction treatment centre in Langley...both were very taxing, and i have not had the courage/desire to try another one...maybe another time. i would love to read your story, when it gets written,

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:22:35 PM  

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