Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New Newsletter

A Newsletter is about to come out later today (Tuesday) and I wanted to give you fellow bloggers a heads-up. Many people have e-mailed me and wondered if I would be "bailing out" now that the Search is almost over and the Journey beginning. I wanted to be clear that the opposite is happening. What I have learned thus far is that we all have very similar goals. We are interested in Romance and Adventure, and we all would like to gain the Respect and Recognition we have earned, which in our society is not always forthcoming. If this was just about me finding my soul mate, I would be moving only in that direction. However I have seen, first-hand, the need for a forum, a place for all of us 45 and over, to voice our views and try to make some changes. This grassroots movement is open to ALL PEOPLE, whatever your gender, color, religion, or political leanings. It is also available to under 45's because they have parents and other relatives and friends who are our age group. As you know now there is a Men's Page, a Men's blog, and information in the Newsletter about a new, upcoming Photo Page for you, if you should be interested. Joe has spent a lot of time making all of these additions to the website, and I will continue to seek ways of Promoting Romance and Adventure-for everybody!!

The upcoming Newsletter will address these issues, describe how you can help, and also inform everybody that the Alaska Cruise info is coming soon. Best wishes, Richard Roe


chicagotricia said...

Richard or Joe,
What is the estimated date of posting the women's profiles?
I hope to launch my Ranger efforts then.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:38:21 AM  
Sunrise said...

Hooray for you, Richard! With so much ahead of you, you are not bailing on this endeavor. I hope these next two weekends are everything you are wanting. Good luck to you and to all of the lucky ladies!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:39:14 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

"to be great you must be prepared to be misunderstood"

-from A Thousand Paths To Happiness


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:39:20 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

just in case no one has heard, i rec'd an e-mail from Babette dated Oct.24...she said she was still in the ER...but at least she was present enough to use her computer.

someone else might have more up-to-date info.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:41:09 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...


at least she said she HAD BEEN in the ER, maybe she is out by now...but i guess we will hear soon...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:42:59 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

post post post POST-script!

RR, i'm glad to see you use the word "gender" and not "sex" when referring to male or female...that is one of the little things that really really erks me, when people say "sex" when they mean "gender"...something that i wish people would change on the many FORMS, we have to fill in, yes IN, not OUT, (we fill forms IN, WHY do we always say "fill out this form?" .... pardon my mini-rant!!! no, i have not got out to do my grocery shopping yet, procrastinaging i guess...and i am all out of lettuce!! lol by the way Richard, that quote from a thousand paths to happiness is for you.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:50:58 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Ladies,

There is more information about posting your profiles in the Newsletter which just went out. You should start preparing your bios and photos now as sometime next week I will start asking you to send them in. Probably limit it one page!



Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:10:46 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Goeie Dag Julle Mense;)

Wat gaan aan nou met die Frans en Italianse taal? Ek sal dan Afrikaans moet praat vir die mense van my land af;)

DRAGONFLYFILLY: I smiled when you mentioned Brackpan Tranvaal, South Africa in your post the other day! I've met people whose family had their business there many Moons ago!

WILLY: With reference to 'hurricane willy' I was not associating it at all with you my dear, you have a
calm, kind demeanor unlike that of a hurricane, wild and furious! Don't take it personally!

Saw Charlize Theron on Larry King the other night, so proud of my South African actress, you go girl!
She will be nominated for an Oscar for her role in 'North Country' When she speaks Afrikaans it makes me smile:)

PAULA: Hoping you have weathered the storm, thinking of all of you down Florida way, please keep us posted!

SOFT_RAIN: meow!

G-D Bless Rosa Parks, may your shining Spirit live on forever, now there's a warrior! She dared to make her purpose known, I salute you Rosa!


In Love and Light
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:18:43 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Someone mentioned Babette is in ER
as she got lost somewhere in the Grand Canyon area???

BABETTE: what the h---l are you doing wandering around alone in
The Grand Canyon? Thank goodness you were found, please keep us posted! ay yay yay, talk about an adventurous spirit!

val the gal

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:29:02 PM  
sharingthenight said...

As I had posted earlier but may have been cut off in the switch over to new blog...

God Bless you All, Good Luck, Hugs and Kisses, all in short form this time..


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 1:49:38 PM  
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:20:19 PM  
JoeInMB said...


Great question. My fall back on the bio is to answer at least these three questions:

1. Who am I?

2. What do I like to do?

3. What am I looking for?

I would try to make it no longer than a regular typewritten page at most. Men are not great readers so to the point. I'm not sure if I can support much punctuation and bolds, underlines, etc. so it needs to be kept simple from a production standpoint.

At best, it should be a reflection of the real you!

Good luck and happy writing!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:56:35 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Hi, Joe and Richard –

Got the Newsletter re our bios and will get to work on mine. However, I have one important question: Will we be allowed to include in our bio any other dating services of which we are a member, or alternatively, to refer people to our personal blog sites? I have no problem with trying out Perfect Match (have already taken the personality profile), but if it is not a site that works well for me , I do not think it is fair to have to continually spend the money just to make the SB profile accessible. Then our profile isn’t really free at all! Please give some careful thought to this and let us know what alternatives are acceptable.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:45:20 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

hey VAL: Hoe gaan dit met jo? [pardon my miss-spelling] ...i agree,although i consider myself Canadian, i too am proud of Charlese - saw her in "Monster" and she IS indeed an INCREDIBLE actor...Ref. Brackpan, one day i will tell you all a story about my cousin Pat and the "fig trees" on their farm...

cheers for now,

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:20:39 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

hi there SOFT_RAIN, Wanda, and Suzan...i will drop by your sites individually after i have had my dinner..

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:36:01 PM  
JoeInMB said...


One of the overriding concerns expressed by the Ladies in our group discussions about this kind of service was security. We do not want to be an online dating service nor can we afford to put in the kind of controls to ensure someone's privacy or control of their personal information. However, this is what online dating services do well. At this point in time, PerfectMatch came forward with a proposed solution for handling the communications aspect so we are going to go with their solution. There are dozens of dating services and it is not practical that we interface with all of them. We approached several of the more popular and PerfectMatch was the only one who came up with a practical solution. We do not feel comfortable allowing personal website info or other contact information in your bio for those same reasons of security. Let's give this a try first and see how it goes and then we can re-evaluate.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 8:43:39 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard, Joe, Umberto, Bloggers and Bloggettes:
Thanks to everyone who expressed concerned about us ‘Florida Girls’. As Vanessa mentioned – we, in Tampa, lucked out. But we still go through the watching and worrying – about whether a Hurricane will change path at the last minute. I always feel that I can’t let my guard down – until it gets close to land. As it turned out – we did have lots of heavy gusts of wind and rain … but we were spared major damage. Some of the beach area was affected – and this morning, the water was ‘sucked out of’ a lot of our waterways – as a result of the Hurricane. It will come back though. : )

Both of my sisters live in Homestead – and experienced a good amount of damage to their yards and exteriors (roof tiles, trees and my younger sisters Boat Canopy went ... and their Gazebo is a bit shaky). And they have no power yet. But they are all okay … and that is the important thing. My younger son’s National Guard unit was called up – and he was in Naples yesterday … and is helping out in Miami now. So … I haven’t been able to Blog as much for the past couple of days … because I’ve been making sure my family was okay. : )

Welcome to the Blog Chicago Tricia!

Soft-rain – I’m voting for the Cat photo! There's just something about that Frog ...
Ha Ha

Thanks Leslie and Coach! For the kind words and support. We are excited … and having fun! : )

So – Everyone … I sent an Email to Babette tonight. She had testing done before her trip to Vegas. Her getting lost in the Grand Canyon (for 15 hours) had nothing to do with her medical stuff – and apparently was quite an adventure (that she was going to share with us soon - when she is able to Blog). She did go to the ER – but is home now. She said she would be back on the Blogs, once she was feeling better. I let her know that everyone was asking about her.

Okay – so I must be weird – but I knew immediately that it was a stone on that beach! Anyway … great job Umberto!! I like the new look that you created – and really didn’t spend that much time analyzing it. I just liked the feel of it. : ) Ya’ done good! And Richard and Joe - Wow! Lots of cool stuff going on! Good on you!!

G’Night Everyone! Hope you have a good one!!

Safe in Florida,


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:31:11 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

I also get irked when some form or another refers to Sex rather than Gender. Instead of marking M or F
just write in the word YES. HAAAA

Babette, Babette Hope you are OK and feeling better now. I bet you took some BEAUTIFUL pictures tho!! Let us know how you are doing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:34:44 PM  
lynnincalif said...

hey ladies, just in case any of you are also going on adventures a bit closer to home than RR, I was recently told that as of Jan1st you will even need a PASSPORT for Mexico, so get your paperwork ready in case some knight wants to sweep you away for a moonlight beachside Cabo evening! Lynn

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:32:05 PM  
Dana Point LOIS said...

Hi Richard Just had to share with you a funny e-mail I got tonight from my girlfriends daughter.... She said..... "Ricard Rowe is a Retard....,he missed out on the hottest chick".......As they say "out of the mouths of babes".....well this babe happens to be 27 yrs. old......anyways it made me laugh..hope it brought a chuckle to you also.........And life goes on......Cheers LOIS

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:08:00 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

YES YES YES YES ; LOVE2TRAVEL i will remember to do that next time!...

i am going to a conference tomorrow at the Chehalis Indian Band's Healing House (End of Life Care and Bereavement Combining Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Worldviews), so don't you'al think that i am off in a corner sulking -- back in a few days, please behave while i am gone, lol!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:39:55 AM  
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:41:44 AM  
KarenJW said...

Hello ladies,
I hope you are all safe, healthy, and happy. I didn't disappear, just having some computer problems.
Hello to Richard, Joe, and Umberto. I think your new photo is lovely Umberto.

Hello to CarolinRiverswood, I'm sorry I didn't get back to you after your last message to me. Yes it was me from Chicago. I wanted to contact you by e-mail but wasn't sure of your address. Please go to my blog page and e-mail me if you can. I'd love to talk to you!

I'm looking forward to the next leg of this journey; Here's to all of us finding the love we desire!

Have a great day all!
Karen JW

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:13:43 AM  
JUMP 8 said...

hi all. glad brenda that tampa went unscathed. although i am still up in boston (on purpose after spending a month without power last year), home town of wellington got nailed. lots of trees down, roofs off barns and houses and of course the usual chaos when there is no power and the street lights don't work. FPL has estimated two weeks before power is back, so i will dawdle up here (and have fun in LA) until things settle down a bit. my barn is full of friends horses who had barns that were not hurricane proof, so i am glad that they were all safe. and my house had minor damage--awnings, a few broken doors and windows and a few downed trees. i've decided all my next gardens will be rock gardens...it's getting a bit exasperating replanting every year.
and the good news is that it is cool. so that the lack of power doesn't affect the a/c and make everyone insane in the heat. but still no food stores, gas stations and the like will be open until power resumes. but hey, i lost five pounds last year on the hurricane milkyway chocolate diet. thinking of sending it to diet magazines lol! so to all in florida,hope you are all safe and well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 8:00:39 AM  
Babette said...

I am feeling much better today! Thank God.... i think i just had Las Vegas overdose and my pocket was in so much pain.... *lol*
And yes i got lost in the Grand Canyon but that was not the reason why i was taken to ER *lol* Funny!
Thank you all so much for your concern....

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 8:25:42 AM  
Babette said...

LOL... it wasn't that scary cause i was with a friend. We were taking photos and enjoying the view when we noticed that there were only the two of us around and realized that we only had 5 minutes left to get to back to the tour bus. So we walked and ran and finally found a parking lot and a couple in a car ready to leave. So we begged for a ride to the nearest phone and called the tour bus company. They found the bus that we were supposed to be in and finally we were picked up. We were at least a mile and a half away from where we're supposed to meet... at least it wasn't that far...That trip was a lot of fun!
i have some photos in my site so check it out when you have time...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 10:56:11 AM  
soft_rain said...

Hey Val my pal....where's your pic?

Filly I will be looking for you girl

I am on my way over to peek at clickgirl's site.....

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:02:51 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,

I probably shouldn't be writing because of my mixed emotions at this point.

I am so sorry for the storm victoms but as I told my daughter on Sanibel who was pleased that this time there were only the remaining trees from last year's storm down on the roof and pool, "Why do you stay?" In REALITY, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE COMFORT IN THE GOOD TIMES. (and finances)

Reflecting on this current message from Richard: His original mission,(Was it to find a partner for romance & adventure?) is what got me here, on display. This Forum is great. I still think that changes happen because others see something they WANT and "Go For It".

Attraction, Attraction, Attraction rather then Promotion.

We are all on Display moment by moment.. This has gone public. Thank you Richard and your wonderful Helpers.

I have earned Respect and Recognition within a circle where I am needed. (And not because of what the world acknowledges about me. I think I am happy because of what I AM DOING WITHIN THE WORLD AND NOT BECAUSE OF THE WORLD, I THINK?????)) Occasionally, as with the late Mrs Parks, that goes public. I don't think she planned it that way. It just happened and she stuck to her values. Thus she helped millions via her strength and forthcomming support from others.
The attraction of this forum is that none of us are "Holding our breaths" till we reach our goals. (And again, what we are doing is on display} And we are having fun doing what we want to do.
My origional goal is still to find my soulmate. Mean while I must help, lead or follow as needed, paying ahead for when I might need help.

Faith is important as we get through experiences towards our goals.
It is good we support each other.It is still all a learning process.
Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:39:49 PM  
Mary R said...


Two blonde guys were working for the city works department. One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole.

They worked up one side of the street, then down the other, then moved on to the next street, working furiously all day without rest, one guy digging a hole, the other guy filling it in again.

An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing. So he asked the hole digger, "I'm impressed by the effort you two are putting into your work, but I don't get it why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind and fill it up again?"

The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, "Well, I suppose it probably looks odd because we're normally a three-man team. But today the guy who plants the trees called in sick."

Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:00:23 PM  
Mary R said...


The importance of living our lives so that we are missed when we are not around.

Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:24:54 PM  
sharingthenight said...







Wednesday, October 26, 2005 4:10:11 PM  
soft_rain said...

A ragged tramp stopped a Mason on his way home from the lodge and asked him for money for food.

“I’ll do better than that!” said the Mason.

“Come into the pub, and I’ll buy you a drink!”

“Thank you!” said the beggar.
“But I’ve never drunk and I never will!”

“Well, let me buy you some cigarettes then!” said the Mason.

“No, thanks!” said the tramp, “I’ve never smoked and I never will!”

“Okay”, said the Mason. “Come back to the lodge with me and I’ll see you get a meal!”

“No, thanks”, said the man. “I’ve never entered a masonic lodge and I never will!”

“Right, then”, said the Mason

“Will you please come home with me and meet my wife!”

“Why?” asked the tramp.

“Well”, said the Mason.

“I just want her to see what happens to a guy who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and hasn’t joined the Masons!”

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:07:35 PM  
soft_rain said...

Peter was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up toward heaven, he said,

"Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up Rum."

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Peter looked up again and said,

"Never mind. I found one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:12:12 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Y'all !

SOFT_RAIN: like your pics, I guess it depends on your mood frisky froggy or kit-kat;) I kinda also like the idea of remaining incognito or hiding behind a critter;)

SHARINGTHENIGHT/WANDA: a lovely pic of you looking happy and relaxed!

Watching the World Series game, very exciting and who knows maybe the WhiteSox win tonight:)
Saw the movie 'The Greatest Game Ever Played' earlier, amazing photography, incredible acting,a 'feel good' movie for a change!

Watched an interesting documentary on the Celtic musician Carlos Nunez from Galithia Spain from where the Celtic music originates for centuries, fascinating, love that music too!

Watched another interesting documentary on Pilot Guides about the Mayans who live far away from civilization in the forests near the Yucatan Peninsula area. They dress in White only and are very connected to the Earth and Sky.The Elders have incredible stories that get passed down from one generation to the other purely by word of mouth as our ancestors used to do same!
val's travel guide to be continued;)
In Love and Light
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 7:00:51 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello All,
I feel like I have been camping for a few days..if you know what I mean, out of contact with the world and bathing in rivers.. : )
Okay I didn't bathe in rivers but the sink was a good alternative. I just got my cable and electricity back and all is well with us here. But unfortunately Lot's of people have damage and still no power or even phone service.

My car got hit by flying debris and my neighborhood looks like a war zone. But no serous injuries thank goodness. There are still lots of power lines down and long lines at the gas stations who have electricity and food stores are opening but with gemerators so you have to use cash.

I am looking forward to flying out of here for a few days and hope and pray things will be back to normal again soon.

Pray for those still without power and food and water.
Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers.

Umberto - great job, love the new romantic picture, and the new additions to the website. This is a great adventure and seems to only get better!

Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:32:53 AM  
Babette said...

Paula and the rest who are affected by hurricane Take care and hope things get better for all of you.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 1:34:57 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Glad You survived Paula!!!

You must be in the 1st round of interviews on the west coast!!

Good Luck to you!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2005 1:51:22 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi everybody, Sorry I have been quiet on the Blog, but there have been a lot of details to work on. We are ready to go with the (2) four day meetings. Please stay tuned to the blog for daily updates!! I continue to work on a great deal for our first Alaska Cruise next summer, and Joe has been working hard (as usual) to get a special Page up for the ladies who would like to post their picture and biography.

Many people have e-mailed me about Oprah doing a follow-up story-after all the last words she did say was that she would keep her viewers up to date with the progress of the Senior Bachelor search. Oprah and her Producers keep their word, and I still hope something happens, but I have not heard one peep of encouragement. My sister Connie surived the hurricane on the Keys and will be here Saturday. Best wishes to all, Richard Roe

Thursday, October 27, 2005 6:56:54 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard! It has been rather quiet over here lately. I guess most of the women have moved on with their lives or else are waiting for more news after your meetings with the finalists.

I wish you well over the next week or so and if you find you're getting tense, get a massage. I had one today and you wouldn't believe all the crickling and crackling going on! ha ha Man oh man, it felt gooooood! I fell asleep as soon as I got home and sat down to do my daily crossword.

All caught up now and am awaiting daughter #1 to stop in to visit. By the way, she sent me an e-card saying: "Heard the news that the Senior Bachelor has made his picks. Too bad he missed the best one of the bunch. Well, I'm glad you participated... that was a very brave thing to do." Now that's one wonderful and supportive daughter! Makes me feel as though I did a pretty good job raising her after all! :D Okay, all for now - best of luck. Look forward to hearing all about your adventures.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:14:18 PM  
Babette said...

I wish you all good luck and good health! keep in touch! Bye

Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:39:48 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

You may be aware that we requested that certain photographs and references to aspects of Senior Bachelor be removed from other web sites. Allow me to explain as I think what was said by others is a misrepresentation of the facts. First, as many of you know, we took great pains to obtain your official release to use your photographs on our website, blog and newsletter. In a very clear sense, you entrusted us with the use of your images. When someone else takes those images without asking or without permission, that is a violation of that trust and we have to take corrective action. Second, as you may be aware, it is our policy not to allow endorsement of charities or businesses on the Senior Bachelor website, especially
from the blog. We just don't have time to check them all out to see if they are legitimate and trustworthy. By the very nature of them being mentioned on our blog can be construed as a tacit endorsement. It just becomes so untenable that if we allow comments endorsing one company, service, product or charity, we then have to allow them all. And, in this litigious age, there is a possibility of us being liable for allowing this kind of information on our site. Sadly, that is the reason for our policy. Third, we would hope that people would follow our lead and do what we have always done and politely ask for permission to use materials (photos, writings, etc.) that don't belong to you. It is not only polite but the correct thing to do from a business standpoint. And, finally, no one knows better than we do how difficult it is to build an "audience". It takes time, effort, a compelling message and great attention to detail. There are very few shortcuts and when people take those shortcuts it is of great concern. If you have a compelling message, by all means go and tell the world- no one, least of all us, is going to stop you. Find your path and run down it at full speed. All we ask is don't run down the path in disguise-- do it in the open, in the clear light of day.

Glad to hear all in the path of Wilma are safe including my own family members. It's a good reminder for we Californians to freshen up our earthquake kits. I don't know if I could manage several days without power. Any advice is appreciated.

Still investigating streaming video. I think it will be very interesting to see Richard, his companion and Umberto on a daily basis on their Journey either by photos or video. To provide streaming video is very expensive given the size of our web audience so I am trying to find an affordable way to provide it. Fingers crossed!

Thanks, everyone.


Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:03:30 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello Everyone, Havn't had a chance to visit the blog this week. WOW! This blog remains very exciting and can change in minute. I have had a lot of catching up to do. I think the new changes are excellent and will only invite more ladies to participate, share and have fun on the Senior Bachelor Blog. In addition to always being excited about what this venture would bring next, I have enjoyed exchanging knowledge about books and receipes and having "Good Clean Fun". I have another book to tell you all about, but it will have to wait until later. I have to make some "Fantasy Fudge" for a friend that is in the hospital. "All the Best", JANE

Friday, October 28, 2005 6:17:19 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

I've been away "ICE SKATING ON THE MOON WITH WALTER BRENNAN" (Janiegirl!)since OCT. 19th, & I've missed the blog! Just plugging in NOW but need to go back & follow the thread...
I see a few old and a few new names ... HELLO EVERYBODY! Hi DREAMWEAVER, Lady B, Janiegirl, Dragonflyfilly, Clickgirl, Mary R, Leslie, Soft Rain, CarolinRiverwoods, CathyinCarolina, Paula, Vanessa, Babette, & to all the "chickadees."

Hello JoeinMB...:) Thank you (& Umberto) for the time & energy you have given to this adventure. I read your line asking for suggestions regarding survival without power...
I've always wanted to run my life off of SOLAR power, grow my own food, etc, but was never in the position to do it all.
I am ready NOW, and I've been looking into the possibilities...
One of my former skating partners owns a portable ice rink business and had this information to share about SOLAR...(did anyone see the segment on Oprah yesterday on protecting the ENVIRONMENT?)...
My home is SMALL & my energy needs are MINIMAL, but I'd like to share his 'solar suggestion' to me here in case anyone else is interested (Next: Hybrid car!)...:)

"Solar panels to charge batteries are not too expensive and would not take up your entire roof. Batteries like you have in your car are available in "gel cell" rather than lead acid. They are about $120 each. Then you need inverters which change 12 volts DC to 110 volts AC. They come in all sizes from 300 watts to 3500 watts. You should have 12,000 watts available at all times from this system. I can live in a travel trailer with only around 5000 watts available at all times. Your hot water heater should only be turned on when you need hot water. The fridge could be set to be off at night after it is good and cold inside, you should not open it until it is time for it to come on again. Stuff like that. In rough numbers if you had 24 batteries and twenty-four panels to charge them you could probably get enough energy to have 110 volts 12 to 24 hours a day depending on usage. AC, dryers, curlers, stuff like that take lots of energy. Fans and low wattage bulbs and computers take very little by comparison. Maybe you should get one battery, one panel, & a small inverter & play with it to see what it can do. Then you can scale up if you think it is worth it."

That's it for now... Be back soon!

Love to ALL... :)

Friday, October 28, 2005 7:39:18 AM  
soft_rain said...

Welcome back skywatcher....
thanks for the info, always wanted to try solar panels.....great idea

Friday, October 28, 2005 8:08:20 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...

You know I hate when Fear, invades any good and safe place, I never know how to act then, 'cause fear is from a different world than I like to live in!!

Call me a Pollyanna, and yes I do look at the world thru Rose Colored glasses!!!(And I may have already said this here on the Blog)

.....But during this very adventure, I decided that My Glasses were not Rose Colored, anyway, They are Love Colored and I like 'em!!!

They transform this World into a place that I like living in!!!I dislike Worlds where I have to worry or be fearful of doing something wrong or unacceptable. I am however, very comfortable in worlds where you treat everyone with love and respect and that is what you get in return.

The ole Golden Rule seems to work well in most places that I like to hang out in.

Now for my questions, and I would appreciate it if the answer could be kept simple, I am a Blonde also!!Enough of my humor!!

I do not understand exactly what has been happening, about removing and being asked to remove pics, posts and etc., I have read several posts re: this and I think it is very unfortunate!!!

But, my site has pics of several people including the SeniorBachelor receiving a Kiss from Flowergirl and probably some of Richard and Marilyn Monroe(Lord help, if she comes back from the grave, 'cause I have been capitalizing on her and Elvis immortality for years)!!

But, I know absolutely nothing about legal issues surrounding the use or misuse or these photos. I would think that the latter would be the only concern, using photos of any of us was just for the furthering of the "Greater Cause", as Richard and I have called it, and why should that be in question!!!

And Richard how can we proceed in helping with this "Greater Cause", if we are afraid that our efforts will be scrutinized, criticised or placed under judgement for possible litigation????How can a grassroots movement be directed by any one person????

Well, if it is , at all, necessary to take any photos down, I also do not have the expertise to do this, since this mar ve lous adventure has been such a cooperative effort. So, isn't that a hoot!!!!

I asked on the Blog weeks ago about posting my picture with Richard in the local newspaper and kinda kiddingly, asked if I needed a release, now I wonder for sure??? I am still interested in doing this, but AM AFRAID now!!!

And probably the most significant questions:

What happens when some of us use our talents, energy, resources to produce a calendar of SeniorBachelorettes and something about it strikes the organizers here as being distasteful, or not polically correct (when I wear my Grandma's Seal Coat) and our efforts are canned because of our connection to SB.com.

Get's way too complicated for me!!!

I hate it!!!

It's not too late, Richard to allow everyone's creative efforts to help the "Greater Cause"!!!

You must have had some very good reasons for discouraging an incredibly supportive team player in this movement. I am sure you have your take on this, but I wanted you to here "what it filters down out here to".

I mean, some of the visionary ideas we spoke of in Chicago will not happen except that people are at liberty to be creative and go with their ideas.

It is a very tough place that you are in right now, but you do not want to proeed with Fear, Richard!!

But with Faith, that this is a very inspirational mission that you have been brave enough to embark on and dispell the Fear!!

It reeks havok!!!!

What happened to our wonderful little BlogWorld of Peace and Love, Clickgirl???

PollyannaCathy aka CathyinChicago aka CathyinCarolina

Friday, October 28, 2005 8:31:35 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...


Enjoyed your info on Solar!!

I am learning about Solar at my floating cabin on Lake Fontana, although I have 3 panels, I have only one connected at present and I produce enough electricity with that 1 to power 2 lights, a marine toilet and my XM Radio.

it is really cool to go there and "live off the Grid" and a great change for me on weekends.

but it is very feasible to incorporate more and have literally all the modern conveniences, if you want!!!

Go Solar!!!

Friday, October 28, 2005 9:08:43 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Dear Skywatcher, Ella, I just logged on for a few seconds while waiting to hear who is getting indicted and who is not!!! Anyway, I have wondered about you. So glad you are back and I hope you will be sending us some of your wonderful insights and writings. Now, I am thinking of you and your Grandmother, and Walter Brennan. What wonderful things to be thinking about. I have to email MY two prominent senators from Mass., even though I live in the state that "W" says he is from, I consider the two senators I mentioned above, MY Senators. Won't get political now!! Off the blog again for a litte while. Must see what Patrick Fitzgerald has to say in a few minutes. Later!!! Jayne/Jane

Friday, October 28, 2005 9:19:39 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

i'm tired from "the Conference" so will keeping it short and sweet...going to relax in a nice hot tub...

note these lyrics from a song by Aerosmith

"What you fear will meet you halfway..."

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:42:50 AM  
JoeInMB said...


Allow me to answer your question as Richard is away right now and we have discussed this at length.

It is not from fear that we are operating--- in fact, it is the polar opposite! We are operating from hope, inspiration and positiveness (is there such a word?!)

Specifically, it appeared that one of the blogs was turning into a commercial enterprise. This is what was posted recently:

"I put the final touches on my concept, by doing the planning and organizing of several small group trips, that I will be leading to Playa this winter, for the purpose of fun and adventure, but also – and more importantly - to serve as a focus group in developing a concept that I have been working on for the past couple of years, with several business partners."

Also, this "I’ve been working on plans for quite some time, to take my background in production and my love and experience in travel – and weave those things together, to allow me to make a living that will take me into my retirement years. I love sharing the stories and lives of people … and I’ve had a dream to lead groups of travelers … and document their journey … and then put their experiences to DVD – for a permanent and lasting memory of their trip."

This is all well and good and commendable and everyone has the absolute right to pursue their dreams. Heck, that is what this is all about! But on that same blog and when you went to the website mentioned, there were photographs that belonged exclusively to Senior Bachelor and no one had asked permission to use them. We have releases for all the photographs we have taken and we take the issue of protecting their use very seriously. In addition, there was almost a complete page on the website with photos and verbiage about the Senior Bachelor endeavor. All well and good for personal use, but not for a commercial use of the Senior Bachelor materials.

Now, how could this have been handled differently? We could have been asked if it was okay to use the photos and references to Senior Bachelor. We ask permission for everything we use on our website, blogs and newsletters. It is polite and respectful. When we are asked if our materials can be used, we would have asked for what purpose. If it was personal reasons, then we would have asked the people in the photos for their permission to be used. If the purpose is commercial-- such as a travel company-- we would say no from the very beginning. We are approached all the time for such requests. We can't be in a position where we can endorse commercial enterprises-- unless we have checked them out completely. This has been our policy for a very long time.

These same people have access to lists that were circulated at Senior Bachelor events. These lists contain your email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers. We have no control over how those lists are going to be used. We have stated emphatically over and over that any information you provide us will never be used by anyone else or sold to any other company. That is a very serious promise. What if the lists circulated at our events are used for selling products and services? Who are you going to hold responsible? We operate totally in the open and you have entrusted us with a lot of information. If that trust gets harmed, it harms the entire Senior Bachelor endeavor. It is a very serious matter.

You all can use photos from the Senior Bachelor events on your blogs, websites, etc., as long as it is for personal use. If you use the Senior Bachelor name or materials for any commercial use, we are going to politely ask you to refrain from doing so. I hope that is clear.

For everyone's information, this situation has occured before with different people.


Friday, October 28, 2005 12:20:32 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Yeah!!! You are right, Joe, it gets "real sticky"!!!

And folks who have never dealt with this before, could infringe upon someone else's territory, very easily.

I own local businesses which benefit greatly from getting articles in the local papers,
Motel with Theme Rooms, Limousine Service, that's the reason we are always promoting ourselves in public with our Star impersonators.

Like I have said before, I am a local celebrity of sorts and make myself such, by many of the same methods Richard has used.

Probably, me putting mine and Richard's picture in the paper would be "no skin off his nose" down here in North Carolina, I can see that some other ventures might be!!!

Thanks for your reply!!!

Friday, October 28, 2005 12:50:01 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, Just in case you get Opra in a different time zone, she has the Chicago White Soxs on today and she also has George Clooney and his parents on. NOW!! IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT. I love George Clooney. It is about 4:20 CST where I am, but maybe others can catch the show in different time zones.

Friday, October 28, 2005 2:23:59 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Sorry Oprah, mispelled your name in the previous blog. Jane

Friday, October 28, 2005 2:32:12 PM  
chicagotricia said...

I am so sorry to hear I will not be able to publish you three handsome guys, in my next "pink underalls" campaign! What the public will miss!!

Tricia :)

Friday, October 28, 2005 3:49:38 PM  
Nancy said...

I feel sad, and somewhat disappointed, in that this is the 'senior bachelor' blog, and began as a senior bachelor looking to find someone his age, a 'senior bachelorette', if you will. But little by little, the age went lower and lower, not for the bachelor, just for the bachelorettes. Now the bachelorettes seem to be mostly between the ages of 45 - 55, not at all what is considered by society to be 'seniors'. I'm sure my 45 year old niece, and many of her friends, for example, would be insulted if referred to as 'seniors'.

I prefer to date someone my own age, give or take a couple of years. That's what I didn't like about Eharmony.com. They didn't allow you to choose the age in which you were interested - they decided that the man should be a certain percentage older than the woman, and it could be up to 18 years older, but not 3 years younger!

So if the men's blog ever takes off, will it and other activities, such as the cruise, be catering to the 45 - 55 age group? And therefore do you think we who are actually 'seniors' should just forget the whole thing???


Friday, October 28, 2005 4:21:47 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi CathyinCarolina, I was just revisiting the blog and reading all the remarks about other blogs and using the SB adventure for purposes other than those proposed by Richard, Joe and Umberto. I am not being critical, Cathy, but I can't really figure out the connection. Am I wrong in my belief that this venture started in MB by RR, was his idea, his blog, his proposals, his parties in MB and Chicago, his money being used to promote his Senior Bachelor Romance, Travel and Recognition for those 45 yrs. and over? Am I wrong about that? We were invited to participate. WE WERE INVITED GUESTS!!! I have never felt scared or felt like I would need legal advice to participate on this blog. I have never felt like I would have to live in fear for posting on this blog.
In my opinion, there have been others on their blogs that defamed not only myself, posted out and out lies, slandered others names, and on and on!! They have fility mouths! Do these people have the right to focus in on the SB endeavor and use it to muckrake, insult and rip people apart? They have done this, not only to the SB endeavor, but to me. I cannot and will not associate myself with these people. They create nothing but turmoil. They bully and bash and try to promote their own sick causes, but they will eventually be the losers. Actually, they already are!!! Again, I really did enjoy reading your thoughts. Oh! About the calendar, Cathy!! I was joking about getting a photographer with the qualifications of Franceso Scavullo. It would cost one pretty penny to hire these types of photographers. Believe me, I know! I also know that after a certain age, it would be very difficult to find anyone willing to put up funds for a calendar of over 50 and 60 year old women. Whether we like it or not, it is reality!! Also, if we did do a calendar, we do not have the right to use the Senior Bachelor logo, theme or any other thing connected with the SB. That's the true fact of the matter!!! Again, please do not take anything I say as a criticism of you personally, it is not intended in that manner. I just think that I have been an invited guest and that I should conduct myself as such and act like a lady. I am a pretty confident lady, but feel free to comment if you think all that I write is blatantly incorrect. "All the Best", Jayne/Jane

Friday, October 28, 2005 4:47:01 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Janie Girl, Kindly e-mail me at richard@seniorbachelor.com . Thanks, R. Roe

Friday, October 28, 2005 5:00:29 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Tricia, Jayne and Cathy,

Thanks for taking the time to read my way too long post and understanding the situation. Tricia, I'm pretty sure your comment was tongue-in-cheek but, all you would have to do is ask!! If it furthers the cause of promoting Romance, Adventure and Recognition etc, then, pink underalls here we come! Same thing with your situation, Cathy. It would be great if you got your story about re-awakening by being involved with the Senior Bachelor in your local paper. In fact, as you recall, we encouraged it. However, if you said something like, "The Senior Bachelor endorses my local business," or somesuch, that's where we have to draw the line. If anyone is not sure, just ASK US!! We are here to help you in any way we possibly can. Same thing with the calendar, Jayne. If you remember I provided a contact name of a woman who approached us about doing some sort of calendar. Who is to say Richard would not lend the SB name to such a thing or even appear in it himself if that's what you wanted! JUST ASK. This is what I meant before in my prior comment about doing things in the light of day.



Friday, October 28, 2005 5:32:34 PM  
leslie said...

I actually kind of like the idea of a Senior Bachelor/Bachelorette calendar in order to promote the "cause." Gosh, I'm sure Richard would absolutely LOVE to pose with some of us gorgeous babes (not the finalists), either one on one or in small groups. I think it would open the eyes of the world to see how vibrant, healthy, and adventurous life can be after 50. Do you remember the calendar those British women made for cancer research after one of the husbands died? They made a movie about it, "Calendar Girls." Hey, Richard after your trip, after the cruise, stop in here and we'll get some shots in Stanley Park with the beautiful autumn leaves floating down around us as we cuddle together in fleecy jackets. My favourite time of year! Just my two cents Cdn worth. :D Tomorrow I celebrate the 29th anniversary of the birth of my first daughter! Wonderful memories!

Friday, October 28, 2005 7:59:13 PM  
sweetpme said...

Joe-- How did See's candy get my address??

Friday, October 28, 2005 8:50:36 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Y'all Cowgirls n' Cowboys:)

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': a lovely surprise to see you again:) Have you heard of this amazing photograph that is circulating called the 'Eye Of G-D'? This phenomenon occurs every 3 thousand years. It is a picture taken by the Hubble Telescope of what looks exactly like a giant blue eye and on seeing it one is supposedly blessed with good fortune!

Here's wishing you Mr. ROEmantic and all the gals a fun time, go wid da flow ~~~~~carpe diem!
Wid luv from 'frollickin' filly'
yeehaa, val the gal
p.s. kindly keep us posted on this exciting leg of the journey;)

Friday, October 28, 2005 9:30:51 PM  
JoeInMB said...


We have never provided See's Candies or any supporter or company with any information about anyone involved with Senior Bachelor. They are a somewhat national company with ongoing marketing campaigns. Also, have you ever provided us with your full address? Did you send in materials to apply for the Perfect Traveling Companion? Please send me (or scan) what they sent you and I can compare to any information we may have for you. Please email me at joe@seniorbachelor.com and I can investigate. Did anyone else receive mailings from See's Candies?


Friday, October 28, 2005 11:10:12 PM  
JoeInMB said...


Several of the Fabulous Finalists are in their late 50's and early 60's. I'm the last person in the world who is going to call them "senior"- and live to tell about it! We are just going to have to be patient and see how it all works out as far as attracting senior men who want to meet senior women.

I think we can all agree on this-- is there any other bachelor 64 years old or older "jumping on the couch!" for women his own age? (This is a reference to Tom Cruise jumping on the couch professing his love on the Oprah show for Katie Holmes- someone very much his junior.) The answer is no!! Richard is doing his part to show these senior men how wonderful you women 50+ are and bringing national attention to it. It will be a slow process-- but it has begun. And, yes, the events planned in the future will include men Richard's age and older.

Good night, Ladies! Check the SB Photos page tomorrow for some new photos featuring the Finalists!


Friday, October 28, 2005 11:29:36 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi JanieGirl, I've been out of pocket the last couple of weeks but read your letter about the calandar and I was in the last mtg. in Richard's room in Chicago and that is definely one of the things we discussed. I think it would be really neat to do that....It doesn't have to be serious...it could be funny. Anyway I think Richard was for it. We could have him dressed up like a football player and us his cheerleaders...then each month have him dressed as a different sportsman and us the pom-pom girls...etc. Hope all you chickadees are well and happy. I've had a sick sister so helping her. She has a prominant case of shingles and has had some really bad pain. Take care...Lovinly,Mary B.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 8:38:53 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Skywatcher Ella, Would you believe that I had a dream about Walter Brennan last night. I can't express in words how I loved this man when I was a little girl. I always wanted to see him in the movies when I was as young as 5 years old. I always loved the movies and my father encouraged his girls to try and ice skate like Sonia Henny sp.(?). Fortunately for the ice skating world, my dad moved us south, no ice, no ice skating rinks, and no dreams of ever becoming Sonia. When ever you write on the blog, fond memories from my past pop up. That's a great "Sisterhood", Ella. Please keep us posted about your skating, your book about your famous grandmother. "All the Best", Jane

Saturday, October 29, 2005 8:50:05 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Mary Merry, So sorry to hear about your sister. I hope that all will be O.K. I have to get off this blog for now, but will email you later! Look out Lauren Hutton, you are going to have some competition!! Jane

Saturday, October 29, 2005 9:26:57 AM  
sweetpme said...

See's Candy sent me a catalog.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 11:20:57 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

check out the white "underwear"!!on this "happy" little devil --lol,

have a verry verrry scarrie Halloween....

Saturday, October 29, 2005 12:26:35 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

p.s. the above is a really old photograph, and the costume is red knit "leotard and tights", one of the many costumes hand made by my very clever mom. My sissy reminded me that we almost always took 1st Prize at our Church's dressup parties!


Saturday, October 29, 2005 12:33:36 PM  
Neva said...


We were asked to submit a stamped self-addressed envelop with our video. That, of course, did show
an address.

Just wondering whatever or will happen to those?

Saturday, October 29, 2005 12:34:52 PM  
chicagotricia said...

Hey everyone!

I am a Ranger and I am hoping you may have some suggestions as to how we can attract men of all age groups to the Senior Bachelor website. I would love your help.

Chicago Tricia

Saturday, October 29, 2005 3:08:57 PM  
JoeInMB said...


Please email (joe@seniorbachelor.com) me your name and I will share with you what information, if any, we have for you. You have no information on your blog profile and you have never signed your blog comments so I don't know if we even have your email address. Did you send in materials for the Search? The only electronic database we have is for the newsletter- and there the entry of your address and phone number is totally optional. As I've said, we have not made any of our/your data available to any company. Perhaps you can also contact See's and ask them how they got your name. I'm sure we are not the only entity who has access to your address.

Neva, we anticipated that entrants may not have an email address and we did not have the time to address envelopes for communication with those who did not have email addresses. We used those for the Ladies who did not have emails (hundreds and hundreds did not have email addresses) and the rest Richard steamed off the stamp so he will never have to pay postage again in his life----

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The rest are in the folders that Richard created for each and every one of the Ladies who submitted materials. If we don't need to correspond with you by regular mail I imagine those left over will be destroyed along with your bios and tapes.


Saturday, October 29, 2005 4:20:40 PM  

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