Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Presenting-- The Fabulous Finalists!!

Hot off the presses-- check your email box!

We just sent the Fabulous Finalists Newsletter.


Richard, Joe and Umberto


CathyinCarolina said...

Let me be first to post, for once!!!

Thanks, Richard for the e-mail I feel like a chosen, to get an e-mail to say that I was not forgotten!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:04:19 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Cap'n ROEmeo, 1st Mate jOE, UmbertO, Posse and Gals on the blog:)

RICHARD: nuttin' in m' email box as yet...waitin' an' anticipatin' I'm so excited, I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!
BRAVO to the 'chosen 24', now all I have to do is see who it is!!!!!
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:07:51 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Now a note to everyone else who did not get the Letter!!!

It must be something about closure, but it bugged me so bad, not hearing either way.

I think someone somewhere said it was the worst insult to be ignored. I think everyone has been respectful of Richard's time and did not want to be petty.

I just wanted to help quite those thoughts that he does not care and is not considerate of peoples feelings.

I e-mailed him this am stating that I did not get a letter and while I was posting on the blog, within a half hour of e-mailing him he answered with a personal note. I am quite impressed!!!

Knowing the mamouth size of RR's project i felt this was extremely considerate and encourages me that I was not wrong about my impressions of him in Chicago.

Richard will probably not thank me for posting this, may create more work for him. But I feel that all of us put ourselves into this and to feel that you just got overlooked is somehow a message that I did not want to be left with.

I am extremely excited about the possiblities that the SB endeavor opens up to all of us!!!

We have corporately created this Adventure, so far, and the Sky is the Limit for what we can do with it now.

Any one who is discouraged, go to my Blog and post a way to contact you, there are some SB Bachelorettes who have some great ideas for further projects right now and we will get you some info.

Love to all, got to go see if I know any of the Fabulous Finalists!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:28:02 AM  
willemina said...

I also checked my e-mail and have not received a newsletter as of yet...it's almost 9:30...

I'm at work so will check later...
anxious to see if any of the 24 were on my list :) (I only had a list of 12 though) I'll post it tonight for everyone to see my choices...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:30:16 AM  
willemina said...

Hi Cathy
You were one of those on my list...although we've enver met, I just ahd a feeling about you...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:32:17 AM  
willemina said...

I meant ever met not enver... :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:32:48 AM  
willemina said...

I can't spell worth a darn today but you know what I mean, right?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:33:43 AM  
EasyReader said...


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:41:21 AM  
SanFranCA said...

Well, good luck to all. It is truly a great group of ladies.

Those of us not chosen are no less great, just not chosen.

Have a great day.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:42:36 AM  
Nina said...

Good luck to all the lucky ladies! I hope this is all you hope it will be! Richard I do hope you find your "special" someone! You are are GREAT!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:54:49 AM  
Marty said...

I have not gotten the news letter, but I am sure they are fabulous. But let's all remember we are all FABULOUS TOO. The use of fabulous really bothers me-what are we the fabuless LOL. How about the finalist and leave it at that.

Again, I say we are all FABULOUS, no matter what anyone says.

Let's not be childish and delete this OK.

If you go to clickgirl there are several ideas going on there too. We need to unight (sp) into one blog, any ideas out there.

Hey LADY CAMP where are you?

Cathyincarolina, you have such a great picture and smile, I think you are fabulous :)

Let's see what we can do about all getting into one group. Ideas? Suggestions? etc, etc.

If you feel I am off base here, please let me know.

I am excited about taking this matter into our own hands and we control what happens in our lives. What do ya think??????


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:59:07 AM  
KarenJW said...

Hello cathyincarolina,
It's so good to see someone whom I know who will remember me! Cause if you don't remember our tearful hugfest in the hotel, I'll be crushed. No, I'm kidding because I know you'll remember, like I do. I find I'm more sad than I thought I'd be going into this, but at the same time I'm still excited enough to continue on the journey and root for the 24 lucky ladies. I have been watching the blog for you to return; somehow this blogging has become addictive. And you see I stumbled into how to get involved, although it took me about three tries to get it down.
Actually if you go to my site, there's nothing there because I'm not sure where to start! That's okay though, I'll find my way.
I haven't gotten the newsletter yet, either, but I'll get back to you when I do. Great to see you though. Nice picture of you!
Karen JW

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:15:07 AM  
Nancy said...

Hi Everyone!

I received the latest newsletter, but the pictures don't show up. I have dial-up, and I know it's very slow, but I even walked away from my computer for awhile to give it time, and still no luck.

Is anyone else having the same problem or is it just my computer?

Nancy (in Ohio)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:18:57 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Ladies, Due to spam blockers, filters, old e-mail addresses, etc. there may be some people who still have not received an e-mail from me. Like Cathy in Carolina said, if you have sent in materials and have not received any notice at all, e-mail me at richard@seniorbachelor.com. The odds are 99% it is sitting in your Junk mail folder, or has been filtered out by a spam filter-which you may not even be aware of- or eaten by gremlins. Just let me know and you will get an immediate answer. Thanks, Richard Roe

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:20:30 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Congratulations Beautiful women....especially Mary from Tulsa. Wow, Richard had 2 Mary's from Tulsa.....unfortunately for me he picked the other one but I am thrilled for you all. Good job Paula.
Yes, Marty let's plan something fun and exciting. I just got back from physical therepy ,which I am doing because I wanted to be in shape in case by any chance I were to have been chosen I wouldn't let Richard down by not being able to keep up with him....so this has been good for me even tho it didn't go the way I'd hoped. Also, I do have a lunch date tomorrow that comes from talking about Sen. Bachleor....so I guess these are the arms and legs that come from Richard..Right??? Many congratulations Fabulous 24. Much Love, Mary in Tulsa,too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:24:09 AM  
leslie said...

Congratulations to all the ladies Wow! Richard! You sure must have had a tough time choosing - I had NO idea there were so many gorgeous, multi-talented, and GOOD ladies out there! Best wishes to everyone.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:45:40 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Inspirational quote for the day:

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I personally feel very fortunate and priviledged to be surrounded by so many vibrant, accomplished women of a "certain age".

Bon chance a tous!
La Belle xox

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:51:51 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Cap'n ROE, JOE, UmbertO, 'rangers and gals on the blog...oooh yes now Fabulous Finalists too:)

SOFT RAIN: I ain't kiddin', no newz may be good newz but in this particular case pertaining to moi
me, I am not teasin' you believe me
Sister:) I am not on the 'Fab Final List' or I would have heard about it;)
I am still waiting to see the whooz who, but to no avail, I ain't got no information as yet, if you have the names of the 'lucky 24' please let me know
to be continued;)
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:59:32 AM  
willemina said...

I have checked my e-mail 3X and still nothing. I guess hotmail is slow in getting our mail out today? Can someone copy and paste the names here or send me an e-mail?
Then I can read the bios and see the pics when I get off work...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:04:21 AM  
KarenJW said...

Congratulations, to Connie, Paula, and Sherri, Lovely women whom I met and partied with in Chicago! I must say you all deserve to be in your position and I hope you have a fabulous time with Richard on your travel. Bon Voyage!
Karen JW

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:08:48 AM  
coach said...

Ladies..don't wait for a newletter, go to Richard's home page and click on Fabulous Finalists and you will see both pics and bios. WOW! they ARE fabulous...Richard you STILL have some tough decisions ahead of you. God Bless you!!
love, shar

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:10:08 AM  
Sunrise said...

I can't find anything about the "24", and I never got a response to a personal e-mail either!! Joe, Richard, are any of the 24 women who were unable to be in MB or Chicago-my curiosity is brimming! My "hello from richard" did not appear in my "junk mail" for three days after posting, and I have yet to receive the new newsletter-someone fill me in.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:11:47 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha...WOW Cap'n ROE, 1st Mate Joe, UmbertO, Posse, Gals on the blog and the FABULOUS FINALISTS;)

Today is the 18th October
My first Post here is the 18th!!
The release of the Fabulous 24 today the 18th! Don't mind me, I love Numerology and the #18 is VERY significant in my Life since childhood. The combination of the Hebrew Letter 'CHAI' which means 'LIFE' numerical value is 18!!! My Mother's birthday was on the 18th of the month, my Parents Wedding Anniversary was on the 18th of the month, and on and on;)

So, on this amazing day the 18th how lovely to hear of the 'chosen 24' I am thrilled for all of you, I just wish I had the names of y'all!
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:14:01 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Willy, I also have MSN not hotmail but sometimes it is slow, slow, slow. My system is MSN/Webtv and at times it takes forever and a day to down load. As an expamle, I only have a limited number of mega bytes and if my mail box is quite full, an email could be bounced back. The news letter with the Fabulous Forty was received but took a very long time to download. This newsletter used up 8% of my mega bytes. Hotmail and Webtv are both provided by Microsoft, I think!!
Hope this helps. Jayne

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:16:09 AM  
willemina said...

Thanks Jayne,
I've also heard from Sylvia and she has hotmail too and we're both still waiting...
I also have a g-mail account but decided to use hotmail to correspond with everyone here...

Still waiting...I'm going to lunch and will check back in a while.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:19:00 AM  
coach said...

Ladiieeeeessss...STOP waiting. The answers you are seeking are on RR's home page, click on the link on the left Fabulous Finalists.
Then click on any lady's pic, and you will be taken to all bios, that you can view by hitting "next" or "previous" on bottom of page!
love, shar

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:30:53 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...

Ladies if you did not get the newsletter, like me, and I have always gotten them before,

Just go to the SB Home page and click on The Fabulous Finalists,

Congrats!!! to everyone!!!

But you cannot help but root for the ladies that you met and bonded with already!!!Totally agree that you all are Fabulous!!!

Jackie, one of my pics Richard!!!
One precious Human Being!!!

Of course we remember Connie, with her banner, Connie pick me, and I hate that I did not get to know her well.

I got to know Michelle the Flying Massage Therapist more on-line than in Chicago, since we were both busy with our skits, but from our brief interaction I thought she was a grand person.

I think Corinne Jean is a Jewel, she helped us with the Marilyn skit and up to the last moment was not altogether sure that we were going to pull it off. Nor was I, talk about "Spondamonious", we had about 30 minutes practice, with Flowergirl holding out, saying that she couldn't sing, until she finally stepped forward with the "And don't cry for Us Argentina......"

Paula, I want my falsies back!!!
I am the one, if you remember that coached you to use them to seduce the Senior Bachelor into accepting the late Video,(Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)!!!

I am just kidding you, Paula, I know that the fake boobs had nothing to do with it and I did get them back, it was your undeniable zest for life that was apparent, even on the Blog, that's the reason I knew you could pull off the Marilyn thingy, but I bet sitting on Richard's lap and getting to personify this Century's Sex Symbol, didn't hurt!!!

Ladies, continue to let Miss Congeniality Show, I think this is the difference in the mature love that is apparent here!!!

We all know that we are happy with ourselves, having a significant other in our lives would just be "icing on the cake".

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:31:21 AM  
willemina said...

Thanks Cathy, I received an e-mail from Sylvia telling me to go to the SB home page to view the finalists. Some look familiar from MB...
I'll have to read the bios later when I get home...
Congratulations to all of you lovely ladies...Richard you certainly have your work cut out for you! Have fun :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:37:11 AM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Richard: Some amazing, accomplished women!! Wow, I had no idea there are so many young widows out there!! God Bless you for 'choosing' to live and thrive..I admire you!!......Richard, what an honor for you to have a chance to get to know each of them in more depth!......I totally understand why Coach had been included, as she is 'good people' [Sigh...I was sad that I didn't see Dancing Girl...and, some others..] I know you will do your best to be a gracious host and a great traveling partner! I am sure Joe will be with you all the way, and Umberto, who I didn't have a chance to meet is such a 'hottie'! lol] I can't wait to see the pictures of some of the countries I have yet to visit and to read your always intriguing travelogues....


And, Remember ALWAYS GO4IT !!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:39:31 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

WOW . I’m so embarrassed. Especially after seeing the beautiful, accomplished chosen. BUT THEY MADE A LOT OF TYPOS, How could that be? Lololol Ladies congrats – Enjoy your challenges, your hugs and “other” from Richard, and your trips and especially the company of the Roe Family.
I really need to laugh right now. I’m disappointed in myself for investing too much of myself and not seeing the outcome realistically. How do I be a loser with pride? I’m finding it impossible while saying goodbye to the immediate possibility of traveling and the disintegration of the American Prince Dream.
I’ve been trying but you all are admirably doing it so much better. All of a sudden all I’m hearing are the “pick me up out of the dirt” love songs. I’m on my way over to Cathy’s site. I’m going to push the sad thoughts out of my head; that the man who would fearlessly choose and delight in me and who I would choose back probably has his name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall—and that is why there are so many of us senior bachelorettes.
I have this--yellowed and taped on my refrigerator and usually I need to look at it about every six months but it has been several years since I read it: After her break up with Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson said about her mother : “She taught me that even in grief we have to live each day as it comes. If you get up each morning, have a nice breakfast, go for a walk, see your friends, have a laugh at what amuses you, then the clouds will finally pass”
I’m still trying to process what this all meant for me. When I was 16, I was standing in the third row back at the San Diego Sports Arena as Stevie Winwood and Traffic sang their new song “DUST IN THE WIND” My beautiful Sonoran boyfriend’s arms were around my shoulders and his chin on my head and Winwood had the most profound look on his face and never took his eyes off me. I was extremely flattered and stunned at this and took it as a special omen, a badge of honor for the new womanhood I was taking on. Much older now, I realize Winwood was probably terribly constipated with an explosive case of gas and was thinking to himself, “ FOCUS , FOCUS, get through this song and don’t take your eyes off that little girl or you’ll LOOSE IT!” I’m sure I have misinterpreted most everything I felt about what Richard Roe was thinking as well and that is quite all right. It's a lesson I learn over and over-- to listen to men and not intuit them. I’ve a lot to learn about men, especially the ones out of reach that I desire.

I’ve cleaned out my locker and I feel pretty embarrassed but at least now by deduction and the revelation of who he did choose we can surmise why we weren’t chosen, which is important to me in helping me define my desirability to the kind of men I want to attract. I’ve got a lot to work on. I always kind of wanted to be a groupie and this was a safe, clean way to do it. The good news? It was Richard Roe and not Donald Trump, Ted Kennedy or Keith Richards I became a groupie for. Now that would have really been sad. And thankfully it only lasted six months. I did not expect to feel this “nergative”. I am sure I will be okay in a week or so.

But right now, I can’t finish my beautiful love story book- it’s going back to the library (ROWING TO LATITUDE by Jill Fredston) and I feel like I drank a gallon of Elmer’s glue, over at CJ’s Bar & Grill, poor me another one Sweetie and make it sickly viscous! And top it with a grated Hershey Bar!--All a part of the processing of feelings and self review. Poor, average exceptional men are looking a lot better to me now. I saw one today and gridlocked in on his baby blues. It doesn’t take them 6 months and 2000 women, it takes them 20 minutes and one woman to figure out what they want. I’ll have to be really careful . I might have to eat my own words because for some reason all stops are out and I am so ready to bimbo-ize the first poor victim that comes staggering by, AND I JUST got all my shots and tests—Clean as a whistle! Ironically, whereas a month ago every man in California looked beautiful to me now they all look really scary, and perhaps that is the way it should be for me right now. I’ve cleaned out my locker and I’m on my way over to Perfect Match. I’m only going through the motions. I think it’s time I accepted my inability to connect and let go of romance. It will surprise me if I find any kind of a match. I really need to laugh about this, please forgive me for being nergative. Here’s a little black humor with a tarnished silver lining:

Scenario: Oprah : “Darlings, you have been invited here as the 1,986 losers, or should I say secondary winners!--of the Senior Bachelor Events! AND if you will look under your chairs you will find your consolation prize—YOUR OWN SENIOR BACHELORS! To suit your requested needs some of you will find deluxe blow ups and others will find beautiful bronze urns by Tuan, containing already passed on (and hygienically processed) Senior Bachelors!— already with a life time of memories come and gone for you to fantasize about enjoy and imagine at your leisure. No muss, no fuss, they are already dead and you will never grieve for this loved one and he will never cause you grief. He is all yours to set upon the mantel or by your bedside. ENJOY LADIES, no laundry, no medications, no snoring, no cranky back talk! The perfect union and a real show piece!

Laughter heals all! I think. . . A swim and workout will be even better.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 11:58:27 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...

P.S. Karenjw

I do remember you and how the "heart-to-heart" sharing there outside the Sunday Am gathering, empowered us!!!!

Thanks for reminding me how beautiful this entire thing has been, I could name others in that group who touched my life in the brief, spontanious interaction we had there and could not leave one another and went to lunch. Jennette from Mississippi, Jennie for Virginia Beach, Lynn from Sacremento, Flowergirl and Marilyn. (and forgive if I forgot someone).

People in that group, as in every little group which formed, that would have been grand partners for the SB, just too many that's all!!

When I think of moments like that, which we will cherish forever, a group of women embracing each other in Loving support and reminding each other that Richard was not really the Goal!!!!!

..... but that allowing this experience to remind us of what winners we already are, the happiness that we already possessed and letting this experience just enhance our selfworth.

and here today:

I am rejoicing with the Fabulous Finalists, but I am taking comfort in the incredibly loving and talented, fantasitic, gorgeous women who have gathered here and I am having that Circle again, Karen, with everyone involved and looking around, I am in great company, us "rejects" as someone else said, I tend to think in terms of just being leftover, if you will!!! Too many wonderful, women!!!!

But there is a "football huddle" going on again, and a prayer going from heart to heart to remember what survivors we are and how we were drawn to this site, because we know in our heart how Fabulous all of us are!!!!!!

Please, do not anyone be discouraged!!!!!
We are All Winners, there are just not enough Richards to go around.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:03:54 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Yes, Coach is correct, if you do not have your Newsletter yet, all the Finalists are on the website- follow the new "Fabulous Finalists" link on the left of any page.

The Newsletter has a summary of their biography and a photo. The website (www.seniorbachelor.com) has their full biography and a larger version of the photo. The Newsletter should be posted on the website as well later today.

By the way, we've also updated the "Meet the Senior Bachelor" page on the website with a summary of the Chicago Event (just like we did with Manhattan Beach.)

However, we added a new fun twist! We asked Brenda ("Click Girl") to allow us to post her writings about the Chicago Event- Titled "Chicago I", "Chicago II" and "Chicago III." So scroll down the page until you see "In Your Words." Thanks, Brenda!! I'll add some photos later. Keep sending them in- it's so cool to see photos of the same event from a different perspective.

(Boy, the gremlins were out in full force this morning trying to get all this done. We've been working all weekend to get both the Newsletter and the new webpage up and wanted it all timed to change the website when we sent the Newsletter. We reviewed the gazillionth version of the Newsletter and were ready to let it fly. We phoned the webmaster to tell him to push the publish button. The server which displays the Finalist's photos had a hiccup. The Newsletter, which usually goes out as soon as I push the button was on hold. Phone calls to support and begging that the Ladies are WAITING FOR THIS!!!! and, on top of it, my cellphone lost service!! Needless to say all worked out but there are now clumps of my lovely grey hair scattered throughout my office and Umberto has learned new uses of undesirable words in the English language! I'm pretty sure the Newsletter will get to all of you today-- also, check your spam files. If our Newsletter ever made it in there just once, it usually ends up going there all the time.)

All right, I'm going to take a nap instead of eating lunch. Enjoy it all and thanks for your support of these amazing women. I think we are going to have a fun time getting to learn more about them (and them learning about you)!


PS- Lady Base Camp, I know I should never follow you-- will you accept a hug from a married California man?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:08:16 PM  
soft_rain said...

You can see all the chosen ladies at Richard's web site

Hmmmmm.....you say 24 Richard.... but I count 25 ...?

They are all great looking and the bio's are fun to read.....

These are my picks... my first 6 choice's:


Good Luck to all of you

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:10:47 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I was just going to go away quietly...but I know there are so many who are left wondering "what happened to that obnoxious Tucson chick"? Ha ha.
Hmmmm....I guess I would sum it up by saying this has not been an overall healthy experience for me.

I've made it pretty public that I am a recovering alcoholic and my addiction went very much hand in hand with flirting online, making myself pretty in pictures yet aching on the inside. Something about the total anonymity of the internet is very alluring.

I was playing this like my chance to be the cheerleader I never was, win back the daddy I lost, inventing a confident girl I am not. Truthfully I think Richard and I both know we wouldn't have been a good romantic match but I adored the attention (both good and bad).

Sad to say I realize now it was like old addictive behavior for me...and in the end I relapsed on alcohol which is the truth about where I was the last few weeks.

So there you have it, and please be kind...I am extremely fragile right now. The relapse cost me a lot (my home, etc). I am back on track and will emerge a stronger person. I have a lot of work to do and am anxious for the Universe to reveal to me just what I was to learn from this whole experience.

I wish I had done a better job of developing true friendships, I could use a few right now.

Peace and love to you Richard...now go rock the world!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:32:54 PM  
Operawench said...


Hello to you all,
I'm still feeling a little bummed for not being chosen but I'm extremely happy to see that some of the gals I met at MB are amongst the 24.

Gael,'Miss Thang' I knew you would be on the List. I'm so glad I got to meet you in MB! I know Richard will enjoy getting to know you better.

I'm happy also to see Nutty Mermaid Flying Ace Michelle on the List!

Sharon/Coach, I'm glad that I got to meet you at MB at the bar. I loved listening to you converse. Thank you for sharing your story with us, I'm happy that you did what was right for you. Much love to you and Lois in Dana Point.

Lady Base Camp, We all are still the "Champions of the World"(Queen)! I hope you will continue to post here, there and everywhere.

Richard, You're the Man!!!
What an awesome group of Ladies you have chosen! I'm looking forward to the "8 Days of Adventure,and Fun" coming up at the end of the month. Rest well now, and keep smiling, you've done a good job!

Joe and Umberto, You are priceless to Richard and to all of us!
Thank you for today's lovely newsletter and the continued work on the site. May all the tension headaches slip away as you catch up on your rest.

This is a Bittersweet day for the rest of us, and we are very fortunate to have been in this together.

God's Blessings to you all,

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:36:04 PM  
soft_rain said...

I thinks we need a joke:

The mother-in-law stopped unexpectedly by the recently married couple's house. She rang the doorbell and stepped into the house. She saw her daughter-in-law standing naked by the door.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"I'm waiting for my husband to come home from work.," the daughter-in-law answered.

"But you're NAKED!" the mother-in-law exclaimed.

"This is my Love Dress." the daughter-in-law explained.

"Love Dress? But you're naked!"

"My husband loves me to wear this dress! It makes him happy and it makes me happy. I would appreciate it if you would leave because he will be home from work any minute." The mother-in-law was tired of all this romantic talk and left.

On the way home she thought about the Love Dress. When she got home she got undressed, showered, put on her best perfume and waited by the front door.

Finally her husband got home. He walked in and saw her standing naked by the door.

"What are you doing?" He exclaimed.

"This is My Love Dress." She replied.

"Needs ironing." he said.



My face in the mirror isn't wrinkled or drawn.

My house isn't dirty. The cobwebs are gone.

My garden looks lovely and so does my lawn.

I think I might never put my glasses back on.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:52:14 PM  
soft_rain said...

Dear Son,
The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a "honk if you love Jesus" bumper sticker.

I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, I'm glad I did! What an uplifting experience that followed!

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is and I didn't notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed!

I found that LOTS of people love Jesus! Why, while I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, "For the love of GOD! GO! GO! Jesus Christ, GO!"

What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!

Everyone started honking! I just leaned out of my window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a "sunny beach"... I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. Then I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant, he said that it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.

Well, I've never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back.

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I waved to all my sisters and brothers grinning, and drove on through the intersection.

I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed the car down, leaned out of the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:52:49 PM  
KarenJW said...

Linda in Tucson, First I send you love and a big 'ol hug, even though we don't know each other. All of us have times in our lives that make us look at what we'd like in life, and the prospect that things can't change, and we are not worthy haunts us all. In the last hour, I looked at the chosen women, and felt a sudden burst of 'what the hell was I thinking even going there and dreaming that Richard would see in me everything he desires in a woman. Now that I see the women he chose, my old feelings of whether there will be someone who sees in me what I see in myself, came back and have caused me sadness.
Then, ten minutes ago, I read the words of Lady Base Camp, and realized we who were not chosen probably all feel the same way.
We may be sad because we feel we had unrealistic attitudes about what could be the outcome of this, but truly, we all are finding out so much about the women we are. The encouragement we have given and received to each other is incredible. Lady Base Camps' words were almost exactly what I was thinking and feeling. So I know I am not alone in thinking and feeling what I do.
Linda, Go to the mirror, and look at yourself, and put both your arms around yourself, and give yourself a hug. Then do it again, and that one is from me.
Don't beat yourself up for being human. For being a woman who needs to give and receive love. This experience has shown me that even though I am different from the women chosen, I am no less a loving woman with much to share with a man. ALL OF US ARE!
Love you, Karen JW

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:00:49 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I posted this earlier today and am posting again as inspirational reminder for all those who are in need of a hand up....there is immeasurable value that lies within each and every one......
you have to reach in to your deep center,
acknowledge it,
touch it,
taste it,
feel it,
believe it....
and then let it shine!

La Belle xox

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:03:47 PM  
soft_rain said...

Ethel loves to charge around the nursing home in her wheelchair, taking corners on one wheel and getting up to a maximum speed on the long corridors.

Everybody tolerates each other, and some of the men have actually been known to join in.

The other day, Ethel was speeding up a corridor when a door opened and Mad Mike stepped out of his room with his arm outstretched, "STOP!" he said in a firm voice. "Have you got a license for that thing?"

Ethel fished around in her handbag and pulled out a Kit Kat wrapper and held it up to him. "OK" he said, and away Ethel sped down the hall.

As she took the corner near the TV lounge on one wheel, Weird William popped out in front of her and shouted, "STOP! Have you got proof of insurance?"

Ethel dug into her handbag, pulled out a beer coaster and held it up to him. William nodded and said, "Carry on, mam."

As Ethel neared the final corridor before the front door, Bonkers Brian stepped out in front of her, stark naked, holding something ferm & sizeable in his hand.

"Oh, no!" said Ethel, "Not the Breathalyzer again!"


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:07:29 PM  
KarenJW said...

I must come back and say that you ladies are right on the mark with the jokes today! Laughter is definitely a quicker picker upper!
Karen JW

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:14:36 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Am lovin' the humour!!
La Belle xox

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:26:40 PM  
soft_rain said...

SSShhhh!! Don't tell Richard or Joe about this one.....

I'll swear it was'nt me that posted ....it was the Gremlins..hehehe


Linda I hope this brings a smile to you

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:34:16 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Lady Base Camp, You are so young, 49. I wish I could go back to that age. I hope you know that you have given so much laughter and fun to so many of us. When you can give someone laughter in the morning and then again in he evening, that's pretty darn powerful. I used to look to a T.V guy, called the "Why Guy" each morning for my laugh of the day, but since you entered the blog, I have looked to you. You are quite special!! I just know that your Knight in Shining Armor" is just around the corner. But, until he comes for you, please keep sending us your writings. All my best wishes to you. Jayne

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:45:15 PM  
soft_rain said...

A married couple in their early 60s were out celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table and said, "For being such an exemplary married couple and for being faithful to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish."

"Ooh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband" said the wife. The fairy moved her magic wand and - abracadabra! - two tickets for the new QM2 luxury liner appeared in her hands.

Now it was the husband's turn. He thought for a moment and said: "Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this only occurs once in a lifetime, so, I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me".

The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish...

So the fairy made a circle with her magic wand and -abracadabra! the husband was 92 years old.

The moral of this story: Men are ungrateful idiots, Fairies are female!



After the spring break, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent the holidays. One youngster offered the following: "We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa.

They used to live in a nice big brick house. But, grandpa got retarded and they moved to Floriduh. Now they live in a place with lots of other Grandmas and Grandpas. They live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass.

They ride around in huge tricycles and wear nametags because they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a big building called the wrecked center. They must have fixed it because it looks pretty good now.

They play games and do exercises there, but they don't do them very well. There is a swimming pool, too, but they all jump up and down in it with their hats on. I guess they don't know how to swim. At the gate, there is a dollhouse with a little old man who sits in it.

He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes though, they do manage to sneak out. Then they go cruising in their golf carts.

Grandma used to bake cookies and other neat things, but I guess she forgot how. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And they eat the same thing every night, "Early Bird," whatever that is. Some of the people can't get past the old man in the dollhouse. So the ones that escape bring food back to the wrecked center and call it potluck.

My Grandma says Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says that I should work hard so I can also be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the old man in the dollhouse. Then I'll let people out so they can visit their grandchildren."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:49:46 PM  
CLMPeace said...

Hello to All,
I am so very touched by the comments made on the blog today, following the announcement of the 24. Linda, you are ONE AMAZING WOMEN! I respect you, encourage you, love you, and HOPE you will read the words on the PEACE poem which follows. God gave it to me at one of the lowest points in my life -- an area of untold PAIN and uncertainty.
You WILLLLLLLL come back! You AREEEEEEEEEEE one Hell of a woman!
And all of US are your very best friends right now, at this very moment. Please e-mail me at

LadyBaseCamp, we all felt sadness, yet joy. We all felt hurt, yet relief. We all felt very natural HUMAN feelings for that is what we are --- REAL HUMAN BEINGS! REAL! A very good friend of mine called me this morning and said,
"You know what! I'm glad you didn't get chosen because you DESERVE to have a man ALL TO YOURSELF because you are so wonderful YOURSELF! Richard will always be SHARED! So Walk Tall and Live Strong! YOU are # 1 in my book!" Somehow that really got through to me in a very personal way. Let's all WALK TALL and LIVE STRONG!!! We are all FABULOUS WOMEN!!!

And now for PEACE:

Peace is so restful, it comes with God's love,
A blessed assurance, a gift from above.

Peace is a mountain, her majesty reigns.
Peace is a river, a dove 'ore the plains.
Peace comes with breathing air deep in our chests,
While watching a snowflake as gently it rests.

Peace is a sunrise, it lights up the sky.
Peace is a sunset, each day passes by.
Peace is a moment, humans in space.
Peace is God speaking sith His loving grace.

Peace is a newborn, tiny & frail.
Peace at a distance, a ship with a sail.
Peace comes not in colors, like various skin.
Peace comes in our hearts, no matter our kin.

Peace for all nations, we ask for His care.
Peace for all ages, as humbly we share.
Peace is a gift, it comes from within.
Peace gives us strength with God our best friend.

Yes, Peace is so restful, it comes with God's love...
A blessed assurance, a gift from above.

May each of you have PEACE within today and always. We are God's gift to each other right now and always. Go in peace!

For the 24, we applaude you!
You GO, GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PeaceBachelorette aka CarolLee in CO

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 1:56:42 PM  
KarenJW said...

To All Of Us Beautiful Women,
One thing I have always wanted in my life is a little box, sort of like a music box. But when you open the lid you hear applause. I would stand in the middle of the room; drinking in the cheers, remembering every great thing I have done in my life, but never felt or heard any applause...
That is what we all need to do right now, sit down and think of the kindness you have shared, your thoughts and prayers for your friends, and others in the world who need our prayers. Think of the hard times in your life, that you thought you would never make it through. Think of the times when you felt you let yourself down; then remember that you always made it through.
That is evidenced by the fact that even though we all wish we were somehow more in this life, we are all still here! Willing to risk it all. We went on this journey because we all knew we have something to give, even though sometimes we doubt ourselves. Look at all of the like souls we found! This validates us all as vital, loving and DESERVING women. For us all, I say...

Love to you all,
Karen JW

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 2:33:06 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello Ladies of the blog...
As you all know now the ladies chosen for the next part of the adventure I wanted to say to you all that I am so touched by your words of encouragement and support. Honestly my heart aches for those who hurt. I still have a 1 in 24 chance to be rejected and I know that is not a great feeling.
I wanted to say to the ladies who have made me feel special on this blog...I would travel with you anywhere. I love you all..

Merrymary- you are so sweet and caring and dear to me I just want to hug you endlessly.

CathyinCarolina - I love you girl- you know I can handle your punchlines.. You are awesome and I would love to be in your presense again someday soon. You are just a FUN FUN chick! You made me better!

Lindaintuscan - I care for you so much - even through all this stuff..you have been a great friend and encouraged me all the way...so don't ever say you haven't been a friend on the blog..if it wasn't for you I would have never put my picture on the blog. I know you will make this life work and shine on...I wish I could help you see just how special you truly are..

Soft rain..thank you for such sweet works abotu me and I have to tell you all I felt sad that everyone wasn't chosen with me in this ongoing adventure.

PaminMo..I miss you and wish you a fantastic trip to Egypt.

Please ladies I thank you for being so wonderful and I am honored to be in your company ont heis blog. And my fellow 24 or 25 -(I have been traveling and haven't counted yet) Still traveling right now - Congratulations to all of you and I look forward to meeting you in CA. Richard sure has his work cut out for him...I am honored to be a part of such a great group of ladies..everyone reading this here are winners!!
From my heart..Paula

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 2:42:29 PM  
Yvonne in Honolulu said...

Aloha Ladiews:

i thank all of you again..for your wonderful comments..
Linda in Tucson: I just want to give you a big hug..and let you know that you are in my thoughts. You have my support and thank-you for your your honesty..That is courage and growth. You can email me anytime..you need a friend.
All of us..are winner's because we did our very best.and I do belief that the best is yet to come! I am relief and happy for this great journey.. Lady Base Camp..you are my hero. Your words are always "well said". What a gift to have.
I am happy that "Connie Pick Me! is one of Richard 's choice. She is real and very deserving to be in the running. Although I have never meet the "Flying Massage Therapist ..I like her as well. and feel that she will also make a great traveling partner. Yvonne ..I must say that you are not only a nice lady but..a beautiful person.. Meeting you the first night in "Chicago".. I wish you the best..(you are so beautiful and had such class).
I am excited and can't wait to see who will be the final six..

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:15:53 PM  
sharingthenight said...

Hello to all of my dear friends,
I had posted just as the other blog got shut down and my post went to cyber heaven I guess...

it wasn't as important as what I have to say now any way..

to those that Richard has chosen:
Good luck on your new journey, this will be a fantastic memory..
and to the ONE that will be Richard's soul-mate hopefully, you will be found from one of the 24, he has chosen to interact with--- in the event, it just doesn't work, you will always have this special time in your life, that all of us are supporting you, with love, and hope, that you are the one... we are watching, and praying for you..

to those that were not chosen: YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN don't you ever forget that....

No matter what trials we have been through, or what we will face, that is what makes us who we are today!

Linda: You are honest with yourself first, and honest with us too... that is strengtht and courage! here is my hug~~ here is my love ~~ my prayer~~ and my friendship~~~

I am Not a Loser, I am not a Winner, I AM A SUCCESS... YES



here is something else I want to come clean with.. I moved to California, with a guy, we were to be room mates, it has been 2 weeks, and he is telling me now that he is falling in love with me.. he says he can't help it...

Okay so that was my secret!!!
and I told him, well he can't fall in love with me, I was hoping to meet Richard, cause I had feelings that if Richard met me in person.. he would fall in love with me.. lol..grins.. and giggles..

no really ladies, my point is we





Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:17:27 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Oh my gosh...Soft Rain....If you didn't bring laughter today than nobody can. I've got to copy and paste some of these for my email buddies around here. Thank you.
Welcome back Paula and Linda....Linda you are in my prayers. Paula...did you see Richard picked a Mary from Tulsa????? I didn't feel bad til then but I've told so many people about this here in Tulsa now I have to say I didn't make it but another Mary from Tulsa did. Oh well,good for her. Beings I was in real estate here so many years I know lots of people so I'm sure some of my friends will know her. I hope you both make the final 6. I'll be cheering for you both. Take care...Love to all and a special hug for Linda....Keep your chin up....ya'Hear???? We will overcome.MM

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:50:31 PM  
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:11:18 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

So many of you wonderful ladies have touched me deep in my heart! New friends that are now part of my chosen family. I feel so blessed! I have learned so much from this endeavor. Reflecting on it all. Many doors have reopened and growth is inevitable and accepted with open arms. If I could give you all a big cyper hug..oh..oh...here it comes... Do you feel it?!?! Do you feel it!!
Ladies if we learned anything new about ourselves (which I believe we all have) we are all big huge winners and the biggest gift is not Richard but our new friendships.
Thank you Richard for bringing us all together! :)
I feel like all these ladies will be going to MB in my spirit with me for they are all a part of me now. Ladies you are the best!! Michelle
Do you feel it?!?.. Do you feel it?...mmmmm... another cyper HUG!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:15:13 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

Dearest Richard!
If we are soulmates you will smile and understand what I meant on my friendship gift. If we truly become soulmates that would be a universal, spiritual gift from way beyond the stars!
Is the moon shining on you yet?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:34:53 PM  
honestgal said...

The 24 chosen ladies are beautiful and have wonderful bios! No wonder it was a toughie of a pick!

RR and team: I think the hardest journey will be ahead of you. Good luck!

Ladies of the blog....you are all winners! Keep exploring! Keep on adventuring! And keep on huggin'!

Hugs to all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:37:53 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Richard,Joe & Co.

LINDAINTUCSON: G-D works in mysterious ways, keep your heart open. Your sense of humour is quite infectious, keep the 'CHILD' in you alive. We all have a tale to tell and come with 'baggage'.
I wish everything that is POSITIVE and BEAUTIFUL to come your way, and it will!

SOFT RAIN: Your jokes are priceless:) 'funny girl' I too wish to meet you someday Sister!

I am going to be brutally honest, there is no way that I am able to travel with a man that I CHOOSE to spend one month with, then sit back while he travels with 5 others, a month per gal! Exclusivity is vitally important for me when choosing a potential/travelling/Life Partner/Soulmate. There are too many variables at risk within the dynamics of such a situation! Choosing a potential Soulmate is serious business even though the underlying message is FUN FUN FUN!
I want MY MAN ALL TO MYSELF with no competition thank you. I have said this from the very beginning!
I am enjoying the camraderie on the blog. Every gal has brought a special something into the lives of all of us, and continues to do so!
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:38:35 PM  
Forest Hills said...

Sent to me by an aunt, reminding me of what's really important at "our age"!! ENJOY!!!


George Carlin (Absolutely brilliant)


George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?"

"I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
"How old are you?"

"I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.

Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them”
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!

"Grow old along with me; The best is yet to be"
R. Browning - 1864

Hugs to all and Good Luck!!


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:59:57 PM  
honestgal said...

Lady Base: I wish I could give you a hug right now. You are a GREAT person and so worthy! Have you no idea what a cool person you are?! A jewel! Such a quick wit and mind! Somehow I feel you are a comfort for everyone else, but somehow not for yourself?


Time for a little Bonnie Raitt.

A long hug from Nevada.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:22:56 PM  
honestgal said...

Val the Gal: You are absolutely right. I couldn't 'share' either. Also the privacy issue has been bothering me for awhile. I realize RR has been rather forthright in stating that our bios and pictures would be public knowledge, but if you are a private and shy person, one is rather hesitant in this regard.

Ah well, it all worked out in the end. Yes?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:27:18 PM  
The Flying Massage Therapist- The Nutty Mermaid said...

This had me rolling with laughter so I thought I would share, my friend sent it from France.

>>>>Take off clothes and place them sectioned in the laundry basket
>>>>according to lights, darks, fast-coloureds, hand-washing etc.
>>>>Walk to bathroom wearing long towelling dressing-gown.
>>>>If you see husband/partner along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
>>>>Look at your womanly physique in the mirror - make mental note to do
>>>>more sit-ups/leg-lifts etc.
>>>>Get in the shower.
>>>>Use face-cloth, arm-cloth, leg-cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and
>>>>pumice stone.
>>>>Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added
>>>>Wash your hair again to make sure it is really clean.
>>>>Condition your hair with conditioner enhanced with grapefruit and
> mint.
>>>> Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes
>>>>until red.
>>>>Wash entire rest of body with ginger nut and jaffa-cake body wash.
>>>>Rinse conditioner off hair.
>>>>Shave armpits and legs to silky smoothness.
>>>>Turn off shower.
>>>>Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower.
>>>> Spray mould spots with tile cleaner.
>>>> Get out of shower.
>>>>Dry skin with towel the size of a small country.
>>>>Wrap hair in another super absorbent towel.
>>>>Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and the hand-towel on
> head.
>>>>If you see your husband/partner along the way, cover up any exposed
>>>>Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave in a
>>>>pile on the floor.
>>>>Walk naked to the bathroom.
>>>>If you see your wife/partner along the way, shake willy at her making
>>>>the "woo-woo" sound.
>>>>Look at your manly physique in the mirror. Admire the size of your
>>>>willy and scratch your bum.
>>>>Get in the shower.
>>>>Wash your face.
>>>>Wash your armpits.
>>>>Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse it off.
>>>> Fart and laugh at how loud it sounds echoing in the shower.
>>>>Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area.
>>>>Wash your bum, leaving those coarse bum hairs stuck onto the soap.
>>>>Wash your hair.
>>>>Make a Shampoo Mohawk.
>>>>Rinse off and get out of shower.
>>>>Partially dry off skin.
>>>>Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of bath
>>>>the whole time.
>>>>Admire willy size in mirror again.
>>>>Leave shower curtain open, wet mat on floor, light and fan still on.
>>>>If you pass wife/partner, pull off towel, shake willy at her and make
>>>>the "woo-woo" sound again.
>>>>Throw wet towel on bed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:27:32 PM  
Marty said...




Well, when I meet him at MB I knew in my gut to run, but like all of us I got caught up in the madness. The fun of sharing with wonderful women and the hopes and dreams of all of us. Instead what happen we got caught in a man's madness and his appeal to the shell. I am not saying most of these women have insides that are just as beautiful as the outside, but there are so many factors that go into relationships.

What have you proved here RR? That men only like beauty? What do you feel you have done to all of the women who feel that they are not worthy? What about them? Do you feel that now they will want to date, when they have rejected. I never remember seeing fun, fit, model looks, skinny or any other such nonesense.

Yes, I too am quilty of wanting to be choosen until I communicated with you a couple of times and found out you really didn't care about the others. I could print the sentence if I wanted to really be a ass. But right now, I want you to see and read what you have done to statisfiy your own needs.

I will bet there will be a movie/show about this. That is how it will pay for your way around the world and make you more money. You used women to reach an end to your journey.

I wonder if you or Joe have the guts to leave this on.

Joe you are wonderful and I think you know in your heart what has happened hear-just read the posting.

I think us ladies can decide for ourselve what our next journey will be and where we will go from here. I hope the women here see what has happened and why.

Enough said!

LINDA-CALL ME 480 296-4530, KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE BLUE BOOK and do a step at a time. I am sure you can figure out why I want you to call me. Been there.

LADY CAMPER-don't you ever sell yourself short. You are special like all of the ladies on the blog. There is a man out there if you want one. Let's support each other and find that someone, help each other with problems.


I am thankful for RR and Joe getting us all together and starting this for us-we can take it from here.

I do wish the 24 best wishes and I am sure you are all wonderful inside and out. Please guard your hearts.

Again, I don't think I have ever been so angry....sorry ladies.

Let's as CJ says GO4IT

Love you all,


Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:38:07 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

I just want to add that I am not in any way "blaming" Richard or this whole experience for any trouble I am experiencing. I had a joyous time....and yes, it fed my addiction for attention but there were never any promises made that were broken. I am responsible for myself and I never gave that power away.
I am thankful that perhaps this is a springboard to a self improvement leap....and I will take that trip around the world someday!

Thank you all you wonderful girls who have e-mailed me...I had no clue there were so many of you on your own recovery journey...WOW!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:52:07 PM  
Linda P. said...

Ladies of the Blog,
First, let me say congratulations to the lucky 24!! I say lucky, because it could of been any of us picked for the final 24. Richard truly only knows what each of us has said in our bio and by our faces only. He truly cannot see the person inside, that's what really matters. When you spend quality time with someone, that is when you really get to know someone. So basically, it is like picking numbers out of a hat!!!! Someone had to be picked, it couldn't be all of us!! Again, with all sincerity, I wish the lucky 24 the best of fun, and luck.
I feel honored to have been a part of this. The friendships I have made are much more than I ever imagined. The friendships will last a lifetime, being picked for a possible trip will come and go.
I feel sad that so many ladies seem so down and depressed. I feel revived!!! Like so many of us have said, I stepped out of my box to join this adventure, I'm not ready to stop. I now look forward to meeting all the other bachelor's that will hopefully soon be available. I really look forward to a cruise. I hope the plans for that are listed soon so we can begin planning how much to save up for that!!!!
Ladies, hold your heads high, we are survivors.
Congratulations to my roomie, I'm Connie, pick me!!!!
Best wishes to everyone.
Linda P.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:32:03 PM  
prarie critter said...

To the 24--Congratulations!!!!!! I wish this were the lottery. I picked 4 of the finalists on the list. Bette, Connie, Michelle and Paula.I truley am tickled pink for all of you. I met the 4 above women and they are all wonderful.
Richard--NICE JOB!!!!There is more to a relationship than looks. You have chosen 24 outstanding women with whom you can explore the world on so many levels. I think that you will definitely make a connection somewhere with in these 24 women. Words cannot express my well wishes for you. I truly hope that we shall meet again. Are we all invited to the wedding?
Hi Merry Mary.
Finally---to all those who are bitter, terribly hurt, disillusioned, angry and feeling rejected.Richard has been forthright and upfront throughout this whole thing. It is not his fault that you have such low self esteem that being rejected out of 2000 entries will throw you into major depression. GET OVER IT and quit whining. No one forced you to send in your videos.
Richard, Joe and Umberto. Thank You for the opportunity to let loose with some amazing women. Good night.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:34:34 PM  
prarie critter said...

Sherrie, I am so sorry I forgot you. I did not know you sent in stuff. Congrats. I really enjoyed our discussion on the back of the Odessay. You are a kind and gentle person with such a loving spirit. I wish you the best througout your whole life.Best of health. Please take care of yourself. Jean

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:41:53 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hello Lovely Ladies, Oprah!! who was instrumental in making this all possible, Richard is still the man of the hour (s), Joe a more than a great friend to Richard, Umberto a beautiful man I hope you find your woman,

I'm compelled to put my $.02 in:
I look at the SB event as the most unusual experience that I've ever had. Now in my 50's, think I'm 30. I've flown a Cessna 150, was a flight attendant for 11 years and have become a Nurse Practitioner. Traveled the world and want to travel more. Most of all have 2 lovely children 20 & 24 and an adorable grandchild.I am blessed to have great friends. I speak 2 languages, and have not had a date in 10 years! This event has brought me out of my shell to want to live strong and love again after my divorce in 1993. Health is most important and I will say it again "we can live to be 120". There are many centurians and I with love and luck hope to be one of them. I can relate to you, each of you, who may suffer because we have to go thru the grieving stages and then it's over and we're back to living. We have self worth and each have more to give the world. I applaud the 24 wonderful ladies ....have fun and I am looking fwd to your outcome, and I am free to find my soulmate, maybe on the summer Alaskan cruise, lets promote more MEN...Hugs

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:20:56 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi all,
Well.........I go away for a week and look at all that has taken place! WOW. The select group has been chosen and with such timing - the night of a full moon! How perfect.
We are all facing lots of emotions and much anguish for some of us but much excitement for those lucky gals who were the FF. I am so glad to have met several of them and in that way it brings it all close to home. This has been such a great experience for all of us and brought together such strong, intelligent and fun women with so much going for them. I am so happy to have been a part in this adventure and hope it continues for a long time to come. We can make that happen you know.
Carry on, Richard, and we can all stay tuned for the adventure ahead.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:39:56 PM  
Sybil said...

hello to the "Fabulous Finalists"-CONGRATULATIONS!(Richard and his helpers will have their work cut out for them..)
and CONGRATULATIONS to the rest of the best!!--US!!!
The fantasy of Lady Base Camp's Oprah-having us in her audience and giving blow-up dolls is just a GREAT visual!...that was creative!!
There is much to say about "intention"..& we had the intention to become part of this "Adventure"..& we now have the intention to find our own"Senior Bachelor"-other than R.R.-there ARE men out there..(I have to believe that..& if not I love me & my life now)We all have so much to offer and this BLOG-has been the catalist in establishing a great arena to allow friendship & support to grow.
This whole process for me was a good way to focus on what I needed..and now I need to make some changes in my life.Life is full of change.
Linda,only speak kind words of yourself,ALL the women here-I know, ONLY wish you to find much strength. May each day bring an awareness that you can BE in each moment.That is all there is.You know kind of like Ram Das-"be here now"...
Not sure how long this Blog is going to last(nor if I will BLOG again),as the purpose has changed..but it was fun,and 6 months is 6 months...time to move on..Take Care&Enjoy,Sybil

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:50:09 PM  
Inspiration2 said...

Best wishes and congratulations to both Richard and all the finalists! All seem to be fabulous women!

Hugs to All,

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7:53:15 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

OMG, I just found out who the "FF" are a few hours ago while I was at the gym. I SCREAMED when I saw petite, sweet Gael was a finalist.

I wish all 24 (25?) the best, but Gael YOU GO GIRL!!!

Gael was the first person that I meet and struck up a conversation with when I arrived in MB. I was in the pool area swimming laps and Gael came walking into the gated area and sat in a chaise to read.

We exchanged conversation and names (she is so easy to talk to). I was immediately drawn to her because my baby sister is also a Gael (Gayle).

So that first evening we made plans to dine together. I had just finished dressing when the phone rang in my room. It was Joe saying that the group of women that had arived early had been invited to met Richard, and to view the lovely MB sunset. I said that I was going to have dinner with Gael and he said she of course was included. So I called Gael told her of the change in dinner plans and off in the white vans we went.

Gael is a lovely woman. Kind and considerate. She has done wonderful things for the friends in her life. Marvelous pick Richard.

Gael was the first person I met in MB and the last person that I hugged when I departed on Friday am. I even have a photo of us hugging. And sent a copy to you Richard weeks (maybe even a month ago).

I was truly hoping that I would know at least one of the chosen!!

Nancy and Linda are you not stoked!!

Linda in Tuscon take care of YOU. All will be well. You are in my thoughts for a strong and successful recovery. You can do it girl!!!

Oh, and my Halloween costume came today. Doesn't take much to make this lady happy!!!


PS I want to learn how to do what Vicki is doing in her photo!!! Looks good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:26:35 PM  
lynnincalif said...

sanfranca, what you have that many might not know is the most fabulous City and I treat myself to a trip there when I ever i can to feel the energy of the people and spirit of that wonderful place. Going there this Fri actually. What so many of of women have found are new faces with new places to explore from that chance veiwing of RR on Oprah. Lynn in Sacramento .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:52:11 PM  
lynnincalif said...

karenjw, that last moment in the lobby on the nineth floor Sunday, with Jeanette's words, what memories to always have with women who came from everywhere, and it didn't matter. no prima donas in that group, and oh what a lunch of laughter we all had afterward. Lynn in calif

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:57:10 PM  
sunni said...

First of all CONGRATS
to the Fantastic 24....I don't
know how Richard will narrow
it down, but just remember to
have Fun and enjoy the Adventure!!!

Just a little humor for the night!!!

You may not know this but many non-living things have a gender.

1) Ziploc Bags are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

2) Copiers are Female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.

3) A Tire is Male, because it goes bald and it's often over-inflated.

4) A Hot Air Balloon is Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there's the hot air part.

5) Sponges are Female, because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.

6) A Web Page is Female, because it's always getting hit on.

7) A Subway is Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

8) An Hourglass is Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

9) A Hammer is Male, because it hasn't changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.

10) A Remote Control is Female. Ha! You thought it'd be male, didn't you? But consider this - it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:59:53 PM  
willemina said...

All amazing women...I just finished scanning the bios of the 24 ladies who will be going on to the second phase of the SB search.

Congratulations to all of you...

I was going to list the names of some of the women I thought would be chosen but I've decided not to. What does it matter anyway?
I can tell you that my name was on that list :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:11:03 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Linda in Tucson
I wanted to let you know how much I admire you for your remarks earlier...

When I went to MB; the first person I met there was Linda. I parked my car right next to hers...she was just returning with her Starbucks...right away I said "you must be Linda!" and I gave her a big hug. I would like to do that now...

When you first put your video "out there" for all to see, I loved it and so did so many others. I think it gave a lot of the ladies ideas on what they would do in their own videos...by the way, I may as well fess up now...I never did send in a video...although I did send Richard an e-mail telling him what I had in mind for my video that never was...maybe tomorrow I will share it with all of you.

Linda, I also want you to know that I thought many ladies were very cruel to you on the blogs. I could tell that you were just having fun. Me thinks they were just jealous of your beautiful, fit body...(who says "me thinks"? Phyl???)

Anyway, Linda, I truly hope that you realize how very special you are and that you have a lot to offer someone. Our time will come, just be ready...

Hugs from me to you...take care and God Bless

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:23:17 PM  
willemina said...

Forgot to thank everyone for the funnies today...

Michelle AKA nutty-massage therapist: What exactly is a willy???
I have actually heard that one before but don't remember my name being used to describe someone's private parts...

Congratulations to you on being chosen to continue the SB search for romance and adventure.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:27:58 PM  
willemina said...

Shar AKA coach
You were trying to get our attention this morning tell us how to see the selectees, duh...I'm sorry for be so stupid...but I did finally figure it out.

If I'm ever in your area or you in mine, I would love to buy you a drink...how about a Drambuie? And we can share a stool like old times... :)
You are one class act and I'm so glad to have met you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:32:13 PM  
willemina said...

Oops! I switched to another blog and came back and noticed all of my spelling mistakes...sorry... You know what I mean...

LBC...keep blogging! We love you.

Goodnight Ladies

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:51:35 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE tremendous twenty-four... and happy landings!!

dear LINDAINTUCON, You have to be commended for your courage...

did we not all learn "there but for the grace of God go I."

when i returned to school, one of the courses i had to take for my diploma was Introduction to Substance Abuse, and my instructor, who has extensive academic AND Clinical experience with people with addictions stated unequivocable: ANYone at ANYTIME in their lives can become addicted to a substance! -- none of us are exempt, so i have learned not to be smug about this...and there are a lot of people who have behavioural addictions that go undetected, except to the most acute observer...so good luck in your recovery and take care of yourself...my thoughts are with you,
cheers for now,

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:52:16 PM  
lynnincalif said...

anita in chicago, so glad to see your cute pic on the men's blog. Great face to represent us all. Thanks for your hospitality in that Chi town of yours and what a breakfast we had at Tempo, just so much fun at Jilly's, wished I had followed your advice on the fun spots earlier but hope to be back possibly in Dec. we will all keep the fireburning. Lynn in calif

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:57:00 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...


What an amazing bunch of women. Really brave too!! Congratulations to all!

I have really enjoyed blogging with all of you wonderful, wonderful women. What a fun time we all had. I'm passing on a sweet wisdom flash and I hope you get a smile out of it.

You are all daymakers to me.


Lady Base camp, you are still funny as all heck, even when you are down.... May your soulmate appear on the near horizon really soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:07:24 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Don't think that website posted right, I'll try again.


Cheers all!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:11:16 PM  
Mary R said...

Dearest Friends

For months now I have been wondering why WE, this wonderful group of women are still single,besides of course the benefit that we are not obligated by anyone else's agenda and we are FREE to do whatever we want.

Helene sent me this: (Thanks Helene)
Subject: keep your fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?" came the pastor's reply.

"This is very important," the young woman continued.

"I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from there on out, I have always done so. I have also, always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.

'In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming ... like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!' So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?". Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork ... the best is yet to come." The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye.

He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.

She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her.

The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

It is time we remember ourselves and think about what we do have.

For myself: My life is a lot simpler without a massive agenda. As you all know we can find "Fun", I prefer the word ENJOYMENT without traveling accross the world. Our meaningful lives have not been fueled with publicity or any Grandiose "Missions".

At the RIGHT TIME, our "Solemate dreams" will come true and be even better than we can imagine. Till then we volenteer to test our abilities and are sucessful in helping others. Without our support of each other, The RR adventure would not have worked. Surviving life's twists and turns has qualified us to help him. His 'retaining wall' just causes us to choose a right or left turn.

If I remember correctly,
one of Richard's comments was that these finalist will be able to ask him questions. I am sure, some of the spoken or unspoken ones from achieving women will be, "What is he bringing to their already sufficient tables to justify changing their lifestyles?"

It may also be time to remember what we have gotten from this adventure that we carry with us into Chapter Oct.17,2005. It's begun and we are each writing those pages now.

I wish I could give you each a 2 sided coin. On one side would be printed FAITH. On the bottom would be Fear. You CAN NOT have them both at the same time.
Faith gets me though the Fear.

I am going to close this while I go back to find and reread, maybe ever republish some of what you all have taught me.

Keep your forks handy. Your best is yet to come.
You have new tools and values.

Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:26:51 AM  
Mary R said...



Or should I just say "EXPLORERS?"

For the last 6 months we have been on a journey.
I have seen:

*Talents recycled

*Avocations almost seem to become Vocations

*Acknowlegment of things missing with possible solutions

*Thoughts of Who to work with as important as brainstorming about What to do

*Wonderful stories

*Wild ideas (Grabed by WHY NOT'ers)

*How we think

Gosh! I have even seen characters change when a "Wild Card" turned up.

Oh what a beautiful morning.
Oh what a beautiful day.
I've got this wonderful feeling.
We all have got a NEW DAY.

I think Success as getting up one more time then we fall

Besides all the computer skills I have learned, this journey, (Chapter) has been a great opportunity to improve my Social Intelegence skills by trying to:
1. Be more sensitive to others.
2. Be a little leaniant as I judge the sub-text of what is written.
3. Handle criticisms.
4. Be emotionally steady.
5. Build team support.
6. Properly handle the 'Hand' I am dealt.

I have noticed a lot of "Blooming" going on.

Guess I am just trying to say
for the almost guilty pleasure I am enjoying because of this brief respite, kind of like a Chocolate Sunday during. Lent.

Hope some of this makes sense. A simple Thank you was not enough.

Mary Rose

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:17:25 AM

my e-mail: minc6@cs.com

Chapter Oct. 17, 2005 is about to go to page 3.

Our clock of life is wound but once.
No man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own.
Live, Love, Toil with a will.
Place no faith in "tomorrow" for
The clock may then be still.

Good luck,rational thinking,and ENJOYMENT to ALL of us Ladies, Of course including the Finalists, Richard and those who help us all.

A Huge Group HUG
Mary Rose

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:08:37 AM  
Lady Base Camp said...

Joe: a hug from the other Cali boy? YOU BET I’ll take one !!! –ahhh. .. that’s much better now. LADIES. . .Married hugs are safe. . . usually. So that is the order of the day. To begin an on & offline bachelorette scavenger hunt, go ask a married man for a hug. IT’s very healing . And you would do well to ask his wife first . .or his first wife, whatever . . . if she is in the vicinity. You can assure him/them it will only last 3 seconds. With the right fellow, three seconds can be VERY REWARDING! Item # 2 find a Bonnie Raitt song any way you can and listen to it!

OMG ! the advice and comfort in here is incredible. This is the first time I ever copied a whole blog. A long hug from Nevada made me cry—I love that country. For the first time. I’m reading the jokes!
HAHAHAHAHA the breathylizer I’m sending that to the cops at our station! They will howl! Shower joke- so funny! I’m sending it to my Aussie friends. And I value your anger Marty because it took everything I’ve got not to get angry. . . and you did it for me and for me it goes to the heart of frustration that we have had all our lives in that this world is full of gender imbalance of power, even still in this day and age in our own country. When I go to Alaska Broadcasters Association convention— all the owners are men and they all look the same-black suits. Watching television in Utah; once again, in all but public radio and television, media = men and owned by the church. I bet a lot of us have tons of stories of gender inequality. Could a woman attract 2,000 men over a period of 6 mo? O-W will agree with me that Cher could. Hillary could. Sophia Loren could. The times they are a changin’ from when men could have stuff women can’t – disregarding testicular cancer. 2,000 doesn’t really seem like that much considering international exposure. I sent out 2,300 messages on loveaccess.com alone. IT WAS WORK! Technology covers a lot of ground. Richard has found a more efficient process for partnering. He did his own research and evaluation. A whole lot of women didn’t do this. But for some reason, we did. I feel like we made it through the West Point of dating world. 6 months was too long for me, though. And now we are trained romance warriors. In my right mind, centered again, I feel good at last, not needing to compulsively partner up. I have always admired those who could hold to the old school version of th 3-F Club. Find them , forn- - - - - them, and forget them. The second one goes smooth as silk, but the third one – I can never forget them. Now you know what I’ve been saving my See’s candies for, Marty. Put them on dental floss and hide in the bushes and reel in the oldsters off the golf course . "Want some candy, little boy? HEHEHEHHEH"

Linda, Hang tough babEEE!! We can only start from where we are. YOU ARE SO DESERVING OF ATTENTION We all deserve a lot more than we get in daily life but YOU deserve TONS MORE! -- I can see you as a media host in broadcasting or some place you reach a lot of people at once and are appreciated for it. I have been a tour guide before. It is a blast and you can make up loads of stuff! I bet you’re already into a public job of leadership. You’re good. You’re a natural out there in front and that is where we need you..

Addiction to blogging ?-- I was trying for 24 hours away, I made it about 15 hours , I’ll try for 24 now. USE A timer for how long you want to be on. GET OUTSIDE AND BE PART OF THE WORLD. Reward yourself for NOT BLOGGING!
OPERA WENCH : I’m not stuck there but I really do love the 80’s. Out in the bush, I missed that decade in my life. A lot of developing social change happened then. Yeah Freddy Mercury got it right! Champions! Two days ago I was SO feeling like Emilio Estevez in St. Elmo’s Fire when he obsessively smells Andie McDowel’s pillow. What a pitiful character he becomes. But now I feel like “Kirby Kegger” when he dips her and kisses her; he accomplished an impossible task and drives his old beater away in the snow, laughing. This morning I was making up words for bag lady songs: “Mid- niiiight, all alone in the dumpster. . . has my nose lost it’s memory. . . of what pathogens are?” and now I’m singing “I can see a new horizon underneath the blazing sky,I'll be where the eagle's flying higher and higher!” feeling a lot better. Guess what – my bio was 13 pages long! I told him every single thing about my life (guys hate that!) and my video was 20 minutes long made of stills fading in and out – oh what a mess! Remember when you were a little kid and made weird things and took them home and everyone would be honored and amazed and stunned at your Indian headdresses out of seagull feathers and telephone wire and crab grass soup?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:48:51 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Parts of the French Quarters have reopened in New Orleeeeeeeeeeeens. The Cafe Du Monde is now serving coffee and donuts. Get ready!!! Get ready!!! Lady Base, all you have to do is prance down the street in NOLA and you will attract 2,000 men in less than 15 minutes. "The news is out all over town" the partying starts, "Come on Down". Have a great day. Jayne

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 5:46:07 AM  
JanieGirl said...

LADIES,with all the money you would have spent going to Los Angeles for the finals, just take those dollars and head on down to New Orleans. You can sit at the Cafe du Monde, have donuts and coffee look across the street at St. Louis Basilica (still called a Cathedral) and then stroll through Jackson Square over to the CathedraL. Be nice, go into the church and light a candle for Richard and the Girls. Then in the evening, go party in the Quarter. Just think of all the good things you will be doing. Count them up. Jayne

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:34:01 AM  
coach said...

Hi, Willemina
It is YOU who is CLASS ACT...as I recall you have already bought me a Drambuie...and shared a "one-bun" stool. NO, the next drink is one me!!
LindainTucson When you dropped out of site, I expected you to be one of the 24...I was shocked that you were not...really. You need to recognize that a lot of people think you are a GREAT human being! I will NEVER forget my reaction to you putting your video out for everyone. Unlike you, it is difficut for me to withstand too much criticism in my personal life...I take to much guff as a debate coach. I told Richard I need to go home and kiss and coo...and since he wants to "spar", I knew we would not be a good match. You GO girl...you have MORE guts than I have!! love you lots, shar
P.S. If you are willing to put MY video up, I'm ready to withstand what you withstood...whaddaya think? Now that I'm out of the race, it is easier for me, but still scary!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:00:45 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Girls, When I said to take the $$$ you would have spent in L.A.(I meant those that "did not" become a finalist) I did not mean the 24 ladies that are the finalist. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU ARE NOT A FINALIST, GO SPEND YOUR MONEY DOWN IN NEW ORLEEEEEEEEEEENS. I just wanted to clarify that. Jayne

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:21:54 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...


LadyBaseCamp and others feeling rejected!!!

Sorry there is no place on my Blog to talk current issues, we'll continue here, cause I think most of the folks here, feel a little let down, because we seem to have not made the mark.

Ok, we knew we were chasing a Dream the entire time, Right!!

Also, Richard has not fulfilled his of finding a perfect traveling companion/Soul yet, either!!!

But, the part of Richard's Dream that was most exciting to me was that
seniors, as a group, would be recognized as viable, Fit, Fun, and full of life!!!!That needs to continue!!

Richard or Joe will have to stop me if I am wrong, but the way I see it, Richard has his hands full, and probably will for a while.

Many Wonderful ideas were presented in the Chicago Brainstorming session and Richard seemed supportive of all of them except getting involved with any particular Non-profit at this time, we may end up having our own Non-Profit that would help some of us disadvantaged (economicallly) attend more SeniorBachelor/Bachelorette events.

Anyway, my e-mail is bulging with comments from ladies who want to pursue some of the things we talked about that would benefit the "Greater Cause" as Richard referred to it yesterday!!!

There is a "Greater Cause" and it does involve connecting some of the rest of us with our SoulMates if you need a tangible gradifiation to work for.

It also involves sending a message to the rest of our society, about what we have seen during this adventure, that there is and incredible number of people who are still alive, well and Fabulous after 45 years old!!!

So, what we need is a forum to discuss these projects, if anyone feels that their Blog could be a host for this, then speak up, I do not even have expertise to update mine and do not have time to host but want to be majorly envolved. Or I see it happening right here!!!

The Men's Blog is a good attempt, but seems that we are lacking in Men, one thing we do have plenty of are Incredible women, but the only way to find them is off Richard's Blog!! or Create one to showcase them and preferably I would like to see this as adjunct to what Richard has started here.

Many women are having ideas to showcase these marvelous women, maybe that is what we need and as publicity for this thing escalates men will come to the site to interact.

Ideas!!!Ideas!!! And if this is not the place to talk about them someone give us guidance, cause we are "chomping at the Bit",
Richard and Joe, because the announcement of the 24 finalist may have been a little speed bump, but it did not break my speed,

I still feel Fabulous, Fit, Fun and Free
and I think you maybe want to capitalize on this momentum in more Females than just me. I am ready to make that Calendar of the Ladies who were just truely Leftovers!!!!! Not Rejects, in any fashion!!

I am still waiting for guidance on going to the local newspaper, did Stuart not have a news release ready or have I missed something!!

Hey, you guys I am not going to Shut up, so ya'll may as well help us go with it, there's too much left over talent here, screaming to make a difference!!!!

You have an incredible number of energetic women here who have already helped in creating this thing and it is now bigger than any of us, due to our unity!!!!

So, What out World!!!!

I feel it Rocking, Linda, and you helped start this Action!!!

There is already talk of meeting on the West Coast and Chicago in the next couple of months, You need us to stay on your team Richard!!!We are in this together right now, if you do not have time to lead this effort, just vocalize to everyone else who was not in Chicago that you truely support this "Grassroots Movement" and remove the Fear that some would have in proceeding!!!

i'm finished for now, but I'll be back!!!!I'm getting my Newspaper article ready:

" Local Senior Bachelorette attends Senior Bachelor event in Chicago and Comes home a Winner!!!"
Stuart's Version
Prize for the Longest Blog, I know!!my e-mail is "Chattie"

Love !!!!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:29:00 AM  
Marty said...

I am so afraid we will all drop out one by one. We NEED to find us a spot where everyone will come too and we can plan events, a trip, and support each other.

There is so much here in all of you and I for one want to learn all I can from each and everyone of you.

MaryRos-I will always carry the fork story in my heart and look at each event in my life as a fork. Thank you so very much for that.

Lady Base Camp. You better get your guest bedroom ready because someday I am coming up there. I told you at MB I had read a book about Stika (sp) and have never forgotten it. It is one place I want to visit before my fork and I go away for good.

Linda, maybe you could help us out with a place for us all to go. I think we are all over the blogs and are not hearing each other ideas for the future. Would you be will to do something like that? I am way to computer stupid or I would.

Please, please let's not loose each other. Let's go to weddings, partys and trips and celebrate with each other for the rest of our lives.

I would be will to have everyone come to my house and stay. We could have pot luck for days and it would be free minus travel.

OK Linda, see what you think and let us know. We need your help.

Base Camp, can always send more See's candy, that goes for anyone who is not near one-it is such a great comfort food-eat just one....rrrrriiiiiggggghhhhtttt :)

Have you all noticed a lack of Joe and RR now?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:41:53 AM  
soft_rain said...

Marty how are we supposed to stay in contact ...you have no blog and no email......remember mine has an underscore in the name


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:33:07 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

MARTY,don't fret so much...we all have our own spots...that is always a good way to keep in touch///

check out Flamingo's Hideway, and the "sub-blogs" that i have established there...if you like i could establish another one, called
"Richard's Rejects" no...just KIDDING! how about: "Blogging BODATIOUS Babes"? -- well, i am sure we can come up with something..in the meantime i will set up one called "Flipping Fantastic Females Flirting with Fun" and you can meet there until an alternative is found.

cheers for now,

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:33:43 AM  
soft_rain said...


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:36:33 AM  
soft_rain said...


I was surprised to come across this on the web

Escorts for woman of high social position?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:38:53 AM  
soft_rain said...

dreamweaver18 you have no blog....how can we reach you

Im with Marty and Cathy lets all have a good laugh togeather and a glass of champagne

Oh take a look at the site I posted above

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:41:40 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Want to make a quick comment about where Cathy says:

"Richard or Joe will have to stop me if I am wrong, but the way I see it, Richard has his hands full, and probably will for a while."

I know a lot has been happening but I just want to remind you of some past comments that Richard and I have made about future plans. Also, we will get a new blog up soon.

Let's start with the first major new thing on the website- the Photo Page. I check the traffic on that page-- it is through the roof! I know it is a lot of all of you looking but the traffic figures indicate that way more people are looking at the photos and seeing what a great time we were having together.

From there, we developed the photo page for the Finalists. Yes, we had to find a way to show their photos and bios. But if you recall we discussed that we want to show all of your photos and bios!! (WITH YOUR PERMISSION- OF COURSE!!)

There is a lot of traffic to this website-- and a good portion of it is men. They have got to be wondering what is going on here. They are reading about it-- you all are telling them to visit-- they even hear about it on Oprah. When they get here we want to show them how wonderful you women are.

And we haven't even discussed the traffic that will be generated from the JOURNEY! So many of us are interested in the travel-- and now it is mixed with romance and with people we know. Richard is receiving a new avalanche of emails from people who are so interested in the travel which will begin in about six short weeks! And we hope to have streaming video for that.

When people get to the site (especially men), we want them to learn about fantastic women 45 and over (SB Photos, Fabulous Finalists and the Men's Page). We want to give men a place to ask questions and chat with you (Men's Blog). Finally, we want to give you and the men a chance to post your photos and bios (just like the Finalist page is setup) and have a safe, secure means to talk with each other and meet each other.

And what does it all lead to? Senior Bachelor Cruises together, Senior Mixers, new friends, travel partners, Adventures, Romance and a powerful and dynamic forum for issues facing our age group.

This is everything we have talked about at the Meet the Senior Bachelor Events and in your emails. Will it happen overnight- no. But it will happen soon. And it will happen in a big way because of the momentum we have built and that continues to build.

Talk to you soon. Richard, by the way, is busy with the details of the upcoming meetings and planning the first leg of the Journey- it's only about six short weeks away. (Nancy doesn't know this but I am plotting to switch places with Umberto and I'll go along!)


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:48:14 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Hi All you gorgeous Ladies, I'm so proud of all of you, each and every one. Here is another little something I would like to add....

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning...to the end

He noted that first cam her date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years (1941 - 2005)

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth...And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own; the cars...the house...the cash, what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our DASH.

So, when your eulogy's being read with your life's actions to rehash...would you be proud of the things they say ...

About how you spent your dash?

So with that thought, I now have a fork in my left hand for later and a serving spoon in my right hand for now. Have a great day ladies I am looking forward to spending my DASH with you.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:51:56 AM  
soft_rain said...

CJin socal I went to your site ....theres so much happening there, I couldnt find where the post button was.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:52:59 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Everyone!

BELIZEGAL: Watching the newz on the Hurricane Wilma, the strongest ever on record and it is heading your way to Belize, Florida Keys,
Yacatan Peninsula etc. It is already a category 5. Please keep in touch with us on the blog and let us know what your plans are.
G-D Bless You and keep you and yours safe. All those blogging who live in the path of this Monster Storm please keep us posted(pun intended) as to your safety etc.
Hugs to all of you
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal
p.s. let us ALL keep these areas in our hearts and prayers

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:56:04 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Ladies, PLEASE be patient. Marty you must be kidding. Please don't post comments about where Joe and I are as if we have deserted everybody. Soon you will see what we have been doing!!!!! And it is FABULOUS. The opposite of deserting everybody!!The forum, the center, the go to place, whatever you want to call it, will be here-that is for all that would like to be here and for the people we would like to be here. To Promote Romance, and Adventure, and Recognition for People 45 and Over. The mission is in FULL GEAR. The Men's Page. That was for ALL of the ladies on the blog and site and Newsletter. With lots more good stuff coming. The Fabulous Finalists Page-do you have any idea how much work, and expense, goes into doing this?? And how much work it does to create the weekly Newsletters?? There are 3 of us working full time, plus a consultant, and 2 technicians. So, Marty, CHILL OUT. Ordinarily I would not go public like this, but I am fed up with your comments that you made to the public. So I will respond in kind, in public. E-mail me directly, or take it somewhere else. I will NOT put up with this stuff anymore when we are working 14 hour days, EVERY day, for the benefit of everybody involved with the Senior Bachelor endeavor. Period. Goodbye...Richard Roe

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:01:15 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

OUCH...Howdy Y'all...error = correction...Yacatan= Yucatan;)
val the gal

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:07:33 AM  
soft_rain said...

Dragonfilly may I call you Filly...your last post gave me a chuckle....good idea...now for the name???....hmmmm





Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:11:08 AM  
soft_rain said...

I believe we have many soulmates

Life is like a society board game

we play as a group and at the end of every game we switch places
and play a new game

this time round we got scattered round the globe.



Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:16:41 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

softrain - good ideas , chatting with my daughter now,

will continue with this blogging soon,
pj yes you may calle me filly

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:24:53 AM  
soft_rain said...


I found the picture of you and Gale on another site.....

You need to some how protect the photos you post.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:32:10 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Everybuddy;)

SOFT_RAIN: I am so familiar with the vibe on this 'Richard's Blog' wid da Posse, Rangers etc. that this is where y'all will find me;)
Considering all the changes and the new upcoming improved, upgraded
blog site etc. I tend to be a 'creature of habit', familiarity is more comfortable for me as I know this blog now for a few months! It is a safe place, ordinarily I am not one for venturing out into cyber space:)at the best of times!
p.s. GLOBAL SISTERHOOD, nice one;)

We have bonded as a Sisterhood on this blog, why go away somewhere else with it? Doing that we stand the chance of losing contact. This is only my opinion, I respect whatever you may think or feel about what I have said. Let's wait and see what 'the boys' have in store for us here on this site!
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:39:32 AM  
CathyinCarolina said...


I'll settle down, it's the ole Cheerleader Spirit in Me!!

I guess, bottem line of what I was realizing is that Richard's visiblity brought us all here, and the men seem to be intimidated coming to his site, even on the Men's Blog!!!

So I was thinking:

"Showcase the Women who are already gathered"
(as in, leftover women)

Then, the men,

" they will come"!!!!

And Richard, I think we all sense that you are working hard, that's the reason we are somehow, trying to offer Help!!!!Smiles!!!!

Joe that help page for the guys is needful for the gals, as well.

So many of us are still learning to post pics or set up our Blogs, mine exhists, only because others did it for me and we could be working on these to get Profiles ready, with the right tech support.

Thanks, for your Hard Work, and let us help!!!!

While there is this excitement is still in the air!!!!

I will try to be patient and go see if I can post a new photo, this one makes me look over nourished!!!!

Thanks for sparing me a reprimand, I am truely trying to help!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:42:15 AM  
Yvonne in Honolulu said...

Aloha Ladies:

I would just like to say that maybe..Oprah..could have a show on Ladies..over 40's...ect..deserving of meeting great men who will be a good match for all of us.

I for one..thought that Suzan (Forest Hill)would be in the final 24. I loved her words of inspiration..as well.as her jokes. She share a lot of pic's & great stories of achievements. You inspire me.

I would just like to share this story with all of you. I had felt guilty going to "Chicago because the night before my trip..my best friend..had found out that he had "Liver Cancer..and has less then a year to live. His wife & I are best friends..and they had taken me to the airport..They have always been their for me...in my times of good & bad. While..I waited at Maui..airport..I decided not to go and did miss my flight.. I decided to go back to 'Honolulu", but after contacting my girlfriend..she convinced me to continue of my journey ..and told me that I needed to go and take a chance..and get out of my comfort zone and not to worry about them.. So..I took my next flight out..
I did not tell my roomates this because I did not want to bring any one down that night.
Chicago was great and it did help me to enjoy myself and empowered me & the many great ladies..that I got to meet. I came back to "Hawaii"..a stronger person and now..I am able to help my friends by appreciating the time I have left with my special friend & not look at his illness..as death..but to enjoy the life, friendship and time that we all have together. I came back a stronger person. I thank the blogger's for sharing all their stories & love Dragonflyfilly (you always make me smile). Thanks again to Joe.. Richard..and the Ladies of "Chicago" for making this happen.

Mahalo, Yvonne

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:49:28 AM  
Anita-in-chicago said...

To lynnincalif-thanks for you hello! I almost fainted when I saw that pic of me on the men's page!

For you and anyone else interested in returning to this great city of Chicago, it would be my pleasure to
show you some of my favorite places.

Please keep in touch.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:54:48 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

my daughter phoned me at 10:33 and i have JUST got off the phone with her NOW. Phew!! my ear has gone numb...

anyway, i always start at the bottom of the comments and scroll up so that i see what's new...so i missed Richard's comment...to which i feel compelled to comment.

RR, i know you know that you don't have to explain yourself, and it is nice that you have taken the time to do so...
and you know my feelings about people "venting" on your blog...i feel it is uncalled for and not appropriate...that is why i open my blog to people to talk to me...that does not mean that i will ALWAYS agree with them...but sometimes people need to be heard, but is is also GOOD that you are expressing yourself RR, you have been remarkable restrained in the past...

SOFTRAIN...- i DO like soulmate sisterhood. and worldwide women...here is an idea!! why don't you open up your blog and name a sub-blog one of those names, and we can gather there???

in the meantime, feel free to check out my various blogs under Flamingo's Hideway.

and if you can get a copy of "The Education of Oversoul #7" by Jane Roberts, check it out, she has an interesting concept regarding soulmates.

cheers for now,

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:58:24 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

post p.s.

what about Nannynannyboo? MARTY, I thought that was kind of the hang-out alternative to the S/B spot?


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:43:07 PM  
tina in south bend said...

Warm Wishes to everyone! My name is Tina and this is my first time on the blog. I finally took a quick look at what's going on and have read some very interesting things here. I, too was on Oprah about six years ago when the show aired the theme on "pursuing your dream" mine was to be a writer (celebrated, famous)I wore my native costume on the show. I too, submitted materials for the bachelor traveler search specifically a scrapbook which took three days to complete (planning, researching, putting together, labeling etc etc etc.) I did not see Richard on TV nor did I know about his website until a friend told me about seeing the tv program.
It is my understanding that the choice has been made, feelings poured in, emotions are high and civility is in question.
It is also my understanding that disappointments are plenty and hurt egos will linger on for a short while.
While sociology was just my minor, I can offer some insights as to why men are from Mars and women are from Venus. We, by the way need each other. God created man and woman to be together, they complete each other.
Okay, men from Mars (borrowed from a lady I met here) they have two brains, one up and another in between their legs. Women, ladies, I am sorry but we just talk too much. Oh dear, got to go already.
I adopted a medically challenged baby last year after I have raised two of my own, one, a boy,now 22, graduating from business school at IU in Bloomington and I have a daughter 17, a freshman at St. Mary's College taking up nursing. I dont mind getting to know any of you, please feel free to email me at tina munoz young at aol dot com (the name all in one word). Cheer up everyone! Life is short. Make it count. Tina in south bend

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:48:03 PM  
sunni said...

Did Clickgirl mention that she
is working on an alternate site
for the NNBBSH...
She posted the info on her
blog. It's a work in progress...
and I'm sure she wants it to be a gathering
place for everyone to continue the
Journey!!! And she's is looking for a
new name!!!

I'd vote for Satellite Sisters but that one
is already taken by a radio show on NPR.

But maybe some spin off on that idea!!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:53:42 PM  
soft_rain said...

Welcome Tina in South Bend

You might want to read some of the past blogs....just a thought

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:03:50 PM  
CathyinCarolina said...

hi to tina in south bend
Welcome to Blogsville!!

Some of the ladies that we encouraged to get involved in blogging in Chicago, said that they posted and no one would talk to them, so do not get discouraged, everyone is kinda of scattered right now, regrouping as I see it, or as you said, healing our egos.

Glad to have new people, tell us more!!!

Man, I have set some kinda of record on this blog, I know someone is saying,

Enough of CathyinCarolina, already!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:10:15 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hello, I regret to inform everybody that Jackie has had to disengage from the Senior Bachelor Search as a Finalist due to a timing conflict. I will miss her! Jackie helped me a lot searching for a hotel in Chicago for our event. We also met her gorgeous daughter and could see the wonderful relationship they have. Jackie said "I believe there is a real need in society for the goals in the wider spectrum of Senior Bachelor. I will continue to be a huge supporter of the Senior Bachelor endeavor and Senior Bachelor cruises." Great, Jackie, see you on board the Alaska cruise next summer. Richard Roe

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:21:09 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Everybuddy!

TINA IN SOUTH BEND: welcome to the blog. Now that 24/5 Sisters are preparing for their 'first flight' with 'Father Goose';) we are here to 'carry the torch' and welcome the 'newbies' too! Yippers Men Are From Mars and Women From Venus, we can't live without either one and equally challenging to live with! But LOVE RULES and no matter how independant we are, MAN is a necessary component in our lives:)
The Yin and Yang...perfect balance!
So, sit back, relax, catch up on the previous blogs and look forward to seeing more of you!
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:25:48 PM  
Lady Base Camp said...

I am just as selective, actually more than RR, and more unfairly too. The deal breakers for me are many; the artless and creatively constipated, bad eating habits and lack of cardio, non- cerebral thinkers, illiterates, misogynism, depressants, and medicants who are unwilling to heal without the super drugs; the mental health challenged, (- which seems unfair, I know. There are great guys with lesser levels of manageable psychosis. I just don’t want to manage them.) The hetero-back door boys, surprisingly a high percentage like this. If you don’t, you better ask about it. Phobics and pessimists and the risk-less, and men who worship their mothers and /or Elvis are out for me as are guys who laugh weird or have obnoxious body art, (If I wanted to sleep with a comic book, I would.) or extra body parts they don’t tell me about! THAT actually happened! I will date fat guys and find them cuddly but not fat & depressed, phobic, obsessed or mindless guys. But put a cop suit on them- and you’ve got my attention. I AM SO SHALLOW! If a guy shows me his highschool year book and he was a really hot surfin’ jock or debate team captain, I’m a gonner.

Would I have been able to cool my jets on my personal choices? I thought, for the right man I would keep it a personal matter. I care greatly about non-violence, am a good, very humane person, but I am also an atheist. I walk tall and strong in this and it is non-negotiable. Katherine Hepburn was an atheist as is Lance Armstrong. The greatest thing for me in my life was when I got off the ambiguous agnostic fence a few years ago. A lot of you girls in the SB Search are strong Christains and let me tell you – I passed by tons of fantastic men because of their god belief. There are so many of them out there. They’re out there praying hard for you! Your search area is much wider than mine.

I like Richard’s sense of propriety. I need more of that. That’s is where his elegance lies and makes him an exceptional leader. If I sneeze in an elevator and someone says “Godbless you” I might say light heartedly with a chuckle but actually seriously- “sorry, I’m an atheist. It doesn’t work for me. God-LESS me please, thank you, bye!” I stand up for freedom FROM religion and for my atheist rights in my community where religious nepotism is rampant and using government funding to propagate and proselytize. I believe the protection of separation of church and state and validating creation pseudo-science is the biggest challenge in our nation’s freedom and our collective sanity today. It’s the biggest deal breaker of all for me if a man of faith can’t keep it to himself and love me in full acceptance of my atheism. Even when I tell them in a nice and unobtrusive way, for apx 85% of them I am immediately dropped right off their radar. And I love Jewish men and the Catholic boys and the Buddha boys! –even the new age spiritualists are almost always CREATOR BASED! I respect everyone’s right to choice.
Yvonne . . . You are doing the most wonderful thing you can do for your friends. I am glad you chose your trip and I’m glad I chose mine too. I even stole some sand from MB!!!!!! To remind me of the great place LA is. How is it that it has so much? If only it weren’t so dense- there you have to find GREAT interior space as opposed to exterior space for your essence to reside. I am reading a book called TRANSLATING LA right now and it’s good.
Coach you are wonderful, beautiful and adorable and a great person! Those sparring partners should take ME on. I am so into sparring and I will WIN or eat them for breakfast! lololol – put me in Australia and put me in Tina Turner’s Thunderdome with RR AND THE OLD GEEZER. “TWO MEN IN – ONE WOMAN OUT!!! TWO MEN IN, ONE WOMAN OUT!” I wish every public school had debate. Its so wonderful.
OH YEAH!! NOLA is alive and well! I love hearing about it. IT’s first on my list now! WTG Marty! You brought out the “mean ol’ daddy” in Richard, lolololol For some reason I really like seeing a little of that, him showing his human side, or is a little anger sexy or are we just the kids in the back row with spit balls trying to make the teacher type faster?
MM “richard’s rejects” could be a fun spoofy skit. We could get Halloween teeth and make all kinds of characters without offending anybody and I would even bring out my MRS PIBOTTY character—(who thinks food IS sex) and she is a dessert contest taste testor ,lolololol! I SWARE everyone in the audience was losing it every single night.
I am pleased to think that men are looking at this at all. I agree with Cathy in that they must be finding it scary as hell.
IT feels so good to be through this. I am elated even, just to be single and free! 36 hours and I’m done decompressing over this and do not fear decomposing. THAT IS GREAT ! If anyone isn’t over this in 72 hours you should seek help and don’t do any risk behavior—like rappelling or long treks into unknown territory. Or swimming in the dark to an offshore Island. Many of us are willing to peer counsel, just ask
Cathy your input is great- blog away. I forgot to take my anti-blogging shot today, too.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:32:47 PM  
willemina said...

Lady Base Camp
When I get home from work, I turn on my puter and scan the SB blog...that is until I come to a post from you...I read your every word...Thanks for making us smile and thank you for sharing your life with us. Sounds like you are just fine...I'm glad

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:03:53 PM  
willemina said...

I would also like to welcome tina in south bend We appreciate everyone's input and I think you'll fit right in...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:05:44 PM  
willemina said...

Hello Richard and Joe...take a deep breath and get ready for phase II!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:07:50 PM  
Debby Eddy said...

Aternoon Everyone........I'm going to try something a little differnet on this BLOG......delete this if I am out of line, k.

Last year I interviewed and did quite well with SWAirlines (flight attendant), however, I did not get the job. I would like to know if anyone here on this BLOG knows of any airlines that may currently be hiring for the flight attendant position.

It is something I have ALWAYS wanted to do and something that I think I would be quite good at. My life is such that the flexibility that the position requires would not be a problem at this stage in my life.

When I did interview out of the 60 candidates, 48 were dismissed and 12 stayed, I was one of the 12. That is why I stated earlier that I felt I did well. I actually had two, one on one interviews that very day.

So I do not mean to abuse this BLOG in any way. I actually missed an Open Interview yesterday with Horizon Airlines which had me upset!!!

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

SWA policy is that one has to wait a year before re-applying, for me that would be sometime in March. I really don't want to wait that long.

Oh yeah, bought a black mustang hardtop, waiting for delivery, should be next week sometime. EEEEHHHHHHAAAAAAAAWWWW Not the convertible I wanted (HT is probably safer anywho!) Should have never rented that Mustang in MB, have wanted one ever since!!!!


Deb Eddy (I mean Mustang Debby)


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:08:55 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

I joined an online IATA approved travel site, with the idea of doing travel part-time....I would be happy to put a group of ladies together if you are interested........I was able to 'source out' some really great deals....Feel free to contact me if you like.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:12:10 PM  
Marty said...

RR, well now I have be told!!! It had nothing to do with your format, your future, it ALL HAD TO DO WITH WOMEN WHO WERE IN PAIN. I am sorry if that makes me a bad person. I was trying to save all of us from loosing each other and stay with the journey.

I will continue the rest of my comments to an e-mail to you.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:12:43 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Ladies, just watched the Oprah Show. It is 5:00 pm here and she just went off. It was wonderful show about the heart and other health issues. She had the most wonderful doctors on Dr. Oz (sp?) and I forgot the other one's name. Dr. Oz's book is "You" "A Healthy Heart". If I am not to late, I suggest that you watch it in your areas. Hope you can catch the show.!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:15:46 PM  
Marty said...

RR, I have been put in the time out corner.

I did not want all of us to loose each other and saw women falling by the way side, I threw out a lift jacket-sorry didn't see any others at the time.

So I will chill and hope all of us stay together.

The rest of my feelings will be made to you only in a e-mail. I am kind of private like that!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:19:06 PM  
linda in Tucson said...


I don't want to take advantage of Richards blog to ask for help...but if you could please visit mine (by clicking on my name here) and hear my story, I would really appreciate it! I'll probably post this again when the new blog thread starts...forgive me if it doesn't seem appropriate but I don't know where else to turn.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:22:44 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Jayne...Oprah starts in about 20 min here in California. I'll be sure to watch. I'm cleaning out my closets and could use a break and I'll make myself a delicious cup of coffee with whipped cream (dutch style) sure wish I had some home baked cookies to go with? :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:40:31 PM  
sharingthenight said...

I am afraid to post the last time I posted and there were this many it went to cyber heaven...

there is so much happening it is hard to keep up with..

I broke my tooth and am in so much pain, I think,, the drugs are helping.. I think.. lol ...

I have switched back and forth to so many blog sites and have tried to keep up but I keep falling asleep.. lol..
I am addicted to blogging, I should be resting..

so I guess I will just let you know that everything I had planned on doing for the week got shut down

and I am going to lay down, but I couldn't do that with out putting my two cents worth in here and there..

Richard if for some reason you don't find your soul-mate out of the two dozen you have chosen, you have plenty of stand byes, that would like to dance under the stars with you!!!

Okay.. hatts it folks I have to lay down..

hugs awya..

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:47:51 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Willy, So glad I reached some of the ladies re: Oprah's Show today. It is just really great. Wish I had some good homemade cookies to send you today. For the holidays I plan to share the best "Fantasy Fudge" receipe in the world. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 4:04:41 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Lady Base Camp, My Goodness! I hope my mentioning St. Louis Cathedral earlier today did not spark some of your religious comments. I posted about it because it is in NOLA, across the street from the Cafe du Monde. It is a tourist attraction as well as church for religious worship. Anyone, of any religious or non-religious persuasion is welcome there, and I mention lighting candles only because my Dad and I often did just that (light a candle) for someone. I still carry on that tradition today in honor of my Daddy. I don't think we should get into big religious or political discussions on this blog. Of course, it is not my decision to make. I just hope I did not offend anyone. I just love New Orleans so much and all the sites and all the traditions. "All the Best" to you Lady Base. Jayne

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 4:26:41 PM  
Chandra said...

Hey Joe,

I don't know about anyone else but I am getting "scrolliosis"


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 5:22:50 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Yeah, i watched Oprah today, and i just LOVE Dr. Oz...he is so clever, but at the same time so warm Hearted (no pun intended, lol)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 5:36:19 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Just a few quick words, as this blog has gotten awfully long. Yes, many of us may feel some disappointment at not being chosen, for we put more than time and money into this endeavor; we put our hearts into it. And whenever we do that, we are vulnerable to bruising. But surely, deep down inside, we each should know that not being chosen by Richard does not mean we are lacking or less worthy than those he selected. Each of those chosen sound like lovely women - and those I met definitely were - but not terribly different from many who were not selected. Richard had to try to choose who would be right for HIM. And he’s just a person, like each of us, longing to find the one who will make his heart sing. Only he can hear that music. And just as we must listen to our own hearts, he must listen to his. No one is better or lesser because of that.

And Richard, I hope you don’t mind my speaking for you, but I think I’m only reminding people of what you have said more than once and in many different ways.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:55:33 PM  
willemina said...

I'm back from long walk with my neighbor and "our" shared dog...

Carol in riverwoods
Your sentiments certainly speak for me...

How would any of us want someone to criticize a person we choose to spend time with? This is Richard's search for romance and adventure and I wish him well.
Now ladies, we need to focus on what "we" want for ourselves...
...begin our own search for romance and adventure...as CJ would say...Just GO 4 it!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:24:06 PM  
willemina said...

By the way, Oprah was very enlightening. I measured my waist after the show...borderline

I agree that what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our "dash". I feel pretty good about my dash so far...but I'm not finished yet....the best is yet to come!

Okay, I'll let you buy next time as long as you agree to share the stool...do you ever come up this way? San Luis Obispo area? Debates vs Cal Poly?

Hello to each and every one of you...I love you all! Even the meanies...there are no meanies here are there?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:39:22 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

hey Willy....ooops I mean Willimena!!
Tongue in cheek....every time I read your reference to the infamous "stool" I can not help but go back to my nursing days and bedpans!!
please....absolutley no malintent...I just felt compelled to let ya know I crack up every time I see it!! and thanks for that!!!...we could all use a good laugh now and then...this would be "then" and "now"!!
La Belle xox
ps...the "Willy" thing also cracked me up ...muchos gracius!! xox

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:28:00 PM  
willemina said...

Hello CB,
You know I thought the same thing "after" I had posted it and I said what the heck, I'll leave it like that, maybe no one will notice...oops! I was wrong...Glad you see the humor in it also the "willy" thing posted by Michelle AKA nutty mermaid...

Hey, I can laugh at myself :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:41:19 PM  
willemina said...

You can call me willy

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:42:01 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Whoa Willy .....are ya sure???
You are way tooooo much!! I am still giggling...so very glad you took it the way it was intended!! Gfaw!
La Belle xox

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:50:19 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Sorry I've been away-- too much other work. Someone asked earlier on this blog or the last about the CompuBus. I saw it today on my way home from my daughter's soccer practice. Just call 800-933-9499 and tell them you used it in Manhattan Beach with the Senior Bachelor event. Hope it can work out-- it was really a fun thing to use.

"callmelin" that gave me goosebumps. I think of the "dash" anytime I visit a graveyard. I spoke of my "Mexican fisherman" life because I didn't want it written on my gravestone- "Man, he really worked hard at work" or somesuch. I just found this great saying from Mark Twain we should all consider--

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."

"Carol in Riverwood" very well put. Ladies, I've grown to know Richard much better these past six months (added to the many years I've known him prior) and I can tell this has been difficult for him. It was made even more difficult by the many applicants and him giving his word that he would review all the materials sent in. On top of that, you've heard how he has tried so hard to answer each and every email sent to him.

This has been a daunting task-- not just the physical part of doing the administrative work but literally putting his "heart" into it. He made a commitment to each of you that he would seriously consider all your materials. He does not want to travel alone anymore. He does want to find his soul mate. He has been seriously looking for you-- that takes a lot of work. A lesser man would have taken so many short cuts. I know Richard did not.

I'm going to post this here and then use it as the new blog.

Good night!


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:53:19 PM  
willemina said...

I am getting ready to sign off for the night as I think I've hogged the blog enough for one day...but before I do, I mentioned yesterday that I never did send in a video...but I did send Richard an e-mail describing to him what I had in mind for my video which was never made...

My idea was to film my video at Hearst Castle and welcome Richard to my humble dwelling on the hill...give him a quick tour of the main house and famous Neptune pool and then have the camera scan around me where you would see many large trunks and suitcases piled 6ft high...bulging with my travel gear and personal belongings as I was calling out to my hand maid (my sister in crime) as to whether or not she had remembered to pack my purple shoes and purple hat that goes with the purple dress I was wearing to go on my trip with Richard...Of course I would have lots of make-up on...let's not forget the purple eye shadow..and I would be barefoot because I can't find my purple shoes?
In other words...I would be making fun of the travel partner from hell, taking everything except the kitchen sink...At the end of the video I would want to appear "normal" whatever that is...
I wanted to show Richard my fun side...It may have worked, I'll never
know...shoulda...coulda...and how would I have gotten all of that in a 3 minute video anyway?

I posted a picture of Hearst castle on my blog tonight...

Okay, I guess that's it for me tonight...I told myself that I wasn't going to blog so much after the announcement of the 24 ladies...but here I am! It's addictive...


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:04:34 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Has anyone mentioned how difficult it might be for some of the men to navigate to the men's blog. First you have to go to the men's page and then....find the little letters that say Men's Blog more than half way down the page. You know the old joke about men and directions!!!! HAAAA

I would recommend first putting the title MEN'S BLOG shortcut,right under where it says MEN's PAGE. Make it easy
to find and click on.

Do alot of men blog? I know men's style is very different from women.
It ain't gonna be like the women's blog... .I think not! Also, due to Richard's penchance for travel, I think alot of the women here prefer travel, so maybe you might want to tap that market. Just trying to give some helpful feedback, what do you think?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:30:23 PM  

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