Monday, December 26, 2005

Hello from The Senior Bachelor

As I stated a few moments ago in a new posting of a blog, the only website we cannot access is This is why you have not heard from me for about a week. I finally realized I can go to our "blog server" and post a blog, but I cannot see it!!I asked to be contacted if the previous blog was posted, and I now know it has been, so here goes.

Please look for a new Newsletter coming out tomorrow, Tuesday. The time in Brazil was a really great, albeit some snags, which you will read about in the Newsletter. Vicki was great. She was always on time, never complained about anything (and I'm sure she could have!!), and was completely game for whatever was going on. Umberto was also great, not only taking photgraphs and filming, but with his interpretations. I've pretty much written up about our Brazil experience, and now it is on to Chile. Umberto lived in Santiago for 3 years, from 2001-2004. He had a girlfriend from Santiago, whom he met while they both were in photography school in Paris. That's pretty cool, huh. The pace in Brazil was fast and tiring, and I had lots more business to attend to, other than the trip, than I anticipated. Some personal things at home, and also some issues about being away for 6 months, like who will take care of my car, various bills to pay, junk like that. Now I am caught up.

Santiago is a dream of a city. I don't think I would have said this say 10 or 20 years ago as there has so much amazing new construction here. The country has about 15 million people and half live in Santiago. The city is clean, the Metro and bus system are terrific, (I love to use public transportation as you really get to know the local people) and the people are extremely kind.

Gael arrives the morning of the 28th and we have lots of fun activities planned, including going west to the beach, north to the desert, and then south to Patagonia. A dream destination of mine for a long time. Then on to Argentina.

Seeing as I cannot access the blog, I will e-mail my sister and she can update me on the blog comments, and I will try to post a new blog every couple of days. Thanks for participating and very best wishes, Richard Roe


Merry Mary said...

Well, my goodness gracious...All this time and I finally got to be the first '''unless a blog is going in right now. I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday and didn't eat too much. I fed 24 children, grand and great grands and had a fun time. My sister gave me a gift certificate to Dillards so got a new robe and pjs this morning. Love to all....MM

Monday, December 26, 2005 2:46:30 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Guys! Great to hear from you on the blog again and happy to hear you are enjoying Santiago.

We had a nice quiet Christmas as my son-in-law stayed home with the flu. My 2 girls and Noah and I had a great dinner (too much, of course!) and watched The Polar Express after. Dropped off D#2 at work today and then went to see Dad and sister again for lunch (GAWD so much food!), then stopped off for one more treat (Starbucks peppermint mocha) before starting the diet tomorrow.

Now I'm going to settle down with a movie and my new massage heating pad (ooooohhh, can hardly wait to try it out) before going back to pick up D#2 at 8 pm. Buses are not running regularly today 'cuz of the stat holiday (Boxing Day here in Canada and Britain) so I'm being a nice Mommy.

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and will continue to blog on in the new year. Later, gaters...

Monday, December 26, 2005 3:21:28 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Richard and Umberto!
Nice to hear from you again and now off to a fresh start from beautiful Santiago, where my dear friend whom I met whilst travelling through Europe in 1975 lives. Her name is Beatrice, with the most beautiful light blue eyes I have ever seen! She used to tell us stories of Santiago Chile whilst sitting around the campfire in the middle of nowhere! A lot has changed there since 1975!
My daughter and I saw 'Memoirs Of A Geisha' this evening, absolutely incredible, superb acting, amazing photography and the music was perfect! Mother and Daughter's night out;) both Sons are out of town!
Luv Val

Monday, December 26, 2005 9:04:10 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Hello All,
Glad the blog is back. I tried to check it on Christmas, and nothing came up.

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas!!

The Travel Channel had an all day GlobeTrekker bonanza, so I got to watch travel to China, Germany, Venezuela, Micronesia, Greece, Russia, Tunisia & Libya, & Egypt. All in the comfort of my living room! It is a great program, if you like to travel. Gives you a good overview of an area as well as travel tips. I especially like watching them eat the local food, pig snouts,live eels, fruit bats etc. Yummy! HAAAAA

I can't wait to see the pictures of Chile!!

Monday, December 26, 2005 9:24:58 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi Richard and Umbreto...Good newsletter and fantastic pictures. Is Clemento ,the duck,stuck in the waistband of Vicki's swim suit in the last picture?? I see something yellow. You are becoming famous or infamous....I guess famous...I'm not exactly sure what infamous is. I sure wish I had not left my camera in a cab in Chicago with the pictures of us together so I could prove I know a celebrity. Take care and enjoy. I am certainly enjoying on this end. One of the Mary's in Tulsa.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 4:59:52 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello all,
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I spent time with my family in Tampa and some of my relatives I haven't seen in years and that was very nice. Family is a wonderful thing. I was not surprised that RR didn't replacing anyone for the Africa trip. Although that would have been my first choice - we have all moved on to other plans and journey's in life. It is still great to see the journey unfold in the newsletter and blog.
Have a very happy New Year everyone. May all your dreams come ture in 2006!

Richard and Umberto,
Stay strong, be well, and happy adventures! Wishing you all good things and best times with your brother Umberto.
Take care

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 5:21:55 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Ada just told me the meaning of infamous...well known for a bad reason. Richard certainly isn't bad. I guess I am tho. I had been in a tv commercial for KBEZ and got to be known for it because it was on several channels over and over several times a day and someone on a radio talk show said something about the infamous Mary Bryan....All this time I was flattered and I should have been sad. Wow, life can deal you some awful hands. Just kidding. I'm sure they know I'm not a bad person. The commercial was pretty funny. Have a can choose what kind. MM

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 7:40:47 AM  
pukkadink said...

Hi everyone
Hope you all enjoyed Christmas. What was your christmas dinner Richard and how did you spend the day? I hope it had the edge on pig snouts and eels as love2travel mentioned. Here most people chose turkey but many are now begining to choose duck or beef as a change.
Christmas pud is still a favourite but this year i could have done some fire eating afterwards as their was so much brandy in the brandy sauce....
Leslie how was the massage? All that running around it sounded as if you needed it.
I celebrated my parents wedding aniversary on Boxing day....55 years!
Having a quiet day today and keeping warm. They are forecasting really bad weather for us here and some parts of the East coast has already been hit. Don't you wish you were out there with them in Chillie......Looking forward to the next stage of the adventure Jane

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 10:55:09 AM  
pukkadink said...

Hi everyone
Hope you all enjoyed Christmas. What was your christmas dinner Richard and how did you spend the day? I hope it had the edge on pig snouts and eels as love2travel mentioned. Here most people chose turkey but many are now begining to choose duck or beef as a change.
Christmas pud is still a favourite but this year i could have done some fire eating afterwards as their was so much brandy in the brandy sauce....
Leslie how was the massage? All that running around it sounded as if you needed it.
I celebrated my parents wedding aniversary on Boxing day....55 years!
Having a quiet day today and keeping warm. They are forecasting really bad weather for us here and some parts of the East coast has already been hit. Don't you wish you were out there with them in Chillie......Looking forward to the next stage of the adventure Jane

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 10:55:16 AM  
pukkadink said...

Still not got the hang of this blog thing.......

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 10:56:27 AM  
leslie said...

pukkadink aka Jane - are you the Jane I met in MB? Are you from England? If so, I remember you well.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 11:22:14 AM  
pukkadink said...

Hi Lesley
No i am have kept a very low profile although i have been part of the journey from the begining. You were all doing so well on the blog initially and i enjoyed reading and seeing the friendships unfold. I did send in material but alas.... we all know the lucky ladies. I was unfortunate not to be able to join the trips to meet himself. I had arranged to celebrate my birthday in Portugal with friends and i could not let them down (by the way i am a fellow Librian..... 2nd October.... and dog owner)Chicago looked great fun. At times i have lost touch with all the comments on the blog due to work but always receive the newsletter. I did post a few times to Sylvia(?) when she told of her news.....her daughter and the problem pregnancy and member of her family with cancer. I could relate to it as my friend has been given just over a year to live. We had a wonderful chritmas together with her family and we laughed. We are all o.k. with it and so far she has had good news with her results. Life is good for all of us. We are all so smug thinking that she only has a short time with us but we could go out and get knocked down by a bus tomorrow.......if you get my meaning. We treasure every moment and that is why i am such an avid fan of this dream/adventure. It stands so for so much for so many different people and brings people from all over the world together in friendship and love.
Part of my job is a sports injuries remedial massage therapist as well as a qualified dietician. I envied the massage.....Mmmmm all that relaxation.
I would like to go to Alaska. It depends on work and i am hoping to rally round and bring some ladies with me but we seem to be thin on the ground with the men at present.
So after all that you now know a little about pukkadink.I live in South Wales in the u.k. To all looking in...greetings from a little Welsh "girl".....There is always a welcome here in Wales!
Love and hugs to all and hope to meet you in the not so distant future...Jane.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 12:13:42 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Hi everyone! Joe, Umberto, Richard and especially all the Blogging Gals! i have not figured out yet how to paste from Word to the blog, otherwise i would wish you all individually at your own Blogspots, so i'm using the SB forum.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! all. Hope 2006 is filled with joy, prosperity and good health for everyone one of you.

love and Light,

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 12:52:25 PM  
dragonflyfilly said...

P.S. correction..not "everyone one"!
but everyone of you...

and yes, Gael, wishes to you, sorry i left you out by mistake.


Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:27:12 PM  
leslie said...

pukkadink Wow! I have some Welsh heritage (nee Jones - can't get more Welsh than that!) I also have a friends who was brought up in Cardiff - lives in Andover now. Did you have any black puddin' over the holidays? That's our traditional Xmas breakfast.

You must try to come on the cruise, especially the Aug 20-27 one, which I'm going to book soon. I'd love to meet you. OR - next time I'm over in the area, I will come to meet YOU. Haven't seen near enough of Wales, yet. Only Tintern Abbey and Llango...oh darn, Welsh spelling is SO hard - you know, where the men's choir is. LOL

Now, don't give up on your friend. I have a very dear friend who has been LIVING with cancer for so many years now and twice now she has defied the odds.

So, dear Jane, feel free to email me - go to my blog site, email me there and then I'll give you my more personal email address.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:33:59 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Just a quick note to say hello and goodbye again. We just got back from a soggy Christmas week with relatives in Seattle (only 15 minutes total of sunshine--- wow, are you guys who live in the northwest hardy!!)

As Richard mentioned, I met with both Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch. Stay tuned as we will have some very exciting announcements early in the New Year! We are an important group for Holland America Lines and they want to make sure you all have a terrific time. You won't believe what we are planning! Shawn says hello!

Now back for one night and off to Baja tomorrow with four other MB families. Hopefully, five days of some sun on the beach just north of Ensenada. A whale watching trip is in the offing and the kids will be bargaining like experienced traders in the small towns along the coast. One town we stop in, Puerto Nuevo, has no fewer than 30 restaurants that all server lobster!

There are actually two photos in the recent Newsletter with Umberto's Clementina--- look carefully. Gael is due to arrive in Santiago soon so stay tuned to the blog for updates.

Have a great New Year everyone- Feliz Ano Nuevo!


Tuesday, December 27, 2005 9:23:39 PM  
pukkadink said...

Leslie and all the other ladies you are more than welcome to come here and i will show you the sites. I live about a 20 minute drive from Cardiff but there are soooo many places here that the tourists never see. Tintern is lovely.....

My friend? Oh don't worry i won't let her go that easily. I know a gentleman who at the age of 59 was given 6 months to live....He's 76yrs now!

I think the cruise will be a blast and i fancy a massage or two while i am there.

Gael.....thinking of you today and your adventure ahead.I can imagine you having nothing but fun and laughter and building new friendships. Enjoy.

No blackpudding on Christmas day by the way. Just turkey. Blackpuding is usually served with bacon egg sausage etc as a breakfast. Have you tried white pudding?

Leslie i will mail you on your site soon. Thanks for the invite. Bye to all for now Jane.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 6:06:42 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Hey Gael, By now you should be arriving in Chile, hope your flight was a good one. I know you are really excited about this adventure as I am for you. Keep me posted I can't wait to hear and see your adventure. Give Richard and Umberto hugs from all of us.

Hello to Richard and Umberto hope all is well with you and thank you for blazing the trail for the rest of us. After looking at the photos I'd feel very comfortable traveling to those places. Thank you for sending all the resort information, very valuable for future use.

Umberto - I was wondering what kind of camera you have been using. The photos are fantastic, they even filter out the humidity haha.....

Take care of our sweet Gael and Happy New Year to the three of you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 10:11:37 AM  
patfromvirginia said...


when you said RR isn't replacing someone for the Africa part, I think I missed something. Who dropped out?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 2:36:19 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hello everyone. My children returned home to Weatherford today and I'm taking a deep breath. I had a wonderful time with them. We went to see that new movie out called Nordia, I recomend it to all who enjoy adventurous, fun clean movies. It had been such a long time since I had been to a movie. I just went along to hang with the crowed and ended up enjoying it.

Here is the big news: Drum roll!!!! I have been practicing a new song called " The look of Love" for a long time because I love to sing jazz and I have had this secret desire to sing in front of a live audience. So this friend of mine hook me up with a local resturant owner who has a plate form and a live jazz band. He listened to me sing and offered to have me sing my song. I'm so excited. I'm just going to pretend I'm billy Holliday and let it ripp. Wish me luck. Up until now I've only been the praise and worship leader. M.M.Corett

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:19:03 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Guess what...It took a magnifying glass but I found Clemento in 2 places. I won a dance with Richard on the ship. I had to ask but since I didn't feel up to dancing in Chicago that gives me something to look forward to.
Jane, growing up I always thought puddings were all sweet deserts....Moma made wonderful banana pudding and rice pudding but I didn't know until I went to London and had Yorkshire????pudding that it wasn't always desert. Live and learn.
Also,Jane, my father in law had cancer probably like 40 years ago and they have thought he'd go anytime and he out lived his wife of 66 years and his only son (my husband). We had a big party at the nursing home yesterday and he had a ball. He even played farkle with the kids and me. We had a great time. Tell your friend to keep the faith. Lovingly, Mary B.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:31:23 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Thought I would mention that there was a wonderful program on the Travel Channel about a cruise to Alaska. The program was on last night, 12/28/05. Perhaps some of you can see it at different times and days. I was amazed at the beauty of the scenery. It was also explained that the best way to see Alaska is by cruise because you just cannot get around to all the sites by car or by a walking tour. I learned a lot about our 49th state from this program. Thought I would share with you!!
Best Wishes to All. Jane

Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:49:15 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

"HAPPY NEW YEAR" to all of my of my fellow Bloggers. It's been a fun year and I'm looking forward to all the great fun next year will bring.
RR & Umberto thanks so much for all the incredible pictures. We are all living vicarious through you so keep up all the fun work.
Gail your such a neat gal and I know you are really going to enjoy your.
Keep all of us posted, OK.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:40:04 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Written by Val

G-D Bless ALL


Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:44:33 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Ya'll!
Would you believe that I forgot my password? I figured out how to change it and in the meantime I found another blog I thought I had lost in cyberspace!
I loved looking at all of the amazing pictures posted by Umberto of Richard and Vicki's first leg of the journey. I have yet to read up on the blog but they say a picture can say a thousand words and they certainly do that for me! WOW!!!
Now I will be looking forward to seeing the latest pics of Gael on her amazing journey.
I just posted some pics on my blog if anyone is interested? I had a wonderful vacation cruise to Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo. The best part of the trip was that I was able to be with all 4 of my children and all 4 of my grandchildren at the same time! Isn't family wonderful?
I want to wish everyone a New Year filled with Peace, Love and Good Health. God Bless...
Hugs from Willy

Thursday, December 29, 2005 8:28:31 PM  
Merry Mary said...

WillemenaIt is so good to see that pretty face and pretty blue dress again. You have been missed. I did the Panama Canal cruise out of San Deigo and got to see some of the places you have just been to. It is so awsome to travel and see the world. My mother used to sing "Far Away Paces" when I was a kid and by golly after daddy passed away she got to see every state escept Alaska on travel bus tours. She couldn't get daddy to go anywhere but Ark. and Ks. I hope you're going to go on the Alaska cruise. I booked the first one. I wish Leslie was on it so I could meet her but she's on the second one. I'm glad you got to be with your family and yes family is great. I really don't know what I'd do without them. Much Love to all, Mary

Friday, December 30, 2005 9:36:17 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello, Umberto, where is the WORLD'S GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHER? Why are we not getting any photos of Richard, Gael and yourself.Are you lost in the jungles? I decided to look in the T.V. Guide for more programs on the Travel Channel re: Cruises to Alaska. These programs are just great! I am starting to convince myself to go on the cruise. After all Alaska is part of the U.S. since we acquired them back in the 50's (I think??) All that ice and snow just does not appeal to me but now I am rethinking everything!
Merry Mary, you will be the first to get a copy of my book. I am working on the galleys (Proofs) this week and will be getting back to Collector Books shortly after the 1st of the year. Then I can relax a little. MM, this whole state could go up in smoke if we don't get some rain soon and it looks like Okla. is not much better off. We may have to get on a boat to Alaska to escape the fires. HA-HA Willimena, good to see you back on this blog. Where have you been? Does anyone remember the girls name that was from Alaska, the sweet lady that was the wonderful and prolific writer. I can't remember her name or her blog address. Bye for now. Next stop 2006. Lady Jayne

Friday, December 30, 2005 11:33:27 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

Lady Jane; The name of the prolific writer from Alaska = LadyBaseCamp,


Friday, December 30, 2005 6:33:02 PM  

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