Thursday, January 19, 2006

Umberto-A Great Person

HI, Today Umberto leaves Santiago, Chile to return to his home town of Lerici, Italy. I wanted to let everybody know that Umberto was a great traveling companion, superior photographer (as you can see by checking out the Photo Page on and great with Vicki and Gael. There were many times, especially during Gael's visit, that I had other things to take care of, and Umberto would graciously see all was taken care of. Of course I wish him well and I am working on his return for the two cruises so we all can have our own personal paparazzo!! I am starting to answer some of the e-mails, and in time, will answer all of them individually. Thanks so much for writing. Richard Roe


KarenJW said...

Goodbye, Umberto!
It was a great pleasure meeting you in Chicago, and you gave all of us women a great new friend in addition to Richard and Joe. Your ability in photography is exquisite, and I thank you for the way you made us feel that we were all along for the trip!

Have a safe trip home and I look forward to seeing you again on the cruise!
Caio for now,

Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:20:02 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Umberto, I'm so glad I got to meet you in MB. As a fellow artist, I will remember the awesome visions of beauty you contributed to the SB journey. Truely,they transported us to places our hearts could only dream of at the time. I think your pictures should be in a gallery. I'm doing my impressions of some of the photos, but they don't capture the color you created with your camera. I'm hoping we will meet again. M.M. Corbett

Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:44:33 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Bonjourno Richard, Joe, Co. and bloggers!
'Richie Rich' nice to see you on the blog as usual!

JOE: hello :)

MARY/MARY: how is our 'lamb'? sending hugs

Thank you for casting your light through the amazing photographs, I will not say goodbye but rather, 'till we meet again! Have a safe journey back home to Lerici Italy....Ciao fora now ;)

Senior Bachelorette:)

Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:56:41 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'STARS'
January 19, 2006

Projected expectations may be preventing you from relating to your friends on a realistic level today. You could be going through a period of change and may be hoping that one of your friends will offer you help or guidance.

It may be useful for you to remember today that the most pertinent answers to any questions or problems you could be facing are likely to come from within, not from any well-meaning people around you.

You might think about clearing a channel to receive guidance from within by quieting your mind today. You may come closer to your own inner wisdom if your mind is truly still… silent

The source of our solutions lies within. There we can find answers to our most important questions. When life presents us with substantial changes, we can get the guidance we need to deal most effectively with these changes from this same source.

We, alone, have the knowledge and experience needed to create solutions for our unique circumstances, to pick the path that will lead us to our ultimate happiness.

Richard Roe, be still, clear a pathway to the source within you today, and you will get the help and answers you need.


Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:01:11 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

You are offering good 'medicine' for our 'leading man' and I for one am learning a lot from these Teachings too. At times I am swept away by the strong currents and THE only way I gain my course is to look within for the answers.
G-D Bless RR, YOU, Sisters and Brothers on the blog!
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s 'tis ALL IN THE STARS ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:29:34 PM  
leslie said...

Umberto Best wishes for your return home. I truly enjoyed meeting you and spending a very brief time chatting over dinner that very first evening in MB. You are a remarkable photographer and I really look forward to seeing you again on the Alaska cruise. Until then, arrivederci :D

Thursday, January 19, 2006 2:49:37 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

HI All
Merry Mary - my thoughts and prayers are with you during your surgery. You are just a beautiful sweet ray of sunshine in our lives here and much love and quick healing to you my friend.

Richard - keep up the positive spirit - you will are that kind of person! My prayers are with you everyday. I know you can make this a temporary setback and move on to life as usual soon. You are truly blessed to have such a great support system with family and people who care. That is powerful stuff!

Umberto - I hope you will still check in with us and let us know how you are doing. I miss you and your photos already!
Hugs to you and everyone (Sweet Joe too)

Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:09:43 PM  
CLMPeace said...

Umberto, Don't forget us!!!

Fantastico pics from Italy would be welcomed ANY day while we all await Alaska and our cruising time together.

THANKS for sharing our world through your photogenic eyes!!!

AWESOME!!!! You ARE!!!!!

Hugs and safe journeys to you, of course RR, and keep hanging around, dear Joe!

PeaceBachelorette AKA CarolLee in CO

Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:08:26 PM  
Linda P. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. I know you are in good hands and that everything will go well. Your positive attitude means so much.
Umberto, thanks for the memories you have given to so many of us through your photo's. I look forward to seeing you on the Zaandam in August. Have a safe trip home.
Linda P.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:36:04 PM  
angie_from_neworleans said...


You are a great friend to Richard and an enormously talented person. It was so nice to make the Italian connection with you in Chicago.

Your photography is absolutely INCREDIBLY fantastic and it has made us all feel we were on the journey. Take care and safe.


We are all there with you and I hope you know that is sincere. You are a strong, passionate, good man and will get through this. Your family is wonderful and supportive and of course you see that you have a multitude of friends who will be there for you at the "drop of a blog"in whatever you have to go through.

Very pleased to hear the good news about you latest test. One step at a time.

You're positive energy shines through your words but before you go and answer thousands of e-mails make sure to take care of you.

Look forward to seeing you on the cruise, we are going to have a blast!

With love and affection,

Your friend


Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:33:17 PM  
Carol in Riverwoods said...

Thanks for everything, Umberto!Your beautiful photos will continue to delight us and encourage our dreams of far-away places.

I wish you well on your journey home. Don't forget to keep in touch!

Take care,

Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:45:24 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Good Bye, Umberto. We will miss you. Didn't get to meet you in person, but I feel like I know you through your magnificant photography which portrays so much about you. Here's hoping you will travel safely and come back to America soon!! Lady Jayne

Friday, January 20, 2006 3:07:29 AM  
Neva said...

Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Italy.

Thank you so much for the beautiful photography, as well as your caring personality and great perspectives. (I wish I had a talented photographer like you on my upcoming Australia/New Zealand trip.)

Best wishes. Perhaps we will see you on the Alaska trip.

Take care and keep snaping those outstanding shots.

Friday, January 20, 2006 8:13:28 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard Just thinkin' 'bout ya and wonderin' how yer week haz bin. Hope all went well with your dr's appts & you are able to make an informed decision now. Best wishes coming your way.

Friday, January 20, 2006 9:22:51 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

UMBERTO I know your going to miss CA and all the Surfing but you'll be back and we'll all see you on the Cruises.
Your such a special person and it was a pleasure to meet you.
HUGGS, Nancy

Saturday, January 21, 2006 8:26:42 AM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

UMBERTO, aufwiedersehen! It was a pleasure to meet U in MB & CHI. Wise beyond your years. Your aura reflects an "old soul", if I may be permitted to say that.

You, the man, with 5+ languages have made the SeniorBachelor adventure a joy to follow.
Your family & friends must be proud of you and glad to have you back, however I'm sure having said that, your a click away. Your extended family here will be thrilled to see you on your return. Hoping you'll e-mail photos from Italy & see you on the SB Alaskan Cruise.
Take care, Erika

Hope you've had a chance to get plenty of sleep and de-stress...

Today...Saturday....I'm sleeping in, answer phone, no comitments, relaxing, reading, paperwork, bills, eating(papaya, omlete, coffee, H20), computer access SB site & blog, vacuuming, stretching, going outside fresh air, cold (38F), later bicycle to POBox into town, phone Mom & friends, day is still young anything is possible.....

What are you doing Richard, curious that I am, but don't call me George...
Hope you're having a good day and same to the Bloggers...
HUGS, Erika

Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:18:01 PM  
Erika in LA (Lake Arrowhead) said...

Hey, where's the spell check???
No points of 4 grammar, puntuashun, ore spelin!

Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:25:00 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear Richard!
Wondering how you are and what the next step will be. How was your meeting with the Dr. yesterday?
Thinking of you
Much Luv
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. the 'Healer' dwells within

Saturday, January 21, 2006 1:55:10 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi All, I do appreciate your interest. I met with my 4th different urologist yesterday. I have also met with my regular doctor, and the results were all the same. Given my situation,surgery gives me the best chance. So surgery it is but I must wait 6 weeks from the time of the biopsy, which places the operation time around the third week of February. The debate now is which doctor and which kind of surgery. On the plus side, the weather is beautiful here in Manhattan Beach and I just played 2 hours of volleyball. Thanks again for all of your concern. Very best wishes, Richard Roe

Saturday, January 21, 2006 2:05:44 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

MARY/MARY: had a little lamb....;)
Wishing MerryMary a speedy recovery, prayers and thoughts to you two/too :)
Senior Bachelorette:)

Saturday, January 21, 2006 3:09:33 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear Richard!
Thanks for the update! How nice to be on the beach playing volleyball with your Sons again and basking in the warm California sunshine:)
It must have been a joy to see your Grandkids too, they change on a daily basis when so young!
11 weeks to go before my Stuart arrives home from Uganda, been a long six months. He was away in India for over 3 months approx. 3 years ago, Student Exchange program, a 'feather in his cap' for sure!
Thinking of you
carpe diem
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. hello Joe :)

Saturday, January 21, 2006 5:24:58 PM  
wanderlust said...

Hello Richard,
You sure got the VIP treatment.
On 1/13/06 body scan, and within 3 days you got to see 4 Urologists plus your "regular" doctor.
Want to reveal the name of your insurance, please?
Us mere mortals could use care like that, all that waiting is soo nerve racking!

Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:28:46 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR's in the 'Stars'
January 22, 2006

You may have a strong desire to have your material or romantic needs met today. If your needs are satisfied, you may realize at some point that you are distracting yourself from any goals you may have set. If you can get a handle on your powerful emotions, however, you could channel all your passion toward what you want to accomplish-both in work and in love. After all, love and success do not have to be mutually exclusive in life. Balance and focus may be the key elements you need today to channel your energy into the proper directions and in the right increments. Your passions can serve your purpose today.

Channeling our passions toward what we desire can make it easier to create what we want in our lives. Our passions tend to be fueled by strong emotions or desires that can serve as the extra fuel we need to inspire and propel us forward. When we take that energy and harness it in the direction of our goals, manifestation becomes more effortless because we are riding on the momentum of our passions rather than letting our desires override us. Channel your passions toward your goals today, and you will find that you have the desire and focus to make them happen.


Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:59:25 AM  
Mary R 119 said...

Dear SB Bloggers, Friends,

Just took a moment to catch up and Thanks again, Ella; Focusing with Passion seems to be a major KEY.

And Friends help us do that.

Hugs and Love
Mary R

Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:38:26 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Beautiful 'pearls of wisdom'
Do You do Personal Astrological Charts? I had mine done a few years ago by the Kabbalistic Astrologer who goes back into the very recent Past Life and assists in showing what is important and relevant to work on in this Lifetime so that I do not repeat the patterns that will hold me back, but rather push me forward! She touched on certain aspects of my Past Lives that have manifested in this one, and boy oh boy it is as clear as crystal.....I have a lot of work t'do but having FUN whilst 'correcting' it ;) I had to laugh as she was 'right on the button'...LOL!
In Love and Light
Senior Bachelorette:)
p.s. I am fascinated by THE STARS as the Astrological Chart is our BLUEPRINT/MAP. Shirley Maclaine's Site talks about this too, fascinating!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2006 11:12:44 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ooops...astrological chart????....astrology chart:)

Sunday, January 22, 2006 11:45:25 AM  
Umberto said...

Dear friends,

First of all please excuse me for not having written right away, but as I got home (after 27 hours), after seeing all my friends and “fans” (just kidding), spending a few moments with my family (Federica, Franco and my tiny little Scottish terrier GINA), I had to face major internet problems that kept me away from all of you… but here I am now!
First of all, Richard: thank you for such a wonderful experience, thank you for the time spent with you, your family and friends, thank you for your wonderful thoughts and words… what a friend! I could not be any luckier.

To Vicki and Gael… wonderful travel companions and friends!!! Thanks for surviving my endless teasing!

To Joe and Nancy, to Jimmy and “Blondie”… what can I say other than “FAMIGLIA”?

And to you, bachelorettes and SB followers… all the love you gave me would be enough to fill the world. You are all too kind. Your comments about my work, the attention you gave to this wonderful project / mission… THANK YOU ALL!!!!

It has been an honour to shoot for you.


P.S. I will soon post some photos of Italy… just give me a few days to “acclimatize”!

Monday, January 23, 2006 3:57:59 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

RR’s in the ‘STARS’…
January 23, 2006

Seizing Second Chances…

You might consider resubmitting any ideas you may have had recently that are related to your work, as the results today may be more favorable than they were the last time. If you have been asked to speak with someone a second time, or have been called back to pick up where you left off in an interview situation, returning to do this may provide you with a boost of self-confidence.

Your self-assurance should lead to talks going more smoothly. You may also find that your demeanor today is more pleasant and self-assured as you engage with other individuals in your work arena. Any pleasantries or greetings you offer people should elicit positive responses.

Seizing second chances increases the odds of getting what we wish and seeing our desired results come to fruition. Our first attempt at any given effort need not be our last and, in hindsight, can be viewed as practice for any subsequent attempts we make.

Repeated efforts to put ourselves and our ideas out into the universe show that we are committed to our goals and illustrate that we believe in the contributions we can make, given the opportunity. Our commitment and confidence invites others to believe in us and motivates them to give us and our ideas a chance. Claim your seat once more at any table today, and you should get the results you have been hoping for.


Monday, January 23, 2006 8:00:21 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Thank you for the well wishes. I am just now checking in so feel so good that you care. My sister is still here and I can't drive for 4 weeks so guess I'll just eat and sleep. Richard, I am happy to hear your news too and feel we'll both be bouncing back and dancing on the ship. Take care all and lots of love, MM

Monday, January 23, 2006 9:17:36 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Umberto, So glad you had a safe trip home, I am sure you were very happy to see all of your family and friends. We will miss you and hope you keep in touch with your photo's of Italy. It would be wonderful to see and hear more about your country.

Monday, January 23, 2006 12:36:49 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Just a quick note to say Hello! Been very busy with kid's sports and work. Richard is back in full swing and seems to be energized by focusing on promoting Romance and Adventure mission. We should have some fun things cooking in a few weeks for everyone so stay tuned!

Merry Mary, glad your surgery went well. Hugs from California!

Umberto- so glad you made it home safely! I am so grateful you decided to stay with my family while you were in Manhattan Beach. You made such a terrific impression on my kids and now they can hardly wait to visit you in Italy at Christmas. You really helped to open their eyes to the world! We are keeping your beloved surf board safe and hope to get it to you soon.

Got to run. Hugs all around!


Monday, January 23, 2006 2:33:38 PM  

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