Monday, February 27, 2006

Hello from Richard Roe

Hi, I just finished the Newsletter and hope you will read it tomorrow, and please forward on to any interested parties. This Newsletter will contain a summary of Brazil and Chile and information from my doctor I just received. Surprisingly, I did not receive any stories similar to Angies last week about New Orleans, thus there will not be In Your Own Words this week. I hope all of you are well. Richard


REDTBIRD said...

Hi RR, good to hear from you. how are you doing?

Monday, February 27, 2006 6:32:46 PM  
REDTBIRD said...


Monday, February 27, 2006 6:35:58 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello RICHARD, Sounds like all is O.K. and you are doing well! So happy for you! MERRY MARY, my sides are splitting from your joke re: Ray Nagin and Roe v. Wade. That is so funny. I can't believe Richard is barely out of the hospital and he is working on his newsletter and writing on the blog. Richard, you need to take it easy. "All the Best"
Lady Jayne

Monday, February 27, 2006 6:48:10 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

RR Janegirl is right and don't over do it. We don't want you back in the hospital.

Monday, February 27, 2006 6:53:35 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RR!
Get ready to rumble! Hoping the newzletter tomorow brings good tidings re. your medical report
Thinking of you
carpe diem
Senior Bachelorette:)

Monday, February 27, 2006 8:49:00 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Good night RR and all you chicks out there...Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. If any of you saw King of Queens you'll be looking in your bed to make sure there aren't any. That show tickles me to death.It's after 11 in Ok. so I need to go get my beauty sleep and dream of far away places with a strange sound in name that are calling, calling me.

Monday, February 27, 2006 9:04:18 PM  
Mary R 119 said...

Dear Richard and Friends,

Glad that milestone is behind you, Richard. Did you meet any memorable characters or people sicker then you in the hospital?

It will be good to hear about your recent travels, time with the finalists, wonderous things and people you observed, and what you may or may not want to do again.

Cheers and thumbs up,
Mary Rose

Monday, February 27, 2006 11:00:05 PM  
pukkadink said...

Hi richard and everyone just dropped in to add my voice to the all the other well wishers. It's all been part of a special journey and you probably have helped others along the way without knowing it. Hope you are feeling well this morning and following the doctors advice. Everyday is one day closer to being well and back on your travels.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 1:52:15 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi everyone, I woke up at 4:00 am CST from dreaming about the Mardi Gras. HAPPY MARDI GRAS to all. "Oh! When the Saints Go Marching In." Anderson Cooper (CNN) is having a show on today and tonight on the Mardi Gras. I am happy to see some celebrating down there so folks can get their minds on a little fun before going back to the doom and gloom of reality. "Basin Street, Basin Street" Come on down to Basin Street where all the happy people meet and sing the Basin Street Blues. ANGIE FROM NOLA. Hope your taking some time to celebrate down in New Orleanssssssssssssssssssss. Angie, you can go to St. Louis Bacilica, light a candle for Richard and say a little prayer for all the bloggers. I think I will go back to sleep and dream again of the MARDI GRAS and pretend I am strutting down Canal Street leading the parade.
Have a great day everyone. Lady Jayne

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:39:41 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Hey Ladie Jane Girls will be girls....Keep your shirt down as you march past "The House Of The Rising Sun"....Man, I wish we were there.....I hasve never been to MadiGras but I'll dream with you...Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler....:)MM

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:10:51 AM  
Merry Mary said...

A LauAfter the last child was born, she told me we had to
> back on expenses - I had to give up drinking beer.
> I was not a big drinker, maybe a 12-pack on
> Anyway, I gave it up but I noticed the other day
when she
> came home from grocery shopping, the receipt
> $45 for makeup.
> I said, "Wait a minute I've given up beer and you
> given up anything!"
> She said, "I buy that makeup for you, so I can look
pretty for
> I told her, "Hell, that's what the beer was for!"
> I don't think she'll be back.

gh for all of you gals...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:38:15 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Woops.....Suppose to say ...A laugh for all you gals. I don't know how it cut in the middle and finished at the end...Oh well...It's cute. MM

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:40:42 AM  
wanderlust said...

Well Richard,
Where do we go from here?
While awaiting and now recovering from the Postate surgery, ideas how to continue, or change, or renew, or abandon the original theme of your venture here must have crossed your mind. Will you try to find your life travel partner from this? Your loyal ladies here are wondering what you have in mind.

Your blog has become a conversation forum for sharing news, private experiences and opinions. The cruises are for furthering friendships. But what about the original purpose to find you a "mate", and further Romance for the "Seasoned"?????

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:49:28 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Again my prayers and thoughts go out to The Ayers Family on this funeral day, a sad time indeed!
G-D Bless You All and may Dylan's beautiful Spirit guide and watch over you
In Love and Light

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 12:47:13 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hey Richard and blogger friends, I decided to do some research on the question as to how such an unqualified person like Mike Brown got into such a position that required much more knowledge and skill. I wondered if he was the only one or if America was at the mercy of more situations like this. I found an article in the October 3, 2005 issue of TIME magazine that answered my questions and horrified me at the same time. The article was entitled "How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There?" I would like to give a brief summary of the article in hopes it will bring awareness to more people as to what is really going on in the U.S. government. I Hope to get your comments on this summary.
What makes up the federal bureaucracy? I ask this question because it seems to be at the bottom of the debacle in the Katrina issues. "In Presidential politics, the victor always gets the spoils, and chief among them is the vast warren of offices that make up the Federal bureaucracy. Historically, the U.S. public has never paid much attention to the people the Presedent chooses to sit behind those thousands of desks. Cronyism, the practice of favoring ones close friends, has been the system of choice for many presidents: John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush who deposited so many friends at Commerce Department that the Agency was known as "Bush Gardens". There are more than 3,000 positions a President can fill without consideration for civil services rules. This article states that Bush has gone further than most presidents to put political stalwarts in some of the most important government jobs you've never heard of, and given them genuine power over the bureaucracy. "Their purpose is to promote the President's political agenda"says Paul Light a professor of public services at New York University and expert on the machinery of government.
A'TIME inquiry finds that at top positions in some vital government agencies, the Bush administration is putting connections before experiences. This article is not just about the Mike Brown Debacle but it raises serious questions about the other agencies that the country relies on to keep us safe, healthy and secure. "Internal e-mail messages obtained by the TIME show that scientists' drug safety decisions at the FDA are being second guessed by a 33-year old doctor turned stock picker. At the Department of Homeland Security a white house aide with minimal expericnce was being poised to take over the single most crucial post in ensuring that terrorists do not enter the country again.
My question, like so many, is who is acting as watchdog at every federal agency? The article reminds us that "The Post-Watergate Law creating the positions of inspectors general states that the federal watchdogs must be hired"without regard to polotical affiliation" on the basis of their ability in such disciplines as accounting, auditing and investigating. We the American People should keep close watch on these 57 inspectors general to make sure our interests are being considered. We think the President is doing that but the proof is in the pudding. What do you think? M.M.Corbett

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:40:20 PM  
willemina said...

I just read your latest are one funny guy even after all that you've been through. I think we all have had the pleasure of wearing one of those chic hospital gowns. Being in a hospital is a very humbling experience.
"There's no place like home" as Dorothy would say.

Also so glad to hear that the doctor found no evidence that the cancer had spread...good news and a relief I'm sure. I always knew that your prognosis would be good :) You made the right decision to have this operation. It's over and you're going to be just fine. (I think God had something to do with it)

My thoughts and prayers have been with the Ayres family since I first heard of the accident. Today must be especially hard for them and I know that God is beside them to give them comfort.

Santa Cruz is 140 miles north of Paso Robles. I would love to drive up and meet with you and Linda maybe March 11th...I'll have to check with Linda first to see what her plans are.

2 more sleeps and I get to meet Ada, Doris, Lois and maybe Linda (Santa Cruz) in LA/MB area... We're planning to visit the Getty Center on Saturday (Mar. 4th) if anyone is in the area and would like to join us?

Mary Corbett
Very interesting and such a shame! Only in America can something like this happen...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:26:35 PM  
KarenJW said...

Hello Everyone!

Richard, You are a funny guy; but men don't really appreciate what women have to go through gynecologically, until they're on the receiving end. So all I can say is....

The image of a #4 up the #1.....

But the number 4 doesn't then get cranked open for better access!

Have a great evening everyone!


Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:33:28 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Mary Corbett, What an interesting blog you have written. As I recall the storm, Katrina was veering to the north east and never expected to hit NOLA, which it did not. NOLA never did receive a direct hit. The winds and the surge from the winds caused the levies to breach. This storm was created by mother nature not politicians. It is the response of the politicians to the needs of the people that is so dispicable. I think Michael Brown was made the patsy and Chertoff got off the hook. I don't ever remember JFK or Bill Clinton using patsys to cover their butts. I talked to my long time friends from Houma, La. last night and my friend told me that the levies broke in NOLA way back in early 1900. That is the only time the levies have ever breached that we can remember. This was a freak storm and mother nature's rath. What we do now is help the displaced and get the levy problem finally corrected.
The Corps of Engineers is a government entity and they are responsible for the maintenance and safety of the levies. I guess everyone, not just the people from Louisiana never expected what we all called the "Big One" to ever hit and it did not. The surge always wins. I must add just one more remark. The surge is much brighter than this dumb head administration. So, we must elect honestly the leaders we need to govern our country. I only wish we had two men the likes of John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in office again. The three of them were quite brilliant and history is proving just that fact. I enjoyed reading your message and it is my pleasure to have sent you my two cents. "All the Best," Mary._____
Lady Jayne

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:08:15 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard Finally home from marking French projects, but have a briefcase full of Grade 5 French booklets on the topic of the forest.

Anyhoooo, just read your latest newsletter and I have to agree with everyone else's opinion that you are HILARIOUS in your depiction of the #4 in the #1. Maybe now you can appreciate, as Karen says, the indignities we women go through gynaecologically, especially when having a baby. Imagine the #1 expanding to a #10!!! (well, not really the #1, but you know what I mean LOL)
Anyway, consider it all behind you now (um, well, it's still in front but...)so get plenty of rest and drink LOTS of fluids.

I'm now going to get some dinner and then continuing frying my brain on French booklets. Later, 'gators.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:18:54 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard!
You have a way with words...PRICELESS is all I can say and absolutely hilarious...BRAVO for your incredible sense of it!!!!
My face has a permanent smile :) thinking of all the nurses 'doctoring' you dressed in that sexy looking hospital gown lol...that refuses to stay closed,I am only too familiar with that 'designer' hospital attire!
It was not too long ago that I too had the pleasure of wearing it and never once felt warm and comfortable, a constant flow of air seemed to fan its way to the
Lets just say you have truly had a humbling experience to last you a lifetime!
Hooray for a good prognosis...knew you slayed the dragon, with your warrior Spirit, nothing less!
Now, your healing process is in gear, and you will heal quickly!
Senior Bachelorette:)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:08:28 PM  
angiefrom neworleans former italianmistletoepopcor said...

Hello Richard and All,

I am so happy to hear the good news that the surgery went well and all things look good, what a relief, I have been on pins and needles. We have all been praying for you and knew your strength.

Richard, you are hysterical! I just read the newsletter about your, shall we say, gown experiences! If anyone has seen the movie "Something's Gotta Give" you will remember Jack Nicholson, this created a great visual for me! Humbling, oh yes, a few years ago I had a colonoscppy done. As the Doctor was wheeling me in to the room to begin the procedure, I was asked if it would be ok to have some medical students come in to learn and view. Stunned and somewhat sedated, I said sure, bring 'em in. I greeted them by saying hi and hope you enjoy the HBO special today. Yes, it is open season for public viewing in hospitals!

Today was Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. The weather was beautiful and people were in great spirits showing the perseverance of this city to stay alive. Of course there were many Katrina inspired costumes. My youngest daughter who came down to NO from DC with her fiancé, wore a tee shirt that said "I'm running for mayor of New Orleans" like fifteen others in city! Shortly after noon there was a moment of silence in remembrance of what the city had gone through with Katrina and many church bells sounded out simultaneously. Barefoot Zulu warriors came to town from South Africa and marched in the Zulu parade. New York city had the Empire State building lit up in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Many friends visited including a long time policemen friend who during the time of the hurricane turned his house into a police station housing over 20 policemen. He was on CNN several times and interviewed by Dr.Phil and the Oprah staff. All in all it was a good day and a temporary time to suspend worry and enjoy friends and tradition. There is talk about what will happen during this hurricane season with people in trailers, so that guard is not down by any means.

Mary, your Roe vs Wade joke was funny.

m.m. corbett, thank you for the research.

janiegirl you are so attuned to happenings, it's a compliment to us.

Richard, gotta love you, I am sure you left an impression on the hospital staff. Again, so pleased with your news.

Take care all,


Tuesday, February 28, 2006 8:42:40 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

Glad to see you still have your sense of humor. We are all a bit of relieved.
Huggs, Nancy

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:27:39 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Angie from NOLA, So good to hear the Mardi Gras was a great diversion for all the good folks from NOLA, Gulfport, Bay St. Louie, Biloxi,etc. You all deserve a break. Angie, I am only knowledgeable because I was raised in the NOLA area and lived there for so long. My sister, Pat, is the expert and the brain in the family. She used to be head of the Louisiana Folklore Society and wrote her master's thesis "Storm Lore" on two hurricanes from 1893 and 1905 that hit the coastal areas of Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes. Pat is a professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux. My friend from Houma informed me that her brother told a tale of the levies breaching over a hundred years ago. That is a pretty good record, two breaches in over 100 years. My friend also said that boats were hitting the levies and that was part of the reason for the breakage. Can't blame "W" or the Corps of Engineers for that. I would if I could get away with it. Another topic we should all be considering is this possible pandemic (epidemic) from the bird flu. It is just a matter of time. I think Drangonlyfilly touched on it in an earlier blog. A pandemic of this nature could be catastrophic. From what I have heard, it is just a matter of time. I wish I knew more about how to protect all of us, but I am just not very well informed about such things. I have only had a touch of the flu, just once in my life. Dragonflyphilly or our other Canadian friends may know more than myself. Please let us know!! You know there is never an ill wind that blows that some good does not come from it and possibly Richard's plight and cancellation of his adventures spared him and the fabulous finalists from a bout with the bird flu. Every day, there are new outbreaks over seas.
Thanks---Lady Jayne

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 10:15:32 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Merry Mary, I did not win the 256 million $ mega lotto. So we will have to change the course of history some other day. HA-HA
I wouldn't mind being rich then, I could back up some of my opinions with a few bucks. Like putting my money where my mouth is. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA Mary, I have sent your Ray Nagin, Roe v. Wade joke to a couple of friends and sent the Redneck surviving a flood email to several. I am still laughing.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 10:28:47 AM  

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