Monday, March 20, 2006

Some Ramblings

Time for a new post!! I am working on this week's Newsletter (which will come out Tuesday or Wednesday) and you will see a new format. I would appreciate your comments.

Re the marginalization issues I have raised, I feel this will take way too much of my time and expenses to continue to actively work on. Should I ever appear on a national television show, or People magazine again, or other media, I will espouse my feelings. But for here, this Newsletter and blog, I just do not sense the interest.

Speaking of the media, for all intents and purposes, no one appears interested in the Senior Bachelor endeavor anymore. Whether this had to do with my illness and the breaking up of the Journey, I don't know. I do know there is zero interest at this point. Not that that is vital, but it would provide some encouragement. It really is a shame because so much incredible footage was shot by Umberto with a high-definition camera of the events in Manhattan Beach, Chicago, and the Finalists week, and of course Brazil and Argentina with Vicki and Chile with Gael. Oh well, their loss.

I am feeling a little better every day and hope I am on the right track. Best wishes to all, Richard Roe


Debbie said...

Richard....hmmmm....Sounds to me like lunchbag let-down...

You of all people should know that the media are very attuned to the "latest" - well you have had a great "longevity" others would not have received...So that alone is success.

However, unless you want them in your room during your OP's then - well it would be a documentary - of which you do have a lot of footage. BUT - to follow your journey - is asking a lot.

You have and are doing a LOT!!! But newsworthy...not my decision. Exciting, probably. Expensive to follow - MOST definitely.

There is just too much going on in the world these days, and we are just a small part of it.

So just be proud of the fact of what you are attempting to do. The rest will follow - ONCE you have found your mate!!! (Because that was the original goal - was it not???)...

Don't forget the ORIGINAL GOAL!!!

And don't talk to me about "lessons" PLEASE....

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:02:47 AM  
Debbie said...

PS: Did you see the Levine Breaking News yesterday - had a pic of Princess Grace with Cassini...(my pic on same newsletter under Cameron Diaz)...

WE forwarded a copy to your email.


oooooo (TO ALL ON THE BLOG)....

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:09:04 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Richard, I just know in my heart that this is not the end of the jurney you began with the senior bachelor events. It is just a minor setback. The Champion in you will rise up and discover a new way to accomplish new goals. I for one will be right there to do my best to support. I'm sure these ladies will second that motions a thousand times. For now can we just think about the fun that will be had on the Alaska trip and make sure we fill our days with laughter and love. M.M.Corbett

Monday, March 20, 2006 10:32:33 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear Richard!
Quite a sharp bend in the road of The Senior Bachelor Journey!!!! Interesting, as last night I wrote down a few lines when reflecting on my life as it is right now:
I am standing at the 'crossroads' of my life at present. One road leads to the Right, the other to the Left, in the centre sits a Wise Sage, He tells me that both choices are good, I am only to choose one road, which one shall it be???? Now What????? :) Life consists of choices.
Richard count me in on remaining a bloggette and contributing as much as I can to the best of my ability!
Your change in direction due to unforseen circumstances has not in any way affected my wanting to keep in touch via the blog etc.
From my perspective all the more since the change in your travel plans have I wanted to stay connected. You are a 'trailblazer' and put Senior Bachelor/Bachelorette 'on the map'
You need the POSITIVE input and support from us who blog here, especially at this time it is imperative for you to surround yourself with POSITIVE thinking folk, in fact it is a necessary ingredient for all of us to surround ourselves with POSITIVE thinking individuals!
Your search and all the work you put into this time consuming QUEST for your SOULMATE is not in vain!

your humble servant
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Monday, March 20, 2006 12:37:18 PM  
wanderlust said...

Would you please answer megs' question in regard to this summer's Alaska cruises: "..ratio of how many men to women..."?

Monday, March 20, 2006 12:39:41 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Not sure what "Wanderlust" meant about a great disappointment. Perhaps send me an e-mail at .

Re the cruises, the number of women outnumber men by a wide margin. I am reluctant to give out numbers right now as Joe and I are working with PerfectMatch to see if we can come up with a program to reach their more than 500,000 men 45 and over. However it is safe to say our group will have more women then men.

Bear in mind that these ships each hold more than 1,500 passengers and probably our group will be about 100 per cruise, so there are bound to be some single men among the other 1,500 passengers.

While it would be nice to have a 50-50 ratio, on cruises that simply does not happen, as women in general are much more inclined to take cruises. I LOVE cruises, and I cannot tell you why many men shy away from them.

Anybody who attended the events in Manhattan Beach or Chicago will tell you even though Joe, and Umberto and myself were the only guys there, we still had a blast. And the number of women who have made lifelong new friends is absolutely fantastic, and will really happen again on these cruises.

Spectacular scenery, wonderful people, lots of laughs, are the things I can promise you will occur on these cruises. Guys??? Who knows!!!!! Your faithful servant, Richard Roe

Monday, March 20, 2006 12:54:03 PM  
leslie said...

Well, I for one, think the cruise is going to be fantabulous - even if there are NO men! We women will just get up and boogie on down anyway. LOL I'm not going with the #1 priority being to meet a MAN, but to enjoy the scenery and camaraderie/fun on board. You meet so many people on a cruise from so many different walks of life - we do not have to limit ourselves to just the Senior Bachelor group. But, I must say I'm looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with a lot of the women from the blogs, from MB, and those from Chicago whom I've not yet met.

Anyone up for a joke or 2 or 3, pop over for a read on my site. Sometimes we just need to have a laugh and forget the seriousness of life.


Monday, March 20, 2006 3:40:13 PM  
neva said...

I booked the Alaska cruise because I want to see/Experience Alaska. I don't need a man or men to do that (at least not at this point).

In about 3 hours I begin the 12-day cruise from Sydney to Melbourne, to Hobart, Tasmania around the south and north islands of New Zealand, Auckland and back to Sydney.

Yes, I am packed and ready go. No I didn't pack a man nor do I find it necessary to meet one. I am doing what I love. If love finds me, I am ok with that. If not, I am ok with that too.

Stay tuned!

Monday, March 20, 2006 3:49:59 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Dear Leslie and Neva,

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Richard

Monday, March 20, 2006 3:57:06 PM  
formerqueensgal said...

RICHARD, Glad to hear you are feeling a little better each day.

I went on an Alaskan cruise two years ago, and it was fabulous! The scenery was absolutely beautiful! I went with a mixed group of friends, and roomed with a girlfriend of mine. We had a great time, even though we did not have male companions, although I will say, I did wish my late husband could have been with me.

However, there are so many things to do on the ship, and you meet so many different people, it's hard not to have a "GREAT" time.

Everyone on this blog seems to have a GREAT attitude, and likes to have a good time, so I am sure all those who are going, will have a wonderful time.

Here's to many better days ahead, Richard!


Monday, March 20, 2006 5:20:02 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Dear formerqueensgal, As you know I was born in Queens almost exactly 65 years ago!!! I start Medicare in 2 weeks. OMG, I'm old!!

I have heard from so many people that Alaska is one of the best trips of their lives. Holland America's cruise ships are like floating 5-star hotels!! I can't wait. Thanks for your thoughts. Richard Roe

Monday, March 20, 2006 6:17:10 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning RR...'Rambling Richard ;)
A suggestion....don't lose sight of the original goal/mission and that is to find your Soulmate. There are those who do not have the DESIRE to find theirs, that is fine, different strokes for different folks. Your opening picture on the website is ROMANCE ADVENTURE AND RECOGNITION. I clearly remember how you expressed your desire to meet your SOULMATE.
Your 'awakening' in Tuscany Italy seems to have been the catalyst for this ROMANCE ADVENTURE AND RECOGNITION sojourn in the first place, another suggestion, remember INTENT! Whether we all admit it or not LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND and from my perspective your journey is one based on ROMANCE as the foundation! I enjoy the company of Men and Women,(I am VERY particular and selective with whom I choose to spend my quality time be it Female or Male) I would rather be alone than to have company for the sake of it! I enjoy good interesting, thought provoking conversation and of course HUMOUR is the key, I so enjoy laughing, 'good medicine' :) I don't waste my precious time and energy on 'small talk', for the birds! I am happy in my skin !
Wishing you a sun and FUN-filled day:) and that you meet your SOULMATE! I find the journey of the SOULMATE the most exciting of all journeys, we know the end result, it is the journey to the 'destination' that is amazing!!
Don't lose your focus!

MERRYMARY: wishing you a speedy recovery and that you'll be 'on your feet' again in no time ;)

'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:20:59 AM  
Merry Mary said...

HI Val...I too agree with your last comments. The whole purpose in my opinion when I started watching last April was for Richard to find the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. My feelings I got was it was to be someone who loved to travel and was lots of fun. When the number changed from one to six it started getting more commercialized and away from the main intent. If it had stayed as he stated in the beginning I think Oprah would have carried through on backing the journey and no telling what she would have done for the wedding and honeymoon. When it became 6 different women that seemed to spoil the effects of finding the perfect ONE. If the perfect one would have been Vicki she still would have had to gone thru waiting for 5 more women to be out with her soulmate and that would not have been a fun situation. I have made so many bo bos on picking my own men that I'm just going to be happy like I am and if the right one comes along then...Oh Happy Day but if not I'm just out to enjoy life and try to do some good deeds for others along the way. Take care and have a bright sunshiny day. Much Love,MM

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:00:01 AM  
KarenJW said...

Hello Richard and the ladies of the Blog!
I've got a question or two that I'm curious about.

I know you have a birthday coming, what day is it specifically? Also, you say you were born in Queens, which made me wonder which hospital you were born in? I was born in Manhattan in the 'new' Metropolitan Hospital, the same year they moved it from the middle of the East River (1955). But we moved to Jamaica, Queens in 1963 when I was eight. I graduated from Francis Lewis High, which was in Flushing.
How long did you live in NYC?

I figure others will be curious also!

Happy Spring Everyone!


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:06:13 PM  
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 1:36:58 PM  
KarenJW said...

Hello JosieM,

I wanted to say that I don't understand what it is about men that they are afraid of a little conversation with grown women. These men you speak of, doctors no less, don't have anything they can offer to a conversation that is interesting or enlightening to share? If they don't have anything to say, even in this anonymous forum, who needs them? It would make me wonder if they were able to communicate inside a relationship.

I don't really spend much time trying to figure out men anymore. It will drive you crazy if you let it! I just know who I am, and what I have to offer to a man; someday maybe I'll find someone compatible to me, maybe not. But men who are intimidated by a strong woman are not on my radar screen. I need a man to be as strong, and enjoy the strength I possess as a person.
Timid Toms need not apply! LOL:):):)


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:23:57 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi josiem, Thanks for the encouragement. As I have said before, I don't know what guys problems are re cruises, but most of them find a million excuses not to go. Joe and I continue to work hard, with some results, but we can always use some help.

As I have said before, these cruises will be fabulous with or without a lot of men. Sure it would be nice to have more dance partners, but we are going to have so much fun regardless. I hope your comment spurs on some women to get male friends to come on board. Richard Roe

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:27:32 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard, maybe the single men in our age bracket think that all the people that go on cruises are white- and blue-haired widows with walkers. How wrong they are! And would find out if only...Where can we advertise besides here? Where could you put out one of the photos of all the women from MB and/or Chicago? Your local rag as a follow-up story?

Hi Merry Mary - glad to hear you're recuperating. Gotta get those feet healed up, girl, so you can get into those dancing shoes. Although barefoot would be fine as long as you stay away from other people's feet LOL.

Well, even though I'm on Spring Break, I put in 5 1/2 hours of work today. And will have to go in one other day at least. Is it any wonder I'm looking forward to retirement! At the VERY most it'll only be 1 more year, this year if I'm not happy about the class assignments. Have to wait 'til June to decide.

Off to watch American Idol.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:56:54 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

The Rockies may crumble
Gibralter may tumble
Our Love is here to stay
Frank Sinatra

On that note I say:
Top O' the morning to ALL
Wishing you a Sun and FUN-filled day

'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:39:54 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ooops...Correction ;)

The Rockies may crumble
Gibralter may tumble
They're only made of clay
But, our LOVE is here to stay

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 5:46:19 AM  
JanieGirl said...

DREAMWEAVER18-VAL, Everytime I read one of your blog messages lately, I feel the urge to sing. If one is singing, I guess they are happy!! Let's get an act together, you can sing and I will dance. Look Out Broadway, Here we come! MERRY MARY, good to see you back on the blog. Hope all is well. I have been thinking of you. Have a great "SINGING" DAY everyone.
Lady Jayne

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 7:29:56 AM  
Sybil said...

hello Richard,I am happy to hear you are healing,please trust that you ARE on the RIGHT track- it will help you heal quicker.
It has been a while since I checked this site,& Blog,& I'm a little confused about what you think the Adventure has been-it has been about YOU! about YOU finding the right person(or at least that is what my perspective has been)-the Alaska trip,although I am sure would be wonderful,I do not feel it will be a "singles-event"-people will be coming to meet YOU..which would be a nice experience,however after being one of the women that got our letters,it is time for me to move on,and although curiousity get the better part of me;1.I wanted to see how you see if the trips with the other women have started see if there was one of the woman you actually picked,to continue to have a relationship with.The other "stuff",the things you threw in to change the original goal,is because I think you are afraid to finally have a one-on -one realtionship with 1 woman,and the being on Oprah,& even the cruise,is a side event that takes your energy away from the original goal,which was-HELLO-ABOUT YOU FINDING YOUR SPECIAL WOMAN!
Heal,Laugh,and set your sites on finding that woman-if anything this medical crisis might have taught you is life is too short.
Take Care&Enjoy,Sybil

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:42:35 AM  
soft_rain said...

Hi Richard,

Hope you are feeling well, heres a joke, hope you enjot it .

Dearest Redneck Son,

I'm writing this slow because I know you can't read fast. We
don't live
where we did when you left home. Your dad read in the newspaper
most accidents happen within 20 miles of your home, so we
moved. I won't
be able to send you the address because the last West Virginia
that lived here took the house numbers when they moved so they
have to
Change their address.

This place is really nice. It even has a washing machine. I'm
not sure
about it. I put a load of clothes in and pulled the chain. We
seen them since.

The weather isn't bad here. It only rained twice last
Week; the first time for three days and the second time for
four days.

About that coat you wanted me to send; your Uncle Billy Bob
said it
Would be too heavy to send in the mail with the buttons on, so
we cut
them off and put them in the pockets.

Bubba locked his keys in the car yesterday. We were really
because it took him two hours to get me and your father out.

Your sister had a baby this morning, but I haven't found out
what it is
yet so I don't know if you are an aunt or uncle. The baby looks
like your brother.

Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men
tried to
pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him
cremated, he
burned for three days.

Three of your friends went off a bridge in a pickup truck.
Butch was
driving. He rolled down the window and swam to safety. Your
other two
friends were in the back. They drowned because they couldn't
get the
tailgate down!

There isn't much
More news at this time. Nothing much out of the normal has

Your Favorite Aunt,

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:59:50 PM  
Debbie said...


Perhaps it's the wine...perhaps it's the REAL life experiences that this inspires this from!!!!

WEll I must say - I'm still laughing my **S OFF!!!

I thought that I'd heard them all...

I was all prepared to give Richard a "fifty lashes" in agreement with Sybil and what the original intent was/is...and the fact that YES - from picking one - to partying with 6 - well - Okay - I for one - would not have gone for FINALLY find someone you think is special and then - well - there is 5 others in competition...

Nevermind - life is too short - it is what it is - and just remember - we're not related to Billy Bob, Bubba, Bob Ray, Butch or Aunty (OR R WE???)...


Wednesday, March 22, 2006 6:20:02 PM  
Megs said...

Debbie and Sybil...I do like the line of "lunchbag let down." (I will be using that sometime in the future!) You iterate my understanding of this whole Senior Bachelor thing. There is one Senior Bachelor and one thousand women in line! One can't marry one thousand women?!
Richard, this was for you to find ONE special person to share your life. Instead, it became a circus of a thousand women, scaled down to twenty women, scaled down to six, with a troop of "high definition camera" people following your every move and conversation around the world. Not my method for finding the love of your life, but, "de gustibus non disputandem." One can't dispute someone's taste!
As for the doesn't seem to be a singles event, but I can guarantee, an utterly FANTASTIC experience! The side trips are phenomenal...salmon fishing - catch and release; helicoptering to the Mendenhall Glacier; glimpsing the Orcas and the Eagles that fill the skies as thick as seagulls! With luck, a plane ride will find you some grizzlies and brown bears. All these trips can be arranged on board, while the Naturalist speaks daily about the wonders of our surroundings. Truly, amazing! (You'd think I was on the Holland America payroll! NOT!!)
Do enjoy each other, be your beautiful, challenging selves and bathe in the magnificence of our country! ...and Richard,, keep turning the leaves of life over and find your love!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 7:20:30 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear Richard!
I think this topic covering your change of heart from the original idea to find ONE compatible travelling partner with the potential of it possibly developing into a friendship and romance, to a group of 6 women is still an absolute mystery to me! Why did you allow yourself to be influenced into that decision which in reality has taken you 'around the mulberry bush?' The women who complained and 'bitched' about your original idea of choosing ONE come from a selfish, self centred desire to do it their way, totally disregarding your feelings and heartfelt wishes.
The SOULMATE SEARCH is one thing but to have it turn into a 'three ringed circus act' is another! The world was watching when you first appeared on Oprah April 27th, 2005 and with bated breath most of us wished for you to choose that someONE! A WEEK per Finalist would have sufficed rather than the lengthy month, you can get a pretty good idea after one week, and who knows you probably would have THE ONE at your side by now to comfort you!
Please don't for one moment misunderstand what I am saying, I could see the BIG PICTURE unfold the moment you changed the dynamics of the original plan! You do what is best for you and go with your heart. Why don't you seriousely consider travelling with the remaining finalists for ONE WEEK instead of one whole month??
To be brutally honest, there was a moment when I seriousely considered sending in my video and liked the idea of 'exclusivity' pertaining to you choosing ONE but when it changed I said emphatically absolutely NO WAY am I comfortable entering into a 'competitive mode' when searching for my SOULMATE! I would not expect any MAN to put up with this 'waiting game'!!
Last night (Tuesday) on 'American Idol' Simon Cowell told one of the contestants(a favourite) that HE in his eyes stood out above the rest because he refused to COMPROMISE...Bravo to the contestant for NOT COMPROMISING!
RICHARD FOLLOW YOUR HEART and go straight for the mark, time is of the utmost essence! Get 'back on your original track'>>>>>>>>>>>>

luv from
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:24:37 PM  
wolf woman said...

Hello to all...from not so sunny Australia....I sat down to watch Oprah this afternoon and as usual it was old....actually ancient... the show where Richard first appeared and spoke about his quest to find the perfect travel companion...and hopefully the perfect life companion.

I must admit that I was curious to see the end result....and here I am reading this blog....a very unfortunate word!!....and adding my tuppence for good measure.

To Richard....what a wonderful journey....and if it hasnt been quite what you were hoping, it has been an adventure none the less.

Life is very rarely what we hope or expect it to be...perhaps not your dream fulfilled but so many positives....people met....people touched....people connecting and sharing...quite an achievement.

Best wishes for the next phase of your journey....whatever that may be....don't forget to sit back and enjoy the ride...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:24:51 PM  
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:25:14 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

Good morning to all, Richard I know you have worked so hard to keep this going. I'm sure you can't count the hours, money, etc. I feel that in all fairness to you it's time to end a lot of this. It's not that people are not interested any more they have all moved on to other things. The Blog has died but we do love the News Letter. I believe you need a new format maybe promote a new bachelor? I just think you need to make life easier on yourself. We all love you and want the best for you.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:15:14 AM  
Merry Mary said...

I personally do not care if there are any men except Richard, Joe ,and Umberto and my son, Sam. Just so I collect on my promised dances for finding the ducks....I'm still looking but haven't spotted them lately. We already booked the whale watching trip as Shawn said that one sells out fast. I counted over 30 stitches on my foot and it is really black and blue but it's got 5 months to be as pretty as Leslie's in her famous pedicure posing with our man. I just know we are going to have the time of our lives. This time I'm going to watch my camera better. I left it in a cab in Chicago. I had such great pictures of Richard and our gang on there. Oh well...I still have the one they took as we boarded The Odesy and I treasure it. We have snow here in Tulsa today. It is sooo beautiful. A song for O'Jane...Let It Snow ,Let It Snow, Let It Snow. Your Friend for always,MM

Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:54:49 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Mary, We almost had a few flakes where I live, but I am glad it did not snow. Give me balmy breezes, palm trees, beautiful water, maybe a sale boat and 72 to 75 degrees, then I am happy. What did I miss? Why is everyone suddenly attacking the course of the Senior Bachelor? It was his idea, his party, his money, and his decisions to make. Has he asked us to rehash his every decision
he made along the way? I really feel that this endeavor did spiral way beyond what RR, Joe and Umberto too, ever thought it would. It sort of took on a life of it's own, but why pick it apart now!!
I really feel that there is a special someone for each of us, unfortunately, I don't think we ever find them, and that is sad, but that is the way it is!!
I love men, but wonder how I would have handled 1,000 men all wanting to meet me. I would have found it extremely exhausting and stressful. I think they did a good job!! The journey was conducted honorably and in good faith. With circumstances beyond anyone's control stopping the final journey, I still think it was handled very well.
Just a few of my thoughts and sent in all good faith. Oh! If the media is no longer interested in the SB venture, that's O.K. Perhaps folks would rather see people like Simon Cowel and the other two cutting down performers with nasty remarks, stupid theatrics, etc., etc. Personally, I am sick of hearing idiots cut down people. So, there is a mentality that likes that kind of stuff, but it is not real, not for a minute. Lady Jayne

Thursday, March 23, 2006 8:33:56 AM  
JanieGirl said...

OOPS!! I meant to say "Sail" Boat. Lady Jayne

Thursday, March 23, 2006 8:40:04 AM  
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Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:50:44 AM  
CallmeLin said...

Guess Time will tell where we are all going, but for now perhaps a re-grouping would be the best for senior bachelor. It is never a bad idea to redefine the goals, mission statement or new plans to breathe life into a project.

Richards health is what is most important and what he is going thru right now has got to be wearing on his mood. So cheer up and know that Spring is just around the corner. New ideas and a breath of fresh air is all we need.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:02:18 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hey Richard, If you are going to be 65 in a few weeks, you should plan a birthday party and invite us all. I garentee you we could cheer you up and have some crazy fun doing it. I'm ready to escape the winter slump and kick up my heels dancing to the tune of some great 50's music and jazz. Let's just do it. M.M.Corbett

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:15:43 AM  
JanieGirl said...

I'm with Merry Mary Corbett, Let's go down to New Orleans and have a party and dance, and dance, and listen to some good music. "Let's Have a Party".
Good Idea Mary. Lady Jayne

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:31:11 AM  
leslie said...

A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR RICHARD! YES! I'm all for that! What do you think, Richard? I'm not sure of the exact date of your b'day coming up, but how about celebrating it over the Easter long weekend with those who could come. You'd get prezzies! :D And maybe YOU could get US a deal at the Ayres again. Come on, Richard, say yes.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 11:39:22 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to LOVE
And be LOVED in return
Nat King Cole

Sweet Dreams
'senior'ita bachelorette

Thursday, March 23, 2006 1:04:00 PM  
Debbie said...

Yes - well - as I started out saying to Richard - don't get so down about it (lack of "attention")... which ultimately became (and I'm part to blame)...GET RICHARD...

When that wasn't even the intent, but just how the blog drifted...

THEN some smart cookies (thanx to MMCorbett, Janiegirl and Leslie)got us back on track and suggested a Birthday EVENT, and well - that's really the crux of it I think - it's the BD BLUES... And of course you were planning on being "on tour" rather than "on the side-lines"...

JosieM - AGREED - I'm new to the blog and it does appear that Richard does have his cheerleading team (GO TEAM), and are sensitive to him and his feelings - but again - UNIVERSAL goals, generate UNIVERSAL results.

So lets all take a deep breath and figure out how we can turn this ship around...but it does sound like a fun idea to have a party..

RICHARD - you should have a group effort by your male friends to get the ball rolling so that there is a mix at this party.

Now my opinion about why men don't like cruises - FIRST OF ALL -the ones NOT inclined to go, for the most part, have never been on a cruise!!! (experience tells me - once they've been - they LOVE IT - but the lieing to get them to go is unbearable)...Did I say LIE???...

The other part of that is I think they think the women will be inescapable (IE: stuck on a ship) opposed to "IN HEAVEN" not wanting to leave...

Go Figure.

Now Richard might not be feeling up to planning this event - maybe Joe can step in and set things up???

AND last but not least ( I should have poured myself a glass of vino before I got started...)

MY VERY FIRST question to the blog was regarding WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS to everyone else's ISSUES - and we can't see our own situation...WELL we can see by the tone of this BLOG - WE"RE STILL DOING IT!!!

Whatever happened to rose-coloured glasses???....Perhaps we'll get Richard a pair for his birthday!!!That should put the proper spin on things!!!


Thursday, March 23, 2006 3:54:38 PM  
willemina said...

Okay, here's my 2 cents again...

I have to agree that much of the excitement has worn off for me. I am still a bit curious and would like to see Richard find his soulmate which may still happen and then again, may not.

I'm sure that most will agree that we have formed some very unique friendships here...people we have either met in person or blogged with this past year.
I want to thank Richard for bringing some of these amazing women into my life whom I would never have met otherwise...we come from different walks of life but we all share a few things in common...we are single, love to travel, and would love to find our "soulmate"...which is no easy task...I hope I will know when Mr. Right comes into my life...but in the meantime, I am going to enjoy life and do the things that make me happy.

Yes, Richard has been successful...just look at all the friends he has made this past year!I'm sure he's overwhelmed at times...wondering what he got himself into...and here we are a year later cheering him on.
Thanks Richard

By the way Richard...I like Nancy's idea of promoting a new senior bachelor or bachelors. I'm sure there are many single men out there looking for companionship. We already know that there are LOTS of women interested.

I like the birthday party idea!
Hey...Let's all go to Disneyland for Richard's birthday! Just kidding (not really)

I've got homework to do...I recently signed up for a wine appreciation course through the local Jr. College and I love it! Tonight I have to try 3 kinds of red wine...It's a tough life but I'll manage somehow :)

Thursday, March 23, 2006 3:55:59 PM  
neva said...

Enjoyed Melbourne yesterday--Commonwealth Games, Victoria Arts Center, Gardens, Riverwalk, Commonwealth Festival, Casino etc. Fantastic day.

Today is a sea day (spa, art auction, wine tasting, etc...etc.)

Internet access is sporadic, slow and somewhat expensive on board in the Tasman Sea.

Arrive Hobart, Tasmania early tomorrow for a one-day shore excursion.

I turned 65 last year and don't feel old at all. As a matter of fact of the 2600 people on board this floating city, I am probably average age, but then age is a state of mind isn't it?

There are as many males as females and there is a singles/mingles everyday. I think there are 3 children on board.

The crew represents 33 different countries and passengers represent about 140 countries. The food is outstanding but I am trying to avoid it by visiting the internet cafe instead.

I have met people from New Zealand, Australia, Chicago, Simi Valley and other parts of California, South Carolina, Japan, Korea and Thailand so far.

Several of the people I have met have taken an Alaskan Cruise and have very favorable comments about their experiences.


Thursday, March 23, 2006 5:13:42 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

STUDENT: Master can you teach me ALL you know while I stand on one leg?


Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:14:20 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Seems like everyday I wake up in a different world. Like Richard commented in Pop And Me....our lives are 2/3rds over. We've been through our kid stage,married and raised our own kids, some of us are on grandkids...while me at age 65 already have 8 greatgrand children. Life is grand and just seems to fly faster and faster. I have made a big decission. I have always owned anywhere from one to eight houses (rentals) at a time and I've decided I want to get away from so much responsibility. I recinded the contract on the 2 story townhouse and put my application in for an apartment in a senior development in Sapulpa. I sold one of my condos (I'm living in 2) so have to get the wall put back and may try to buy a small RV and take off for parts unknown while I'm young enough to enjoy. I can thank Richard for making me brave enough to do this. I am excited and now to start shopping for something a Volkswagon van....I'll get me some tie dyed tee shirts with The Grateful Dead on them and just don't be surprised when I pull up to your house to visit for a day or 2. I had never been on a trip alone until Chicago and I had a blast. Again....thank you Richard....and Joe And Umberto and Paula and Jean and Ada and Sherry....etc.Sweet dreams to one and all.....MM

Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:55:13 PM  
willemina said...

Hi Neva
I tried looking at your blog to see if you've posted some new pics of your trip...The site was temporarily unavailable so I guess it's under construction by you... I will check back tomorrow. I was worried about you when I heard that a cyclone hit Australia Monday! I know your cruise began after that.

Merry Mary
Good for you! I hope that California will be on your itinerary! I think Richard has brought out the best in us or is it the beast in us? Tye dye t-shirts? Grateful Dead? Now that's a scary sight Mary. I say go for it! You are just too cute...

Goodnight one and all

Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:23:06 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

We don't need no education
Teachers leave the kidz alone
All in all you're just another brick in the wall
Pink Floyd

MERRYMARY: you go girl! I LOVE my Rolling Stones, U2, Aerosmith, ZZTop(wid dat 'red hot pepper' coloured car) and Elvis Presley(pretzel) on display at the Rock & Roll Museum in Cleveland Ohio T-Shirts of mine!!!

Wish they'd bring back the 50's Diner looking fashions again with the 'poodle skirts' bobby sox and sneakers look for girls (of course;) and the 'brylcreem sleek shiny hair, pointed patent leather shoes, tight pants(sometin' like your hot pink pants you wore in Monaco Richard :) black leather bomber jacket etc. for the guys!
Now that is a wild idea for a party celebration....a la 50's style! Can you just imagine a 50's dress-up party on your cruise???
forever young
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Thursday, March 23, 2006 8:02:54 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hello All, Today I had another round of follow up visits with the eye surgeon and the urologist, and all appears to be pretty good at this point.

I just had a late phone call from a friend in Hilton Head Island (South Carolina) to try and be there for a new restaurant opening tomorrow (Friday) night, so I will take an early flight out of LA tomorrow.

There have been some interesting questions on the blog and I will get to them in a few days.

Re the birthday party, I will be in Hilton Head Island still-but thanks for the thought!! That was very sweet. Bye for now, R. Roe

Thursday, March 23, 2006 8:22:09 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Val...aren't you going to Alaska? With all the money I'm spending here I changed to a cheaper room and Mary Corbett is going to room with me. Doing it that way makes it about a 1/4th of what I was going to spend. A 50's theme party would be a hoot. We did a time capsule to be opened in 20 years and I put my real poodle skirt and a bunch of 45 records in it. The ones of us in the 50's graduating classes that are still alive will pop some champaige and celebrate. My daughter burned me 2 cds of all my old favorites from the 50's. Those were my Party Doll years. I had the slickest,hotest 55 Chevy that I won many powder puff derbys drag racing. Man what fun years. Please try to come to the first Alaska cruise and run around with Mary C. and me. You'll love her. She's adorable. Maybe you and Lady O'Jane can share a room by us and we'll be the 4 Fabulous, Faithful,Fitest,funest,flirtiest.fistiest, R.R, Followers. If you share an inside cabin it'll just be around a thousand dollars and we'll have a million dollars worth of fun. We can find us a karioke bar and sing the old 50's songs all night long....that would be 1 minute past midnight...right???? I can't wait. Elvis was and remains one of my favorites. I had an Elvis collection but started giving to grandkids after Bill passed away and I needed to get rid of lots of stuff.I SAVED MY eLVIS hOUND dOG THAT SINGS "aRE YOU LONELY TONIGHT? I sleep with him. I still have too much stuff. Dear Richard It's somebody's birthday some day...A very special birthday someday...There'll be presents and baloons....clowns and bafoons... It's somebody's birthday someday....It's your's Richard....Happy Birthday with lots of love, hugs and kisses.Let's all enjoy the last 1/3rd of our lives. Thank you for being our hope and inspiation. Have a wonderful holiday in Hilton Head. Merry Mary

Friday, March 24, 2006 6:44:15 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Wishing you all lots of Nachas(if you don't know that word, please check with GEORGE ;)

MERRYMARY: the more I think of a 50's 'dress-up' party, with the music, pony-tails, poodle skirts, black leather jackets etc. what an amazing FUN FUN FUN time everyone would have, the whole ship will turn into a 'floating fifties fun
fabulous frolicking fillies soiree'
I can just visualize our 'leading man' hopping around to fifties music wearing his hot pink pants.....purrfekt for the occasion...LOL. Wish I could join y'all but financial problems plague me at this time, I am still waiting with bated breath for this Settlement that I have been talking about for the past two years since April 2004, then no problem, I would share with our Lady Jane in a 'new york minute' ;)
On my DREAM LIST is a cruise and it will happen! I am SURE that it may be possible to 'squeeze' me in on YOUR cruise last minute, if it comes through before August...I will bring m' own sleeping bag if there is no bunk available, I don't mind 'roughing it' I did for three months on a camping tour through Europe 1975! No problem!
Wishing everyone a sun-shiny day
~~go with the flow~~
'senior'ita bachelorette:)
p.s. I can just see Paula dancing around in a 'poodle skirt' and pony-tail...'pretty in pink' ;)

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:33:40 AM  
REDTBIRD said...

Happy B-day Richard and have a wonderful time at your friends opening. I'm sure you will be the best looking celebrity there:)

Willy I'm going to have Xmas cards made out of the Snowman with the Surf Board. He's so cute. How your wine tasting go? What a fun class to take.
I'm going to my Granddaughters first horse show and her mother is going to show her horse, too. What a fun day for us all and Pop-Pa will be there, too. She says her Foxy will win not to worry. Don't you just love the attitude of the little ones?
I gave the bread to Pop-pa and his wife ate it all in one setting. I couldn't keep it at my house or I would have done the same. Too good.
Have a fun day everyone.

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:55:25 AM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

For Dreamweaver, ‘RR’, & all ‘Moon Lovers’…

March 24, 2006
Lunar Crone/Dark Moon

In ancient times the moon was revered as a Goddess and each of her lunar phases (New moon, Full moon, Dark moon) was said to correspond with the three phases of a woman's life (Maiden, Mother, Crone). The moon has long been associated with the power WITHIN
and one needn’t be a woman to connect with the moon's power.

The dark moon, associated with the crone phase, appears in the sky during the last THREE days of every lunar cycle. It cannot be seen with the human eye, but it is the dark moon that presides over the sky until a new 28-day cycle begins and a new moon is ready to appear. Often referred to as the "dead moon," the dark moon doesn't necessarily represent death. It is, however, a time for life-enriching endings and a prelude to new beginnings.

When the dark moon appears it is easier to shed emotional baggage and free ourselves from people and ideas that no longer serve or add value to our lives. It’s a time to cleanse and create space so that what is new can enter. For many people the dark moon is a time for rest, introspection, and replenishing energy.

Powerful, healing dreams can take place during the dark moon. We may discover that it is during this phase that we are most driven to meditate, explore our intuitive abilities, or delve more deeply into our psyche.

Beginning TONIGHT, we can harness the energy of the dark moon by visualizing the parts of our lives we are ready to release, creating a place and the space to welcome the NEW…

"All the Best"

Friday, March 24, 2006 8:26:12 AM  
Merry Mary said...

When you have some spare time...Enjoy...MM
Heavens Gates
Remembering The 50s
Heavens Gates Gospel
Back 2 The 50s with Elvis
Love Always, Patsy Cline
Just A Lil' Bit Country

Friday, March 24, 2006 8:31:54 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi, Val and Merry Mary, I just have not decided to go on the cruise. I would like to meet some new men, but I think it is a long shot that any single men will go on a singles cruise. Like RR said, he does not know why men don't do a cruise. I think that perhaps they would feel trapped on a ship, and could not get away, short of diving overboard. There are some really vicious, totally agressive, take charge women around that scare men, at least the ones in my age bracket of 55-75. I have witnessed some of these women locally and they are vicious and so easily threatened. NOW, if I decide to go on a cruise, it will have to be the one that the two Mary's are on and I would love to share with Val, but I just don't know yet if I can go or want to go for that matter. Since I have never been on a cruise, I guess I don't know what I am missing so, ignorance is bliss in this case. It does sound like fun, and I am surely not being critical, but the expense of these cruises is astronomical and I think we can find single men on land for a lost less. Again, I am not knocking this endeavor. I know lots of men from my past, in Canada, New Orleans, Tampa, Alabama, Louisiana, but why would I want them on a cruise with me when I am there to meet other men. Please feel free to set me straight, because, I am totally naive about this aspect of the singles world. So, please help set me straight.
Hi, SKYWATCHER ELLA!! Where have you been. Have you been ice skating on the moon again. That dark moon you speak of sounds quite ominous. Good to hear from you and your interesting writings you share with us.
Lady Jayne

Friday, March 24, 2006 9:07:58 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

WOW is all I can say to the message today...PERFECT for me at this time and tonight I will definitely release the 'energy of the old stuff' Let Go And Let G-D'
bring in the NEW! Thank you for the purrrfekt timeing...WOW :) Interesting because I have felt a necessary inner 'cleaning of the closet' is wayyyy overdue! My dwelling is in the lower part of the little bungalow but totally self contained and nothing to do with the other two tenants. This May will be 6 years that I live here and it truly is my CAVE, I spend hours and hours of introspection, and just BEING which I like to think is a very healthy state of mind, love my own company, do what I want, when I want, will have to be someone VERY VERY special to fight his way through the thorns and brambles to 'get to me' ;) you know the story of the princess way up in the tower and her prince having to fight his way through the thorns brambles etc. to finally win her heart.
Speaking of MOON the song playing right now is 'That Old Devil Moon' Frank Sinatra...what timeing :) phew what a voice, love it !!!! "Oh that Old Devil Moon Deep In Your Eyes Blinds Me With LOVE"

JANIEGIRL: I too feel hesitant when thinking of going on the cruise BUT look at it this way, sure beats going alone or with someone for the sake of it, this way you all know each other from the blog, how amazing is that? I always say 'sleep on it' before making a decision, get a 'gut feeling' will be yes or no! You never know who you may meet, if it is destined to be, one thing is for sure a cruise is NEVER a disappointment, THE most romantic mode of travel and THE most FUN! Our 'leading man' will certainly have 'cooked up' some unexpected stuff, you can bet on that!!! I am hoping he will have met HER by then and have HER 'on board' for all to meet, what a party with ALL the bloggers PLUS!
'nuff said ....brevity today, uh uh!
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Friday, March 24, 2006 10:55:53 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Happy Birthday, Richard, So much for the birthday party, but we could still have a reunion party in May at the Ayres Hotel. Lets just start all over forget about the past and let the good times roll. "Come on baby let's do the twist". It's time for us to spend the rest of our days having care free fun. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm ready to enjoy the rest of my time on this earth and let good times roll. My child is a wonderful adult, nobody tells me what to do and I'm free to pick up and go anytime. So lets get it going.M.M.Corbett

Friday, March 24, 2006 1:02:11 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Happy Birthday Richard,
You are a 65 year old STUD!!
I am happy to hear you are feeling a bit more like your (I won't say old) self!! Keep the faith and the spirits UP!

Hello Ladies of the Blog and a special hello and best wishes to is a big hug...miss you lady!

I have been traveling and busy with life and work and just been briefly checking in - hard to catch up but I wish you all well.

Take care

Friday, March 24, 2006 2:43:33 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Oh Richard,
How about putting some more photos up on the photos page - of was fun to go in and look at them and gave me an incentive to want to check more often.
Just a suggestion to keep it going and more interesting even though the journey is on hold.

Friday, March 24, 2006 2:46:48 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

M.M. CORBETT: you are a 'party animal' along with the rest of us!
That cruise ship will never be the same, y'all will leave an indelible mark on El Capitan and Crew! :) Aint nothing like the 'freedom song' we're singin' Mary C. and Mary B. ;)
Isn't there a song from the 50's by Paul and Paula...."hey hey Paul I want to marry you.....hey hey Paula I wanna marry you too"
...aaah nostalgia! One of my favourite songs from when I was a wee lassie is:
" I got tan shoes and pink shoelaces...a big panama with a purple hatband...ooh ooh ooh ooh...ooh ooh ooh ooh... a big panama with a purple hatband"

luv from the doo-wup girl
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Friday, March 24, 2006 3:18:37 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

What is your opinion re. Richard's topic of marginalization?
'senior'ita bachelorette

from the:

"Dark Side Of The MOON" ;)
Pink Floyd

Friday, March 24, 2006 3:33:20 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi my pretty blond headed friend and my grandson's pin up girl...Good to hear from you. How about we do a belated surprise birthday party and a Cinco Dimyo combo. We can show up on Richard's door step and really surprise him. By then I'll have all these stitches gone and will match feet with leslie and R.R, for prettiest feet contest and we could bring 50's music and have a slumber party at Richards or Joe's or the hotel????? We Mary's in Tulsa are ready to party. I've got to get on with my social life(go watch an old movie rerun)....Much Love to all.....Mary B. who got her thrill...on Blueberry hill or was it the back seat of a red and white 57 Chevy????? Whereever it was 9 months later I had a darling little baby girl.....I was a baby raising a baby. She's more like the moma....Makes her so mad because so many people think we're sisters. MM

Friday, March 24, 2006 4:41:53 PM  
leslie said...

Have you ever wondered what might happen if the power went out right in the middle of your mammogram? Pop over to my blog site to find out and to have a laugh. Comments welcome. LOL

Friday, March 24, 2006 6:28:43 PM  
soft_rain said...

Dear Richard

One must have faith no matter what barriers come our way

Your mate awaits you as you await her

Do not ever give up your quest

Who knows? She may be one of the Health care workers that you have dealt with!

Remember every single person we meet has a message for us that will help us evolve

x x x



A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus. She noticed
the man opposite her was smiling at her.

She immediately moved to another seat.This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again.

The man seemed more amused.

When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing, she complained to the driver and he had the man arrested.

The case came up in court.
The judge asked the man (about 20 years old) what he had to say for

The man replied, "Well your Honor, it was like this: When
the lady got on the bus, I couldn't help but notice her condition.

She sat down under a sign that said, 'The Double Mint Twins
are Comin' and I grinned."

"Then she moved and sat under a sign that said, 'Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling', and I had to smile.

"Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said,
"William's Big Stick Did the Trick", and I could hardly contain

"BUT,your Honor, when She moved the fourth time and sat under a sign that said,
'Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this Accident'... I
just lost it."

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:35:40 PM  
wanderlust said...

Richard the old stud!????
Is there something you know that we don't? Should we ask Vicki and/or Gael?
After the Prostate surgery, you might want to ask Richard if that still "holds up".

Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:14:16 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi All, It was fun to
"get going" once again. I flew from LA to South Carolna yesterday arriving in the evening. I have been visiting the island since the '80's and have lots of friends here. I hope you all are well. Richard Roe

Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:23:42 AM  
willemina said...

Good morning Richard
I know you will have a wonderful time there in Hilton Head with your friends. How's the weather there? It's raining in California, but I like rain so that's a good thing for me. How did the grand opening of your friends restaurant go over?
What day exactly is your birthday? I'm sure there are many who will want to send birthday wishes to you...65 is a BIG DEAL afterall

Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:14:20 AM  
willemina said...

I just got this from Ada this morning and I'm sure she'll want me to share it with all of you...

Title of the Hits of the 60's & 70's being revised for Baby Boomers

Herman's Hermits- Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker

The Bee Gees- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?

Bobby Darin- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash

Ringo Starr- I Get By With a Little Help from Depends

Roberta Flack- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash- I Can't See Clearly Now

Paul Simon- Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver

Commodores- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom

Marvin Gaye- I Heard it Through the Grape Nuts

Leo Sayer- You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone

Abba- Denture Queen

Tony Orlando- Knock 3 Times on the Ceiling if You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy- I am Woman, Hear me Snore

Willie Nelson- On the Throne Again

Leslie Gore- It's My Procedure and I'll Cry if I Want

Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:22:23 AM  
KarenJW said...

Hey there Willemina!

Those songs are so apropos for us all, I got a good chuckle! I wanted to tell you how lovely all the pictures of your get together with the girls were. I loved the rainbows. It looked like you all had a fabulous time.
I also talked to Ada myself, yesterday, and we had a great conversation! We both agree what a sweetheart you are! We reminisced about meeting in Chicago, and it was fun to remember the great time had by all.
I just wanted to say howdy!


Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:42:30 AM  
willemina said...

Well howdy to you too Karen!

I just got off the phone with Ada...I always enjoy our conversations.
So glad you enjoyed my pictures...maybe you can be in some of them one day? I'm not familiar with the East Coast but would like to visit there some day. Spent some time at Ft Dix, NJ and a little time in NYC in 1973...long time ago. Ada has sent out the invite to visit and I may just take her up on it one of these days.

Hugs to you and have a great weekend...I'm signing off for now.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 10:02:57 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...


Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:49:54 AM  
leslie said...

Hey Willy! Maybe we can go together. I've driven through Maine, NH, VT, and upstate NY but haven't really seen enough of the Eastern states. I know that Eastern Canada is very different from Western Canada and I wonder if it's the same for the USA. I've always wanted to see New York city and Boston (drove through on the way to Cape Cod)but would love to stay a while plus I hear the beaches in Virginia are awesome. So, that's on my list of places to go.

Richard, are you going to play any golf while you're at Hilton Head? I hear the golfing is amazing there. How long are you staying? It's good of you to check in with us here while you're away. See if you can post some photos, 'k? Take care.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 11:58:22 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Willemina, I really enjoyed what you did with those old hits. " I was too young to get my thrill on blue berry hill, and as a matter of fact I thought the thrill was holding hands with your favorite person. So glad I got hip to the thrill. Now that I'm old enough to enjoy blueberry hill the "The thrill is gone " Maybe He's still in the car with Mustang Sally. M.M.Corbett

Saturday, March 25, 2006 12:26:08 PM  
Merry Mary said...


They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium With rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.

Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.

This class would not pray during the commencements----not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.

The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.

The speeches were nice, but they were routine.....until the final speech received a standing ovation.

A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!!

The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said,
"GOD BLESS YOU, each and every one of you!" And he walked off stage...

The audience exploded into applause. The graduating class found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval.

Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends.......and


In God We Trust, United We Stand.

This is a true story; happened at the University of Maryland.
It's inspiring.

I thought this was really cool

Saturday, March 25, 2006 12:47:56 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

this suggestion of mine to have a 50's 'back to the 5&DIME Diner' dress up party has everyone in 'high gear'...will be like comin' home to a 50's reunion, the music will UNITE everyone for ALL will identify with it...NOSTALGIA at it's best!

You ain't nuttin' but a hound dog cryin' all the ain't nuttin' but a hound dog cryin' all the time...owwww Elvis the pelvis what a hoot that was :)
MerryMary your hounddog singin' 'Are you lonesome tonight'
what a comfort it must be to snuggle up to that every one!

Stop! In The Name Of LOVE
Before you break my heart
Think it oh over, yeah think it oh over!

the more I think of it, I HAVE to be on that FIRST CRUISE wid y'all!
Say a little prayer for me
The moment I wake up
And put on all my make-up
I say a little prayer for you
Together together together we'll be
And I will LOVE you
Forever forever forever we'll be
And I will LOVE you......
Dionne Warwick

luv from the
'senior'ita Bachelorette

Saturday, March 25, 2006 1:40:55 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi Willemena...I read yours songs to my 14 year old great grand daughter that my grand daughter adopted and she really got a big laugh. Her biological Mom got on drugs and didn't want her children so Mandy fell in love with Nick (their dad) and married him and adopted Jessica and Joshuah and they fit right into our.....we put the fun in dysfuncual family. She'd make a georgeous model...natural blond...thin...6 foot tall and beautiful. I took her to New York to see some broadway plays last summer and we had a ball. She'd never been anywhere so you can imagine her awe at New York. I think I embarrased her when I posed with "The Naked Cowboy". Maybe we should get a group to meet in New York to see All Shook Up. It features Elvis music. She loved it and of course I did. I've got a big mess in the kitchen to clean up so will check in later. Good Golly Miss Molly (Mary)

Saturday, March 25, 2006 2:19:31 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Val...let's do Stop in the name of love for out karioke act.....Remember the movements they did???? You've gotta come on the first cruise. Let's bring a 50's outfit and you and Mary C. and Mary B. will knock "em dead. I wish I hadn't put my poodle skirt in the time capsule but maybe I can make one. We 3 need to coordinate. It's getting late here in Okla. so I'll say goodnight Irene,,,,goodnight Irene,,,I'll see you in my dreams.... remember thaqt song....I have to chane it to Goodnight Richard Roe and Friends all over this great big wonderful world we live in.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 9:34:16 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Top O' the mornin' Girls and Boys!
What the h.....l am I doing up at 5.19am on a Sunday morning?? Having an early morning coffee and checking the 'blog activity' See 'RICH'ness what you, Joe and Posse have created here ;)the Chickadees are out of control! Speaking of Joe, hello :)

MERRYMARY: count me in on 'STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE', all depends on the timeing of this pending Settlement. If I don't make it on this cruise, I will be in close touch via the airwaves and excited for all of you!

SOFT-RAIN: can almost hear your whispering voice. Are you on the 1st Cruise?

Luv Doo-Wup Girl
'senior'ita bachelorette

Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:22:08 AM  
willemina said...

Good morning all
Glad to hear you liked the remake of the "oldies" but I can't take credit for them. I got the list in an e-mail from Ada...just copied and pasted it here to share with all of you. They were great huh?

Mary Corbett...cute post :)
The Thrill Is Gone...BB of my favorites! I love BB!...I've seen him in person a few times...most recently at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez. He's still going strong at 80 with 14 Grammy's. I believe he's on tour in the UK right now.

Merry Mary
Great idea! You, Mary C and Val imitating the Supremes on the cruise. You know they usually have a talent show with prizes? could win! You'll have so much fun and maybe others will follow suit and come up with something similar. So start practicing ladies!

We'll talk some more about visiting the East Coast...sounds like fun huh?

Finally, this last message is a copy of an e-mail I received from Ada...she asked me to post it on the blog for her so here it is...


If you can put this on the blog I'd appreciate it.

Folks might want to also see JERSEY BOYS (B'way show about Frankie Vallee et al). If a bunch of the blogettes want to do a get-to-gether in NYC I might be able to get tickets for some show(s}. Wash/Balt. has lots to offer also. It has to do with #s. If not I still would be willing to come to meet all in NYC, my home town. I want to go to the Barnes collection outside of Philly, visit the Edison museums etc. However, first I want to see about meeting in CHI. Want to make my reservations this week. Karen said she might be interested. There's a great Pompeii exhibit just opened.

Ada will be in Chicago soon to attend a wedding and would like to know if anyone in the Chicago area would like to get together for lunch or?

Sunday, March 26, 2006 7:05:14 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

'RICH'ness(somewhere in the marshlands of Southern Carolina ;)
I hope you're smiling :)

MERRYMARY: MARY C. is our sexy and sassy kitten 'Diana Ross' wow how
purrrfekt is that! If all goes according to plan and I am fortunate enough to make it to the 1st cruise, then I will definitely pack my 'fifties' clothes! I keep hearing my Beloved Mother's words echoing in my ears..."I want to take you on a cruise" but alas our Creator had another plan for her!

WILLEMINA: B.B. King 'The Thrill Is Gone' gives me goosebumps, I LOVE The Blues....first thing in the morning I have the music going usually Classical, nice gentle way to start the day, then when I am home for lunch, Jazz or Blues and same in the evenings. In the mornings at the club I have my radio on AM 740 all fifties music, the nostalgic station, amazing! I grew up with music, my Father would always sit quietly with door and windows closed listening to Classical music and Mother always singing!

When you SMILE :) the world smiles with you!

Wishing ALL a sun-shiney day
doo-wup girl
'senior'ita bachelorette:)

Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:23:33 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

p.s my Rock Music fits in there 'NO DOUBT' and MADONNA r 2 of my very faves, her new video is go girl! ;) never forgetting 'fitty cents' he is THE MAN...Jean-Paul...way t' go with that incredible Jamaican accent, love it....what ever happened to 'SHAGGY'?? He is so amusing to listen to, love that deep Jamaican voice

"How Sweet It Is To Be LOVED By You"
James Taylor

Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:28:58 AM  
willemina said...

Just checking in once again before I head out the door...

I also love blues, jazz and soothes the soul.

I have been reading the Sunday paper and found this special trip I want to share with everyone. I wish I was retired because I would grab a friend and go in a heartbeat!

A repositioning cruise
A cruise broker called "white Travel Service (in CT) (1-800-547-4790) has cabins on a 17 night cruise from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Genoa, Italy, May 3 to May 20 for sale at the astonishing price of $599 per person (about $37 a day), plus port charges. The lines itinerary starts with two days at sea, then stops at the Dominican Republic, Tortola and Martinique, followed by six full days at sea crossing the southern Atlantic, arriving at Madeira, followed by another full day at sea, then Malaga, Barcelona and Genoa. The purpose of the cruise: to reposition the Lirica from the Caribbean-where it is not needed in May-to Europe, where it's in big demand for the summer.
Of course, you will have to arrange airfare back home...but what a deal!

Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:51:38 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

I am in AWE of the animals! Today I spent outside yardcleaning, in our dwelling there resides two blondes, myself and Nella the Golden Labrador, in addition to the two gentleman whom I have to constantly nooge to help keep the outside looking neat and tidy!
Well, whilst cleaning, Nella sat looking at me with her round brown sultry eyes and 'out of the blue' she decided to lick my face and hands! I immediately knew why..... she was thanking me! I always experience this phenomenon with the Bunny (who still by the way is in residence, will be a year this May!) and whenever I give to a particular streetperson and his dog! Animal Lovers...take note your pets are amazingly, accutely sensitive, intuitive and love unconditionally, they are our Angels!
doo-wup girl
'senior'ita bachelorette)
p.s. the Dolphin SMILES 24/7

Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:04:32 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Val.... You've gotta go. If needs be we can share a room for three to save money. I don't intend to spend too much time in a room anyway. Mary C. and I are together in an inside room so we could probably get one for 3 and save a bunch of money....Warning...I snore and sometimes am up having milk and cookies at odd hours....but we will just have a blast. One glass of champaign and I'm ready for the microphone. I can see us now.....three talented lovely young ladies discovered by Richard Roe and Company.I'll check and see if I have the sheet music so we can rehearse. I just got out of the shower singing. The people above me will probably be happy when I'm gone. I like to staRT the day making the bed to The YMCA. Nighty Night Amigos.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 5:48:28 PM  
kathrynkayaker said...

Dear Richard:
Glad to hear you are feeling better. I am also glad to hear the Alaska cruises are going well. I was sooo tempted but I am taking my two kids on safari this summer so there goes the budget! They are only little once.

I hate to be a dissenter, but I tried's initial service and then didn't realize I had been put on some automatic renewal deal until I got a mystery charge for $100 showing up on my credit card statement. They wouldn't take it off after contacting them directly and disputing it on my credit card, so just wanted to warn the other ladies out there: if you try the service but aren't still actively using it, for heaven's sake cancel it before they dun you another $100! I am glad some people had luck with the site but it wasn't for me.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 11:14:12 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Diana Krall

Monday, March 27, 2006 4:18:01 AM  
Malibu Jon said...

Well Rich Old Boy, seems things didn't turn out all that well for you. I was sorry to hear of your scare with the big "C", I went through that and it can really change who you are. It's why I do the work I do now, I got the big second chance. I went to Guatemala and recently Pakistan to help out with the recent disasters in both places. I guess if you really have accomplishd something in life and have a little money and connections you can do that. You know Rich Old boy, when you had all the spot lights on you, you could have accomplished something good too...well I guess cruises in Alaska will do it (Maybe you can make enough money to actually do some charity on earth). I don't suspect you got any men to go along and it will be a ship of women? Perhaps men just don't admire you enough Rich Old boy....

Mailbu Jon

Monday, March 27, 2006 4:39:11 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

WOW....I always thought Women have the tendancy to be 'catty'....malibu jon with all due respect, whatever you see in someone else, there exists all that and more within you. Would be nice to have gentleman on the blog who display a POSITIVE demeanor, that would be refreshing!
You remind me of 'the rich ole geezer' that once hounded our blog space ;) yes we are all entitled to our opinions, but trying to bring someone down is not admirable by any means!
'senior'ita bachelorette

Monday, March 27, 2006 5:48:26 AM  
JosieM said...

You know, with all due respect, you ladies can sometimes sound "cattier" than the people you accuse of being catty. Do you realize that? You should all stop attacking people and chasing away the newcomers to the blog. It is true that people have a right to their opinions and it is refreshing to read contributions from people other than the core "in" group.

Men who log onto the blog, in an interest in going on the cruises, may just well be scared away by bunions and poodle skirts.

Monday, March 27, 2006 7:17:02 AM  
Merry Mary said...

So Sorry Josiem....You will not hear about my bunion or poodle skirt again. I certainly do not want to be the reason for anyone not going on the cruise. Which cruise are you signed up to be on? This will be my 11th cruise and I want to just say they were all a blast. Sincerely, Ms. Mary from Tulsa,Ok.

Monday, March 27, 2006 8:09:21 AM  
JosieM said...

Mary, I did not mean to sound so cranky. But you know, you sound like a fabulously interesting person, as do all the ladies on the blog. You all have varied interests, hobbies, careers, etc. You are all self-sufficient (I think) and all sound like lovely women. I would like to meet you. I just have always felt when I logged onto the blog that everyone shut me (and any newcomers) out, and carried on with your personal conversations. It has been very frustrating.

Monday, March 27, 2006 8:51:58 AM  
KarenJW said...

Hello everyone!

Nice to see new people on the blog.

Merry Mary- I wanted to say that I follow along with the blog and I have to agree with Josie M. Sometimes I have not felt too welcome on the blog, either. I have basically attributed it to the fact that it seems that most of the ladies who blog regularly met at the Manhattan Beach get together. Sometimes it seems as if my attempts to speak to others falls on deaf ears. That's why I'll drop off for long periods of time. My reason for continuing to blog was to get friendly with people who shared the SB experience.My girl Willemina has kept it interesting for me. ANGIE and SOFTRAIN, with her great jokes, have kept me coming back. Don't worry, I'm not feeling bad or anything, but I thought Josie has a point.

You all have a nice day!


Monday, March 27, 2006 11:10:35 AM  
Linda said...

I haven't "blogged" before and have
not been on this site since the final ladies were chosen. What happened to Richard? Is he ok?

Monday, April 17, 2006 10:39:42 AM  

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