Saturday, April 08, 2006

Dr. Phil & Cruises to Alaska

Hi All, I am happy to see all of the activity on the blog and I continue to request new people to come on board and comment away.

I thank everybody who contacted Dr. Phil but it seems to no avail. I never heard a word back and I see that it is no longer listed on his website. Perhaps they already had enough people. In any case, thanks again for your help.

Re the cruises, I just found out that the inside cabins on the Zaandam, the first sailing August 11-18 are all sold out for our group. If you would like an inside cabin please look at the second sailing.

I also see that some people on the blog have said they are coming on one of the cruises but I do not see them signed up. We are about 80% filled now and new people are booking almost daily, so please call Shawn Calvo at Holland America at 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 4294 to reserve your spot. And if you need a cabin mate (to avoid the supplemental charge for singles) just let me know.

I'm still in Hilton Head and plan to return to Manhattan Beach in a week or so.

I hope everybody is well. Best wishes, Richard
P.S. does anybody know a reasonably priced, nice hotel in downtown Seattle?


Skywatcher-'ella' said...

April 5, 2006

Saturn is often considered the Taskmaster Planet, and when it's retrograde? Well, issues of authority come to the fore and a conservative attitude toward responsibilities creeps into even the most free-spirited soul.

Whether consciously or not, you've probably been experiencing Saturn's four-and-a-half-month retrograde as a time to reflect on past decisions and learn from your mistakes ... but definitely not a time to easily charge toward your goals. Well all that should be changing as Saturn turned direct 3 days ago on April 5th...

Our cosmic chaperone is pushing curfew back an hour and reconsidering his ban on loud music and piercings (and you'll notice the transition even more once the planet leaves its 'stationary' period, about 12 days after returning to direct movement)...

Saturn's energy, which rules issues of control and organization, is becoming increasingly liberal and forward-thinking. Most of all, the time you've spent reflecting on your journey has left you poised to move full steam ahead.

This lifting of restrictions takes place with Saturn in Leo (MS.DREAMWEAVER), and that 'drama-loving' Lion always makes sure the spotlight rests squarely on the individual (thank g-d)... :)

Both Saturn and Leo also rule issues of leadership, making this a time to establish your own boundaries, strive for self-improvement and unleash your creativity on the world...


Saturday, April 08, 2006 10:45:42 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

G'day Mr. ROEmantic ;) Posse and bloggers

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': right on Q...and talking about SISTERS, my favourite Star Cluster is the PLEIADES(seven sisters)...check out she covers a broad spectrum pertaining to Astrology....the fascinating 'SKY NATIONS' and that we are not alone in the Cosmos. Shirley also has a spiritual connection to The Pleiades, that I identify with 100%
Thank you for the fascinating ASTRO ALERT: SATURN TURNS DIRECT April 5, 2006. We truly live in a very exciting time, 21st Century, the Messianic Millenium!

RR: thank you for the update on the cruises and am disappointed that you have not heard from Dr. Phil, as I would have thought you'd be 'right up there' considering what you are in the throes of organizing for so many people selflessly, making a difference in our world and putting the issue of marginalization 'on the map'. I still feel YOU may be pleasantly surprised. It is ALL in the timeing! Those of us who sent in our comments to Dr. Phil, nothing goes unnoticed, somewhere, somehow what goes around , comes around!

Looking forward to 'The Masters' again today and hope the heavy rain and Tornado activity does not have an impact on the golf as Augusta Georgia seems to be in line with the oncoming storms.

Smile...people can hear it :)
'fellow traveller'
'senior'ita bachelorette

Saturday, April 08, 2006 11:35:54 AM  
dragonflyfilly said...

glad to see you are well on the road to "Wellness" - very kool.
cheers for now,

Saturday, April 08, 2006 12:27:44 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Forgot to mention that today in particular is THE most powerful day to rid oneself(consciousness) of all the accumulated negativity over the past year. It is rare that this date in The Kabbalistic/Hebrew Calendar 10th Day Of Nisan falls on Shabbat/a Saturday, and this year it does (which is VERY significant in the Kabbalistic Astrological Chart.) Wed. night April 12, as you may know is the 1st Seder/Passover(I always ponder on the 'Last Supper') and question if that was not the 1st Seder before He met His demise? I would love to know the TRUTH behind His Life and WHO He really was and what happened to Him. The greatest story ever told is shrouded in mystery and so very secretive that only a 'select few' in the world truly know! My guess is it would change history forever if we all knew the REAL STORY!
I must be the only Jewish/South African/Iroquois gal on the blog, I am fine with that, nice to share and be a part of ALL NATIONS...AS ABOVE, SO BELOW!
a 'fellow traveller' passing through ;)
'senior'ita bachelorette

Saturday, April 08, 2006 12:36:43 PM  
Merry Mary said...

I sent my letter to Dr. Phil yesterday so maybe if we keep them going something good will happen. I just left Mary Corbett....We had lunch at The Wild Oat and discussed a little skit re;the 50's for Richard on the cruise.It will be Unforgettable Richard??????Good tidings of great joy to one and all. MM

Saturday, April 08, 2006 1:58:25 PM  
neva said...

Another great day in OZ!

Glad to see you are still enjoying Hilton Head Richard.

It has been some time since I have been to Seattle, but I seem to recall that the Hyatt was really nice at one time. I don't know about reasonable.

Sometimes good rates can be obtained at Sheraton Four Points or Hilton's Hampton Inns when planned well in advance.

Westin, or any of the Starwoods, offer last minute deals, but allow only for spontinaity.

Also waterfront might be an issue in Seattle as I recall.

Perhaps someone who lives in Seattle could be of more help

Glad to see cruise plans are progressing.

Saturday, April 08, 2006 8:30:24 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Aloha Cap'an Roe, Joe & Co.
A nice inexpensive hotel in downtown Seattle, the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Cleveland was amazing, they should have one in Seattle. When entering the room you hear soft sounds of the ocean and seabirds on CD, romantic lighting and soft plush Lily White sheets with Down comforter. Get a room with a view, I was on the 14th floor with a view of Lake Erie, highly recommendable hotel chain for short stay! Of course if you intend to 'upgrade' there is always THE RITZ ;) which is an experience in itself, just for the hell of it, once is enough!!!!
sayanara 'RICHness' and wishing you more strength every day

faithful servant and
fellow traveller

Sunday, April 09, 2006 5:37:35 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

p.s Thursday April 27th is the first Anniversary since appearing on Oprah's Show, would be nice for ALL to see you and hear all about what has transpired over the last 12 months. I vaguely remember Oprah saying that she will invite you back for an 'update' to see how your 'search' and journey has unfolded, it is proving to be quite an adventure so far, with many variables! ...Dr. Phil....calling Dr. Phil ;)
'senior'ita bachelorette

Sunday, April 09, 2006 6:06:32 AM  
willemina said...

You may want to check the following site for Hotels in Seattle.

Sometimes the lesser known hotels are nicer than the big names. I've stayed at the Ritz in SF...nice but not all that it's cranked up to be.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 7:10:33 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

To dreamweaver18, In answer to your question about Oprah, that does not seem likely.

The day the show aired last April I had a call about doing an immediate follow-up story because the response was so big. Quite a few more times I spoke with producers (at their behest) about a follow up. As you know that never happened, and the gentleman who does the Public Relations for Senior Bachelor stays in touch with some of the producers. In effect we have been told "don't call us, etc. etc."

Many people have felt a follow up would be popular due to all that has happened since the segment first was broadcast. My gut tells me that they have, in Hollywood terms...moved on. It is out of my control so I continue to do what I feel is best and let the cards fall where they may.

Thanks for asking. Richard Roe

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:00:22 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA': I just happened
by absolute fluke to hear that Dr. Robert Schuller Jnr. from the beautiful Crystal Cathedral in Annaheim California mention he and his wife used to live in San Juan Capistrano where your Mother resides. He preceded to say that they loved to watch the Swallows migrate every year, October is the month! I was in Annaheim California with my daughter for Rosh Hashanah(Jewish New Year) 2000 and planned to visit the Crystal Cathedral, which is THE most beautiful church I have ever seen with prisms of LIGHT filtering through the windows and the Sun's reflection on the outside is truly a spectacle to behold!

RR: the saying goes...."as one door closes, so another opens" thank you for your swift reply and we'll just 'keep on keeping on' which my Beloved Mother loved to say!

JOE: wise words and reminder " the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step" The significance of ETERNITY is a little bird wiping itz beak upon a rock once every thousand years! We can't push the river for it~~ carves itz way naturally in itz own time~~~

'senior'ita bachelorette

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:42:04 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Hello All
I am happy to hear the Marilyn Monroe lives on in our stories.. funny! Here I am DW! : )
I have had an interesting weekend.. (to say the least).

I went on a nice boat ride with friends Saturday night - there were 6 of us cruising the inlet and enjoying some wine, conversation, and the sights on South FLA (like all the mansions along the waterway). Then we stopped at one of the restaurants on the water for dinner, enjoyed some great fireworks, and then back on the boat to the friends house where the boat is docked out back (ahhh...this is why we live in FLA) - It is dark at this point and everyone was getting off and I went to get my purse and fell face first on the boat. I was bleeding like I had been shot...they all took one look at me and said "we are going to the emergency room" So they insisted on staying so we all spent the next 3 houre in the emergency room for 10 stitches in my face and a concussion, and now they do the whole cat scan for any brain damage after a fall like that. Today I am sore and drained and I have a major headache that will probably last for awhile.
Anyway...I just wanted to say hi and let everyone know I am okay - I will heal and live, just a bit wiser now about debarking a boat in the dark. Oh and take it from me..don't wear wedged heels on a boat! yikes!!
Words of wisdom, (from experience) from Frankenstein

Sunday, April 09, 2006 4:16:45 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Oh Paula...That hurts to think about...Bless your little pea pickin' heart. You be careful. You are one of my favorite people and I want to keep you and get together with you again someday. You will go on my God Bless list. Take care and much love to you and all my friends out there. Ms. Mary

Sunday, April 09, 2006 4:38:02 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Pop Roe, Joe & Co.

PAULA...aka 'Marilyn Monroe'
so sorry to hear about your fall, my goodness it must have been and still is painful..phew! Wishing you a speedy recovery and please keep us up to date with your healing!
Sending ~~ healing vibes ~~ your way
luv 'senior'ita bachelorette
p.s. 'marilyn' is sure to make her appearance on the Alaskan Cruise ;)

Sunday, April 09, 2006 4:41:11 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Good Mon. morning to one and all.Here's an early morning laugh to start your day.Breakfast

She was in the kitchen doing the boiled eggs for breakfast. He walks in and asks "What's for breakfast?"

She turns to him and says, "You've got to make love to me this very moment".

He, thinking it's his lucky day, stands her over the kitchen table and they have sex.

Afterwards he says, "What was that all about?"

She says, "The egg timer's broken!"

Monday, April 10, 2006 7:48:34 AM  
leslie said...

Merry Mary, as usual you entertain us with your wonderful sense of humour.

Paula, good gracious girl! Be careful! I'm so sorry to hear about your mishap - take good care of yourself.

Things are pretty quiet around here. Not so in my life. It don't rain but it pours! Several family crises going on at the moment, but we will prevail. Just home from fitness and need a shower so just popped in to see if there's any news.

Can we find a topic to bring this blog back to life? Richard??? If not, I'll just have to assign all of you who read here to write a descriptive paragraph about Spring in your neck of the woods. LOL

Monday, April 10, 2006 5:06:31 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Leslie,
Spring is my favorite season. I've already had hyacinths and the Red Buds are georgeous. The Azaleas are starting to bud and the parks around here are awsome. I have huge Pine and Magnolias in my court yard (I'm in a condo) and it is soooo pretty right now. They keep the pool open all year. 2 of my grandkids put their suits on and jumped in the other day and about froze their tushes off. Lady Jane....You have got me looking for perfume bottles now. I found one today and bought it. It had a lime green butterfly on top. It is so sweet. It is Annick Goutal Cherie. I haven't heard of it and haven't even opened to smell but I love the bottle.I just opened it. It smells devine. It has a lime green ribbon tied in a bow on it too. I saw one LaLique bottle...beautiful. I didn't look at the price. I can see how this coulod become my next hobby. Love to all. MM

Monday, April 10, 2006 5:26:26 PM  
Paula in Florida said...

Thanks for all your well wishes...I am feeling much better - have to admit Sunday was a bad day with much soreness and pain. I am a nice shade of black and blue in places I didn't even knwo I hit - but on the mend an dappreciate your positive healing thoughts. MM you are so sweet and caring. You know you are such an angel to me. I would love to see you again also some day soon. I didn't make plans to be on the cruises - this has been a touch year for me financially trying to get a business going. I am now working for the dating service "It's Just Lunch" and love it. It is also a great way to meet new people. I love the business fo finding people their true love!
Take care and remember to be careful out there!

Monday, April 10, 2006 6:17:10 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Mary, I'm glad you're enjoying Springtime. My mauve azalea has been in full bloom for a while and now it's starting to lose its petals. The huge rhododendron has scads of buds on it, which should open pretty soon. My daughter gave me some iris bulbs last Fall and they're coming up nicely in the back garden by the fence. I can hardly wait to see their blossoms! I had the gardener clean everything up a couple of weeks ago and they planted a dwarf Japanese maple. It has taken to its new spot very well and has filled out immensely. All the dafodils are out in the neighbourhood and the tulips are starting to bloom as well. I am looking forward to summer so I can sit out on my patio and read read read. It's the only time I get to read for pleasure. This past weekend I spent reading about weather - a unit I have to teach starting end of April.

Paula, glad to hear you're feeling better but sorry you won't be joining us on the cruise. I was looking forward to meeting you. Another time...

I bought myself a gift yesterday - a digital camera! Yay! Always wanted one, but was waiting for my old Ricoh to die. It's gasping for breath but there was an excellent deal on for the camera I bought. So I'm going to enjoy learning all the features. I've already learned how to upload the photos to my computer. See - I've put on a new self-portrait from this morning. This is fun! :) Now I just have to get the hang of not cutting off half my head. LOL

Monday, April 10, 2006 7:25:38 PM  
happy said...

near dusk - typical Spring day - ears straining to hear the constant streaming TV "storm Watch" report on 3 channels - eyes scanning the black, roiling, southwest sky - wall cloud approaching at 35 MPH - "some rotation definitely possible - damaging winds to 125 MPH - hail the size of tennis balls" - reports of storm now 7 miles from my house - put cell phone & flashlight in my pockets - a quick e-mail (my last?) to friends & relations - storm now 2 miles away - TV warning us "Take cover - NOW!!" - city tornado warning sirens begin wailing - check interior closet for my "safe" space - strap on bicycle helmet - What the Hell..can't hurt; might help! - TV satellite goes dead - tune radios to 2 stations - I need "storm path" info now! - winds, dogs, sirens all shrieking deafeningly - clouds so low & thick I feel I could touch them as they pass over my house - poof! instant & complete darkness - no electricity - no more storm-track info - nothing else to monitor except my life - into the closet - on my way to OZ?

Monday, April 10, 2006 9:21:18 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

HAPPY: oh my waz OZ...did you see the wicked witch, the tin man,the lion, straw man and most of all my favourite...FAIRY GODMOTHER arriving in her huge pink bubble? Click your heels together girl and voila you will be safe and back in Kansas with Toto in tow :) Your running commentary scared me a little...pleez let us know that all is ok with you! WOW you are one of THE original gals on the blog going back to April 2005, you always brought a ray of sunshine!
Can you believe it is one year already on April 27th since Mr. ROEmantic first made his debut on Oprah. I am so 'happy':) that some of us from way back then are still here supporting Richard's 'Cause' through thick and thin for better or worse, for richer and poorer in sickness and in health......:) hey wait now I am quoting the marriage vows except for one line which I don't agree with and that is 'till death do us part'....change that line to : 'united in Spirit forever'
Welcome back 'happy'
'senior'ita bachelorette
p.s. weather report from 'turtle island' clear skies a high of 16 degrees today and increasing through the week!

Monday, April 10, 2006 9:42:06 PM  
happy said...

Hi dreamweaver --yep--the Oldies, but Goodies, huh? :) I've been around the Blog a few times. (Don't miss that pun!! :)

Pity about the SB project. "Best laid plans of mice & men..." etc etc. It was definitely an interesting learning/connection experience when it all began a year ago, wasn't it?

I missed Oz - this time! Thought for a minute I was there looking at the Lion, but it was just my rotten cat, scared, yowling & all poofed out as big as a lion and desparately looking for a place to hide his fluffy butt!

All's well here, thanks. And it's nice to be remembered & 'recognized' as one of The Original bloggers.

Monday, April 10, 2006 10:06:25 PM  
Vicki In Brazil said...


Gracious girl....stitches in that beautiful face?? I know RR likes "rugged/tomboy" but you're taking it to a whole new level!! Hope you're on the road to recovery in record time. You've been in Florida long enough now to know that stillettos and boats do NOT mix!! A good rule of thumb is to be sexy only from the ankles up when engaging in any activities that embark off shore!!

Too bad you're not joining us on either of the cruises. It's not too late to change your mind though. Apparently there's still space available on both. I'm on the second one but I think it's split pretty equally for both with all of the SB ladies. Think about it. We'd all love to see you there. I know it will be a blast!!

Take care and feel better,


Tuesday, April 11, 2006 3:43:25 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Morning on this bright and chirpy(birdies tweetin' mornin' :)

HAPPY: indeed there have been many changes since our 'leading man' first embarked on this exciting journey, things always change for the better as one of the popular quotes used on the blog: "Man Plans, G-D Laughs" I am still enjoying the journey with all the variables as much as I did a year ago! Happy, are you Aboriginal and live or used to live on a Reservation? One of my 'Teachers'/Meti (Pipe Carrier) lives on or near a Reservation, (that's another journey altogether;)
Wishing ALL a sun-shiny day
'senior'ita bachelorette

What A Beautiful World This Will Be
What A Glorious Time To Be Free
What A Beautiful World This Will Be.....
Donald Fagan

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:54:54 AM  
happy said...

Dreamweaver, since aboriginal means "having been here since the beginning" I guess I'd qualify. (But I doubt if it's Aboriginal, in the sense you probably are referring to. :) One of my great grandmothers (Seminole Indian) chose independence & subsistance living by hiding out in the TN hills rather than to be herded onto an assigned reservation. I have a cousin from a Choctaw tribe member - her mother having married a Caucasion great uncle - who spent her life teaching on Apache reservations in NM. Moi? --I'm just a true red-blooded, Heinz 57 Variety All-American.

Sounds like you also are a "Variety". I quote you: "I must be the only Jewish/South African/Iroquois gal on the blog." Are you actually in SA? If you ask me, we are all just darned interesting mixes! :) It is the "variables" which make it so! Shalom.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:36:15 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Paula, So sorry to hear about your fall. Good luck with your new business.

Vicki, We do communicate via e-mail and phone but it is nice to see you commenting on the blog. Yes, there are spaces left on both cruises, but we are 80% sold out and some categories are sold out. Anyone interested should sign up before it's too late.

Leslie, Re a new topic to "bring the blog back to life," I did not know it was dead!! I have asked many times for readers of the blog to get more involved (new people as well) and anybody to bring ideas and topics to the forefront. I am doing the best I can but could always use some help. So ladies, let's get creative and post some intersting topics. OK?

I am still on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and at coffee this morning a whole group of people from upstate New York were there and knew all about the Senior Bachelor endeavor. Lots of good times with them.

Also there was some comment about the Senior Bachelor being over....I would not bet on that. Let's see how things play out!!! Best to all, Richard P.S. A new Newsletter just went out.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:14:05 AM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard, good to hear from you. I didn't mean the blog is "dead," but rather just sometimes it can go for days with minimal input. So, for a new topic how about everyone commenting on their "dream travel place" - a place they've never visited but is on their list of destinations for that "one day in the future."

For me, they are too numerous to list, but to start I'll say Italy. I studied the language for a year back in university days and have heard so much about the beauty of the land, the history, and the wonderful people. I'd love to be able to stay as long as I want in order to roam around and see it all, whether it be staying in a 5-star hotel or the loft of a barn out in the countryside. From the northern lakes to the southern tip is where you'd find me - if this dream were to come true.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:56:44 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

HAPPY: I remember you mentioning a year ago your connection to The Native American people, hence my question. My parents were Jewish, my Beloved Mother converted to Judaism before I was born. Her parents came from Holland originally and my Grandmother(her Mother) was also Jewish but went into total denial approx. 1939(at the time of the war in Europe)was married to a Dutch man(my Mother's biological Father) then they all settled in Cape Town South Africa and my Grandmother married a second time to a very religious Jewish man whom I knew as my Grandfather! My Sister and I were born in South Africa, I lived there until I left for Canada in 1978 to settle. In my heart I WILL ALWAYS be South African even though my passport is Canadian.
South Africa is my true identity, the story starts in Eastern Europe in what is called 'Shtetls'....little villages where my ancestors used to farm, as depicted in 'Fiddler On The Roof' The Iroquois connection is through my Mother and that remains a mystery still today, she shared very little about the Iroquois lineage and took it with her. Living here so far away I guess I was not privvy to all the 'teachings' that my dearest Sister received from my Mother. We have volumes of 'writings' from my Mother which she should have published, but never got 'round to doing so!
So, Happy :) there you have it, a lot more where that came from, I so enjoy sharing this, it keeps my memories alive and my Parents and their Parents etc. too!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:18:39 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Shalom again HAPPY...the Eastern Europe lineage and stories originated from my Father's side too, they all lived in the Shtetls/Villages until finally also making the great trek to South Africa where they resumed their farming for many many years, living in beautiful quaint country towns!
My Father's favourite saying was "LIFE IS A DREAM, DON'T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUS"

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:35:00 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

'RICHness', the Newsletter is interesting, as usual! Loved the Story on Dubai...a fascinating place indeed! There was a documentary on Dubai not too long ago featuring Canadians who love to visit and Downhill Ski at the world famous first indoor ski-hill
I may submit a South African story!
'senior'ita bachelorette
p.s. is this 'nancy in Dubai' ? :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 1:16:15 PM  
Nancy in Dubai said...

Dreamweaver, your right!

When Dubai came up about the Port thing, I was very disheartened about how the American's felt about it. Doesn't take much with computers to search and find that maybe we would have been ok with them. They have a reputation to protect, and probably would have really made sure nothing happened on their watch. I felt that way during the Iraq war three years ago. They paid big money to anyone who knew of any security problems in Dubai.

In Saudi Arabia at the time, two 'compounds' (or where the foreigners lived) were bombed. It sent all the families out of there (which is what they wanted). The United Arab Emirates couldn't afford it so they took extreme measures, and in the midst of chaos, I felt safe!!!!!
Shalom Nancy

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:55:15 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

G'day Everyone! Tonight is the 1st Seder and I am busy cooking for my children, very excited as it is always amazing to sit around the table and talk about Moses and His 'Posse' :) Both my Sons have Christian girlfriends who plan to join me this evening. My Daughter is having 1st Night/Seder with her boyfriend and his parents tonight.
RR if by any chance you are in the 'hood' today, you are welcome to join us, there is place at the table for you, you have the address :) I do my utmost to make everyone feel 'at home' around the Seder table!
I look forward to the day when ALL of us invite strangers into our hearts, irrespective of race,colour and/or Creed! It starts one person at a time, the 'work' never ends! I guess that is THE MESSIANIC CONSCIOUSNESS
Happy Passover and
Happy Easter (Bunnies):) to ALL who celebrate the holidays
'fellow traveller'
p.s. greetings to you 'nancy in dubai'

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 9:59:26 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Leslie, Great idea introducing dream travel places. I really love it there. I lived in Italy for all of 2001 and have visited many times before and since then. I also conducted tours there in the past. Who knows, maybe someday I'll resume them.

I would love to hear from other bloggers about their favorite travel places. Richard

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:09:14 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RR and 'fellow travellers' :)
Two of my very favourite travel places is (l) SOUTH AFRICA as the terrain is so very different wherever you travel, from Desert to Ocean. The Namib Desert area is awesome, with the mysterious wild horses that run wild and free! The sand has a beautiful golden hue, of course the Sunset and Sunrise is nothing short of spectacular in the Desert! (I am a Desert Person ;) so to speak! The Kruger National Park/Game Reserve is world famous and the size of Israel, one can drive through/Safari Style or go by foot with a Guide of course. The Guides are fascinating as they know the behavioral characteristics of all the animals! The Park is located approx. 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Anyone wanting an experience of a lifetime go to South Africa...East Africa/Kenya/Serengeti Plains etc.
The second favourite place to visit, the Greek Islands....Corfu, Santorini etc. I'll throw in a third, Italy....Florence, Venice, and I dream of Lake Como :)
to be continued..... :)
'fellow traveller'

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:33:41 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ooops.....I DREAM OF GOING TO ISRAEL...The Sea Of Galillee
Mount Of Olives, Jerusalem and the countryside with the rivers, mountains and village people, some of them live according to the ancient traditions for thousands of years. The Nomadic Tribes of the Desert areas...Masada etc.
I have never visited The Holy is on my 'wish list'

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 11:15:50 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Leslie...My wish is yours...Italy...eversince I saw Three Coins In A Fountain and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday...Also, Val, my next is the Holy Lands. My mom used to sing Far Away Places and she got to go quite abit after Daddy passed away on bus tours. Right now I'll settle for Alaska in Aug. I like to always be thinking ahead about the next place to see and I hope it will be Rome. MM

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 1:06:25 PM  
neva said...

One of my favorite places is a small seaport town near Tauranga, New Zealand. Overall the New Zealand and Australia trip was quite extraordinary!

The perfect and long flight back from Sydney to Maui allowed some reading and writing time.

Of course, Maui, is the best place to live though.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 5:44:07 PM  
Josie said...

There is nowhere on earth like Paris. If you have never been there, visit the website:

and you will get an idea of what it is like. It is truly the center of the universe. Not only is it beautiful, but the Parisians really know how to live. And it's true, French women don't get fat. But they enjoy their food and wine. The art galleries and museums are fantastic.

Everyone must experience Paris at least once in their lifetime.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006 6:17:13 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Josie, I so agree with you about Paris and I want to go back and spend more time there and in the countryside.

I have BIG news! I have finally given my notice of retirement! Yes...this is my last year of teaching full time. I told the school I'd be willing to continue to teach French a couple of 1/2 days a week, though. Now I'll be able to get on with writing that book (if you don't know about it, go to my blog site and click on "Young Widows.")

Now I'll be able to cruise to Alaska without school looming in the future. I can relax, meet new people, dance up a storm, have fun fun fun, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

It's on to bigger and better and more challenging and rewarding opportunities. Let's have a toast to that Ladies!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 7:07:04 PM  
REDTBIRD said...

RICHARD, I've got one for you, Joan Rivers is looking for a mate. She's on I believe? Check it out and it could be fun.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 8:53:58 PM  
Merry Mary said...

How about a visit to Oklahoma? I've lived here 65 years and love it...of course I love cowboys and Indians.

You are 100% Oklahoman if:
1. You can properly pronounce Eufaula,Gotebo, Okemah,Waurika, Weleetka, Wewoka, Wetumka and Chickasha.

2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.

4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.

5. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

7. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.

8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals.

9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

10. You measure distance in minutes. ("I'm about 5 minutes away.")

11. You refer to the capital of Oklahoma as "The City."

12. It doesn't bother you to use an airport named for a man who die d in an airplane crash.

13. Little smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.

14. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.

15. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
16. You know cowpies are not made of beef.
17. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

18. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist.

19. A bad traffic jam involves two drivers staring each other at a four- way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.

20. You know in which state "Miam-uh" is and in which state "Miam-ee" is.

21.. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.

22. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.

23. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is.

24. You know everything goes better with Ranch.

25. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

26. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin" to send them to your friends..

27.. Finally, you are 100% Oklahoman if you have ever heard this conversation:
"You wanna Coke?"
"What kind?"

Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:55:23 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Good Mornin' RR, Joe, Posse and fellow travellers

I marvel at our world, in it's entirety, distant lands spanning miles and miles of rugged coast to soft white and golden sands. The hidden treasures beneathe Her soil and the ocean, yet to be discovered.
My daughter was born in Vancouver British Columbia, one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. The mountains and ocean with panoramic views from every direction. Vancouver Island/Victoria where I spent three years exploring unique nooks and that stands out in my memory is Sooke with the Petroglyphs gracing the rocks down at the ocean. I used to sit for hours watching the ocean on stormy days, magic!
Gibson's Island, The Sunshine Coast with the quaint towns like Robert's Creek, Tofino, the rugged Pacific Rim National Park an artist's dream, where when walking along the shoreline the water's edge shimmers in the glow of the phospherous! The scenic drive through the mountains on Vancouver Island is nothing short of WOW!
The ferry that leaves from beautiful Horseshoe Bay on Mainland Vancouver sails across to Gibsons and Nanaimo(Diana Krall's hometown)
My Middle Son born in Calgary, Alberta near world famous Banff and Jasper known for the amazing hiking trails through the parks(Grizzly territory)
My First Son born in scenic Elliot Lake, Ontario surrounded by thousands of lakes and rocky terrain as far as the eye can see!
Sometimes all we have to do is take a look at our own backyard to appreciate where we are living!
I used to dabble in the travel business many MOONS ago and love to promote these beautiful places(gems) that I've been fortunate to experience living in and also those that I DREAM to visit :)
fellow traveller
'senior'ita bachelorette

Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:41:28 AM  
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Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:41:58 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello Everyone, I have to catch up on the posts, but in the meantime, I would like to wish all a VERY "HAPPY EASTER" AND A VERY HAPPY "ORTHODOX EASTER." Merry Mary, your Annick Goutal bottle sounds lovely. It is a modern bottle, but well worth keeping. The Goutal Perfume House in France has become a very important modern perfume house. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend. I am off to the grocery store for Stouffer's dark chocolate covered, coconut Easter egg candy. Lady Jayne

Thursday, April 13, 2006 8:09:32 AM  
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Thursday, April 13, 2006 8:11:33 AM  
Josie said...

Dreamweaver, I live in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island, and it is indeed spectacular. My Dad used to call Vancouver Island God's Little Acre. In the summertime there is no place like it. There is a lake there called Sproat Lake which is spectacular and has lovely summer homes. There is an island in the middle which is owned by the Vanderbilts from New York. We spent our summers there as kids swimming, boating, canoeing and just lying in the sunshine. If the world discovered Sproat Lake they would never want to leave. It is on the way to Tofino and Ucluelet, and that area is beyond beautiful - wild open ocean.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:27:36 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Who needs glossy travel magazines when our 'seniorbachelor travelogue dialogue blog' :) is an inspirational source of information.
I am taking note from all the travel recommendations for future reference. I feel like a square peg in a round hole living in Toronto, after experiencing Vancouver and Vancouver Island etc. I have never closed the door to British Columbia as my three children absolutely love it there and spent many Summers as Camp Counsellors on Gibsons Island and Sunshine Coast etc. I often think back of our 'little house on the prairie' that we used to have just above Deep Cove on Mt.Seymour Boulevard, North Vancouver. We'd take drives up Mt. Seymour in the Winter to play in the snow, drive back home in soft rain(hello) ;)
Drive over to West Vancouver all along the highway curving down to beautiful Horseshoe Bay, or the scenic route along the coast into Horseshoe Bay.
The welcoming Eagles soaring overhead as we stood on the ferry carrying us to Gibsons Island. The drive from the city over Lion's Gate Bridge with a panoramic view of the mountains, ocean and forests as far as the eye can see, hard to believe there were residential areas beneathe all the beautiful tall evergreen trees!
Wonderful memories that will last forever Josie!

Thursday, April 13, 2006 11:15:21 AM  
Josie said...

Well, it is Easter weekend, so of course you can be sure it's raining (cats and dogs) here in Vancouver. But the cherry trees are in full bloom (glorious) and the cherry blossom festival is on this weekend. And the tulips... fabulous.

Deep Cove is beautiful too. It is also wonderful for canoeing. And Gibsons and Roberts Creek - gorgeous in the summertime.

The drive along the "lower road" from North Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay is very much like the road in Monaco where Grace Kelly filmed "To Catch a Thief". The view is almost identical.

It's fun to play "tourist in my own town", there is so much to see and do here in Vancouver. I think the world is going to discover how beautiful it is when they come here for the 2010 Olympics. It is definitely our own best kept secret.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:31:14 PM  
Merry Mary said...

My dear sweet Lady Jane, I think in my life I've at one time collected about everything from iNDIAN ARTIFACTS, BASKETS,ANTIQUE DOLLS ,old bottles 'birds, I think now I shall start hunting perfume bottles. I love to stop at flea markets and garage sales and always need something special to now I have a new project. This will be fun....I saw 2 at the Promenade by Lolique for $1250 and $1,400. I need to find them at a garage sale for $10.00. I'll be studying your book so I'll know some to look for. Everyone picks your book up off the coffee table and says ,What's this?"and starts looking through it. Thanks again. I love it. MM

Thursday, April 13, 2006 1:17:59 PM  
leslie said...

Just wanted to add my two cents (Cdn) worth to the comments re Vancouver and environs. Yes, it really IS a beautiful city! My older sister has lived in Deep Cove for nigh on 40 years now so I know it quite intimately, too. "Downtown" Deep Cove can find visiting celebrities checking out the boutiques or launching their boats. I'm so looking forward to being tour guide for my new friends who come to visit me here, and the lower road to Horseshoe Bay is definitely on the short list for sightseeing. We'll stop and dine at the Boathouse restaurant and depending on the weather, will eat either inside or on the umbrella-covered patio to enjoy the view. We might even go all the way to Whistler.

So...after Italy, I think I'd want to visit Australia. My younger sister lived and worked there for a year when she was young(er) and ended up with an Aussie accent after only 4 months!!! Quite cute, acutally. I'd love to go to the area where they filmed part of "The Thorn Birds" - where Meggie and Ralph met up and conceived Dane. Soooooo romantic!

Thursday, April 13, 2006 2:30:40 PM  
Josie said...

Leslie, our family has a tradition every year we go to the Boathouse for Mother's Day dinner. The weather is always beautiful and we eat on the outdoor patio. The kids love it too. (You must try the Salmon with Canadian maple syrup - yum. It's amazing). Then we drive back along the lower road and watch the sunset on the bay and the buildings in the West End.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 3:03:09 PM  
happy said...

Back at ya MerryMary

Eufaula,Gotebo, Okemah,Waurika, Weleetka, Wewoka, Wetumka and Chickasha.

You-FALL-a, GO-t-bow, O-KEY-ma, War-EEK-a, we-LEET-ka, we-WOKE-a, We-TUMP-ka, CHICK-a-shay & it's almost TEHL-sa or even TEHL-si --NOT TUL-sa :)(depending on your generational spot in life), and of course, Miami could only be My-AM-uh ..and as for "Ya want a Coke?" Yes, please, I'll have a Dr. Pepper. I moved from OK to northern & eastern places long ago & still remember how hard it was to get Dr. Peppers AND Coors beer!)

Now let's not forget the Main Line of Philadelphia towns'namesakes of Wayne, Paoli, & Wynnewood...the latter pronounced WIN-wood in PA, but in OK it is definitely WIN-E-WOOOOD - all syllables getting the same emphasis with a certain drawn out drawl carving at least 2 syllables from the final one!

All so musical aren't they? Then there's Pushmataha, Pontotoc,Pawhuska,Okmulgee, Owasso, Okfuskee, & Muskogee (did you know there's a WWII submarine dry-docked off the Arkansas in that fair city?:) And Talihina, Bokchito, Bokoshe, Checotah, & Coweta, Poteau, Oktaha, Tuskahoma & Tishamingo, Tulahassee, Tonkawa, Wapanuka & Skedee, Scipio, & Skiatook and --Elk City & Ft. Gibson. Now THEY tangle my tongue a bit..ha.! And of course there's the challenge of Washita & Ouachita.

A couple of my favorite names are the translated ones: Broken Arrow & Broken Bow.

Okedoke --I QUIT! Obviously I've been around a couple of blocks in that fair state :) I've tried to learn Choctaw, but it didn't stick in my brain, so naming the towns is as close as I come to a "Native American" language.

Now I'm reading about OREGON, where I've never been but hope to go soon, and I can see I'm gonna need some major help with words. I understand my Indians, but how the heck "Champoeg" State Park comes to be pronounced SHAMPOO-EE ---I can't figure out. Like I said I need lessons. Any Oregonians out there???

Happy retirement & congratulations Leslie. Good luck with your book! Maybe you'll get a chance to do the Italy trip too.

Positively fascinating stories Dreamweaver18! Can't imagine that I'd ever get to SA, but it sure is a "dream" to hope. No offense all you other Canadians, so don't yell at me, okay?...but can't imagine why one would leave SA for CAN ---

Thursday, April 13, 2006 3:29:43 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Okey-dokey artichokie...Happy ,you definetly know Okie lingo. I absolutely love Ouchia Lake by Mt. Ida, Ar. I used to find lots of arrowheads there when the lake was low. My kids learned to waterski there. It is awsome. God made some beautiful creations. Happy Easter to one and all. Love, Mary

Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:07:24 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Howdy Sisters and Brothers!
GEE WIZ....HAPPY you are a character I am shaking with laughter reading your 'take' on all those Oklahoma names, terms etc. :) WOW you have been around the blog/block a few times in terms of travellin' girl, lol love it! I remember you well back in them good ole days on the blog, you are still that funny girrl, Hallelujah to ya ;)
Have you visited Vancouver City and Vancouver Island? It truly is Lotusland and reminds me of my home city Cape Town South Africa.
Yes, there have been many days where I scratch m' head and ask what the h---l am I doing here???
Watched Oprah today and there was the reminder for me as she said to the Women on her show that there is a 'bigger picture' to just 'being here' aside from our working lives and 'everyday stuff' that we have to contend with. She said we must ask ourselves "WHO AM I?" That is a 'loaded question' as there is a PURPOSE for each of us over and above our everyday stuff! One of Oprah's most powerful shows to date!
Keep up the good work of making us laugh HAPPY :)
ciao for now
fellow traveller

Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:15:02 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Shoot Val....I missed Oprah today. I was in Sapulpa at an OASIS luncheon. Happy....Do you know how to say Sapulpa???? I'm sure u do beings you knew all the others. There's also a town called Slap Out in the panhandle. I used to live at Woodward and we'd go through Slap Out goin somewhere???? CO. maybe? MM

Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:20:48 PM  
Josie said...

Dreamweaver, my mother was from South Africa as well. She said that Vancouver reminded her of Cape Town too. But she was always homesick for South Africa because she missed the sunshine and warm weather.

There are a lot of South Africans in British Columbia now, especially in the medical field.

I would love to go to South Africa sometime and see all the fascinating places she used to talk about.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:58:35 PM  
happy said...

Sure do merrymary. That would be sa-PULP-a. Gotta admit I've never heard of Slap Out !!! Thanks for educating me. I always thought Woodward was sooooo far away -- with nothing else around. I've just refreshed my memory and I was right! That whole area down s. & s.e. toward Tologa and Watonga & Elk City must be pure desert, huh?

Here's a vacation destination for ya: just over the OK state line near Conway, AR, is a town called TOAD SUCK CORNER, AR. Honest...and it was named for a frog which has hallucenogenic properties. Good juices evidently are excreted through its skin. Fun evidently is had (no! I've not tried it!!) by sucking on the danged toad! yuck & bbbllcchh. Mary, have you ever heard of George Nigh or Carl Albert? They both are from my hometown. Or I'm from theirs, I 'spose, since they are older. So I believe I'm just a hop, skip & jump from you. :)

Had no idea that Vancouver City or Vancouver Island was like Capetown,SA dreamweaver18. I'm glad to know that. My sister went to Victoria last year & the photos just made me want to go! So if I ever get to ORegon I will just keep going West. Like you, I sometimes wonder what the &^#^% I'm still doin' here where I am. But tonight, my attitude is "I'll think about that tomorrow." Meanwhile - Gonna go enjoy a movie & a yummy home baked oatmeal cookie - made by the cookie fairy ---moi !

Whoa! --now wait a minute. If Vancouver & Cape Town are similar, but one is warm & sunny (as per Josie & one evidently is not ----where's the comparison? Hhmmmm...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:10:46 PM  
Josie said...

Happy, your oatmeal cookie sounds yummy. Pass one on over.... I could use one right now. Why is it that short work weeks always feel longer than a regular work week...!?

Vancouver is just like Honolulu in the summertime. Beautiful, warm, gorgeous weather. Unfortunately, we live in a temperate climate so for the rest of the year it is either raining, has just finished raining, or is just about to rain. (It's the rain forest). But everything is green all year round. So although it looks similar to Cape Town, it doesn't have the same warm weather all year.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:38:37 PM  
happy said...

Hi Josie --Thanks for the explanation of weather in Vancouver. So I'd better bring my Gore-Tex, huh? I've never been to a Rain Forest nor Rain Forest-type climate, but always thought if I did go I'd prefer a cool one rather than a tropic one! I should be able to get a lot of insider info on what not to miss from all you knowledgeable women on this site.

Thursday, April 13, 2006 9:25:43 PM  
leslie said...

Vancouver's nickname is "Lotusland." I think it gets a bum rap for its rain, which is usually more like a heavy mist than a downpour. The climate is much like San Fransisco for those who are more familiar with that city. You won’t need a fur coat for a winter visit to Vancouver. Warmed by the Japanese current and protected by a ring of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From balmy mid-70s Fahrenheit (low 20s Celsius) in summer to a mild mid-40s Fahrenheit (0 – 5 Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. There are exceptions, though, when it can get extremely hot in the summer but NEVER extremely cold in the winter. Except on local ski hills, it seldom snows in the city. Most people get by in winter with a light jacket, and few "real" Vancouverites carry umbrellas.

Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:12:47 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Hi Happy, I suppose you would be from Bartlesville. My x was in congress....state house and I was active in raising money for the lobbiest for realtors. Did you know Alice White??? She lived there for years. Her husband was a controller for Phillips 66.....She was my most unforgetable character in real estate.....What a woman. I could write a book about her. She could turn in an instant to being docile to just the opposite but would do anything for me. Carl Albert was a good friend of hers. I believe he handled her estate after she passed away. That's when all her long lost relatives came out that didn't have anything to do for her when she was living. I hope you're not kin to her...if you were tho you'd understand. Mary

Friday, April 14, 2006 5:33:50 AM  

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