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  January 9, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • From Gael-A SPECTACULAR Time!
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise
  • PerfectMatch.com- A great Success Story!
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    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    INTEGRITY:

    Each year the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary make a list of the past year's 10 most looked up words. I will work backwards; 10=Inept 9=Levee, 8=Conclave, 7=Pandemic, 6=Tsunami, 5=Insipid, 4=Filibuster, 3=Contempt, 2=Refugee. And number 1= INTEGRITY. The folks at Merriam say "This gives us insight into the country's collective concern about its values."

    I thought this interesting because most of us can give a definition for the word integrity. Merriam's is-- Firm adherence to a code, especially moral or artistic values; incorruptibility.

    I found this extra interesting because if I could give a one word description of integrity, I would say honesty. At least that's my personal opinion. As discussed in these Newsletters before, honesty, is by far, BY FAR; the number one characteristic women have told me they look for in a man.

    I'm not smart enough to try to figure out all of this, but I do know that if so many Americans are looking up a word they are familiar with, then this is a good thing, meaning there is some confusion going on in our lives. Be it the horrible scandals of Enron, Worldcom, etc., or a decline in family values, or questions about our overseas and domestic policies, and the personal vicissitudes of both Democrats and Republicans alike. I favor anything that results in good, honest debate. To bring issues to the fore, rather than let them smolder. It will be interesting to see what the future year's hold for the most looked up word.

    Please do not misunderstand me, I'm not preaching. I'm not in a position where I should preach, as I have made my share of mistakes. However, I believe anybody who really knows me, will tell you that I have always tried to act with integrity, in my personal life as well as my business life, and have been as honest as I am capable of being.

    For what I refer to as "The Senior Bachelor Endeavor" I have always done my best to act with integrity. Because it is the right thing to do, not just to be politically correct. Also, let's face it, without the liftoff by Miss Oprah and her wonderful Producers, Senior Bachelor never would have had the worldwide appeal and exposure it has received. And I believe if people had to use one word to describe The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Producers, and Oprah herself, it would be- integrity.

    I have been enormously impressed, and grateful, that Vicki and Gael, and I presume Lori, Vija and Cindee are all on the same wavelength.The five ladies have lots of contact back and forth via e-mail, and it has been great to see there has not been any cattiness or indications of competitiveness. It is my view that all of us believe that this is a great, albeit unusual, way to really, REALLY get to know one another without, OK, sex possibly blurring any of the feelings and emotions. I think this is the way dating is supposed to be. I was really happy to be told by Vicki and Gael that the 5 ladies have formed kind of a sisterhood, and that they have vowed to respect not only themselves, but each other by keeping at arms length. Now this really made things easier for me, because, well, I am a man, and these are very attractive, and sexy ladies!! And I am in, kind of, a, shall we say, "vulnerable" condition-ha ha.

    Please don't take the following as "corny" because it is 100% from my heart. I kind of feel I am representing men in general, and that my behavior on this Journey, my acting with (there's that word again) integrity, just might restore some Hope, Faith and Inspiration in women who feel wronged in the past by men. If I can go around the world for 6 months, to many romantic places, with 5 terrific women, and not try to take advantage of the situation, this could be a message to women that there are some good guys out there, and they may want to "get back in the game" so to speak.

    POSSIBLE FOLLOW UP ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW:

    I get many e-mails every week from people asking when there will be a follow-up on TOWS. It is true that Oprah said at the very end of the segment in which I appeared with her that she would keep everyone updated about this endeavor, but returning for a follow up is not a given. In fact, the Show has so many worthy shows, that a possible follow up is only a possibility. I have been in touch with the Producers, and we have been close, but a good fit for a show has not presented itself as of today.

    Many people have asked why I am also having everything filmed by Umberto Zappa. The answer has been, and remains, that I do not have any deal with anybody for a Documentary film, ala POP&ME, or any kind of a television deal for a show or shows. When I made my proposal to the Oprah Producers for Senior Bachelor, I promised I would have a cameraman with me all of the time, including during the Search and Selection process, and that I would film everything in High-Definition. If and when The Oprah Winfrey Show decided they would like to do a follow up, I have extensive footage of everything. And, I might very immodestly add, it is very good footage. I do hope to be invited back on Oprah's Show, and I will keep you up to date if and when this might occur.

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

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    From Gael-A SPECTACULAR Time!

    Mon. Jan 2, 2006-- It doesn't seem possible!! Today Richard, Umberto, Severo and I went to Alto Los Condes- better known as the MALL! Severo ( Umberto's Argentinian friend), was looking for an iPod and it was books for me. I was surprised that Richard was so up for it as I remember his notation at MB saying, "Richard doesn't DO shopping!" Richard and I walked to the International Bookstore and I scored. Back at the mall we went into all the hiking/camping places. R likes to keep up on all of the new STUFF. Just before sunset we went to Mt. Cristobal- which also was just in time to see them close!

    So we went to dinner at a little local place just below the monument, called The Venenzia. If anyone reading this has ever been to The Venenzia, on the Cambridge/Dorchester, MA. line, let me tell you- what a HOOT!!! I'd love to send them a pic of of THIS one!!! The food was OK, but not as good as we have gotten used to.

    Tues. R, U and I went back to Mt. Cristobal- at 10:30 am. We took the funicular up 1/2 way to see the zoo. (Click here to see the photos.) YEAH! Much bigger than we expected, very diverse and the animals looked in good care!! Fun! Then, up to the top! Just at the foot of the stairs leading to the Statue of the Virgin, was racks of candles and mementos hung on the walls. Newborn baby hats, pictures, cards and all sorts of things for people who had survived and for others who didn't. Heartwrenching, even with the language barrier. The statue was HUGE and beautiful. Down we went by cable car and back home.

    R and I decided we'd go to dinner at our favorite place so far, Isla Negra (Black Island) Restaurant. Then to Fragola's for our after dinner treat- Italian ice cream. Yummy. At 9AM Michelle (another friend of Umberto's from Guatamela), Severo and I (Richard and Umberto had work to do) went to the town of Isla Negra to see the unique home and property of a world famous poet, Pablo Neruda. The interior was designed as if it were a ship! Wonderful to see with all his unusual collections. The property was a precipice overlooking the crashing, pounding sea. Neruda loved the ocean but was afraid of it! Neruda surrounded himself with all the trappings of the sea but considered himself, The Captain of the Land. I was so glad I got to see it and enjoy the day.

    Thurs. Severo offered to take me to the mall (silly boy). I needed a pair of jeans. They were having a buy one get one free sale, so it was HELL! Severo was very patient and we got the stuff and got OUT! Back home I realized I had left a bag at the store!!I NOT a happy girl! I took a taxi back and retrieved my new purchase.

    Fri. we had a 2 1/2 hour flight to the desert in northern Chile at 5AM. Arrived at 9AM and found a very local place to stay right in the center of San Pedro, about a (terrific) one hour ride from the airport. The restaurant/bar was in the middle and all the rooms were on the perimeter. Veeeery interesting. All I was hoping for was some sleep! Oh well.

    3:30PM and off to hike the Desert of Atacama, the driest in the world, for 5 hours!!!!!

    So much for the nap. We hiked Death Valley, Moon Valley and ? Valley. R said he was in heaven! Personally, I donīt expect heaven to be that HOT! But there was no debating the incredible beauty of it all. We even ran down two HUMONGOUS sand dunes!!

    The moving of the earth's plates, (because of dryness), creates shapes and forms that don't look real. More like SURREAL!!

    Back to El Garrobo at 9:30PM. I skipped dinner because the only thing I was interested in was a shower! A COLD shower wasn't really what I had in mind, but, it still got most of the 10+lbs. of sand off me! Bed felt great-- except for those DRUMS! I was laying there hoping R was still feeling he was in heaven! Sat. we lounged for the morning. R had decided the El Garrobo had a little too much local color, so we found The San Pedro De Atacama. When we entered the lobby it was air conditioned, (you had me at hello), and you see a HUGE SWIMMING POOL through the french doors of the dining room- need I say more!?! Yipee! R decided it was perfect! Toss the stuff in our LUXURY room and off to our 2PM tour.

    R had hired a driver to take us to the lakes. On the way the driver dropped off food to his mother. What luck for us! Maria Louisa looked like she stepped from the pages of a history book! She was absolutely beautiful. Her home was on part of an oasis, smack dab in the middle of the desert, with a little stream running through it.

    A tiny stone house with her glorious gardens and a stone pen of some sort. Maria Louisa was putting thorny branches over the top of it for both shade and protection. She protecting her rabbits!! She invited us into her home to show us things she had made from alpaca. Of course I bought something. How could you NOT???

    Back on the road and heading to the Lagunes we passed Huanacos. They are similar to llamas. The first lake in the National Park, was nestled among the Andes Mts. Fresh water with a bed of salt! Neat!

    Off again to Laguna Chaxa. This lake was surrounded by a landscape of salt/mineral crystals for miles and miles. No flat surfaces ANYWHERE!!! IN the lake were flocks of flamingo. How magnificent!! We stayed to watch the sunset which gave U enough time to get some spectacular photos. You'll love them!!

    Back for dinner in San Pedro at Cafe' Adobe. U had eaten there before and it was great food and atmosphere. We walked in to a live local band performing in front of an open pit of fire! The ceiling over the fire was open and all of the tables were arranged around it. It was cool enough to enjoy the fire and the music.

    R and I had a pisco sour (national drink) with dinner, and then off to the hotel and a much needed shower- HOT shower- lovely!!!

    Sun. we hung out at our luxurious hotel, mostly. U and I did a little video, R did a little Internet and I did a little gift shopping. I also got very lucky and saw a local parade! Beautiful and strange costumes and dancing. I wish I understood its meaning.

    3:30PM and off to the airport and back to Santiago-- home again, home again, jiggity jig!!

    Gael

    The Senior Bachelor Cruise
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    Wow! One of the finalists really knows how to party! She is bringing along no fewer than 12 of her friends on the cruise this summer!

    I exchanged emails with Shawn, our Personal Cruise Consultant, and she wants me to remind you that these two cruises are in the "peak" of the Alaska cruising season. They are very popular in their own right- much less with the added attraction of having us party-ers on board! So please start checking your travel calendar and, if you think there is a chance you want to go, contact her ASAP. Your deposit goes directly to Holland America Lines and is completely refundable up to 75 days before the cruise.

    For information about the Senior Bachelor Cruise, click here! Remember to send me an email at Richard@seniorbachelor.com if you need a cruise cabin mate to save the single supplement. We've already matched up a whole bunch of people and I will be able to help you even while on the Journey. Or you can contact our Personal Cruise Consultant, Shawn, at Shawn@seniorbachelor.com or call 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 4294 Mon- Fri, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, PST.

    To submit the Online Cruise Booking Form, click here!

    PerfectMatch.com- A great Success Story!
    FUN, FIT, FREE and FABULOUS

    I love hearing from you about your experiences with PerfectMatch! I share them only with the writer's permission- usually given enthusiastically because they are excited to share their success. Fits nicely with our New Year's Resolution theme:

    From Connie in Canada:

    Hi Richard,

    Have been keeping in tune with the travels of you and the others senior bachelor girls and Umberto. It is my pleasure to wish all of you a happy Holiday and I can sympathize with your missing your 7 grandchildren. I am about to embark on my journey to northern Canada and then Tucson to visit my family. The greatest news- I have met the "perfect match" on PerfectMatch. Having been leery of these dating sites and had 2 terrible experiences, I tried PerfectMatch figuring Dr. Phil and you support it and then was on a flight recently and saw the movie 'Must like dogs'- I joined up. Norton was the only person who appealed to me and since Nov.29th-- we have come to know one another and also families have met and I who love animals- he has 2 horses, 3 dogs and a cat! I have a precious cat also.

    Good luck-- will stay tuned in. Cheers, Connie

    Ladies and Gentlemen, many of you have taken the free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile to learn more about themselves to get better prepared to meet and date. You should try it out, too.

    One of the criteria for the 22 Finalists was to take the Free Compatibility Profile and I used the results in making my decisions.

    I did take the Free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile, and it described me to a "T." It was simple and took less than 15 minutes. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and only time will tell how this service works for you. My recommendation is to take the Free Compatibility Profile (click here to try it), and if you like what you see with the Profile results, and your budget can afford it, give it a try, and then later tell me your feelings. Good luck. We all are looking for our Perfect Match!!!

    Many people have asked about our association with PerfectMatch. After seeing Duane Dahl, the founder of PerfectMatch on Dr. Phil this past June, and doing some research, we felt this was a company we would like to start an association with to see what kind of results they might provide. I know from working with the Oprah folks how careful they are to research their guests, as does Dr. Phil, and this encouraged me. (Photo courtesy of "Merry Mary".)

    From Linda- "You asked for feedback regarding PerfectMatch. I have subscribed to several online relationship sites with varying amounts of success. However, I believe PerfectMatch has combined the most succinct and efficient program available for those of us with the mature status. Not only is help readily available if needed, the site navigation is seamless. I believe the questionnaires are very well done and if participants answer truthfully, the potential for finding the "perfect match" is excellent."

    From a reader in Georgia- "I never desired nor felt the need to join a dating service. On a lark, I decided to try the free personality profile with PerfectMatch. I was floored and amazed how right on they were on about me."

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