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  February 21, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • Social Plannings
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
  • A great Success Story!

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Some readers have e-mailed me saying they cannot see the photos in their Newsletter. If that happens, simply go to and then click on the Newsletter Page. Within 24 hours of the Newsletter being sent out, it is posted on the website.

    Each week I would like to have a section called "In Your Own Words." Any interesting story that you would like to share- please keep to no more than 750 words or so- please e-mail them to me at For example, a woman just sent me an e-mail from Uganda, and she is doing volunteer work there. Boy, I'd like to hear about that!! Another reader went to New Orleans to help out immediately after Katrina. Or if you live in New Orleans, tell us what it is like today. Tell us about great places to travel to, and perhaps travel hazards to avoid. And, as we have discovered on our Journey together many of you have had your own "re- awakening" at this new stage of your life. All great stories we should share.

    As I do not want to have to edit these stories, please limit them to no more than approximately 750 words. If you have a photo that compliments the story, send that as well. Thanks!

    In Your Own Words

    New Orleans After Katrina-from Angie, New Orleans, Louisiana

    It is Sunday, February 19, 2006 in New Orleans, my 10th day back home permanently after Hurricane Katrina and a day that would have normally been the end of the first week of the Mardi Gras parades. Yes, there have been some parades, abbreviated extremely with a few floats that will pass by in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Normally I would hear a parade goer shout "throw me something mister" but now I turn to hear a krew (that's how they spell "crew" here) member yell to a reveler, "how's ya mama?" I hear other members of parade krews saying that in spite of losing their house in St. Bernard they want to be a part of this 150 year anniversary of carnival. No, this is not just frivolity and decadence but an attempt of the passionate people of this city to keep culture and tradition alive and maintain some semblance of sanity.

    The maskers toss the usual beads to the crowds and some throw plastic cups that have "blue roof blues" written across them, reminiscent of the temporary roofs that cover many many homes in the aftermath of Katrina. The floats have satirical titles around FEMA, SBA, now everyday terms, and political officials who can't seem to work together and continue to point fingers at each other. Everyone is trying to make the best of this situation and keep our chins up and optimistic. One can choose to wallow or to find the positives and move on no matter how slowly but that gut wrenching feeling of uncertainty in the pit of your stomach is the constant reminder of a living limbo.

    In the late afternoon I went grocery shopping, or as is called in NO, "make groceries". Through the corner of my eye I could see a man caring a propane tank into the store, the fuel necessary to run FEMA trailers if you are lucky enough to have electricity, gas, water and sewerage. This homecoming, in spite of the fact that I consider myself to be one of the more fortunate survivors, is bittersweet. The sense of community and pride in our city is profound. Fleur de lis are everywhere, worn on necklaces, waving on flags and displayed on advertisements. Some major companies have come back to help the economy and show their commitment to New Orleans and it's people. Officials have traveled to Holland to learn how the Dutch rebuilt. The news alludes to promises of funding to bring the city back and federal politicians who say things are ok and coming back.

    Yes, things are improving, but things are not ok. People are still homeless while FEMA trailers sit unoccupied for months. Rents have skyrocketed, making it impossible for some socio-economic groups to come back home. There are entire neighborhoods that are merely abandoned houses with water marks and flooded cars on the street and after 6 months have no clear direction about re-building criteria.

    The elderly are seldom mentioned, with medical care lacking. The pity is that much of this could have been prevented had the city been treated/viewed as a rich community instead of an expendable one.

    I love New Orleans and will work to make it come back bigger and better and hope that in the future that it will be treated as a city that is an important part of America's heritage, and unique in its culture. We hope that our federal government does not abandon us, and leave the impression that perhaps the city did not represent the right socio-economic groups. Some New Orleanians wonder if this was, for example, Nantucket Island or Sea Isle, Georgia, if the rebuilding would not have been underway already.


    Join This Discussion on the Blog

    The blog, also reached by going to then clicking on Richard's blog, is your way to contribute to these discussions and can be a lot of fun. If you would like to give your comments about the article above on New Orleans, and/or your thoughts on how Katrina was handled, please join the blog. If you need help setting up a blog account, just email me at and give me a username and password you would like to use. I'll help you set up your blog account. How much easier does it get than that!

    My Surgery This Week

    Thursday, February 23, I go into the hospital for 3 days to have that nasty piece of business carved out. I have greatly appreciated the concern voiced from so many Newsletter readers. It really does help knowing so many people are pulling for me. I look at this experience as many of the challenges I have faced in life and plan to meet it "head on" and focus my energy on my recovery. Thinking about the cruises to Alaska helps!

    I hope to write next weeks Newsletter on time if I can. Best wishes to all.

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

    Click here to check out the Senior Bachelor Cruise Adventure this Summer!

    Social Plannings

    Joe and I had conference calls this past week with Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch, coincidentally both located in Seattle. We are trying our best to have both organizations contact men on their client lists 45 and over, and tell them about the two Senior Bachelor Cruises to Alaska this August. After all, Umberto and I can't dance with everybody!! Having said that, in fact the best recruiters of men to the cruises will be you. This way the men will have been "vetted." I will be sending out a cruise Newsletter shortly, but only to the people who have signed up for it. If you would like to receive it, please e-mail me at and let me know.

    We also will announce details of parties and activities the day before each sailing in Seattle. Keep this in mind when you book your airline tickets. Details to follow at a later date.

    The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
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    Things are heating up with the Alaska Cruises! I do plan to keep my "date" with all of you and host these two incredible Senior Bachelor kick off cruises. We have lots of fun things in store which we will be sharing with you shortly. Let's just say that, even if you have cruised before, you will come back saying you have never been on a cruise like this before!!

    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. People seem to book the better cabins first so at least call her to check availability.

    For information about the Senior Bachelor Cruise, click here! Remember to send me an email at 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 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! A great Success Story!

    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 Marti- "Richard,

    Want to tell you about my success with Perfect Match. I joined at the same time I started planning my trip to Chicago to meet you. David and I emailed a few times, then started two-hour phone calls each night for a couple of weeks, then met in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan immediately after Chicago (my Chicago "tour" included a leaf-peeking week in UP). Since then we have been almost inseparable - almost four months! Incredible! So, yes, I think Perfect Match works, and I have recommended it to a couple of friends. I had tried eHarmony at my sister's insistence for a month, with no luck, and David had tried three other sites at different times over the last couple of years and actually had met a few women. We both think we got lucky on PerfectMatch!

    Good luck!

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