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  April 11, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • In Your Own Words- Dubai
  • Funny Stuff Sent by Readers
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Filling Fast!
  • A great Success Story!

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I want to thank everybody who wrote to the Dr. Phil Show on my behalf. I have not heard back from them as of today. Again, many thanks.

    Alaska Cruises Update: The inside cabins on the Zaandam, sailing August 11-18 are sold out. There are some outside cabins still available on the Zaandam and some inside and outside cabins available on the Westerdam, sailing August 20-27. Overall, the cruises are 80% filled with a wonderful, eclectic group of travelers. For more information, see below.

    I am trying to make a good deal with a downtown hotel in Seattle for our groups. If you have any recommendations, please e-mail them to me at Thanks.

    Best regards!

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

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

    In Your Own Words- Dubai

    In Your Own Words:

    Each week I hope to have an interesting story from readers. I especially love the stories which have to do with travel. Dubai certainly came to our attention a few weeks ago, and a loyal reader who lives there sent this letter to me. I highly encourage you to send me any stories you would like to share. So far we have had stories from New Orleans and Costa Rica.

    Dear Richard, When I first started this endeavor (actually yours) I was living in the Middle East. A place called Dubai. Because we live so far away, Americans are unaware of this most unusual country. If your a European, chances are you might vacation twice a year or more there. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, on the Persian Gulf, on the same peninsula as Saudi Arabia. Probably one of the most progressive economies anywhere.

    A long time ago, their ruler (Sheik) had a vision for their country. They could not compete with Saudi Arabia which had unlimited oil, so (Dubai) decided to dredge their Creek, and allow commerce to come in 'Duty Free'. Also, they allowed many nationalities to come freely there and work (a tax free economy!!). A million people live in Dubai, roughly 4% are Emirates, so the rest are laborers or people who have come to set up businesses. Unlike Saudi Arabia, 'ex-pats' could worship at churches that the government donated land too, and one could drink at 'Hotels', or own a 'liquor license'! I did not have to wear the traditional 'Abays', but respected Ramadan and covered shoulders and legs during their holy month.

    Their main industry is tourism, with some of the most amazing hotels anywhere in the world. The beautiful '7 star hotel, Burj al Arab, is a landmark, shaped like a sail, awesome to look at (and I actually lived right across the street from it!!!). Each hotel is more grandeur than the next. In the Gulf waters they are creating new land and building structures you can see from the 'moon,' (Palm Island). Another such land mass is shaped in the shape of the world. With rich people buying continents to build their own homes on!!

    They have brought in 'world class' events, such as the 'Dubai Classic', golf, tennis, a new race track to hold 'Formula 1' car racing, the richest horse race in the world, and I could go on. The camel races were very entertaining, enjoyed by all. In fact, on my way out into the desert to play golf, I was sometimes held up by hundreds of camels crossing the street to go and practice around their huge tracks, of course they had the right of way!

    Living as an ex-pat was an experience. My friends were from every corner of this earth, and it has allowed me the luxury of being invited to visit them, which slowly I am!!

    The desert is an extreme place to live. During the summer the temperatures could reach 125 F and extremely humid, but would cool down to 110 F at night, but winter time was beautiful. You knew when summer was coming, because you switched from cold water out of the tap (came through the ground and almost boiling temperatures) to turning off the hot water (coming from tanks in the ceiling) to have your cool water. My son used to go and get 15 huge blocks of ice to cool down the pool. And 15 minutes later they were melted! Cooled the pool a bit!

    Richard, I miss that part of the world, and as I have always said, 'would love to show it off to you'!! We could 'snow' ski in a indoor mall, snow board down the sand dunes in the desert and swim in the Persian Gulf, all in the same day!


    Funny Stuff Sent by Readers

    Each week I will send some of the funny articles sent to me. Please send any you feel would be fun for the Newsletter to me at Thanks.

    ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 40's, 50's, and 60's!!

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because

    WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! ! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk- takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

    And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

    How To Clean Your Toilet

    1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

    2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

    3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.

    4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

    5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".

    6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

    7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

    8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

    9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

    Sincerely, the dog

    The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Filling Fast!
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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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