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   May 25, 2005
For you in this issue:
  • TO BEard or NOT TO BEard?
  • In Your Own Words
  • Your Ideas ...

    Hello Everyone!

    Many thanks to all of you who have decided to go along on this Search and Journey for Romance and Adventure. I have been most pleased to discover that the thousands of people who have subscribed to the Newsletter want to follow along on the Journey, whether they have applied or not. We have a long way to go- the Fun is just beginning!

    Please understand that I have never done anything like this before, and I will make some mistakes, and when I do, I will correct them. Just like the itinerary, events will unfold and determine the best course of action.

    Newsletter Archive! Please click here to read the previous Senior Bachelor Newsletters.

    TO BEard or NOT TO BEard?

    My intention in writing these Newsletters was not to bore you with information about me, rather to talk about how the Search is going, travel tips, interesting anecdotes, and the like, and then of course the Journey. However, I have received literally hundreds of e-mails requesting "tell us more about you." I'll try to give up a little each week, but recognize I am a man and we aren't great at this kind of stuff!!! This week I will answer a question many of you have asked, which was cleverly asked in the subject bar of an email- TO BEard or NOT TO BEard?

    On April 19, 1978 I quit my job, as did my wife, pulled our three boys out of school (they were 9, 10, and 11) and embarked on a journey around the world which would take us to 38 countries on 5 continents over the course of 426 days. The job that I had (a stockbroker) did not allow anyone to have facial hair, so the day we departed I started to grow a beard, mainly because my wife wanted me to.

    In January of this year I was on a motorcycle exploring indigenous hill tribes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and decided after 27 years of a hairy face to see what it looked and felt like to be clean shaven-so I shaved the beard off. I figured no one I knew would ever see me this way, so why not. That night, in the most unlikeliest of spots, a teeny village in the mountains, there was a computer, and I checked my e-mail. Lo and behold there was a message from a Producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show saying that if I could be in Chicago in four days, they wanted to introduce The Senior Bachelor endeavor!!! I had just left two places wiped away by the tsunamis in Thailand , Patong Beach and the island of Ko Phi Phi, and was still trying to mentally sort that out.

    I raced to Chicago and the choice for the taping was a four day stubble or remaining clean shaven, and the Producers felt clean shaven was better. Upon returning to Manhattan Beach, virtually all of my female friends said to me "Why Richard, you look so much younger without a beard." Now we all know when we get up in years and someone says this, well, I am now clean shaven. Having said that, whomever I am traveling with, if she wants me to have a beard or be clean shaven I'll do as she likes.( See how easy I am- ha ha!!!!)

    In Your Own Words
    Middle Eastern Children

    The following are some interesting "sound bites" sent to me from the readers of the Newsletter. From a lady in Minnesota: "Have fun with this. Life is too short not to. Even though I cannot go on the trip, this is an adventure in itself for me." From Missouri: "Your idea has started my crawl out of the depths of depression I had sunk to, and I just wanted to say thank you. I think I can now throw out the Celexa."

    "I think it is great what you are doing for the single over fifty crowd as we have a lot of life left!" "In thinking about the trip, I have begun to realize that I need to step out and break away from my past. If I am not chosen, then I will have nothing to hold me back from being free and me. What a wonderful place to be."

    Your Ideas ...

    Initially I had hoped to find one traveling partner for a full six months, however so many women have e- mailed me and said this is too long for two main reasons. 1) Commitments such as their job, mortgage or rent payments, caring for a parent, caring for a child, caring for a pet, and many other very good reasons 2) That I was asking for a heck of a lot of a woman to whom I am a stranger to commit to a six month trip. In hindsight, I do get this, and I agree with this thinking. Six months with ANYBODY is problematic, much less a stranger-and especially with this itinerary! Simply put, there were too many unknowns, from both of our points of view, to risk this. After all, this is supposed to be FUN. Let me repeat FUN. Not a potential ordeal. To the subscribers to the first Newsletter sent out May 12, I posed a question concerning this, and the responses were downright overwhelming in agreement! The conclusion, by 90% of the hundreds of women who responded, said, in effect, that they did not want to make a six month commitment, but they could hang in there for one month. While it is still possible it could be one woman for six months, it's also possible it could be one woman for one month apiece over the course of six months, or any combination thereof. I will be able to make a much better informed decision once I have viewed all of the materials sent to me.

    Itinerary Info The planned itinerary has the Journey beginning with two months in South America, one month in Africa, two months in Southern India, Burma (Myanmar), Laos and Cambodia, then two weeks in Australia, and two weeks in the south Island of New Zealand. It might work out that if there is a hoped for love connection on one of the trips that "we" would then spend two weeks in Tahiti. Whew, I wish the Journey was starting tomorrow!

    A reader sent in the following quote by Mark Twain- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do then by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbors. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." I think that pretty much says it all.

    I still have a lot of work to do to contact all of the people who have sent in materials, so I will write another Newsletter within the next week or so.

    Until then, I remain respectfully yours,

    Richard Roe, The Senior Bachelor

    PS. May I ask a HUGE favor. Could I impose on you to forward this Newsletter to your friends so they may enjoy the Senior Bachelor Search. Below this box on the left is a link labeled Forward email. Simply click on that link and enter your friends' email addresses and press send-- that will send them this Newsletter and they can sign up to get their own copy. Thanks so much! Richard.

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