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Promoting Romance and Adventure for People of All Ages! )
  August 3, 2005
For you in this issue:
  • Cruises
  • In Your Own Words
  • Travel to SouthEast Asia December 26, 2004- Part 4 TSUNAMI


    SENIOR BACHELOR AND THE MEDIA-- One of the major goals of the Senior Bachelor Search and Journey is to Promote Romance and Adventure For People Of All Ages. In fact this “tagline” is on the heading of all of the Newsletters as well as on all of my correspondences. This is a nicer way of saying that this is for Seniors, or Mature People, but I really mean people 40 and over and especially 50 and over. We know it doesn’t get any easier as we get up in years!!

    To that extent, any positive media coverage is welcome. I was happy to do the article for People Magazine as I was the oldest person by at least 20 years chosen, and I believe People Magazine deserves a lot of credit for choosing an older person. That was good exposure for ALL of us. A little while ago I did a five minute television segment for GMTV which is the largest morning show in the United Kingdom, reaching some six million viewers. Last Thursday a whole day was spent with a German television network which will air a segment on Senior Bachelor all over Germany and other German speaking nations.

    I wanted you to know that I am not doing these events to have more submissions of videotapes and biographies, rather to promote what I feel to be a very needed and necessary endeavor. From time to time, you will hear me carry on about what I believe to be the marginalizing of Americans as we age. By that I mean television shows, radio shows, advertisers, etc., cater to a younger demographic, and it makes me feel that once I turned 50, I just wasn’t that important anymore-at least in the eyes of advertisers and the media. Now these are my thoughts only and you may not feel that way, however that’s how I feel. And yes, I’d like to do something about it.

    If you have any comments about this, I would love to see you post them on the blog, which you can do by going to then to Richard’s Blog.

    Richard on which beach?

    Many readers of the Newsletter and Blog have suggested going on cruises as a way for us to meet each other. I don’t mean just to meet me, but all of the people who are interested in the Senior Bachelor Search and Journey. I LOVED these suggestions as I love to go on cruises, and I had planned on a cruise to Alaska next summer. The idea would be that I would have a 35 mm print of Pop&Me, (the same that MGM played in movie theaters five years ago) and I could answer any and all questions about Hollywood and the making of a feature length film. And I have some real stories to share!!! And of course lots of stories about Monaco and the Royal Family (all good ones), and of course stories of how Senior Bachelor worked out!!!

    I would encourage as many eligible men as I could to also be on the cruise as well. By then I sure hope I have found “her” and of course “she” would be on the cruise as well. And if I still am the Senior Bachelor, why this would be a good chance to meet. I view this cruise idea as a fun way to meet each other, with no expectations but a fun time for like- minded people. Again, please recognize that this idea was not mine, but I feel a very good one indeed. If you feel this is something you might be interested in, you can send me an e-mail at and in the subject area put “CRUISES.” If enough people think it is a good idea, we’ll start to make plans early next year.

    In Your Own Words

    From Washington State: “Look what you have started! It is amazing!! I know the devastation of losing a child, and the shock and heartbreak of a failed relationship. But I am not a quitter, am resilient, and a fighter to the end. So this Senior Bachelor adventure brings me a pleasant, and quite happy feeling inside as I follow the news in the Newsletters. I wish you the best.” “Thank you for waking up the world to the fact that seniors feel the same emotions as the young, that seniors can remain young at heart, that some souls are just born old while others never age.”

    Another reader sent in a quote by Cicero. “The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.” I’ll roger that!!

    If you have a quote and you would like to share it and possibly have it included in the Newsletters, please e-mail me at and in the subject area put “QUOTES.” Thank you.

    Travel to SouthEast Asia December 26, 2004- Part 4 TSUNAMI
    Phi Phi Post Tsunami

    (For those of you new to the Senior Bachelor Newsletter, here is where I am providing some emails I have sent during previous travels. To see past Newsletters, click here.)

    Dear Friends, Thank you for the many e-mails inquiring about my welfare. All of you are aware that two of the most devastated areas, Phuket Island and Ko Phi Phi,(referred to as PeePee) I had spent time on. What's freaky is that Phuket is a large island at least 50 miles long, and the hardest hit part of the island was Patong-the very same place I wrote you about recently with the "horny old men in seedy bars being hustled by young Thai 'boom-boom' girls." I stayed directly on the exact beach that was washed away, as were many of those bars.

    It happened about 9:00 in the morning and if you were on the beach or in your bungalow or eating on the beach, all of which I was doing there in the morning, you were washed away. The tsunamis came in well over 200 miles an hour-in fact at sea they travel as fast as 600 miles per hour! As if that wasn't scary enough, out of hundreds of little islands in the area (Phuket and Phi Phi are located directly above the center of the quake) one was devastated-Phi Phi. And I swear, the EXACT beach and place I was staying-again-was swept away. I have been up all night watching BBC and CNN and local broadcasts here in Hoi An, Vietnam-yet another coastal town, and everybody is in shock.

    If you look at a map of the Bay of Bengal on the Southeast side is Sumatra, Indonesia (the center of the quake) right above it Malaysia, which is attached to the same peninsula as Thailand. After Thailand going to the West is Burma (or Myanmar) then Bangladesh, then India and Sri Lanka. So Phuket and Phi Phi were right directly in the path of the horror.

    Today I was supposed to fly to Burma with a night in Bangkok as the routing. The only country where zero information has come from is Burma-no real surprise there if you know what's going on in Burma. (more on that in a later e-mail) Needless to say flying anywhere around there now is impossible unless you are part of a relief effort. Hoi An is one of the loveliest spots I've ever been in-to me by far the nicest place in Vietnam, so if I have to be stuck somewhere this is a good place. That's it for now. Again thanks for your interest. Please e-mail me if you'd like as at this point I have plenty of spare time-for a change. Richard

    That's it for this week. Very best wishes to you all and thanks so much for being part of the Journey for Romance and Adventure.

    I remain respectfully yours,

    Richard Roe, The Senior Bachelor

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