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SENIOR BACHELOR SEARCH UPDATE-- I would like to extend extra thanks to all of the wonderful ladies that have sent in tapes, biographies and pictures. I know this was not an easy thing to do, and I am very grateful that you have taken the time to do this. By far, BY FAR, the most difficult part of Senior Bachelor will be trying to ascertain who will make the best travel partners.
Many people are curious as to what I am looking for in a travel partner. For sure, past travel experiences in difficult countries is a plus, but not a deal breaker. Being in top physical condition is extremely important as this is an aggressive itinerary. I really like to fill my days up with visiting museums, wandering around to see how the local people live and absorbing much of their culture as possible. And the distances are vast. For example, Africa is almost 12 million square miles, and the United States, not counting Alaska, is 3 million square miles. South America is a bigger continent than North America. Typically, I like to spend 2 or 3 days in each location and then move on. About one-third of trips like this are spent in transit from one place to another. All of these things require being in great physical condition and a good attitude towards travel. Things happen that will be beyond our control. I wonder at times if I am still capable of this adventure style of traveling. I sure hope so!!
And I look for common interests, which I think most of us do when we are looking for a partner. It's important to me that with whomever I travel is very well versed in world politics. It pretty much comes back to what I said in the beginning of this Search- fun and fit.
I have been asked, very frequently, for specific characteristics in a woman that I feel would make for the best partners. Do I like blondes, brunettes, or redheads? Do I prefer tall or short women? Does the woman have to be white? Does the woman have to be a certain religion?
Hair color or style is not an important factor at all as far as I am concerned. A woman in between 5 feet and 6 feet works fine for me. I am unconcerned with a woman’s color or religion. I have been asked what is my description of "fit." To me this means being able to be busy all day, whether it be wandering around a jungle, hiking, swimming, boating, racing from one form of transportation to another, and the like. I mentioned earlier in this Newsletter that I hope I am fit enough to travel as I have in the past. To that extent I am "in training" and hope to be in the best physical shape I can be when the journey begins. The short answer to a description of "fit" is being able to be on the go 12 hours a day under challenging circumstances.
I am now 50% through all of the materials sent to me and there are only five weeks left until the submission cut-off date of September 16, 2005. I will not make any decisions on ANY finalists until after I have reviewed all the materials sent in. I know this is a long process and many of you are eagerly waiting for news. I want to be fair to everyone who has taken the time to think about what they want to say, create a video and written their biography. You may notice that I don't spend a great deal of time commenting on the blog or responding to emails at this time because I want to spend most all of my time on the materials you have submitted.
I have been trying to arrange dates to go around the United States on a "Meet The Senior Bachelor Tour", but my work here has made that very difficult. I am trying to put together a visit to Chicago about the end of this month, and will announce this- one way or another- in an upcoming Newsletter. I will make every effort to try and visit other cities as well if time permits and to give you as much notice as possible. Again, this information will be in the Newsletters.
Many thanks to the readers who have sent in quotes. Here are a few of them: Eleanor Roosevelt: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Anonymous: "A man of quality is not threatened by a woman seeking equality." From a reader in Atlanta: "Love of life-the courage to dream and the exhilaration of the experience and dreams become reality. We all dream of that one person to become a reality." Saint Augustine: The world is a great book; he who never strays from home, reads only a page." From a reader in California: "Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect."
Please continue to send me any interesting quotes. Of course, I like reading your own writings and to take quotes from you directly. One thing I have learned, not surprisingly, is there is a lot of collective wisdom in those of you who have joined the Senior Bachelor Search and Journey. Thanks so much for sharing with me and everyone else. You are truly "Women of the World!"
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 Richard@seniorbachelor.com and in the subject area put "QUOTES." Thank you.
(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, The currency in Vietnam is the Dong- yes, pronounced just like you are saying it. I'm not sure why but every time I hear someone say "Dong" I get a warm fuzzy feeling. Oh well.....As I have written previously, traffic is nuts over here, mostly due to motorbikes all over the place and no one follows any rules of the road-it's every driver and pedestrian for themselves. Also, these motorbikes are used to transport things, like a wife and 2 children (I know it sounds impossible but they do it all of the time), and many other things. So I was only mildly surprised to see about 75 coconuts somehow or another strapped to the seat right behind the driver. Now please try to picture this-these bikes are small-I doubt that they weigh more than 100 pounds. So when I saw a huge "fan" of bananas also improbably attached to the back seat, well, ok, that's pretty good. These bananas in a weird way reminded me of a peacock! Yes, a peacock, and when he gets "the urge" to conduct his business (remember he is the peacock, she is the peahen) and gets himself all riled up in a state, and tosses out that hugely impressive fan of shaking and shimmering things, while he's pretty much closed the deal right then and there. Because of the way these bananas were arrayed that's what it resembled to me. I think you had to be there.
Today I saw 6 live chickens whose front legs and feet had been all tied together in one knot and then slung over the front handlebars. Well, that was pretty creative. But what I saw next brought home the bacon-literally! A huge pink pig, alive, at least 300 pounds, was perfectly balanced perpendicular to the driver... The pig's front paws had been hog-tied (oh, yeah, that's where that expression comes from) as were his back legs. Then, somehow, he was strapped to the back. It must have taken at least 3 or 4 men to do this. How the little motorbike did not pop a wheelie or a back flip I have no idea. Now, that was impressive. But, as it was to turn out, not the Super Bowl of Strapping Strange Things On The Back Of A Motorbike. Along comes an old farmer with, I SWEAR, 2 HUGE PIGS, BOTH strapped to the back both upside down on top of one another. Now this defies all laws of gravity and every other law of dynamics possible as the combined weight of these big porkers had to be at least 700 pounds!!!! Unfortunately I was in a bus and unable to take a picture to send to The Guinness Book of World Records.
In the SE Asian countries often times if you ask the difference between things the response is "same same." Well, oranges and bananas are not "same same." Australians and Americans are not "same same." Chicken and beef are not "same same." So now tourists respond "Well, same same but different." Vietnam is "same same, but different." For one, there are more than 80 million people in a relatively small land, and they are very aggressive when pitching their goods and services. "Hey mister you want to buy postcards?" "Hey mister, where you from?" "Hey mister, you want boom-boom massage, me love you long time." Oh yeah. Bye for now, and thanks for listening. 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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WOW, the response to the idea of taking cruises together was beyond a smash!! For new readers, last week, in response to suggestions by readers of the Newsletters and blogs, I said that I was considering going on a cruise to Alaska next summer, and maybe that would be a good way for all of us who like to go on cruises to spend some time with each other. As I love to go on cruises, we could also go to any other places in the world on other cruises as well.
The response was so overwhelming, that I have decided to set up a separate Newsletter for all of the interested people. It should be noted that I will be doing everything in my power to have as many single men come on these cruises as well. A Senior Love Boat, if you will!! This idea (thank you readers) fits perfectly with my mission of Promoting Romance and Adventure For People Of All Ages. How much fun will these cruises be!!!!! Please keep next summer open for the initial Senior Bachelor Love Boat Cruise!
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