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I hope everything is going well for all of you. I loved reading the responses on the Senior Bachelor blog about traveling during full moons and the professional volleyball tournaments. If you haven't joined in the blog, please do so. I don't have time to respond all the time but I do make an effort to read it regularly. This week I've got some time constraints so I am going to share some quotes I've been collecting and continue the SouthEast Asia travelog.
Also, please forgive my using the same photos this week. Many of my favorite shots are on slides and I have to get them converted to use on the website and Newsletter.
(I'm going to repeat this information in case anyone missed it last week and I'll update it below.) Many people have been curious as to how many people have responded to the Senior Bachelor Search and Journey. As of today, July 19, there have been more than 3 million hits to www.seniorbachelor.com, almost 200,000 unique visitors to the website, over 10,000 women have e-mailed me, and approximately 600 women have sent in videotapes, biographies, and photographs. Wow! Another 200 women have sent in pictures and biographies and they will receive consideration, however, preference will go to the women who have sent in videos.
The cut-off date remains September 16, and approximately 10 new submissions come in daily. I have been a busy Senior Bachelor!!! I have viewed about 20% of the videotapes, and I can now say it would be impossible to choose just one woman as there are so many GREAT women who have applied. My best guess is there will be six different women for one month apiece. Again, this is just a preliminary guesstimate.
Update: I've been able to review about another 10% of the tapes. They look fantastic! I can tell you all have really poured your heart into the videos and the biographies. So many inspirational stories. I won't be notifying anyone until I review all the tapes and that will be after the deadline. Please be patient. There will plenty of time after notification to take care of all of the travel logistics. Thanks!
Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah one day and said this: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
“I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. "I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life." "I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back." "I've learned that when ever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision." "I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one." "I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn." "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
The Senior Bachelor Shop originated from requests from readers of the Newsletter. I had some concern that others may feel this was too "commercial," however I didn't think it hurt to try. If it proves successful, it will be continued. If not, I'll drop it. This is a PERFECT time to send any comments about the Shop to me at Richard's Blog- just click here. Please do not e-mail me as I am still trying to get caught up and I still have many videos to view. If you like the Shop, or don't like the Shop, please post your comments on the blog page. If you have suggestions to make it better, say a logo, or other words to be put on any merchandise, please say so. If you cannot figure out the blog, ask any kid!! As I have pointed out numerous times, all of this is new to me, and some things will work and others not. We'll keep the ones that do work and eliminate the ones that do not work. OK???
South East Asia Travels- Part 3 Christmas Eve, Hue, North Vietnam: Imagine my surprise when I discovered the hotel where I am staying was having a big party tonight. I was positive it could not be a Christmas party because, after all, this is a Communist country. I watched the courtyard being set up with 30 tables, 8 to a table, and then, remarkably, Christmas type trees were brought in and lights were put on them. I asked a hostess if this was a Christmas party. She smiled and said "yes." I asked her if this was a New Year's Eve party. She smiled and said "yes." I asked her if this was Columbus Day. She smiled and said "yes." Hmm.
Most of the time I have been staying in backpacker type hostels, but tonight I thought I would treat myself, it being Christmas Eve and all that. The hotel is a really nice one and caters to foreigners, so I got all gussied up figuring the party had to be for the tourists, and there would be 240 of them, so perhaps I might find some Christmas companionship. The Vietnamese really do not mix socially with foreigners, especially Americans in North Vietnam. They are polite, but basically you don't have a beer or dinner together. Well, I was right. There was no mixing, because I was the only tourist out of 240 people!! When I was seated I was taken around to the side of the courtyard where all of the children were seated. They set up a new table (of 8) for me, the very last one behind all of the children, and needless to say I was the only one at the table. Please, PLEASE don't think this is a sympathy e-mail, a feeling sorry for my lonely ass self. Really, not at all. (well, maybe a little) I got a hell of a kick out of the whole scene. It turns out this was kind of an end of the year party, and the were some Christmas overtones carrying over from the French occupation of Vietnam. When the singer decided to sing a Christmas song, I thought that was a nice touch. Now you all know that Asians have a serious problem pronouncing the letter "R" it comes out "L." Why on earth the one song she chose to sing was Jingle Bells, I'll never figure out. I though I was stuck in Karaoke hell....
I had another Vietnam experience this afternoon when I was in a taxi being driven from the airport to my hotel. Asians do not have the best reputation as drivers, and having been in Vietnam before with Chris when filming Pop&Me, I knew the Vietnamese were insane behind the wheel. So I wasn't surprised when the driver pulled out from behind 2 trucks "blocking" his way. This was a highway with 2 lanes on either side, without any divider, just the double yellow lines. But I was surprised, and a little more than mildly concerned, when there was already another car that had crossed the double yellow lines and he was also attempting to pass the 2 trucks. No problem for my guy, he went "4 wide" zooming over to the far lane on the opposite side of the road. There were cars in both lanes coming right at us, but about 100 yards away, so it was a good risk. Fortunately, he passed the car, cut over back to the correct side of the road, and cut in front of both trucks. However he did not count on the 2 old gentlemen in a bicycle rickshaw next to the curb. I swear there eyes turned round as this Vietnamese cowboy sped towards them. At the last possible second he corrected his path and we drove merrily on. I did not feel I had to tip the driver.
I do miss my family at this special time, especially my 7 adorable grandchildren. To them and everybody else, Merry Christmas. 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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