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The Blind Post News features ads and announcements from and for the blind and visually
There are also monthly columns:

From the editor by Lori Motis,
Blind man walking by Joshua Loya,
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady by Lori Motis AKA Food Lady,
Living with low vision by Donna Williams,
Yarn, hook, and needle, crafts by Phyllis Campbell,
From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan ,

Blind people talking is a column where readers share their personal adventures living with a visual challenge.
We also have updates from Global Cane Outreach on their mission trips and events.

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January 2019 sponsors

You are Invited!
To our Eleventh Annual Birthday Bash for!

Grab your party hat, your bells, whistles, and horns, and dress up in your finest party duds! We will be celebrating our eleventh birthday in style on Saturday, January 26, 2019! There will be several hours of your favorite games and giveaways, of course, but that is not all! This is not going to be just any party! We have some really cool speakers lined up for you this year, so mark your calendars for this very special day!

Our honored guests at this year’s celebration will be:

Hans Wiberg, Be My Eyes

Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. This is done through the use of an innovative smart phone app which connects a blind person to a sighted volunteer. It grew out of an idea from Hans Wiberg who relied on family to help him out through the use of Facetime. Yet, what if they were not available, or, what if other blind persons needed similar assistance. So, from there, he took an idea to develop an app for all the blind, and it grew into a global power house in which the volunteers number about 1.8 million. We will chat with Hans on how it all came together, and how someone without any programming experience created an indispensable tool for the blind.

Steve Sparkes and Mick Dawson, Ocean Rowers

Former Royal Marine Steve Sparkes was the first blind person to row across the Pacific, arriving in Hawaii 82 days after setting off from California with fellow former Royal and Falklands War Veteran Mick Dawson – with the pair using the challenge as a way to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.
Steve rowed himself into the record books when he arrived in Honolulu. The pair set off from Monterey on June 6th as part of the Great Pacific Race, dubbed the “World’s Ultimate Endurance Challenge”. While the direct route is 2,400 miles, weather conditions and changing currents extended the trip to closer to 3,000 miles.
They faced incredibly rough seas and wet and cold weather, causing them to break two sets of oars in rough conditions.
At one point during the mammoth journey, Sparky was swept overboard and was only saved due to the fact that he was tethered to the vessel at all times.

Pete Gustin, Voice Announcer

From movie trailers and Super Bowl ads, to Network TV Promos and some of the most recognizable radio brands in the country, Pete Gustin is the voice of the Fox News Channel, and much more! Known for his massive vocal range, Pete performs in every genre, every medium, and every realm of the world of voice overs and brings a premium sound to all his projects. Now, as we chat with Pete, we will get behind the voice, and learn more about him and his exciting career!

Amar Latif, Traveleyes

Traveleyes is a special travel service that provides a safe, comfortable and fun way for any blind or sighted person to travel solo. Travel groups are normally between 14 and 20 people, and around half of the group are blind and half are fully sighted. An emphasis is placed on sensory experiences, including lots of tastings and sensory excursions, such as vineyards, street markets and gardens. After dinner, individuals can choose whether to socialize, or just relax with a bit of personal time. Each day, a sighted traveler is paired with a different blind traveler. Blind travelers will tell their sighted friends how much they can see, and how they like to be guided. Then it’s off to explore!

Dan Parker, Drag Racer

Get behind the wheel, buckle up, push down that gas pedal, and hear those tires squeal, as you thunder down the track! It’s the need for speed, and oh, what an adrenalin rush you get as you race to top speed.

Dan Parker was a drag racer from age 18 to 42, until an accident in 2012 left him blind, when he hit the wall at a speed of 175 miles per hour. He is an automobile builder, accomplished racer, and he did not allow the accident to quash his love of the sport. He became the first blind man to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He raced a bike that he designed and built, and his Blind Ambition drives him and motivates others. He is pulling into the Out-Of-Sight pit stop to give us a chance to learn more about him, and how he uses his skills to build, design, fix, operate, and race!

Sign Up to Attend the Party!

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4. Phone number
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6. Country of residence
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We hope you are just as excited and intrigued about all of the information our special guests will share with us! Come and join the party, and we look forward to meeting you!

Happy Eleventh Birthday, Out-Of-Sight!

Hitchhiking Across The Country With My White Cane In the 70’s
by David Gordon

Available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon as either a print or audio addition, and in Kindle format.
When I was young and foolish I hitchhiked across the country with my white cane and survived a lot of things that arguably I should not have. I was almost hit by a trolley car, I had numerous encounters with the police, was approached by child trafficking rings, was robbed at gun point, and was involuntarily driven in to a wooded area by two very crazy and impaired people, and I was also wrongfully placed in a mental institution. I also met the lawyers, who assisted me in a major law suit against a fortune 500 company,
Hitchhiking across the country with my white cane is my first attempt at writing a book, it is my true story. The book begins with one of the experiences that I survived while hitchhiking in Florida. I continue by writing about my life as a blind person. How did my parents handle the news that no parent can possibly be prepared for, that I was totally blind? How did I handle my blindness, and how did my need to be independent deeply influence my future? It also colorfully discusses my time in a residential school for the blind and some of the conflicting emotions that impacted me, such as feeling sad and abandoned when being sent away from home at the age of four years old, and on numerous other occasions during my youth. Readers will cry as they experience the sadness, anger, and depression that I grew up with. They will smile and laugh as they read stories that are humorous, interesting, and educational from the standpoint of blindness, and that demonstrate outright stupidity because kids who are poorly supervised can do some crazy things when left to their own devices. They will ride with me and at times fear for their lives as I did when I hitchhiked across the country with just my white cane. They will experience with me the many dangers that I faced and was totally unprepared for but somehow I survived them all. Was I brave, stupid, young and invincible, or simply naive and totally unaware of impending dangers? These things are left for you to decide.

The following is an excerpt from the book:

I don’t recall the driver’s name so I’ll call him MR. Future Prisoner, which I would guess is what ended up happening to him. Mr. Future Prisoner’s mother lived in a small house located way out in the country, several miles off the beaten path and down numerous bumpy, winding and dusty gravel roads. We got to Mom’s house and Mr. Future Prisoner invited me inside, which I knew would be preferable to sitting in the sun in the hot car that did not appear to have air conditioning; as it turned out that decision may well have saved my life. We sat down at the kitchen table, Mr. Future Prisoner and Mom at one end of the table, while I sat by myself at the other end. The house was not much cooler than it was outside, and there was a myriad flies doing their fly thing, buzzing around between the three of us looking for whatever flies look for. Mr. Future Prisoner’s mother offered me a glass of Florida’s state drink, orange juice, which I politely accepted.
At mom’s house there was minimal conversation between the three of us which I found to be strange, to say the least. I started asking myself, “Why did we stop here”? There were, of course, the standard questions, all from mom, asking me who I was and where I came from. Other than that, it was basically quiet, except for the buzzing flies. There was, however, discernible audible communication from mom, directed at her son, which I don’t think they felt I could hear, it was whispered and private in nature.
Son remained verbally quiet during the entire time I was there. The one-sided conversation consisted of mom pleading with him. Mom was obviously quite upset. She mouthed things that were barely audible to me but also were very exaggerated and drawn out. I could clearly hear her saying “No, please don’t,” and “He’s blind, not him”, and “God, no, don’t do that,” and “No, not to him.”

Posting to the Blind Post News.

2019 new word counts and costs

All current subscribers to date: 1168.
You can still post one add, 50 words or less, for free each month. The second 50-word notice is$5.45.
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