The blind Post classified news January 2019
The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
January 10, 2019
Current subscribers to date: 1168
Contents for this month’s issue:
This month’s sponsors.
From the editor.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This months columns:
Global cane outreach update, Countdown to Kenya Begins by Donna Kimball
Living with low vision, My Action Plan For 2019 By Donna Williams
Blind Man Walking, Blind man surfing! by Joshua Loya.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, Declutter.
New column to begin in February called Dear Food Lady.
From the pages of Donna's travel diary, Dealing with security at the airport by Donna J. Jodhan.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Welcoming the newest of the new baby patterns by Phyllis Campbell.
Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.
This month’s sponsors: We have two!
You are Invited!
To our Eleventh Annual Birthday Bash for Out-Of-Sight.net!
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!
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Happy Eleventh Birthday, Out-Of-Sight!
Hitchhiking Across The Country With My White Cane In the 70’s
By Dave 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 a short 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.”
From the editor:
I want to wish all of you a wonderful and very happy new year. May it be full of many exciting adventures. I am looking forward to what this year may bring.
This issue of the Blind Post news is full of great ads and announcements; as well as, fun articles. GCO is counting down the days to their Kenya trip, Donna Williams has some great new year plans, Joshua is back with his surfing adventures, Food Lady is trying to declutter, a mention of a new column called Dear Food Lady, some good advice from Donna's travel diary, and Phyllis brings in the newest for the newest knitting patterns.
I want to thank all of you for sharing the news. We have several new subscribers and many new visitors to the website. I am so excited to see how the Blind Post news will grow this year. I have some ideas for some new things and I am still working on the archives. Little by little.
I want to thank our two sponsors this month. Be sure to check them out just above this article.
Note that the sponsorship notices are for one topic, or subject matter, that fits the target audience. I know that sometimes people want to submit several different types of ads and announcements. These need to go in their appropriate sections for each submission. I am sort of picky about what goes in the sponsorship spots. You may submit several notices and they may add up to more words and total cost over the sponsorship cost. I need to place ads and announcements where people can easily locate what they are interested in. That is why I include headings in both the email and online versions.
I want to remind all of you that it takes me a bit of time to put the news together, so it reads correctly in the email and is presentable on the website. I need all submissions by the seventh of each month to appear in that month's edition. I also need all payments by this time as well.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me.
Now enough house cleaning. Enjoy the news and please let everyone know you read their notice or article on the Blind Post.
Lori AKA Food Lady
Publisher & editor
The Blind Post classified news.
New and used:
Traditional Hymns that Speak to the Heart sung by Linda Stewart
I am so blessed to have been able to complete a solo CD including songs I sang throughout the years. The traditional Christian hymns are my favorites, and I am hoping you will enjoy them too. The disk is called Traditional Hymns That Speak to the Heart. There are 18 songs, many accompanied by the organ, and some I sang as I played the guitar. If you read the titles, they present a message of their own. On the inside of the CD there is a presentation of the gospel. When you give a disk to someone, encourage them to look on the inside, as that alone will be a witness to them.
Here is the list of songs and also the words which appear on the back of the insert. A person can see the back of the insert easily when the case is open.
1. The Light of the World Is Jesus.
2. There Is a Fountain.
3. Whiter Than Snow.
4. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, "Come Unto Me and Rest."
5. Jesus Paid it All.
6. Now I Belong to Jesus.
7. Jesus Loves Me.
8. My Faith Has Found a Resting Place.
9. I'm on the Winning Side.
10. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus.
11. Jesus Never Fails.
12. More About Jesus Would I Know.
13. The Sun's Coming Up In the Morning.
14. Until Then.
15. Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown.
16. Thanks to God for My Redeemer.
17. Happiness Is to Know the Savior.
18. Only Trust Him.
Inside it says:
I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior from sin when I was 16 years old. It was then that I learned that Jesus died in my place and took the punishment I deserved for my sins. Now I have total assurance of a place in heaven because of His sacrifice alone for me. Nothing in my hands I bring. Simply to His cross I cling. It gives me much joy to sing about my Savior, Lord, and Friend. I hope you will be blessed too, and that you will be led to think about the significance of the words to these songs.
To reach me faster,
email me at
My name is Jo Elizabeth Pinto. I am a blind author, and my award-winning novel, “The Bright Side of Darkness,” is available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.
Rick Myers, who has just lost his parents in a car wreck, and the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in the projects, don’t have much to count on besides each other. Then Rick meets Daisy, an intelligent, self-assured blind girl. Her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself. But when the dark side of Daisy's past catches up with her, tragedy scatters Rick’s friends and severely tests his resolve to build his new interest in a culinary career. Fortunately, his life is touched by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually, through him, to the ones he holds most dear. "The Bright Side of Darkness" is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
Please see me on Facebook here:
HOMECOMING: A MEMOIR, David C. Russell, C 2018
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($7.50) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
Full details, author bio, and free text sample:
Our society is noted for mobility and change. Our routines may be temporary but lead to new adventures and people who come onto the stage of our journey. Trust must be earned. Pray to God for strength, welcome new acquaintances, and be flexible. I am sharing some of my journey, based on my recollection of things that have accompanied me as I have created numerous new homes over this lifetime.
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Check these out. Each bar has a nice strong, appealing scent. The price is $4 a bar. I can send them to you in a priority box which costs $7.20 to send. The box holds six bars. If you choose to buy five, I will give you the sixth one free. These soaps are flat on both sides, thick bars, and they are round. Of course, you can mix and match.
Alovera: Pleasing scent.
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They are back! Your favorite 25 Scentsy Bring Back My Bar fragrances:
Red Candy Apple, Thunderstorm, Sea Salt Mist and Beach. Available during January only.
Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant,916-206-1151 (cell), 775-463-9886 (home),
Rich DeSteno has released his third album, entitled Crunch Time.
Rich has continued to deliver his special blend of electric and acoustic rock. The album is now available on all major digital music download and streaming web sites. Visit his web site at:
We are selling all of our opera vinyl recordings.
All in good condition.
1. A Masked Ball, with Gigli, 2 records. $4.
2. La Boheme, with Gigli, 2 records.
3. Boris Goudonov, with Pinza. 3 records.
4. Carmen, with Gigli. 2 records. $4.
5. Don Carlos, with Christoff. 4 records. $4.
6. Don Giovanni, with Siepi. 4 records. $4.
7. Faust, with Pinza. 3 records. $6.
8. Faust, with Christoff. 4 records. $8.
9. Lakme, with Lily Pons. Two records. $8.
10. Lohengrin, with Windgassen. Five records. Records are in good condition but album box is not.
11. Madame Butterfly, with Gigli. 2 records. $4.
12. Manon, with Grace Moore. 2 records. $8.
13. Manon Lescaut, with Bjoerling. 2 records. $8.
14. The Magic Flute, with Beecham. 3 records. $6.
15. Merry Mount, with Tibbett. World premier. 2 records. $6.
16. Pagliacci, with Bjoerling. 2 records. $8. In excellent condition.
17. Requiem by Verdi, with Gigli. 2 records. $4.
18. Requiem by Verdi, with Toscanini. 2 records. $4.
19. Rigoletto, with Warren. 3 records. $6.
20. Romeo and Juliette, with Bjoerling. 2 records. $8.
21. Simon Boccanegra, with Tibbett. 3 records. $6.
22. Tosca, with Maria Callas. 2 records. $8. Excellent condition.
For 2 records: $4.10. For 3 records: $4.85. For 4 and 5 records: $5.25.
We take credit cards or paypal. With credit cards there is a 3 percent surcharge.
Thank you very kindly.
Brilliant 40 braille display asking $2500 or best offer
contact Margie Donovan 916-293-9505 or email
One slightly used Or Cam reading device.
This device will read standard printed material, such as books, menus, and newspapers.It is attached to eyeglasses with speaker and small computer worn on the waist.Asking $1500 or best offer. Contact Richard at 757 468 0277 or email
Several items: Apple iPhone SE 64gb with case, professional baden acoustic guitar
with fishman aura electronics and hard case, Lauten Audio studio
microphone, focusrite saffire audio/midi interface, Boss Katana 2x12
guitar amp with floorboard and road case, USB CD and dual layer dvd
Wanted, to trade, or to give away:
Hi. Joshua Loya of Blind Man Walking here. My friend Ana Jacob has an important need. She’s also blind, and in a wheelchair.
She’s raising money for a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Ana is a dear friend, and she’d love your support. If you want to learn more, please check out her Go Fund Me:
Update for Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.
Beginning January 13th.
Option 1: Second Peter Chapter 3: J. Vernon McGee.
Option 2: I Am the Resurrection, (A comforting message about death), by Warren Wiersbe.
Option 3: Outlaws or In-laws, by Warren Wiersbe.
Option 4: The Danger of Procrastination: preacher unknown.
Option 5: Faith Over Fear, by Herbert Cooper.
Option 6: Man and the Spirit World, What Is Man, by Dr. Dickason.
Option 7: Melaleuca News, ALL COMPLETELY WHOLESALE.
Option 8: Why Man Must Be Born Again, by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.
Option 9: Why Man Must Be Born Again, Part 2, by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.
(These two messages about being born again were definitely empowered by the Spirit of God.)
Please tell others about Sermons on the Phone if you are blessed. Email me, if you would like to receive an email every other week about updates.
Looking for crafting ideas? Classes taught by the blind for the blind?
Folks enjoying crafts by sharing, learning & teaching?
You have found it at
Joyce Kane , Founder
Want to join an email group designed for sharing newsletter and discussing any musical thoughts or activities?
No sharing of copyrighted material!
Sight exchange Is a list for the free exchange of almost anything legal.
Members must offer at least one offer per year to remain a member.
Send a blank e-mail to
to join. Not a buy/sell list. Items must be free.
Check out Eyes On Success radio and podcast:
1901 That All May Read (Jan. 2, 2019)
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides free audio and Braille reading material to people with any reading disability. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Karen Keninger, director of the NLS, about the service, who qualifies, and what exciting changes patrons can expect in the next few years.
1850 Exploring the World With Aira (Dec. 12, 2018)
Aira is a service that connects a visually impaired user with a sighted professional agent who delivers visual assistance anytime and anywhere. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jonathan Mosen, Vice President, Australasia, and Explorer Communications, about some of the new options being offered, and their expanding availability into public venues.
As usual the audio and show notes can be found at:
and you can now listen to Eyes On Success on your smart home device by simply saying (play Eyes On Success podcast”!
Services and training:
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Business and employment opportunities:
Do you have a business opportunity or an employment job offer or are you looking for assistance, help wanted? This is a great place to post your notices. A fifty words or less notice is free each month. Read towards the end of the news for word counts and cost for longer notices.
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Our control panel works well for visually impaired and blind users, since it is more text based than other web builders. Blind and visually impaired users often use screen readers that read the text out loud. Here is a link to one of our customers who provides classified news for the blind and visually impaired:
Global cane outreach update:
Countdown to Kenya Begins
By: Donna Kimball, GCO Board Member
As the New Year begins, plans are quickly coming together for our departure to Kenya. The team will be leaving on March 4, 2019, with four team members leaving from San Francisco, California, and two team members leaving from Nashville, Tennessee. All tickets have been purchased, all immunizations have been completed, housing has been acquired and free transportation has been arranged for the entire team for the duration of the trip. The team is very excited with plans to take 100 canes and 100 solar talking Bibles in Kenya’s native language. This is the first time in the history of GCO that we have been blessed with taking so many canes and talking Bibles for our recipients. Many of the canes were collected and refurbished by U Cane Give in Nashville, Tennessee.
We are also deeply grateful to be working with The Kenya Union for the Blind. In addition to the great help from our local contacts in Kenya, Jimmy Boehm, President of U Cane Give, has been working with the team to create T-shirts with the logos of Global Cane Outreach and U Cane Give. These T-shirts will allow the participants to easily identify team members. It’s becoming very apparent every day that God is involved in all of the details, which are coming together beautifully.
In addition to GCO plans for the Kenya trip, there are also in the works a new GCO pamphlet, business cards (including braille), as well as a revamping of the GCO Website, a Facebook page and a new YouTube Channel. If you would like to donate to the GCO Kenya trip, please click on the GoFundMe Link, which is included here:
Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.
You Cane Give is a not for profit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee that refurbishes donated canes for reuse. James Boehm, one of the members of our board, created and runs this organization.
Living with low vision
My Action Plan For 2019
By Donna Williams
The New Year is here and along with it come those ever important resolutions we all make and break. In an attempt to be more productive I’ve decided not to make resolutions but to set goals I feel I can actually achieve. However, where I usually go wrong is not developing an action plan. So this year I am not only going to write one out but share it with others and I thought all of you might be interested in hearing about this tidbit of my life.
In 2019 I plan to:
Continue my quest for good health. The actions I will take to accomplish this include:
Keeping up with doctor appointments and continuing to follow my prescribed medication schedule
Attending swimming and dart throwing sessions again
Taking brisk walks as often as the weather allows and on days when it is too cold, hot, snowy, or rainy outside I will use my exercise bike or stepper to work out.
Minimizing or eliminating stress
Drinking more water and less soda
Obviously I love my junk food and I have the weight to show for it. It would be impossible for me to give up the sweets I love so much. Believe me I’ve tried but my intention this year is to exercise enough willpower to eat them in moderation. Hopefully I will at the very least maintain my current weight if not lose some along the way. Regarding stress I will do a better job of saying “no”. Sometimes I’m asked to take on a task when I already have others just begging me to tackle them and instead of saying no to the individual asking I say “yes” and then just add it to my list. There is also a group I’m involved in and the drama some members cause is truly unbelievable. I may have to step away from my role and hope someone else is willing to serve in my place. This decision will be particularly heartbreaking for me because there are things I want to see this group accomplish before I step aside. Since the stress has started taking a toll on my well-being it could be time to make some changes though.
My second goal for this year is to experience something new. I have some ideas of how I will go about accomplishing this. For one thing I need to learn the new Braille code and I may expand on that to become a certified proof reader. I also heard about a group that visits hospice patients and sings soft music to comfort them. I would love to be a part of something like that. I plan on doing some research then maybe talking with a friend who I currently sing with and see if she would be interested in joining me in this venture.
And last but certainly not least I intend to do a better job of posting to email lists that I am a member of. I also hope to do better posting to my blog. There are times when I don’t write because I get busy however I am planning to set deadlines for myself. The deadline for my blog will be once a week and for the book list it will be once a month.
You notice I haven’t mentioned numerous goals and that is because I’m trying to keep my new year’s action plan as simple and realistic as possible. I think this will help me stay on track. I’ll keep you posted on how things unfold as the year progresses.
If you are a member of the DBReview list or read my blog which can be found at:
then you will be able to see how I do with my posting goals. And who knows, you may glean a few tidbits along the way.
I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel free to write me at:
Blind man walking
Blind mand surfing!
By Joshua Loya
Hello everyone. Happy New Year! 2018 was quite a year for me, and this month I’d like to share with you one of the key highlights.
On May 20, 2018, I was honored to be the first 100% blind surfer to ride Kelly Slater’s wave pool at the WSl (World Surf League) Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. This is a one of a kind artificial pool, more than 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The fresh water pool is customizable to allow for a more predictable wave. I was given an hour in the pool, alone except for my coach, Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy, and Surf Ranch support staff.
Coach Pat drove the two of us in his surf van from San Diego to Lemoore. The trip took us about 5 and ½ hours. The WSL was extremely generous, and put us up in a hotel within very short driving distance of the ranch. I rose early, and my adrenaline was pumping so much, I didn’t need coffee. (This news is likely a shock to anyone who knows me well. I love my java.)
We arrived through the front gates, and I was struck at how quiet it was. The air was also extremely clean, and I had a feeling similar to what I experienced each year I returned to Enchanted Hills Camp when I was young. Coach Pat was directed by Surf Ranch security where to park the San Diego Surfing Academy van, and we walked less than 50 yards to the cluster of buildings which included the lounge, the locker rooms, and the kitchen area.
One of the first people I met there was Carter Hess, a US Army veteran who lost part of his leg in Afghanistan. Carter and I both went on to qualify for the USA Surfing Adaptive Surf Team in June, and compete in the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships in December. Additionally, I had the unexpected honor of meeting pro surfers Kai Lenny and Dusty Payne, who were also there to ride the pool.
Instead of paddling out beyond the break to head for the lineup, just like the pro surfers, I was transported by Jet Ski to the proper position in the 700 yard long pool to catch my first wave of the day.
“30 seconds!” came the call over the loudspeaker. My heart started thumping faster and more intensely than before, which I didn’t even know was possible. Then, the loud clickity clack of the train along the pier, which drives the mechanism that creates the wave.
“Get ready Jedi,” came the call of Coach Pat. “Start paddling! Keep paddling! Keep paddling! Up!” I was surfing more than a 2 hour drive from the natural ocean.
What was the most surprising element of my surf experience that day was how smooth the wave was. A close second was the lack of salt in the water. My mind reeled. I won’t lie; the pool took some getting used to, but the ability to surf without needing to paddle more than a handful of strokes was unreal. At the conclusion of each ride, the Jet Ski towed me back to the starting position, and I waited for my next wave. The waves alternated between lefts and rights, in a very predictable fashion, and only when the operator knew I was in position to surf. At the conclusion of my hour surf session, I was towed, via Jet Ski, back to the dock.
The WSL and Surf Ranch staff were extremely gracious hosts. They provided fantastic food and a selection of beverages for nourishment following my session. They also offered the use of a hot tub, which I gladly accepted.
After lunch, Coach Pat and I were given a tour of the facility by Drew, one of the security guards on duty. Drew and I nerded out over gaming and comics, while Coach Pat puzzled at our obscure references. (Coach Pat is more of a history and football guy, not a StarCraft and Avengers guy.) The day capped off with us meeting the UC Santa Cruz Surf Team, who were also there to surf the pool. (For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in Santa Cruz.)
To be sure, there is, and likely never will be, anything that replaces the natural ocean. That being said, surfing in that pool will always be a memorable day. I surfed it as a relatively inexperienced surfer, and it completely changed my relationship with the water. I credit at least a part of my competition success since that day to the opportunity afforded to me by the WSL and everybody connected to the Surf Ranch. Mahalo!
Just a quick note, Carter Hess and I, along with the rest of the USA Surfing Adaptive Surf Team took home the gold at the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships on December 16. And to think, I started surfing on a whim, to give me something to do when I wasn’t doing martial arts… That just goes to show, you never know what twists and turns life’s adventure will take, if you let it.
Here is a small clip of the experience:
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
Wow! A new year. A time to make resolutions, to set new goals, and to plan? Well, this year I have decided to just give myself one word, “declutter” and see how I do with it.
I have been thinking about this for the past month. I began when I pulled out all my Christmas stuff out of storage to decorate in November. I could not believe all the junk I have been moving from place to place. I sorted through it all, one by one, and separated out trash, donations, and what I truly wanted to keep. When I was done, I was surprised how much I got rid of and how good it felt.
Now, I’m starting in on the house.
I cannot stand clutter at all. It just drives me a little nuts. I can get quite overwhelmed with it all and then I find that I get frustrated and don’t even know where to begin. As a blind person, it is so important for me to know where things are and to have a place for everything. Then you throw in getting older, with body aches, memory issues, and sharing a home with my spouse, Hungry, who has recently lost his eye sight, and has a bad back, and I have quite a lot of changes to make to make our lives easier.
First things first: The kitchen is the most important room of the house. This is where all the food is and where we need to have a place for everything and in spots that make sense for how we use them daily. So, my plan is to reorganize it with Hungry’s back in mind, keeping daily items at waist level, and to move lesser used items in those harder to reach locations. I will also get rid of those things we just do not use any more. Some of my small appliances, that I’ve had for years, I cannot just give away. I do use them, but very seldom. I just can’t let go. I go through cycles. I might get the urge to start juicing again so I don’t want to give away my Champion juicer that I have had since Joshua was three-years-old. I also have a stainless-steel manual wheat grass juicer that Hungry and I bought years ago when we were growing wheat and barley grass. We go through phases and some of those large ticket items, well I never know when I’m going to want them.
Now, smaller items, like various coffee pots and pans and dishes, well they are easy to replace, unless it’s a K-cup machine. Mine broke, my second one, and after years and years of using them, I have gone back to my simple 5 cup drip coffee maker and I love it. A small footprint and only cost me $8.88 at Walmart.
I know that when I have my house organized and know where my stuff is, then I can relax and not get frustrated when I am getting ready to go somewhere or prepare dinner. I can then establish my routines so then I can sort of run on autopilot. This sure does make it easier being blind. I don’t enjoy looking for things when I’m in a rush.
How do you handle this at your home. Fortunately, both Hungry and I are blind and try to support each other in how we want things to be. It can be somewhat more difficult when you live with sighted people, like family or even roomies, that might not understand how important it is to have organization in your home. I used to live with housemates when I was in college and even later in life when I had rented rooms to sighted friends. It can be hard, but I had to learn how to communicate and to roll with it. Now I feel I have control and I like it. I guess I am sort of a control freak, but I believe my home should be a place where I can have that privilege.
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I love saving money. I switched from Verizon to Consumer Cellular September fourth and my bill has gone down almost half. I got my first month free and with one referral I haven’t had to pay a bill until November and it wasn’t even my whole amount due to my credit. I don’t miss Verizon at all and Consumer Cellular’s customer service is the best.
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From the pages of Donna's travel diary
Dealing with security at the airport
Let's face it! Dealing with security at the airport could be a real challenge at the best of times but I have a few tricks up my sleeve for you to consider. Hopefully they will help you to be less stressed.
As a seasoned traveler I have had to learn through trial and error but I think that I am getting better at this. So, here they are.
1. Do not carry any liquids in your carry on bags. That is, cosmetic liquids, shampoos, etc.
2. If you are traveling with a laptop or iPad, then you need to show these to the folks at security. So best for you to remove these items just before you enter the security area.
3. Be prepared to be asked to remove your footwear and jacket if you are wearing one.
4. You will probably be asked to empty your pockets so not a bad idea to empty them before you are asked.
5. Be prepared to place all objects that you are asked to remove in caddies that will be given to you when you get to security.
6. If you are asked to empty your carry on bags, then it may be best for you to remove the contents yourself and ask the folks to let you know what they are doing as they check out your stuff. There is nothing worse than not knowing where they are placing your possessions.
I believe that these tips will help you to lessen the stress.
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Yarn, hook, and needle
Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
Here we are in a new year. I decided that a good thing for this month's column would be a welcome to the "newest" of the new. Below, you will find patterns welcoming the new baby. May he/she grow up in a world of peace and love.
Materials: -Worsted weight cotton; - 3 3/4 mm DPN's (double pointed needles)
Cast on 35 sts and divide onto 3 needles.
Round 1: K1, P1, to end
Round 2: P1, K1, to end
Continue in pattern (moss stitch) untill wrist measures 2".
Next Round: 1st needle- moss stitch
2nd needle- knit
3rd needle- knit
Repeat last round untill piece measures 8".
Next Round: K2tog, K2, repeat to last st, K last stitch
Next Round: Knit
Next Round: K2tog, K1, repeat to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Next Round: Knit.
Next Round: K2tog around to last st. K last stitch
Next Round: ]Knit, break off yarn. Thread yarn though remaning sts closing top of mitt.
Finishing: Darn in all ends. Crochet a chain long enough to go around mitt and tie. Weave it in around the cuff and tie it pulling the wrist in some. Or you can sew in elastic thread around cuff to help hold mitt in place.
These next patterns are taken from "Minerva Yarns", 1936
Baby Cap and mitts or mittens with a thumb. mittens
Size 6 months
1 Pr. No. 4 Needles-14 inch
Scale: 5 sts. to 1 inch
7 rows to 1 inch
Cap 1 Ball sport weight
Mittens 1 Ball sport weight
CAP Cast on 50 sts. Work in K. 1, P. 1, ribbing, for 2 ½ inches, then work in Stockinette st. for 3 inches. To decrease, work as follows:Row 1-* K. 8, K. 2 tog., repeat from * (5 decreases) across Row.Row 2-Purl.Row 3-* K. 7, K. 2 tog., repeat f rom * across Row.Row 4-Purl.
Decrease every knit Row, having one less st. between decreases, until 15 sts. remain. Draw yarn through all sts, and sew together. Sew seam and trim with pompom.
MITT (no thumb)
Cast on 32 sts. Work in ribbing for 2 inches.
Change to Stockinette st. and work even for 2 inches.
Next knit Row K. 2 tog, K. 14, K. 2 tog., K. 14.Then P 2 tog., P. 13, P. 2 tog., P. 13.
Continue in this manner having one less st. between the decreases in every Row until 10 sts. remain.
Weave ends together and sew at side.
MITTEN: Cast on 32 sts. and workin ribbing for 1 ½ inches.
Change to Stockinettest. and work even for ½ inch.
Next K. Row, start thumb.
Row 1-Increase in first stitch, K. 2, increase in next st, continue across Row.
Row 2-And all even rows, Purl.
Row 3-Increase in first stitch, K. 4, increase in next st, continue across Row.
Continue to increase in this manner ever other Row until there are 12 sts. between increases.
Next knit Row work across first 14 sts. and place on thread or st. holder.
On the remaining 30 sts. work even for 1 inch.
Next knit Row, K. 2 tog, K. 13, K. 2 tog, K. 13.
Then P. 2 tog, P. 12, P. 2 tog, P. 12.
Decrease in this manner having 1 less st. between the decreases until 8 sts. remain.
Break yarn and draw through remaining sts.
Pick up the 14 sts. from st. holder and work even for ½ inch.
Next knit Row * K. 1, K. 2 tog., repeat from * across Row,
P. 1 Row.
Repeat these 2 rows 2 more times, break yarn and draw through remaining sts.Sew seams.
From Minerva Yarns 1936
BETH'S Easy Knit Baby Booties
Worsted weight yarn, two colors (I use a color and white)
Size 8 needles, size G crochet hook
Cast on 28 sts with colored yarn.
Knit 10 rows (5 ridges).
Decrease as follows:
Row 11: K 12, K2tog twice, K 12 (26 sts).
Row 12, 14, 16: Knit across.
Row 13: K 11, K2tog twice, K 11 (24 sts).
Row 15: K 10, K2tog twice, K 10 (22 sts).
Eyelet – Row 17: K1, *YO, K2tog,, repeat from * across, end K1 (22 sts).
Row 18: Knit across, knitting through back loop of all YO sts.
Cut colored yarn (leave enough length to use for sewing bottom half of bootie) and attach white; work ribbing as follows:
*K1, P1, repeat from * across row.
Work 14 rows of this ribbing, bind off, cutting yarn long enough to sew top half of bootie. Fold bootie in half, right sides together. Sew top half with white yarn, bottom half with colored yarn. Weave in ends, turn rightside out; fold down cuff.
Make second bootie the same.
Tie: Using G hook, ch2, work 8 sc in first ch, join to first sc; ch 52, work 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to first sc of circle, end off. Weave in ends in each “circle” end. Use hook to pull through eyelets of bootie and tie in front.
(note from the pattern's author: the circle end keeps the tie from coming undone, but I have found it’s easier to ch 52, pull the last loop really BIG and leave myself about 3’ of yarn, then thread that long loop through the eyelet of the bootie and once in place, finish the last circle end)
Basket Weave Bib
Materials: 1 50 g ball of cotton, worsted weight yarn
1 pair 4.5 mm/7 US needles
Tension: Not important
Cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1, 3 & 5: Knit
Rows 2, 4 & 6: Inc 1 st, knit to last st, inc 1 st.
Rows 7, 9 & 11: K4, P4, (K4, P4) to last 4 sts, K4.
Rows 8, 10 & 12: K4, K4, (P4, K4) to last 4sts, K4.
Rows 13, 15 & 17: K4, K4 (P4, K4) to last 4 sts, K4.
Rows 14, 16 & 18: K4, P4 (K4, P4) to last 4 sts, K4.
Repeat rows 7 to 18 two more times then repeat rows 7 to 12 once more.
Next Row: K14, cast off 8 sts, K14.
Row 1: K2tog, K10, K2tog.
All Even Rows: Knit
Row 3: K2tog, K8, K2tog.
Row 5: K2tog, K6, K2tog.
Row 7: K2tog, K4, K2tog.
Row 9: K2tog, K2, K2tog.
Row 11: K2tog.
Crochet single chain tie.
Same as right shoulder.
Crochet around bib once for a nice finished edge.
May God grant each of you all that is bright in this new year.
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