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Backpacker Joe
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:06 pm 
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Im writing to say goodbye to Northwest hikers, and to say thank you to everyone who has helped make this site so womderful for so many years.  THree weeks ago I started loosing my eyesight.  Its to the point now that I cant use computers anymore.  Im writing this using a magnafying glass.  I dont think Ill be able to do that much longer.  I dont think Ill ever be able to hike again.

Thanks to everyone here for a wonderful experience.


Tom Bentzen

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:25 pm 
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Say it ain't so Joe. There must be an electronic solution thst allows the computer to talk the text
to you and goes audible with what you type. We don't want to lose your input.
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Cyclopath
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:41 pm 
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If you use Windows, try Narrator.

I'd be happy to take you for a hike, I'll make enough noise to be easy to follow.
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Malachai Constant
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:42 pm 
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Keep on keeping on, never give up. I have not always agreed with you but have always respected you. You are authentic and nothing is better than that. As others have said there can be an electronic solution text to speech is quite good and getting better every a day with artificial intelligence.

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Backpacker Joe
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 8:58 pm 
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Thank you everyojne;  Im trying to adjust to this, but ist been difficult.  Maybe in the future I can get something figured out.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:19 pm 
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Tom,

Hang tough, I am sure you will figure this out.
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Chief Joseph
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:22 pm 
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Sorry to hear Sir, hope things get better.

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GaliWalker
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:34 pm 
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Drat. Best of luck, hoping for a smooth adjustment to your new situation. Keep those spirits up!

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SwitchbackFisher
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 9:56 pm 
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Your advice will most certainly be missed. Thank you.

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 10:06 pm 
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Oh, sorry to hear that, BPJ.  I hope you can find a way to continue to contribute.  You are an institution here at NWH.  Best to you, Bud.  smile.gif

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zephyr
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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 10:55 pm 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
Im writing to say goodbye to Northwest hikers,

Just got back from a hike to read the latest and saw this.  This is terrible news to hear. 

BPJ, I am so sorry for your eyesight troubles.  frown.gif          I hope something happens to reverse this problem.  Meanwhile, your presence will definitely be missed here.   Hang in there.  ~z

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PostThu Jun 25, 2020 11:38 pm 
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Damn - I'm so sorry to  read that about  your eyesight. Good luck going forward. I hope you have some  good people to help you adapt to your new emerging reality.

I agree that this site was richer for having your input through the  years.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 12:00 am 
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I'm sorry to hear this BPJ - your contributions and lakebagging reports will be missed. I'd be happy to guide you on a short hike somewhere so you can at least hear and smell the outdoors.
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Bedivere
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 12:15 am 
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Oh wow, so sorry to see this!  I'm in agreement with everything said already - you're a valued member of this community and I hope you can figure out a solution!  If you must leave, you will be missed.   frown.gif

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Tom
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 12:48 am 
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Yikes, sorry to hear BPJ.  I can't imagine.  At a loss for words. Sending prayers your way.
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