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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Hope You Had a Great Halloween 2013

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Addie enjoyed Halloween 2013.  Thanks to all the parents and children who came by, got some treats and petted my knuckle-headed dog.  She loved it!

Hopefully we'll see you next year.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:01

Views From the Fall Harvest Fest 2013

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Mt Home Harvest Festival

Mountain Home, Idaho celebrates the end of the harvest season with an annual festival every October. The 17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on October 5th, 2013. The BondyWeb.Com went to it and this my review.
The Great, the Bad and the Ugly Harvest
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
My 1st stop was the new fly fishing shop in town called Off The Hook Fly Fishing. Always fun to stop in to get some tips on where the trout are biting. I wasn't disappointed but will let you stop in this shop to get the latest info. No really, do it!
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
Musicians from Harvest Festival













I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.

There were a few new and memorable booths but for the most part, the vendors were either the same as last year or the usual "farmers market" vendors. I was asked a number of times if I knew where the Dinner with a Farmer and scarecrow contest was located. I didn't and neither did most people. Never a good sign when "the crowd" cannot find events in our downtown area.
Food For "Scarce-Crows?
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian Food Truck
The highlight of the day was my second food truck experience ever. The first food truck I ever ate at was a mobile taco stand in downtown Boston, MA back in 2007 and it was excellent. With the lack of food vendors at the 2013 Mountain Home Harvest Festival, I decided to splurge and eat at Cacicia's (Kah-She-Shuhs) Old World Sicilian Food Truck that was here for the event. ( I had their Festival Special Called "Blu Cheese Philly Steak Sandwich". It was tasty but a little more Philly steak would have made it worth the $8.50 price tag.
Been Here Before and Reviewed It Before
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
Chamber of Commerce Fails Too
Chamber of Commerce Mountain Home Idaho
The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival and their local on-line promotion was almost as underwhelming as that found on the city website. F.A.I.L
The Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
Overall 2013 Harvest Festival Rating: 2 Stars
Thanks for reading and come back soon.
Tim Bondy / BondyWeb.Com
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:22

Event Review - Brian Bateman Blend Concert in the Park

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(Friday July 13th, 2012) The Mountain Home Arts Council hosted their first "Summer Concert in the Park" event featuring the Brian Bateman Blend Band. Being Friday the 13th, I was a little concerned about attending but I'm glad I did. Look for the link for the video I took.

Brian Bateman Blend Band plays event in Mountain Home Idaho

See the video taken and produced by "The Bondyweb" from this concert at

A Little Ditty About It
The concert was held in the usual spot at Carl Miller Park right off American Legion Blvd. We got lucky there was a break in the weather as the days leading up to this event were extremely hot and smoky. And Friday afternoon gave us a light refreshing off and on rain that kept temperatures in the "great for a concert range".

The Brian Bateman Blend Band played some very good music. It was a little harder rock music than I've come to expect from these "Concerts in the Park" and for me that's a good thing. The eclectic crowd of about 300 or so folks seemed to really enjoy the music.

About the only thing I was disappointed about was the "local business booths". Usually a bunch of local businesses set up shop in the back part of the park offering food, drinks and cool and unusual local products. Instead only 2 businesses showed up…Common Ground and the Snowcone People.

Hear More, See More and Support Them
The Brian Bateman Blend played their heart out for us. I don't think they got paid for this so if would like to "give back" consider buying some music from them. Find out more about this band and how to get your very own copy of at:

Next Concert is Soon
I'm sure the marketing folks in Mountain Home and Elmore County will get the word out on the next concert. Find them on the web somewhere but I do know The Sweetback Sisters will be playing soon.
See their website at:


This "blog post" dedicated to the friendly and forward thinking folks in Fairfield, Idaho

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:38

Review of Fatty'z Pizza in Mtn Home Idaho

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(June 27, 2012) A new pizza restaurant recently opened up on Main Street in Mountain Home, Idaho. But how much press did this place get? Is the food good? Should you head out there now? Well...see what I have to say about Fatty'z New York Style Pizza.

Fatty'z Pizza Restaurant in Mountain Home Idaho

First of all, the only reason I knew this place existed was a comment I read on a local website. But when I drove downtown I spotted “art deco” painted window logo of Fatty'z quite easily. When I saw that, I knew I had to try this place.

Where is Fatty'z Pizza?
So on Wednesday June 27th, 2012 my wife gave them a call and ordered some “take out” food. I was kind of excited to see what Fattyz looked like inside, so off I went. Fatty'z is located in the old “AK's Hookah Bar” location or more specifically 230 North Main Street.

Inside Fattyz
The owners did a good job making the place look inviting with photos of downtown NYC on the walls. Nothing to get excited about but really who cares what the place looks like as long as it's clean and it appeared to be. The most unpleasant part of my journey into Fattyz was the fact I had to pay for my food :-) If you want to eat in the restaurant there are a fair number of tables. There are also a few video games to keep you busy.

20 inch pepperoni pizza from Fattyz Pizza in Mtn Home

The Food
I brought home their 20 inch Pepperoni Pizza and an order of Garlic Cheese Bread. In short, the pizza was quite good. Being “New York Style”, the crust is very thin but not like a cracker. The garlic cheese bread was just as good. I give Fatty'z a 4 out of 5 stars and if the food is just as good as this time then I'l give them a 5 of 5 stars.

The Website
Fatty'z has a website at Just having a website tells me these guys are serious and are in it for the long haul. Good on you guys and I certainly hope you continue to do brisk business.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:54

The 4th Time is a Gem – At Stoecker's That Is

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Faceting Lesson #4 at Stoecker Jewelers Turns Junk into Gems

I finished cutting and faceting my gemstone. I turned a hunk of old TV screen, scavenged from BLM land not too far from Mountain Home, into a pretty amazing looking gemstone. Not that I didn't have any help or guidance from Michael Stoecker and Kelly Willis during the process. Faceting stones isn't something easily understood for someone who failed basic geometry in High School.

Gemstone Unveiled
Tim Bondy holds his newly faceted gemstone from Stoeckers

  • Design Cut: NoviMMX
  • Facets: I cut 57 facets into this stone.
  • Number of Days: 4 days to go from rough to gem.
  • Machine Used: Selectra-Matic Faceting Machine

Bondys gemstone diagram

Turning it Over – Gemstone Transfer Jig Process
I began the lesson with the Pavilion already cut and polished during Lesson 3. Basically the bottom portion of the stone was cut and it was time to start working on the “Crown”.

The problem here is trying to find a way turn the stone over and getting it attached to a new Dop Stick in a manner so the angles will be precisely the same. The way to do this is by using a “transfer jig” and Kelly thought it best that he accomplish this delicate task.

Video of the Dop Stick Transfer Jig

It much easier to understand the transfer jig process by watching the 2:00 video.

Cutting the Crown and Table
gemstone ready to cut the crown and table

In the above picture you can see how the transfer jig process gave me access to the top part of the stone so I could start cutting the Crown and Table.

The cutting of the Crown and Table went much faster than I thought. I cut the eight “C1” facets at 30º rather quickly and this narrowed the girdle portion of the stone significantly. Then I polished these facets to a high sheen. Next I moved on to cutting the eight square C2 facets at about 28º and polished them up.

The only thing left was to cut the flat part of the top of the gemstone called the “Table”. This process took a little more time as high precision is required to cut right down to the “meet points”. After a few pointers from Kelly, the Table was nicely faceted and polished.

Jewel of the Bondy in Mountain Home Idaho

Thanks to Michael and Kelly
As you can see by the above picture, I am now the proud owner of a really cool gemstone that I cut almost completely by myself. I wish to thank Michael Stoecker and Kelly Willis for giving me this opportunity and opening up their shop to me.

But I was told that these guys are not finished with me yet. They seem to have some evil plans for me in the coming weeks. I certainly hope those plans don't include “hot wax”.

Tim Bondy Gemstone Faceting Lesson 4

PS: A hardy congratulation goes out to Michael Stoecker for recently being chosen as the new President of the “Intermountain Jewelers Association”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:12

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