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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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Stupid Idea - Excluding Candidate Jana Kemp from the Debate

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City Club of Boise Excluding Jana Kemp from the Debate is stupid

The City Club of Boise has excluded Independent Governor Candidate Jana Kemp from their Gubernatorial Debate being held on September 15, 2010. Why? Was it because she didn't score high enough in some political poll as the organizers suggest? Or was the decision made in a "smoke filled back room" meeting for less than honorable reasons? Who cares why the City Club of Boise made this very stupid decision.

It Can Be Fixed or Is This a Fixed Debate?
With the general election about 80 days away, one would think the City Club of Boise would jump at the chance to INCLUDE all serious candidates in this debate. After all, their motto is "Nothing happens until people start talking". I'm guessing that this motto is suppose to mean, people (candidates are people too) talk, learn from the conversation and then make intelligent decisions. So why can't the City Club do the right thing and invite Jana Kemp to join in this debate? Would it be too difficult to add one more candidate? Or is the political fix already too entrenched in this event?

The people are talking and the candidates want to talk! Now it's up to the City Club of Boise to make sure the right thing happens. Give the people the opportunity to hear Jana Kemp in this debate or become the insignificant organization it sounds like you are trying to become.

♦  The City Club of Boise
♦  Jana Kemp for Idaho Governor website

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this political rant.

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 09:39

WECRD Election Poll Numbers from the Mountain Home News

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I don't need to tell you how I feel about how the current WECRD board of directors has handled bringing recreation to Mountain Home, Idaho. My views are public and has been reasoned out in my mind. But how are the people of Mountain Home and Elmore County feeling about the upcoming election? You only have to go to the Mountain Home News website to see the poll numbers they have collected.

Mountain Home News Website Poll Numbers as of October 19th, 2010 at 11:00PM
Elmore County Rec District Poll Numbers for 2010 Election

My Take on the Numbers
  • Polls like these are not very scientific.
  • These poll numbers can change drastically in the next 10-12 days.
  • The candidates in this election are lucky there isn't a "Dissolve the Western Elmore County Recreation District".
  • I suspect that the current board members will be not be elected on Tuesday November 2nd,2010.
  • We need a common sense, no nonsense approach developing a recreation program.
  • We need Recreation Now. Not in 5 or 10 years.

Well, what do you think about the upcoming election? Head on over to the Mountain Home News website and vote. And then head out to the real polls on November 2nd, 2010 and do what all concerned citizens intelligently.

Tim Bondy

The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:31

Business Success Story

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Frank T is an old friend and a successful small business owner. But until 2007 he wasn't quite as successful. It was suggested by Frank, that I reach outside of the "Idaho Only" posts on this website and tell his story. So I bow to his expertise and present his story. I hope you learn something from Frank...

Just like old times with Tim Bondy and Frank T

Long Time Friendship
I've know Frank since we were little hoodlums back in 1968. We went to the same elementary school but then lost contact with each other after my family moved away before high school. As luck would have it we reestablished contact in the early 1980's and have been in contact ever since. We took different paths though life. I joined the United States Air Force and Frank muddled through life working various jobs in many different places.

New Life, New Career, New City
Frank moved to Colorado in the mid-1990's with the seed of an business idea and high hopes. With only a high school diploma, tons of street smarts and a new bride, Frank decided it was time to settle down and make a real life for his new family. It took a lot of hard work, scrimping and some luck but he finally opened his new business. The type of business Frank opened isn't important to this story so we'll just say he built a better "widget" as he liked to tell me in the early days.

By 2001-2002, Frank had one office and 5 employees. The money wasn't rolling in but it was enough to live on. He ruled his company with an iron fist overseeing the entire operation from customer service to product production and quality control. Working 7 days a week doing everything he could to build his company took a toll on his family life and health.

New Blood Meets Rock Bottom
Competition in the "better widget" business started heating up just as his family life started its decline. A couple employees jumped ship and started working for competing companies in Denver. By 2004, things were not looking good for Frank. Then around Thanksgiving 2004, a young at heart 63 year old guy answered a "help wanted ad" Frank put in the newspaper. Frank decided that he should give "Old guy Jimmy" an interview. With his personal life in shambles, Frank didn't realize he set up the interview for Thanksgiving Day 2004.

"Old guy Jimmy" needed the job and sat down with Frank. The 1st interview didn't go as expected. The interview turned into a most of the day learning experience for Frank. Frank told me it was more like Jimmy was interviewing him. Long story short? "Old guy Jimmy" accepted a job at Frank's crumbling and declining company. By Christmas 2004, there were only 3 employees including Frank.

Franks business declines with no creativity

By April 2005, the books for Franks company were "still bleeding red" and he was still working 15-18 hours a day. "Old guy Jimmy" accepted the job with Franks company on the condition he would have some input on how business would be run. But Franks, as always, could not and would not listen to anyone. That was until Jimmy threatened to quit. Frank and Jimmy had a "throw down, knock out fight in the middle of the office".

Big Changes in "The Philosophy"
Old guy Jimmy still works "with" Frank to this day. Frank's company experienced a complete turn-around in just 3 years. By the time the "Great Recession" began Frank's company had grown to 8 employees. Three of his new employees came from companies in direct competition to his. More importantly customers and money started rolling in. On March 25th 2010, Frank opened his 2nd shop in Colorado Springs and hired 5 more employees.

Grand Opening March 25 2010

As of February 5th 2011, Frank tells me his small business is "THE" company to work for and business continues to grow "almost" faster than his employee can handle. He now works a regular 40-50 hours a week, has a new child on the way and his family life is quite good.

What Changed in Frank's Business?
Frank gives "Old guy Jimmy" all the credit for turning his company and his life around. But it really wasn't until February 3rd that Frank understood exactly what happened. This was the day he read an article that explained Old guy Jimmy's business philosophy.

This is the link to the article Frank thought was his key to success:

Here is a semi-direct quote from Frank:
"15 years ago I created a better widget because I believed in taking chances and thinking outside the box. Then I built a box so big, with so many rules that I couldn't think outside the box and I certainly wasn't going to let my employees outside that box. Jimmy discovered what was wrong with my small business during that Thanksgiving 2004 interview and saw something in me and my company. Thankfully he kicked my ass way back in April 2005. I lost my creativity and in the process almost lost my family and faith in myself."

Leave Me a Comment
Me thinks Jimmy doesn't get paid enough to put up with my old friend Frank. Both Jimmy and Frank thought it best to remain least for now. What are your thoughts about this article?


Last Updated on Saturday, 05 February 2011 10:56

3 Pictures from Around Mountain Home

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Early October 2011 Snowfall
New snowfall on Bennett Mountain near Mountain Home Idaho
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A strong, early season storm from the Gulf of Alaska moved through the Pacific Northwest and laid down a carpet of fresh snow on Bennett Mountain outside of Mountain Home. Snow reports around southern Idaho showed:

  • Trinity Mountain: 9 inches
  • Mud Flat Road in the Owyhee's: 1 inch
  • James Creek Summit near Atlanta, Idaho: 5 inches

Mountain Home Youth Center
Mountain Home Youth Center has a new look

The Mountain Home Youth Center received a fresh coat of paint thanks to some volunteers.

I will be attending a Fund-raising brainstorming session at the Youth Center on Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Theresa Bowman is organizing this event.

Stoecker Jewelers New Look
New look for Stoecker Jewelers in Mountain Home Idaho

The building occupied by Stoecker Jewelers, Hair Base Barbershop and A Little Slice of Heaven recently got a much needed fresh coat of paint. Amazing how new a paint job can improve the looks of this little section of downtown Mountain Home.

Also looks like Stoecker's is getting a new and improved website found at:

Hope you enjoyed theses pictures. Leave a comment if you wish.


Bondy Photographer in Mtn Home

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 October 2011 09:21

Top 3 Idaho Outdoor News Stories

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Found some interesting articles about getting into the great Idaho outdoors that you may find useful.

1. The Grizzly Bear Returns to Idaho Outdoors: Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman posted an article on November 20th, 2011 titled “Grizzly encounters may be Idaho’s new normal”. While there is a little sensationalism sprinkled throughout the piece, it's a fairly informative story. The basic premise is, grizzly bears are starting to migrate out of Yellowstone and Montana in increasing numbers into Idaho.

Link to the story:


My Opinion: First of all, I've spent some time in grizzly country. It's a little uncomfortable sharing a fishing hole with these magnificent creatures. Hunting, hiking and fishing becomes a little more complex knowing you'll be sharing the trail with a bear than can ruin your whole day and maybe your whole life. But for Jim Unsworth, Idaho Fish and Game deputy director to say “Grizzly populations throughout the Northern Rockies have grown enough that Unsworth would like them all delisted [from the threatened list]” is almost laughable. 


2. Geocaching Idaho's BLM Lands: In what I suspect is our federal government's effort to attract more visitors to our public lands, the BLM is encouraging the GPS Sport of geocaching. Why in the world do we want regular people trampling around the sagebrush covered land armed only with a GPS unit, an old peanut butter jars and a pencil?

Link to the article:

My Opinion: I say, “It's about darn time”. While I have promised myself that I will start getting into geocaching, I just haven't found the need to yet. Mainly because to plant geocaches, it requires the planter to revisit the geocach site from time to time. I hate having to revisit my steps out in the expansive Idaho outdoors. There are just too many new places to explore. But I know others who don't mind doing this. But the article certainly refired my desire to start a new hobby of geocaching.

Your Idaho school children are in extreme danger

3. It's just too dangerous for our children to walk to school: I've heard it mentioned at school board meetings that the children need buses to get to school. Some parents say cars speeding by present a danger they aren't willing to risk without buses. Even our City Council tells us sidewalks must be built and/or smoothed out and repaired because of tripping hazards. Our children might have to negotiate these extremely dangerous hazards on the way to school.

Link to article:

My Opinion: Seriously? Sidewalks or no walking to school? What the heck are we teaching our children. I remember climbing trees before school...and that was without a safety harness, safety glasses or even a hard hat.

Idaho schools say walking is dangerous

But my “old timer” experience pales when it comes to what 80 children in China have to go through to get to school. A 1,000 foot cliff, 4 single plank wide bridges, and if they are lucky a camel ride is part of their 120 mile journey to school. And it's too dangerous for the children of Mountain Home to walk that 1 mile of treachery to get an education? I say again...Seriously? Those Chinese children get an excellent education on the way to, and on the way home from school.

Got a Comment?
I know at least one of the stories provided above got your “commenting juices” flowing.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2011 10:13

Ungrateful BLM Leaves Furniture to Rot

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On a recent walk down Hot Creek Road outside of Mountain Home, I came upon a disgraceful sight. Obviously, a generous citizen decided to give the BLM a gift of a TV stand and a desk. And what did the BLM do with this generous gift? They left it to rot out in the weather.

Junk left on BLM lands near Mountain Home Idaho

This picture was taken at about 43.14140, -115.599779 on Hot Creek Road on March 19th, 2012 at 6:45PM.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:20

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

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