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Palm Springs Animal Shelter Recognition Reception

August 27th, 2015

 

     Attended a Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter cocktail party honoring volunteers, donors and others in recognition of their contributions benefiting the shelter and its animals. The event started last evening at 7 pm in the Community Services Room and lasted about an hour. Volunteers poured an array of beverages ranging from water to wine that went well with the delicious appetizers prepared by vegan chef Tanya Petrovna.

     In addition to the volunteers, honorees and guests, the shelters’ Dr. Shayda Ahkami DVM, Director of Shelter and Veterinary Services along with many of the board members were also present. I am uncertain which ones I saw so will list all (Stephen S. Boyd, President, Tamara Hedges, Vice President, Andrew Harker, Treasurer, Kathy Hart, Secretary, Ginny Foat, Carl Johnson, Dr. Douglas Kunz, DVM, Bill Ruttan and Keith Zabel). Special thanks to board vice president Tamara Hedges and Director of Development & Marketing Alicia Bailey who made the event a special one for me and my guests.

     My guests for the evening were Donna Cawley and her mother Lorraine Olson, Christine Hammond & Sly Zelnys, Dorothy Long, Alice Rand Moiola, Andrea Owad, Nancy Robinson, and Glenn Sweeney. We were there in remembrance of my little doggy “Princess” Camo who passed away in May. I’d made a donation to the shelter in her memory and a new Blade Sign was being placed over one of the kennels commemorating my 16 years with her.

     The Palm Springs Animal Shelter is a city-owned facility that’s managed under contract by the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. They provide fundraising, volunteers and general management guidance and support for the shelter and its animals. The newly constructed shelter building opened on October 22, 2011, as a state-of-the-art “no-kill” care facility for dogs, cats and other animals. It’s a very special place because of the love and devotion exhibited by all who are involved in its operations. If it’s possible to accurately state that a majority of the world’s really sweet, nice, warm and supportive individuals are located in one place, then the Palm Springs Animal Shelter would certainly be a contender for recognition. I’m convinced that a world populated by animal lovers who possess the love and devotion exhibited by those here would be one at peace and a safe and pleasant world for all.

Bond Shands
August 27, 2015
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(Note: The group photo is of Sly Zelnys, Andrea Owad, Bond Shands, Alice Rand Moiola & Christine Hammond.)

Group photo is of Sly Zelnys, Andrea Owad, Bond Shands, Alice Rand Moiola & Christine Hammond

Group photo is of Sly Zelnys, Andrea Owad, Bond Shands, Alice Rand Moiola & Christine Hammond

Camo Blade Sign Camo-Shands-A-Special-Dog

Palm Springs Animal Shelter - Camo Blade Sign 08-26-2015

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Grueling Morning Exercise Activities

August 16th, 2015

           This morning’s 5:30 am three mile walk was a rather warm experience for the outdoor temperature was in the 90s. It later seemed a piece of cake compared to what I experienced during my 22 mile bicycle ride starting at 7:30 am. By the time I finished the temperature under the hot sun exceeded 100 degrees and the 46% humidity made it seem even warmer. My two water bottles barely proved sufficient for their task of keeping me hydrated. Yesterday’s ride was similarly a grueling experience and I’m definitely looking forward to cooler weather starting tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to be 119 degrees but things will cool down to a predicted high of only 114 degrees starting tomorrow. Tuesday I expect to be seeing the evening Pageant of the Masters outdoor theatrical presentation in Laguna Beach. The temperature there is expected to range from 63 to 81 degrees, so will be taking a jacket, gloves and binoculars. 🙂

          I’ve worn a Fitbit activity wristband for almost a month and have become accustomed to tracking its reports. The product appears to be quite accurate in measuring number of walking steps, heart rate, activity levels, amount of sleep, and estimated calories burned. It allows me to post data about calories and water consumed, and specific exercise activities (walk, bike, run) undertaken. It also counts stairs climbed but does not separately record my bicycle rides. Instead it responds to bicycling by increasing the walking steps count and also records pedaling as stairs climbed.

          Fitbit provides graphs and other data fields on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. This permits me to compare today’s activities and goals with past achievements. I monitor its data reports on my SmartPhone and check the results several times daily.

          My fascination with Fitbit motivates me to engage in daily exercise activities even when, like yesterday and today, I can think of a gazillion reasons to remain indoors and skip a day. I’m not certain I could face Fitbit at day’s end if my daily exercise totals documented little more than couch potato mental gymnastics. Fitbit is yet another example of how completely I’ve managed to turn control over my life to machines. When Robots join us and take over, I’ll be ready.

Bond Shands
August 16, 2015
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