About Me

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About Me.
          Retired near the end of 1998 and a Palm Springs resident since 2002. Employment background included banking, auditing, accounting, and Information Systems. I’m a committed bachelor and share my residence with “Contessa Le Rouge”, a little red toy poodle doggy. Current activities/interests include bicycling, hiking, RV Camping, my Apple iPad, Windows-based personal computers, Contract Bridge, gardening, local/regional blogging, and community service. I enjoy walking a little over 5 miles each morning with Tessa, my little doggy, as part of a daily exercise routine. Personal computing continues to be a serious hobby, communications and writing tool. (Note: “Princess Camo”, my now-departed little apricot-colored toy poodle companion passed away in May, 2015, a month shy of her 17th birthday. I will always miss her for I, and so many others, really loved her. There’s a memorial plaque in her memory in the Palm Springs Animal Shelter building. On January 28, 2016, I acquired an 8 week old pedigree Red Toy Poodle puppy. Registered her with the AKC under the name Contessa Le Rouge but call her Tessa). 

Religious Views — Flat earth society!
          I have a rather dim view of organized religion, consider the subject deeply personal and one folks should avoid sharing in public. In general, it’s a subject I prefer to avoid! Nevertheless, here’s my favorite quote on the subject from deceased Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking: “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark“.

Political Blogging Personal Disclosure Note
          My voter registration is not associated with a political party for my interests more closely approximate those of an impartial moderate. As I age my views tend to refocus on how social and political issues affect the daily lives of people everywhere. It’s among the reasons I advocate Full Human Rights for all. That broad definition is how I describe concerns about the dominance of any group over another. In the political arena I don’t see it as healthy for local, state and national governments to be completely dominated by one element or political party. It’s for that reason I tend to question the principles behind those who exercise dominance. During election seasons I hope to view all that transpires with an open mind. I’ll be monitoring Democratic, GOP and other group’s political activities, events and forums in order to benefit from hearing (and seeing) their perspectives. It’s part of a personal philosophy I’m trying to observe that dictates I should not spend the years left to me viewing the world with a closed mind.

          With respect to Palm Springs local elections, I view them as filled with opportunities to learn more about candidates, their campaign platforms and what their election to office may do to foster or change the manner in which the city is governed. As for my role I hope to ask questions, and point out obvious instances where information, candor, facts and transparency are being excluded from community conversations and in the media.

          My posts on Facebook seek to inform and arouse interest in others by providing information not previously widely known, asking questions not previously considered, and promoting issues of general benefit to all segments of the community. These posts are usually received in the spirit in which they were offered, and for that I’m most appreciative.

          Occasionally some seek to challenge my credibility rather than respond directly to a question, opinion or other view I’ve published. I seek to be fair, transparent, and only present something as fact when access to supporting documentation is available. But trying to do something and always walking that line is not always successful. Where I fail to be fair, transparent or believed factually in error, it’s only right for others to question and it’s my obligation to investigate whether I’ve erred and, if, so make corrections and offer an apology.

  –  Bond Shands

Favorite Quotations.
         “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” – by Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking from The Guardian 15 May 2011 interview.

         “Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice like, Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin.

         “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party…and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt­ until recently… and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” – by American Writer Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

 — Bond

One Response to “About Me”

  1. Jack Shands Says:

    Dear Bond,

    I read your web page with a great deal of interest, and I thought about a number of our cousins as I did so. I think you know that Aletrus and Jim Kennedy are no longer with us. Barbara and I drove up to Lake of the Ozarks two (2) weeks ago. While there we spent a night with Ruth Ann and Carroll Mills. A few years ago we attended Bonda Kinchloe’s funeral at Dexter. I remember when you and Jerry lived there. We have remained in touch with Phil Ridings widow, Mary who lives at Hornersville. John Headrick left us year before last. Mitchell Shands lives at Las Vegas. We exchange e-mails occasioinally. Margie and Brady Robinson are aging gracefully, but are having health problems. Reba, Lora and Gloria (aunt Mildred’s daughters) as well as Saundra (aunt Elzora’s oldest daughter) all live at Memphis, however we have not visited them in many years. About the remaining Shands cousins I have not had recent contact.

    I am now suffering Kidney failure, and require dialysis three (3) times per week. I was born with only one kidney so my descent into failure was somewhat accelerated by that as well as the dye used to view heart blockages during heart catherization following my recent heart attack.

    But I am glad to see your blog and I will attempt to go through your archives. I have always gotten a kick out of things you have written and I am sure I will enjoy them.

    Your cousin, Jack

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