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Powerful wind

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2009 by andyzilch

Today as I drove home, the weather was incredibly powerful. I was driving and felt invisible forces tugging my car left and right. They were so powerful that cars in front of me were slowing down and pulling to the side of the road. As an engineer, I can’t help but imagine the kind of energy that is contained within these winds. If you could create an imaginary sphere around these forces and determine the amount of energy that enters vs. the amount that exits I believe it would be incredible to view.

That sense of awe at the energy contained in the wind is similar to what I feel as the power of time. Just two days ago I experienced what has been my best day as a father. Maya and I spent a full 5 minutes (though it seemed like an eternity) staring into each other’s eyes where she seemed like a fully aware human being.
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Is Home Depot Green Washing?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15, 2008 by andyzilch

Alot of talk by big companies has gone on lately about going green: NBC, P&G, Honda, etc. In general I’m incredibly excited and motivated by these efforts; after all I can only have so much impact, but a company that touches thousands if not millions of people each day can multiply good efforts beyond belief. In fact, I’m incredibly excited that my company has increased efforts to get employees to reduce consumption (print less, increase the temperature, turn off lights, etc) and has also stepped up recycling efforts, now including items like batteries and printer cartridges beyond the usual cans and bottles.

The one from my personal experience, though, that I find most ironic is Home Depot.

I’ve been to HD about 5 times in the past week, some times completing just one transaction (buying a draw handle) and some times completing multiple (returning a draw handle and buying a drawer knob). Each time, along w/ my list of products, HD’s address and phone number, the return policy and some marketing material about the 10% guarantee, my receipt contains a survey invitation printed in both English and Spanish that doubles the length of the receipt.

Take my visit earlier today where I needed to exchange five bags of 1 5/8″ screws for five bags of 1 1/2″ screws. This amounted to two transactions (apparently HD registers can’t both purchase and return at the same time…) each of which included a survey invitation.
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This resulted in 4 times the amount of paper necessary to make my exchange.

When he heard my comment about this, the clerk replied, “I know! And they never turn the lights off in the electric department, imagine how much energy we’d save just by flipping off a few of those incandescent light bulbs!”

If it didn’t take 20 minutes, I’d fill out each and every one of those surveys from here out… Hopefully though Home Depot will see enough blog posts like this one to get the picture.

Sunflowers Blooming

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2007 by andyzilch

The sunflowers I planted nearly 2 months ago started blooming this week!


What a day

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2006 by andyzilch

Returning to work from vacation is a real bummer. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my job and my co-workers.  I had lunch w/ a friend whose also getting married so she was asking how everything turned out.  So that is good.  The bad part is I had about a million emails and about 1 hour into reading them, I found a note mentioning that at 10AM (15 minutes from now) I would be having my email migrated from one delivery method to another.

It’s nitty-gritty, but essentially it knocked out like 2 hours from my day following all the instructions and getting my email all set up.  Well then in the new email program I couldn’t tell what I had read and what I hadn’t so I spent a ton of time going back and forth between the old and the new program. What a pain.

I didn’t even respond to anyone today because I was so busy trying to figure out what had and hadn’t been done while I was gone.

Tomorrow is going to be rough.

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Adjusting to normal life

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2006 by andyzilch

Man, I don’t know if I’m going to be back in the swing of things by tomorrow for work. I went to bed at 9PM last night and woke up at 2:30AM and have been up ever since. It was nice to get things done (caught up on mail, double-checked finances, organized photos from vacation) but if I wake up like this tomorrow, I’ll be shot at work on Monday.

I should have photos from vacation up sometime today, I’m debating right now about posting all the photos or just the good ones. For Sarita and I, I think all of them would be nice, but for sending folks to our site, I think just the highlights. Leave me a comment on your thoughts!

From the very first moment I saw you, that's when I knew…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2006 by andyzilch

The wedding went so well. Tried to recap as much as I could while it was still fresh. Photos and video will certainly enhance the memories.  We’re posting photos as we get them in our photo gallery.  Click here to see some.
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Two days till the wedding

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2006 by andyzilch

The moment has arrived, all the planning and all the printing is done. All that’s left now is packing for Hawaii, rehearsal, and the real deal. Our friend Ed will marry us, which I think is really cool. I can’t wait.

Got a new camera today to take some good photos on the vacation. Will post in our gallery when we’re back.