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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Up In Salt Lake

Let's see...

We left Monday afternoon and made it to Nephi by 3PM. I thought I had remembered everything, but this time I forgot my toothbrush, paste, razor, a shirt to wear under my suit and a tie. Not doing to well. But luckily my grandpa had a spare shirt and tie in the closet and so I used that. The viewing started at 6 and was suppose to end at 8. However, there was still a line out the door around 9PM. That tells you that my grandpa was well know around Nephi.

Since I can only sit in a place for so long, we left around 8:30. Grabbed some dinner and headed back to the motel room that my dad rented for us. Since the TV went out before Robot Chicken came on, we decided to call it a night.

On Tuesday, there was another viewing an hour before the funeral took place. Rachel was suppose to lead (in church hymns), but those babies are starting to be a nuisance already. So we found someone else to lead and just incase Rachel had to get up and leave, we sat in the very back. After the funeral took place at the church, the hearse took my grandfather to his final resting spot. Since he had served during WWII, he was given a 21-Gun salute... and with my ears, the first shots scared the crap out of me. After dedicating the grave, everyone was invited back to the church for lunch. Because my superpubic does not cooperate well with tight pants, I can only wear pants for a short time before it starts to hurt. So we left the lunch session that was still going on and went back to my grandma's house to change. After changing, we headed up to Salt Lake.

Since my parents were originally in Hawaii before/when my grandpa passed away, they had Tristyn watch Snickers. Since the arrived home on Sunday, they immediately packed up again and drove down to Nephi. So, Snickers had to stay with Tristy a few more nights. After Rachel and I made it up to Salt Lake, I had to wait until Tristyn's dad got off of work before I could go pick her up. Man, she was a brat coming home. Later that night, my sister Annie and her boyfriend Ben invited us to a Utah Grizzlies ECHL Hockey game on Wednesday night. Rachel had never been to a hockey game in her life, and since we had nothing else planned we said sure.

On Wednesday, Rachel and I woke up to see that it had snowed. After getting ready , we checked out Babies R Us. After that, we checked out Target for more baby items. Since Rachel is creating a baby registry with Target, they let you take a laser scanning gun to scan items into your registry (Don't worry, I'll let you know when she is ready to officially list what we need). When we got home, we found out that my grandma (dad's mom) had made spaghetti for everyone. We agreed to go eat, but since we had a hockey game to go to, we couldn't stay long. So after dinner, we drove over to the E Center to watch the Grizzlies get tromped by the guest team, 7-1. Ouch! Even though they lost, we still had fun. After the game, Rachel and I drove over to see what was up at Super Saver. Talked to a few employees that I use to work with, grabbed some food for Rachel and then headed back to my parents.

Then on Thurday, we got ready, packed up and headed home. However, we had to make a few stops first. Since I had a $200+ gift card to CompUSA (and I can not use it online) we stopped in to get some stuff that I could use for my business. The best thing I purchased was an $80 laptop bag to hold all my stuff for when I go to On Site service jobs. That will make it easier to carry more and won't have to balance everything while going to and from the place of business. Oh, and we were able to find Rachel some new ear phones since she hates the earbuds that come with the iPod.

After CompUSA, we went over to Jason's deli (that is how they spell it and yes it ticks Rachel off, lol) for lunch. After sitting down for lunch, we drove down to Nephi to visit with my grandma and my mom, who has been helping my grandma get things taken care of down there. After about an hour, we filled up on gas and Rachel drove until Beaver (I had to take a Benadryl). I drove the rest of the way and as soon as we unloaded everything from my car, we headed over to Rachel's mom's house because her internet was still not working (since last week). So I had to call the internet company to have them come over. After that, I installed a new hand soap dispenser on her kitchen sink and then figured out why her vacuum was not sucking anything (something was stuck in the hose). Shortly after, Rachel was not feeling well again, and so we were there about another hour. By the time we got home, I was tired and cranky. Here it was 11PM and we had to unpack and do laundry. And to top things off, just for the heck of it (after paying some bills) I checked Google about tech-tonics.com... Not only had it dropped from the #1 spot, it was no where to be found. So here I am tired, and freaking out about that... Well, the last time I checked today, it was back at the #1 spot-- Thank God!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

SIGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Rachel and I are home safe. I'll tell you about what happened and what we did in Salt Lake at a later time. Right now, I am trying to unpack, do laundry and pay some bills. Plus, I have some business errands to catch up on since I couldn't do them this week. ... I now hate going away for a little while!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Travelin' North

I would like to let anyone up in Salt Lake know that I may be heading that way early this week.

Rachel, myself and many of my family members will be traveling to Nephi on Monday to go to my grandfathers funeral. He passed away yesterday (3/23)...

So if we make it up to SLC, and if anyone would like to say Hi, let me know. I'll stop by.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I'm Feeling Lucky

It's about time that Google places "tech-tonics.com" in the number 1 top search result. Now if someone does a, "I'm Feeling Lucky" search while using Google, it will go straight to my business site.

Ever since I started tech-tonics.com back in 2004, tech-tonics.com (both URL and company name) have been in the number two spot, right below.. Well, I'll just say that if you do search a search for "tech-tonics.com", it is the one that starts with the letter "H". No, the other link is not a bad link, name, word or company... it's just that I know that Google does archive this blog and if it sees the other company/link name, it may push it back up to #1, which is no bueno for me!

A few days ago, I just happened to see what position tech-tonics was at, and it dropped to #4.

The reason I am blogging about this is that many of you do not know how powerful Google really is. Some business can loose business, sales or even go broke because of Google. So the higher your name/business is when you do a search from Google, it can really make or break you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I Am Going To Live In The Estrogen Ocean!

Well, Rachel and I went into the specialist this morning to find out the sex of our twins. Now before I tell you what sex they are, I have a cool story to tell you about while the doctor was trying to get measurements of the babies. The doctor froze the screen once and one of the babies looked exactly like Strong Bad. I didn't even see it until Rachel said something. We should have had the nurse take a screen shot picture so we could have sent it into HomestarRunner.com's Weekly Fanstuff.

Anyways, as of this moment, "Baby A" has a 100% chance of being a girl (female). As for "Baby B", since the general area of determining "Baby B's" sex was directly in the area over Rachel's belly button (there was a shadow over the area in question), the chances of it being positively a girl (female) are 90 to 95%.

So, that means we are going to have two girls!

I mean, yeah, I am sad that there were no boys in this bunch, but there will always be a next time. And even though they are both girls and not a boy or boys, this does not mean that I will love them any less. The only means (despite what Rachel says) I have two girls of my own to spoil rotten!

So, if anyone has any girls names to help us in choosing, please send them our way. You never know, we may end up choosing one of those names...? And NO, JoAnna... We will not consider your name as one of our kids names. ............... I know you are thinking it... I already have to say "G** D****t, JoAnna!" enough.

Oh, if you look at the larger pictures (either one), the dates of how far along they are are wrong. Rachel is expecting on August 16th, not August 21st as depicted in the pictures.

Yes, these are the pictures of the babies bums. They were not cooperating with us very well to determine the sex of either one of them. So this was the best we could do at this time.


Baby A

Baby B

Questions... Answers

"What do you want boys or girls or one of each?" - Sheila

Rachel and I would actually like one boy and one girl. But then again, I don't have the millions of dollars to control the DNA, so, it will be up to nature on this one. I just would like one boy so that I know the Sharich name will continue on.

But if we find out that it is a boy/boy or girl/girl, we will still both be happy because these little trouble makers will be our trouble makers. And I know that we will be the coolest parents ever!

We will not find out what sex our children are until later today (that is, if the babies cooperate). If they do cooperate and we do find out today, I'll post the results on here ASAP... That is, once we tell our family members by phone first.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Questions... Answers

"When do people get to visit you and Rachel?" - Sheila

They can visit us anytime we are home, or not at work. The only guest we have had have been you and dad, grandma and grandpa, the Johnson's (Z & T), Simons (R & G). We have had other people stop by, but they were either dropping stuff off at the house or Rachel was having a DSV association meeting here (I was in my computer room by choice).

But people are welcome over any time we are home. With me being home all the time this can be whomever.... Except people trying to push religion upon us. Damn Missionaries (and that is not pointed at only Mormons-- Other religions have stopped by)!

But yeah, if you are not trying to push religion, or trying to sell something, anyone is welcome anytime we are here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Couple of Things

I totally forgot that I was going to put the final version of my Yellow Book ad up on Monday, but since I have been so busy, that went right over my head. As of now, I have turned my final draft into Yellow Book and they are going to get it so that the designers there will make it so that it will fit in the book.

Plus, I also better mention. Since the price they wanted for a 1/2 page ad is just a little bit lower than a new car payment, we (Rachel and I) talked it over and decided to go with quarter page ad.

Once I agree with Yellow Books slight moderations to my ad, and it is approved to be printed, then I will show everyone what it looks like. But that could be another month before I post it on here.

Last, but never the end of my postings, the scheduled date for me to have surgery in San Francisco will be on May (Yes, May) 9th. Since the final details are not official, I better not post the news as to who is going with me (Rachel or my sister), how I will get there and other fun details. But I will keep you updated as plans become official,

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Questions... Answers

"What do you hope that they look like?" - Sheila

Our kids? I hope they look like one of us. Why do I hope they look like either one of us? Well, because I can see that Annie (my sister) resembles dad, and I don't look like either one of you. Had TJ not been born, I would have gone to great lengths to prove that I was probably adopted. (For those of you who have never seen the pictures, TJ-- my younger brother, looked exactly like me when we were both very little.)

The most important thing I hope more than what they look like is that I hope they are very healthy children who don't have to go through the crap I have to deal with everyday (ADD, depression, asthma, etc...)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Guess Who Is In the Salt Lake Tribune News Paper...?

No, not me... and it's not for something terrible about the person either. Rachel's name appeared in the SL Tribune today about phony 911 calls.

Here is the link to the article...

And just in case the link does not work in a few weeks/months after this is posted, here is the story...

911 centers are hit with phony calls
By Jeremiah Stettler

Cries of "wolf" are hitting 911 dispatch centers with disturbing frequency, sometimes hundreds of times a month.

But the pranksters are going unpunished for their false alarms, dialing 911 on deactivated cell phones that prove difficult, if not impossible, to trace.

The calls seem eerily realistic at times: the sound of someone choking, a child reporting his mother having a seizure.

These pranksters are sometimes so convincing that they divert police, fire and medical crews to bogus addresses. That's what a group of troublesome callers in Weber County did when they phoned dispatchers repeatedly in late February.

Weber/Morgan dispatchers reported sending a K-9 unit to handle a caller's concern about a trespasser, then a fire engine and ambulance to another call about a fallen man. Both were fabricated.

In just two months, the Weber/Morgan dispatch center has recorded more than 1,100 calls from deactivated cell phones, most of them pranks, according to operations manager Cindy Fox.
"We are trying to get emergency services to people who really need the help," said dispatch supervisor Cathy Pommier. "If we send fire units, police units and ambulances to calls that aren't real, that takes manpower away from calls that actually need it."

The problem pervades dispatch centers across the state. Salt Lake City dispatchers recorded almost a thousand calls over deactivated cell phones between January and February. Most were phony.

While St. George dispatchers couldn't give an exact count, they estimated several hundred wireless prank calls a month. Senior dispatcher Rachel Sharich said she personally received at least 20 prank calls - some with just children's chatter in the background - during a five-day period last week.

"It is not fun," she said. "It ties up our lines. It's a danger to other people."

Federal law requires cell phone carriers to broadcast 911 calls whether a cell phone is activated or not. The phones need only have power.

While the rule has proved valuable for domestic violence victims - who receive deactivated cell phones through charity to make emergency calls - it has created a headache for dispatchers who report frequent abuse.

Dispatchers tell of children dialing 911 on deactivated cell phones that their parents have handed down as toys. They speak of teens bombarding dispatch centers with phony calls, sometimes requesting police assistance.

Dispatchers have little recourse. They either get a non-working telephone number or no number at all, and no location.

Cell phone carriers have begun implementing technologies that would make wireless calls easier to locate. But still, dispatchers say the technology would provide them only an area, not a specific location, as to where the wireless call originated.

Patrick Halley, government affairs director for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), said the Federal Communications Commission knew of possible abuses when they required cell phone carriers to relay emergency calls. Safety issues - for battered women, the elderly and people who can't afford cell phone service - won the debate.

Although prank calls have become problematic, Halley defends the decision.

"Is it worth having 1,000 prank calls to save two lives?" he asked. "In my opinion, yes.

FCC officials reported no efforts afoot to change the rules regulating wireless calls, citing safety as justification for the policy. However, the commission is working with law enforcement agencies in troublesome areas to track down 911 abusers, a spokesman said.

"We think the most important policy objective is to get the call through," said James Hobson, an attorney for NENA. "Surely it is a good idea to help a victim who is really in trouble. But it is not a good idea when [an unsubscribed cell phone] gets into the hands of a prankster."

jstettler@sltrib.com

Thursday, March 8, 2007

This Is Where I Really Need Your Help!

(Some of you may have received this in your e-mail...)

This is the rough draft sketch of my Yellow Book ad entry. I like it and it looks good to me… But once it goes into print, it’s that way for a whole year! Normally I wouldn’t mind what it looks like, but this YB ad is going to cost me a pretty penny to have a 1/2 page full color entry and to pay for it each month.




So, this where you come in. I want everyone’s feedback that you can give me. Should I add something? Take something out? Does a sentence not make sense? Rephrase a sentence? Choose another picture? If looking at this, what would you like to know about my services to make sure that you are willing to choose my service over the others… Anything, and everything will do. Even if you hate it, let me know! Even if you have to save the picture above and use MS Paint or Photoshop to rearrange something, please do so and e-mail your altered version back to me, I would really appreciate it.

I’ll be contacting Yellow Pages by Friday (March 9) or Monday (March 12) to let them know that I have my final sketch.

Thanks!

Updated on March 8, 2007 @ 13:34 MST

Monday, March 5, 2007

It's Been A While...

It's been a while since I have posted any new pictures on my Photos page. Well, at them moment, I have posted 3 new pages for this year and I may add some more photos to pictures that I took last year. So go check them out...

I have also noticed how small I shrunk the original photos (from their original size) when I view them on the website while using Vista. No, not the index pictures, the actual picture itself.

If you are using another version of Windows, they may appear large enough. But with Vista, they appear half the size they appeared on my screen (with my now old dead computer) and they do not look that wonderful. Especially if you would like to use them for a desktop wallpaper.

Since it will take to much (wasted) time to resize and replace all the photos that are already on the website now, I will make it so that any new photos will be appear larger. So, any photo after Rachel and my wedding photos (which I have now placed on the Photos page) will hopefully appear larger.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Looks Like Chad Finally Found a Job

I was on my way over to Wal-Mart yesterday (3/3) and when I was driving past the first entrance, I noticed that B.A.C.A. was doing something out front. However, they had someone dressed as Darth Vader and a Imperial Storm Trooper.

As I passed by and took a picture, >>> I thought that Chad Vader had finally found a job at Wal-Mart. jk

For those of you who don't know who Chad Vader is, you really need to watch these webisodes...

- Episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- Episode 4 (This is my favorite episode-- "A Dog?!")
- Episode 5
- Episode 6

Friday, March 2, 2007

Take A Guess...?

Does anyone want to guess what happened six months ago today???

Happy 6 Month Anniversary Rachel... I Love You! (It doesn't feel like it, huh?)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Questions... Answers

"Do you get to sleep all day or do you get up now that your married?" - Sheila

It depends on the day really. Whether it was before and after the accident, not much has changed.

The only time either of us got up early is if we needed to be up early. Like, for work or for a doctor's appointment. Otherwise, we both sleep in until we feel we have rested enough, or until something else wakes us up (i.e., Neighbors dog barking, etc.). And with me, there is never enough sleep.

But trust me, with Rachel expecting, I try to let her sleep as much as she can because she is the one carrying twins and working 8 hours a day. As for me, I try to do all I can before I am exhausted. But since I applied for the business license last week, I feel like I have been more busier than normal. Plus, we'll be dealing with the twins this summer. Also, I have been asked to work at the Customer Service desk at Lin's when I get back from surgery.

One more thing... As of writing and posting this blog entry, Rachel is the current president of the the Dixie Sunshine Village association. But for her and the twins health, I am asking her to resign sometime this month after the association meeting. So, in order for her to resign, she mentioned to the VP that I would like to take her place. So, looks like I will be plenty busy for the next few years, and as for sleep... I'll try to get as much as I can.