Archive for August 31, 2016

Goodbye, Summer 2016

Well, now it’s finally the last day of summer vacation (for this year). This will be similar to the summer-end post from last year, but without the ZOLTAN FORTUNE TELLER features.

I know, the end of summer vacation is okay, but it’s also sad, because #1) you have to wait until the next June for the next summer, and #2) you’ll have to do school and homework for several months.

In the meantime, I’ll tell you about some of the major events that happened this summer.

I went to Summer School from June 13 to July 8. From July 19-23, Mom and I visited my older brother Jake in Missouri. We stayed at the hotel Fredrick. There, we went to a movie (Finding Dory), a jazz museum, an aquarium, and a Kansas City Royals baseball game. Well, that was our last big trip in our old car, the Rabbit. 2 days after we got back from Missouri, it was replaced by a newer car called the Golf.

In early August, Grandpa Jack and Barb came to visit. We went on a small Lake Geneva Cruise. Later that month, Mom and I went to Rockin’ Jump in Madison (I had already gone there in January), which is this trampoline park and rock gym.

Our last major vacation of this summer was to the Cave Of The Mounds in a real cave tour on August 27. I can believe it’s been 4 days already :|.

One more major thing that happened this summer was that we got 2 new kittens from my piano teacher on August 16. One is named Oliver. The other is named Molly. Oliver is male and Molly is female. That was the first time ever in our lives we’ve had more than 2 cats.

Well, we’ve been out of school for 3 months now. I know it’s hard to believe after this year I’ll be in High School. Not having to do any schoolwork for 3 months has been great. But enough is enough.

Thankfully, summer 2017 will start June 5. Also, School Week 1 will be only 2 days long, and Week 2 will be just 4 days long. Week 3 will be my first full week of 8th grade. I’m sure I’ll also have only a tiny bit of homework at first, but I’m sure I’ll get more as the weeks go on. Also, I expect my friend Brandon will not be used to the end of summer like last year. We’ll still have weekends, and my first weekend of 8th grade will be 3 days long. And by now to say, being over 12 years old hasn’t been all that bad.

Well, now this post is over, and so is this year’s summer vacation.



Ice Age Trail

One of my last posts for Summer 2016. This will be a little bit short.

There is a trail in in Wisconsin from the last Ice Age. My family has been on it a few times.


Their mascot is Monty the Woolly Mammoth.


That’s the end of this post.


Sophia Fox And The Lewistown Wig-Wags

Another August post. I know this post’s 2 topics don’t really go together, but I like them, so I’m doing this one for you now.

In Lewistown, Montana, there once stood 2 Wig-Wag signals on West Water Street. Down below is a photo of them from 2002.


The line was then operated by BNSF. At the time of the photo above being taken, there had been rumors that Lewistown did not want tracks in town anymore, and thus the trains only came to Lewistown about once a week.

However, in 2003, a storm washed away part of the track, and the line was taken out of service. Finally, in December 2005, BNSF got permission to abandon the Lewistown line. Then the word got around that the Wig-Wags and other railroad crossing signals there would be removed. The rails would also be pulled and the line would become a crosswalk trail. This finally happened during 2006.

Now, for your preschooler family member, he or she may have heard of a show called TEAM UMIZOOMI. Ever wondered who voiced Milli during the season 1  episodes (except the episode “The Butterfly Dance Show”, for unknown reasons)? Well, down below is a picture of the girl recording as Milli.


Her name is Sophia Fox, only it’s spelled “Sofia Fox” in the picture. She was born in 1999 in New York City.

Other voice actors for those episodes include Ethan Kempner and Donovan Patton.

That’s the end of this post. There’s just about 2 weeks before school resumes.


You’ve Been Kilroy’ed

Well, now it’s finally the middle of August, just about half a month before school resumes. It’s a sad feeling, but I will do a few posts now before that happens.

Remember those ZOLTAR SPEAKS and ZOLTAN posts from last year? And remember how I said ZOLTAR SPEAKS was located at Kilroys in Minneapolis, Minnesota? Well, this post’s topic will be that place.

It is located in a huge brown warehouse building. In fact, I’m sure several people walk or drive past without even noticing what is there.

When you get to the door, there is a small sign on it that only gives you a small clue to what Kilroys has. After you open it, and then go down a stairway, you arrive there.


The store is owned by this guy named Kevin Hammerback. Down below are 2 videos of the shop with tours.

Kilroys has a ZOLTAR SPEAKS, a ZOLTAN, and several slot machines.

That’s the end of this post. Like last year, I’ll do more August posts and the last August post will be a farewell to summer vacation, a bit about my future, and it will be published on the last day of summer vacation.