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Parents don't (usually) get to pick their kid's passions.
Parents don't (usually) get to pick their kid's passions.

My son's passion for the Rubik's Cube and why most of us have never solved it

Like you, perhaps, I had a Rubik’s Cube when I was a kid. I got it for Christmas when I was in third or fourth grade, and for years I occasionally picked it up and tried to solve it.

Also like you, perhaps, I tried to solve it by completing one side at a time. I even got two sides completed, but I never got better than that, and I certainly never solved the thing.

Last year, my 12-year-old son, Levi, received a Rubik’s Cube and it was love at first twist. Within a couple of weeks, he solved it.

When I told him of my long-term cube ineptness, he enlightened me by saying I had approached it completely wrong – that it needed to be solved one layer at a time as in top, middle and bottom – not one side at a time. He also informed me that to solve the cube he had written out and memorized more than 50 algorithms.

It was then I came to terms with the fact I would never solve Rubik’s Cube.

My son "cubes" every day, for very long periods of time, and has done so for months. He is going to a competition this weekend in Dixon, Ill., and the nationals in Portland, Ore., this summer.

It doesn't matter how much I scramble the cube, Levi usually solves it in under 15 seconds, but has solved it just under 10 seconds a couple of times. That is his goal: to be "sub 10 (seconds)" with every attempt. 

The world’s record for the fastest cube solve is held by a 14-year-old named Lucas Etter, who finished in less than 5 seconds. I know it’s my job as a mom to believe in my kid, but I really think Levi might break Lucas’ record someday, mostly because I have never before seen Levi put such focus and fuel behind something.

I know he is awake every morning because I can hear the cube twisting in his room. I also know when he’s fallen asleep for the evening because the twisting stops.

Truth be told, I was hoping that my son would love learning an instrument or be a voracious reader – basically to be passionate about the things that I am passionate about. But this i…

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Joey Buona's is closed, but not for good according to the owners.
Joey Buona's is closed, but not for good according to the owners.

Joey Buona's closes, plans to reopen

In October, OnMilwaukee's Jeff Sherman started a dialogue regarding where Joey Buona's, 500 N. Water St., should move after the Italian restaurant's lease was up. Today, it was announced that after 14 years the eatery is closed, but there will be a new location.

Bob Maldonado of Joey Buona's says it's not time to disclose where, but confirmed they were looking in the "Milwaukee area." He also released the following statement:

"Due to our current expiring lease agreement, we have closed our doors at our current location permanently. We truly appreciate all of the support we have received from our loyal guests and from the city of Milwaukee ... On behalf of Joey’s Restaurant we want to thank you all for visiting and look to invite you back to our new location coming soon."

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

Rumor has it ...
Rumor has it ...

Rumor Lounge is closed

According to a Facebook post, Rumor Upbeat Lounge, 161 W. Pittsburgh Ave., has closed.

The message read, "This is a difficult status to share, but Rumor will be closing, with the exception of privately reserved parties, effective immediately."

Christopher Surges opened Rumor in 2012. Surges is the current owner of Jack Rabbit Slims, which opened at the end of 2015.

The Gobbler opens to the public in February.
The Gobbler opens to the public in February.
There are turkey tributes throughout The Gobbler.
There are turkey tributes throughout The Gobbler.
Welcome, turkeys!
Welcome, turkeys!

First Look: The Gobbler Theater

After two years of anticipation, we checked out The Gobbler Theater in Johnson Creek last night for a private party and concert.

Daniel Manesis purchased the retro-looking building, which was a supper club from 1969 to 1992, and carefully and masterfully remodeled it into a 405 seat music venue. Lucky for us, Manesis retained all of the kitsch, retro-cool and charm.

From the outside, the turkey-shaped building – which would only be noticeable from an aerial view – looks exactly the same. The oblong, eyeball-shaped windows are one of its most unique features.

"If you’ve ever seen turkey eyes, they’re shaped just like the windows," says Manesis.

The turkey theme and The Gobbler name were chosen by the original owner, Clarence Hartwig, who owned Hartwig Turkey Farms in Johnson Creek.

The interior features the original ceiling and hanging light fixtures as well as the stunning bar – a massive circle that seats 30 and makes a complete rotation every hour and 20 minutes. The pink and lavender lounge chairs were cleaned and retained.

"In the old decor, the pink chairs matched the pink carpeting on the walls and the lavender chairs matched the lavender shag carpeting on the floor," says Manesis.

The dance floor, which was added in the early ‘70s and suspended eight feet above the bar, was  removed and the former kitchen is now where the stage is located. Food will be available during some events at the new Gobbler, but will be catered by outside restaurants.

During last night’s private party, we saw country acts Haley Klinkhammer and Morgan Fraizer. The lighting and sound were perfect and because of the slightly-sloped stadium-style seating and theater-in-the-round design, there’s not a bad seat in the house.

The space below the venue features original foil and flower wallpaper in the hallways and the famous purple shag carpeting remains on the walls of the shell-shaped phone booth. Manesis says he plans to install a pay phone for display pur…

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