Why There Should Be a Lego Store in Eureka, C.A.

Dear Lego Company:

Whenever I go to a Lego store, it’s usually hundreds of miles away. I used to be in a Lego engineering class in Arcata and some of the kid’s parents would drive two to three hours to get to that class because we all love Legos. I think there should be a Lego store in Eureka, because it is great location. If there was a Lego store in Eureka, fans could do activities with Legos.  There are many other kids who would agree with me and would love it. There aren’t that many good places in Humboldt County to buy Lego sets.

Eureka is an excellent location for a Lego store. The closest Lego store to Humboldt County is San Mateo which is close to San Francisco. That is 238 miles from my house. The closest Lego store north of us is in Portland, Oregon. That is 363 miles from Miranda where I live. Eureka is the biggest city in the middle. There are some large stores to rent in the Bayshore Mall. The main city that everyone in Humboldt County shops at is Eureka..  The population of Humboldt is 134,000 and 23% are under 18 years old. Many of them love Legos.

Having a Lego store in Eureka would give Lego fans an opportunity to do things with Legos. When I have visited Lego stores, they have clubs and mini model building classes.  It’s neat how in the Lego classes you can create something original and you will display it for everyone to see who goes there.  Plus getting to check out some of the biggest Lego models is really cool, for example a huge space battle in Lego Star Wars display, or some Lego car that you guys made up.  One of my favorite parts of a Lego store is the displays.  They always give me ideas to build and inspire me.  Eureka does not have many exciting things for kids to do there. So kids would love to have more activities to do like classes at a Lego store.
There were 30 kids at my Lego engineering class in Arcata. It also had a waiting list. Amon has been teaching these Lego classes for at least 5 years and they are full every time.  For this reason, I believe the Lego store classes will be packed and the store will be full.

In Humboldt County, you can buy Lego sets at Target, KB Toys, Toy Box, Kmart, and Allsport.  Whenever I get a Lego set around here, I get them late or overpriced, like at Allsport, a store in Garberville a $10 set is $17.  The best store to get sets around here is Target. They have good prices but their selection is lacking.  They sell out most of the best sets really quick. But everytime I go to the Lego store, I get a nice price and a nice variety of sets.  If we had a local Lego store, fans could start using VIP points which are points that you can earn by buying sets on the Lego website or shop at the Lego store and you can redeem them and get discounts and exclusive sets.  This will encourage more fans to shop at the Lego store in Eureka.

A Lego store in Eureka could stock up on Legos really easy. Eureka is a port city, so Lego can ship their products straight from Denmark to the Humboldt Bay.   Shipments at the docks can take five minutes at the most to get to the Bayshore Mall.  You could have quicker shipments to Eureka. This could save you money.

I know a lot of people in Humboldt County who are Lego fans who have never been to a Lego store. Having a Lego store in Eureka will give fans a chance to get to a Lego store.  Having a Lego store in Eureka will make you money.

Please write me back,

 Jonathan Archibold

Dan the Little Turtle

By Jonathan Archibold

Inspired by Turtleinni

Dan the Turtle wants to go on an adventure.
He has not left his house in a long time.
So he sets off on a trip.

One of the folk that Dan met was Gary the Dog.
“Good evening,” Dan said.
“Good evening to you, too,” said Gary the Dog.

Dan was having fun on his adventure.
But he was getting hungry.
He had not eaten since he had left.

Dan ran into Pat the Cat.
Dan asked “Hello, do you   know where there is some food?”
Pat the Cat answered, ”I have some food that I can
catch for you.”
“Thank you so much,” said Dan.

So Pat the Cat went down to the docks and caught a fish and brought it to Dan the turtle.
“Thank you,” he said.
“No problem,” said Pat.

Then Dan the Turtle ate his yummy fish.
When Dan was done, he felt that it was time to go back home to his little house in the grass.

On the way home, Dan the Turtle ate some dessert.
He had some yellow flowers with some green leaves.

When Dan got back home, he was glad he had gone on an adventure.
He was also glad that he met two new friends.
Then he took a nap.


Bow and Arrow Science: Does Arrow Length Affect Accuracy? Salmon Creek Community School Teacher: Ben York By Jonathan Archibold 7th grade 2013

Did you know that if an arrow is too long it will bend when shot and be less accurate?  If it’s too short, it will go past the arrow holder and it will hit the bow and shatter. It is important to understand the accuracy and physics of a compound bow and its arrows and shooting them.  Learning bow safety, arrow safety, history, and physics are all important in archery.  The main point of archery is to hit the target. In order to hit the target, you must have a properly adjusted bow and the proper length of arrows.

The creation of bows and arrows goes back to 9,000 B.C. in Schleswig Holstein (northern Germany).  Scientist have discovered an iceman from that time period there in the European Alps that was mummified.  He had a simple bow and arrow that he was making. Then the technology advanced and helped Holless Wilbur Allen make the compound bow in  July 1967.  This made bows faster, deadlier, and easier to use.

Bow Safety
An excellent compound bow is the Apprentice 2 by Bear Archery. According to its owner’s manual, the Apprentice 2 is the finest compound bow available. It has adjustable cams on the end of each limb. The limbs are quad flared limbs. There is a continuous string that runs between the cams.  There is a buss cable running from one limb to the other. The bow string has a loop for placing the arrow and a sight bead for aiming. When you look through the sight bead, you can see red, green, and yellow lines on the sight gauge on the front of the bow.  The green is for shooting close targets and the red is for far away targets. There is also a whisker biscuit on the bow. If you’re curious what a whisker biscuit is, it is a ring with a whole bunch of hairs inside with a little gap so you can slip the arrow in and it holds the arrow.   The bow also has a bow handle below the arrow offset for your left hand.  A quiver that holds four arrows is attached to the side of the  bow.

After choosing a fine bow, you must know about bow safety. First, you need to make sure all parts of your bow are functional and are working properly. You also need to make sure not to dry fire your bow or fire underweight arrows  This would wear out your bow and maybe even break it. When you fire your bow, you need to point your bow away from people or anyone’s property.
Arrow Safety
You need to be cautious with your bow as well your arrows..  Some ways you can mess up are having too short of arrows and getting hurt.   If the arrow is too short, it will hit the bow when you shoot it. Then it will explode and shatter.  This would be very dangerous for the shooter. At full draw, the head of the arrow must be an inch past the whisker biscuit. According to my research, a little bit longer arrows can be safer. Each time after you shoot, you should inspect your arrows to see if they are broken, splintered, have loose parts, or if the feather is ruined. If so, you should throw away damaged ones and replace them for safety. You should make sure that no people or animals are around the target. Then you put the arrow into the notch on the string. You draw it back, then ARROW IN THE AIR!  Hopefully you hit the target. Your target  should be thick enough that no arrows will pass through it.

A compound bow uses carbon arrows.  Junior Hunter arrows with blunt tips are some of the best in the industry for kids.  The arrows should be cut and sized by experts like the ones at Pro Sports Center or Bucksport in Eureka. Compound bows cannot use fiberglass or wood arrows, only carbon fiber.  These arrows must be cut to the right length with a special saw.  Then the tips are screwed on and glued.  The weight of the arrow must match the bow.  Another way of messing up is having too long of arrows, and when you shoot them, they will bend. That makes it hard to hit the target. That is why arrows can be only one inch different in length and still be safe. Arrows can be damaged by hitting hard objects such as trees and other arrows. This is very dangerous according to the Bsafe website

Arrow Physics
The main point of archery is to hit the target. Arrow size and weight affects an accurate shot. The
weight that they measure arrows is grains, which is really small. There are four parts of an arrow. They are the tip, the shaft, the fletching, and nock. The tip of the arrow is the part that penetrates the target and weights the most. The shaft is the bod\spine that holds it together. The fletching is the fin of the arrow that makes it glide. The nock is what you put the string in. But  what makes an arrows accurate?  According to information on http://www.archeryinterchange.com/f11/optimum-arrow-length-20194/
the shorter arrows are going to be more accurate than the longer arrows but they did not explain why.  To find out how arrow length affects accuracy, I interviewed the archery expert at Pro Sports Center in Eureka, Dean Thomas who gave me awesome information. According to Dean Thomas, when you fire a bow with your hand, instead of a release trigger, the arrow will fishtail (fishtail is when the arrow flaps side to side). When you fire a bow with a  trigger, it will porpoise instead (porpoising is when the arrow wobbles goes up and down).  When you pull back the arrow and let go, the arrow is under a lot of pressure which causes it to fishtail and give you a less accurate shot. Your arrow will always fishtail no matter what you do. A short arrow will fishtail for less time. If an arrow is too long and heavy, it will drop sooner and fly slow, so the archer needs to aim higher. That makes it harder to hit the target.    Longer arrows flex more.  This means it is harder to get an accurate shot with too long of an arrow.

Not much research has been done on arrow length, and it needs to be done. This is a topic that needs to be researched more. Its important to know which length is best to hunt with and target practice with.


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7. Thomas, Dean. In person interview. Archery Technician, Pro Sport Center, Eureka, California 1\19\13.

Ancient Trade Routes

Photo found here.

I am a Parthian merchant.  My name is Ponto Coscol.  I live in a hut next to 3 stables on the edge of the Aral Sea.  I am an excellent archer with good horsemanship. I own many horses.   I am a proud Parthian and I trade fast horses with the clean saddles and good food for the horse, strong and soft wood, nice clean boar tusks, warm fur coats, hard metal items, comfy trousers and tunics to China and India.  I carry all of my trade goods in a nice strong wooden cart loaded with nicely made chests, horse feed, water, and long logs and pulled by four tamed and strong horses.  I meet my business associates North-East of the great city of Chah Bahar. We meet in a great garden near a school in a small star-shaped town.  It is near the great Arabian Sea.

The trip to the meeting place and back is two long months.  Chah Bahar is about 1500 miles from my home.  First I travel along the edge of the Aral Sea.  Then I travel through the deadliest and driest part of my trip.  It is a 500 mile stretch of barren land, with no water. That was tough, not just on me but on my poor horses as well.  Then I come to a lush green land with forests and water.  My horses and I rest and recover before crossing more desserts.  At our journey’s end we are always grateful to see the lush gardens of the meeting spot.

      I have a friend of mine that lives in China.  Her name is Ming Fon and she is a shy trader. She brings me soft silk, china porcelain, bags of rice, and nice copper.  I pay her one horse with all the gear for the horse and two loads of wood.  She traveled with my friend from India on her boat.

Alika Mea is my cheerful friend in India.  She sails her ship to Chah Bahar with Ming Fon aboard.  Then they travel by land on horses I sold them last year.  They meet me for the great trade party.   I get pepper and other spices, salt,  and loud peacocks from Alika Mea.  In return for her delicious spices, I gave her two boar tusks, a horse, saddle, and a load of wood.

I enjoyed doing this project.  I was slow and wish I could have finished my costume.  I was not very successful with my cart at school.  Thank you for letting me build a cart out of Legos at home.   I learned that spices were really important to people and hard to get as well tasty.  I like tasty spices in my food.  I also learned that Parthians were really hairy and I didn’t know that people could steer horses with their feet.  It was more fun than reading a textbook, taking a quiz, or  just doing a report.  Thank you for making class fun.