Issue #34 – Let’s Fly Off

Interview with Pilot Instructor Ernie Swallie from Light Sport Aviation

Q. Do you fly a plane or jet?

A.  I fly a plane.

Q. How long did it take you to get your license?

A. It took about 3 months for my private license and 1 year for my commercial license. I got my license in Hawaii in 1972. I recently got back into flying in the past 3 years.

Q. What kind of plane do you fly?

A. I fly a light sport plane which means a plane that weighs less than 1320 lbs.

Q. Have you ever been to different states while flying?

A. Yes I brought the plane from Florida and flew it here to Las Vegas. And we fly to Utah and California every week.

Q. Do you enjoy being a pilot instructor?

A. Yes, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.

Q. How many hours did you have to study to be an instructor?

A. 250 hours flying time for the Pilot license but you also have to study for the written exam and even more hours for my commercial license and my flight instructor license.

Q. Do you have to fly alone or can you take passengers?

A. I take students but you need a commercial license

to do that.

Q. How many people can you fit in a plane?

A. We can take up to 2 people the pilot and 1 passenger.

Q. Do you have to wear a uniform?

A. No I do not need to wear a uniform.

Q. What flight school did you attend?

A. I went to Honolulu Flyers in Hawaii.

Q. Do you fly in winter storms?

A. Visual flyers like us don’t fly in bad weather because  we rely on our sight to fly.

Q. How hard is it to stop a plane when landing?

A. It depends how fast you are going. It takes 500ft to stop and 1200ft to take off.

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Issue #32 – Pet Technology

  • Hoison is an Automatic Pet feeder machine. Designed to help feed your dogs, cats, or any other animal. If you’re running late, stuck in traffic, or unable to feed your pets in any way, simply log on to the Hoison app on your cell phone and with the click of a button you can dispense your pets breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Hoison feeder is equipped with an HD camera and microphone, so you can see and communicate with your pets. You’ll be able to check-in with your pets, and it can give you a peace of mind that they are not alone. You can tell them that you love them, that you will be home soon, and reward them, with a nice dinner all from the convenience of your phone.

  • Pawscout is a low energy Bluetooth radio signal with a range of approximately 300 feet. You can use the Pawscout App on your cell phone to locate your pet and set a virtual pet leash that alerts you it the pet moves outside of the range. If your pet is out of range, you mark your pet as lost. You will be notified of your pet’s location if he or she passes by anyone with the Pawscout App. To best protect your pet, ask friends, family members, neighbors, and caretakers to install the Pawscout App. Tracking will not work unless your pet is within 300 feet of someone with the Pawscout App.

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Issue #32 – Finding Nemo Movie Review

Finding Nemo is a good family movie. It is about a fish named Nemo that lives in the ocean and gets lost from his dad. Along the way he makes a friend with a fish named Dory, she tries to help him find Nemo. a fisherman is out in the ocean and throws a fishnet into the water and captures Nemo. From there Nemo goes to a dentist office and plans on escaping. this movie came out on May 30, 2003. It made over $940.3 million dollars at the box office. Ellen DeGeneres is the voice of Dory. And The voice of Nemo is Alexander Gould. It is the 10th highest grossing animated film of all time. Finding Nemo is an Adventure, Comedy From Disney. Out of the people that watched the movie at Circles Magazine 99% say see it and only 1% say skip it.



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Issue #32 – U.S. National Parks

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. In general, national parks welcome pets in developed areas, on many trails and
campgrounds, and in some lodging facilities. Pets must be restrained either on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all ti mes. Pets are not permitted in a public building, public transportation vehicle, or location designated as a swimming beach. Requirements for visiting a national park with your pet vary, so be sure to check each park’s regulations before you visit.

Tips for Bringing a Dog Hiking or Camping: If you plan to bring your dog with you to the national forest, first familiarize yourself with trail situations that can be hazardous for a dog, for the hiker, or for other trail users. Be sensitive to other visitors who are uncomfortable around a dog they do not know–especially large dogs. Unless your dog responds well to voice commands and is comfortable around people, keep it leashed while in parking lots and at busy trail heads. Update all vaccinations and provide flea and tick control for your pet. Also, make sure your dog has identification tattoos and/or tags in case you are separated while on your hike.

Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S.: The beach is a wonderful place to spend ti me with your dog, and most dogs love playing on the sand and in the water. However, be aware there can be hazards for your pet at the beach. Before you take your dog to the beach please keep in mind the following:

Know which beaches are dog-friendly: Before you visit a beach learn the rules for bringing a pet with you. Most dog-friendly beaches require dogs to remain on leash, sometimes even in the water. Some beaches allow dogs only during the off -season, or only during certain ti mes of the day. Some beaches set aside a designated portion of the beach where dogs are allowed. Finally, some beaches are dedicated dog beaches where dogs are allowed off -leash.

Not all dogs can swim: Dogs will naturally start “dog paddling” when they find themselves in water, but that doesn’t mean that they can stay afloat for any length of ti me, that they like being in the water, or that they can safely swim. Make sure your dog doesn’t get overly tired, and be aware that puppies and older dogs tire more easily and seem less aware of their fatigue until it’s too late. Stay away from strong currents and areas with underwater debris that can entangle a dog.

Dogs feel the heat: Warm summer temperatures at the beach can pose a threat to a dog’s health. Make sure that your dog has a shady spot under a beach umbrella, tree or picnic bench. While you ensure your skin doesn’t get sun burnt, remember your pet. Dogs can burn too, especially if they have light skin and fur or short hair. Focus on the ears and nose. Take care of his/her hydration the same way as yours. Remember that the sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so provide a blanket or towel for your dog’s comfort. Watch for signs of overheating in dogs, which include: excessive/rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse. Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention.

Don’t let your dog drink the water at ocean beaches: Salt water makes dogs sick – just like humans. And salt water can also damage your dog’s coat. Rinse dogs with fresh water after an ocean swim. And bring clean, fresh water for them to drink.

Never leave your dog unattended at the beach: Be aware that all sorts of items can be partially or fully hidden in the sand. Broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and garbage can pose a danger to your dog.

Always clean up after your dog: The number one reason for previously dog friendly beaches to ban dogs is because of irresponsible dog owners who don’t scoop the poop. Please help keep these beaches dog friendly!

U.S. National Parks Campgrounds – Pet Policies: In general, pets are permitted but must be restrained either on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all ti mes. Check park regulations regarding camping with your pet. Some campgrounds permit pet camping only in designated sites. Please be aware of the pet policy of the campground you’re planning to visit.

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Issue #32 -Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa


The movie begins with Alex as a young cub named Alakay in Africa with his father Zuba trying to teach him how to fight. During this, another lion Makunga challenges Zuba to a fight to be the head of the tribe and poachers subsequently kidnap Alex as a young cub where he eventually ends up in the Central Park zoo in New York.
The story then jumps ahead to continue where the first movie left off , with the group of animals on Madagascar including Alex, Marty, Melmen and Gloria, the tight knit group of animal friends that started their adventure in the first movie. They decide to make their escape back to New York in an old delapidated airplane piloted by our penguin friends Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private with chimpanzee buddies Mason and Phil who do their comical shananigans to keep the plane flying. But eventually everything comes to a halt as they crash land in Africa and meet animals of their own species. Alex is then reunited with his mother and father, Marty feels ordinary after finding out that other zebras have the same talents as himself.

Melman is convinced he is sick and offers himself as a sacrifice to the volcano to make the river water fl ow again, as he is on the edge of the volcano Gloria realizes that he is the only one for her and steps in to stop him. Meanwhile, back where the river isn’t flowing, a group of tourists who are basically stranded in the jungle make camp and subsequently build a dam upriver thus cutting off the flow to the watering hole. Alakay and Marty leave the reserve to find the problem and find the camp of the tourists where he uses his dancing skills to mezmerize the crowd as most of them recognize him from The Central Park zoo. This ultimately allows the dam that the tourists built to be taken down and water restored to the reserve. The majority of our watchers like and say.



Rated PG
Released November 7,2008
1 hour 29 minutes
Starring: Ben Sti ller, Chris Rock
David Schwimmer, Ellen Degeneres,
Jada Pinkett -Smith, Cedric the Entertainer
Directed by: Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

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Issue#31 – Hip Hop Dancing



DANCE is another extension of exercise because with dance you don’t really have to lift weights.

To stay healthy you have to move with the beat and make sure you have fun!

Dance also improves conditions to your heart and legs. Also it increases muscle strength,

endurance,  fitness, strong bones.  it reduces the risk of osteoporosis,  better coordination,

agility,  flexibility,  improved balance, and spatial awareness.

The best thing that it does is help you with self confidence, self esteem and betters social skills as well.









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Issue #31 – OBONA-Live Interview


Obona is a personal trainer. He has helped other people lose weight the right way and eat better in a healthy way as well. Obona was telling us how he overcame a lot of hard ships. After everything in his life he went up and has achieved a better life. We think Obona is a great role model for anyone out there.

Obona’s worked really hard on himself and has come out a better person. Obona has a lot of people supporting him. Obona had shown us some workouts. We warmed up by stretching, and preparing ourselves for for a strenuous workout.

            Obona has a fitness center called ”Level Up” with over 700,000 members coming to exercise. Many people have lost hundreds of pounds collectively with Obona’s workouts. We think that’s really amazing. Obona even told us about a sixteen year old kid in a wheelchair that’s in Basketball and has won most of his games. Obona showed us a short video of the kid playing and he’s really amazing with the tricks that he does when he plays. He told us to never give up on anything in life and to go after our dreams and goals. We really took that advice and going after our dreams and goal’s in the future. 



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lssue # 31 – movie review: Super Size ME

Year Released:2004

  Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson

 Distributed By: Samuel Goldwyn Films, Roadside Attractions

 Directed, Produced and written by: Morgan Spurlock

Length of movie: 98 minutes We at Circles Magazine got together and watched a movie called Super-size me about an actor named Morgan Spurlock, who ate McDonalds every day for 30 days.

Part of the experiment was that Morgan could only eat what they sold at McDonalds, and if they asked him if he wanted to super-size he had to say yes. Morgan Spurlock went to see a couple different doctors and a nutritionist to help him with his experimental diet.  They did regular blood tests and physical exams throughout the 30 days.  The blood tests showed elevated blood sugar and higher cholesterol during the experiment.

One day while Morgan eating in his car he threw up outside his car window, it was gross, but then he felt better after he ate.  Morgan had every item on the menu and went to several different McDonalds throughout the country.

He was asked to super-size nine times during the 30 days and most of them were in Texas.

The movie was made in the year 2003 and released in 2004.

Since then McDonalds has changed its super-size policy and its menu significantly.

They claim that the movie had no impact on the decision to make the changes.

Of the 29 people that watched the movie 75% said to skip it.


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Issue #28 – Movie Review: The Lorax

The Lorax movie is about an unseen person named the Once-ler who is traveling one day and came across the Truffula Forest.


His job is to supply the thneeds to his customers.

He came up with the idea by driving through the forest and picking from the Truffula trees.

A Truffula tree is described as a strange looking tree with a fluffy top and a trunk that has colored stripes on them.

The Lorax is a furry creature who emerged from a tree stump and tries to tell the Once-ler to stop cutting down the trees but, the Once-ler doesn’t listen to him and keeps cutting down trees for his business.

The Lorax once again confronts the Once-ler telling him that all the creatures including the Bar-ba-Loots who eat Truffula fruits, humming fish, and swanee swans are leaving their homes with nowhere to go.


The water was polluted, and there was lack of rain.

The Once-ler ignores the Lorax’s words despite how the environment got ruined.

After all the trees are gone, his family left him and his old house.

Then the Lorax gave him a sad glare before leaving but not before he left the Once-ler with a message carved on a rock that said “Unless”.

The company that the Once-ler owns is called “Thneeds”.

It’s a company that takes trees and makes it into clothing.

The Once-ler also calls his family to help him make the clothing for his business.

The Lorax is a caring, helpful creature who speaks for the trees and creatures that live in the forest and lake.

Then some years later, a boy came to his old residence where he met the Once-ler who tells him the story of the Truffula trees.

After the young boy hears the story the Once-ler gives him the last tree seed so more trees can be grown again.


        thumbsup   SEE IT

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Issue #26 – Tanked


Our Circles Magazine team visited ATM to talk with the Tanked crew:

1- What inspired you to produce tanks?
Well, what happened in 1994, I moved out to Las Vegas. And when Imoved out to Las Vegas, I was building a new home and between my dining room and my theater room I wanted to put a tank so what I did, is I decided to call up Ampro which is the company in town at that particular time and I asked them to come over and they sent Wade King over, now Wade King came over to quote me on a tank and when he came to quote me on a tank, he saw a picture of my daughter. He said to me, he says, “You know I’m going to marry your daughter.” Now I proposed to my wife, may she rest in peace, unfortunately, she passed away 15 years ago. Alright and uh.. my wife saw me for 15 minutes and she went home and she says, “Mommy, I met the man that I’m gonna marry.” So it was very, very similar and the result was that they got married and he was working for the company and the company was getting bankrupted and all of a sudden he said to me, “How am I going to invest into our company? I’m going into this company and take it over.” So, I took this company and took it over and I put Brett and Wade together as partners and uh… that was 19 years ago. And the reality was that we had some good times and some bad times. Now we have some great ti mes and we are on T.V., we are in 200 countries, we just celebrated our 100th episode and that’s how I got involved with tanks. I don’t particularly build tanks but the reality is that I’m in tank business and I’m the financial person I put in over 2 million dollars into the company because of our good years and bad years so we are the number 1 tank builder and number 1 show on Animal Planet called “Tanked.”

2- Did you have to go to school to know about fish?
Uhm… well, you have to learn this from somewhere, you don’t have to go to school but you can learn from books videos to dvds or you can go onto Google and it has everything that you want to learn about fish.

3- What year did you move to Las Vegas?

I moved to Las Vegas in 1994 that was 22 years ago.

4- What is your favorite fish?
My favorite is the “Puffer” because when it gets really excited or upset, it blows up. At one time, we had a puffer that we feed out of my hand, and that’s something I really enjoyed.

5- How many people a day call you for a tank?

Probably anywhere between 10 to 30 people a day call to get quotes for tanks.

6- What was the most difficult tank you had to make for a client?
I think the most difficult tank that we did was in Dallas, Texas. It took us 2 ½ years to build and they actually built the church around the tank and then what we had to put the cross into the tank, we didn’t realize at the time that it was hollow on the inside and the end result was that we had to do it twice and we had to fill up on sand to get it weight so it could sink to the bottom.

7- How long does it take for the making of the show?

It takes 40 to 60 hours to film to make one 46 minute segment.

8- What are the different prices for each tank?
The tanks are depended on size, and its depended on what extra items you want on the tank, like if you want a filter, type of a pump, if you want a façade, canopy. There’s a lot of things that go into it but basically its about size because everything is done in dollars and cents, the larger the tank, the more it costs.

9- How much does it cost to fund an episode?
That is actually unknown to me and it varies from place to place because if you have something that’s in Las Vegas, we don’t have to ship it out of town so we have to take consideration the shipping, the installation, etc. The further away you go, the more expensive it is and then again it depends on where your installing it, do you have to through the door?, do you have to go through the roof?, do you have to go through the window?Do you have to repair certain things? Etc.

10- What was your most exciting tank you made?
The most expensive tank ironically now would be the church tank. It was 5 million dollars, plus the installation of the tank.

11- How do you keep the tanks clean?
Ok. I don’t typically keep the tanks clean, but the reality is the tanks are kept clean in two or three different ways. #1: We have the service company that keeps them clean. #2: If we do it in-house, we have certain chemicals that we actually sell and the chemicals that we sell are quality and the end result is that we utilize to the best of our abilities through trial and error and now we have the best chemicals in the world so it 
keeps the tanks really, really clean, but again everything’s about the dollars and cents. Now, if you have a service, they charge you about $1 per gallon, so if you have a 50 gallon tank, it’s $50 a month. If you have a 100 gallon tank, its $100 a month and as you go up, it still stays at $1 a gallon.

12- How many fish tanks do you have?
I’m not sure what exactly you mean, we have in-house about 10 fish tanks now. But, we built about 10,000 over 19 years.


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