#### rubikmaster

##### Member

Just wanted to revive this thread to hear stories from some newer members,so I will tell my story now.So sit back,because this is gonna be a long one.

My name is Oskar Janeš.I am from Croatia,I am 14 years old and can solve the Rubik's cube in about 18-19 seconds on average and this is my story on how I got into cubing.It all started back in 2004 when I first touched the Rubik's cube.My dad won a trip to Gardaland(something like an Italian Disneyland) and we bought a Rubik's cube there.But it wasn't a normal one with standard colors.For each color there was a different character from Gardaland.My dad messed it up for me with a few turns and I solved it.He did the same thing again and I solved it.But the second time he messed it up a little harder and I couldn't solve it and I just completely messed up the cube.I remember we gave it to a few people on the bus when we were coming back and nobody could even solve one side.At that time my dad's brother,his wife and his kids were coming over pretty often,every month or two.And my dad's brother would always pick up my cube and try to solve it and in about a few minutes he could solve one side and at that time I was just so amazed by that and a few months ago(from now,not from that time) he told me that he actually knew a method and could solve it back in the 80's but he forgot it.anyway,back to the story.But he could solve only one side and then every time I was so afraid to touch but I started to solve the second side anyway but in the end I would just mess the cube up.At that time I was thinking that the cube should be solved side by side(and most non-cubers still think that).And a little later on when I was I think 9 or 10 I got back from school and my dad said to me that cube fell of the top of the closet and broke and that he threw it in the garbage.I never saw the cube but I think the core probably didn't break and maybe I could've assembled the cube so that it's solved but,oh well.I was a little sad for a few minutes after that happened.But after that I pretty much forgot about the cube.Then in 2010 my friend found some cheap Chinese Rubik's cube at his house that he bought for 10 kunas(approx. 2 dollars) a few years ago.Then,the next few weeks he was trying and trying to solve it all the time.He brought it to school once and during those few weeks I was at his house 1 or 2 times but I never actually played around with his cube.Then in June of 2010 he said his cheap Rubik's cube didn't work anymore and he couldn't turn it at all so he threw it out.And a few weeks later,when school already ended,he texted me on Facebook and he said he is getting a new cube on Saturday and he asked me if I can solve it and I said something like "Well,I don't know,I think I can..." but I think I probably just said that because I wanted him to come over.So on Saturday he bought the cube(he got the original Rubik's brand cube) and he came over the next day and both of us had now idea how to solve it,so we were looking through a lot of tutorials and just couldn't figure it out and a few days later I also got one and we were so obsessed with the cube.Later on,he actually managed to solve the first layer and didn't want to touch his cube after that.Then he went to the seaside on a vacation and a few days later he called me and screamed "I solved it,I solved it!" and I was happy for him and it was all great.But I was still worried what am I doing wrong but then a few days later I finally figured it out.It was already July by that time.I was having problems with solving the cross and the first layer corners because I was using Dan Brown's method and he didn't really explain the cross that well and how to align it with the centers on the side.But I still got it.The first few times I solved it in about a half an hour and soon I got it down to two and a half minutes.I lubed my cube with Nivea creme because I didn't have anything else(I know,I know:fp) but it actually worked pretty well.When my friend got back he was saying "OMG,OMG,I know how to solve it,dude.I will teach you!".But then I said to him that I already figured it out myself.I asked him what are his times and he said he is at around five minutes and then I gave him the advice of lubing it with Nivea creme and the first time I decided to lube it for him and soon after that he could also solve it in two and a half minutes,also.And soon after that I started wondering how to get faster,so I learned the method from Chris Dzoan's tutorial "How to solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute" and in a month I got my times down to one and a half minute and it took a few more months to get to one minute and twenty seconds and a few more months to get to one minute and fifteen seconds and for the next few weeks I just couldn't get any faster than that,so in April of 2011 I learned the Fridrich method and a week or two later got my first speedcube(Alpha-V).At first I was having a hard time with F2L and was two times slower than I was before for the first few days.But then,with a lot of practice,I soon got under a minute,and a few days later sub-55,a few days after that sub-45,and soon sub-40,sub-35 and after that the speed of me becoming faster just dramatically slowed down,but I eventually got sub-30,then sub-25,etc.So here I am now.I'm finally sub-20 which was my goal since I started cubing.I am very happy with my results now and it's not really my goal to be sub-15.Now,I just do it for fun,not for getting faster,I don't really care about my times anymore.Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed it.

BTW,if you find a spelling error or just some mistake in this text please tell me so I can fix it.

My name is Oskar Janeš.I am from Croatia,I am 14 years old and can solve the Rubik's cube in about 18-19 seconds on average and this is my story on how I got into cubing.It all started back in 2004 when I first touched the Rubik's cube.My dad won a trip to Gardaland(something like an Italian Disneyland) and we bought a Rubik's cube there.But it wasn't a normal one with standard colors.For each color there was a different character from Gardaland.My dad messed it up for me with a few turns and I solved it.He did the same thing again and I solved it.But the second time he messed it up a little harder and I couldn't solve it and I just completely messed up the cube.I remember we gave it to a few people on the bus when we were coming back and nobody could even solve one side.At that time my dad's brother,his wife and his kids were coming over pretty often,every month or two.And my dad's brother would always pick up my cube and try to solve it and in about a few minutes he could solve one side and at that time I was just so amazed by that and a few months ago(from now,not from that time) he told me that he actually knew a method and could solve it back in the 80's but he forgot it.anyway,back to the story.But he could solve only one side and then every time I was so afraid to touch but I started to solve the second side anyway but in the end I would just mess the cube up.At that time I was thinking that the cube should be solved side by side(and most non-cubers still think that).And a little later on when I was I think 9 or 10 I got back from school and my dad said to me that cube fell of the top of the closet and broke and that he threw it in the garbage.I never saw the cube but I think the core probably didn't break and maybe I could've assembled the cube so that it's solved but,oh well.I was a little sad for a few minutes after that happened.But after that I pretty much forgot about the cube.Then in 2010 my friend found some cheap Chinese Rubik's cube at his house that he bought for 10 kunas(approx. 2 dollars) a few years ago.Then,the next few weeks he was trying and trying to solve it all the time.He brought it to school once and during those few weeks I was at his house 1 or 2 times but I never actually played around with his cube.Then in June of 2010 he said his cheap Rubik's cube didn't work anymore and he couldn't turn it at all so he threw it out.And a few weeks later,when school already ended,he texted me on Facebook and he said he is getting a new cube on Saturday and he asked me if I can solve it and I said something like "Well,I don't know,I think I can..." but I think I probably just said that because I wanted him to come over.So on Saturday he bought the cube(he got the original Rubik's brand cube) and he came over the next day and both of us had now idea how to solve it,so we were looking through a lot of tutorials and just couldn't figure it out and a few days later I also got one and we were so obsessed with the cube.Later on,he actually managed to solve the first layer and didn't want to touch his cube after that.Then he went to the seaside on a vacation and a few days later he called me and screamed "I solved it,I solved it!" and I was happy for him and it was all great.But I was still worried what am I doing wrong but then a few days later I finally figured it out.It was already July by that time.I was having problems with solving the cross and the first layer corners because I was using Dan Brown's method and he didn't really explain the cross that well and how to align it with the centers on the side.But I still got it.The first few times I solved it in about a half an hour and soon I got it down to two and a half minutes.I lubed my cube with Nivea creme because I didn't have anything else(I know,I know:fp) but it actually worked pretty well.When my friend got back he was saying "OMG,OMG,I know how to solve it,dude.I will teach you!".But then I said to him that I already figured it out myself.I asked him what are his times and he said he is at around five minutes and then I gave him the advice of lubing it with Nivea creme and the first time I decided to lube it for him and soon after that he could also solve it in two and a half minutes,also.And soon after that I started wondering how to get faster,so I learned the method from Chris Dzoan's tutorial "How to solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute" and in a month I got my times down to one and a half minute and it took a few more months to get to one minute and twenty seconds and a few more months to get to one minute and fifteen seconds and for the next few weeks I just couldn't get any faster than that,so in April of 2011 I learned the Fridrich method and a week or two later got my first speedcube(Alpha-V).At first I was having a hard time with F2L and was two times slower than I was before for the first few days.But then,with a lot of practice,I soon got under a minute,and a few days later sub-55,a few days after that sub-45,and soon sub-40,sub-35 and after that the speed of me becoming faster just dramatically slowed down,but I eventually got sub-30,then sub-25,etc.So here I am now.I'm finally sub-20 which was my goal since I started cubing.I am very happy with my results now and it's not really my goal to be sub-15.Now,I just do it for fun,not for getting faster,I don't really care about my times anymore.Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed it.

BTW,if you find a spelling error or just some mistake in this text please tell me so I can fix it.

Last edited: Feb 13, 2012