A neighbor photographs my wife dancing


My wife, like many in South America, grew up dancing – everything from salsa and cumbia to dance variants from a certain gringo continent to the north.

When she was a little girl, she began dancing the twist at a party and made such an impression that adults gathered in a circle around her to dance with her and cheer her on.

So I thought of her when my neighbor Sharon Murphree recently asked for dancers as photo subjects.

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My neighbor aimed to scare on Halloween


Some in St. Paul take Halloween very, very seriously.

On the big night, one resident in my Summit-University district dresses as a gorilla and goes apeshit in a cage for a good cause – He collects canned goods for the needy.

Another does a killer “Thriller” routine on his front lawn – Michael Jackson would have been impressed.

Then there’s Matthew, one of my neighbors across the street, who also goes all out on All Hallow’s Eve.

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… in which I finally learn to like Halloween


I have an embarrassing confession: I used to hate Halloween.

Well, “hate” is too strong a word, but I wasn’t crazy about it. My wife for most of our marriage was much more enthusiastic about the holiday.

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Bucket-list item, check: I drive a DeLorean


Great Scott! Tomorrow is Back to the Future Day.

It is on Oct. 21, 2015, that Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly (and his snoozing girlfriend) are due to arrive from 1985 in the DeLorean sports car that Doc retrofitted to work as a time machine.

I marked the occasion earlier this week in the best possible way: I drove a DeLorean.

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Buy two lovely Minneapolis-themed books


I am in possession of two splendid volumes, bestowed upon me by the authors, who are friends of mine.

The Minneapolis-focused books have qualities in common. They extol particular areas of the city, and do so with gorgeous photography along with the written word.

These books are gems. You will want to buy them.

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and tech writer living in St. Paul, Minn. This is my personal site.
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