I’m interviewed on the Pioneer Press patio

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The Pioneer Press’ shiny-new HQ across the river from downtown St. Paul has many sweet amenities, including an outdoor patio with a spectacular view of the city skyline.

So, when KARE 11 asked to interview me, I thought the patio would be the perfect place to do this. I was right.

Cameraman Nicholas Petersen did an awesome job of capturing the the patio’s visual allure using his two cameras.

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Awful news preempts my TV appearance

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When Esme Murphy of WCCO-TV last week invited me to appear on her Sunday news show for Father’s Day tech-gift picks, she couldn’t know what a horrific day it would turn out to be.

My live segment, naturally, got preempted along with all the rest of Esme’s Sunday Morning line-up. She did record my segment for later use, though.

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My wife’s fairy garden is a child magnet

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My wife has been dropping a small fortune on garden ornaments in the shapes of animals, fairies and the like for a reason: The younger neighborhood children are nuts about them.

She has created a veritable civilization of ceramic beings that are scattered throughout a lovely curbside garden she maintains. Tots with their parents often traverse the adjacent sidewalk outside our house, and the kids never fail to pause and excitedly examine what to them are wondrous, magical toys.

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For the first time in ages I bike-commuted

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Long ago, when working in Washington, D.C. at one of my first journalism jobs, I was a bicycle commuter.

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Good job, St. John’s. My son is impressed.

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Thirty-six years ago this winter, a Catholic young man living in San Juan, P.R., took a leap of faith and — sight unseen — chose a secluded, wooded Benedictine campus in a faraway land called “Minnesota” as his home for the following four years.

It was the best decision of my life (up to that point; meeting and marrying a certain green-eyed woman now tops the list).

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