by Maggie LaMaack
This week’s #MSPtweep is Paul Merril, aka @StuffaboutMpls. Paul works in retail management and lives in “the Gold Coast section of the Twin Cities” (Robbinsdale). You can also learn stuff about Minneapolis on his tumblr: stuffaboutminneapolis.tumblr.com.
LOL/OMG: When and why did you join Twitter?
@StuffaboutMpls: I joined Twitter in February of 2009. It was mostly out of curiosity because all the cool kids were doing it. I didn’t embrace it right away, and it took me a couple years to figure out its worth, but now it is the first thing I look at in the morning as a local news source.
What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
Best Thing: This may be a bit of a cliché answer, but I’d have to say all the great people I’ve met on Twitter over the years. There are folks on here that were complete strangers a few years ago, whom I now consider very dear friends.
Worst Thing: Sometimes things can get, shall we say, “spirited” with the cities versus suburbs versus new urbanism versus bikes verses cars debates that make me want to throw my phone across the room. But I still love you guys.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter:
*Thinks real hard of a way to sound interesting*
Well, I have a pretty neat collection of Minneapolis antiques (old shot glasses, ephemera, hotel plates, postcards, etc).
You’ll soon be able to buy the house I grew up in over in Northeast Minneapolis. It needs some TLC, but if you buy it, I’ll pose for a picture with you as the @mnhs and @HennHistMuseum fight over who gets to put up the plaque that says I lived there.
Jesse Ventura is a distant cousin of mine. It was cool telling people this years ago when he was still a professional wrestler, but now not so much. He is distant as in I didn’t get invited to his Governor inauguration, but I’ve seen him at a couple family weddings.
I once was on the same plane as Valerie Harper (Rhoda from the Mary Tyler Moore show) and we smiled/nodded at each other as I walked past her in first class. That was pretty cool.
You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
Someday Kent Hrbek will no longer block me on Twitter and we’ll be the best of friends. I hope he doesn’t eat me.
Local Twitter accounts:
1. @_omgigi_ – I had the pleasure of meeting Gigi last year, and I can honestly say who she is on Twitter is exactly who she is in real life. She is adorable and loves chicken nuggets and Beyonce.
2. @CSwamptown – Clarence is as much myth as he is real. Some say he is eight feet tall and breathes fire and has long unkempt hair as dark as midnight and eyes that glow like the brightest of stars as he roams the woods of Goodhue County giving hot takes on the Minnesota Wild.
3. @MarthaYoung – You just don’t follow Martha Young on Twitter, you experience Martha Young on Twitter. Buckle up.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. @PaulMerrillWMTW – Paul is a television reporter in Portland, Maine and we follow each other because we have the same name and talk about how awesome it is to be a Paul Merrill. And he is pretty cool because all the other Paul Merrill’s on Twitter unfollowed me. Dinks.
2. @GuyFieri – I don’t even follow him, but it’s fun to pitch him my exciting recipe ideas occasionally on Twitter. (Adding Junior Mints to mashed potatoes to really kick things up a notch in flavortown)
3. @atlasobscura – I’ve always enjoyed real life stories of the odd and interesting, and Atlas Obscura delivers that.
Yes. I’d like to finish up by sharing the lyrics from the Prince song, “Dolphin” only because they are odd, even for Prince:
If I came back as a dolphin
Would U listen 2 me then?
Would U let me be your friend?
Would U let me in?
U can cut off all my fins
But 2 your ways I will not bend
I’ll die before I let U tell me how 2 swim
And I’ll come back again as a dolphin