I Went To A Bar And Now I’m Self-Employed

I went out over the weekend to the Highlands neighborhood here in Louisville.

I made a new friend at one of the many gay bars there, called Chill Bar. It has this enormous tree out in the patio with Christmas tree lights wrapped around it. We sat at the bar around the tree and drank Budweiser and Guinness, people watched, and talked about our creative ambitions. He's a musician. He also has a day job, something with pipe organs. I talked to him about how I'm just really not that good at traditional jobs and just sort of want to write things. Basically, I'd rather be self-employed. Actually, I need to be self-employed. Continue reading “I Went To A Bar And Now I’m Self-Employed”

I Went To An Orientation For A Coffee Shop

I’ve always kind of secretly wanted to work at a coffee shop, to learn to make really good coffee.

I currently use a French Press, which was the easiest and closest I could get to that at the same time. I prefer the french press because I like my coffee stronger and more flavorful. Paper filters filter out some of the oils that I’ve grown to like in coffee, and french presses don’t use paper filters. But, from what I can tell about all the different coffee shops around Louisville, there are lots of different ways to prepare coffee. There are also lots of ways to use paper filters to the coffee lover’s advantage. I think I get to learn a lot of those other interesting coffee brewing methods now that I got a job working at a local coffee shop down the street. Continue reading “I Went To An Orientation For A Coffee Shop”

I Worked As A Vet Receptionist For A Day

I was given a working interview as a vet receptionist for a day.

I’d spent nearly my entire undergraduate experience working as an administrative/student assistant in various locations on campus. I learned how to administrate the heck out of things. When I got a chance to be a vet receptionist, I figured that sounded like something I could do. Continue reading “I Worked As A Vet Receptionist For A Day”

Why Employers Should Encourage Using Public Transportation

I’m talking to the bosses in the cities right now.

The bosses in the cities that are using public transportation, like buses and Ubers, and subways and trains if you’re so lucky. I’m not talking to the bosses of delivery drivers, truck drivers, or event planners. Well, unless those event planners don’t have to haul anything very often and primarily handle local businesses anyway; they don’t need vehicles either in bigger cities. But for everyone else, how sure are you that your employees need to have their own vehicle? Because honestly, they probably don’t. Not on most days. Continue reading “Why Employers Should Encourage Using Public Transportation”

College Student Goes Crazy Waiting For Final Grades To Post

I’m sitting here like a good graduating college student, applying for every job I can find that even remotely interests me on Indeed, waiting for my coffee water to boil. I’m doing the best I can to pretend that I’m not worried about my final grades, writing about my upcoming college graduation in all my cover letters, using the most declarative sentences possible.


Dear Interviewer,

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m applying for your Administrative Assistant position. I WILL graduate in May 2017 with a BA In English. I know I will. You can bet on it. It’s pretty much a for sure thing, although I’m still waiting for my grades to post. BUT I’m only worried about one class. It was a really hard class about British Literature. BRITISH LITERATURE! I know, right? But I did all the work in it and I’m thinking it’s pretty hard to fail an English class if you Continue reading “College Student Goes Crazy Waiting For Final Grades To Post”