Blog posts about my life, rants, and other random things.

My Doppelganger Works At A Gay Spa

First of all, I’m gay. I’m on Grindr and Scruff a lot. They are gay dating apps. Some say gay hookup apps. Also Tinder, but it’s not as effective. Well, neither are Grindr or Scruff. Right, the point is, I’m gay. Apparently I have a doppelganger and he works at a gay spa.

Quite frequently I get a message from someone on one of those apps and we’ll talk for a few minutes. Then they’ll mention they saw me out and they’ll say they thought I was cute. I’ll get very excited and start to wonder where they saw me at. But then they say they saw me at this gay spa here in Louisville.

I’m familiar with the place because everyone told me about it. People tell me it is a place where gay guys go to hook up. I’ve never been there. I’m not knocking it, it’s just not my thing. I’d rather secretly crush on someone for a few years, confess my undying love for them, and get turned down, like always.

Sometimes I’ll mention that I don’t go there because I’m not into hooking up with strangers, at least not like that. They’ll say, “Nope, this place isn’t actually like that.” Then they’ll try to get me to come back where they’re at in the spa.

Anyway, these guys won’t believe me when I tell them that it wasn’t me. They think I’m lying. They’ll swear up and down that it was me. Sometimes the conversations turn into really stupid fights because of it. These guys always get the last word, and it’s usually something like, “Okay, whatever, dude. I know it was you.”

All I want to know is, who is this guy? And does he really look like me? Is he younger or older? Is he cute?

I’ve thought about going to this gay spa to see if I can find him, but then I’ll lose my only real good defense in these situations: being able to say I’ve never been there.

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By the way, I wrote this really quick Thursday night before bed on top of my clean clothes because I really wanted to post a blog every day this week. I DID IT! I blogged every day for a week while working full-time and going to grad school. It is possible. They might not have all been the greatest blog posts in the world, but I did it. I’d like to keep this going as long as I can. I’m afraid if I stop I’ll lose momentum. That’s what happened to my YouTube channel. Ever since grad school, I just haven’t been able to figure out a new way to make YouTube videos.

Also, my roommate snapped this picture of me while I was writing this blog post. He was playing with the new anime Snapchat filter. I’m pretty sure that anime filter got my lazy eye matched perfectly, which is super interesting.

Do you hook-up? Most gay guys tell me they do. I’m the “weird one”. It’s fine. You do you, man. Leave me a comment and let me know some of your weird Grindr and gay app dating stories. You can also contact me via my contact page, follow me on Twitter, and like my page on Facebook.

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I Make My Coffee With A French Press

I haven’t talked about coffee very much on this blog. Coffee is good. I try not to drink too much of it, but I go through periods where I definitely drink way too much. I’ve tried lots of different coffee makers, contraptions, and gadgets. I still prefer making my coffee with a French press.

eric shay howard using french press

When I don’t have the extra funds for coffee from a local coffee shop here in Louisville, I generally use my French press. I prefer the raw flavor of the coffee without the paper filters. The coffee is usually a little stronger than it is when I use a drip coffee maker, but not quite as strong as espresso. I also prefer how simple it is to use. I heat my water on a stove and pour the hot water into the French press with the coffee grounds. Wait 4 minutes. Done.

I make my coffee with a Bodum French press.

I use this Bodum French press that I bought from Amazon. The link below is an affiliate link; I earn from qualifying purchases.

About the only draw back I have found is the soot in the bottom of the cup I drink from. I don’t mind it, but some people don’t like that. To reduce the soot, I try to set my grinder to a decently-sized coarse setting. Depending on the grinder, this setting will vary. It definitely takes some experimentation.

eric shay howard drinking coffee red mug

Reducing The Amount of Coffee I Drink

Anyway, I’m blogging about coffee today because I’m trying to actually reduce the amount of coffee I consume. However, I’m also trying to not eat as much. Working from home has really let in some bad habits. I’ve found that if I don’t drink coffee in the morning, I over-eat instead. I try to keep the coffee black in the morning.

Usually around the afternoon, I go out for a latte so that I don’t over-eat during lunch, either. The last few days I’ve been going earlier than that because of what’s been going on in Louisville.

Anyway, I’m trying to reduce the amount of coffee I’m drinking because I’m trying to lower my blood pressure. It’s all about moderation, right? When I do drink coffee, I try to drink it black (except for when I get a latte). I know this won’t help as much as exercising, which I’m also working on. Finding an exercise routine that works for me has been very difficult. I wasn’t a gym goer as a teenager and I have no friends who prioritize the gym, either. I’ve signed up for some Krav Maga classes next week. I’m hoping being around others and trying to learn something new helps me at least stay more active.

How do you like your coffee?

Do you prefer drip-coffee? A French press? Something else? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m open to trying out all sorts of new coffee things.

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There’s a Lot of Anticipation for a Breonna Taylor Announcement

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There’s a lot of anticipation for a Breonna Taylor announcement in Louisville this week. Yesterday, the LMPD issued a state of emergency, preventing officers from using any off days for the foreseeable future. Later yesterday afternoon, Mayor Fisher declared a State of Emergency for Louisville. Concrete barriers are now along Market, Broadway, and 9th streets and some buildings are closing in anticipation of a decision. Many people are working from home this week, and not just because of coronavirus. The opinions on the anticipated Breonna Taylor announcement have been pretty divided.

I live downtown, but outside of what is being blocked off. My office is in the red box. I am bracing for impact.

No One Really Knows When There Will Be An Announcement of the Breonna Taylor Decision

The anticipation of any announcement being made is what is getting to me the most. Yes I’m inconvenienced in the sense that I can’t go to Sunergos to get a coffee on my lunch break. Instead I have to go to Please and Thank You. Both are fine. I’m a white cis male so I have the luxury of this only being an inconvenience.

I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be at least a little bad downtown for a while. I don’t anticipate a fair decision from the grand jury. As a result, I believe that people are going to be very upset about the announcement.

I hope that things remain peaceful. However, I’m also bracing myself. If there are no charges, I anticipate disruptions in the entire central business district that may possibly even spill into the Nulu area. However, if there are charges, I worry that the far-right will bring their guns out and do possibly even more damage and cause more disruptions than would otherwise be caused. I base this fear on the visible threats that I’ve seen posted online on Facebook in LMPD, Mayor Greg Fisher, and Governor Andy Beshear’s live feeds over the last few months.

My Expectations of the Media

I keep my expectations of the media fairly high. I expect the media to do a good and fair job of reporting on the events as they unfold. Unfortunately, I also expect people with certain agendas to promote the worst possible images of the events in attempts to make protestors appear to be violent when they aren’t.

Normally, and probably against advisement, I would venture out and up the street a ways to get some sort of photograph to show the barricades, but I’m working from home for the rest of the week and I can’t be gone from my computer for that long this morning. If I have time I will venture out farther later this evening. I went out and I got my coffee today early. Note that the BS stands for butterscotch and not, for instance, something like bull shit.

This blog post is very anticlimactic. I don’t have much for you today, it seems. I’m busy and downtown Louisville is closing for a bit. I hope that at the very least, decisions are made to prevent what happened to Breonna Taylor from happening again in the future. I also wish that the police did their job appropriately. I think enough news has leaked to prove, or at least highly suggest otherwise, but there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Leave me a comment below and let me know how you’re feeling about all of this. You can contact me via my contact page, follow me on Twitter, and like my page on Facebook.

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