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

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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Democrats, Please Stop Discouraging Donations To Amy McGrath

Fellow democrats, I have a problem.

This chart is making its rounds on Twitter:

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The problem it seems is specifically on Twitter. I get where some of my friends are coming from, but it is problematic in my opinion.

For whatever reason, even though it’s only September, people have decided to go ahead and call the 2020 election in Kentucky for Mitch McConnell. People are saying that you should stop giving money to Amy McGrath and give money to some other campaigns where it would be easier to flip senate seats.

And that, in my opinion, is why Mitch McConnell always wins. People give up. In case you’ve been living under a rock for a long time, here’s the truth: it’s probably always been easier to flip other senate seats instead of Mitch McConnell’s.

Please donate to Amy McGrath if you want to.

Donating to a candidate that you want to win is not a waste of money. Money is how politicians maximize productivity and win votes. By all means, donate to Amy McGrath if you can. Some of us still live in Kentucky and would rather not call the election this early in September or give up on Amy McGrath. Surely you don’t expect Kentucky democrats to stop donating to Amy McGrath and give money to only those other campaigns where it’s easier to flip seats?

I’m begging you, fellow democrats. Please stop discouraging voters from donating to Amy McGrath’s campaign. How are Kentuckians supposed to ever elect someone else with this attitude in our own party? Do we always have to get sacrificed just because it would be easier to go for other races in other states? If you want to encourage other donations to other campaigns, great! But please stop discouraging this specific donation. It is counter-productive.

I love you, Twitter. I’m not sure what happened this time, but stop handing the election to Mitch McConnell, especially this early. It’s only September, guys.

I’ve voiced my opinion about this on Twitter, and I don’t think people agree with me. I’m still going to try.

How are your local senate races going?

I hope that your local elections go well in your own states, and I encourage you to donate for your local hopeful. Also, if you do have the money and you would like to donate to Amy McGrath’s campaign, I encourage you to do so.

Are you voting this election? If you’re not, you should. Are you voting by mail? In-person? Leave me a comment and let me know. Have you donated to any of your local senate races? The presidential campaign? If you’re not in the US, how’s the view? How are things going on your end?

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