My Review of The Wall Street Journal

I’m currently reading The Wall Street Journal Monday through Saturday. I’m reading more newspapers because of business school. This is my review of the newspaper.

The Wall Street Journal Review

Why I Picked Up The Wall Street Journal

For my Wall Street Journal review, I figured it would be best to walk you through why I tried it out in the first place. Starting business school is scary. At least it was scary for me. Most of my previous education experience was creativity related: creative writing, art, American literature, and literary theory. My job experience often fluctuates between retail and customer service. However, a few years ago I ended up working in an office in a professional setting. Now I’m in an MBA program, and we’ll just have to see what happens next. Recently, someone recommended that I try out some newspapers along with my business classes. That does make some sense. After all, I read literary journals and stuff while I was studying creative writing and literature.

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My COVID19 Test Came Back Positive

Do you guys keep up with your own local news? I try to. I’m not the best at it. I’m better at it when the local news directly affects me. But, I still try. Andy Beshear has made keeping up with local politics very easy because he’s been talking to us Monday through Thursday about the coronavirus.

There are RUMORS that he might shut Kentucky down again. To that I say, of course he would do that only AFTER I get the coronavirus. We needed a mandate again weeks ago. Our cases have tripled in a very short amount of time and not enough businesses are going to voluntarily allow their employees to work from home. The governor gave out new “recommendations” for red zone counties in Kentucky a few weeks ago. And, yes, I know that the world doesn’t revolve around me. I’m working on it.

In other local happenings, I usually make it a point to attend Writer’s Block Festival here in Louisville every year. I wasn’t sure what they were doing this year, if anything at all. I don’t think anything this year? It’s usually spread out in a few places downtown, or held on one of the local college campuses, or in an art gallery, or something like that. Usually over a weekend. Last year, it was held November 16th which was a Saturday, so it’s on my mind. But, even if they were having it this year around this time, I have to quarantine because I officially got my COVID19 test results back today and they were positive. It wasn’t surprising. My roommate tested positive and we had pretty much the same symptoms, just a few days apart. Even if my results hadn’t been positive, I still have the aches and the fatigue, so I wouldn’t feel like going anyway.

So, I’m mad I got coronavirus, mad no one is trying to get a handle on this virus here, and mad that I will probably have to miss Writer’s Block Festival, if there even is one this year. I’m also still very single and have no boyfriend to drop off surprise feel-better-soup outside my door.

How is your all’s Monday going?

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The Ending of LOST (Spoiler Alert)

This is random and I’m sorry. Look, I know LOST has been off the air forever and a day. I know that most people have moved on from it. Hell, even I have moved on. But every now and then, no actually all the time, people say something about the ending of LOST that sends my brain through a crushed ice machine. So, for the love of freaking Jacob, please listen to what I’m saying and know that I’m right because it’s in the actual freaking dialogue. (Spoiler alert) THEY WERE NOT DEAD THE WHOLE TIME!

Endings That People Pay For Don’t Discredit The Entire Story

It was a popular theory while the show was still on. But listen, no professional writer these days would write a story with that ending. The problem with endings like “it was all a dream” or “they were dead the whole time and none of it mattered” is that everything you’ve written before that loses all its credibility and it didn’t matter. There’s no way that would’ve survived an undergrad creative writing workshop, let alone a fafillion-dollar industry where people get thousands of thousands against hundreds of thousands of dollars for completed film scripts, and writers rooms that have to answer to show runners and executives.

So, I get that it was the ending everyone wanted, but it would’ve been a stupid ending. Also, everyone that wanted that ending complained about it when it seemingly actually happened anyway. But it didn’t actually happen because THEY WERE NOT DEAD THE WHOLE TIME!

I do not know how people seem to get the idea that they were dead the whole time. I think people didn’t pay attention. Maybe they were too busy live-tweeting the ending, or just clinging to the idea that they had for so long. It’s strange to me that people still to this day think that they were all dead the whole time. And not just people who heard about it, but people who actually watched the show.

Jack’s father explains everything!

Let me say this to you: if you actually watched the show through to the end and you still believe today that they were all dead the whole time, we can’t be friends. This is not a matter of individual interpretation. This is a matter of you literally just not wanting to care enough to pay freaking attention.

Here is the entire series on Blu-Ray on Amazon. Just so you know, I’m a member of the Amazon Associates Program and earn from qualifying purchases with the ad below.

You can also stream the series on Amazon Prime and some other streaming services, at least for now.

Anyway, the thing is, it’s actually in the dialogue that they were not dead the whole time. Jack’s father literally explains this shit to him in one of the lasts scenes in the show. Jack’s father tells Jack that some of them died on the island, some of them died long after. If you watch the last episode and actually pay attention, you’ll see.

Damon Lindelof Explains The Ending of Lost in an Interview

Here’s an interview on The Verge where Damon Lindelof actually explains this to yet another interviewer who didn’t actually pay attention to the ending of LOST. Check around the 11:00 minute mark.

No, Damon Lindelof. It was clear. Yes, there were problems with some of the other mysteries, but not this one. You did good. Everyone else that didn’t pay attention = bad.

A little later, Damon Lindelof also wrote this interesting piece on The Hollywood Reporter about why he’s super done with trying to explain the ending. However, I’m not there yet. Until people stop casually mentioning it to me as a conversation starter, I’m not done.

And to the people who watched this interview and still think they were all dead the whole time: don’t do that. I’m not kidding.

It’s 2020 and I know I need to move on. There are more important things, like the state of our democracy and the potential for our current president to not honor the system if he loses the presidential election, but when people mention the incorrect ending of LOST, I can’t help it. I try my hardest to shut down and go home, but I’m unable ignore the cataclysmic ridiculousness that has manifested itself. It’s extremely hard for me to let this go. I’ll work on it, I guess. Now I’ll have this blog post to point people to which might help keep my head from exploding as often.

And sorry about the “we can’t be friends” thing. We can be friends. I guess. But seriously, start paying attention, at least to the easy stuff. Please, for the love of Jacob, pay attention.

Did you pay attention to the ending of LOST? Do you still believe they were dead the whole time? You’re wrong, but you can leave me a comment at the bottom of this post anyway!

I suppose you can follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, or use my contact page.

Eric Shay Howard and his Lost Season 6 Blu-Ray
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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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I’m Starting Graduate School in August

Let me back up a little bit. I used to have a lot of other blog posts on this website, but they’ve all been deleted because I forgot to pay my web hosting bill once. Okay, I guess that’s not entirely true – that would’ve been easily recoverable. I’m not even really sure what happened. I was redoing my website after it was down for a few months and could’ve sworn I had a backup. Turns out I didn’t, or I can’t find it. But no big deal. Here’s the summary of every blog post that was on this blog since 2014:

My name is Eric Shay Howard. I currently live in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m gay and hopelessly single and in my 30s. I was a late bloomer. I have my Bachelors in English from the University of Louisville. I graduated with my BA degree when I was 30 in 2017. I blogged about campus life as an adult student for the 5 years I was on campus. I complained about all the guys just wanting to hook up with me on Grindr. On campus I got lost in the shuffle a lot, but I pushed through it and did the stuff I needed to do anyway.

I started a literary magazine my last semester at UofL. I edited it for 2.5 years, then I got busy with a full time job and had to put it on the back burner.

I have a short fiction collection called Crushes available on Amazon.

My full time job is at a big company and I work downtown. In June of 2020, I got admitted to Western Governors University for my Masters in Business Administration. I figure I better do it now while I still kind of feel like it.

Last year, I pushed the buttons to setup a Facebook page and a Linkedin page for a nonprofit I want to start that will help people with their personal transportation problems. It’s still in the seed money stages. I feel that Electric Scooter laws in many states need to be refined to allow people without driver’s licenses to operate them legally if they don’t go over 20 miles an hour. Many lower income groups don’t have a car and many people with disabilities can’t obtain a driver’s license, and bicycles are not a solution that works for all.

I like short fiction, photography, and coffee. I’ll probably mostly be blogging about my life as a grad student in an online program while also working a full time job. I will probably complain a lot. Occasionally I’ll take some photos. I like doing street photography.

Here’s a photo of me.

See you all in a week or so. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram, like my page on Facebook, or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Eric Shay Howard Author Blogger
Photo by John Eric Davis

Update: I found an older backup, and luckily I didn’t post too much in between then and now, so I’m only missing a few posts that weren’t really anything important anyway.

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