Each week I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
Wearing noise suppressing headphones gives me a headache and makes me feel claustrophobic. However since I travel a fair amount, work in an open office, and write in coffee shops I really wanted a really nice set of headphones that weren’t quite so restrictive. On the other hand, I didn’t want to give up my second child to be able to afford the really really nice brands. It was a conundrum of sorts. Until I stumbled across these Sony headphones. They aren’t cheap but neither are they second-child-expensive. The sound is phenomenal – occasionally too much so, to the point I find myself distracted by my music and drumming along to the annoyance of nearby workers or passengers. And they don’t make me feel like my head is trapped in a white noise machine.
I drink my coffee black. I am occasionally a bit judgmental and snide toward those weak-stomached, cowardly, spineless, gutless, no-taste hacks who put cream and sugar in their coffee. (I am always this way toward anyone who puts flavored creamer in their coffee.) That said, not all black coffee is very good – even at coffee shops. This is why the Americano is so vital to life (not an overstatement). It is simply espresso (nearly always better than drip coffee and often better than a pour over) with hot water added to soften its sharper edges. While black coffee must be approached with some caution, like reaching out to pet a strange dog, Americanos are consistently trustworthy and welcoming. Simply put, the Americano is the staple coffee beverage for any black coffee drinker and something to which all you namby pamby, lily-livered, infantile humans who despoil coffee with creamer can aspire.
3. The Lone Bellow and The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Lone Bellow is one of my top 5 favorite current bands and the Blind Boys of Alabama are legendary. This live collaboration on one of The Lone Bellow’s best songs is all soul. Turn it up. Turn it up more. Enjoy.