Half Past Awesome 2018-04-23T06:57:22+00:00

Peering Over The Edge

June 18th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction, Tales of Misery|

"So don't forget to love me in damnation/ For the living I have earned on love gone wrong/ And we'll open up old wounds in celebration/ If we don't bleed it don't feel like a song" John Moreland, "Old Wounds"   These past few weeks have been troubling, indeed, as [...]

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Alone (you’re not, though)

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

                "You come into the world alone And you go out of the world alone But in between, there's you and me" Trampled By Turtles, "Alone"   The opening chords and lyrics are slow, methodical, like a morning alarm clock building the momentum [...]

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Shot Of Soul Java

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction|

"When the Empath & Narcissist enter into a relationship together, it creates a magnetic, yet dysfunctional union because the Empath gives to the point of complete & utter exhaustion. Profoundly disoriented, the Empath is often destroyed by the relationship. This experience is painful & overwhelming but ultimately the Empath undergoes [...]

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Walkens Welcome

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"never half-ass two things; whole ass one thing" ron swanson, "parks & Rec" One of many marvelous aspects of being a lunatic on a creative tear is that you can come up with all kinds of ideas that make sense to no one else but are crystal clear to your [...]

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Drawn To The Fire

February 5th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"How do you always get the best of me?/ I'm out here living in a fantasy/ I can't enjoy a goddamn thing" Jason Isbell, "Anxiety" New firehouse, new crew, new shift and yet another new chapter in life. The last 19 months in the last fire station were a mellow [...]

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Third Gear

January 26th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

"You and I both know that the house is haunted/ and you and I both know that the ghost is me" -Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed"   "You're actually getting in better shape. What are you doing different?" These words from a friend at the gym who has known me long [...]

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Dry Me A River

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

“I don't see you through the windshield/  I don't see you in faces looking back at me/  Alcohol doesn't have much that matters to say/  Can't imagine where you and time to kill will stay” -Uncle Tupelo,  “Still Be Around” The holidays have come and gone, and in a dozen [...]

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Funktown

December 1st, 2017|Categories: Less Lardass|

"Who are you if not the one I met?"  -Jason Isbell, "The Life You Chose" From a long list of gibberish I utter about living authentically, one of the most often employed is "we teach people how to treat us." It's a great one from the quiver, and it's usually [...]

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A Split Second Of Grace

November 18th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs|

  "Death keeps no calendar"  (English proverb) Scared? I've never been so scared. I have never been so scared in 17 years on the department. I have never been so scared in all my life. Today, I found out just how scared I can get. We say "I almost died [...]

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  • How Do You Say Bin Laden In Italian? A Conversation With Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on June 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Former Navy SEAL, CIA case officer and current Springfield Firefighter Jeff Butler is a man who's worn many hats in many parts of the world. He sits down with Uli to talk about his training in the military, his family legacy in the SEALs, the importance of Benny Hinn as the world's greatest televangelist/actor, why he likes hoppy beers and learning how to speak Italian in the CIA. Tune in for a random conversation about how he got here, and what he's learned along the way. […]

  • Killing 'Em With Kindness: The Jen Davis Interview
    by Uli Gulje on June 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    In her professional life, Jen Davis is an absolute success; she's the number one Buyer's Agent in units sold nation-wide in the Keller Williams Realty. What's her story? How did she get there? In a word....kindness. That kindness professionally transcends into her personal life as well, which is why she's absolutely one of my favorite people and a genuine friend. Always willing to help, and always with a smile, Jen makes everyone around her want to be a better person and grateful for it. Listen in as she graciously gives of her time to talk about how she got here. […]

  • Heavy Lifting: A Conversation With Jeremy Mhire
    by Uli Gulje on June 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    He is an owner, athlete and coach of Crossfit Springfield. He was in a boy band back in the day. A man of faith and a father trying to reconcile his own path, Jeremy Mhire is a complex and captivating interviewee and today he s willing to go deeper than all of those things in a conversation about what drives him and how he maps his path. This one spans the gamut from the story of his wife's near-death experience to questions about his own spiritual journey. We even delve into the notion of redemption for a secular soul, so it goes deep quicker than we thought it might. Enjoy a glimpse into a great exchange! &nbs […]

  • Clouse In The House: A Conversation With Katie
    by Uli Gulje on June 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Sitting down with Katie Clouse is always an adventure in conversation. From navigating life as a business owner, to single-parenthood and the pitfalls of dating in a today's day and age, we never run out of things to spin out on. She's wicked witty and a perfect guest for this show. Warning, though....it's got adult language and themes. Enjoy a fun trip with an awesome friend! Also, if you like what you're hearing, make sure to subscribe in iTunes or Google play or on the website. Leave a review if you're feeling bold, and check out my blog at www.halfpastawesome.com for essays about all of this! Thanks! […]

  • Head Over Hines: A Conversation With Dave
    by Uli Gulje on May 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Dave Hines is an on-air talent for US 97 here in Springfield, but lives and works in Los Angeles as an in-demand voiceover artist in addition to having worked on shows such as Nikki Sixx's "Sixx Sense" and "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" as a part of the iHeartRADIO family. More importantly, Dave is a close friend, having experienced many of the same trials we all do in trying to get through life. He's been mentoring Uli as the podcast begins to take flight, and is MORE than generous with his time and talents in trying to make The Real State a very real thing. This is a long interview, but it features live music by Dave and several amusing anecdotes about a life in music, a life in love and a life well lived. Enjoy! "Remember My Name" Shaun Munday "Remember My Name" Cover by Dave Hines "A Split Second Of Grace" an essay by U […]

  • Off The Deep End With Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on May 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In this wide-ranging conversation with another firefighter, Uli and Scott Deckard begin another of their forays into living in the present and how to approach life from a thoughtful mindset. For 18 years they've been friends, and in this time when people can come and go from your life with the click of a button, to have a connection that's outlasted marriages, career and personal highs and lows is a testament to the power and value of your closest friends. Enjoy the first in this series with one interesting dude.&nbs […]

  • The Mayor Of Everywhere: A Conversation With Darrell Parker
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Although he holds no official title, Darrell Parker is casually referred to as "The Mayor Of Everywhere" based on the fact that wherever he goes, he's never met a stranger. With the most infectious positive attitude that has become his hallmark, Darrell is a staple at Crossfit Springfield, spending his time making sure everyone gets a slice of his brand of uplifting humor. He's faced his share of adversity, however, and in this conversation, he talks to Uli about how he's rebounded from tragedy by pushing forward, always. Together with his wife Sheila, they are a powerhouse of positivity and make everyone's day. Listen in to get a glimpse into one man's awesome outlook! http://halfpastawesome.com/2016/09/16/for-every-man-a-sheila/ […]

  • Steering The City Of Springfield: The Greg Burris Interview
    by Uli Gulje on May 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    With an annual budget of $366 million, approximately 2300 full & part time employees, the City of Springfield, Mo. is overseen by Greg Burris, City Manager, a position he's held since Sept. 15th 2008. He's retiring from the position in June of 2018, and I wanted to get his take on how sees his role, how he views The City on balance and what he means when he talks about "the importance of being better storytellers." We met in his office on the 4th floor of The Busch Building and sat down to talk about his challenges, his next chapter after running Springfield, the disconnect that social media presents and his all-time favorite concerts he's attended (hint: we have the same favorite). Turns out he's played music semi-professionally, so not only do we share that love, but in serving the same boss (the Citizens), we share many common perspectives. A City Firefighter interviews the City Manager and it yields another genuine conversation&nbs […]

  • On Humor With Chad Harris
    by Uli Gulje on April 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In this interview with Chad "The Dad" Harris, Uli sits down at 4x4 Brewing Company to discuss not only Chad's chops in comedy, but the role of humor in getting through the tougher times, how we can generate a grateful, funny outlook on life even when there's not much to laugh at, seemingly. The brewery is kinda loud, there's a bit of an echo, but in the end, it's two friends trying to get to the bottom of some things that make us laugh. Thanks again to sponsors 4x4 Brewing Company and Gershman Mortgage for helping put on this podcast, as well as to Tonia, a thoughtful listener who provided the impetus for this discussion. Check the links below for the clips referenced!   Chad The Dad Stand Up Everyday Wizard Hairy Benc […]

  • Music & Madness With Brandon Moore
    by Uli Gulje on April 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    In this episode of The Real State, Uli talks with Springfield musical powerhouse Brandon Moore about his journey through music, addiction, redemption and the beautiful insights along the way. Brandon provides the music for the podcast, bringing his infectious and upbeat songwriting and lyrics along the way. A difficult and very genuine conversation, it gets deep quick and will hook you with Brandon's amazing story. Enjoy! […]