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Zero Three Hundred Hours

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Tales of Misery|

She sent those words you see in the picture, a good friend, with the following message: "This reminded me of you, and I mean to send it with nothing but love. I hope you're doing well."  How could I NOT be doing (relatively) well, when someone reaches out like that, [...]

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A Tornado Among The Thunderstorms

February 24th, 2019|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"We were sitting on the front porch With the weather rolling in Laughing louder than the big south wind You ran out to roll your window Light rain falling on your hair...." -A Tornado Warning, Turnpike Troubadours "I don't know why I'm always drawn to the toxic ones. Sometimes I [...]

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One Of These Days

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Amigos, New & Unimproved|

"You cry lonely And I come runnin' I come to your rescue I chase your blues away" -Cross Canadian Ragweed, 'You Cry Lonely' So, if you are drawn to the broken, just how broken are you? That's what's been rattling around for months. Years, maybe. It's not like I don't [...]

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Gone

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Siren Songs|

He is was 24. A Crossfit coach, new husband, Marine Officer and someone who could embody courage, humor and loyalty without coming across as cocky. Will Thompson was someone I knew peripherally from his time at Crossfit, as an athlete and coach; I used to watch him at Crossfit Kids where [...]

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Fat For The Holidays

December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Less Lardass|

I look down at the scale, cynically. Lies. Filthy, lying, technology. I need to blame someone, some THING. But I can't deny how the pants are squeezing me aggressively around the waist like an overzealous relative who hasn't seen you in a year and wants to joyfully choke the life [...]

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The Lonesome Beautiful Now

October 7th, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"You know, you only get so many of these in this life. They're gone so quickly. It's worth taking the time to take them in" These words from a co-worker as we both were dragging out of the firehouse in the dawn light, another shift marked as complete and both [...]

Off The Rails On The Crazy Train

September 17th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger" -William C. Bryant Who isn't a fool for some good old fashioned symbolism and foreshadowing? Hell if I know. But I knew somehow that, based on my own foolish [...]

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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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  • Highway To The Danger Zone: A Conversation With Will Gregory
    by Uli Gulje on June 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Will Gregory is a friend, fellow firefighter and current Chief in the Navy. He's seen some things along the way, and has a really interesting perspective on today's military; he's also the one who took me to my first MLS game in Kansas City, giving me a chance to experience soccer on a professional level, complete with righteous indignation. Tune in for an hour with a good friend and all-around great guy! […]

  • Luck Along The Way: A Conversation With Kevin McCoy
    by Uli Gulje on June 3, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    You like The Sports? How about NHL Hockey in particular? Then you're gonna wanna tune in for a conversation with my friend Kevin McCoy as we delve into the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, Formula 1 racing and Major League Soccer in a long boozy ride. Tune into one of the more informed minds when it comes to all SORTS of aspects to the game, and it's a long one, so buckle up, buttercups! […]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear Vol.3: On Sours, Fruit Beers and Malts
    by Uli Gulje on May 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Once again we're diving in with Ryan Lear for a master class on the subtleties of the world of beer. Today we talk about sours, fruit beers and some of the processes contained therein. It's looking like we're getting our beer nerd on, and while I'm totally confused, I love every minute of the conversation. Cheers, amigos! […]

  • An Engaging Conversation With Dane Escobar
    by Uli Gulje on May 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    He's the host of "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" podcast, a friend and fellow member of Los Borrachos; Dane "Escobar" journeyed up to Missouri from Alabama to discuss our theories on the White Whale Paradox of Relationships, good gin and for the reveal of my engagement! It's a lot to pack in for the ol' Turning 45 Episode, and I couldn't be more grateful to share it with you, my friends! Cheers! […]

  • From Scorched Earth To The Moon: A Conversation With Katie Mooneyham
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Katie Mooneyham is not only a good friend, but has such an amusing take on everything from parenting to the role of social media "influencers" that I thought it was time to bring her back on the show. I wish we took more than an hour to tackle all of life's subtle little nuances, and with the promise of a conversation about Alex Jones in the near future? I'm sure she'll be back. Cheers and enjoy! […]

  • Laffin' With The Laflens: A Conversation With Adrian & Joseph
    by Uli Gulje on April 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Adrian and Joe Laflen are regulars at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. who have become great friends; their travels to breweries across the country always leave me feeling the pull of the road, even if there's no gas in my tank. So I thought it would be fun for the 1 year anniversary show to have them on to talk a bit about their journey into the brewing life. Enjoy a conversation with some of my favorite people around....cheers! […]

  • A Podcast About A Podcast....A Conversation With Jared Cantrell
    by Uli Gulje on April 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    A Podcast From Springfield is a local powerhouse in the 417 podcasting scene, and in this episode one of the hosts, Jared Cantrell was kind enough to sit down for an hour and uncork some of the mysteries behind this great show. They talk about beer, local happenings and their takes on all KINDS of things....it's definitely worth a listen. So tune in to a show about a show, and enjoy the ramble! Cheers! […]

  • Boundless Love: A Conversation With Rachael Mhire
    by Uli Gulje on March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    In a time and era when cynicism and snark are default factors in our lives, Rachael Mhire stands out as a visionary of hope, love and kindness. While traversing a very difficult chapter of her life, she's been able to keep a boundless optimism about her that is absolutely infectious. In this conversation at The House of Distinguished Rogues, she goes into all the ways she approaches life, love and getting through the day. Cheers! […]

  • Mad Marchness: Another Round With Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on March 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Based on a few technical & legal glitches, the last two weeks of the show have been a bit chaotic; thankfully, ever-popular guest Jeff Butler was gracious enough to step up, step in and give us his take on the Big Chapstick Conspiracy, Lent, and how his version of Heaven includes The Backstreet Boys. Tune in for a rambling & funny conversation with a great friend and gifted writer.&nbs […]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Chapter 2
    by Uli Gulje on March 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this installment of Behind The Beer With Lear, we delve into the differences between ales and lagers, and I get to wax idiotic about various things, but always, always, we have a great time enjoying some half-pints and great conversation. If you're a learned beer scholar, this may not be for you, but for a rookie like me? It makes total sense. Enjoy! […]