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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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  • 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! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #3
    by Uli Gulje on March 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Cheers to your Monday, my friends! Today we recap downloads, what's "Good In The Hood" at 4 By 4 Brewing Company, thoughts on meal prep and getting your views on the video segment of the show, Go check out the YouTube Channel for The Real State Podcast, let me know what you think....until Friday, take care of yourselves and one another. See ya soon! […]

  • Dawn Of A Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on March 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    For episode #50, I asked multiple-show guest Scott Deckard to come back and be the very first VIDEO guest. Tune in for an hour talking about everything under the sun, including Saddam Hussein's belly button! Cheers! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #2
    by Uli Gulje on February 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This late afternoon Monday Morning Update includes our first attempt at some video on The Real State Podcast, and we talk about your weekend, growing older and the new chapters of the show we're looking at. Enjoy a 10 minute refresher! […]

  • Social Media Distortion: A Conversation With April & Mary
    by Uli Gulje on February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this era of constant contact on social media, why is there a constant need to keep up with the virtual Joneses and constantly be trying to one-up one another with our highlight reels? In this hour and a half conversation with known cat-lady, hermit and great friend April Sartin and notorious firecracker Mary Michael White, we sit down over three bottles of wine and try to solve the mystery. Here's a hint: we do not. BUT.....it DOES make for some VERY interesting perspectives on why it is we do the things we do on the Book Of Faces and other various social outlets. Tune in for some rambling laughter and stabs at the human psyche! […]

  • Behind The Music With Mike The Intern
    by Uli Gulje on February 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    He's a fan of Terry Gross' interview style and is likely one of the most informed sources of information about classic rock and music in general, but Mike The Intern of 104.7 The Cave is also a self-described "asshole to authority". He's got over 1700 albums on vinyl that span the genres and his passion comes through in this interview. That same energy guides his whole outlook: making connections with people, and along those lines he also takes time out each week to have lunch with a veteran and get their story for his own podcast. Mike is a wealth of knowledge, and in this hour, you'll get a look behind the mic........cheers! […]