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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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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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  • Peaceful Rampage: A Conversation With Dave Fender
    by Uli Gulje on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    A man riding the wave of sobriety while being a wine sales rep, Dave Fender knows a thing or two about seeking some inner peace. He's intense and competitive, but has turned that energy towards his own journey away from the pain bodies we all endure. He strives towards peaceful acceptance, even when that doesn't mean liking what we need to accept; for him, that even means accepting that he and Donald Trump come from the same one place. Let go of expectation for a bit and enjoy Dave's story! […]

  • London Calling! A Conversation With Neil Gomme
    by Uli Gulje on October 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    He's worked as a dance instructor, a tennis coach, hiked Machu Picchu and arranged for a Harris's Hawk to deliver the ring on his wedding day; from organizing Back Street Boys lip synch contests to opening up London Calling Pasty Company in Springfield, there's not a whole lot of adventures that Neil Gomme hasn't embarked upon. He's got an infectious energy and a zest for life that inspires even the most reserved among us. So it was no surprise that I wanted to grab this man's attention for an hour on his double decker bus to talk about his various adventures that brought him, finally, to the midwest, delivering some damn delicious food. Did you know that ping pong is considered among the fighting sports in the Olympics? Well, you WILL after listening to Neil's take! Enjoy this fun conversation with a genuine renaissance man! And here is his wedding day dance groove!   &nbs […]

  • Riding Shotgun With The Dead: A Conversation With Michael Harris & Scott Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    "Cease to resist, begin to accept" - Scott Deckard.  We talk about death through many filters, but often it's characterized by fear of the unknown. In light of last weeks' show, where we heard the tragic consequences of a life taken too soon, this week I asked two of my favorite people to weigh in on the only thing that really is inevitable....we're all gonna die at some point. While a heavy topic, I think this is one that I'D like to be more comfortable with, so maybe you will too. Please enjoy a long-form conversation with three friends.&nbs […]

  • Left Behind: The Tragic Legacy Of Suicide. A Conversation With Kellie Frye
    by Uli Gulje on September 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    *WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND SENSITIVE TOPIC* It's both taboo to talk about and stigmatized to the point of shaming the survivors and those left behind. Suicide claims more than 44,000 lives per year in the United States, with an average of 123 per day. Depression contributes to 2/3 of suicides in the U.S. and yet what about those left behind? How do they cope, move forward and survive? Well, if you're Kellie Frye, you get to work organizing a memorial ride for her late husband Josh, you put all of that pain into action and push through moment by moment. In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, this tough conversation was one I felt privileged to share with her. She was kind enough to share her story with me over a few pints, and I'm grateful for her gift of time. If you're ever at that point, please, please, please reach out. Call me, message me, whatever it takes or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, 24/7. I promise you, you're not alone &nbs […]

  • Tap Tap Tap, Is This Thing On? A Conversation With Derek Shimeall
    by Uli Gulje on September 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    As one of the owners of 4 By 4 Brewing Company, Derek Shimeall is a part of a new scene in the Springfield Missouri area, as the number of local breweries and taphouses begin to multiply in number. Located in Southeast Springfield, 4 By 4 takes on a rogue aspect, with an indoor beer garden and a family friendly environment. In this conversation Derek explains the company philosophies, how it all came to pass and how he was willing to allow me a venue for this very podcast based on similar outlooks on what we're trying to offer. If craft beer and local business is your jam, you're gonna wanna hear about how it all came to pass. Cheers! […]

  • Scorched Earth: A Conversation With Katie Mooneyham
    by Uli Gulje on September 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Katie Mooneyham brings a perspective to our social media landscape that is oftentimes lacking as we delve into the mud-slinging personal attacks and staunch political stances. She's well informed, a voracious consumer of information and news and offers up critical thinking skills that guide her thought processes. She works in advertising for various hunting, fishing and outdoor publications, yet is an unabashed liberal, leading to many potentially uncomfortable conversations; today it's not uncomfortable at ALL as we cover a wide range of topics, from murder podcasts to conservation to dating philosophies. I really enjoyed our time, and I think you'll enjoy this hour! […]

  • Slingin' The Bean: A Conversation With Amber Ottoson
    by Uli Gulje on August 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    She's a small business owner, wife, mom and transplant from the Great Northwest. As the owner/operator of Trailer Perk Coffee, Amber Ottoson can often be seen toting her trailer to various events, Farmer's Market and all over town, creating some of the most delicious beverages you might have enjoyed. But like many of us, she faces the challenges of a modern-day marriage, striking that balance and effectively pursuing her passions. As she and her husband Peter forge forward together, I took the chance to enjoy a growler of something delicious from 4 By 4 Brewing with her and pick her brain, gaining a valuable perspective and my respect for both of them grew even further from there. Enjoy! […]

  • Moonshinin' With Brandon Moore For #21: A Conversation At Copper Run
    by Uli Gulje on August 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    For Episode #21 I thought we'd mix it up accordingly: you turn 21 you buy a drink, so I headed to Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade and visited with Brandon Moore, who's not only the musician providing the soundtrack for my podcast, he's one of the distillers there. He asked if we could flip the script and interview me for a different take on the show, which felt odd, but was a fun way to spend an hour in the rickhouse over some whiskey, some live guitar pickin' and good times! Enjoy this ride and get a look at a different take on The Real State.&nbs […]

  • All In: A Conversation With Randy Lopez
    by Uli Gulje on August 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    He's one of the most loyal, hard-working, devoted people I know. A small business owner, a family man in a BIG way and an all-around genuine individual. He's been through life in a way that might leave some salty, but contrary to that, he's a passionate, grateful, relentlessly authentic dude and just as real as anyone I've ever met. To listen to him describe his upbringing, a life in construction and the very things that shaped him into the man he is today is nothing short of a lesson in respect and love. We talk about our Dads, our kids, marriage and what it takes to maintain a positive attitude when you're a polarizing, passionate person in a vanilla, conformist world. He even quotes Eminem. Take a listen to a gentle, strong man give you an honest look at his own journey; it'll inspire the hell out of you! […]

  • Goin' Rogue: A Conversation With Ryan Mulcahy, The Rogue Barber
    by Uli Gulje on August 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    In this episode of The Real State, I sat down with yet another of the Renaissance Men of The Greater Springfield Area. He's called Bingo games, worked as a Camp Counselor, played drums barefoot in a band for 12 years and narrowly missed meeting his wife when she didn't show up for their first (blind) date. He ran into her the next night, used the cheesiest pickup move ever and the rest was history; in fact they married three months later, and 7 years later have one of the strongest unions around. Now, together with his wife Dacy, they own and operate The Rogue Barber & D's Wax Factory which is a fixture in Downtown Springfield and provides some of the most innovative and personal attention to detail in the business. Ryan travels the country as an ambassador and educator for products such as Hattori Hanzo (remember Kill Bill?), and with the smoothest voice around, he was willing to spend some time with me at 4 By 4 Brewing Company, where we wasted an afternoon laughing, telling stories and just enjoying a wandering conversation about all KINDS of things. Enjoy! […]