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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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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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  • 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! […]

  • What'choo Fighting For?
    by Uli Gulje on August 3, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Jeff Weeks is a fellow firefighter, casual musician, father and husband, but he's also working on something much bigger than meets the eye. Although he owns Hot Fusion screen printing, he's thrown himself into a project he's called "Fight For It" where the shirts they're making are about raising awareness about causes that desperately need more attention. Tune into an fun conversation with an awesome friend! […]

  • Not A Shadow Of Doubt: A Conversation With Shadow From Q102
    by Uli Gulje on July 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    If you listen to Q102 here in Springfield Missouri, you know the voice of Shadow Williams. In today's conversation she brings her own brand of kick-ass confidence to 4 By 4 Brewing Co. to sit down over some delicious pints and we wander around a decade of friendship, how she got into radio, the proper pronunciation of "cilantro",  busting each other's chops and just having a good time laughing at one another.&nbs […]

  • The Growler: a conversation with 4 By 4 Brewing Co. brewer Chris Shaffer
    by Uli Gulje on July 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    He's thoughtful, wicked smart and after a lifetime of interesting endeavors just wants it quiet while he concocts some of the best beer I've ever tasted. He's Chris Shaffer, THE brewer of 4 By 4 Brewing Co., which not only sponsors this podcast, they offer a great experience on the Southeast side of Springfield, MO. in a family-friendly environment chock FULL of great brews. From his time guarding missiles in the Air Force to finally making the break from a corporate gig to be the full-time brewer in this partnership of friends, "The Growler" can be found in this giant laboratory whipping out a delicious blend of science and art. Enjoy a conversation with someone I've come to call a friend! […]

  • Death Becomes Her
    by Uli Gulje on July 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Michael Harris is a tour de force of love and compassion. She founded Grey Matters Fund (@GreyMattersSWMO) after going through brain cancer herself. Married to the boy she met in 4th grade after a few long diversions, she is Queen Bee of The Church of Skatan, a safe haven/local half-pipe where locals and tourists alike find themselves on a Sunday afternoon, doing their best to shred 40' of chaos. Michael loves PBR and Hamm's beer, her children, her community and all of us who feel lost in this world. In this conversation, she de-mystifies death, gives us insight into her father's influence and displays for all her ability to be about as genuine and real as a person can get. I'm grateful for her friendship, grateful for her time, and stoked that she and Troy have opened their home to wayward souls like mine. Enjoy! […]

  • Into The Mind Of Max
    by Uli Gulje on July 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    At 13, he's already an accomplished archer, an avid gamer, a lover of science and also one of my two favorite people in the whole world; he's Max, my second-born son, and one of the kindest kids I've ever known. On the 4th of July we sat down over some Crystal Lite and had a laugh over the funny stuff as well as taking a moment to delve into subjects as serious as gun control and school bullying. It's a short one, but it's worth a listen. Enjoy! […]

  • Gay Enough For Ya?
    by Uli Gulje on June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Elyse Riley is a one-woman powerhouse of energy. From her work as a Sheriff's Deputy to Realtor/business owner, her tireless advocacy for the LGBQT+ Community and at-risk homeless youth, her passion for dog rescue and local charity work, there aren't too many fires Elyse doesn't have an iron in, yet she still finds time to be a wife, rugby player and dedicated friend. In this conversation, we talk about her endeavors, her perspective as a gay woman in a part of the country where tolerance isn't always in abundance. She's hilarious, loyal, witty and one of my best friends, even IF she is a cop. Enjoy! […]

  • 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. […]