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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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The Best Of You

November 12th, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Eight months. It's been eight long months since last I wrote you, and even then the posts have been about the crazyscary aspects of The Job, and very little about the soul. Essays from times in the recent past have focused on the hard journey towards love (like these old [...]

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Savage Addiction

March 12th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs, Tales of Misery|

"Springfield Truck 10, respond to XXXX W. XXXXXX St. for a possible J4, with an unsecured domestic situation in progress" "Truck 10 copies, en route. Truck 10 will stage upon arrival, Dispatch, please notify when scene secured by PD" "Truck 10, update, there is no domestic, that was a child crying [...]

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Under The Sea & Into The Soul

February 13th, 2017|Categories: ink, Tales of Misery|

Ink & Time Today Facebook gently reminded me that precisely one year ago I walked into Hearts of Fire Tattoo shop to get some artwork committed to my body. It's my take on a mermaid kissing an old-school deep sea diver, and while the artwork's original, the design [...]

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Lift With Your Heart, Not Your Back

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved|

One year ago today I wrote this essay right here. It was about embracing your inner weirdo, forging forward through failure and a promise to be by your side as we stumbled through 2016. It was a story not of false hope but that through it all, we'd grow together. [...]

For Every Man, A Sheila

September 16th, 2016|Categories: Take It & Blog Fridays|

"For last years words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice" TS Elliot   Love, always The way he looks at her when we're talking ABOUT her. The way that he describes his often broken past, the triumphs and shortfalls, his kids, his [...]

  • Queen Of The Queens: A Conversation With Mary Guccione
    by Uli Gulje on December 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    After 30+ years in the restaurant business, Mary Guccione knows a thing or two about fine dining and good wine. She and her husband are the owners of Cellar + Plate, a communal wine house that also offers homemade tapas and an incredible energy. I spent an hour enjoying her take on life, from hosting the monthly Drag Queen Brunch to how she earned her Level 1 Court Of Masters wine designation. She's a one-woman powerhouse of vision, change and savvy, and an absolutely wonderful person. She says "I wanna save the world one drag queen at a time", and after listening to this episode, you'll absolutely believe that she will. Cheers! […]

  • A Freedom Threesome: Conversations With Katie, Dane & Tiffany
    by Uli Gulje on November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In the longest podcast I've been on to date, Katie Mooneyham, Dane Brown and Tiffany Barnett sat down with me at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. to record an episode for Dane's podcast "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time", and I've decided to feature it on my own show. From discussing yoga being of the Devil, my idea to create a "Sinterest" site to the Supreme Court hearings to yelling at one another about dating choices, the four of us all left the room better friends than when we ended. It's loud, filled with adult language, politics & topics and one helluva way to spend a few hours. Enjoy! &nbs […]

  • Cognizant Consumption: A Conversation With Graham Smitham
    by Uli Gulje on November 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Graham Smitham is a former college swimmer, current CrossFit athlete and manager of Eat Fit Go, a pre-prepared clean eating food service, offering people on the go a healthy alternative to fast food. Our relationship with food is undergoing a pretty amazing metamorphosis, and Eat Fit Go, along with Graham are working hard to change our outlook on what we consume. I sat down for an hour with this highly informed man to get some insights as to why we eat what we do, and how we can change our habits. In fact, I partnered with them for a pretty amazing month-long challenge, one which I'm excited to embark upon! Tune in for a great look into our often toxic relationship with that which we're eating! Cheers! […]

  • Camaros, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and A Life In Education: A Conversation With Sandy Frye
    by Uli Gulje on November 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    "Don't be an asshole". This seems like a pretty basic rule of life and a sweetly cynical twist on the Golden Rule, but it's amazing how easily it gets overlooked in our day-to-day. My guest Sandy Frye has incorporated this philosophy as a founder and operator of The U School here in Springfield, a micro-school that focuses on growing confident, self-directed learners in an authentic experience. She's also seen Nirvana live, owned a badass golden Camaro and has a celebrity crush on Walt Whitman. Join us for a pint and great conversation as two friends toss some thoughts back and forth. Cheers! &nbs […]

  • The Dangerous Edge Of Hope: A Conversation With Ian Carleton
    by Uli Gulje on November 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Ian Carleton is on a one-man mission to introduce a sustainable dining and hospitality experience to everyone he comes across. After 11 years in the restaurant business, he has opened up Saint Fox Cider with a business partner and is experiencing radical growth in its sophomore year. A passionate advocate for real food and real experiences, Ian has a diverse enough background to have won a literary award from an English language publishing house in Hong Kong. He also holds another distinction: since Day One, he has been a part of Hurts Donut, and is the lead baker, trainer and an integral part of a local company that started five years ago with one tiny shop and now includes 19 locations and over 600+ employees. From farm-to-table concepts to brewing to creative writing, Carleton approaches every scenario with a dynamic passion. This hour with Ian was informative, revelatory and a glimpse into the mind of a culinary badass. Enjoy! […]

  • Farming In The Key Of A: A Conversation With Dallas Jones
    by Uli Gulje on October 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dallas Jones is a local icon on the music scene, having written something around 350 songs and currently working on studio album #8. He's a farmer, a family man and has the knack for writing songs that both pull on the heart strings and make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. He was gracious enough to let me play four songs with him and delve into all things music. I really enjoyed his take on what makes his creative soul soar, and the story behind his first date with his wife? Will make your own melt. Tune in for a wonderful hour with a wonderful musician and friend. Cheers! […]

  • The Unfiltered Queen Of Halloween: A Conversation With Cheri Allen
    by Uli Gulje on October 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    **WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE. I MEAN, REALLY STRONG** She suffers no fools, is crafty as hell and to earn her friendship is a rare thing of beauty indeed. Cheri Allen is one of my closest and most unfiltered friends, and she's the Queen of Halloween, but this year just isn't feeling it. We sit down over some gin & tonics and wax idiotic for a while about a whole MESS of things, from the perils of online dating to what in the hell "cuffing season" means to what constitutes a good slutty Pope costume for the season. It's raw, with way too many F-bombs but it's a good one. Take a listen into a boozy adventure into a wonderful friendship. Enjoy! […]

  • 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 […]