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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 [...]

A Muse Me

June 29th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Spend your years/ Spend your time/ With all these tears/ Not all were mine"* N. Rateliff, "Thank you" Gratitude and ego. Forever there is a balance to strike, these two dogs growling and circling in our minds, and in equal measure I've written about both. And, like lunar cycles, we [...]

L’eggo My Ego

June 8th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved, Travelblogue|

SO much good is afloat. So much for which to nod our heads humbly and be grateful. According to something written down somewhere gratitude is one of the highest forms of passion, for the person that lives from a grateful standpoint is one without limits and limiting factors. I think [...]

  • 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! […]