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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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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. [...]

  • 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! […]

  • Monday Morning Follow Up #1
    by Uli Gulje on February 11, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Welcome to the second Monday Morning Follow Up (the first really being with Graham Smitham), where I try to catch up on your weekend and mine. Today I spoke with Dane Escobar of It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time, where he talks about his take on hangovers and romance. It's also my first attempt at video. Give it a listen and enjoy! […]

  • Beyond The Unknown (Films): A Conversation With Nathan Maulorico
    by Uli Gulje on February 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    From his humble beginnings as a Taco Bell and Blockbuster employee to his current passion as the founder (along with his wife) of the media production company Unknown Films, Nathan Maulorico exemplifies a life lead by following your passion. His father took him to see Halloween 4, and that was all it took: Nathan knew he wanted to make movies. They started with slideshows, moved on to wedding videos and has finally made it into working on shows on Discovery, TLC and History Channel. Tune in to an hour with my friend and enjoy his journey from working out of a La Quinta Inn towards following his dreams.&nbs […]

  • Follow Up With Graham Smitham of Eat Fit Go!
    by Uli Gulje on February 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I'm trying out a new segment, something like a "Monday Morning Musings".....on a Wednesday, no less. But I wanted to follow up with guest Graham Smitham after my trial on the Eat, Fit, Go plan. It was a quick catch up and enjoyable segment....cheers! […]

  • The Mullets Of Modesto: A Conversation With Justin Steenburgh
    by Uli Gulje on February 1, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    He's one of the "4's" in 4 By 4 Brewing Company, and hails from Amarillo, Texas and Modesto, California. A bad boy who tangled with the law in his youth, Justin Steenburgh credits his wife for straightening out his chaos, and in the process, becoming one of the most dynamic and energetic people I know. I teasingly refer to him as The Lil' Spoon, but I hold Justin in the highest respect, because in my darker moments, he's always there to lift me up with a positive vibe and silent support. From his early days as a Floor Technician to being an owner in one of the fastest-growing breweries in the area, Justin provides the kind of inspiration that will help you out and keep you laughing.....enjoy an hour with my amigo! […]

  • Wandering With Wunder: A Conversation With Paige
    by Uli Gulje on January 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    She's got a boundless spirit and a taste for travel the likes of which is inspirational to the wanderer in all of us; Paige Wunder is one of the kindest, most energetic souls I've met, and she spent an hour with me going through some of her adventures across the globe. Where does our paycheck go to die? Well, if you're Paige, it gets scattered across the miles and miles of this wide and wonderful world. Enjoy a mellow hour with an amazing person! Cheers! &nbs […]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear #1: A Conversation With Ryan
    by Uli Gulje on January 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    He has an oddly specific fear of injuring his collarbone and made, by his own count, roughly 120,000 funnel cakes in two seasons out of the eight he worked at Silver Dollar City; Ryan Lear is a man of numbers, a man of beers and a man I work with at 4 By 4 Brewing Company. In the first of this series, he sits down with me to give his story of how he got into the world of beer-making and to begin our journey into all things beer, from how it's made to what drives his passion for creation. Tune in for an hour with a REALLY interesting guy who is going to show you and I, the common peoples, just what is going on behind the beers […]

  • For Whom The TRUMPet Tolls: Another Conversation With Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on January 11, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    His was THE most downloaded podcast episode of 2018, so it makes sense that I would invite Jeff Butler back for another round behind the mic to weigh in on today's divisive political climate. As a former Navy SeAL, CIA Field Officer and with an undergraduate degree in International Politics and Master's degree in History, it makes sense that this well-rounded Springfield Firefighter (Rescue Specialist, to be sure) brings a perspective that is informed, funny and moves beyond the bumper-sticker rhetoric of these times. It was fun to share a pint, a laugh and some traditional chops-busting to these trying times. Tune in! […]

  • My Point Is.....Relax: A Conversation With Mary & Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    What is free will? In this first podcast of 2019, two of my best friends, Mary Michal and Scott Deckard sit down with me at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. to talk about how we approach life.......is it free will, is it determinism or is there a spiritual element that guides us? In this mellow exchange we get to peer into the minds of two VERY insightful people who face life from some different perspectives. Sit down, grab a cup and enjoy this easy, enlightening conversation between three friends.&nbs […]

  • The Dirtbag Diaries: A Conversation With A Best Friend
    by Uli Gulje on December 28, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    He has been one of my very best friends for 25 years and STILL won't let me have lunch with his wife, he's that suspicious of EVERYONE. The Dirtbag is the navigator of my moral compass, and he's often let down by my antics, yet he still tolerates me day in and year out. I was stoked to attempt my first remote podcast and very last podcast of 2018 with one of the most original, unhinged and honest people I know. Enjoy over a PBR or two.....I sure did! […]