Half Past Awesome 2018-04-23T06:57:22+00:00

Fire In The Soul & A Heart On The Run

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: ink, New & Unimproved|

"So, a fireman walks into a tattoo joint called "Hearts of Fire"....." And thus begins a joke that has never been told. Mostly because it's not a joke, but partly because the journey, like so many before, is unpredictable at best. It began so long ago, and the path has [...]

Paper Tigers In The Golden Cage

April 17th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

And another Sunday is spent at the firehouse, and with it, the promise of less radio chatter, fewer demands, and more time for the mind to roam across our own plains. Even our usual clientele seems less inclined to dial 911 on this day; it's as though they are intuitively gearing up [...]

Ghosts & Chaos

March 28th, 2016|Categories: Siren Songs|

THE rain falling outside the station office windows was a perfect background soundtrack to the task at hand on an Easter morning: editing employee evaluations over a pot of coffee. It's Sunday, so the rest of the crew is enjoying the holiday in the various corners of our cavernous firehouse, [...]

Soul Plane

March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks"           -W. Churchill "I wouldn't say we were elite, no; when I look at things, though, I guess you could say I've had a pretty charmed life." The old [...]

The Navigator

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

*insert witty, heartfelt statement about life being a journey, not a destination* "For all of your suffering No one gives a good goddamn It's all about the money, son We doubt you understand"  R. Bingham A friend, a good and dear friend, came home the other day to be told [...]

Shelf Life

January 2nd, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." A. Einstein The first essay in this new year should be a song of unending optimism, right? In [...]

Uninvited

October 21st, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs|

"There’s a man who walks beside me/ He is who I used to be/ And I wonder if she sees him/ And confuses him with me” -Jason Isbell, “Live Oak"   "I'm so sorry...." my voice never murmurs the words, but I'm sure she saw it in my eyes. I just [...]

Till The Magnolias Bloom

September 13th, 2015|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"I have a Goodwill gift for you."  A casual sentence that sends my heart into atrial fibrillation. She's thought of me. She pulled the trigger on a dime-store gift, which is, in and of itself, significant. There's history there. Flea market, Goodwill, thrift store scores are greater than retail-bought; because [...]

It Just Happened Today, Again

September 11th, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs, Tales of Misery|

Every year on this day, we are reminded of that most dark chapter of the fire service, and our nation; I've written more than a few essays on a fireman's point of view on 9/11. When it happened I was a 26 year old side pocket, ladder-truck fireman, who's only [...]

  • 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. […]

  • Heavy Lifting: A Conversation With Jeremy Mhire
    by Uli Gulje on June 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    He is an owner, athlete and coach of Crossfit Springfield. He was in a boy band back in the day. A man of faith and a father trying to reconcile his own path, Jeremy Mhire is a complex and captivating interviewee and today he s willing to go deeper than all of those things in a conversation about what drives him and how he maps his path. This one spans the gamut from the story of his wife's near-death experience to questions about his own spiritual journey. We even delve into the notion of redemption for a secular soul, so it goes deep quicker than we thought it might. Enjoy a glimpse into a great exchange! &nbs […]

  • Clouse In The House: A Conversation With Katie
    by Uli Gulje on June 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Sitting down with Katie Clouse is always an adventure in conversation. From navigating life as a business owner, to single-parenthood and the pitfalls of dating in a today's day and age, we never run out of things to spin out on. She's wicked witty and a perfect guest for this show. Warning, though....it's got adult language and themes. Enjoy a fun trip with an awesome friend! Also, if you like what you're hearing, make sure to subscribe in iTunes or Google play or on the website. Leave a review if you're feeling bold, and check out my blog at www.halfpastawesome.com for essays about all of this! Thanks! […]

  • Head Over Hines: A Conversation With Dave
    by Uli Gulje on May 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Dave Hines is an on-air talent for US 97 here in Springfield, but lives and works in Los Angeles as an in-demand voiceover artist in addition to having worked on shows such as Nikki Sixx's "Sixx Sense" and "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" as a part of the iHeartRADIO family. More importantly, Dave is a close friend, having experienced many of the same trials we all do in trying to get through life. He's been mentoring Uli as the podcast begins to take flight, and is MORE than generous with his time and talents in trying to make The Real State a very real thing. This is a long interview, but it features live music by Dave and several amusing anecdotes about a life in music, a life in love and a life well lived. Enjoy! "Remember My Name" Shaun Munday "Remember My Name" Cover by Dave Hines "A Split Second Of Grace" an essay by U […]

  • Off The Deep End With Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on May 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In this wide-ranging conversation with another firefighter, Uli and Scott Deckard begin another of their forays into living in the present and how to approach life from a thoughtful mindset. For 18 years they've been friends, and in this time when people can come and go from your life with the click of a button, to have a connection that's outlasted marriages, career and personal highs and lows is a testament to the power and value of your closest friends. Enjoy the first in this series with one interesting dude.&nbs […]

  • The Mayor Of Everywhere: A Conversation With Darrell Parker
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Although he holds no official title, Darrell Parker is casually referred to as "The Mayor Of Everywhere" based on the fact that wherever he goes, he's never met a stranger. With the most infectious positive attitude that has become his hallmark, Darrell is a staple at Crossfit Springfield, spending his time making sure everyone gets a slice of his brand of uplifting humor. He's faced his share of adversity, however, and in this conversation, he talks to Uli about how he's rebounded from tragedy by pushing forward, always. Together with his wife Sheila, they are a powerhouse of positivity and make everyone's day. Listen in to get a glimpse into one man's awesome outlook! http://halfpastawesome.com/2016/09/16/for-every-man-a-sheila/ […]

  • Steering The City Of Springfield: The Greg Burris Interview
    by Uli Gulje on May 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    With an annual budget of $366 million, approximately 2300 full & part time employees, the City of Springfield, Mo. is overseen by Greg Burris, City Manager, a position he's held since Sept. 15th 2008. He's retiring from the position in June of 2018, and I wanted to get his take on how sees his role, how he views The City on balance and what he means when he talks about "the importance of being better storytellers." We met in his office on the 4th floor of The Busch Building and sat down to talk about his challenges, his next chapter after running Springfield, the disconnect that social media presents and his all-time favorite concerts he's attended (hint: we have the same favorite). Turns out he's played music semi-professionally, so not only do we share that love, but in serving the same boss (the Citizens), we share many common perspectives. A City Firefighter interviews the City Manager and it yields another genuine conversation&nbs […]

  • On Humor With Chad Harris
    by Uli Gulje on April 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In this interview with Chad "The Dad" Harris, Uli sits down at 4x4 Brewing Company to discuss not only Chad's chops in comedy, but the role of humor in getting through the tougher times, how we can generate a grateful, funny outlook on life even when there's not much to laugh at, seemingly. The brewery is kinda loud, there's a bit of an echo, but in the end, it's two friends trying to get to the bottom of some things that make us laugh. Thanks again to sponsors 4x4 Brewing Company and Gershman Mortgage for helping put on this podcast, as well as to Tonia, a thoughtful listener who provided the impetus for this discussion. Check the links below for the clips referenced!   Chad The Dad Stand Up Everyday Wizard Hairy Benc […]

  • Music & Madness With Brandon Moore
    by Uli Gulje on April 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    In this episode of The Real State, Uli talks with Springfield musical powerhouse Brandon Moore about his journey through music, addiction, redemption and the beautiful insights along the way. Brandon provides the music for the podcast, bringing his infectious and upbeat songwriting and lyrics along the way. A difficult and very genuine conversation, it gets deep quick and will hook you with Brandon's amazing story. Enjoy! […]