Half Past Awesome 2018-04-22T21:46:09+00:00

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 [...]

The View From Up Here

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs|

Imagine if you will, you're now a lieutenant. Scratch that. You're a LIEUTENANT on the CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI FIRE DEPARTMENT, and that is an alleged "Big Deal" to the Administration of aforementioned department and now you have responsibilities. Real responsibilities with real consequences. One of those responsibilities, among the [...]

Fully Sleeved, On My Sleeve

August 4th, 2015|Categories: Amigos, Family DysFUNction, Siren Songs|

The tones ring out, again, at 3am. People seem to have a lot of emergencies, real or imagined, at 3am. Conversely, my tolerance for people who abuse the 911 system is at an all time low when you've roused me from a two hour catnap because you've stubbed your toe [...]

  • The Grant Wistrom Interview
    by Uli Gulje on April 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Grant Wistrom is a legend of Nebraska Football, with retired jersey #98 and a set of stats to make a soul blush. He went on to play in the NFL for both the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks picking up a Superbowl victory along the way. These days he's an owner of Crossfit Springfield here in Missouri, a devoted husband, father and one hell of a good friend. In this interview, Uli gets to the base of Grant's motivations, his experiences and his journey from small-town Missouri all the way to a highly successful NFL career. Tune in....it's a good one. […]

  • Music & Madness With Brandon Moore
    by Uli Gulje on April 20, 2018 at 12:00 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! […]

  • Intro To The Real State Podcast
    by Uli Gulje on April 19, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    The Real State is a podcast where authentic conversations about so much more than just real estate take place....it's about the connections we share. In this very first episode, it's just an introduction, some background on who I am, what it's all about and why you might want to spend some time listening. I'm hoping the bug bites you and you'll tune in for each episode, where I sit down with some pretty amazing people and listen to their stories. Welcome! […]