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Monday Mud ~ July 13

July 13th, 2009|Categories: Monday's Mud, Siren Songs|Tags: , |

This past week saw a couple MORE folks I know getting laid off from their jobs. That sucks. Guys who were eligible to retire from the fire department have been jumping like rats off of the Titanic, worried what sort of shenanigans our politicians may try to attempt; these can [...]

Half Past Friday ~ July 10

July 10th, 2009|Categories: Half Past Friday, Monday's Mud|

That time of week has gotten here, and not a moment too soon for some. I wish I could be joining you all down at the pub tonight for a couple of dark pints, but the cold hard truth is that this whole fire department "job" isn't  exactly  forgiving about [...]

AutoPsychology 101

July 8th, 2009|Categories: Wandering Ponderings|

About seventy five years ago (or so), I worked for NAPA Auto Parts out of Anchorage, and there was a running joke circulating around the fax machines that would define the kind of person you were by what you drove. It had some real gems such as "Ford Taurus - [...]

Monday Mud ~ July 6th

July 6th, 2009|Categories: Monday's Mud|

I'm now on my fourth cup of coffee, and have yet to clear the cobwebs out. The house is empty, the only commitment, like, three hours from now and music is thumping out in the background; you'd think the muse would be practically giving me a lap dance here, but [...]

One 4th

July 4th, 2009|Categories: Amigos|Tags: |

The 4th of July can conjure up memories for many of us that are similar in nature: parades, bbq's, Uncle Joe passing out on the lawn by 10am. Whatever our shared stories, one aspect that I am guilty of overlooking is that of the sacrifice many of our fellow citizens, [...]

Half Past Friday ~ July 3

July 3rd, 2009|Categories: Half Past Friday, West Coast shenanigans|

Friday, and a holiday Friday at that; I congratulate you for getting to this point with your sanity. Perhaps this Fourth of July will find you and yours celebrating with parades, burnt hamburgers and overpriced fireworks. For my money, I'd rather be back in Cayucos, Ca. watching our funky hometown [...]

  • 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 […]

  • 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! […]