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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 [...]

Signs of Summer

July 1st, 2009|Categories: Tales of Misery|Tags: |

This story really happened and only the names have been made up. I had to, since I had neither the sense nor the testicular fortitude to ask at the time. The entire event took place at the Rogersville community park during one of the approximately 392 tee-ball games The Heathens [...]

Monday’s Mud ~ June 29th

June 29th, 2009|Categories: Monday's Mud, Wandering Ponderings|

Monday got here just too damn fast for most of us, and while I can appreciate all those out there who are driven to work, slave, succeed or what have you, my drive lies in finding better ways to enjoy time with the amigos, family and assorted nutjobs that make [...]

  • Death Becomes Her
    by Uli Gulje on July 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Michael Harris is a tour de force of love and compassion. She founded Grey Matters Fund (@GreyMattersSWMO) after going through brain cancer herself. Married to the boy she met in 4th grade after a few long diversions, she is Queen Bee of The Church of Skatan, a safe haven/local half-pipe where locals and tourists alike find themselves on a Sunday afternoon, doing their best to shred 40' of chaos. Michael loves PBR and Hamm's beer, her children, her community and all of us who feel lost in this world. In this conversation, she de-mystifies death, gives us insight into her father's influence and displays for all her ability to be about as genuine and real as a person can get. I'm grateful for her friendship, grateful for her time, and stoked that she and Troy have opened their home to wayward souls like mine. Enjoy! […]

  • Into The Mind Of Max
    by Uli Gulje on July 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    At 13, he's already an accomplished archer, an avid gamer, a lover of science and also one of my two favorite people in the whole world; he's Max, my second-born son, and one of the kindest kids I've ever known. On the 4th of July we sat down over some Crystal Lite and had a laugh over the funny stuff as well as taking a moment to delve into subjects as serious as gun control and school bullying. It's a short one, but it's worth a listen. Enjoy! […]

  • Gay Enough For Ya?
    by Uli Gulje on June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Elyse Riley is a one-woman powerhouse of energy. From her work as a Sheriff's Deputy to Realtor/business owner, her tireless advocacy for the LGBQT+ Community and at-risk homeless youth, her passion for dog rescue and local charity work, there aren't too many fires Elyse doesn't have an iron in, yet she still finds time to be a wife, rugby player and dedicated friend. In this conversation, we talk about her endeavors, her perspective as a gay woman in a part of the country where tolerance isn't always in abundance. She's hilarious, loyal, witty and one of my best friends, even IF she is a cop. Enjoy! […]

  • 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/ […]