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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 [...]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Chapter 2
    by Uli Gulje on March 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this installment of Behind The Beer With Lear, we delve into the differences between ales and lagers, and I get to wax idiotic about various things, but always, always, we have a great time enjoying some half-pints and great conversation. If you're a learned beer scholar, this may not be for you, but for a rookie like me? It makes total sense. Enjoy! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #3
    by Uli Gulje on March 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Cheers to your Monday, my friends! Today we recap downloads, what's "Good In The Hood" at 4 By 4 Brewing Company, thoughts on meal prep and getting your views on the video segment of the show, Go check out the YouTube Channel for The Real State Podcast, let me know what you think....until Friday, take care of yourselves and one another. See ya soon! […]

  • Dawn Of A Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on March 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    For episode #50, I asked multiple-show guest Scott Deckard to come back and be the very first VIDEO guest. Tune in for an hour talking about everything under the sun, including Saddam Hussein's belly button! Cheers! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #2
    by Uli Gulje on February 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This late afternoon Monday Morning Update includes our first attempt at some video on The Real State Podcast, and we talk about your weekend, growing older and the new chapters of the show we're looking at. Enjoy a 10 minute refresher! […]

  • Social Media Distortion: A Conversation With April & Mary
    by Uli Gulje on February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this era of constant contact on social media, why is there a constant need to keep up with the virtual Joneses and constantly be trying to one-up one another with our highlight reels? In this hour and a half conversation with known cat-lady, hermit and great friend April Sartin and notorious firecracker Mary Michael White, we sit down over three bottles of wine and try to solve the mystery. Here's a hint: we do not. BUT.....it DOES make for some VERY interesting perspectives on why it is we do the things we do on the Book Of Faces and other various social outlets. Tune in for some rambling laughter and stabs at the human psyche! […]

  • 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! […]