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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 [...]

To The End, To Failure, To You & Me

June 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

We filed in, the last visitors in uniform of the day. There is no good news on this floor of the hospital; people here often aren't going home. Family members stand teary-eyed and solemn, holding vigil over their loved ones as they slip loose these earthly shackles and transition to [...]

5128

May 13th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

On May 5th, 2015, the City of Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to its five thousand one hundred and twenty eighth call for the year. For run #5128, Engine Company #1, C-shift was toned out for a "fire in a house" call at approximately 7:50am. The house in question was [...]

Thank You, Anonymously

March 30th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

The note with my handwritten name on the envelope arrived at the firehouse, an event unusual enough. We rarely receive personal mail there outside of the obligatory thank-you note from grade school kids after a tour or event. The hand writing caught my eye, as I did not recognize it. [...]

  • Queen Of The Queens: A Conversation With Mary Guccione
    by Uli Gulje on December 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    After 30+ years in the restaurant business, Mary Guccione knows a thing or two about fine dining and good wine. She and her husband are the owners of Cellar + Plate, a communal wine house that also offers homemade tapas and an incredible energy. I spent an hour enjoying her take on life, from hosting the monthly Drag Queen Brunch to how she earned her Level 1 Court Of Masters wine designation. She's a one-woman powerhouse of vision, change and savvy, and an absolutely wonderful person. She says "I wanna save the world one drag queen at a time", and after listening to this episode, you'll absolutely believe that she will. Cheers! […]

  • A Freedom Threesome: Conversations With Katie, Dane & Tiffany
    by Uli Gulje on November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In the longest podcast I've been on to date, Katie Mooneyham, Dane Brown and Tiffany Barnett sat down with me at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. to record an episode for Dane's podcast "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time", and I've decided to feature it on my own show. From discussing yoga being of the Devil, my idea to create a "Sinterest" site to the Supreme Court hearings to yelling at one another about dating choices, the four of us all left the room better friends than when we ended. It's loud, filled with adult language, politics & topics and one helluva way to spend a few hours. Enjoy! &nbs […]

  • 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 […]