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

Calibrated In A Time Of Chaos

January 31st, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Wherever You Are, Be There" -This, as as seen on a bumper sticker on the back of a hybrid, while its disheveled driver swerved erratically as he talked on his phone and angrily jabbed a cigarette towards the front windshield. Wherever it was he was, it wasn't here. It must [...]


January 28th, 2015|Categories: Less Lardass, New & Unimproved|

Dark, cold and crazy. Three words to describe standing in front of the auto shop, dropping off the car at o'dark thirty and preparing to run in to work. It's one thing to do a couple miles on a trail in the middle of the day, another to be on [...]

From The Foundation Up

January 27th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

One thing about dangling over the precipice and staring down: you can achieve some real clarity in moments while your brain is scrambling to find a way to survive the fall. I don't really have the inclination to hang off of a rock cliff to develop direction, so I tend [...]

Heads Up

January 25th, 2015|Categories: Less Lardass, New & Unimproved|

"STOP STARING AT THE FLOOR, ULI! HEADS UP!" This, shouted at the gym as I attempted some weird squat-thrust-back-jerk-heaving maneuver. After years of attendance here, you'd think I know better, but....you'd be, well, wrong. If you lift weights while looking at the mats, you betray form and risk injury. Pretty [...]

Language, Please

January 19th, 2015|Categories: Family DysFUNction, New & Unimproved|

"If Only I'd...." There's an old British adage out there, apparently, that says something like "tomorrow will never be as good as yesterday was." If that is NOT a British adage, then it should be. That way of looking at life has defined the Lamenter for time immortal, and costs [...]

And I Ain’t Got Wings…

January 16th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

On one side of the kitchen table, a Lieutenant and the ladder truck driver play backgammon. Over in the recliners the Captain and two other firefighters are engrossed in a show with a marble-mouthed gold miner up in Alaska. There's a firefighter holed up in the office likely watching shows [...]

Go With The Grain

January 13th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"I just want to help" Every firefighter, every service member among us, has uttered those words at one time or another. So when she told me she was moving to a new house, my first reaction was to try and help, but we weren't there anymore. Firemen are often said [...]

To Be Alive, Again

January 10th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

A Fresh Canvas "I feel like I just came alive."  Those were the first words spoken as our young patient was brought back from dancing perilously close to death from an overdose. These were followed up, somewhat amusingly, by: "Am I in the Matrix?", and the ensuing confused [...]

Hi There, Been Awhile

January 7th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

Sweet Coffee Beans From Her This is the first essay I've written for Half Past Awesome in far too long. I walked away from the concept because I'd lost my own way and direction. Writing is a passion that allows me to convey the trainwreck of words in [...]

  • 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! […]