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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. [...]

Do It All Over, Again

March 16th, 2015|Categories: Less Lardass, New & Unimproved|

"Your story isn't calm. The road has been chaotic at times, filled with detours and rain and loss so sudden and soon. Sometimes, the bliss was so elevated your heart could hardly hold it. Sometimes it was maddening to have, and then to lose. You learn soon enough that it [...]

Ring Of Fire

March 5th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

The tones came in as they would any other: "House fire, xxx East xxx Street for Engine 7, Engine 10, Truck 6, Truck 10, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 8, Air 8", and we loaded up on the rig, ready to roll to an unknown; these kinds of calls happen [...]

Thaw & Light

February 24th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

O, Wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?  - Percy Shelley I've always loved the winter. It's cold and stark and you can, to quote Wyeth, feel the bone structure of the landscape. Growing up in Southern California, it meant that the temperatures dropped from 78 degrees to [...]

Cover Me Up

February 18th, 2015|Categories: Family DysFUNction, New & Unimproved|

"Heart on the run/keeps a hand on the gun/You can't trust anyone." - Jason Isbell Where do we go when we need support and love as our hearts collapse and we can't lift ourselves up alone? The faithful go to church, the introvert turns to a book, the songwriters craft [...]

To Love, Again

February 14th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Slowly entering the crowded hospital elevator with a glass vase of roses in each hand, I could hear the barely audible sighs of the nurses and techs for whom these weren't intended. "9th floor, please," murmured over a grin to the wide eyed lady in scrubs nearest the buttons. "Whoever [...]

On Purpose

February 2nd, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"Don't outsource your mission." These words could be from a military unit commander or the fire department chain of command, but instead they were issued by the local gym owner as a mandate as we seek our purpose in this life. The workout was set up as a fundraiser/dedication to [...]

  • 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! […]