Half Past Awesome2018-04-23T06:57:22+00:00

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 [...]

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 [...]

Figures

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 [...]

  • 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/ […]