About Half Past Awesome: This haphazard collection of essays is my take on some of life’s peculiar happenings as viewed through the lens of a mid-thirties madman. Whether commentaries on firehouse life, pop culture, life in the middle of the middle of the country or just random venting at faceless institutions, I find that humor is around every corner; sometimes you just have to sort through life’s dumpsters. So, jump in the truck with me, let’s rip the steering wheel off at 90mph just to see what happens.
About Uli: I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, Ca., went to school on the central coast, then moseyed up to Alaska for a stint on the North Slope, working the oil rigs in what might be the worst job ever. Along the way, I’ve worked as a truck driver, heavy equipment operator, framer, substitute teacher, television station camera operator and whatever other work seemed to demand more of my back and less of my mind. I finally settled into an apparent career as a firefighter in Springfield Mo., where I’m the driver of Ladder Truck 2 on the city’s northside (read: ghetto-esque). I enjoy the contradiction of working on Missouri’s third largest, very urban fire department, while living 10 miles out of town on a small plot of land surrounded by my wife, kids, and the weirdest assortment of rednecks you could ever imagine.