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A Few More Miles To Go

August 21st, 2019|Categories: Family DysFUNction|

"Anxiety, how do you always get the best of me/ I'm out here living in a fantasy/ I can't enjoy a goddamn thing" -Jason Isbell, "Anxiety"   "Hey Dad.......can I ask a favor?" My youngest rarely calls me, mid-day, and rarely asks for much unless it really means something to [...]

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Zero Three Hundred Hours

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Tales of Misery|

She sent those words you see in the picture, a good friend, with the following message: "This reminded me of you, and I mean to send it with nothing but love. I hope you're doing well."  How could I NOT be doing (relatively) well, when someone reaches out like that, [...]

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A Tornado Among The Thunderstorms

February 24th, 2019|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"We were sitting on the front porch With the weather rolling in Laughing louder than the big south wind You ran out to roll your window Light rain falling on your hair...." -A Tornado Warning, Turnpike Troubadours "I don't know why I'm always drawn to the toxic ones. Sometimes I [...]

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One Of These Days

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Amigos, New & Unimproved|

"You cry lonely And I come runnin' I come to your rescue I chase your blues away" -Cross Canadian Ragweed, 'You Cry Lonely' So, if you are drawn to the broken, just how broken are you? That's what's been rattling around for months. Years, maybe. It's not like I don't [...]

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December 4th, 2018|Categories: Siren Songs|

He is was 24. A Crossfit coach, new husband, Marine Officer and someone who could embody courage, humor and loyalty without coming across as cocky. Will Thompson was someone I knew peripherally from his time at Crossfit, as an athlete and coach; I used to watch him at Crossfit Kids where [...]

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Fat For The Holidays

December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Less Lardass|

I look down at the scale, cynically. Lies. Filthy, lying, technology. I need to blame someone, some THING. But I can't deny how the pants are squeezing me aggressively around the waist like an overzealous relative who hasn't seen you in a year and wants to joyfully choke the life [...]

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The Lonesome Beautiful Now

October 7th, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"You know, you only get so many of these in this life. They're gone so quickly. It's worth taking the time to take them in" These words from a co-worker as we both were dragging out of the firehouse in the dawn light, another shift marked as complete and both [...]

Off The Rails On The Crazy Train

September 17th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger" -William C. Bryant Who isn't a fool for some good old fashioned symbolism and foreshadowing? Hell if I know. But I knew somehow that, based on my own foolish [...]

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Peering Over The Edge

June 18th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction, Tales of Misery|

"So don't forget to love me in damnation/ For the living I have earned on love gone wrong/ And we'll open up old wounds in celebration/ If we don't bleed it don't feel like a song" John Moreland, "Old Wounds"   These past few weeks have been troubling, indeed, as [...]

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  • Outta This World With Mike Holmes
    by Uli Gulje on November 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Mike Holmes (aka Mike The Intern) is an absolute treasure trove of so much knowledge.....from Japanese album covers to KC Chiefs minutiae, from conspiracy theories about Ohio's "trash" reputation to the anti-Semitism of Roger Waters, if it's a subject of interest, he's well-versed. We hit it all in this fun romp, with music provided by Mike's own band "Muzzle", playing "The First Guy I Ever Punched" on the break. Enjoy the vast mindset that only Mr. Holmes can paint so clearly! Cheers!

  • What's Your Ick, Six Foot Katie?
    by Uli Gulje on October 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    On a fun and sloshy romp, Six Foot Katie The Shady Lady and I talk about all things innocuous, from removing a bondage kit from your bedroom before your folks come over to what are the things that make you go "ick" about people. She is NOT a fan of jorts, dating profile pics taken from "below" and I am not a fan of vaping, moms who call themselves "momma bear" online when trying to flex and "I only smoke when I drink" people. 

  • "Allies Are Temporary, Interests Are Forever"....Butler Breaks It Down
    by Uli Gulje on October 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    With all of the chaos going on in Israel and Gaza, I invited Jeff Butler back for the 657th time to try and break down some of the backstory as to what is going on; of course, there are no "easy" answers, but he does a fantastic job of explaining some of the baseline issues. We also discuss a leaderless House of Representatives and how an America-centric lens is a foggy way to look at world geo-politics. It's a great show, you won't wanna miss it! Jason Isbell's "Death Wish" is the soundtrack on the break (I do not own the rights). 

  • The Rocket Sled To Hell: A Talk With Lane Walden
    by Uli Gulje on September 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Lane Walden is a retired firefighter from the Springfield Fire Dept. who has a unique perspective on just about everything. In this episode we discuss his early years, the Academy at "The Turdatorium", working out of old firehouses and the importance of some traditions while flying the middle finger to busywork. 

  • A Hair Appointment On The Moon: talking With Tony Kelley
    by Uli Gulje on September 1, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    Tony Kelley is a former Battalion Chief for the Springfield Fire Dept., a former coworker, and despite his best efforts, a current friend. In this conversation recorded a while back we talk about leaving the fire service, the current political scene and Tony's unabashed love for convenience store pizza. Enjoy!

  • For The Love Of Red Flags....A Convo With 6' Katie The Shady Lady
    by Uli Gulje on August 8, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    WARNING: SUPER GRAPHIC AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT SHOW SO, today I sat down with one of my very best friends, the one & only 6' Katie The Shady Lady and we get so very deep into the relationship weeds. We talk about dating apps, upside down pineapples, bizarre sexual behaviors, what I mean by the term "a turtle's butthole" and the virtues of sleeping alone. we even delve into our favorite porn titles, so let's hope your mom isn't listening. This one is a doozy.....so buckle up, buttercup and let's get ready to get dirty. 

  • The Regal Legal Beagle Eagle.....A Conversation With Doug Carter
    by Uli Gulje on August 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    He makes a mean biscuits & gravy meal, has a fear of crossing bridges at night and is one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet. Doug Carter is an attorney, an aficionado of Yacht Rock and a dear friend of mine. Today on the show we talk about stuff you should know, legally.....ie: your estate, what probate is and why Air Supply should be played at your wedding. Along the way he tells of his path towards a career in the law while I enjoy some box wine.  Please enjoy the show!

  • A Degenerate's Delight....A Conversation With Shawn Washburn
    by Uli Gulje on August 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    He's the owner of local hot spot breakfast pub "Early Bird", teller of tall tales and a man who once got tipped a boat by a loyal customer. Tune into this hour and a half of life in the restaurant industry complete with cocktails. Cheers! If you like the show you can support it here: https://bit.ly/UliWhoPatreon

  • Hup, Erik, Hup!
    by Uli Gulje on July 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    It's time for a reunion of friends on the podcast! Today I get a chance to talk to one of my closest friends of 35yrs., Mr. Erik Van Wingerden; we met as freshmen at Cate School, a college prep boarding school in Carpinteria, Ca., and have remain bonded since then, even when we don't see each other for years at a time. I really enjoyed his visit to The Ozarks, and appreciated him taking the time to sit down and ramble with an old friend. Music on the break is by none other than Mr. Bob Marley, a little "One Love" in keeping with Erik's take on life! Cheers! Find the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, wherever you're downloading shows; if you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing and leaving a review.  If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Lassoed Joy....A Conversation w/ Jeff & Kelly
    by Uli Gulje on June 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Oh boy.....the phenomenon of Ted Lasso has left the building and if you're a fan you're likely as bummed as us that it's happened. Today I sit down with my friends Kelly Cardin and Jeff Butler to dissect one of the best shows ever to hit the airwaves.  Along the way, we talk about Cormac McCarthy's passing, rage Tweeting, Jason Isbell's new album and Jeff's desire to constantly divide his fire crew's loyalties. It's a fun one....enjoy! Music on the break provided by the one & only Jason Isbell, "King Of Oklahoma" from his latest album "Weathervanes". I do not own the copyright to this music.  If you're enjoying the show, please consider subscribing and leaving a review.  If you'd like to •financially• support the show you can do so HERE. Thank you!

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