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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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Gone

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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  • One In 7 Billion: A Conversation With Amy Hietter
    by Uli Gulje on September 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She was the marketing director for the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre and has participated in painstaking french-fry photo shoots; Amy Hietter has worn many hats and seen many challenges in life, but manages to have one of the most sunny dispositions you've ever encountered. She currently works as the CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) for 7 Billion Ones, who's vision is "to change the world - through people and their stories. As an ongoing movement we exist to document and share stories to connect and empower people". She certainly fulfills the role well, and was more than happy to share her own story with me on the show. Please tune in for a fun hour with an awesome individual!

  • Love Is An Action Word: A Conversation With Dustin Rich
    by Uli Gulje on September 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    He was a coworker of mine who's never lived outside of Springfield City limits with degrees in math and physics; a father and stepfather, Dustin Rich never envisioned that he'd be a widow at 33, his beloved wife Ali having been taken by the vicious nature of cervical cancer. This long form podcast brought me to tears, as Dustin describes in vivid detail his and Ali's journey through cancer and their lives both before and during treatment. There are a few laughs between friends here, but it is one of the most gut-wrenching conversations I've had. Please tune in to hear one of my good friends tell his story. Thank you.&nbs

  • Part 2: Sex In The 41City
    by Uli Gulje on August 30, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    *Strong Language. Strong Sexual Content. NSFW* What's it like to date if you work in the sex industry? How do you get gigs out of town? Did you know that if you take your heels off at a strip club in Oklahoma it's considered prostitution? In the next chapter with Adria, we delve into the actual work of the sex industry and what it takes to survive and thrive in this secretive business. We also talk about the "field trip" we took after the first interview to a local club, a dive bar of dubious character.&nbs

  • Sex In The 41City: A Conversation With Adria
    by Uli Gulje on August 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    With a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Linguistics, she's fluent in American Sign Language, speaks passable Italian and was raised in a religious cult; she's also a sex worker who is tireless in her beliefs and efforts towards shattering the stigmas surround people who work in the sex industry. In this very sex-positive conversation, Adria sits down with me over some tequila and opened up about her upbringing, her ethics and how she ended up working in the business. It's a very long (2hr.) interview with one of the most honest and open people I've had the opportunity to get to know. Please take the time to hear her story in Part 1 of the show.&nbs

  • Into The Musical Circles With Molly Healey
    by Uli Gulje on August 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She has played at Burning Man, is trained in the classical genre and has written not one, but TWO songs about tuberculosis; Molly Healey is a tour de force of musical talent, and when not playing with her own band, or the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils or putting out albums, she can be found silently composing her next songs. Enjoy an hour of her backstory and some live music as she delves into her writing process, her background and the one thing we both have in common...having both been in high school productions of "West Side Story". She's an incredibly talented and gracious individual and I am grateful she spent some time here at The House Of Distinguished Rogues to let us into her world! Cheers!

  • Survival: Tammy's Story Of Strength
    by Uli Gulje on August 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    What started out as a random date quickly turned into sharing one of the most harrowing tales of survival I've ever heard. Shot seven times and left to die at the hand of her own mother-in-law, Tammy not only lived to tell the tale, she's rebuilt her life and continues to thrive as a mother, professional and powerhouse of resilience in the face of domestic abuse. In light of the heartbreaking headlines recently, a story of survival might just give some hope to those who need to hear it most. Please take a moment to take in this most serious of subjects. Thank you.&nbs

  • Ox & Friends: A Conversation With Kaitlin
    by Uli Gulje on August 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    She's hilarious and delivers a mean six-pack of mini-meisters; Kaitlin Oxenreider sat down with me at The House Of Distinguished Rogues for an hour to discuss a wide variety of wild topics, including her obsession with John Goodman, her love of pickles and her role as an owner/manager of Pappo's Pizzeria South here in Springfield. It gets boozy, as I introduce her to my infamous gin & tonics and she gets me to sample some Jagermeister, against my better judgement. Tune in for some laughs, mostly at my expense. Cheers!

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Vol. 4
    by Uli Gulje on July 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    In this episode, Ryan, AJ & I delve into 4 beers that couldn't be more dissimilar; Ryan gives you the technical aspects, I give you the everyman perspective. We also wax idiotic about Deviled Eggs as a palate cleanser, the Sugarfoot Incident, some dude named Terry, and whether or not "Auto-Brewery Syndrome" is a real thing. Tune in for a long dive into some pretty nerdy beer stuff. Cheers!

  • Living In The Grey: A Conversation About Relationships With Katie
    by Uli Gulje on July 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Let's get personal with a conversation with my close friend Katie about relationships, why we look for attention in the wrong places, guys with flatbill hats and goatees and my mild melatonin addiction. Tune in for an hour of some seriously open discussion with few boundaries. Tune in!&nbs

  • The (Mat) Best Of Times: A Conversation With My Brother
    by Uli Gulje on July 9, 2019 at 11:20 am

    With over 1.6 million followers on Facebook, 712k followers on Instagram and a book that recently debuted #1 on Amazon, Mat Best has amassed an impressive following; he is also the co-founder/co-owner of Leadslingers Whiskey, Article 15 Clothing and Black Rifle Coffee Company and created the movie Range 15. All of this followed his time spent as on several deployments as an Army Ranger and work as a contractor overseas. Also? He's my little brother. Tune in as I take a peek at the man behind the story, a kid with five older brothers who is enjoying the fruits of his time in the service while contributing back to the community in ever more creative ways as a veteran and entrepreneur.&nbs