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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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  • "Handy As A Stomach Pump": A Conversation With Chad Sullivan
    by Uli Gulje on January 27, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    This show's a long time coming; many of my coworkers never could imagine Chad "I'm The Entire Package" Sullivan and I getting together for a podcast. But that's the thing, right? We can be polar opposites and still find friendship and common ground. He arrived to the house with a dead raccoon in the back of his truck and more stories than you could possibly imagine. Please enjoy some Inside Baseball with one of my favorite coworkers.  Musical Interlude: The Domino Kings "The Only Thing She Left" If you'd like to support the show FINANCIALLY, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • The World Is His Playground: A Conversation With Jefe Martinson
    by Uli Gulje on January 20, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    From Massachusetts to Louisiana to Georgia, California, Missouri and Mississippi, there aren't too many corners Jefe Martinson hasn't explored or lived. He's a playground equipment designer, homebrewer and owner of the best moustache in the 417. But chiefly, Jefe is one of the kindest most thoughtful souls I've ever met, and I think you should hear his story. Enjoy.....I sure did! Cheers! *if you'd like to FINANCIALLY support this show you can do it HERE. Thank you!

  • Mr. Howell, I Presume? A Conversation With David
    by Uli Gulje on January 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    He's been a German translator, a magician, a brewer and done stand up comedy; he's also a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor. Meet my friend David Howell. In this long form interview, we get to peek behind the curtain and learn about this resilient, charming and unabashedly vulnerable person who has a perspective much deeper than belies his 32 years. We enjoy a conversation over some Narrow Gauge Brewing beers and a lot of off-the-rails sidebars. Please enjoy! *If you're interested in supporting the show financially, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Hoping To Have Hope Again; A Monologue
    by Uli Gulje on December 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    2022 is finally about done, and it happen soon enough for me. It's been a struggle this year in many, many ways for many OF us and I thought I should give you a glimpse as to why the podcast has slowed down a bit. It's a monologue, it's a ramble, but it feels good to get off my chest. Thank you for listening.

  • "How I Became TikTok (In)famous": A Conversation With Mike Underlin
    by Uli Gulje on December 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    He's got more layers than a complex onion, a creative juggernaut and one helluva good guy: meet Mike Underlin. He's been making viral videos from way back in the early YouTube days, and has most recently uploaded a video to TikTok that has more than 3 million views and was featured on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. From being compared to dressing like Jeffrey Dahmer to a weird love of Four Loko, Mike is one of a kind and today with Dane as a co-host, he reveals his origin story. Enjoy! If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!  

  • Gettin' Frisky With Miller: A Conversation With Big Jay
    by Uli Gulje on November 22, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    He's been my mentor in cooking, a man of great integrity, a proud father & husband and an all around badass: please meet my friend Jay Miller. He'll demure with "I just sell door knobs", but the depth of this man is revealed within moments of him letting you in the metaphorical door. We share a love for music, food and metal work, although he is my superior in each category. He's the one I turn to when I look for a true compass pointing towards doing the right thing, and my respect for him is without limit. Please enjoy this show talking about our love of these hobbies!

  • Cardin's Gap Year
    by Uli Gulje on November 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Kelly Cardin is a friend, former co-worker and intellectually curious individual who seems a perfect guest to talk about burnout, retirement and how we face this relentless march of time. Please enjoy the show, and some songs by both Ryan Bingham and Charlie Crockett (I do not own the rights to this music).  If you'd like to *FINANCIALLY* support the show you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Mono-Log Jammin'
    by Uli Gulje on October 17, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Hey friends. I apologize for the 27 days its taken to get a new show out; sometimes we just burn out on life, on work, on our very own selves, and we need to take a moment. Here's a short explanation....I'll see you soon!

  • "Bureaucratically Cunning"....A Conversation With Jeff "Sauce" Butler
    by Uli Gulje on September 20, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    In what can only be described as his millionth time on this show, Jeff Butler and I decide to tackle the big issues; issues such as what's shaking with the Royals (the British kind, not KC), reviewing movies such as "Maverick", what it's like to be around a nuclear reactor in a submarine and East Coast vs. West Coast fire department styles. Along the way we enjoy some Booker's bourbon and a Boulevard beer that's nearly two years out of date. It makes for a good time. Cheers! *if you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Sept. '22.....A Conversation With Ryan Lear
    by Uli Gulje on September 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    We're back with another Behind The Beer With Lear! Today Ryan and I sample two new(er) beers brewed at Mother's Brewing here in Springfield, something from Rockwell Beer Co. out of St. Louis and a very odd collaboration at the end. Along the way we talk about mental health, dreams of disappointing Dave Grohl and how to consume 8 hotdogs in a row. Cheers! *If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you very much!

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