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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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  • "Express Not Impress".....A Conversation with Doug Dicharry of Dance Monkey Dance!
    by Uli Gulje on August 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    In THIS edition of Short Attention Span Theatre, we meet a VERY talented musician and incredibly inspiring human, Mr. Doug Dicharry. Doug's talents have taken him all over the world, and he's back in the Ozarks, fine tuning several musical projects, not the least of which is "Dance Monkey Dance!", his one-man band with SEVEN instruments being put on full display. This long form interview spans everything from anxiety, therapy, mouth kegels to touring with ZZ Top and the need for ska's return.  For MORE of his music and great content check out dancemonkeydanceband.com or click HERE Here are the breakdowns of the music: "Runnin' To The Sun" 1:41-5:45 "Gypsy River" 40:49-43:54 "Don't Dig Up My Graveyard" 1:49:14-1:52:23 *If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • Show A Little Grace....A Conversation With Kenya
    by Uli Gulje on August 3, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    *Note: this podcast deals with the topic of addiction and is peppered with very strong language.* Few interviews I've done has had the kind of impact this conversation with Kenya did; she is a survivor of the kind of addiction few of us can truly understand. From her early days as a self described "brawler and dealer" to the pregnancy that has kept her clean since Feb. 9 2004, Kenya has seen and experienced more than many of us will ever know. The best part? Her takeaway from all of it has been to exhibit grace in her daily journey. Please enjoy this riveting conversation! Enjoy Brandon Moore's "Good Fortune" from 32:54-37:30 If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you very much!  

  • "All You Need Is Love"....a conversation with Phillip Wright
    by Uli Gulje on July 20, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    When I first heard Phillip Wright speak in the early 2000's, I was BLOWN AWAY that a man preaching could break through my cynical veneer; I've since maintained that there's no better, more authentic speaker than Phillip, and for YEARS I've been trying to get him on the show. Tune in for a conversation that will speak to the heart and blossom in your soul, hopefully......and this is coming from an avowed agnostic!  *if you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • "....and that's why you don't grab an anteater that's on fire": A Conversation With Mike Abbey
    by Uli Gulje on July 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    "Not very many people can do this. The rewards are great-but so is the responsibility. Don't fuck it up. You can do this. Later buddy" So went the last passage in a note sent to me by a man I've considered a mentor in the fire service and a friend in life; meet Mike Abbey. He's salty, jaded and funny as hell, but beneath all of that is a caring soul who continually surprises me with the depth of his heart. He retired from the FD 17 years ago, and I still look to him for guidance and support. So please enjoy a very family-unfriendly conversation peppered with tales of the way it used to be in the fire service with my good friend! *If you'd like to financially support the show you can do so HERE. Thank you!!

  • "My Company Is Weird As S**t" - A Conversation With Noel Boyer
    by Uli Gulje on June 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    He believes in the power of karma, is a multi-award winning tree climbing champion and the owner of a thriving small business that continues to see rapid growth every year; meet Noel Boyer.  Noel has gone from what he called a "branch manager" (stuffing limbs into a chipper) all the way to spending time in Washington DC to advocate for safety standards and other legislative issues around the arboriculture industry. He's one helluva fascinating guy, so tune in for this interview, but be warned.....it's got that good ol' strong language I love so well!  *if you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • "I Just Can't Quit"; A Conversation With Roddy Yocum
    by Uli Gulje on June 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Roddy Yocum is many things: former railroad engineer, tornado survivor, independent raconteur and a stroke survivor as well. Today he joins me to talk about aphasia, and his journey to healing and rebuilding his neural pathways so he could speak and read again. Make no mistake, though....he's still the feisty rooster he's always been, and that tough, never-give-up spirit is what makes his journey so memorable. Please enjoy the show.  Dallas Jones joins in for a Jason Isbell recording at 25:30 If you'd like to support the show financially, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • A Month's Sabbatical & Mental Health
    by Uli Gulje on June 14, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    SO, it's been 34 days since our last show, and while there are myriad reasons, the main one was this: a fire call gone bad in terms of my health, both physical and mental. Today is a monologue going over what it looks like in my own mind and how I hope to return to a full "fit for duty" capacity in the fire dept. with an eye on retirement in the near future. Some beautiful music by my friend Brandon Moore goes along with the show, and we'll return to interviews next week. Thank you for listening! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE I appreciate all the love and support!

  • Bumblin' Around With Butler
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    In today's installment of the show I'm joined by Jeff Butler where we meander around a wide range of subjects from the recent Roe v. Wade turmoil to Ukraine to our wildly different opinions of a band. All of this takes place over some SBC and Trophy Brewing beers, so you know it's gonna be a good time. Enjoy the show! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • "Don't Be The Story"....The Jonah Kaplan Interview
    by Uli Gulje on May 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Way back in the day I had the privilege of meeting Jonah Kaplan on the hockey rink when he was drafted to the Firefighter's team. He had moved to Springfield to work at KSPR as a reporter, one rung on the ladder of a news journalist's journey. He has interviewed the likes of President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and countless others on his way to winning multiple awards. Most recently he was reporting from North Carolina, and before he begins the next chapter he offered up some of his time to catch up. I've missed my friend, and even from a distance, it was so good to catch up. Please enjoy the show! If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • "My Card Got Declined At The Therapist"....a quick chat with Britt
    by Uli Gulje on April 19, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Brittney Lumos is the host of the podcast "Bitchin' With Brittney" and also one of my close friends who's currently living up in Kansas City. She was down in the 417 for Easter and we ended up recording a half hour of our mutual idiocy and thoughts on different shows, pet peeves and the like. Tune in for a short time, if at least a good time! If you'd like to support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

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