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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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  • A Great Dane Experience
    by Uli Gulje on December 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Dane Page is a phenomenally talented and gentle soul who was carved out a beautiful niche on the North Carolina music scene. Today he joins the podcast to spread his particular flavor of heartfelt and soulful tunes that leaves you to wonder....where's this guy been all my life? We explore his music, his journey and that which makes up his beautiful catalogue.  Musical Time Stamps: Selma - 00:10- 03:35 Waltz - 33:43-36:48 Lonely December - 01:05:55 - 01:08:09

  • Hustlin' In House Shoes....A Conversation With Misty McIntosh
    by Uli Gulje on November 27, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    From making mustard to making home ownership a reality for folks across The Ozarks, Misty McIntosh brings her infectious laughter and unparalleled work ethic to every encounter. She's constantly sharpening her axe of knowledge and leadership and the most recent endeavor is as the Director for the local NAACP Youth Chapter here in the 417. If anyone can make the kinds of important strides towards a healthier and more diverse community, Misty can, and she'll do it with all of her amazing heart and passion. Enjoy this conversation with an incredible soul!

  • Fast Fingers & An Old Soul: A Conversation With Randy Buckner
    by Uli Gulje on November 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    He's a neighbor of mine, having grown up in this hood and spending most of his life here, but Randy Buckner is a complex package in a disarming disguise. He first picked up a guitar at age 9 and STILL feels the joy of tearing up the strings in the style of Merle Travis today as when he began. I've enjoyed our porchside chats, but had no idea he was such a talented musician until the day Dallas Jones told me: "You know that guy, Randy, who just walked by? One of the best guitarists in the whole area." He's so humble and kind and I just never knew that, so it's been a true pleasure getting to know such a wonderful soul. Enjoy!

  • Mueller Men Of Steel...A Convo With Jon & Clayton
    by Uli Gulje on November 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Jon Sprenger and Clayton Andrew are both employees of Paul Mueller, a Springfield based stainless steel processing equipment. What does that mean to us? Well, these are the guys who meet with brewery owners around the country and help design and sell the equipment that makes the liquid libations that soothe our souls. Along the way, they build relationships that transcend standard business practices and foster some really great interactions. They know steel, beer, and how to make you laugh along the way. Please enjoy this look into the world of these men of steel!

  • Where Did You Go?
    by Uli Gulje on November 6, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    In a text exchange with my friend and fantastic songwriter Dallas Jones, he was encouraging me to forge on positively after a separation, to which I responded with one his own lyrics, stating "I'm gonna put a for sale sign in my heart" and he laughingly sent back the next line "I know puttin' out the sign is the hardest part"; then when I showed up to his next show, he lead with that song. What a guy. But it opened up the question....."where did you go?", and not in terms of the other person, but who YOU are. It's been a challenging time, and I thought I might just sit down with you over a few songs and explain my thoughts of late. I hope you get something from it.....cheers!

  • A Sense Of F**kery....A Conversation With Shea Compton
    by Uli Gulje on October 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Shea Compton is the introverted badass owner of Quad Paws Dog Training and a lover of 4 By 4 IPA's. I'd see her come in with her canine clients and could see the results over time of the work she was putting in, so of course I was intrigued. After an invite to the show, she showed up in her large transporter van, ready to ramble and loaded for bear, and let me tell you.....what a ride! In this VERY EXPLICIT conversation, I learned just how witty and hilarious this quiet soul can be when she chooses to trust you. Lotsa cursing, lotsa inappropriate talk and a great story.....enjoy this conversation with Shea!

  • Holdin' Fast With Carol & Susan McLeod
    by Uli Gulje on October 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Carol & Susan McLeod are a couple of sisters who opened "Hold Fast Brewing" in an old firehouse here in Springfield, Missouri. I was friends with Susan before it ever opened and that, combined with the notion of them opening a brewery in THE VERY FIRST FIREHOUSE TO WHICH I WAS ASSIGNED, made it inevitable that they'd get on the show with a story to tell. They love beer, bourbon and storytelling, so buckle up for a great time with two powerhouses of the 417. 

  • Guest Episode: Bitchin' With Brittney
    by Uli Gulje on October 6, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    My good friend Brittney Lumos has started a podcast called "Bitchin' With Brittney" and she came back to Springfield to visit friends, get some ink and popped into the studio to record an episode. She's got something to say to you about just about everything, and dammit, you're gonna listen! We enjoy some Dane Page music and Crank Arm Brewing beers as well as the Crazy For Swayze Hazy. Enjoy an hour with one badass mujer!

  • Larry, Beer & Lear, North Carolina Edition
    by Uli Gulje on September 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    After visiting North Carolina and hitting 26 breweries in 6 days with some friends, I thought it was time to crack some open with my friends Ryan and Larry. Tune into another episode of "Behind The Beer With Lear" for their takes on some delicious beers and some music on the break by our guide's brother, Mr. Dane Page.  Cheers!

  • The Afghanistan Situation W/ Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on August 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    The extrication from Afghanistan has seemed, from a lay-person's point of view, to be a mess at best. Today Jeff Butler sits down over some gin & tonics to shed some perspective and light on a very difficult situation, and give some possible explanations. It's not ALL somber news, however....we DO discuss the latest developments in our favorite show Ted Lasso as well. Please enjoy this conversation with a very intelligent soul.

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