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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 Conservative In The Age Of The Bully....A Conversation With Justin Hollis
    by Uli Gulje on January 29, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    What's a rational conservative to do in the Trump Era, where bullying is the norm and facts are massaged to fit your narrative? Well, that's what Justin Hollis and I began to explore as two friends landing on different sides of the line who actually have more in common than not. In this first episode we talk about modern politics as little more than professional wrestlin'. Enjoy the show, with a musical interlude from my good friend Brandon Moore

  • Possums & Pole Dancing....A Conversation With Dani Tea
    by Uli Gulje on January 19, 2024 at 7:02 pm

    Born in Veracruz, Mexico and having traveled quite a bit in her early years, Dani Tea brings a creative flavor to the 417 in a pioneering way. She's the owner/operator of Springfield Aerial Fitness, having brought "the circus arts" to the area in 2016. She's a passionate performer, a tireless advocate and has a deep and abiding love for possums and EDM music. Please enjoy an conversation with my good friend, and as she would say....."stop hating on people out there trying"

  • Grocery Store Romance & Other Things; Butler's Hot Takes
    by Uli Gulje on January 5, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Your favorite guest and one of mine, Jeff Butler, is back with a year-end wrap up for 2023 wherein we cover it all; from politics national and international to the fans of Taylor Swift to his novella "The Ahavah Decision" no stone is left unturned. Along the way we get silly on white wine and cocktails and discover our tenuous connection to the band "The Highwomen" and Jeff's love of all things bougie.  Break song provided by Zach Bryan*  *I do not own the copyrights to this song, but I DID buy it!

  • "I Smell Nothing"....A Conversation With The Worm
    by Uli Gulje on December 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Brady Wormington, aka "The Worm", is a former coworker, musician and one of the more interesting cats I've met. If anything, his stories about international travel will be enough to get your passport renewed! Enjoy a longer episode of the show, thanks for tuning in!

  • 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. 

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