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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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  • "I Like The Swerves".....A Conversation With Kelsey Pearsall
    by Uli Gulje on January 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    From what she thought was gonna be a crush on Ken Burns to feeling like she was "too squirrelly to serve tables", Kelsey Pearsall is one of the most unique and thoughtful guests and people I've ever met. She's curious about life, and in between satiating her thirst for more knowledge and being a full-time mom to Winnie, she sat down to talk about UFO's, thoughts on the educational system and feeling left-behind by technology as it evolves. It was a great hour with someone I feel fortunate to call my friend. Enjoy!

  • The Big Boozy, Condensed....Behind The Beer With Lear
    by Uli Gulje on January 17, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    This Behind The Beer With Lear was gonna be a beaut; she had all the makings of a meetup of wild minds. Mr. Larry Phillips and Mr. David Hernandez joined us, with Dave bringing some real heavy hitters, and let me tell you...they were delicious. But the audio got messy after the first half hour, so this is a CONDENSED version of the show, with only the first three highlighted: 1. Cafe Kola by Treehouse Brewing Co. 2. 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island 3. Strawberry Jelly Donut Even More Jesus by Evil Twin Brewing.  All contributed to a great time, and we'll do it all again shortly. In the meantime....cheers!  

  • Under The Tower W/Tyler, pt. 2...A Conversation With Tyler Hoke
    by Uli Gulje on January 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    In Part 2 of this interview, Tyler Hoke of Lost Signal Brewing Co. expresses his frustrations with a particular kettle sour, and I am frustrated with the audio quality of this show. There was a minor issue, and rather than re-record the show is worth keeping and listening to, because Tyler goes into greater detail with regards to his processes and thoughts on beers in general.  Enjoy this episode, and thanks again to Tyler for taking the time! *you can financially support the show HERE

  • Under The Tower W/ Tyler, pt. 1.....A Conversation With Tyler Hoke
    by Uli Gulje on January 11, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    "If I can't make money, why don't I lose money?"......and that's only PART of the conversation I had with Tyler Hoke, the owner/operator and head brewer of Lost Signal Brewing Co. here in Springfield. In this first of a two-part interview, Tyler and I discuss his path into the brewing world, the value of marketing and the history of the radio station that he turned into a brewery and bbq joint. He gives his thoughts on how Guinness is simply a "black Bud Light" and we concur on the maligning of so-called "girlie-drinks", which are frankly delicious.  If you want to support the show, you can do so HERE

  • Clickbait, Poopgate & You
    by Uli Gulje on January 7, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Julie Wilson hails from a long line of media outlets.....from improv to anchoring the news to local radio personality, she has seen some of the best, the worst and funniest stuff people are out here doing. Spend an hour with us as we go over Y2K, attitudes towards COVID, working in North Carolina, the Royal Family & Poopgate. Cheers! If you want to support the show, you can HERE

  • Who Are You 2022? A Monologue
    by Uli Gulje on January 4, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    SO here we are, we made it to 2022 and for some folks the future is nothing but aces, or so it would seem. But for others it's still a bit gray out there, and it can be a bit confusing without any true sunshine in the periscope as we surface back into reality. But here's the good news! We're still here for each other, the show will still roll on and we will focus on getting one another through each week; that's the goal of this podcast, to help others hear the stories that inspire, give hope and make you laugh. I'll get there too.  So here's my welcome into the New Year. 152 shows to date, nearly 30k downloads and I'm grateful to each and every one of you for taking the ride with me. Cheers! *If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, the link is HERE

  • God's Starting QB....The Rev, Dane & I Get Into Christmas
    by Uli Gulje on December 25, 2021 at 5:08 am

    It's time for the annual "gettin' in the spirit" podcast with The Rev (Jim Oman) and this year Dane Escobar joins in to enjoy some libations to tell stories and get down to one thing: hope. Even in light of catalytic converter theft, COVID and the world feeling like it's half a bubble off, hope still has a place in our lives. Enjoy a sweet chapter in a chaotic year. Merry Christmas, my friends......cheers! Musical interludes by both Bad Religion and the one and only Dane Page

  • Cigarettes & Supertramp....Christmas With Dane & Uli
    by Uli Gulje on December 18, 2021 at 12:01 am

    We're finally back! Dane Escobar and I decided to sit down and discuss some Christmas traditions in lieu of formal requests to Santa. This is a quick and dirty look at a couple of psychos who just wanna share their inane thoughts as we roar into the last gasps of the holiday spirit. Enjoy!

  • You, Me & Sarah Palin...A Conversation With Randy Henderson
    by Uli Gulje on December 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    He's a preeminent real estate photographer here in the Ozarks, capable of all KINDS of photographic wizardry; meet Randy Henderson, born and raised in the northwest, but ending up here in the 417 and living through many adventures along the way. We talk Idaho, our common link with Sarah Palin and, of course, his photographic journey. I hope you get from this what I did: Randy is just a Really Interesting Guy. I enjoyed our time together, and hope you enjoy this show.  Music break- Mike Henderson, "Cleveland" 36:07

  • 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

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