Half Past Awesome2019-11-05T10:36:56-07:00

Alone (you’re not, though)

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

                "You come into the world alone And you go out of the world alone But in between, there's you and me" Trampled By Turtles, "Alone"   The opening chords and lyrics are slow, methodical, like a morning alarm clock building the momentum [...]

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Shot Of Soul Java

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction|

"When the Empath & Narcissist enter into a relationship together, it creates a magnetic, yet dysfunctional union because the Empath gives to the point of complete & utter exhaustion. Profoundly disoriented, the Empath is often destroyed by the relationship. This experience is painful & overwhelming but ultimately the Empath undergoes [...]

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Walkens Welcome

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"never half-ass two things; whole ass one thing" ron swanson, "parks & Rec" One of many marvelous aspects of being a lunatic on a creative tear is that you can come up with all kinds of ideas that make sense to no one else but are crystal clear to your [...]

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Drawn To The Fire

February 5th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"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" New firehouse, new crew, new shift and yet another new chapter in life. The last 19 months in the last fire station were a mellow [...]

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Third Gear

January 26th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

"You and I both know that the house is haunted/ and you and I both know that the ghost is me" -Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed"   "You're actually getting in better shape. What are you doing different?" These words from a friend at the gym who has known me long [...]

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Dry Me A River

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

“I don't see you through the windshield/  I don't see you in faces looking back at me/  Alcohol doesn't have much that matters to say/  Can't imagine where you and time to kill will stay” -Uncle Tupelo,  “Still Be Around” The holidays have come and gone, and in a dozen [...]

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December 1st, 2017|Categories: Less Lardass|

"Who are you if not the one I met?"  -Jason Isbell, "The Life You Chose" From a long list of gibberish I utter about living authentically, one of the most often employed is "we teach people how to treat us." It's a great one from the quiver, and it's usually [...]

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A Split Second Of Grace

November 18th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs|

  "Death keeps no calendar"  (English proverb) Scared? I've never been so scared. I have never been so scared in 17 years on the department. I have never been so scared in all my life. Today, I found out just how scared I can get. We say "I almost died [...]

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The Best Of You

November 12th, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Eight months. It's been eight long months since last I wrote you, and even then the posts have been about the crazyscary aspects of The Job, and very little about the soul. Essays from times in the recent past have focused on the hard journey towards love (like these old [...]

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  • Drinks With The Food Scientist: A Conversation With Dylan Page
    by Uli Gulje on January 24, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    My friend Dylan Page is not only a regular up at 4 By 4 Brewing Co., he's a food scientist by trade and a passionate experimental cook. He stopped by the House Of Distinguished Rogues to share some beer from his native North Carolina and spend some time talking about growing up there, how he ended up in the 417, thoughts on NASCAR, other sports about which I know nothing and his own journey in life. Enjoy an easy, fun hour with a great guy!

  • guns, GUns, GUNS! A Conversation On The 2nd Amendment With Kevin McCoy
    by Uli Gulje on January 18, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Along with politics and religion, discussions around firearms and Second Amendment are among the most divisive conversations to have. Without pretending to have any answers, I sat down with my friend and 2A enthusiast Kevin McCoy for a long form “debate” on various sides of the issue. Kevin is well informed, rational and willing to drill down into a controversial topic, and over some 4 By 4 Brewing Company​ Black IPA’s we tackle it for a while.

  • It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time: A Conversation With Dane Escobar
    by Uli Gulje on January 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" is a podcast by my good friend Dane Escobar, and after a short hiatus, he's relaunching that bad rooster, and asked me to be his first guest. I was happy to do it, and a nearly two hour conversation later we got it all on the table. *WARNING* SUPER FOUL LANGUAGE AND STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT....so you've been warned. From my impressions to death-row meals to the best bar of being a beertender, we cover it all, and I think you'll have a laugh or two. Cheers!

  • Andy The Giant: A Conversation With The Co-Host Of The Springfood, Mo Podcast
    by Uli Gulje on January 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    He's the co-host and tireless researcher behind the popular "Springfood, MO" podcast as well as one of the smoothest voices out there in podcast-land. Andy Karr is a friend of mine who has been very generous in terms of sharing his wealth of knowledge and journey into what it takes to put out a show. He also has a new chapter he's facing personally and reached out to tell a touchingly beautiful, scary and honest scenario. It's the first show of 2020, and while there's heartbreak and the fear of the unknown behind it, Andy tells his very authentic tale in a way that will inspire hope. Please enjoy!

  • It's An Event, Not A Destination: A Christmas Conversation With The Rev
    by Uli Gulje on December 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    It's the second annual Christmas show with our favorite spiritual guide, Jim Oman. Today we sit down to talk about the meanings of the season as a new beginning as opposed to just one day. Along the way we give consideration to putting down the partisan swords for just a moment to see the best in all of us. Please enjoy the last show of 2019, and thank you for being here along the way!

  • There's Something In Your Teeth: A Conversation With Jeff Houghton
    by Uli Gulje on December 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    From his humble beginnings in Iowa to an internship at the David Letterman Show where he practiced the art of opening doors for the talent, Jeff Houghton has lead a life that follows his passion. He's gone from the Skinny Improv here in Springfield to hosting a talk show in multiple markets, The Mystery Hour, garnering nationally recognized guests and critical acclaim. In this long-form interview, he talks about his beginnings, to his ideas about us raising a ghost baby and a silent cold war with Taco Bell. Be sure to catch his rendition of "All I Want For Christmas" and enjoy some hilarity along the way!

  • "Not Pretty Enough To Be Abducted": A Conversation With Tiffany Kuschmeader
    by Uli Gulje on December 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    "Comparison is the thief of joy".....a message that Tiffany Kuschmeader endorses whole-heartedly in her daily life. Not only is she a Physician's Assistant, mother to two girls and pregnant with child, wife and all around humorist, Tiffany is also credited with being the support mechanism behind Küat Racks in its infancy and beacon of hope for Luke. In an era where relationships can last as long as a lunar cycle, Tiffany dives into the chemistry that's kept hers so strong, the things that crack her up, and growing up in a less-than-traditional household. Enjoy and hour over waxy donuts and coffee with my friend!

  • Ok, Boomer: A Conversation With My Son Mason
    by Uli Gulje on December 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    It's harder and harder for us to relate as we age to those who are younger and younger.....and being a parent makes that trouble double. Today my oldest son Mason was eager to slip the headphones on and give me some 16yr. old perspective on his life online. Tune in for an entertaining hour with the kid who made me a dad. Cheers!  

  • De Nada, Sydadre! A Conversation With Corey and Sidney Johnson
    by Uli Gulje on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 am

    This musical duo has more than great chops together, they exude a soul and chemistry that really pronounces their connection. And that shouldn't be a surprise....Corey Johnson teamed up with his daughter to create Sydadre, a high energy musical force that allows him to not only spend quality time as a family, but really showcases their particular brand of quality musicianship. Sydney's vocals pair beautifully with her father's journeyman work on the guitar and microphone to create some truly beautiful music. Take some time to hear how Sydadre came to be; enjoy an hour of conversation with my friends Sydney and Corey Johnson!

  • Rack It Up To Quality....A Conversation With Luke Kuschmeader
    by Uli Gulje on November 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Chances are if you've ever rode a bike, hauled a bike or crashed a bike you've heard of Küat bike racks; from an idea and a pole barn to being in 15 international markets and being a part of the 2011 Men's Journal "Gear Of The Year", this company has been helmed by Luke Kuschmeader, a man of vision and ideas and an apparent aversion to the spotlight. Despite being one of the 2018 "40 Under 40" as designated in the Springfield Business Journal, Luke is a quiet, humble and remarkably kind person, and his company reflects his values. He's a serial entrepreneur who was willing to sit down for an hour over some kombucha and coffee and give me a glimpse into the history of Küat Innovations and narrate it's growth path. He's funny, he's sharp and I'm luck to call him a friend. Enjoy an hour of his mindset! Website: Küat Facebook: Küat Racks