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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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Funktown

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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  • One In 7 Billion: A Conversation With Amy Hietter
    by Uli Gulje on September 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She was the marketing director for the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre and has participated in painstaking french-fry photo shoots; Amy Hietter has worn many hats and seen many challenges in life, but manages to have one of the most sunny dispositions you've ever encountered. She currently works as the CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) for 7 Billion Ones, who's vision is "to change the world - through people and their stories. As an ongoing movement we exist to document and share stories to connect and empower people". She certainly fulfills the role well, and was more than happy to share her own story with me on the show. Please tune in for a fun hour with an awesome individual!

  • Love Is An Action Word: A Conversation With Dustin Rich
    by Uli Gulje on September 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    He was a coworker of mine who's never lived outside of Springfield City limits with degrees in math and physics; a father and stepfather, Dustin Rich never envisioned that he'd be a widow at 33, his beloved wife Ali having been taken by the vicious nature of cervical cancer. This long form podcast brought me to tears, as Dustin describes in vivid detail his and Ali's journey through cancer and their lives both before and during treatment. There are a few laughs between friends here, but it is one of the most gut-wrenching conversations I've had. Please tune in to hear one of my good friends tell his story. Thank you.&nbs

  • Part 2: Sex In The 41City
    by Uli Gulje on August 30, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    *Strong Language. Strong Sexual Content. NSFW* What's it like to date if you work in the sex industry? How do you get gigs out of town? Did you know that if you take your heels off at a strip club in Oklahoma it's considered prostitution? In the next chapter with Adria, we delve into the actual work of the sex industry and what it takes to survive and thrive in this secretive business. We also talk about the "field trip" we took after the first interview to a local club, a dive bar of dubious character.&nbs

  • Sex In The 41City: A Conversation With Adria
    by Uli Gulje on August 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    With a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Linguistics, she's fluent in American Sign Language, speaks passable Italian and was raised in a religious cult; she's also a sex worker who is tireless in her beliefs and efforts towards shattering the stigmas surround people who work in the sex industry. In this very sex-positive conversation, Adria sits down with me over some tequila and opened up about her upbringing, her ethics and how she ended up working in the business. It's a very long (2hr.) interview with one of the most honest and open people I've had the opportunity to get to know. Please take the time to hear her story in Part 1 of the show.&nbs

  • Into The Musical Circles With Molly Healey
    by Uli Gulje on August 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She has played at Burning Man, is trained in the classical genre and has written not one, but TWO songs about tuberculosis; Molly Healey is a tour de force of musical talent, and when not playing with her own band, or the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils or putting out albums, she can be found silently composing her next songs. Enjoy an hour of her backstory and some live music as she delves into her writing process, her background and the one thing we both have in common...having both been in high school productions of "West Side Story". She's an incredibly talented and gracious individual and I am grateful she spent some time here at The House Of Distinguished Rogues to let us into her world! Cheers!

  • Survival: Tammy's Story Of Strength
    by Uli Gulje on August 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    What started out as a random date quickly turned into sharing one of the most harrowing tales of survival I've ever heard. Shot seven times and left to die at the hand of her own mother-in-law, Tammy not only lived to tell the tale, she's rebuilt her life and continues to thrive as a mother, professional and powerhouse of resilience in the face of domestic abuse. In light of the heartbreaking headlines recently, a story of survival might just give some hope to those who need to hear it most. Please take a moment to take in this most serious of subjects. Thank you.&nbs

  • Ox & Friends: A Conversation With Kaitlin
    by Uli Gulje on August 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    She's hilarious and delivers a mean six-pack of mini-meisters; Kaitlin Oxenreider sat down with me at The House Of Distinguished Rogues for an hour to discuss a wide variety of wild topics, including her obsession with John Goodman, her love of pickles and her role as an owner/manager of Pappo's Pizzeria South here in Springfield. It gets boozy, as I introduce her to my infamous gin & tonics and she gets me to sample some Jagermeister, against my better judgement. Tune in for some laughs, mostly at my expense. Cheers!

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Vol. 4
    by Uli Gulje on July 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    In this episode, Ryan, AJ & I delve into 4 beers that couldn't be more dissimilar; Ryan gives you the technical aspects, I give you the everyman perspective. We also wax idiotic about Deviled Eggs as a palate cleanser, the Sugarfoot Incident, some dude named Terry, and whether or not "Auto-Brewery Syndrome" is a real thing. Tune in for a long dive into some pretty nerdy beer stuff. Cheers!

  • Living In The Grey: A Conversation About Relationships With Katie
    by Uli Gulje on July 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Let's get personal with a conversation with my close friend Katie about relationships, why we look for attention in the wrong places, guys with flatbill hats and goatees and my mild melatonin addiction. Tune in for an hour of some seriously open discussion with few boundaries. Tune in!&nbs

  • The (Mat) Best Of Times: A Conversation With My Brother
    by Uli Gulje on July 9, 2019 at 11:20 am

    With over 1.6 million followers on Facebook, 712k followers on Instagram and a book that recently debuted #1 on Amazon, Mat Best has amassed an impressive following; he is also the co-founder/co-owner of Leadslingers Whiskey, Article 15 Clothing and Black Rifle Coffee Company and created the movie Range 15. All of this followed his time spent as on several deployments as an Army Ranger and work as a contractor overseas. Also? He's my little brother. Tune in as I take a peek at the man behind the story, a kid with five older brothers who is enjoying the fruits of his time in the service while contributing back to the community in ever more creative ways as a veteran and entrepreneur.&nbs