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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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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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  • 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. 

  • The Regal Legal Beagle Eagle.....A Conversation With Doug Carter
    by Uli Gulje on August 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    He makes a mean biscuits & gravy meal, has a fear of crossing bridges at night and is one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet. Doug Carter is an attorney, an aficionado of Yacht Rock and a dear friend of mine. Today on the show we talk about stuff you should know, legally.....ie: your estate, what probate is and why Air Supply should be played at your wedding. Along the way he tells of his path towards a career in the law while I enjoy some box wine.  Please enjoy the show!

  • A Degenerate's Delight....A Conversation With Shawn Washburn
    by Uli Gulje on August 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    He's the owner of local hot spot breakfast pub "Early Bird", teller of tall tales and a man who once got tipped a boat by a loyal customer. Tune into this hour and a half of life in the restaurant industry complete with cocktails. Cheers! If you like the show you can support it here: https://bit.ly/UliWhoPatreon

  • Hup, Erik, Hup!
    by Uli Gulje on July 11, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    It's time for a reunion of friends on the podcast! Today I get a chance to talk to one of my closest friends of 35yrs., Mr. Erik Van Wingerden; we met as freshmen at Cate School, a college prep boarding school in Carpinteria, Ca., and have remain bonded since then, even when we don't see each other for years at a time. I really enjoyed his visit to The Ozarks, and appreciated him taking the time to sit down and ramble with an old friend. Music on the break is by none other than Mr. Bob Marley, a little "One Love" in keeping with Erik's take on life! Cheers! Find the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, wherever you're downloading shows; if you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing and leaving a review.  If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Lassoed Joy....A Conversation w/ Jeff & Kelly
    by Uli Gulje on June 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Oh boy.....the phenomenon of Ted Lasso has left the building and if you're a fan you're likely as bummed as us that it's happened. Today I sit down with my friends Kelly Cardin and Jeff Butler to dissect one of the best shows ever to hit the airwaves.  Along the way, we talk about Cormac McCarthy's passing, rage Tweeting, Jason Isbell's new album and Jeff's desire to constantly divide his fire crew's loyalties. It's a fun one....enjoy! Music on the break provided by the one & only Jason Isbell, "King Of Oklahoma" from his latest album "Weathervanes". I do not own the copyright to this music.  If you're enjoying the show, please consider subscribing and leaving a review.  If you'd like to •financially• support the show you can do so HERE. Thank you!

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