The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 1 · 2 years ago

#DaytonStrong - Coming to Terms with Tragedy

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

It’s now been almost 2 weeks since a mass shooter invoked his will onto my hometown of Dayton, OH. And it’s given me a lot to process.

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Hey everybody! Welcome back to thebasement, lounge, I'm your hostmike Shay! This is a little bit of a unusual h episode. Thisis not a regular episode of the Basement Lounge, but this is. I wantedto talk about something very important, so the basement lounge premiered lastweek, Monday August fifth and I was actually out of town when the premierhappened. I had gotten everything recorded and edited and uploaded wellahead of time and let the episodes drop. While I was on vacation, I was campingin the middle of the woods, Um and dduring the time between when I leftfor my camping trip and when the show's dropped. As you all heard. By now,there was a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the town that I currently callhome...

...and UH. It was devastating to say the least Iwas I was five hours away. I was unaware what was going on until thevery next morning when I received numerous phone calls and text messages andfacebook messages from friends of mine who were who wereconcerned. They knew I lived in Dayton. They didn't necessarily know that I wasout of town and they wanted to make sure that I was okay, and I appreciatethat Um. At that point, I began frantically making phone calls andsending out TEX messages of my own crowing through facebook googling,seeing what I could find out, because once I found out the name of the BarNed peppers, I immediately began to freak out for acouple of different reasons, and so my brother and his girlfriend live rightabove where the shooting took place.

They live right above that bar wack.They live. They live across the street in an apartment facing that bar, butessentially right above the bar. They live right. There um my friend Haley J Madison, who we hadon the show. Last week we had her on throw one back and we had her on whenthe show was Mike talks funny with her pod Casco host hunter when they weretalking about their show, murder and such hale is a bar tender at Nedpeppers andHailey was bartending the night that this happened. She was there when theshooting took place, Um and then also my friend, afraid ofthe show Aaron r Ryan, who, as was on Mike talksfunny she was in my film vanishing point. She was at the bar that nighttoo. She actually left- maybe thirty minutes before maybe anhour before the shooting took place sose. She missed it by just that muchUm, but not to mention that Wiley is thecomedy club that I' frequent is right...

...around the corner. From that peppers, Ihad just been down there for drinks myself a couple of days beforehand. TheOregon district is kind of this grand oasis of the Dayton area, bars andclubs and music venues and shops, and restaurants and housing. There'severyone goes to the origon district. It is a special place to the people ofDayton and so for this kind of thing to happen, justnot even twenty four hours after the shooting an elpasso taxes in Dayton, Ohio, which is a very smallcity, it's not a big metro area. You know we're sandwich between columpusand Cincinnati, which are much bigger metropolitan areas, Dayton's kind of asmall town by comparison for this kind of thing to happen, really h really took our city for, for, for you know...

...it's it. Dayton has had a very rough summer. It started off when we had back in May.We had a K, K, K rally, happen, downtown an org chapter of the KKK orchapter whatever the Hell Yo Sec, whatever the fucking word is Um got a permit to do a a rally in ourdowntown area, which was a whole ordeal Um. Four days later, we had the Memorial Day Tornado disaster, which iswhen we had fifteen tornadoes toucheddown in the Dayton area onmemorial, day Um and then now this and Dayton, as haddateness out of rough summer, we've been through a lot, but the thing that that's reallystemmed from all this is right. Now, there's there's this hashtag, hat circulating, Hashtag, daton...

...strong, and this actually started when the memorial dates. Tornadoeshappened, Hashtag date and strong andit's. It's something that as much as my city has been through. Iam immensely proud of what I've seen, because as much negativity is out in the worldas many dumb fucking people are out there in the world who want to stirshit and start up start up hatred and spread violence, and, and that kind ofthing I I've, never quite seen a city stand as resiliently as I have Dayton,Ohio. I've lived here for for four or five years now, not a long time, and this most recent incident reallyhelped me understand and realize just how much Ilove this city and how proud of it. I am because this city came together so hard whenthe KK K showed up this city rallied...

...like crazy to protest this hateorganization, when the tornadoes hit this whole area, people banded togetherin droves, to help each other out to to donate their time, thrtheir their money,their food, whatever they had to donit. They donated it and now, with with Thi with theshooting, I mean there was a. There was a c. There was a vigil in downtown thevery next night in the organ district and and people just just showed up andmass Um, then lots of breweries and bars aroundtown have been doing fund raizor organizations you know expecting tobring in maybe ten thousand dollars ended up bringing in like fiftythousand dollars. People are just being so generous with their time and theirlove, an ND and whatever they can be, and it makes me so proud to be a partof this community, and I I hate that it...

...took something so vile and awful tomake me realize how much I really did love this city, but I do love it.Dayton has been very good to me in my family and to my friends, and I again Ihate that it took something this horrible for me to realize how much Ilove this city, but I really do now. There's a lot of rhetoric beingtossed around by everybody myself included about you,know, gun laws an and and how to stop thingslike this from happening and all all. I can really come up withat this point and I'm not here to push an agenda on this. I just really wantedto get some feelings off my chest about what went down Um. It's it's hard forme to put words into what I'm feeling I don't know if it's because I was outof town and kind of disconnected from...

...everything I don't know if it's some weird form ofsurvivor's guilt, because I wasn't around to witness any of it Um. My heart is absolutely broken for thefamilies of the nine people who were killed and the H K. It was like thirty who werewho were wounded I'm. I know that I am incredibly lucky incredibly lucky that nobody, I know,was hurt, but at the same time, people that Iknow were definitely affected by whathappened either, because they were down there to bear witness to it or becausethey lost someone in their life. One of the young men who died a youngman named Logan was good friends with a lot of people Iknow and that I'm close to, and so their hearts are absolutely broken atthe loss of Logan and my heart breaks for them Um,...

...and it's it's just it's such a weirdfeeling. I it's hard for me to really process what I'm dealing with right now, Um andwhat's going through my head in my heart, Umit's, something that I findmyself thinking about constantly it's something I find myself constantly,not just wanting to talk about but needing to talk about, even if I'msaying the same things different people, it's just it's just I I can't get overthe feelings that I'm having right now over what happened, and I di not even be able to really put towords exactly what I'm feeling is so frustrating 'cause. It's it's one thing for me to be dealingwith with clinical depression 'cause. I know what I'm feeling there a'm feelingangry and I'm feeling sad and I'm feeling lost. I can put words to it. You know if I go. If, if I meet a girl and and go outof date- and it goes well, I know that...

I'm feeling happy and I'm feelingoptimistic. You know, but this I I don't know what I'm feeling aboutthis. I mean yes, there's anger and yes, there is sadness and frustration, butthere's there's some other kind of feeling, and I I don't know what it isor how to processior put words to it, but either way. I want to thank everyone listening if you're one of the people who reachedout to check on me, I I appreciate it more than you can possibly understandUm to my friends who were there when this happened. I'm I amimmensely grateful that you're still here and that you're OK, but also tothe people out there listening if you or someone you know, was affected bythis directly or indirectly just know...

...that for what it's worth, my heart isabsolutely broken for you and I can't imagine what you're going through rightnow- and I know it's- you know bit of a modern Cliche to say, thoughtsand prayers, and things like that, and I wish I had more to offer at this time. I just don't, but I do send my thoughts and prayersto you and everyone out there and with that being said, Um. Please take the time, while you're here,to check out the other programming that we have. We have a new episode of thebasement, lounge dropping on Friday with Amy James. I have another specialepisode recapping my vacation coming up here soon, Um lots more stuff coming on the basement,Landes we go forward and, as everyone else is saying, right now, Hash Tagdateand strong. It is a thing, and it does mean something because Dayton hasproven once again with everything that...

...we've had to endure this summer, thatwe really and truly are one of the best cities H on o in thecountry. Despite what the the crime statistics may say, the heart of Dayton, Ohio is unbeatable and like with everythingelse, we will work past this. We will overcome this. We will not let hate andviolence keep us down, we will get back up and we will keep pushing forward.

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