The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 1 · 3 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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Basement Lounge. I'm your host, Mike Shay. This is a little bit of an unusual episode. This is not a regular episode of the Basement Lounge, but this is I wanted to talk about something very important. So the basement lounge premiered last week, Monday August five, and I was actually out of town when the premier happened. I had gotten everything recorded and edited and uploaded well ahead of time and let the episodes drop while I was on vacation. I was camping in the middle of the woods and dirt during the time between when I left for my camping trip and when the show's dropped. And as you all have heard by now, there was a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the town that I currently call home, and it was devastating,...

...to say the least. I was I was five hours away. I was unaware what was going on until the very next morning when I received numerous phone calls and text messages and facebook messages from friends of mine who were who were concerned. They knew I lived in Dayton, they didn't necessarily know that I was at a town and they wanted to make sure that I was okay and I appreciate that. At that point I began frantically making phone calls and sending out text messages of my own, scrolling through facebook, googling, seeing what I could find out, because once I found out the name of the Bar Ned peppers, I immediately began to freak out for a couple different reasons. And so my brother and his girlfriend live right above where the shooting took place. They live right above that bar. Well, actual they live up.

They live across the street in an apartment facing that bar, but essentially right above the bar. They live right there. My friend Hayley J Madison, who we had on the show last week. We had her on throw one back and we had her on when the show was Mike talks funny with her podcast cohost hunter when they were talking about their show murder and such. Haley is a bartender at ned peppers and Haley was bartending the night that this happened. She was there when the shooting took place. And then also my friend friend of the show, Aaron R Ryan, who has was on Mike talks funny. She was in my film vanishing point. She was at the bar that night to she actually left maybe thirty minutes before, maybe an hour before, the shooting took place, so she missed it by just that much. But not not to mention that while he's, the comedy club that I...

...frequent is right around the corner from that peppers. I had just been down there for drinks myself a couple days beforehand. The Oregon district is kind of this grand oasis of the Dayton area. Bars and clubs and music venues and shops and restaurants and just housing. There's everyone goes to the Oregon district. It is a special place to the people of Dayton and so for this kind of thing to happen, just not even twenty four hours after the shooting at El Paso Texas, in Dayton, Ohio, which is a very small city. It's not a big metro area. You know. We're sandwiched between Columbus and Cincinnati, which are much bigger metropolitan areas. Dayton's kind of a small town by comparison. For this kind of thing to happen really 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 KKK rally happen downtown and Organ Chapter of the KKKA, or chapter, whatever the Hellyo sect, whatever the fucking word is, got a permit to do a rally in our downtown area, which was a whole ordeal. Four days later we had the Memorial Day Tornado disaster, which is when we had fifteen tornadoes touchdown in the Dayton area on Memorial Day. And then now this, and Dayton's had out dating this had a rough summer. We've been through a lot, but the thing that that's really stemmed from all this is right now there's there's this Hashtag that circulating, Hashtag Day and strong, and this actually...

...started when the the Memorial Day tornadoes happened, Hashtag date and strong, and it's something that, as much as my city has been through, I am immensely proud of what I've seen, because as much negativity is out in the world, as many dumb fucking people are out there in the world who want to stir shit and start up, start up hatred and spread violence and that kind of thing, 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 really helped me understand and realize just how much I love this city and how proud of it I am, because this city came together so hard when the KKK showed up.

This city rallied like crazy to protest this hate organization. When the tornadoes hit this whole area, people banded together in droves to help each other out, to do to donate their time there there, their money, their food, whatever they had to donate, they donated it. And now, with with this, with this shooting. I mean there was a there was a kid, there was a vigil in downtown the very next night in the Oregan district, and and people just just showed up and mass then lots of breweries and bars around town have been doing fund rais or Organizam Zations, you know, expecting to bring in maybe Tenzero, ended up bringing in like Fiftyzero. People are just being so generous with their time and their love and whatever they can be and it makes me so proud to be a part of this community and...

I hate that it took something so vile and awful to make me realize how much I really did love this city. But I do love it. Dayton has been very good to me and my family and to my friends and I again I hate that it took something this horrible for me to realize how much I loved this city. But I really do now. There's a lot of rhetoric being tossed around by everybody, myself included, about, you know, gun laws and and how to stop things like this from happening and all. All I can really come up with this point and all, I'm not here to push an agenda on this. I just really wanted to get some feelings off my chest about what went down. It's it's hard for me to put words into what I'm feeling. I don't know if it's because I was out of town and kind of disconnected from everything. I don't know if it's some...

...weird form of survivors guilt because I wasn't around to witness any of it. My heart is absolutely broken for the families of the nine people who were killed and the it was like thirty who are who 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 I know we're definitely affected by what happened, either because they were down there to bear witness to it or because they lost someone in their life. One of the young men who died, a young man named Logan, was good friends with a lot of people I know and that I'm close to, and so their hearts are absolutely broken at the loss of Logan and my heart breaks for them and it's just it's such...

...a weird feeling. I saw it's hard for me to really process what I'm dealing with right now and what's going through my head, in my heart. It's something that I find myself thinking about constantly. It's something I find myself constantly not just wanting to talk about, but needing to talk about, even if I'm saying the same things different people. It's just, it's just I can't get over the feelings that I'm having right now over what happened, and I to not even be able to really put to words exactly what I'm feeling is so frustrating because it's it's one thing for me to be dealing with with clinical depression, because I know what I'm feeling there. I'm feeling angry and I'm feeling sad and I'm feeling lost. I can put words to it. You know, if I go if I meet a girl and go out of dating, it goes well, I know that I'm feeling happy and I'm feeling...

...optimistic, you know, but this, I don't know what I'm feeling about this. I mean, yes, there's anger and yes, there is sadness and frustration, but there's there's some other kind of feeling and I don't know what it is or how to process it or put words to it. But either way, I want to thank everyone listening. If you're one of the people who reached out to check on me, I appreciate it more than you can possibly understand. To my friends who were there when this happened, I'm I am immensely grateful that you're still here and that you're okay. But also to the people out there listening, if you or someone you know was affected by this directly or indirectly, just know that, for what it's worth,...

...my heart is absolutely broken for you and I can't imagine what you're going through right now and I know it's, you know, a bit of a modern cliche to say thoughts and prayers and things like that, and I wish I had more to offer at this time and I just don't. But I do send my thoughts and prayers to you and to everyone out there. And with that being said, please take the time while you're here to check out the other programming that we have. We have a new episode of the Basement Lounge dropping on Friday with Amy James. I have another special episode recapping my vacation coming up here soon. Lots more stuff coming on the basement lounge as we go forward and, as everyone else is saying right now, Hashtag dating strong. It is a thing and it does mean something, because Dayton has proven once again, with everything that we've had to endure this summer, that we...

...really and truly are one of the best cities in the country. Despite what the the crime statistics may say, the heart of date and Ohio is unbeatable and, like with everything else, we will work past this. We will overcome this. We will not let hate and violence keep us down. We will get back up and we will keep pushing forward.

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