The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 34 · 2 years ago

Gratitude: Joey Craig - The Basement Lounge: EP #34


Throughout the month of March, I'm showing gratitude to everyone who's been supporting this show through Patreon & Anchor. 

 This week, I'm shouting out Joey Craig, a long time friend and fearless individual.

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Joey Craig

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Hey guys, this is Mike and Before we get the show started, I wanted to let you know that you can now join the basement lounge team by supporting the show on Patreon. Right now we have a one dollar tier that is so full of cool rewards you'd be a fool to pass it up. Just go to patreoncom slash basement lounge pod to sign up right away. And now on with the show. Hey guys, this is Mike Shay and I want to talk to you about anchor. Yes, anchor is the brand new free way for you to get your podcast career off and running without any cost to you. Simply download the anchor APP or go to Anchor Dot FM to get started. Anchor is the easiest way to make a podcast to give you everything you need in one place for free. You can use it right from your phone or your computer. Their creation tools allow you to record and edit your podcast so it sounds tolay magnifeek without having to worry about all the costly set up. They'll even distribute your podcast for you so it can be heard everywhere. spotify, apple podcasts, Google podcast, stitcher. All of that and you can easily make money from your podcast with no minimum listenership. They sent you up with awesome sponsors. All you got to do is record a script, kind of like what I'm doing now, throw it onto your show and start making money once again. Download the anchor APP or go to Anchor Dot FM and get your podcast career off and running right now. Just do it already. Grab a drink, pull up a chair and settle it, because you're in the basement lounge. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Welcome to another episode of the Basement Lounge. I'm your host, Mike Shay, as always, and this is the show where we have conversations and we enjoy life and we try to, you know, shout out to the people who have been there for us and have done a lot for us over the years. This is our ongoing gratitude series, showing gratitude of the people that are helping support the show on anchor at on Patreon, and we actually have a new entry. This was actually going to be the last, the... gratitude episode of the series, but we've had a new entry, a new person has joined the Patreon fold, and so we're going to be shouting them out today and saving our grand finale gratitude episode for next week, unless more if you joined, and we'll just keep putting it off and putting it off. We'll see. Eventually we'll get to the grand finale. We'll find out who the grand finale is eventually. But today, yeah, we're shouting out our newest Patriot on the patreon and we're going to be talking about a guy named Joey Craig, a guy who I know very well, that I've known for a number of years. Before we get into that, hope you guys have been enjoying the morning issue, the eleven am live streams we've been doing called Brunch in the basement, but having a lot of fun with those. I posted something in the Patreon the other day talking about how, you know, this morning show is something I've wanted to do for a long time and kind of felt like I needed to build up to what there are certain things I wanted to have first before I went full steam ahead with it. But with everything going on in the world, with the coronavirus and and you know now in Ohio were in that you know, safe at home order has been put in place, and with people being stuck at home, I felt like it was a good time to start turning out some new content for everybody. So we've been doing the morning show every day, week days at eleven am for about an hour. That's been a lot of fun. I'm also doing starting to do some other stuff on twitch as well. been streaming some elder scrolls online. Got To be doing some other stuff on twitch as well. We're going to be moving we're not moving the show to twitch or anything. We're still going to have this show very much and and we're going to get this show back to regular form here soon. It's going to be a little different, only because now we can't have guests in the studio for the time being. So we're working on getting some guests in remotely. I believe we've got Don Smith coming up one day soon and we'll yeah, so we'll see what we have going on. We're not going anywhere, though, but we are Internet some extra content on twitch. So if you're a Gamer, you're into gaming streaming content, also twitches to great platform for us to do...

...these live studio shows. So we're having fun with that. So make sure you check that out. Go to twitch. DOTTV slash basement lous pod. Check out the live show every morning. We've had a couple of guests call in. We've had some great conversations and it's just something to do middle of the day, right before lunch, while you guys are stuck at home. So, but our guest that we had on yesterday is a guy my name of Joey Craig, who has been following our morning show pretty religiously and he joined our patreon. He became a VIP. Joey's a guy. He and I go way back, actually back even further than we originally thought. So I'll start off with where. I A rich thought. I thought I originally met Joey was about two thousand and fourteen, two thousand and thirteen, two thousand and fourteen, when my friend Ashley, who was A who was a CO worker of mine at Walmart, you know, she knew, she was like, well, Hey, Friday nights I go hang out in party with with these crazy these crazy motherfuckers who turned out lived a mile away from me now, if even that, like up the road from me, and I show up and people are dressed in pirate garb and their drinking and they're smoking and they're eating and there it's just all around debauchery and Shenanigan's. This was my my SCA pirate crew. These guys became like my second family. These guys became a brethren the likes of which I've never experienced in my life. And, you know, kind of sitting in the forefront of all that was a guy by the name of Joey. Joey is very much a peacock. First of all. Joey is all about showing off them tail feathers and letting everybody know that he's the bad as motherfucker in the room, and a lot...

...of times they're actually pretty right about that. Joey had knows no bounds, he knows no limits, he knows no fear. He will do try anything once. Maybe fuck, I don't know, I haven't figured it out yet. Joey is just one of the the craziest motherfuckers I've ever met in my life. He is also one of the kindest and warmest guys I've ever met in my life. We he and I like to tell a story about the great first of two thousand and fourteen, the great the great drought, as it were. It was a was a particular party where he and I were sitting on the couch and there were a couple of really goodlooking girls at this particular party. Man, there always were, but and suddenly all the guys in the room, we're like just wanted to be up this girl's ass, like just wouldn't leave her the fuck alone. Well, Joey and I met. She was cute, but Joey and I, you know, we were secure in our and our single time at this single tim at that point, we were just there to party and have fun. We were we weren't there to like make moves, because because what happened was it brought the party to a screeching halt, and so he and I just kind of went and Saturn on the couch and watched this thirstfest happen, and so we just mean endlessly and we just kind of commentated on it throughout four four hours. I don't know which of these is more sad, the the thirstiness happening or US commentating on it. But yeah, we refer to that as as the great drought of two thousand and fourteen and I remember a couple weeks later it's such a great this is great. It's a great memory that I have that I'll never ever forget and I hold this I hold this memory, I hold this story in my heart. It was upwards the particular weekend. You know, Joey...

...and I were just looking for something to fucking do on a Saturday night. I was like, man, let's go find a bar, let's go find a bar and just drink, you know, like everyone else is busy and out of town and doing shit. Let's just go find a bar. So we started off at at our Buddy Jay's house, which were usually party on Fridays, and he was there, but he was just kind of relaxing. So we kind of pregamed a little bit of his place and I was like, well, you know, there's a bar right the read the road. Let's go there. Now. Granted, we got a little bit of a of a late star, but it's ten o'clock on a Saturday. There should be bars open. And we pulled this bar and there are losing they're emptying out, and I was like well, okay, because we can't go to that one. So we drive up to another bar. Now this bar was open, but this bar was one of those bars that has the sign out front that says, you know, we have the right to refuse serviced. It was. It was one of those bars where it's just kind of like a this is a this is a racist bar, this is one of those racist hit bars where they especially because we're you know, we were at in South Carolina, where they put those signs up so that they can, you know, boot black people out. Is basically what it was. So we're like well, it's not going there because just no, it's bad place. We drove, we got in my car, we drove all over, I swear, every inch of Columbia, South Carolina, all night. We couldn't find a bar open to save our lives. I don't know what was going on this particular weekend. Everything was closed. So we all just saying fuck it and we just drove around Columbia all night. We rolled the windows down. It was a beautiful night and we just drove and we just talked, man, for hours and hours. I think we drove until basically my gas tank was like, motherfucker, turn around and go home. We just drove and talked because Joey and I can sit and talk for hours, just hours, especially Joey, but the two of us man who can just sit and... for hours, and so we pull we finally get back to to Joey's apartment and we discover some random bottle of something in the back of my car. The bottle was for a bottle was for Captain Morgan. What is what's was inside of it was not captain Morgan. It was booze of some kind, but it was not captain Morgan. So we went up just polishing off whatever monstrosity was in that bottle and then we went up stairs and played halo for a couple hours. I say we played halo, what really happened was joey played halo and I died a lot. He it was, it was, it was. It was a massacre in a game of Halo. But we played until the sun came up. I think finally about seven, six, seven o'clock in the morning, I took my happy ass home and slept the rest of the day away. But that's a night that I'll never ever forget. That's a night that I will always just look back on fondly as a wonderful moment between two guys, two brothers, just enjoying enjoying life, enjoying the simple things in life, good conversation and good company. Some cheap laughs. I mean the fact that we can look back on that like we drove all over town, there was not a bar open. It's such a great thing to look back and laugh on. It's such a ridiculous thing. Then only really that's the kind of thing only ever happens to you once as a night like that. Now, we came to find out later on that Joey and I had actually met about six or seven years beforehand, because this is because we we first, quote on quote, met in two thousand and fourteen, but back in two thousand and eight, two thousand and nine. It was two thousand and nine. My I had a friend who was a...

...trying to set me up with her friend, but who was having a party and they need someone to Dj the Party. So I went and, you know, got music and I dj this party. Well, there release two crazy motherfuckers there who were getting wasted and getting at the Shenianagans and starting Shit, and that was joey and our other friend, Jake. Joey and Jake aren't fucking thickest thieves and Joey and Jake were really good friends with the host of the Party and we met there. We thought I remember US talking and drinking and doing shots and hanging out together and then we just never saw each other again for seven years. So the friend who had been hosting the party. Unfortunately the passed away in in two thousand and fourteen, and I remember Jake and Joey take it, take it hard. I didn't know the host very well, you know. You know a lot of my friends did, so I kind of felt for her loss through them. I didn't know her personally, but I remember Joey and jake talking about this friend who would who had passed, and they started talking about her and they talked about this party and I said, can you show them and I said, like I don't want to be real, but can you show me a picture of this girl? And I was like I know her. And then I we talked about the party and I realized. I said, I think it was at that party and I said I remember because I was there and I was Djing and I like at one point I played like Rob Zombie and we were projecting videos onto the wall and she was dancing in front of the video and it's suddenly just hit all of us. We were all at that party seven years beforehand and didn't even it hadn't occurred to us because at this what we've been friends for a year and it never occurred to us that we had met all those years ago, all that time had passed and it showed just like it's almost like it had been foretold. It was almost like it was the Prequel to... the adventure that would be our friendship later on. Joey is. Joey is great people. Joey is fantastic people and it you know, it breaks my heart that as as happens. You know, I moved away from South Carolina five years ago and when you move away and you don't see people all the time, you know the contact dwindles a bit. There are people who I used to see and talk to every day and every week I don't. I don't talk to as much anymore and I hate that. That's kind of a thing with me. I'm really bad at rate. I'm really bad at staying in touch with people. I work in the communications business, have a communications degree and do this shit for a living, but I'm still really bad as staying in touch with people. But when I started doing the live streams, Joe Joe put Joey popped up in the chat and he subscribed to me on twitter, on twitch and he tunes in every single day and after like the second day of doing those, he subscribed to the patreon and now he's in. Now Him and our Buddy Ryan have got their own youtube channel called two whiskeys, which is of log channel about their shenanigans, which is funnier than fuck you get. You've got to go watch this stuff. Just watch the video he burned my chair and you'll know what I'm talking about. It is, it is just, it is just. You'll see what I mean by the guy knows no fear, no bounds, no limits, no restrictions. He would make a great comedian in the sense that he's always in it for the bit. He'll do anything for a good laugh. He'll do what, he'll embarrass himself, do whatever whacky thing he can for the sake of the bit. That's that's the makings of a good comedian right there, Joey. You know, we were, we're, part of the same pirate crew for the longest time. In the time that I've been gone, and not... act of a member of the pirate crew, there's been some breaking off and Joey's kind of gone his own way. I'm still figuring out my place and everything, but there was a great moment this past Penzic. I hadn't seen Joey at all and we were down as I was down at swampfest with our Buddy Vigo, whose name is also Joe Actually, and just randomly ran into Ryan and Ryan. Ryan's a big motherfucker. The guys like eight feet tall and as tall as he is wide and just bear hugs and the he lifts my fat ass up and I was like hey, yeah, I gless you down here. I was like his Joe, you know, it is joe around rich you know, is here, around anywhere. He's like Yay, see you're somewhere. So I was like okay, I'm going to go. You know, if I see him, I see him. If I don't, you know, I'm gonna try to find time to come up to your camp and see you guys and don't nfortunately, I never did and I hated myself that I didn't that year, but it just randomly happened. Five minutes later I just randomly run into Joey and and I hugged that motherfucker like my life depended on it. And for the next fifteen twenty minutes we just kind of we walked around a bit and and and and saw some shenanigans and and got caught up and I just miss that motherfucker. I Miss I miss I miss all my pirate people. I don't get to see and talk to them enough and I'm trying to do better about that. But getting to have joey, you know, back in my life a bit more now now that he's, you know, following along with a stream. And you know, we had them on it yesterday to talk about, to talk about, talk about Penzic and the SCA, because this wasn't originally the episode that was going to drop today. I'm recording this at one o'clock in the morning that night before it's supposed to drop, because originally I was going to just do jellies next week, but after the conversation we had about PENZAC on on the morning show yesterday, I was like I gotta, I gotta talk about Joey Tonight...

...because all day, all day all I was doing was going back after getting off the throne of Joey and just reminiscing about Penzic and the parties and and the Shannigans, and then that night in the car driving around looking for an open place to get hammered, ending with me getting my ass handed to me, and in a onesided game of Halo. It's nights like that that I will remember forever, and those kinds of nights you don't get to have with just anyone. It takes a special kind of person. That makes a person like Joey Craig so joey, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your friendship, thank you from your for your camaraderie, thank you for your brotherhood, your kindness and your generosity. Thank you for the laughs, thank you for the conversation and thank you for just being you at the end of the day, Joey Craig, thank you. That's going to do it for this week's gratitude episode. Guys, thank you so much for tuning in. Will be back again next week with our maybe our final gratitude episode of our gratitude series. And less more people join the PATREON patreoncom slash baby much pot. Will see what happens and we'll just keep this shit right on going. In the meantime, everything going on out there in the world is crazy right now, but please don't panic. Be Safe, be smart, be well, take care of each other and, as always, live well, rock on, take care and bye, bye, Y.

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