Hey, it’s Cody from the Pat and Tom show. I haven’t talked about this too much on air because, honestly, I don’t know how to feel. I want to be sensitive to the victims and country music fans. I’m going to Las Vegas this weekend. I leave tonight. For those of you who don’t know, I’m from Philadelphia. My family still lives there. The last two years we’ve done a Vegas trip in October as a fun get-together. We booked this trip months ago. Sadly, this year isn’t going to be as fun.
I’m heartbroken over Sunday’s tragedy. 1, A former coworker was there and saw some unsightly things. He recounted his story yesterday on air, and I was in an emotional shock. 2, I met Jason Aldean two days prior. He was incredibly sweet and cool. I know he’s not taking this well. 3, I’m on a country station. Country music fans are family. I can’t imagine what that must of been like to be there…nor having a loved one injured, or worse, not make it out alive.
Truthfully, I want to see my family! I want to laugh with them, have drinks, gamble, and talk about what’s going on in our lives. However, I can’t help but think of the victims. I imagine the city is still in mourning. I’m sure countless people have canceled their trips. But if I don’t go, wouldn’t hate win? Obviously, we’ve decided to go. Although I’ll be sensitive about what I post to social media and what not, it’s important to be with my loved ones in that city that needs a lot of love right now. Right?
The City of Las Vegas and volunteers have already constructed a memorial garden. It’ll be completed today, so I’m thinking I’ll go Saturday or Sunday to pay my respects. If I can do more, I will. I’ll post some pictures of the park because it looks beautiful from what I’ve seen so far. I don’t want to be insensitive, of course. But I think it’ll be nice to showcase the amazing work locals have put in to pay their respects.
I’m sure you have your opinions on what the right thing to do is if you were in my shoes. I guess I’m asking you not to judge my family’s decision. Unfortunately, my goal is no longer to get stupid like I normally would. Or anyone who goes to Vegas, for that matter. It’s going to be somber. No doubt about that. But I also want to be that guy with the tallboy who flipped off the shooter! I want to say to domestic terrorism, “No fear lives here.” I have more choice words, but I’ll leave those out. I hope you understand.
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