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Courage ~ Part 2 
29th-Jan-2009 12:27 am
The most significant half hour I spent today was with Dan, the manager of the club that was the focus of our downtown shooting on Saturday night. Eight kids who were on their way to his underage nightclub to celebrate a birthday were gunned down in the street by a random shooter who seemingly wanted company on his quest for suicide. Two died that night, and the shooter himself died yesterday.

Dan's been through many major and life-shaking events in his life, including the death of a scout on an overnight trip where he was one of the chaperones. Today I saw a man struggling to make sense of the senseless and to serve as a touchstone for his staff and his own kids (who are now afraid to go downtown).

He was shaken.

He was resolute.

He made the time to come to a meeting at our office during a time when he's slept a couple hours in four days.

He believes there's a higher plan to his being in the middle of a crisis like this. And his heart is bleeding for the kids who work at his club and witnessed death and horror in front of their eyes. He saw it himself, and it's not the first time he's seen it.

I've always liked Dan because he knows music and the entertainment industry and he operates my favorite club downtown (not the underage one, needless to say). And he's always got advice about the hottest spots in Vegas, and if I ask he'll get me into concert after-parties, like Kid Rock's several years ago. ("Marilyn, you should have been here for Tommy Lee!") But today I learned why I really like Dan.

He has amazing and inspiring courage.

On an entirely different note (or, on second thought, maybe not), shout out to my friends who cannot read this because they are stuck in this nation's deep freeze and have no electricity right now. I feel blessed to live where I do, so I am not about to bitch about a little fog and/or rain. Bring it on!

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29th-Jan-2009 08:25 am (UTC)
This was really deep and moving to read.

29th-Jan-2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Great entry that follows the theme of your entry on courage...

Dan IS amazing. I feel so bad for him. What an awful and random mess. The violence had no reason -- or at least we'll never know if there was some reason behind this instance.

I can't get over him BEING THERE for that meeting. What a man.

And, yeah, we're pretty blessed right now when it comes to weather! But it was weird about the fog. I go and look out and there's very little. Then five minutes later I'm taking out some last bits of garbage and recycling and there's TONS of fog! (Doug across the street had the same experience and we both were shocked by how fast it happened.)

29th-Jan-2009 08:33 am (UTC)
I can't even begin to imagine surviving a tragedy like that. Kudos to your friend.
29th-Jan-2009 03:52 pm (UTC)

I think everyone can learn from people like Dan. Strength like that comes from individuals who set their minds to take that next step even when it's very difficult.

29th-Jan-2009 04:35 pm (UTC)

What amazing strength and courage he has. We can certainly learn from him,eh?
29th-Jan-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
This has been interesting to me for a different reason... Here in Boise we had a club that was sometimes all adult, and sometimes all ages.

When it was first opened up, to different ages for different events - there were serious issues. Knife fights, gun fights, some was fights, some was gang - etc. Some were hurt, some died all were young - and some were caught, some were not, some got away fully, some convicted.

It has been some time ago now -- and what seemed so gripping at that time, is a memory that includes hmmmm WHAT really helped change that? fix it?

Now to hear of something again, that frankly seems just the same, I wonder....

30th-Jan-2009 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I wont be able to properly comment on this entries. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.
30th-Jan-2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Believing there is a higher plan for his being in the middle of the tragedy is probably right. His courage and wisdom will pave a way for the other youth to understand the value of life in a way that is hard to appreciate without having had a tragic experience.
Thank God for people like him! He will do more good than will ever be recognized by most people.
He's the type of person I would love to know.
I have a cousin (also named Dan)who has witnessed and personally felt serious tragedies... and his fight continues to this day of overcoming the senseless whenever possible. His heart is still heavy. He was just a boy when he watched his own father shot and killed in their front yard, not to mention his mother's tragic death and the many years of searching for his brother. Often I sense his loneliness. His lovable, kind, sensitive manner can only mask his tragedy.

How your friend Dan has touched your life is felt in your entry.
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