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Voice Post: Update from Texas - Paint It Black
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Voice Post: Update from Texas
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“Well, I was supposed to be uh leaving Texas around about this time or heading over to the airport. But uh the way things have been going with my family I'm here, I hadn't seen my uncle in so long I decided to stay an extra day so instead of having a 2 o'clock in the afteroon flight out today on Saturday, I'm flying out at 6:55 in the evening on Sunday. So--got an extra day to spend with the family and that's always a good thing.

Well fortunately, this is pretty tough. It's been a ...rather shitty month for th Olson family. Got a phone call last night. The day that my father retires is also the day that my grandfather passed away. So we lost two members of the Olson family in June. My grandfather on my mother's side--my last, uh, living grandparent passed away at 7 PM on Friday night.

So I'm going to head out to Illinois on Sunday--fly back from Texas up to Illinois--and then Monday afternoon I'm gonna drive up, and uh, spend the night in Kenosha, and then I'm going to drive back to Minnesota Tuesday morning and spend the rest of the week and the weekend out there with my parents.

My mother has been taking care of my grandfather for the last 6 years and shes's put a lot of time and and love into this and now he's gone so I think she wouldn't mind seeing me. I already called her and told her that I'm coming up there.

So work wasn't really planning on this deal but, yeah, that's too bad for them. I'm going to take an extra week off. I think after all the extra hours I put in they kinda owe me this deal. At the very least I can call it bereavement.

There won't be a service for Grandpa Shep...in Minnesota. We're going to have him cremated and we're going to take him down to Florida at some point and we're going to do a bural at sea because he was an old...old Navy guy who loved his boats and he loved the ocean.

It's been...it's-it's just pretty tough losing two close family members in, basically in the span of a week. I don't know what else life can throw at me right now but I'm kind of hoping that it'll be something good. Not any more of this. This is-this is too much and too hard. But.

So I just thought I would report in and let everyone know that...well I aint coming home when I was planning on coming home and even though I'm coming home later I'm not going to stay home. I got to go up to Minnesota and take care of my parents for a while.

I'll catch you all later. Hopefully everyone else has a good Fourth of July weekend. Try to enjoy the holiday, folks.”

Transcribed by: hightensile

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asetwoman From: asetwoman Date: July 1st, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry, J. You are right, that kind of thing IS too hard, and it's not fair that you and your family have to go through two deaths in such a short period of time.

Work will survive; it has no choice anyway.

Don't forget to take care of yourself too, please. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
markvd From: markvd Date: July 1st, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
so sorry man.

Take care of yourself and your family. If you want someone to talk to you know how to find me.
From: ex_miang438 Date: July 1st, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Christ, man. That's really rough. I'm glad you can take the extra time off...good luck getting through the next week, and I'll hope for the best for you and your family.
nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: July 1st, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man. That really sucks. I'm terribly sorry that you have to go through this now. Unfortunately, families often go through things like this where multiple members die within a short span of time. I remember when I was a kid, we went to three funerals in the space of two months or something like that. Tomorrow, I'm going to my fourth funeral in the space of a year...and this is my second this month. :(

Take care of yourself!
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: July 1st, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
*quiet hug*
riecka From: riecka Date: July 1st, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glenn and I are here if we can do anything for you. You are in our thoughts.. * hugs*
points From: points Date: July 2nd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hang in there. *Warm hugs*
From: onceagainplease Date: July 2nd, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
well if you swing through Madison and need a place to rest just give me a call....
captain18 From: captain18 Date: July 5th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry to hear that... Losing grandparents sucks, but it seems like when it's the last one it makes one more acutely aware of the big space that's left in its wake.

I hope all your travels go smoothly, and if there's anything we can do way out here in NY let us know!
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