“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.”