“Hello everybody, welcome to Last Third Best Third. I’m Ralph (Ralph Olsen, aka RO); I created Last Third Best Third. It’s primarily focused on the last third of people’s lives, and interesting things to do, and see, and think about, and experience. And, the best third of one’s life. Recently, working on the project, I met a man named Danny. Good guy, we’re becoming friends, and working together, and having fun doing it. He brings a lot of energy and good ideas to the project that I really appreciate.
RO, Interviewing New Colleague, Danny
When we got together today we were going to do some work on some other things, but he had been out of town recently having to deal with some family business, and when he started telling his story about his experience with his family I realized that this is a perfect story for the Last Third Best Third project to share with you all. And so, I asked him if he would mind if we did an interview together, and he said, ‘No, not at all.’ So that’s where we’re at right now, we’re up to right now, working on an interview with Danny, and that’s what follows…”
Danny Tells the Story of His Dad
“Recently I got connected with Ralph with Last Third Best Third, and been helping him out with some of his projects. We were set to work, and unfortunately I got a phone call from my family, and just a couple of weeks ago I lost my father. Ralph had – I’d met with him today – and had asked if I’d be willing to talk about my experience, and what it’s like to lose a parent, and I obliged. So, here we are.
You know, you don’t know what to expect when you lose somebody in your life, whether it be a family member, or someone close to you, someone dear to you. And for me, you know I have a very tight relationship with my parents, and losing my father, I didn’t know what to expect. When I got the call, you kind of prep yourself, like okay, well, I knew I was gonna get the call, I knew I was gonna be told that you know my father had passed, and I kind of anticipated what I would be.
A Colonel in the Air Force
You kind of plot out what you think your emotions are going to be, how you’re going to react, and ultimately I thought I was going to be broken and in a ton of tears. And it was really the opposite, and it’s really strange and weird. But, I felt incredibly humbled, and I just thought, “Dad, you did it.” You know? He raised an amazing family, I have a family of my own, my sisters have family of their own, My mom’s taken of for the rest of her life. And he also touched so many people in this world.
My father was a colonel in the Air Force, and a lot of his friends, they’ve gone on to become generals, or executives, or business owners. All these amazing people that have done so much good for this world, and here they are telling me how amazing my father is. It was incredibly humbling; it was very… I just wasn’t expecting it. You know? I felt the weight of my father’s legacy fall on my hands, and in my lap, and I’ve seen…you know now basically have to assume the masculine role within the family, being the only son.
Cha-Cha Weighs In
And I know the gravity that I have, and what I have to do, and it’s been a re-centering and refocusing of my life. And I think back to … Hi Cha-Cha. …I think back to what my father’s done for so many people and I think about … You coming up? I think about what I need to do, and it’s re-centered the way that I approach my life, and my work, and what I’m looking to help, and the value that I’m bringing to this world. So, you never know until it happens, and not really sure what more I sort of need to say about it, but yeah. I think that’s about it.”
RO and Danny Wrap Up
An Exciting Future with Last third Best Third
Ralph: Something in Danny’s story that caught my ear, and seemed important in the context of Last Third Best Third, is that generational change that he experienced when he went back to the East Coast, I’m on the West Coast here, to be with his family during an important family moment.
Danny: So, one of the things that I’m really excited for, with working with Last Third Best Third is, you know, I think about my father and his retirement. And he did have a couple of really good years of good retirement there, but it was met with fighting and battling cancer for four years of his retirement til he finally passed.
Ralph’s vision for Last Third Best Third, it’s really an amazing idea and concept where, he’s taking this part of his life and he’s turning it into this amazing adventure, where he’s able to share stories such as mine, and bring people in the community together. So, I’m very excited to be a part of this project.
Ralph: Welcome to Last Third Best Third.