If it wasn’t for Bad Luck… I wouldn’t have No Luck at All

Luck of the Irish, my bee-hind. We’ve had our share of bad luck not only this year already, but especially this week – despite it being St Patrick’s Day week. We’ve had another week speed past us…and as usual, things were never dull. Actually it was a weird week…and although it was filled with mostly high moments, it had several low points as well. The weather was equally up and down. Monday was the first day of Spring Break. I stayed home with the kids as Matt continued to heal from his appendectomy nicely. Although it was a bit cold, we still managed to get outside and play catch and do some exercising. Luke had fun riding his go kart. We had Acra’s install new tires on the van but they weren’t able to do the front end alignment until they installed a steering rack, for which they wanted an arm and leg to perform. I thanked them but passed and called my car guy from work, JT. He said he would do it for less than half of what they wanted, so I jumped at it…

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On Tuesday, the kids made their first return to Brandy’s house since the summer. She is now in a new house and single, so things were a little different – I miss her living 4 houses away. Luke had a ball with Oakley and the boys decided to have Oakley spend the night with us that evening. Abby went with her best friend Megan and her dad to Kentucky’s Newport Aquarium. Matt also got in to the act and stayed at his very good friend Joel’s house – which is also Ann’s old, childhood home just three houses down from Sandy & Maryann’s house. I was pretty angry when I heard the news that the # 13-ranked Boilermakers would enter the tourney not only down Robby Hummel but now also defensive wiz Kelsey Barlow. He is out for the rest of the year (the tourney) for behavior detrimental to the team . This will hurt them…oh and they announced that Smith had a concussion and won’t play much, if at all, in the tourney opener. This year they added spots to bring the total to 68 (I think?) and those first four games began today, including a good team called VCU that won impressively. JT successfully installed the new steering rack on the van in the pouring rain and it made a HUGE difference. Thanks for saving us cash, JT! Matt’s doctor visit went really well and he will be able to resume full contact next week, a couple days after he goes back to school. The boys had fun at our home that night, playing with what seemed like all of Lukey’s toys 😉 , made a giant fort and crashed out in the same bed watching a movie.
On Wednesday, Mom & Gigi returned home from Buffalo (thanks for the Hot Wheels from the Fisher Price Factory, guys!!). They loved all the snow they go to see (they can keep it up there!)…while it crept in to the sixties here locally. Oakley was hurt pretty badly at his dad’s house, playing in the garage when he climbed up on some old school lockers filled with stuff. It wasn’t secured and when he climbed up to get something out of the top, they fell on top of him. He received two broken bones in his ankle, really hurt his knee badly, possibly injuring his growth plate and received a nasty goose egg with a concussion to boot. Ann & Lukey went out and got him a ‘Get Better Soon’ card and present to take to him to play with while he is recovering and unable to move much for the next six weeks or so…poor kid. I guess he’s lucky that it wasn’t worse. Luke & Abby exercised with me outside when we got home and then rode the go kart, played catch and then fielded ground balls & pop-ups. We also worked on our throwing form. Ann made cheesy popcorn for dinner, since it was American Idol night. I won a lot of a dozen Treasure Hunt cars on eBay that came in that night! I have been updating my Hot Wheels collection list (linked off our home page) – the electronic version, as I copy over all the information from my little black book. I’m about half way through it. American Idol was a bit different that night. Casey lit it up with Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit – something that has never been performed on AI before. Pia looked lovely and sounded great as usual and Durbin wimped out with a Bon Jovi song that Steven Tyler scolded him about.

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By the time Thursday rolled around, we figured our bad luck was over. It was St. Patrick’s Day and we were due for good news. The weather certainly cooperated as it jumped in to the seventies – the warmest since last November! Acra’s got the front end alignment done and it was a gorgeous evening for exercising and playing catch with the kids as we gear up for another season of baseball / softball. A grumpy Lukey didn’t last long and was sent to bed early that night. Butler won a buzzer-beater that was the talk of the town. JaJuan Johnson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year as well as the Defensive Player of the Year. We received the title to our Pacifica!! However, history repeated itself for poor Ann. As when she was driving the van just after we received the title and promptly go it totaled, sure enough – we had issues with the damn Pacifica. Ann had complained of a bad noise coming from the front end when she nailed a pot hole. I figured it was a shock problem that could wait. However, when we picked up the car from Acra’s, we noticed a small dent (facing up; not down) and made me think it was simply an oxidation issue. Well by the time she got it home, there was an actual hole in the roof! I was so sick at that moment when I realized that her broken strut had come all the way through her hood! I had never seen anything like it. It was like something out of damn cartoon, I swear – it was that surreal. I called JT, who said he could fix it thankfully. On Friday, it was much colder and it rained again for much of the day. Matt had a dentist appointment. By this time in the week, we were expecting the worst and we weren’t let down as he was diagnosed with a “pre-cavity.” So they ended up capping it and sent him on his way. JT worked on the Pacifica that evening and Ann filed an insurance claim. We took the kids out for family night to Wings & Rings (unanimous choice). We watched a couple movies and the Purdue game where they faced St. Peter’s. They rolled by 20 points as I endured Matt’s chicken farts. Ann ended up going in to work for several hours on Saturday for a computer upgrade. The kids and I ended up cleaning up the house a little and then afterwards I pitched batting practice for about two hours. My arm was pretty tired afterward – especially my stupid elbow. I threw about 200 pitches of all varieties as Bu will be in two leagues and Dukester in one. Abby did will with her slow pitch balls and just OK with her fast pitch balls. She is doing much better and has shown the potential to be really good at fast pitch… Luke is struggling to use Matt’s old bat which might be a little heavy for him. We went out to El Chile Poblano (home of the Super Margarita!). Afterward, we went shopping and missed the Butler game which was apparently even better than the last! I began the arduous chore of creating and maintaining a family tree. As of this writing, I had nearly 200 entries already!! It is posted at a free hosting site here: http://www.myheritage.com/site-145704381/scheu-family-tree . Please have a look and help me fill in the blanks!!! Mom, I really need your help to take me back as far as you can take me, please! You can feel free to post it here, if you wish… I still have a bunch to fill in, but I need to get with all the elder statesmen of our families… Matt & I both fell asleep very early that night…even though we were watching Charlie’s Angels (the newer movie), which is an action movie, but it has been a long week and we were wiped-out.

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On Sunday, we cleaned up the house again and prepared for Matt’s special day. Rob texted me that he was at the Bristol NASCAR race and he said it was really, really cool! We celebrated Matt’s 15th birthday a day early. Several folks couldn’t make it this year. We did have Mom & Sandy; Dee, Jamie & Grace and Phyllis and Dick. The cake was made by Rob Ewing’s mom (Amy’s husband) and was really good! Purdue took on this year’s Cinderella team – VCU and got demolished. I think they ended up losing by 20 but it was never even close. The Boilers came out flat and ended flat. It’s a shame they couldn’t make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but I did manage to find some really cool stats that I wanted to share on here, courtesy of the official Purdue athletic site. These stats were current leading in to their matchup with VCU. That game’s stats are not included in any of these numbers. Johnson & Moore ended their Purdue careers tonight, which was pretty sad. The duo has played in a Purdue-record 107 victories during their tenure in West Lafayette … The Boilers were 24-16 (.600) on neutral courts under Painter, including a 3-2 mark this season … Purdue is one of six Division I programs that has won at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons … Purdue was coming off of a second-round win in which it yielded just 43 points to Saint Peter’s, the lowest opponent point total in the program’s NCAA Tournament history … Johnson was named a first-team All-American by the USBWA on Monday, becoming the first Boilermaker in 17 years to earn the acclaim … He has also been honored as Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and USBWA District V Player of the Year … He was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Moore, while junior Lewis Jackson was named honorable mention all-league … Painter was also rewarded for Purdue’s season with his second-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award, his third in the last four years … He was also named the USBWA District V Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season … One of the nation’s highest-scoring duos, Johnson and Moore combine to average 38.6 points per game on the season, accounting for more than 50 percent of Purdue’s season scoring average … The tandem spurred the Boilers to an average of 72.5 points per game in Big Ten play that ranked second in the league … Moore made the 243rd triple of his career on Friday, breaking Jaraan Cornell’s 11-year old Purdue record … His 70 triples on the season mark the eighth-best single-season output in program history … Moore also needs six assists to become the third player in Big Ten history with 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists for his career … Johnson became the first Purdue player since Glenn Robinson in 1994 to lead the Big Ten in scoring in league games (20.7) … His average of 20.4 points in overall games currently leads the league, and would make him the first Boilermaker to pace the conference in all games since Willie Deane in 2002 … He is averaging 21.4 points per game over Purdue’s last 17 outings and has scored at least 20 points in 14 of those outings … His 21 20-point games on the season are the most in the Big Ten, and he is the league’s active leader in double-doubles with 25 for his career … Johnson (673) and Moore (602) are the first set of teammates in Purdue history to score 600 points in the same season … The Boilermakers are 69-12 (.852) in Johnson and Moore’s careers when both score in double figures … Johnson has reached double figures in 42-straight games heading into Sunday’s contest, the fifth-longest in program history … He has played 1,164 minutes this year, the sixth-highest single-season total in program history … The Boilers have won 40-straight games when scoring 70 or more points … Purdue is 57-1 (.982) during Painter’s tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles. VCU looked very good and I wish them luck in the tourney…

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Now let’s head in to the video section for this week (it’s a short one this time out):

Next we’ll flip on the Waybac machine. These are my last pictures from this batch. I have the next shoebox already pulled and ready. Now I just need to scan them all in this week and we’ll be fine. Fun! Leading off, we have the last three slides of Dad O’s collection. I think we have them all, but I’ll have to check that as well. These are all from the fifties and appear to be different scenes from around Greensburg; then a great picture from the early nineties of Kenny’s family, including Becky, Chris, Ally and of course Mo & Poppy; and then Matt in Rossville at the Brown family fish fry at Marilou & Kenny’s house (what a cutie) in ’97.

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Next up, we have a slew of photos from ’99: several from our Disney trip and our Breakfast with Pooh in May; a few assorted Fourth of July pictures; Mom on Aquaholic in August in LaPorte; Matt on our camping trip in Bloomington (canoeing across Lake Monroe was cool) with Rich & Maddie Drew and a host of others on a Dad/Kid outing in August; and Matt with Mamaw & Papaw in September in Rossville to meet little Mo.

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Our final section from this batch of pictures are from 2000: Matt with cheesy fingers in March; Matt’s 4th birthday in March; Abby & Matt at Easter in April (check out Bu flipping “the Bird” to her brother!); Abby’s 1st birthday party in September; bath time for Bu; Matt on a pony ride at a fall festival in Batesville, I think…and then out in the pumpkin patch on the same day – all in October and finally a couple pictures of Nathan & Stephanie at their wedding…can’t remember the month but it was pretty hot outside…

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Well that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks as always for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you next time. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

1 comment to If it wasn’t for Bad Luck… I wouldn’t have No Luck at All

  • Comments from blog feed on Facebook:

    Judith VonSeggern Lackey (Aunt Judy) says, “Bob said he has seen the strut problem in the old Nash Ramblers. Then the strut tower rusted away and the entire thing came through the hood. Hope the luck gets better!!!!!”

    Sharon Bryan Smith (Aunt Sharon) says, “Nathan and Steph married September 14, 2003. 🙂 Enjoyed the blog.”

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