Dig that Heavy Metal underneath your Hood

Love was in the air this week, which was a little slower paced – but still kept us busy as another week quickly slipped past us. …and the weeks just go faster and faster here at the Scheu abode. We saw one of the warmest Valentine’s Days in recently history. The weather as a whole was all over the place again, showing us snow and ice, fog and rain, wind and sun. Ann began to get more active with the planning stages of her after prom committee with her good buddy Shawna. Matt continued to coach elementary wrestling and Luke continued to participate in it. Abby, however, stayed the busiest (and at times grumpiest) of us all with track starting, academic team ending, basketball still going strong and her two dance classes drawing ever closer to competition. She was exhausted this weekend and really benefited from sleeping in both days. It will be nice for her and her brothers to have Monday off for President’s day as well. There is an old saying that Mom used to tell me – they always go in threes – speaking on the topic of death…and in the last couple weeks or so, we’ve seen Joe Paterno and Whitney Houston pass away and now we have lost one of the greatest catchers in baseball history – Hall of Famer, Gary Carter. For a decade, he was the most coveted receiver in the game and a staple at the all-star game. He could hit for power and throw runners out at second – the perfect combination for a catcher. We were awakened early on Monday morning – about 2:30 – to hear about the fire alarm panel going off and the doors were unsecured at my facility. So, in to work I went and after a few hours the vendor had us back up and going. By that time, however, it was too late to head home; so it turned out to be a pretty long day. Ann was surprised at work with Valentine’s Day flowers a day early. These came from Teleflorist and were much nicer that other flowers I’d sent in the past. She loved them (but really, she should thank the advertising team that put together that racy ad during the Super Bowl that said suggestively, “Give…and you shall receive.” That was all the encouragement I needed and I placed my order during Madonna’s half time show. Abby had a sore throat the night before and was not feeling well when she went to bed. However, with motivation from her Mom that if she missed school, she will miss her basketball game. Abby had track right after school (the first one) and went to tap class afterwards. I met Bu and Ann at the game as they came straight from Dixon Dance to the high school where Bu had a basketball game on the varsity court. She again earned a starting spot due to her hustle last game. She went 0-1 on a three point attempt and ended with no points again. She did have a steal and two rebounds while playing outstanding defense. You can start to see her getting better with more and more confidence with each game. The coach did a great job of getting all the kids in and out frequently and everyone got about the same amount of playing time. She played her first game in her new mouthpiece that the dentist is making her wear. She apparently grinds her teeth at night and during games. She had some really silly faces at times with this in her mouth. Ann was furious when the damn thing split in half! The Dukester had wrestling practice at the junior high school where Hammer was also teaching an opposing team. Matt really likes coaching and I am sure he is probably really good at it as well. We found out that Matt was officially out of the state wrestling tourney as the 2nd rounder – not the 1st rounder that was eliminated is the alternate. Bummer. Luke made a cool spider at school that shows the breakdown of the regular volume amounts.

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Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. We woke up to about a half inch of snow. Luke and I had snowball fight before we left for school, as the car was warming up. It was the wet, sticky snow that really made great snowballs too. Even though it snowed all morning, it warmed up and melted by mid-afternoon. Abby had her last academic team practice before school and jazz dance class late that night. Luke and Matt were back at the junior high for elementary wrestling. Afterwards, Matt stayed and attended the junior high team meet (which they won!). The kids got VD presents from Ann & I – OK mostly Ann – but the kids loved all their new chocolate. Matthew was featured in the paper – both on the front page (sports preview) and a large picture on the front of the sports page with an article about the boys’ matches at semi-state last weekend. We had a cute VD message from Grandma Bryan on the phone – very cool, thanks Mom!

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I was in early again for a corporate visitor on Wednesday and took one of our vans up to Greenwood for repairs at Ray Skillman. Afterwards, Phil and I swung in next door to the Ray Skillman Class Car Showroom (www.rayskillmanclassiccar.com) for a few minutes…and all I can say is WOW!! I was instantly drawn to his ’64 Galaxie 500XL with 58K original miles and the original cream paint, all the original paperwork on it and he only wants $40K for it…oh honey… Even better, Ray has about 15 incredible classic ‘Vettes, about 10 classic Camaros from ’67 to ’70 and several Bel Airs. But it wasn’t all about the bowties. He had some HTF Olds with 5 x 442’s, some very rare Mopar power – including 1 of 7 known ’71 Challengers in purple, several gorgeous GTOs…and of course he has lots of Pony power, including several Cobra Mustangs and a couple early T-birds. He has a perfect environment for it with lots of cool little extras like some exotic cars, cool old motorcycles, different types of race cars, 60s and 70s bicycles, signs, etc that really made it an awesome setting. I’ll have to take the boys up there sometime, they’d love it. It was much warmer today – sunny and breezy in the morning but cloudy and rainy in the evening. Ann went to Abby’s final academic team meet at home in the afternoon. She again participated in the social studies portion only. Although she and several of her sixth grade teammates knew the correct answers, her know-it-all eighth grade leader refused to listen and gave his own answers – which were wrong and her team only got a couple correct answers, sadly. In fact this scenario played out the whole afternoon and Greensburg was only able to muster a 5th place out of 6. It really burned her waffles and may not go back out for the team next year. Ann had a busy night as she went out to the high school afterwards where she had an after prom meeting. Then she ran a fund-raiser for after prom at the home boys’ basketball game where the number-one-ranked Pirates were finishing up their regular season with Senior Night. They won to finish the season undefeated! We wish them well in Sectional play next week. The Boilers raised their record to 17-9 with a slim victory over Illinois where seniors Hummel, Jackson & junior Byrd shined and pulled their Big Ten record up to .500.

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Thursday had a foggy, damp, cold start to the morning but warmed up nicely again in the afternoon – reaching near 50…what a gorgeous day…before turning cold as the sun set. Abby had track and Matt & Luke had elementary wrestling. It was American Idol night so Ann made popcorn and we watched last night’s 2 hour show and tonight’s 2 hour show. …should be a good season this year. We had to scrape our windshields on Friday morning, but that hard frost and fog gave way to another warm, gorgeous afternoon in the 40’s. Matt went to the state final wrestling tourney in Indy with a few of his wrestling teammates / buddies, including Joel. The tourney is in the Fieldhouse (it’s not sponsored by Conseco any longer, so I forget what they call it now) and should be a great place to watch the tournament. Luke had wrestling practice that he really enjoyed. Ann made fiesta pork for dinner and there were very few leftovers (obviously a family favorite) – yum! Where is our federal tax check?! We were supposed to have it about a week ago initially…then we were supposed to have it by Valentine’s Day and guess what – we still haven’t seen it yet. Heck, even our state tax check came back and we never get it before the federal check – what gives? …Anybody else having issues this year? Matt stayed the night at Joel’s house that night. Joe’s dad, Kenny, came by the house early on Saturday with leftover chicken livers for me from last night’s chicken-fry at the K of C’s. That was really nice of him. Matt and his buddies went back up to Indy for the 2nd day of tourney. He said that the best wrestler in our area – Iyan Bass from Jennings County – was beaten by the top-ranked boy in the state in Matt’s weight class (220). In fact that boy, Tyler Kral from Crown Pointe, ended up winning the state title on late Saturday night. It was nice to not have to go out of town on a Saturday. Ann continued to work on a photo project for the wrestling coach’s wife – editing all the wrestling photos of the boys she took over this season. She should have a nice assortment to share with everyone. Bu had her friend (basketball, softball, etc), Taylor, over to work on a school project in the morning. The kids gave the dogs a bath, did the dishes and played X box while Ann & I took naps. I took the kids out for ice cream at the newly-reopened Dairy Point to thank them for helping around the house. Later, Luke had his good buddy Oakley over to stay the night. Abby tried to go out and practice basketball but although it was sunny and beautiful out, it was still cool and it didn’t take her long to come in and say it was too cold to play any longer. It was opening season for NASCAR and they were back at Daytona. We watched the ARCA race that had a very exciting finish and then later the Bud Shootout. There were a few cool wrecks…unfortunately Jeff caused the big one at the end that took himself and seven others out of the race while trying to get around that wily Kyle Busch, who eventually won it by passing Tony Stewart in the last few hundred feet and winning by a nose. The 24 car took a nasty tumble as he smashed against the outside wall, got turned on the driver’s side of the car, skidded about a thousand feet on that left side before barrel-rolling 3 times and ending up on his roof. Thankfully he got out and seemed to be OK. I couldn’t believe it when Ann told me that Kelsey Barlow had been kicked off the Purdue men’s basketball team again on Saturday. You might recall he was cut loose a few days before the March Madness tourney started a year ago. This time, however, I’m told he will not be allowed back. Also out for Sunday’s match up with #7 Michigan State will be DJ Byrd who has been especially hot this past week and a half. He is out due to being arrested on a PI charge. If the Boilers win, it will be their 100th for this class of kids and the third straight class to reach the century mark. Last Sunday, Abby surprised us by making the family breakfast. This week…not so much, but she was in a better mood and actually got her room cleaned up without me asking her to do it (Shock! Amazement!). Oakley went home early, which allowed Luke to work on picking up the house (that boy can make a mess like nobody’s business). It was a nice day to relax. We took it easy as we did our weekly chores and watched movies. We looked forward to this evening’s The Simpsons’ 500th episode – what a milestone! …And I found a couple great pictures on Facebook of my little cousin Haley with her mom and grandma (nice photo bomb, Lindsay!) during her wedding shower last weekend.

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Next, let’s take a look at this week’s videos, including one family video of Bu’s basketball game and several from around the internet…

That brings us to this week’s great Waybac feature. I am very excited about the pictures that were dug out this week. We lead off with three more pictures of Mom & Dad Scheu’s wedding in April of ’68 in Lafayette and then move forward to 1970 for pictures of me at Christmas, opening up my beloved teddy bear then posing for Mom in the dining room at our Shortridge St home, including a precious one from my favorite playing spot – our back yard. Then we finish up in what is likely circa 1971 at Christmas for me opening up one of my all-time favorite toys – the Fischer Price Little People Garage. Over time, Rob & I played with this thing until it literally fell to pieces. Mom got me another one for Christmas a few years ago and now a new generation loves playing with this. We need to dig that out of the garage, we haven’t played with that for a while!

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Next, we move forward to August of ’78 for a few more pictures of Vird & Belinda’s wedding in California. Those are followed by more pictures of Rob’s first time in Indiana, when he was five months old in April of ’80. We have pictures of us visiting out in front of Aunt Lou Atha’s home in Lafayette, then pictures of our “new” home in LaPorte – our first house, across the street from Mike Stoewer, on Kenwood St. We lived at the end of two dead end streets, so we frequently played baseball in the street. We lived right on Lilly Lake, so in the winter time, we would go sledding in our side yard, which had a big drop down to the lake which was thrilling going down but tough as nails to get back up. No wonder we were all so skinny back then! That was probably my favorite house, growing up. It was huge and I had the only downstairs bedroom! 😉 The pictures featured here are more of Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown with Rob & I again. It looks like we are in our small backyard. Next we push forward to summer for two great pictures of a young Robby in the Kenwood house – first in the dining room and then with Dad in the kitchen. Also here is a picture of my poor little brother after my bright idea to push his stroller down the front stair with him in it. It should’ve worked, but instead it flipped over and he cracked his skull on the street. I remember I was so freaked out, I didn’t even turn him over – I just ran in to the house screaming that he was hurt…our poor parents….and finally Rob’s first grade picture at Riley school when he was seven years old.

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That does it for this week’s entry on the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks for keeping up with us and we’ll catch up with you next time. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

2 comments to Dig that Heavy Metal underneath your Hood

  • Mom

    Good game Abby…keep it up kiddo~~ Nice cars Tom, I bet that was a sight to behold!! Imagine that is all his and he has his pick of any of them. Know the 64 Galaxie brought back alot of memories to you… Also, I just loved that picture of you in my old rocking chair when I was a little girl. That is one of my favorites~~~ You were soooo cute!!! I remember Gary Carter also as you described one of the best!! Good to talk to you on Sunday, have a great week and we love you all….XXXOOO’s

  • Mom

    i meant that the rocking chair was mine when I was a little girl….I guess it is too early for me to make much sense…As far as Robs boo-boos..you panicked and sure didn’t mean to have this happen but boy..he sure kissed the sidewalk didn’t he???

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