And it’s Sure been a Cold, Cold Winter…

It was the return of the cold as Mother Nature reassured us that this was indeed a winter for the ages. It’s true; this winter has reminded both Ann & I of our childhoods. In the past several years we have begged for a winter like this and now we are pleading for it to stop! We lost another three celebrities this week. Luke re-wrapped up his basketball season, had his first wrestling competition and landed himself a girlfriend. Abby is in a funk, missed all her sporting events except dance, hasn’t felt well in several days and is still shopping for a boyfriend. Matt continued his college search, his financial aid search, hopes to be released by the doctor for full-contact very soon and can neither confirm or deny he has a love interest in his life right now…but let’s hope he has something going as prom is sneaking up on us quickly! As you may know, KISS was finally accepted into the R&R Hall of Fame. At first, everything was good – the original four were to perform a 3-song reunion…but then Gene and Paul opened their mouths. Soon, they were going to use the current 4 and then have an all-star lineup to include Ace & Peter…but now it looks like no one will perform and Ace may not even show up…way to ruin a wonderful thing, Gene. …And a big congrats toes out to our lovely little Bu for her nomination into the National Junior Honor Society!!
We had a cooler start to the week on Monday. Abby actually made it to most of her track practice and then went on to dance…but then came home and went to bed and didn’t come out until morning, totally skipping dinner. I don’t think she even had Lola…and she always has Lola! Matt & Luke had elementary wrestling practice. Ann made a great pork chop dinner that night. And we were saddened to hear the news that the Second-City alum, comedy legend and National Lampoon genius – Harold Ramis – passed away today. He wrote, directed or starred in many of the great comedies of my lifetime, including Animal House, Caddy Shack, Stripes, Vacation, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day just to name a few. He will be sadly missed. We have some new social media pictures to share with you this week, including Abby & Ann; the kids with Stacy & Danny’s kids; Aunt Sue in TX; Nick & Conner at the Fieldhouse in Indy to catch a Pacer’s game; my good buddy Mark from LP; Ramis, Lange & Wilson; Grace & The Nocturnals are back in the studio recording their next LP; and finally our beautiful Bu…

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On Tuesday, we received a dusting of snow overnight on a day that turned much colder again. Abby woke up and wasn’t feeling well so Ann ended up taking her to see Dr. Fangman and then on to CRH for labs. Luke went to Art Club and then on Memaw’s house. Now that Grace is with Chad and now Dee & Jamie are leaving, Memaw and Gigi are really growing even more attached to the kiddos. Later that evening, Matt & Luke had their first wrestling meet. They are on the orange team and they faced the red team. Luke actually had two matches. He really needs wrestling shoes to compete – it hurt him in both matches that he couldn’t get any grip, thus taking away his greatest weapon – those strong legs of his. In the first match, he faced is football teammate and fellow lineman, “Booney.” I was proud to see that he went 3 rounds with the more experienced and very aggressive opponent. At the very end of the match, he ended up getting pinned with he gave up because he, “couldn’t breathe and had dry mouth.” After a talk with Matt, he was fired up and ready for this 2nd match. He faired much better in match two. The butterflies were gone as were all his inhibitions. His skills are still very primal and basic. Although sloppy, he did end up pinning the guy in the 2nd period! That night, we learned the legendary game show host of The Dating Game, Name that Tune & The Newlywed Game – Jim Lange – passed away.

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We woke up on Wednesday to the news that a murder / suicide had occurred in Greensburg overnight. The frightening thing was that it happened only a minute from our home – in the park. We had seen the car parked there last night as Abby & I returned from Wal-Mart on a late-night run for supplies for Abby’s project. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine what was transpiring in that car. A man killed his son and then himself. He went to school with Abby. At school that day, Abby and her friends met with counselors all day. The boys had the night off. Abby missed softball in lieu of having her friends over to comfort each other – still shook up from their classmate’s demise. Emma & Brittany came home with her to finish their project (you should’ve seen them all crammed in the back of the Pacifica!), grab some Subway and hang out for a while. During the day, I heard the news that Tim “Little Timmy” Wilson – the best comedian I ever saw live – died suddenly today from an apparent heart attack. Ann and I were lucky enough to catch him one time at – of all places – Deer Creek. He was opening for Jackyl and Sammy Hagar at the Q95 25th anniversary bash. He wrote one of my favorite comedy songs of all time, “The First Baptist Bar & Grill.” He was a regular on the Bob & Tom show and travelled heavily doing stand-up comedy all over the country. It is a sad week for the comedy world…

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Thursday was a long day of work for me, as I crammed two days’ worth of work into one. I went in early and stayed late to get month end wrapped-up. Matt and Luke had wrestling. Abby missed track but went to dance that evening. I was glad to see that on American Idol, my favorites – Caleb Johnson and Jessica Meuse – both made it through safely to the next round but I was sad to see the pretty girl leave the show. We had been selected to do the Nielsen Ratings books this week. Although I asked the kids and Ann to fill their booklet out, they neglected their duties while I diligently filled out my book and sent it back in the mail.
We ran Luke and Bu to school on Friday. Matt went with Ann & I to the next perspective college – the University of Indianapolis. It was a very nice campus with a well-rounded group of students. They have both a football and wrestling program. It is a D-II school, so it is bigger than both Franklin and Anderson put together. Campus, however, wasn’t as huge as we had assumed it would be…and they are known for their excellent food – 2nd best in the state and top-25 in the nation! They offer the Physical Therapy degree Matt is interested in and is one of the best in the world. He has one of his good buddies coming to campus this fall also. So I think right now, we think he is leaning more towards this school. Afterwards we went out to eat and talk about our experience at Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Ann was right – they have awesome bacon cheeseburgers that rival Redamak’s up in New Buffalo, MI – and that’s saying something! Luke stayed the night at Drew’s house. Abby was still not feeling well so she and Ann went out for shopping-therapy and found a lovely dress for National Honor Society. Matt went to Columbus with his buddies to Texas Roadhouse and came home late.

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While Matt slept in on Saturday morning, the rest of us headed down to Madison for Luke’s final basketball tourney of the year. Abby missed softball practice as she continued to not feel up to par. Luke missed a wrestling meet to attend the tourney. In the first game, we squared off against Madison’s Pope John Elementary School. This is a private, Catholic school which usually means they’re pretty tough – and this game was a doozie. It went right down to the wire and was close the whole way. Somehow, the Pirates managed to pull out the victory in the final seconds to win by a pair – 39-37! Luke played quite a bit, which we were happy to see. He did not attempt any shots but played hard-nosed the whole time and contributed to his team’s victory with lots of hustle plays like fighting for loose balls, getting rebounds and setting screens for teammates. We then had an hour break before we squared off with Sellersburg’s Silver Creek Elementary Dragons. The Dragons were good but we were better, in my opinion. However, we made a far too many mistakes during the game. This was also a nail-biter that was close the entire way. No team had a lead greater than 4 points. We were up by 1 point with 8 seconds left on the clock when they threw up a 3-point prayer that was answered. We could not get a shot off afterwards and we lost by that 2-point margin, 40-38. Luke again set crushing picks, scrapped on the floor and in groups for loose balls and rebounds and actually took a shot that should’ve gone in but rimmed-out. We were very proud of his hustle and the play of the entire team. They played their hearts out and should’ve won the game. It was just not to be today and we left 1-1 on the day. This was to be a play-in round for a tourney on Sunday. However, all the talk was that this would be it due to the big winter storm blowing through the area from Saturday night to Monday morning. Luke wanted dinner from Frisch’s Big Boy while we were in Madison. We made it home safely but needed to run out to Wally World to grab a few things before the big winter storm hit (sodas, chips, sandwiches) where Luke met “Willie” from his favorite TV show and it was a zoo with all kinds of rude folks and other “People of Wal-Mart” out in full force. It seems like nothing is as good for business for Wally World than a good storm. Oh; and of course the storm always means that one or two cashiers will have to call in so they only have like 4 lanes open to ensure you have a 10 minute wait before you end your shopping journey! But we made it home safely before the storm hit and sat back and took it easy the rest of the night, waiting for the storm to hit and see if we get snowed in! It’s funny how people freak out and we end up selling out of milk, bread and meat…
On Sunday, it rained overnight and then the temps dropped and everything froze. Then the sleet came. Then the snow came. Then it sleeted some more and then snowed some more. Luke’s basketball tourney in Madison was cancelled, as we had expected since we were under an “orange” travel advisory – where you’re only supposed to go out if it is for work or an emergency. Abby’s volleyball games were cancelled. Luke’s baseball practice was cancelled. We watched a couple movies and Ann made cookies. We took naps and watched the NASCAR race in Phoenix. Luke ended up doing a private practice with Drew & Bryan late in the afternoon.

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Next up is our Waybac section. Leading off this week, we have a local professional baseball team called the Shamrocks. The only information I can find is a team out of South Bend from 1910 to 1915 and a Lafayette team known as the Green Sox about the same time as well, but things weren’t always documented that well back in those days; then we have a friend or family member from the 1940’s of either the Brown’s or Morgan’s from about the 1940’s?; then a few crops of a great photo of my grandma Connie Morgan driving a tractor on her parents’ farm in about 1941-ish; Grandmaw and Grandpaw Brown while they were dating in or about 1943 (also includes a photo of Grandpaw’s friend/cousin?); then Lafayette’s City Hall going through some renovations in the 1950’s or so??; then either Grandmaw or Aunt Norma early 1950s; a day at the beach with the Brown’s & Atha’s in August of ’54; the Centennial Celebration in Greensburg in 1959; JFK’s visit to Lafayette (with Grandpaw Brown running security in the background) in April of 1960; a site we have become familiar with recently – only this was back in January of 1981 – in LaPorte at the big Kenwood St home on Lilly Lake (I was telling Luke it would take us over an hour to clear that driveway each time we had to shovel!); a few crops of Grandmaw & Grandpaw – first in May of 1981 in Cadillac, Michigan and then with Rob at our new home on Rockwood St in LP – this is a fairly early-on photo with the original white paint, the two trees out front, the side yard not fenced-in; and the little sidewalk leading to the street in August of ’82 with Robby on his little trike; the Owens’ family friends, Dave & Jenny’s wedding in LP in ’91; Matt in his kindergarten (I believe) photo in September of ’02; Matt & Bu in a classic b&w photo in our newly renovated living room in September of 2003; and finally a photo of Mom with her beloved granddaughter she thought so highly of during the Bryan Christmas in 2003 in their 2nd home in Rossville.

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And finally we have our video section, which includes three new family videos and several from around the internet this week.

And that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, we thank you for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya Momma…
Later, Scheu

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