But (we’re) Always on the Run…

It was another quick week, here at the Scheu abode. The kids were very busy and Ann & I did our best to keep up with them. Thank goodness for Mom & Sandy…not sure where we’d be without those two! It was a sad week as entertainer after entertainer announced they were retiring. That’s when you KNOW you are old – when the athletes and musicians you enjoy start retiring…Rush announced this will be their final tour (their 40th year!). The Who will be on the road this summer for their farewell tour (their 50th!). Mötley Crüe will also be out this summer for their farewell tour. It looks like the Black Crowes will retire again. And to boot, Jeff Gordon will also gear up for his final summer behind the wheel before riding off in to the sunset. Sundays won’t be the same for me after this year – he was the reason I caught the racing bug back in early nineties.
On Monday, Abby was in early to meet with her math teacher for a study session in preparation of her big test later that day. Luke had basketball practice after school and later that night Abby had jazz practice at Dixon Dance.
I had a haircut on Tuesday afternoon. I was a little concerned when I got out to the truck and realized I looked like a dude from that Flock of Seagulls video. Thankfully, I was able to comb it a different way when I got back to work. Abby had Pirateers practice after school. We have lots of new social media pictures to share this week: Abby last Friday before the big formal; Abby & the Pirateers; Rob playing Frisbee golf in FL; Haley with kiddos; Lafayette sights from the past: Big Dipper, Turnpike & Aca Y Ala skating rink; a sad site for Bu; Plant prepping to play a big festival; there’s a new Randy Rhodes tribute LP coming out; the names of the actors that voice the characters of the Simpsons & South Park; final tours for Rush, The Who & Mötley Crüe; the retirements of TBC and the Rainbow Warrior; and finally the death of Ernie Banks.

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Luke had baseball practice with Drew and the other pitchers after school on Wednesday. Bryan is going to be the pitching coach for our travel team this year and Luke really enjoys pitching. Bryan and I briefly spoke about league play again that evening. We’re still not totally convinced we want to do both this year and now are actually leaning towards only doing travel team this year. Although we hope the travel team might help him with his batting, Ann & I just hope that doesn’t hold Luke back with getting pitching experience that he could get by playing league. It was Homework Club evening for Abby and her friends. She and Brittney worked on Science Fair and with Ann’s scrapbooking expertise, it turned out very well. We had Pizza Hut for dinner and everybody was happy.
It was a busy evening on Thursday as Abby had Pirateers before joining Ann at Amy’s house with Mom & Sandy for dinner before heading on to tap practice at Dixon Studio. Abby was in to school early on Friday for Jr. Optimist club. Luke had basketball practice after school and sadly, Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks passed away at age 83.
Saturday was another busy day. Luke had basketball practice in the early morning. He also had baseball practice in the late afternoon. We took down the Christmas Tree. It always takes so long and this year was no exception as we worked on it for about 5 hours. The Boilers knocked off the #25 Hawkeyes. We did a few other household chores and Drew spent the night with Luke as he was reeling from his Grandmother’s passing. We had Pizza Hut again for dinner that night and everyone was happy.
Ann & I had to split up again on Sunday as Ann & Bu went to Milhousen to play St. Anthony church. The girls came out flat and never were able to shake it off, losing all three straight sets, 9-21, 14-21 and 15-21. Hopefully this is the final weekend I’ll have to miss her games. I can’t wait to see her in action again! Meanwhile Luke, Drew & I went all the way to Richmond for Luke’s end-of-season league tourney. We were somehow matched up with the #1 team in the league even though we should’ve been the #3 seed. We faced the incredibly talented Green Castle team 1st. We were never really in the game. They play the best defense we’ve seen all year and their offense is something that you’d see in a really good junior high team. We ended up losing by like 35 and were held under 20 points for the first time this year, I think, with the final score being 19-55. Luke played sparingly, as did all the 2nd stringers. He had some good play and took a shot or two but none went through the hoop. He did play pretty good defense and got some loose balls and rebounds for us. We had an hour off as the Jac-Cen-Del team beat the Knightstown team. So we played Knightstown for the 3rd spot in the tourney in the consolation game. We looked much better in this game and pulled away quickly, eventually winning by about 25, 54-31. Luke played more in this game and again looked good in the paint, battling for rebounds on both ends and going for loose balls. His passing was pretty good as well and he made a basket to boot! When we got outside, it was really coming down. The freezing rain and sleet had turned to a very sloppy snow and it was think, heavy and slick. The boys and I stopped and ate at Burger King before venturing on our 2-hour journey back to Greensburg. It was slow-going on the very slick roads but we eventually made it back safely. We dropped off Memaw’s car (thanks for letting us take it today!) and Ann picked us up and immediately head to the junior high for a baseball parents meeting. We have decided to forego league play, I think, this year. In its place, we have created a Greensburg Titans travel team for our 11-U’s. Drew spent the night again with us and Luke was a good friend for him.

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Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature goodies from my scrapbook box. We lead off this week with a few from an old photo book my Dad gave me when I was little – 2 crops of a great photo of Uncle Chuck, Aunt Sue and Dad (Tom) in October of ’47 and then Dad riding in his stroller in May of ’48 – I think the 1st one may be on 9th St but the 2nd is definitely Highland…perhaps Aunt Sue could clear this up…then on to the links with Dad from the late ‘60s – likely circa 1967 with his 1st hole-in-one; then on to a couple pictures from an old yearbook from Oakland – my neighbor Jerry, the old school, some other pix and then me – all from ’76; next we have a 1982 Art Club award from Boston in LP; a b-day ad for Dad Scheu in ’82; a write-up during our perfect frosh football season in October ’83; my certificate from the Midwest Talent Search in ’83 – I forgot all those special classes and tests from like 3rd grade to 9th grade…there were a bunch of them and are probably the reason I was accepted at all the colleges I applied for (PU, IU, BSU, ND, etc); a write up in the High Times school newspaper (yes, that was the actual name and a good reflection on the times) of the wrestling team in early ’84; another article in HA of the football team – this time in ’85 and then a baseball schedule from ’85; Rosie’s senior pic from the yearbook in ’85 (you’re welcome Rosemary!); another article of the football team that mentions me getting a sack or two in Sept ’86; a picture of my linebackers from that same year; another couple football articles in Oct ’86; my Slicer plaque from June ’87; front page of the HA of the big parade after LP won the state title in baseball my senior year – what a way to cap off an amazing senior year!; Ann at FC with her sorority sisters on Bid Day in October ’88; Ann with a friend during her FC days, circa 1990; a page from my senior FC yearbook of my Frisbee golf titles in 1991; then a three things I found in the garage while putting away the tree on Saturday – Matt’s picture of Travis Easterling after performing in our living room in the spring of 2002; Matt’s memory-mate of the greatest team ever assembled back in June 2004 – Matt & the Devil Rays; and Luke’s old school name tag/badge from 2011.

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Our final segment includes our videos, which has two new family videos and several from around the internet this week.

And that does it for this installment of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks 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, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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