And Run for your Life…The Man is back in Town

Life really picked up steam this week, here at the Scheu domicile. It was the first full week of school. Luke had his first football game and scored the team’s first TD of the year. Abby played in her first soccer game and worked during her free time. Matt drew closer to the end of summer school, just in time to start his fall semester. Ann continued to battle headaches and sore knees as she prepped her business for a major computer conversion. I met my goal of 15 miles again this week and enjoyed some special time with my little Bu. We had several celebrity deaths this week and tensions tightened with South Korea and even here in Virginia…but thankfully football started back up this week, so maybe things will turn out OK. Hello again and welcome to the latest edition of the Scheu Family Blog.
It was back to work & school on a rainy Monday morning. Abby got to go in later as her class hasn’t actually started yet (she is taking a college class but the college semester has not yet begun!). She still got up and ran Luke and her friends to school. She had soccer practice after school then ran home to get her uniform as she was asked to come in to work. Luke had football after school. Matt got up and went to work and then headed up to U Indy for night class and ended up staying up at his apartment for most of the week. Ann made the house smell heavenly that evening by baking a cake (but she took it to work!). I only got in a couple miles of walking after work before being called back to address a couple safety issues back on the unit. I left work and met up with Bryan and Coach Harris for a coaches meeting to watch game film and discuss our goals for this week’s game while grubbing on some Jimmy Johns. When I got home, I repaired one of Shawna’s kids’ laptops. It’s too bad I can’t get a job doing this every day!

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It was a little warmer on Tuesday, which caused us to close up the house and turn on the air. Matt had the day off but stayed up at school to study. Abby had soccer practice after school then worked on a Barbie project with Julia and Trevin’s sister. Luke had football practice after school. Ann made soup, salad and bread for dinner – her homemade potato soup was even better after 24 hours, her salad was delicious with her homemade Shallos ranch dressing and her crazy bread put it over the top. I walked three miles after work and felt really good…other than my feet – I really need to look for a pair of running shoes.
On Wednesday morning, Abby went in to school late again due to her college course not yet starting but kudos to her for still getting up to run her brother and friends to school. Luke had a good football practice after school while Abs attended soccer practice. I got in another three miles after work that made my dogs bark loudly. I now have blisters on the balls of both feet. I was able to locate a pair of running shoes in my closet to try out tomorrow. Ann & I watched TV and relaxed on our only quiet night of the week.

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Ann and I both had fast days at work on Thursday. I walked three miles in the 90-degree heat on sore feet, but the shoes definitely helped and I did no further damage. Being diabetic, feet are a big deal and something I try hard to take care of. Abby had soccer again after school then went on to Pirateers and ended up at Trevin’s house to “study.” Matt came home and went in to work at Aspen. He was able to get off in time to come watch Luke’s football game – how cool is that?! Luke had his first football game that evening at Shriver Field. What a thrill it must be that he gets to play on the varsity field as an 8th grader!? They opened the season facing Connersville – a team we destroyed last year as 7th graders. Bryan & I did camera crew and scouting for Coach Harris, calling out formations and vulnerabilities on both sides of the ball. Luke played fullback, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, safety, kickoff return up-back and although he was on the kickoff team, he did not kick in this game. I believe this is the first game he’s played in his career where he was not the kicker on the team. It was kind of weird, to be honest…but times change. Luke is one of the quad-captains this year and got to go out to do the coinflip. Luke carried the ball 3 out of the first 4 plays of the game and scored on a 30-yard scamper for his and the team’s first TD score of the year. It was a nice run, as he juked, spun a 360 and bounced it outside and dove across the line to paydirt. He ran a couple more times before the coaches shut him down for the game (no reason to risk injuring him) as we quickly began to dominate both sides of the ball. The boys were leading 30-6 at halftime when Coach Harris called off the dogs and got the second-stringers in the game. There was no scoring in the 2nd half as we coasted to the first victory of the season and go into next week’s game with a 1-0 record. The Spartans requested for a continuous clock in the 2nd half to help get the game over quicker. Luke’s stats: 4 rushes for 58 yards, 6 points (1 TD) and added 7 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. We grabbed drive thru from Wendy’s and uploaded the game to Hudl so the boys and coaches could review the game tomorrow.

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Abby had another late start due to her schedule on Friday morning so I took Luke on to school. He had football practice then went to Drayden’s house to spend the night with Drew & Skylar. Abby had soccer practice after school then went out with her Pirateers girlfriends and ended up at Trevin’s house again until late. Matt worked at the old folks home then talked on the phone with his friend until late. I walked a 5K after work in order to reach my personal goal for the week and my feet felt much better. Abby’ senior pictures were cancelled due to overcast skies and the threat of storms. They’ve been rescheduled for next week, so hopefully Mother Nature will play nice. Bu was so upset that we needed to take her out for some ElRep therapy for dinner that night. When I got home, I was on the phone with Comcast for about an hour to fix our internet and TV issues…but when they couldn’t resolve them, I just went on to bed.
I was up early on Saturday to take Black Betty out for a spa day – an oil change, a much-needed wash and a full tank of petrol. Matt worked at Aspen Place while Ann & I drove to Knightstown to support Abby and the Lady Pirates as they opened their season against the Panthers, who have a nice, artificial turf field. It was pretty hot that day and the heat on the turf was obvious. Abs didn’t start the game, but ended up playing more than some of the starters. The offense struggled to score and even keep the ball on that end of the field. And although we played really good defense, we ultimately gave up 1 goal in each half and lost 0-2 so their record now stands at 0-1. On our way back, Ann & I did our grocery shopping and then I got back on the phone with Comcast to get our stuff working. They finally got it going again a couple hours later, but Ann thinks we should get a rebate due to the length of the outage! LOL Unfortunately, because of our soccer game, we missed the wedding of our friends Mary & Jason and we wish them well in this new chapter of their lives. Poor Molly’s ear was hurting again so Ann put some drops in it and she has been much better since then, but that ear has given her nothing but trouble. Abby got back from the game and had to go in to work for the night. When Matt got home, he went for a 5-mile run through town. Ann made dinner for us – grilled chicken, parmesan noodles and corn on the cob yum! Meanwhile Luke enjoyed his time with Drayden, Drew and Skylar as they went to King’s Island for the day with Dray’s family and then got back late and stayed the night at Dray’s house again.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday morning before I got up and mowed the lawn. Matt & Abby went in to work. Luke spent the day with his buddies. I picked them up at Shack’s house and took them to the park in the back of Betty White. They ended up riding back to our house on their bikes where we all piled in to the truck again and I took them home. Ann made grilled chicken salad for lunch and then we took naps as we watched the NASCAR races (well I did while she read). Abby got home from work and we got ready and drove up to Deer Creek (I will not call it by its corporate sponsor name, Klipsch Music Center!) to see the triple bill of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Cheap Trick and the headliner, Foreigner. This was both Foreigner and Cheap Trick’s 40th anniversary tour…and as Jason pointed out, the 40th anniversary of the final Led Zeppelin US tour. There was a rumor that Lou Gramm might join Foreigner on stage, but that didn’t play out. However, they were joined by the Greenwood High School choir for “I Want to Know what Love Is,” which was pretty cool. We had a beautiful evening for music. Although we didn’t make it to our annual Reds game this year, this was a nice substitute – in fact, this was Abby’s idea and her treat – thanks, Bu! We got in just as JBLZE was taking the stage and enjoyed the hell out of his short set while the sun was still out. I was bummed they only played about 40 minutes. Although I wanted to see all the bands that night, it was this band that I really wanted to check out and they did not disappoint. They are excellent musicians and I was blown away. During the intermission, we went and got some new concert tees – Bu got a Foreigner 40 Tour shirt while I got a JBLZE tie dye. Cheap Trick took the stage just as we were making our purchases so we hurried back to our spot on the lawn and really enjoyed the Trick’s set, getting up and doing a little dancing and singing. Although I was bummed they didn’t play Ain’t that a Shame (my fave), they did play all their other good songs to a back drop of a beautiful sunset. Rick & Robin were in top form and even though they are Mom & Dad’s age, they totally rocked-out! During the final intermission, we went to the bathroom and got a drink and a snack. Foreigner took the stage as it got dark and played all their big songs – in fact they didn’t have any throw-away songs…they were all songs that I knew by heart. The band sounded great even though only Mick Jones is left from the original lineup. Their new singer (Kelly Hanson from the 80’s “hair-metal” band Hurricane) did a great job and was very true to Lou’s style of singing. The sound was excellent for all the bands except when Foreigner played Urgent when they had a nasty feedback loop and lost power three times in the same part of the song structure – it was weird. Abby and I sang all the songs and had a blast from our vantage point (although we kept smelling something funny around us…) and the crowd was great for a Sunday night. I’m not sure what capacity is up there but we had to be close to it. I hadn’t been up there in a while (maybe with Ann to see Jackyl and Sammy Hagar for the Q95 25th anniversary show??), but the place looked great and they had some nice additions like a bunch of VIP areas and even cabanas! The bathroom and drink lines were very short and we got right in and right out of the parking lot (we literally spent maybe 60 seconds in the lot, total!) – it was an all-around great experience. We stopped at Steak ‘n Shake for dinner and then had an easy ride home…but I’m glad I took off Monday because I was pretty tired by the time I finally got to bed around 2. We’ll have a bunch of pix & vids of the event to share next week.
Next up is our Waybac section which continues to feature our first couple years in the Ryle house as well as some goodies from Memaw & Gigi’s move. We lead off with a picture of Gpa Owens in Science Club in 1953 at GCHS; Chris B school picture in 1979; Sandy with Randy Whitman, circa 1989; Ann & I’s wedding announcement picture in 1995; Abby’s 2nd birthday party in the Ryle home in September, 2001; Matt’s bday bowling party at Parkside Lanes in March, 2002; Matt’s birthday party at Ryle in March, 2002; Indy Zoo trip in May, 2002; Matt’s tball game in July, 2002 at the new YMCA; Matt’s lovely camera work (who’s idea was it to develop these??) in August, 2002; and finally Abby’s birthday party at the Main St home in September, 2002.

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Next up is our video segment which includes three new family movies this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. 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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