Thomas Sage: A Marine and a Friend

Thomas and I during his trip home after graduating Marine boot camp. 9/28/13

This is a special shout-out to my friend; Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Sage.  Thomas is leaving today for Yuma, Arizona where he will be stationed and working as an Avionics Technician.  Before I go any further I would like to thank him and his friend Ruben for their dedication and service to our country.  I've been wanting to talk about this young man for a while now.  After spending a morning with him and his fellow Marine, Rueben, working out at our gym and flipping tires I decided it was time.

Thomas and I first met at a pizza shop while he was having lunch with a guy who at the time was the pastor of the church where we are both members.  I was still in my addiction at the time.  I do remember him explaining his interest in cars and that he would love to customize a vehicle.  He might have been 16 at the time, but I don't remember.  

Fast forward a few years, and one day, while pretty fresh into my recovery and back in society I ran into Thomas outside our church.  Like the first time we met, we talked about cars and car stereo systems.  I also had a discussion with him about how I was now in recovery from a serious addiction to heroin.  Thomas listened to what I had to say and not once did he judge me.  In fact we exchanged numbers, partly because he knew I was the go to guy for a car stereo install.  Thomas became very interested in all the things that I had surrounded myself with.  Knowing he had opened his mind up to me, gave me reassurance that I would have no problem being a positive role model for this young man.  Our friendship grew as Thomas would finish his last year of high school.  I even put a nice little system in his car so he could enjoy the delicious bass waves.  That stereo system would be the one big thing that kept him around me, and when he was around me I did nothing but inject positivity into his mind.  

One day he told me his decision to join the Marines, and I was very impressed.  It was a choice that required a lot of dedication and hard work, but surely it would be very rewarding.  He told me that he chose Avionic Electronics as his job, which sounded pretty cool to me.  I showed him nothing but support for his decision and reassured him that he was going to make it.

By the time he left for boot camp we had formed a really good friendship.  We believed in each others quest. I saw him enter his adult life as an ambitious young man seeking steadfast stability through a hard earned position in the Marines, and he saw my new purpose blossoming through all my personal endeavors.  As a matter of fact he is the one who used my phone to record the mini documentary I made called the Featherhawk- The Change.  

Thomas would complete boot camp and eventually graduate as a Marine.  His girlfriend Kate was preparing something special for him as a graduation present, which is what sparked the idea to make this funny but meaningful video for Thomas.  This was my own version of Thomas' favorite character Earl Dibbles Jr.  

It has been an honor to see Thomas grow as a man and as a Marine.  I'm very proud of him and his accomplishments, and I'm sure there will be many more along his journey in life.  I'm very grateful to have him as a friend and someone who I can share my support with.  

Ruben, Me and Thomas after a good gym session and 4 sets of tire flipping/beating

Thomas you are a prime example of someone who can accomplish the things that you set your mind to.  I love how you are so funny but at the same time you know when to be serious.  I miss you always managing to get in my way, lol.  I'm glad that you could use my positive vibes to help you with your journey!  I wish you the very best at your new station in Arizona.  You're doing great things my friend and I look forward to watching you grow even more. Love you man!!