Author: Rick Thues

Rick the Cabinetmaker

Episode #793 April 13, 2024 My fiancé’s father needed help in his cabinet shop, Precision Cabinets.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-h5Qp-r_OM So, I quit Huntington Beach Trailer Supply and move to Tustin to begin work for him building custom kitchen cabinets. Fred is old school and runs a tight shop. If I ask him where the countertop draw bolts are his answer is, “In the draw bolt department.” The thing is always in the place it belongs. Fred teaches me woodworking from scratch. His patience is only exceeded by his kindness. This new career suits me well. Soon, I will be married....

Rick Does What it Takes

Episode #792 April 6, 2024 I wake in my childhood room. The dawn flows into my bedroom windows. The familiar distant sound of the Knott’s Berry Farm train whistle is a low harmony for the song of bluebirds.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SCzVEUlqqA There are sea change events in my life where I have no obligations, no pressures and no goals. They have occurred at my birth, when I quit a job and after a graduation from school. This most current change has left me with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Notre Dame in my back pocket and nothing to do. I...

R Thomas Collegiate

Episode #791 March 30, 2023 There is a wooded path on the land bridge between the two lakes at Notre Dame.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky57Jo3-BaU I need a break from studies, so am strolling down the trail. I notice a station of the cross carved into a wooden plaque on the side of the path. A little farther along is another plaque, then another. The Simon and Garfunkel song, “The Boxer,” comes to mind. After the 14th station I arrive at a clearing with Jesus on a crucifix. The lyrics ring in my head: “In the clearing stands a boxer And...

R Thomas tests college waters

Episode #790 March 23, 2024 Gentle pool of sand waiting unpretentiously for the lion’s death. --R. Thomas Thues   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4mNQbj9V4 It is the day before registration at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. I have been walking the 1,265 acres of land. What a beautiful campus this is. My wanderings bring me to Saint Joseph’s Lake. There are three girls and two boys sitting on blankets on the shore. “Hello,” I say. “Hi,” responds one of the girls. “I’m Wendy, this is Cindy, Mary, William and Fred. We are second years.” I shake their hands. “What a nice lake...

Rickity in High School

Episode #789 March 16, 2024 Servite High School classes are divided by IQ potential. At the top of the curriculum is the Honors class.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqqL7tP7Is The other academic groups at Servite are Twos, Threes, Fours and Fives. The Fives group was created this year for the football team draftees imported from surrounding counties. I have always been an overachiever, but I do not test well. My entrance exam for Servite has placed me in the Fours group. I show up in my sharp new clothes and freshly trimmed flat top. My good friend Limon Richy runs toward me, his...

Ricki Thomas Peter

Episode #788 March 9, 2024 I am small for my age. My father hands me a 32” wooden baseball bat.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O143FLOotUM I test the balance, the bat is heavy. Dad tosses me an easy, arching under-hander. I swing so far under the ball that it strikes the top of the bat and dribbles onto the ground. “Choke up,” says Dad. He walks over to me and says, “Like this,” pushing my grip up from the end of the bat. A practice swing is flat and smooth. Dad tosses another one. I swing hard and true. The bat meets...