Tuesday, April 8, 2014


In 1962 we were sent home with a note for our Mothers to sign, eat our lunch and then run back fast as we could to school so have our teacher could countersign our note with our, arrival back time at school for the Canadian Civil Defence. Well, I always rode
my bike (winter or not), so they made my friend Glen walks with me, so in case I a blown inner tube or my chain fell off I would be equal like all the other kids. 

“Please click on the forward arrow to start the below video” 

During the Cuban Missile Crises, I used to have strange dreams about a Nuclear War as I could not see why we were so concerned about Cuba?? Small, far away from Canada and I did not even know anyone from there? So if it meant (as in my dreams). climbing up our basement steel support beams cause our home was gone, as I ran from Radio Active Wolves that I dreamt about, then let them have it!!! The Russians that is, as they could have the place, I didn’t even like Bananas then anyhow? So when my Dad returned from one of his 2 jobs I asked him what would happen if, I did not make it home in time to be with our family? 

So to explain he took a slow drag off of his cigarette and flicked an extra ash onto the one that was already on the ground. Then said; “see those 2 ashes, well (as he used his shoe to join them together), the Atomic bomb will turn us all into ash so fast we will not feel a thing and all of us will then be one ash everywhere so you need not worry cause we will be together and those Wolves will be ash as well, hurting no one.” My Dad never lied so I knew it was the truth and I felt a bit better.

So when the big air raid day came I told my friend Glen what my Dad said and we walked very slow and even went to Dairy Queen as I had $.25, which was enough for 2 milk shakes! Mine was strawberry and I was the last one into school. My grade 2 teacher (who told all that morning that by tomorrow morning we were all going to die?),went ape and because I was the last kid in and not take the Air Raid Drill serious, I got a both hands strapped in front of the class! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1MQ4eyg6U4

When I was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, during basic training, we learned all about, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare and we had a sign as you can see posted here that was posted all over the base, which made me just as happy as that Strawberry Shake did a decade earlier! P.S. I also Love this film as it informs you how to survive a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare, now put this thought through you heads, it is summer, and you have to relieve yourself, also try opening and eating a can of peaches for shit’s and giggles, now there is a an hour of toasty fun, while at the same time someone with an AK -47 is coming to join you for lunch but with very bad table manners? LOL 
So now for a song, Let us Sing!! :)
Written By, 
Richard Abbenbroek...
Born in Calgary PRAY FOR PEACE!
F.Y.I., there are no functioning Civil Defence Sirens remaining in Calgary. The last working ones were either removed or disabled long ago at least 10 years if not 20. The authorities finally had to admit they would serve no purpose because if nukes were airborne and on their way to Calgary, sirens would not allow anyone within earshot enough time to escape the city. Better to be incinerated in the comfort of your own home than whilst gridlocked on the Deerfoot Trail, after all! They are no longer tested but still exist all over Calgary mostly on large old buildings or old towers. In theory should they need to be employed it is typically done at a main trucking station much like fire alarms. These trunks used to be old AGT (Telus) telephone "houses" which are now Telus data centers. These are still largely hooked up and I have heard them go off (by accident) more than once in the last 10 years. The last one that I knew of, still up was in the Renfrew area. This one came down in the early 90's not too long after the fall of the Soviet Union. It's funny as a kid all of these were just fixtures of our neighbourhoods, but it retrospect when they came down; they were like our own little piece of the Berlin Wall coming down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2dZUHi0X38

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