Thursday, July 30, 2009

25 Years Ago Today!

25 years ago today on July 30th 1984 I started with the Calgary Public Library!

Today in History for July 30th =
My Favorite song of the year 1984 was:
Many good things have happened for me
and many others, that I have helped because of the Library.

Sir Richard....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

You don't know how to fly. ;)

You know in cartoons, the way someone can run off a cliff and they're fine but they don't fall, until they look down? I came to believe that this was the secret of life,
to "Never Look Down" but it's more than that. It's not just about not looking, what it is about is realizing that you're in the middle of the air
and you don't know how to fly. ;)

by Sir Richard...

Monday, July 27, 2009

I am truly blessed to have such a good wife! :)

Sir Richard of Abbenbroek says that today is my wife's the
Lady Joyce and my Wedding Anniversary.
To share the song that I feel is ours, here it is:

As I am truly blessed to have such a good wife! :)

Sir Richard...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Golden Hawk and Airdrie Air Show Pictures

RCAF Golden Hawks

The history of the North American F-86 Sabre (and its variants like the Canadair Sabre models) is closely tied to the beginnings of the Cold War and famously with the Korean War battles with Russian MiG 15's. The Sabre, a swept wing, single seat air superiority fighter is long recognized as one of the finest fighter aircraft of all time and the Sabre 5 and Sabre 6 models built by Canadair at their Montreal plant are considered the most capable of all Sabres. Of the more than 9,500 Sabres constructed worldwide, more than 1,800 were built in Canada in six different variants.

The Canadair Sabre saw operational service both in Canada and with 12 squadrons at Royal Canadian Air Force stations in Europe as part of a large NATO commitment. The most spectacular paint scheme ever to grace the already graceful lines of the Sabre was the livery of the RCAF's precision aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks. The Golden Hawks were created in 1959 to honour the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada and the Vintage Wings of Canada Sabre will wear the same metallic gold paint scheme as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight in 2009.

Sir Richard's Golden Hawk and Airdrie Air Show Pictures July 22nd 2009:

I hope that these were of some interest.

Sir Richard...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Mist of Fear 20 Years After

The Mist of Fear 20 Years After

I have found that most people change kind of slowly if at all. They are who they are and then after a while, they're someone else. While some people know the exact moment where their lives changed, such as myself.
Either they saw the person they were going to marry or the look in their baby's eyes the first time he/she smiled.
For some people, it's not the good things in life that made them change. It's something they've gone through that makes everything they look at from that moment on, seem very different from how it had always been.
Again I am one of the later group of people, 20 years ago I changed after my youngest daughters abduction.
For from that experience, I learned how to fear for real and to fear all the time but also how to channel this fear of mine to help others.
People like to examine the things that frighten them, to look at them and give them names, so saints look for God, and scientists look for evidence. They're both just trying to take away the mystery, to take away the fear.
That's what I try and do for Parents of Missing Children, to channel that fear, by sharing myself.
Essentially, I am just a good listener. Though I am not a trained social worker, psychiatrist or lawyer. I let the loved ones of the Missing know, that like them. I have already gone through the same fog of despair and horror of a "Missing Loved One", albeit 20 years later.
As I offer them my hand, heart and mind in support, together we walk through the mist of fear together.

by Sir Richard...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sir Richards 2009 Calgary Stampede

These are Sir Richards impressions of this years 2009 Calgary Stampede.
I also share these with all those Cowboy Hat and Flip Flopper types :)
Yippy Ky Yi Yaaaa!

Sir Richard...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sir Richard's Walking At Work July09

Since my stroke I sort of decided to wake up and smell the roses so to speak.
Thanks to the inspiration of a very close friend who runs and to motivate myself, I take pictures along with walks during breaks and my lunch.
Hence these pictures, which help me with my health an maybe, they may be worthy eye candy for you:
These were all taken in and around the Calgary Public Library and as far as a Calgary Transit can return me.
Any how, "Thank You" for looking. :)

Sir Richard...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Calgary Stampede - 2009

Ghost Riders In The Sky

An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
Plowing through the ragged skies and up the cloudy draw...

Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the Riders coming hard and he heard their mournful cry...

Yippie yi Ohhhhh
Yippie yi yaaaaay
Ghost Riders in the sky...

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
He's riding hard to catch that herd but he ain't caught 'em yet
Cause they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
On horses snorting fire
As they ride on hear their cry...

As the riders loped on by him, he heard one call his name
If you want to save your soul from Hell or a-riding on our range
Then cowboy change your ways today, or with us you will ride!
Trying to catch the Devil's herd, across these endless skies...

Yippie yi Ohhhhh
Yippie yi Yaaaaay

Ghost Riders in the sky...
Ghost Riders in the sky...
Ghost Riders in the sky...

by Johnny Cash
May I Wish You All A Happy Calgary Stampede - 2009

Sir Richard
A knight in thy service of the King of Kings!