Thursday, January 31, 2013


If you are 30 or older you might see the humor in this as I have re-written this from its plagiarized original that I found…
When I was a kid, the adults of my day, used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were for them as kids. Because when they were growing up; they had to walk twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill.... Barefoot... BOTH ways, during the Depression, World War 2, Korea Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in heck that I was going to lay a guilt trip like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that.... I'm over the ripe old age of fifty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.
They have got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, they actually live in Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but the kids of today, they don't know how good they've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen!
Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take, like, a week to a month, or more to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to punish us as well as they saw fit! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If you wanted to free down load (steal music), you had to hitchhike or take a bus to the damn record store and that was called shoplifting! I of course liked to take the bus down town and with only one dollar, I bought the latest 45 RPM and a coffee with fries and gravy in the Hudson Bay store.

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had 8 tracks or cassette tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would sometimes come undone. Cause - that's how we re-rolled, our cassette tape back to the beginning, to that Fav Song, dig?

We didn't have fancy phones with Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! Also, we didn't have fancy Caller ID either when the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your School, your Mom, your Boss, a Collections Agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Play Station video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari! With games such as 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids', my favorite was Missile Command. There were no multiple game levels or screens; it was just one screen.... the same screen, forever!
For you could never win... as the game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Sometimes much like LIFE itself!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were dreaming when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your chair and walk over to the TV to change the 3 Channel TV! NO REMOTES!!!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you kids are so spoiled!

And we didn't have micro-waves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
That's exactly what I'm talking about! For the under 30 kids of today have got it too easy. You guys are so spoiled. Yes, you wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1950’s-60’s-70’s-80’s or before!
I know, when I was growing up; Vietnam, Iran, Gas Shortage and Inflation;
Yadda, yadda, yadda
My Regards To The Under 30 Crowd…

Sir Richard…

Thursday, January 24, 2013


A new word for the 21st Century, 
well maybe in the last year or so.
Even I find this word Groovy but I digress as I am a dated surviving Hippy type who is now older then The President of the United States and they used to be always so much older than I!!!!
Hey, I am not supposed to talk about what ails me but my Wife is very ill, my puppy dogs were sick all last night, so I slept not a wink. A few neighbours and friends that I know suffer from the Big “C”. We live in a whole World of Hurt and Pain that would take only GOD to repair as we fail every time when we try!!!
REALLY”? Can you find the strength to share your kindness from your heart, with others even the undeserving? I am saying can you forgive them, I am not saying that you have to hangout or be one of them. Just forgive them and Love them just as we have been commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ on through the Holy Spirit and our Father God in heaven.
Written by Sir Richard…
Music by the Irish group The Corrs…
Sent to you all with LOVE that I believe and am commanded to share!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


If you want to be important—wonderful.
If you want to be recognized—wonderful.
If you want to be great—wonderful.
But recognize, that he who is greatest among you, shall be your servant.

That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it:
by giving that definition of greatness,
it means,
that everybody can be great,
because everybody can serve.

You don't have to have a college degree, to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree, to serve.
You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle, to serve.
You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity, to serve.
You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics, to serve.

You only need a heart full of grace,
a soul generated by love.
And you can be that servant!

**"TO SERVE" is an excerpt from
"The Drum Major Instinct" Sermon
Delivered by - Rev Martin Luther King Jr

Posted for you by Sir Richard...
A knight in thy service of the King of Kings.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Washington, DC − IRI today announced it will send a delegation to Jordan to observe the January 23, 2013 parliamentary elections. Delegates from Canada, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States will travel to Jordan to monitor voting and ballot counting throughout the country. Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation.
The delegation will be led by Gahl Hodges Burt, Vice Chair of the American Academy in Berlin and a member of IRI’s Board of Directors; and Agnieszka Pomaska, member of the lower house of the Polish Parliament and chair of the European Affairs Committee.
Other members of the delegation are:

Petr Bratský, member of the Czech Republic Senate;
Christopher Carr, Vice President at J.P. Morgan;
Darryl Gray, former member of the Canadian Parliament;
James Hart, former member of the Canadian Parliament;
Steve Heydemann, Senior Adviser for Middle East Initiatives at the United States Institute of Peace;
Tami Longaberger, Chief Executive Officer of the Longaberger Company, member of IRI’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute’s Board of Directors;
Matt Rhoades, former Chief of Staff to Governor Mitt Romney;
David Schenker, Aufzien Fellow and Director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy;
Christopher Tuttle, Director of the Washington Program at the Council on Foreign Relations; and
David Vriesendorp, Member of the Board of Directors of the Eduardo Frei Foundation in the Netherlands.

Prior to the elections, delegates will be briefed by Jordan’s Independent Election Commission, Jordanian nongovernmental organizations and parliamentary candidates. Delegates will also be briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers, the Jordanian Code of Conduct for election observers and Jordanian election law. Delegates will then be deployed throughout the country where they will observe the polling process and identify strengths and weaknesses in Jordan’s election system, including campaign regulations, drawing electoral district boundaries, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting.

IRI staff will also serve as observers and assist in the mission. IRI staff will be led by Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President of IRI; Scott Mastic, Director of Middle East and North Africa programs; and Jeff Lilley, Resident Country Director for IRI in Jordan.
IRI also deployed three teams of long-term observers in November to monitor the elections throughout the Kingdom. Long-term observers are meeting with government officials, political campaign representatives, civil society activists and election stakeholders. They will also monitor voting and ballot counting on Election Day, and the adjudication processes and resolution of complaints following the elections.
Since 1983, IRI has monitored more than 150 elections in more than 46 countries, including Jordan’s 2010 parliamentary elections.

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Friday, January 18, 2013


Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. They who believe in Me, though they may die, they shall live and whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…
Do you believe this? Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, and defeated death at the tomb that could not hold Him. Because of those things, and only those things, we who trust Him as our Saviour will live forever!
With love to you all and all that heaven will allow, as today for me was a very good Day!
Sir Richard…

Tuesday, January 8, 2013



My favorite song #1:
Ashokan Farewell"

My favorite song #2:
Nearer My God To Thee

My favorite song #3:
Help me Make It Through The Night

My favorite song #4:
Down To The River To Pray

My favorite song #5:
I'll fly away

Photos of Sir Richard's Life from 0 – Now – as it surprised me that I made it to this day! :)

NOTE: the below music link is for you to listen to if you wish to view the above photos of Sir Richard’s Life from 0 – Now, or you can consider it a Party Favour and cut and paste it to listen to some really Cool but Groovy Music, eh?:!/splayer/50eae61326f2cb093b96d2ca/

“So, as I scratch another notch of my life, I have only one wish, for all of you.
That you celebrate your Birthday's with as much passion and conviction as you do daily, in your own lives.
Also remember, that each day that you are alive, is a blessing from GOD.
So savour each moment as we will all be called Home One Day!”

With Love and all that heaven will allow...
Above and Below this line, are my most favourite singers.
from Sir Richard of Abbenbroek...

Monday, January 7, 2013


I find that you are asking the right questions about assault rifles and large magazine clips as they are appropriate. The shootings of late have come to a head when I saw the horror unfold on TV of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
As a Canadian I need a Canadian Fire Arms Certificate to acquire weapons or so I thought. After the Sandy Hook shooting and since that day I am not renewing my FAC in honour of those children and all victims of shooters. Having once served in the Canadian Armed Forces personally. In reality I have had all the gun use that I will ever need. I wish you well and PLEASE KEEP ASKING THE QUESTIONS as I believe you are on the right track! Let’s get rid of all assault rifles and large magazine clips.
Richard Abbenbroek
Calgary Alberta CANADA.

P.S. QUESTION: I take it that the licence is only for purchasing firearms?
ANSWER: Canadian Firearms Act
QUESTION: Is it required so you can have firearms in your home for self protection? ;
ANSWER: In Canada you can not have a firearm for home protection unless the intruder has an equivalent firearm.
Question: Does the restricted refer to certain types of firearms?
ANSWER: Here is the definition of restricted firearms that I am going to let lapse:
QUESTION: It was my assumption that all firearms were illegal under the Crown's rule.
ANSWER: No, we do not allow large clips or automatic weapons, we also have stringent background checks but if you are a real determined nut then you will get a weapon.
Your Second Amendment was as you know, designed in case Britain (Canadians), re-invade your country or if the Government became so intolerable that Militias could be formed from each State to protect that State’s rights hence the Civil War.
I was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and played Vietnam in the snow with US troops in CFB Gagetown New Brunswick. So having firearm knowledge helped me acquire my FAC Restricted Licence. I actually only got it to aquire a rifle or 2 for my bayonet collection. My fav is my 1942 Mosin Nagant Model 91/30 so mine is de-waded (firing pin broken, hole bored into the barrel, with a steel pin inside so you can not load a round.) This is good as I can do demonstrations about socket bayonets as my wife would not let me buy the 1863 US Springfield Rifle and Bayonet for $2,000.
I hope That I have answered you questions my brother!


Thursday, January 3, 2013


So I have HOPE for all of our GRANDCHILDREN!
With Love and all that heaven will allow, to you all
from Sir Richard and his Newest Grandson Treyvon Hall...