“In her excellent book on writing, Bird by Bird, author Anne Lamott reveals that she often suggests that those struggling to commit words to paper (or screen) write about their school lunches; something about the act of recollecting and writing those details helps jimmy the floodgates open. For Lamott, the act of opening a lunchbox is, ‘about opening our insides in front of everyone. Just like writing is.’”Daily Post

I was finishing my fourth year of apprenticeship in 1972 and happened to be working on a re-model of the high school that I had graduated from just six years before. The job was winding down and there were four electricians left: Freege (the Foreman), Big Ben, Jack and me.

Lunchtime on a construction job is generally like having a picnic in a war-zone. You want to find a semi-clean, flat area with a view, preferably in the shade, and choose your companions wisely—you will spend the next 30 minutes of your time with them. The four of us favored a shady view of the Athletic fields where students chased a ball of some sort, or exercised and ran laps to get in shape to chase a ball in the near future. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top


“On top can be a feeling, a perspective, or a physical location…” —Daily Post

How about combining all three? I joined the IBEW at the beginning of my second year of apprenticeship, and that makes this year number 46 in an amazing career. When I retired last week, this beautiful double-chocolate cake was waiting for me when I got to work. A couple of retired bridge electricians, everyone in the EShop and one of our Business Managers came to see me that night for a final good-bye. Our Bridge Manager even stopped by to present a 15-year award to me and share in the celebration. Continue reading

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Whole


“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” —Douglas Adams

I spent one-third of my whole career working on the Golden Gate Bridge and more than once, in the last week since I retired, I have asked myself this question, “Was it all a dream?”. It has been one of those “Life Experiences” that present themselves to us when we least expect it.

For the record, I am glad that it actually happened to me and I really enjoyed it.

Dream Life © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Dream Life
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Whole

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


I took this photo on the way home after one of my Graveyards shifts. On a clear day, sunrise at the GGB is a spiritual event.

Monumental Sunrise © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Monumental Sunrise
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with 645 Pro Mark II app, edited in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monuments