Re-lamping a cable light

I am a retired member of the IBEW after 46 years of service. My last employer was the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District in San Francisco, CA.

Walking on a Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Walking into the fog
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Enough about me. Click here for more about me from Sweet Mother’s perspective.

Please join me while I share my photography, tell some stories and spread a little insight into my life as an electrician who stumbled upon the best job of his life.


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  107 comments for “About

  1. February 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Didn’t have to look very far – I thought this was perfect for you!
    Across the Bored has nominated you for an Award at http://acrossthebored.com/2014/02/07/awards-on-a-grey-day/. If you choose to accept, feel free to pass it along to other deserving bloggers! If not, know that your blog is well appreciated and a source of inspiration for us.


    • February 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks for appreciating my efforts. I will be participating in the near future. Allan


  2. November 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    OK, so I came here thinking you were a yoga practitioner. Boy was I wrong! :-p Nonetheless, I’ll be checking out your blog.


    • November 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting and checking out the blog. If you have any questions/comments contact me and I will answer it to the best of my ability.



  3. October 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    You just answered my previous question. :) These pictures are awesome, congratulations for your job!


  4. September 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I remember using this bridge frequently :) Awesome photos. THank you for sharing and thank you for dropping in to see my post.


  5. July 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for following my blog, Allan. This Bay Area is amazing, isn’t it? We’ve lived here for about 38 years now, and it’s home. I’m a nurse case manager, and used to work for Union Labor Life Ins. in the City…we covered IBEW at that time. Small world.


  6. July 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, wow, I had no idea that was you in or taking those pictures! Amazing! (And terrifying!)

    Funny — I took a motorcycle trip alone in Norway a couple of years ago. My first day of riding, I was on an unfamiliar bike, in an unfamiliar country, on narrow, treacherous roads, in heavy rain and fog. I finally got to my hotel, and it turned out I had to climb four steps up a ladder to get to a loft area where the bed was.

    Narrow switchbacks in heavy fog? No problem. Four steps up a sturdy ladder? Took me 15 minutes, hyperventilating for most of that time.

    No idea how you do it. :)


    • July 24, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Hello Karen,

      Touring Norway your way sounds like a lot of fun, Queasy Rider. I hope that the ladder in question had handrails for you to hold onto. It sounds to me like you are a committed “Groundling”, and that’s OK. That means more work for us “Uppity” types.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us and for following my blog,


  7. June 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Fantastic photos Allan! I love them. I am a San Francisco girl myself, born and raised there. I bow to you for being one of the Golden Gatekeepers!! Great blog.


    • June 8, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Thank you, it is an honor to be a worker on this iconic bridge. I work rotating shifts and everyone of them is an opportunity to experience the grandeur and wonder of the Golden Gate.

      Thanks for following my blog and taking the time to share your thoughts,


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