Progressive Post — Party On!

Man is forced to be alone by the very nature of society. But if you meet a person who is not envious, who loves and believes in other than himself, then to this rare person offer a lifetime of friendship. —Susan Polis Schutz

It is an honor and a pleasure for me to join Lorrie (check her out at the eff stop) and contribute to the Progressive Post Party at this week. My relationship with Stephanie started back in October of 2012 when she read a review of my blog on Rebecca’s site, Sweet Mother, and then made a comment on one of my posts. I replied to her and a relationship was formed.

Do you have people in your life that you just “click” with? People who just seem to “get you” and accept you for being yourself? Stephanie, and her husband—the Loyal Follower—are two of those people in my life. A veteran of the US Air Force and Corporate America, Honie does not suffer fools gladly, if at all.



The three of us met in person last August when Stephanie and LF came to San Francisco for a mini-vacation. I provided some tips on sight-seeing and enjoying the wonders of the Bay Area and we agreed to meet at the Golden Gate Bridge after I finished working my Day Shift.

That Sunday was a typical Summer-in-the-City experience: fog, fog, fog. On days like that the bridge is more like a stripper (don’t ask), revealing itself a little here and there and never quite displaying the whole Magilla. The concept of more is left to your imagination and the anticipation of what-you-will-see-next keeps your attention focused on what you are seeing in the present moment.

We spent several hours together wandering around, talking and getting to know each other further. I love to see the bridge through the eyes of visitors, it helps to keep my perspective fresh and new. Stephanie and LF accomplished that for me by their insightful questions and observations.

I never expected to meet a fellow blogger in person before this occasion, but when something feels right and I am comfortable with it I will go for it. I found Stephanie to be the down-to-earth person that I came to know in the HonieBriggs blog. LF is just the sort of man that I expected to be at her side and together they make a wonderful couple.

If you are one of the lucky folks who win a visit with Stephanie you are in for a treat. Her spirit will bring sunshine to your day (foggy or not).

For what it’s worth

I encourage you to stretch your limits and interact with the authors of posts that resonate with you. I didn’t really “get it” when it came to writing a blog until I reached out and formed a community of fellow bloggers whose work inspired me. Relationships on many different levels with those bloggers were formed when I made comments here and there and asked occasional questions.

Strangers are just
friends that we haven’t
met yet —Anon

The WordPress community is a place where I can go and be myself, sharing the the eclectic gray matter that I constantly carry around on my shoulders. I have an opportunity to try new things and get feedback from folks who are already doing that same thing. My community is constantly expanding because I communicate with other bloggers who share similar interests.

Take a chance, reach out and form your own Blog Community. My relationship with Stephanie started with a smart-ass comment of mine that won a contest, whose prize was a blog review, which was read by a woman in Texas, who ventured west until she ran out of continent, and met a guy on a bridge.

You could not make that up, or could you?


  37 comments for “Progressive Post — Party On!

  1. March 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Your last paragraph describes well the unique blogging threads that we find ourselves enjoying. And I really like your description of the GG Bridge in the fog, Allan…clearly you know this bridge intimately.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 23, 2019 at 3:13 PM

      Thanks, Jet. I miss those cool foggy nights listening to the foghorns over the speaker on the control panel and then hearing the real thing a split-second later. The thicker the fog, the longer the delay, and the quieter the sound from the bridge. It’s a sure sign that it’s time to bundle up against the cold wet weather.


      • March 24, 2019 at 9:27 AM

        I loved hearing this personal account, Allan…fascinating about the delay of sound from the fog. Thank you.

        Liked by 1 person

      • March 25, 2019 at 2:20 PM

        Good times and lasting memories.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. January 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Hello Hello & Happy New Year!

    Just found your blog today through “the eff stop”, first visit there as well, in her post about Honie, who I will be visiting next! 🙂

    Thanks for posting this blog. It’s cool to see people paying tribute to those they care about and are inspired by. It’s also pretty amazing that you had a chance to get to meet her in person. As I posted in “the eff stop”, I would think it was also a surreal feeling. We all have the opportunity to connect with people over miles and oceans and lands unseen as though we possess a secret portal (which really I think the internet is a secret portal, if only I could figure out a way to get a portal to transport through…). And in that sense you traveled through that portal and met her. I can try and imagine you sitting in front of your computer brainstorming and thinking what to post for the day, or hammering out what you’ve been itching to get at but it’s still very much a part of my imagination kind of like reading a book and imagining the “real life” version of the story. I guess meeting Honie would be like getting to see the movie!

    I also appreciate your encouragement to be a part of a blogging community. I started my blog over a year ago, maybe two now because I wanted to put myself out there more since I was planning to publish my first poetry book. But really I had very little idea what I was doing – still am working on this – and so I didn’t post much. But last year I actually did publish the book and started kicking myself to post more and now I’m even more committed. So I checked out WordPress’ list of recommended blogs under writing, photography, and more. That’s how I found “the eff stop” and a number of others. This is still very new to me but I am very please thus far. It is pretty cool to have other people out their sharing their projects in a way that I can participate in as well as share my own. I see the benefits very clearly. I’m excited to mingle more, learn & experience more, and share in return.

    It’s a funny thing too because were it not for the internet and blogging we all would have little reason to communicate without meeting in person, through an event, or a job. I look forward to what this new year has to bring in every respect and I wish you the best with yours. That photo of the bridge is great btw.



    • January 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Thank you for your kind words and for following my blog. It is nice to know that my efforts are appreciated.

      As far as meeting Stephanie and LF last year: I went into the meeting with no expectations and came away from it with the confirmation that they were as genuine as I thought them to be. You made a good point about the “secret portal” of the web and how it is different than a face-to-face experience. In this case, for me, the two were alike.

      Good luck with your poetry. I like “Zap!”.



      • January 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        You’re welcome! I’m interested in experiencing more about the life of a Golden Gate Bridge electrician!

        I can see how they were alike, you traveled through it to meet in person! Sounds like it was a great decision.

        Thank you very much for visiting my page & reading my poetry, ironic as an electrician you like “Zap!” 😉 Makes sense. Thanks again!!



  3. December 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Hi Allan. I am a little late in joining the congo line but better late than never. Enjoyed your inspiring post. And it is now through Honie that I have discovered your blog.


    • December 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Welcome aboard, Helen, and thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoyed reading your post on the party.


  4. December 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What a great story! It is rewarding when people get you! That’s what I love about blogging! Have a great New Year.


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