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

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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  1. Harvey Schwartz
    July 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Alan — Sorry for this late notice, but I’m doing a book reading from the GGB book tomorrow evening (Monday, July 25, 2016) with Bob Mattacola, a Local 22 friend who has published the diary of an earthquake carpenter (1906-1910). We’re reading at the SF Labor Council, 6:30, in the Plumbers Local 38 hall, 1621 Market Street, 2d floor, SF, CA. This event is sponsored by the SFLC, Local 22 of the UBCJA, and LaborFest, which runs various kinds of happenings all month during July every year.

    You’re invited if you can make it despite the late notice. We both have slide shows of workers doing their thing back in the day. At any rate, hello and I hope you’re doing well.

    In solidarity,
    Harvey Schwartz


    • July 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks, Harvey. I won’t be able to make it, but I will put the word out. Thanks for letting me know about it.


  2. December 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I stumbled across you through Cee black and white. My son is apprentice second year in local 6. Looking forward to your posts.


    • December 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love the challenging opportunities that Cee presents to us and for the interesting people that I have met there.

      I checked out your blog and will be following it. I like your ‘easy’ style of writing. Informative and chatty with enough detail to make a lasting point.

      Congrats to your son for choosing a career with expansive room for growth. He, too, has caught a wave that will bring challenges and rewards beyond his widest dreams. At least that was my experience for 46 years.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. October 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Seems like a fun and rewarding career being an electrical engineer.


  4. October 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Lovely to meet you! You must not be afraid of heights?! Me, I would have fainted and fallen! More power to you… pun intended!:)


    • October 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

      When you get to know bridge workers you will learn that we are not scared of heights or of falling. We are, however, petrified at what happens when we stop falling…

      Liked by 4 people

  5. May 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    What a job! Great photographs, too, Allan.


  6. April 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Allan, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I am enjoying your blog and impressed that you worked on the GG Bridge for 15 years. I am one of the bridge obsessed photographers…. thanks for keeping it in good working order! I cannot imagine doing that… 😳


    • April 5, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your kind words. I am looking forward to seeing more bridge photos from you. It is always a treat for me to see it through another person’s eyes. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Thank you, Sue. I have accepted the challenge from Angeline already and I am honored that you have also asked me to participate. I will start the challenge in a couple of days, so stay tuned.


  7. January 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I am so glad i stumbled onto your blog. Some great pictures here!


  8. Lola Jane
    January 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Wow, what a great job you had, working on one of the most iconic bridges in the WORLD. :) Love that walking into the fog shot.


    • January 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Lola, it was a memorable way to finish a career. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

      Liked by 1 person

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