Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

Into The Mystic

  “When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it I don’t have to fear it…” —Van Morrison, Into The Mystic, 1970 My last Swing Shift began and ended with fog. Lots and lots of fog. Fog so thick that it…

“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”
Robert Service (1874 – 1958)


“…Who are the high-wire walkers wearing boots and hard hats, earning their living by risking their lives in places where falls are often fatal and where bridges and skyscrapers are looked upon as sepulchers by the families and co-workers of the deceased?…” —Gay Talese, The Bridge, 1964, preface

International Orange

International Orange makes every day at work feel just like Halloween. The deep orange color dominates every part of the Bridge District from picture frames to warming huts. You name it, and it is probably painted International Orange. Irving Morrow was the person responsible for choosing the color of paint used on the Golden Gate Bridge.…

Life Before Google

Before Alta Vista, before Ask Jeeves, and before the founders of Google were born I learned to find information using Mrs. Fletcher’s Method. Mrs. Fletcher was my 3rd grade teacher and the person responsible for teaching me how to quench my thirst for knowledge through the Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia, founded by Frank E. Compton, in 1922. For a 9-year-old kid It…

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