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.

I used to think of all the billions of people in the world, and of all those people, how was I going to meet the right ones? The right ones to be my friends, the right one to be my husband. Now I just believe you meet the people you’re supposed to meet. —Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, The Quest, 1995

Blast From the Past — 1934

Johnny Weissmuller sounds a lot like his on-screen persona, Tarzan. Perhaps the character is not all that much of a stretch for him. (Click on image to enlarge)   Source: San Francisco Examiner Newspaper, September 18, 1934 via California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographic Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside  

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. —Erich Segal

When I was a boy, I was one of six in my family. We had a quarrel daily as to who could go up and do the chore of bringing the groceries down home. They had a practice then, in grocery stores, that I understand growing efficiency has eliminated — always hoping that the grocer would say you can have one of the dried prunes out of the barrel over there. But better than that was the dill pickle jar that you could dive into, sometimes arm deep almost, and try to get one. I understand that they are not that accommodating anymore; we have got too efficient. When you go around picking things off the shelf, you pay for them. These, you understand, were free. That meant a lot to young boys to whom a nickel looked about as big as a wheel on a farm wagon. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern. —R. Buckminster Fuller

If a man can beat you, walk him.
—Satchel Paige

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.
—Anatole France

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock. —Will Rogers

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