Pleasure, Progress and Pain

“The final moment of success is often no more thrilling than taking off a heavy backpack at the end of a long hike. If you went on the hike only to feel that pleasure, you are a fool. Yet people sometimes do just this. They work hard at a task and expect some special euphoria at the end. But when they achieve success and find only moderate and short-lived pleasure, they ask is that all there is? They devalue their accomplishments as a striving after wind. We can call this the progress principle: Pleasure comes more from making progress toward goals than from achieving them.” —Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, 2005

Ese’s weekly Shoot & Quote event has challenged us with a delightfully wicked topic this week: Pleasure.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge

“We have not yet begun to procrastinate.”


“Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.” —Leonardo DaVinci

These high-tensile bolt heads are illuminated by a portable light tower on the South Anchorage Roof of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Shadows for Leonardo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Shadows for Leonardo
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

“For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet. As you look through your lens, think about how your image might convey something bigger: a snapshot of how we communicate with one another, even if we don’t speak the same language.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

No matter how you spell it, you are welcome here.

Welcome © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Spring Cleaning

I have made a few ch-ch-ch-changes to the look of my blog. There is a new Header and a different Gravatar. The goal is to reflect the transition from my former working self to my new post-working self. Your feedback is welcome—do you like the new look?  

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

“On top can be a feeling, a perspective, or a physical location…” —Daily Post

How about combining all three? I joined the IBEW at the beginning of my second year of apprenticeship, and that makes this year number 46 in an amazing career. When I retired last week, this beautiful double-chocolate cake was waiting for me when I got to work. A couple of retired bridge electricians, everyone in the EShop and one of our Business Managers came to see me that night for a final good-bye. Our Bridge Manager even stopped by to present a 15-year award to me and share in the celebration.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Whole

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” —Douglas Adams

I spent one-third of my whole career working on the Golden Gate Bridge and more than once, in the last week since I retired, I have asked myself this question, “Was it all a dream?”. It has been one of those “Life Experiences” that present themselves to us when we least expect it.

For the record, I am glad that it actually happened to me and I really enjoyed it.

Dream Life © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Dream Life
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Whole