Inside the SFFD Ladder Shop

…San Francisco has many high-voltage overhead wires. Wooden ladders are preferred because they don’t conduct electricity. Crafted from aged ash, Douglas fir and hickory woods, these ladders are sturdier and last longer. The largest ladder made by the artisans is 50 feet, weighs 350 pounds and takes six firefighters to lift. Raising of the 50ft.…

Fun Is Where You Find it

This is Part 2 of a series, Signs. It started innocently enough one cold Summer’s day in San Francisco when the Fabulous Mizz N (FMN) and I went out to explore the sights and sounds of Bagdad-by-the Bay. A short ride on the Golden Gate Ferry took us to the Embarcadero waterfront where we made…

Allan G. Smorra

We just watched the 2010 documentary, Catfish, a fascinating story of, “…love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.” It is worth a look.

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? —5 Man Electrical Band, Signs (1971) This is Part 1 of a series: Signs Back in the 1950s I was a ‘Speed Reader’. Like many kids in my generation I perfected the art of…

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