Bitter Sweet Love – by Gary S. Smolker

Cafe Society

I saw Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece “Cafe Society” last night.

It is a perfectly told story of  bitter sweetness in life.

Each actor and actress plays his and her part perfectly.

Watching “Cafe Society” last night resulted in me being overwhelmed today with thoughts about my own loves and love life, and thoughts about the loves and love lives of people close to me.

TAKE AWAY:  Life is a journey in which unrequited love never ends and sometimes is an illusion.

There is a clear difference between so called rational business decision making and the way love works out in “Cafe Society.”

Watching “Cafe Society” reminded me of a photograph I recently saw.

Below is a copy of that photograph.

The photograph shows buildings visible in water in a swimming pool. Two people are swimming in that swimming pool.

I am informed that swimming pool is in Mumbai, India.

I saw that photograph on the thewearytravelers website attached to a recent notice that thewearytravelers is now following my blog.

What do you imagine when you look at the  photograph shown below?

What were you thinking about while looking at that photograph, after looking at that photograph?


While looking at that photograph and after looking at that photograph, I asked myself : Are those swimmers swimming through the buildings reflected n the swimming pool, or over them or under them?

Woody Allen and the actors and actresses in “Cafe Society” clearly show what people say and what people do does not tell us what they are thinking about or what they are made of.

In “Cafe Society”, Woody Allen cleverly shows us:

  • We want to know what other people think.
  • We want to know what other people are thinking.
  • We all want to know what other people are made of.

We want to know what is going on.

Unrequited love and the illusion of unrequited love are a nightmare.

That is what Woody Allen’s movie “Cafe Society” is about.


Copyright © 2016 by Gary S. Smolker, All Rights Reserved

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail

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