For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
from a different position
One Sparky's way out to the Grace worksite - he passed some of the recently retrieved Pearman truss debris
A submerged section
and more stuff
cleanup - which is retrieve, bite, chew and pile it up
a shear bite
one word: Jaws
a closer view of a shear bite
While cleaning up, Capt. Bill (I would guess) is repositioning the jackup barge so that Mickey's guys can resume drilling on C-2. Here is 11:07
11:41 - in the working position
Drilling and blowing
11:44 Drilling C-2
Meanwhile, over at D-28 (Jodi - this comes after D-27) the John Henry is drilling vertical holes for imploding the D-28 substructure
and another view of D-28 and the John Henry (is Silas doing the drilling?)
But you know Sparky - a budding young artist who cannot resist inside looks at anything - whether at the macro-level (watch the blast) or micro-level (explore the inside of a truss section)
More inside looks
Sparky is just an inside kind of guy
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C. Frank Starmer