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.
The worksite - the last triangle
Now for the final stage - Nugget is chillin'
while Robbie is the look-out
and Stan works on the other side
and Robbie is in the elevator
and Carlos moves into position
Robbie escapes from the elevator
Carlos starts his cut
Stan starts his cut
Nugget completes the middle cut
and the right side
Stan just enjoying the day
Robbie is cutting away
Robbie completes his cut
and now its showtime for Chris
Up up and away. The question is can Chris duplicate Manny's playtex procedure - lift and separate?
Hmm - obviously yes!
a little more lift, separation and rotation
and more rotation
and now the downward trip
down with a little more rotation
and more rotation and down
and aiming for Sparky
while Paul directs the action
with Nugget using Manny's elevator service
A happy Nugget
and a happy Robbie, Carlos, Manny and Stan
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C. Frank Starmer