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.
Here is the worksite - The Grace pier, Carlos and Michael doeing something while Ben (who still looks like his brother Stan) and Robbie are drilling and Sparky capturing the action
A wave from Carlos
Ben and Robbie removing a drilling shaft
Out it comes
Watch Ben and Robbie remove the drill shaft. Removing the drill shaft
Ben drilling a new hole
The base of T-2 - for Wednesday's loading and implosion
and cleanup around the base of T-2 - scooping
up a shovel full of stuff
and dumping it along a wall to the north of T-2
and out it comes
Then smoothing the surface
and the worksite as Sparky goes to his real work
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C. Frank Starmer