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.
This morning I watched our unbuilders unbuild part of the A bracing. Later that afternoon, Sparky had another adventure and captured the final trimming of the Pearman cantilever segment. Little bits and pieces snipped here and there
Trimming the girder at its attachment to the splice plate
A little lift from the crane
as NASA would say - "Gentlemen, we have separation"
An end view of the to-be-trimmed segments
Cutting (up close)
with a little fireworks
The next trimming event
lifting and separating
and what is an evening with our unbuilders without a look at the sunset - from the top
and coming down
Nice work, Sparky
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C. Frank Starmer