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.
Yesterday Kami wrote me and said that her husband, Rich, was back working on the Grace. Rich, Steve and Ted (Tad) all work for the Concrete Cutting and Breaking, Inc. So Off I went in search of Rich and experimenting with night photos
The worksite at 4 am, quiet, peaceful, but windy and cold
Here is Rich making a lateral cut
and then cutting into the shoulder
In context - Jackie's grapple with Rich cutting across the roadway
Then Jack bites into a section of roadway
and picks it up
rotates a bit
and rotates a bit more
then returns and picks up the other half of the roadway
and places it on to of the other segment
Richie moves in with his cub
and simply blurs himself down the ramp where Scotty is waiting to take the 2 sections to the Coleman Recycle Center
Jackie and the concrete cutter (sort of like Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Jackie and Richie
The team - Jackie, Rich, Scotty and Richie
At about 5:30 Pio and Michael come in - and the next shift takes over (after a bit of coffee)
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C. Frank Starmer