Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges

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.

March 10-12, 2007: Basel - Friends and Computational Biology

Saturday March 10 Remembering Basel

Basel is a very interesting place. 25 years ago I worked on a clinical trials system as a consultant - and met Rainer Hochkoeppler, an artist and problem solver. We became fast friends. I have not seen Rainer in 20 years but we maintained contect. I cam to Basel for a Computational Biology meeting and to renew our friendship. No disappointments here.

The Rhine river passes through the middle of Basel - and Basel is in the corner of Germany, France and Switzerland.

The Markplatz - with the beautiful red government building


and the frowning guy that guards Basel


Here is one of my favorite places - walking along the Rhine - with the boat ferry


and barge traffic.


A street


The back of Roche - where I used to visit the Solitude garden filled with statues. They have disappeared.


Spring is early - some flowers


Shadows within a flower


And shadows along a tree-lined lane


And fountains everywhere


Sunday March 11

It started with the moon


And it is the end of Carnival - with a band that marches around the city.


and a very interesting drum set


Ski time - without snow


Rainer and I took the tram to a park - and passed this building of reflections


Then off to the countryside and this interesting concrete home - built around the 1920s.


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There is a mathematical astronomy lab -


That apparently cultivates bee colonies by day


A closer view


and a much closer view


We ended the day with a concert - two Bach cantatas


The rear organ


The choir and chamber orchestra


March 12, 2007

The up early this morning and the moon and perhaps Mars or Venus above


and a closer view of the moon


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