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.
Mar 16, 2006 - Joshua today replied:
Hi Frank it's me Joshua, My answer to your question is that he is equally good at both the grapple and shear because he is good at everything he does. My dad always says when you do something give it your all.From Joshua - this is a good message for all of us!
Our Testa team with multiple personalities and no longer can I associate a machine with a person. Here is today's story.
Watch Michael pick up a steel plate
move it over the top of Chris's truck
and gently lay it down, so as not to disturb Chris
At the same time the cape may is playing 1 crane spud to reposition the barge
With Mike Nally carefully looking on
Here is the Cape May with Grace bones from the deeps of Town Creek
All sorts of Graceful bones
Different Graceful bones
as Mike maps out the next move
Then Art and the Eddie R moves the Cape May
and just like with the main spans of the Ravenel Bridge, Art closes the gap between the two barges
and tie off
T3 being prepared for imploding the substructure. Mickey's team (Silas and Brett) have been drilling 45' vertical holes for the explosive charges.
and a closer view at Michael's work - a clean surface for Silas and Brett. Mickey's team should complete the drilling today - so perhaps later this week when all the Grace debris is gone, T-3, also known as Tenacity of Purpose, will similarly disappear.
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C. Frank Starmer