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.
The port worksite - actually probably closer to the Seabreeze Marina
The Grace worksite - the last pier foundation, Mickey's Copco and Manny's crane
Cleanup looking west
Cleanup looking east
Shock absorbing blankets
Another view of the worksite
Today, I don't know why, but this is Wade Watson's Bridge
and Manny's crane
and Mickey's Copco - set up for vertical drilling
Then the sun began to say bye bye
More of the sunset
From Mt. Pleasant - a quiet sunset
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C. Frank Starmer