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 25, 2006 The next chapter: Singapore

The National University of Singapore provided a ticket on Singapore Airlines - a direct flight from Newark to Singapore. Previously when I took the United flight - from Chicago to Singapore, we flew west, over the North Pole and down toward the equator over Siberia, Manchuria, etc. Yesterday's flight took the eastern routh - over the North Pole and then down through central Russia and over Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and into Singapore. Consider flying near the North Pole - crossing 13 time zones in about 10 min. For the young learners out there - see if you can figure out the answer (Hint - don't think of the map of the world as a rectangle (as shown below) but as a nice round orange with the North as the stem and the South Pole opposite). Here are the flight paths.

There is a 13 hour time difference - so day is night and night is day. Photos will follow as my brain adapts to hopefully its unscrambled state. Again - a huge grin from the sendoff party by Mickey Rogers and his ABS team - Cashman and Testa. Ken Canty was there on the dock with me and it was Ken that opened the door for our unbuilding web page. Thanks to all! - Frank

When last seen - Mickey had painted Frank into a bit of history

and literally a few seconds later Frank was just a few bubble - with Pio walking up to check to see if I was tunneling my way to Singapore - as Testa did with the Big Dig in Boston.

Fortunately for me - I got here - and here is this morning (Sunday) from my temporary apartment. Look near the center and you'll see a small pedestrian bridge over the Singapore river. Nothing like an interesting bridge to start the morning!

- looking a bit to the west. Look carefully and you'll see a tower crane busy building. I suspect there is some unbuilding here also.

Smiles from Singapore

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C. Frank Starmer