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.
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