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.
Its cleanup time at the Port of Charleston. Here is the cleanup-site
And look at the difference - Drum Island
And the Port of Charleston
King of the mountain
Dump into a
with Kevin and his front end loader on the receiving end of the debris post processor (a stone crusher?)
That processes the rock and dirt and then drops it out the other end
Watch Jim operating his giant tweesers attached to his 345
and Kevin and his front end loader walking up the hill
and getting a bite
Russell in the 1250 with Jim and Kevin - Our trio of clean-up surgeons
Looks like Jim concentrating on micro-managing his giant tweesers.
And Kevin doing the fetch and tote solo.
Russell with the 1250 that Michael broke in. Still looks as new as it did when it first arrived almost a year and a half ago.
and something new - what I call giant tweesers with Jim at the controls
In the open configuration
and in the holding position
A duet for Tweesers and Grapple
and a trio for Tweensers, mega-Grapple and micro-Grapple
Another view of the trio
and on it goes
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C. Frank Starmer