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.
Something about the unseen workers. Our lives (Sparky, mine and now Kim who has joined our group) can do nothing without getting there. We have discovered that life in our unbuilding world is impossible without our friendly water taxi service provided by Sharon, Susan, Kim and sometimes even Lewis, one of the ironworkers, will provide water taxi service.
We have been following Nugget, Stan, Sonny, Speedy, Chucky, Carlos and again - more blanks (old age) since last fall. Off goes Nugget (smiling) and his iron worker acrobat colleagues to start the retrieval process - you can see Stan's long braids also - he is on dolphin watch today at the front of the taxi.
A fragment of Grace off Drum island
Jaws for eating and acrobats for connecting the lift cable
and a crain to lift: Thus starts the water dance
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C. Frank Starmer