Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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April 22, 2006:
Hello Rachel Marie

There is a little building going on in our family (and in Ken Canty's family). Rachel Marie was born April 17 in Nashville, with proud parents, Jack and Lisa pleased kids (Danielle, Abigale and Jake) and a super pleased Grandma Ellen. Now you know why I have been struggling with life in Singapore while all the action was at Vanderbilt.

and Rachel, sleeping quietly and Here is Lisa and Rachel Marie

While Jake seems a bit distracted, clearly Danielle and Abi enjoy their new sister. Jake is now clearly out numbered. In our own family, 3 boys and Rachel, Rachel never felt out numbered. Of all our kids, Rachel can change brake pads and change spark plugs and set the timing. Plus, when our Rachel and Josh are together, the local cuisine is the best in town!

and the best moment of all - a pleased Grandma Ellen - who has been tending the family while Lisa was doing her thing. Now she is on her way back to Charleston to see if our bridges are still there and preparing to join me in Singapore. So to say I'm pleased is an understatement. Being a temporary working dad, with laundry, ironing, shopping, outfitting our apartment, setting up bank accounts, paying bills, updating the unbuilding web pages with Sparky's photos and during my copious free time, working (as faculty member #3) at the new Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School - keeps me off the streets at night.

For a glimpse at out Singapore home, I had to make a web page for each apartment I looked at. Ellen would review and say yes, no, or maybe. We converged on this place and its wonderful - quite a different life than Charleston - but I am 5 min from the MRT (subway) - 4 stops from Singapore General Hospital and a 10 min walk from IKEA where Ellen would like to hang out. Here is our place during the negotiation phase

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