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.
Over the past two days, Sparky surveyed the Grace work - both on the Mt. Pleasant side: Pio's Legacy, and on the Charleston side: Michael's Pain in the neck.
as well as a PC 1000 (Leon's ?)
The jackup leg is fully restored and back in position
Here is the Mt. Pleasant worksite - Pio's legacy with a bit of help from Manny, Sonny, Speedy, Chucky, Nugget and Chris
Jackie, tired of the same old stuff with his Harley is developing an alternative to the dune buggy - the CAT marsh buggy. Here is Jackie testing his marsh buggy.
But at the entrance to his buggy trail is Richie's legacy. Remember a few months ago when about 2am, we (actually they: Richie, Roy, Steve, Jackie and me as cheerleader) completed the roadway removal of the Grace on ramp. Here is what remains of our marker - with an added touch by Sparky
But for the real action - here is Jackie and his marsh hammer
In the hammering position
A nice view of the how Jackie orients his marsh buggy for serious hammering
and a close view of the hammer in the attach position
and a close view of the hammer in the action position
Michael and his 1250 - and I can see Joshua studying every move his dad makes
P-3 is composed of a cylinder structure at each extremity and a hollow core
Here Michael displays the orientation of the hammer in the action position
and from afar
working his way down the column
April 4, 2006 P-3 continues to grow down
A day later, Michael is past the half way point
And what a pleasant end of the day - sunset over Pio's legacy and P-3
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C. Frank Starmer