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.
Today is Jackie Foley and Richie Bagan - what fun we had several months ago when the last concrete section of the Grace roadway was removed.
Here is Jackie loading some of the last steel sections for transport
and Jackie - no reflective sun glasses today
Jackie can load from many different orientations
and Richie - the man who always gets the job done and then more!
Jackie doing pickup and delivery
and the dynamic duo - Jackie and Richie
More pickup, cleanup and in general -up
The Grace on ramp
End of the day (actually, the beginning of tomorrow, a resting grapple
and our signature barrier - artistically framed by Sparky
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C. Frank Starmer