Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges

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.

July 1, 2006: High reach hammers in Singapore

This morning I woke up and thought I was dreaming. The sound of an hydraulic hammer in the background - must be Jackie or Michael or Roy or Ryan or Adam or Steve or Leon or Ponch hammering outside our apartment. I looking out the window and what I saw gave new meaning to High Reach and Michael's 1250. The worksite

The worksite (a roof)

No Testa machines in site - but here is the hammer, the water man and the supervisors with their yellow hard hats - but no orange t-shirts anywhere

And here is the guy sparying the hammer site - just like last August with the Testa team at the US-17 overpass at I-26

Michael's hammer

and the worksite - only this is Singapore - and another demo project

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