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.
Sparky is back and caught the ever-changing Stonehenge presence between East Bay and America St
Not much left of the Pearman ramp
Looking east, you can see the 7550's nose as Chris stabilizes a Grace segment
and in parallel, chewing and eating should and girder segments of the Pearman ramp
A nice view of the Grace skeleton from the Ravenel Bicycle lane
Looking west from East Bay - just a Stonehenge momument
Working on a Grace segment with the 7550
Another inside look
Cutting through the left girder
and the right girder
and an inside look
A last look at a vanashing monument - the East Bay Stonehenge and Grace's skeleton
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C. Frank Starmer