WelcomeSunday, September 25th, 2022
The neighbors hate me
Job #1 today produced a result that has enraged the wicked witch of the north (side of the lot line). I'm certain that as soon as she discovers my name and contact number I will be receiving more than one call accusing me of (various bad things). When she is upset, people who live as much as six houses away down the street know she is upset, at whom and why.
Job #2 today produced a similar result for the loon occupying the house north of the lot line. He hid inside until I left, then triumphantly came out of the house and jerked out the two wire flags he found so offensive. He did not pull the bars as I bet he never saw them while looking over his shoulder towards the client's house.
Job #3 today was to complete a survey to mark the north-south quarter-quarter section line in the northeast quarter of the section. The old fence had been completely removed so that a new fence can be installed in the "correct" location. For most of the way we were running about 12 to 15 feet east of where the old posts had been. But then, the old fence made a jog and we were to the west of that.
We started to finish Job #4 when I pulled the plug and said "Time to call it a day." I knew I needed to have a serious chat with the seller of the little tract we are to add in an "L" shape around an existing tract. The fences around the existing tract are from 35 to nearly 50 feet from where the record deed indicates they should be found. Both buyer and seller had assumed the south fence was in the correct location. Oh, Brother, were they wrong.
Four cases in one day of stupid people running around putting up structures and other improvements with no concept of where the land boundaries are located.
Neglected to mention that law enforcement has been contacted already for Jobs #1 & #2. In the case of #2, the excuse for pulling the flags was that he thought the people setting them were not surveyors as the client could not hand him a filed record of survey. This is less than 30 minutes after finishing the job.
4 jobs in one day, WHEW!
You should talk to some retired guys. They always told me not to do more than one job per day, else you'll end up running out of things to do, and/or going back into business?!
I get all of my coordination, research and preliminary investigations out of the way first. Sometimes, I draft up a view of how things should look and where to expect to find monuments based on the results of the research.
Then, put in a long, hard day of field work.
Spend the next few days putting out the results, invoices, filing data, etc.
So, what looks like four surveys in one day is just the field work required. Didn't finish the fourth one and we had already been there recently.
There are times that carrying an assortment of your competitors business cards can come in handy....... Ha ha!
Just carry some competitors property caps with you , just in case !
Tell them you are just the old field crew guy just doing what the boss told you to do and for them to call the office and talk to the boss!
call the office and talk to the boss!
And hand the phone to your current wife!
(Or give them the phone number of a surveyor in a distant state)