Right now, as I sit in a 737, flying high over the Pacific Ocean at more than 500 miles per hour, I find myself thinking about the many ways the words “flying high” apply to me right now.
I mean, I’m literally flying high over the ocean in a large metal tube. But I’m also flying high for other reasons: I’ve been married to my amazing wife for 28 years as of yesterday; this Hawaiian vacation was the best one yet; and we’re about to return to our place of comfort, our quaint little home in Oregon.
But the one overall reason that I’m flying high is because, well, life is good. Yeah, there are some weird things going on in our country and the world right now, but you know what? I have my family and friends, a roof over my head, a business that allows me to “work” at something I enjoy, and the three coolest kitty cats on the planet. Oh, and let’s not forget all of you fine folks at SurveyorConnect. 🙂
So yeah. I’m flyin’ high. Again.
How are you doing? How’s business? I keep hearing surveyors say they are so busy they either have backlogs or they are turning work away. Or both. That’s a good problem to have.
Surveyor David Scott of Burnet thought Texas was one of the toughest places to survey because of the varied and often arcane laws in play. Then, he went to survey the icy landing strips in Antarctica that shift with the ever-changing weather. He also taught surveyors in Basra, Iraq, where armed security was necessary to keep them safe while they worked.
“That’s a big reason I enjoy this work,” he said. “It’s always different, it’s always new. You never know what you’re going to see or what challenges it will give you.”
When Congress voted to make Tennessee a state in 1796, it set 35 degrees north as its boundary with Georgia. At the time, this line between Tennessee and Georgia was in Cherokee Indian Territory (much of it occupied by warlike Chickamaugans). No one volunteered to survey the border.
It wasn’t until 1818 that Georgia and Tennessee decided it was time to map out their common boundary. Each state appointed a three-person team to get together and find the border as far west as the new Alabama border.
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