These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

It Is Done

The papers are signed on the land boundary. There was no big deal, and I enjoyed talking with the gentleman overseeing my signing (I'll call him T) about the situation. I learned exactly how the mistake happened in the survey. The surveyor was "old school," using the old chain system rather than the electronic GPS system to set the markers. I live, as you know, in very hilly country. When you measure property, the chain method measures should be on the level, so if you are measuring on uneven terrain, you have to make allowances. Do you remember taking geometry in high school? Uh-huh.

Would I have a case against that surveyor? Probably. But, once again, it would have everyone tied up in court for a long time and potentially cost more than the property is actually worth, regardless of who had to pay court costs. I could pursue a direct settlement from the surveyor. However, if you remember, on the day that this was being discussed a couple weeks ago, he was undergoing drastic heart surgery in Salt Lake City, and he did not make it. And yes, I could probably take action against his estate, but I'm not that heartless nor do I care to be tied up any longer in this mess.

I hesitate to speak poorly of the deceased, but I learned yesterday that the surveyor has caused problems several places around the area by the same method of using chains to measure hilly terrain without making the calculations to accommodate for the inclines and declines. In one situation an entire lot was lost because of his measurements during a subdivision of a plot, a costly loss for the seller who wound up with just ten lots to sell rather than the eleven he/she should have had. He was stubborn about the old system, and obviously was not accurate with it. And apparently he didn't really care much.

I mentioned to T that it stuns me that there is not a standard in the profession that held him responsible for that, and he agreed with me. If I made a mistake and did harm to someone in my profession, I would have been held responsible. I carried malpractice insurance and would have been made to make restitution above and beyond that limit. T agreed; if he screws up his is held responsible, and he must carry insurance to cover that possibility. The surveyors are not held to any professional standard that T is aware of, and he says that most of them don't carry insurance. Reprehensible. Land ownership is at the base of the American Dream. When someone treats that privilege with disregard and causes such loss he/she should be made to be responsible!! But the man is dead, regardless of my opinion of him, and I won't waste my time and money in pursuit of the elusive. It is done.

Understand, the minor loss of land area is not really my beef ... I'm astounded that someone could make such errors over and over again and not be held to a standard, because the standard is apparently not there. Unbelievable.

Now ... I'm going to take a day or two for myself. I may or not blog. I may or not read your blogs. I just need a bit of time to complete a couple tasks for myself . I need to tie up my income tax calculations and do a couple tasks for the Gallery. So I'm off to do those things, and I'll return post haste!

Take care all!

Life is beautiful!!!


  1. I agree. It is UNBELIEVABLE that there is no standard of responsibility. And this particular person made mistake after mistake and no one said or did anything and continued to use his services??? GEEZ!!! I am glad you have that issue past you though.

    Have a good few days off.

  2. I am glad that the land thing is all taken care of now.

    And what's this about you not being around for a couple days. Did you have my permission? You will be missed.

  3. Enjoy your time off, Lyn. I'd recently taken some off myself... it felt really nice. :)

    I'm glad you can put your land boundary issue behind you... and you're right... it's such a shame when people don't take what they are doing seriously, especially something like surveying property boundaries.

  4. P.S.
    When I decided to take a break from blogging I lasted 48 hours. YOu.....You lasted 10 hours. :)

  5. It amazes me too that there are no standards of responsibility with something as important as LAND! You are a good,kind, considerate woman Lynilu. Enojoy your time off.

  6. Daisy, I got the impression that everyone thought he was "the best." He did lots of community service, i.e., donated his services to survey for the local Humane Shelter for Animals. It has just been in recent months (maybe years) and since he retired that these things started showing up. If I had this happen before he died, I would have been trying to get some reimbursement from him.

    Yes, it is shameful. I may file a complaint (or whatever) with the surveyor's overseeing organization if there is one.

    Caroline, me, too. I may own less land now, but it is MINE!!

    HEY!! You made you my mom?? :D

    Now, now! I said "I may or may not blog." PHTTTBBB!!! And after all, I just came back long enough to talk about the computer! So LEEMEELONE!!!!!

    Catherine, I guess that there will be change/improvement in this before long. My son was saying that it wasn't that long ago that Realtors weren't monitored by a responsible organization, either. I don't thin many of the Realtors will want to put up with this kind of problem in their business, so they'll put pressure on surveyors.

    Patti, owning property is the American dream and yes, it is terrible when there is lackadaisical methods of dealing with someone's dream. I don't know how good, etc. I really am, but I don't like conflict and It wasn't the fault of the owner of the other property; we both just wanted the cloud off our titles, and I think it worked out alright for all concerned. But thank you, anyway!


If you have something to say about it, just stick out your thumb, and I'll slow down so you can hop aboard! But hang on, 'cause I'm movin' on down the road!!! No time to waste!!!