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Sent in by Michael C. Mauro, LS
Culpeper, Virginia

Since I survey for VDOT, we mostly work along the highways and on this particular day it was I-64 in Louisa County, Virginia. The next thing I know, we look up and a van load of prisoners stop and get out to cut brush, which was exactly what I was doing when they arrived. We all had hard hats and vests on and sort of looked alike. Well, I started getting closer to the group and one of the prisoners looked at me and said, "How many years do you have to go?" I could not refuse and answered, "30," and he said "hoooo weeee — I only gots two."

Needless to say, I laughed all the way back to the office and shared that one with many fellow coworkers.

Sent in by Ken Johnson, L.S.
Concordia, Kansas

Here is a story that I have cherished and remembered for over thirty five years, working my way up from hired rear chainman to owner of a small surveying firm.

It begins shortly after starting work for the firm in which I am now a principal and partner. One of my mentors (and at that time partners, in a small three man surveying and engineering firm in rural Kansas) and I, were out in the field working on small parcel rural survey. We had searched for several section corner monuments using a magnetic locator and known corner reference ties, and had recovered two out of the four we needed. My mentor, a man in his late fifties, had a saying, "If you have exhausted all of the easy ways to find a monument, then the next step is to get out the shovel and pick and start digging." Read More more


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