We have been having the proverbial heat wave here. Low 15 to 20 and high 30 to 40. With the sun out!!! I feel like Baby Jesus himself took pity on my suffering ( or at least got tired of my bitching ). So, in a fit of spring time type activity I decided to go down to the court house and find out the exact location of my parcel down the road. This weekend I can bike on down three miles and find out where the darn thing is, since I've paid over a grand on it already. Why wait until the last minute if I need to live there? To remind the trolls, I moved to Elko because I own a lot outright, but it is not a location I am able to commute to work everyday. So I bought another lot closer to town on payments. However, it is a seven year note, so I also bought another lot on payments that is only a three year note. That is the one I'm trying to find.
This is where we come to the point of this post. When I moved to town I went to the same place and got a printout of area, to include the subdivision, the block and the lot. I was able to pace off by existing roads to where my lot was. Thus I didn't need to pay for it to be surveyed. I even paced it off from two directions to be 100% sure. My north side corners are not exact, but I don't plan on building near them so it is not an issue. It is close by a few feet. This time, I was not so lucky. No one would give me a printout, and I had to scribble notes as I was shown satellite photos with overlaying grids. This one is going to be a little bit harder to find because of that. Your random pick of a civil servant will determine if things turn out great or really suck. This was a benign encounter. But I've had exposure to judges and beat cops, and attitude, circumstances, and plain dumb luck determine how those turned out.
In a way, it's good. If you live rural and get to know people it is some what a way of insuring things will go your way. But it is also scary, knowing how arbitrary things can be. This is all the time and wisdom I have today. Just let it be a reminder to treat public officials to a royal butt kissing. It feels dirty but it pays dividends.