Many years ago I worked in the field with a 75 year old surveyor (I was in my mid 30's at the time).
The first couple of boundary surveys we went on we would "prance" on ahead doing reconnaissance to find old monuments and brag to ourselves that the old timer had lost his "prance"....HOWEVER...after he kept finding monuments we had walked past we started believing he knew something we didn't, and questioned him about it. "Well", he said, You prance and I shuffle, that is why I keep tripping over them". His self-deprecating humor hid a world of experience, which he was happy to pass on to us, and there are a couple of surveyors (myself included) who feel indebted to him for passing his knowledge along and for his enthusiasm for the profession.
David C. Garcelon