I’ve been in the GIS world for almost a decade now, watching it transition from files to databases; from workstations to web delivery; from ivory tower to popular. I’ve worked doing everything from cadastral (Real Estate) digitization to programming and system design, to remote sensing (optical, thermal, and radar). My current job draws on all my skills and experiences, as a two person shop in the government sector. I see GIS as primarily a tool for decision support, and especially appreciate its usefulness within the context of environmental planning and natural resource management. Also, I (very slowly) make guitars in my shop in the garage (a pursuit known as lutherie).