A reader wrote to me this week regarding Thanksgiving proclamations made by two prominent surveyors in history-George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I'm sure many of you have seen these proclamations before. However, as we prepare to honor this day set aside for giving thanks, it seemed fitting to share both the reader's comments and the proclamations themselves.
I’m working on an “industry outlook” article for POB’s January issue, and boy, is it tough. No one can predict the future, of course, but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that 2009 will present more than a few challenges. How can we possibly find a reason to feel upbeat, much less thankful, as we head into the holiday season and the New Year?
Around the nation this morning, many are celebrating Barack Obama’s victory in the race for the White House as heralding much-needed change for our country. But if we want to see real change that positively affects our lives and businesses, we can’t just sit back and see what happens starting in January. We each have to step up to the plate in this moment and do what we can to effect change within our own circles of influence.
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending part of the 2008 Leica Geosystems Worldwide HDS & Airborne Sensor User Conference in San Ramon, Calif. Given the difficult economic conditions, I expected to encounter sparse attendance and a pessimistic outlook; instead, I found the exact opposite.