It's the mid-1990s, and this pilot fish is the sole database admin at the state government agency he works for.

"I installed the database software. I maintained security. I built the objects -- spaces, tables, indices. I helped the programming staff," says fish. "I was kinda busy."

When it's time to build a major new application -- big database on big iron -- the agency brings in a consulting company. And when the consultants come to fish with a request that they be given sysadmin permissions in their own development database, fish immediately agrees.

After all, he reasons, if they want the responsibility for their own playground, so be it. Besides, it gets them out of fish's hair.

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