I worked for 40 years as a mainframe software developer for an agency of the Federal Government. Then, in 2004, I retired and returned to the same agency as a contractor, doing the same work. In 2009, I got fired for saying uncomplimentary things about the bosses in a public venue. It was a bracing experience. I'm an amateur investor of long experience, managing my own investments, full-time. Going into 2012, I own GOOG, COP, DE, C, OIH, ATPG and GLD. I'm 2% cash. I have a lot of free time.