I am retired as of September 30 2013. In 1986 I left my job at a computer services company -- burnt out after 14 years of 14 hour days. I spent a year taking art courses at various community colleges. Then, as personal computers began to take hold for ordinary people, I starting helping friends set up their PC's. This led to self-employment when I stopped refusing payment. Now I spend my time looking for great dividend payers that I plan to hold forever. I try to buy in 100 share lots when I can afford it, So far long DTE, GLW, MAIN, PAG PLOW. It says "REITS" in my header and I don't see any way to change it. Except for MAIN, I now restrict my choices to stocks with qualified dividends.