I meant that it isn't fun doing it professionally, but to be honest I'm just a spoiled brat: I work for a very laid back professional engineer (naval architect) that is doing specialized work for the Navy. I literally told him to 'stop being a lesbian' the other day...he just sighed and said 'allllll right.'
I think we are in the same boat, Bob. I'm curious if you mean what you hate about programming isn't actually programming (which you do love if not as a profession), but doing it for a life. Is that it?
Can't win em all.
In an alternate reality, I program for a living and am part of a successful game studio that was recently acquired by Blizzard. Alas, in this reality I had to get a "real" job when the money didn't show up for college and I was woefully unprepared for a programming career.