I'm with Daniel on this one (well, ok not the silly money part - although I'm paid enough that I don't have to worry about short term finance), my career has been through a few of these cycles, and I know friends and colleagues who intentionally avoid interesting things because of where they may end up (the "nobody admits to being a DBA" rule). Right now, I'm planning my exit from commercial work, retiring in fact, to get that independence back. I might come join you just for fun :)
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