I just came across a great quote from here:

Programming can be an art, but in a corporate environment, it's just a means to an end. If Tool Boy wants to practice his art, maybe he should get a university job?

This quote stirs up many emotions and thoughts. I now work in an environment of fixed price bids and dealing with non-technical people. As much as I might not want to admit it, this quote is right on the money. My friend Bruce will be saying - I told you so! :-)