I was a machinist for 13 years until the company shut down and moved to it's parent company in Ohio. I didn't like the fact that somebody else controlled my income and dictated when & where I should work so I swore off employers for good.
I am involved in a distributed computing effort called Folding @ Home where users combine their computer's idle processing time to help advance knowledge on diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and others.
See Folding @ Home for more info.
Click Here if you're interested in seeing my current stats in the project.
And last, but not least, Focus On Happiness!