Do you consider yourself to be a creative person - meaning more creative than the average bear? How so? What role does this play in your life? Do you consider your creativity to be an advantage, a disadvantage, inconsequential, or a net zero? My strong suit is solving industrial design and process problems. I seem to have a knack for recognizing the elegant solution. This [and a lot of bread and butter programming] is how I make a living. But for me, this comes with a price. As near as I can tell, I've been stuck in this mode for over 30 years: Everything is a problem to be solved. Every problem is an opportunity. Every solution has a better solution. When I see something that could be significantly improved, it often drives me nuts if I can't do anything about it; esp when it comes to critical environmental or energy issues. I really notice this when I get out of my domain and visit with normal people. Sometimes I wish I could turn it off, but I wouldn't give it up for all the tea in China. Luckily, I recognized this early in life and married a very solitary and understanding woman. I can certainly drive Tsu nuts, but most women would have killed me by now.