With the advent of the internet, and the fact that a theorist's work does not require access to expensive laboratory equipment, it would seem that there should be a vibrant community of ex-academics performing research outside of the traditional environment. But if there is such a thing, I've never heard of them. Why doesn't this happen? Why aren't there open publishing forums through which theorists outside academia can have their work recognized? Is it impossible to have a balanced life including private research? The reason I ask is because, as I have matured mathematically and physically (by that I mean my physical intuition and love of the subject), I have realized that theory really illuminates my imagination, to the point where I am determined to study it, even if I must do so at Bob Jone's bible college. Of course I realize that the academic market for theorists is far worse than the traditional academic market.