My Dad was a very successful insurance defense attorney who spent his entire career billing by the hour. I wonder how much of that is responsible for his difficulty in relaxing and his otherwise sarcastic and cynical demeanor. My parents just spent the weekend with us. When you only see your parents a couple of times a year, those events are always challenging. I am trying to make mine more insightful these days. So I wonder again. What kind of psychological damage does billing by the hour do to a person?