Re: Do YOU work?
Do I work? Heck, I have a family, a mortgage, etc. etc. You bet I work. I MOSTLY work.
I still find time to practice on a pad daily, on the kit several times a week, and with other musicians as needed (depends on the gig/project). A lot of the musicians I play with are veterans in a similar position to me; we can learn thirty new cover songs by listening to the recordings and then rehearsing for four or five hours to tighten it up, learn endings, etc. Working on originals takes a bit different approach...
But yeah, I work.