Even before this economy, I had trouble getting a job. But I was fortunate enough to discover options trading a year ago and have recently been able to support myself fully on it. But when I explain what I do, people generally get a strange look on their face. I'm guessing it is because 1) they think trading/investing is somehow wrong or 2) they think my position is unpatriotic (I am short the dollar and long gold) or 3) it is merely a look of confusion because they don't know what I'm talking about. I of course don't see anything wrong with trading options but I also don't want to derail a conversation that just started. I'm thinking it might be better to not say anything at all but then I would end up being cryptic about how I support myself. I may also be paranoid. I live in Berkeley so there aren't a lot of people interested in stocks and such and I feel as though some people here think it's even evil, which is just ludicrous to me.