One thing I noticed about academics is that most don't have a life outside of academia. They don't have hobbies and they're not members of any non-academic clubs or organizations. They also have an extremely hard time separating their work life from their personal life.Part of that might be that it helps to be more than a little bit obsessive in order to get the good research done, but I've encountered more than a few economists who are good chess players or sailors or otherwise able to get outside the hothouses. But economists might be better adjusted to the rhythms of ordinary life than the practitioners of other disciplines.
Oh, and the intermittent publication on Cold Spring Shops? Working on the railroad. That's less depressing than documenting the world going to hell.