As it turns out, I love programming assembler. The sweet feel of optimising the code. Some of my earliest stuff was writing a polygon fill library in assembler so I could do three-d stuff (this was after I saw doom). It was fun, but I wouldn't do it again. Way too hard to maintain, and not cross platform enough.
I'm definately with you on the doing it easier bit. Perl was, as some have said, a breath of fresh air that revived my wilting enthusiasm for programming.
I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.