someone whose career, for whatever strange reason, turned out to involve both legacy code and troubled projects
I don't understand why you keep saying this like it makes you unique. I'd say 90% of programming contracting thrives on cleaning up other people's shit. If not that, it's the beginning 1/3rd, if you're lucky, of a relationship between a client and a consulting firm.
Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you're god damn right I'm living in the fucking past