Re: It has served me well
Anyone who is proud of their own unreadable code, considering it unreadable only by those less talented, doesn't understand what programming is about.
Lets quote someone who knows more than me what he's talking about:
Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you're as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?
Brian Kernighan "The Elements of Programming Style", 2nd edition, chapter 2.
Coding stye guidelines exist for a reason: some other poor sod is going to have to maintain that code that you dashed off a few years ago.
It may even be future you that has to maintain it.