I'm new to Elance but during my freelancing career I have earned a lot of recommendations, including formidable rating on oDesk (15 contracts, 4808 hours, avg. rating 4.8/5). Just lookup "Wojtek Kruszewski" in Google and see for yourself.
I love the smell of freshly deployed software in the morning, working in Unix console, this warm and fuzzy feeling when I hear I solved someone's problem with software. And a daily Skype call to keep my English from rusting.