Damn dude I hear that.
The best mixing experience I've had was when I was there with the producer for every moment of the mixing process.
I crashed at his house/studio for a week straight during the recording and mixing process.
Fortunately he's a really good friend and gave me a homie rate of twenty-five an hour, and took a painting of mine as payment.
As you can imagine we spent a lot of time together mixing a two hour contemporary jazz album.
10/10 would do again, I was much happier with the result than any of my former recording experiences.