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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada
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Since my wife has financed at least 75% of my gear, globally worth around 40,000$ adjusted for 2014 dollars, (she's the full-time worker with a good paying job, I'm the part-time worker who mostly works from home so I can be home for the kids). The only "limit" is on cost--and even then, only on a purchase that costs 2000$ or more in one swoop (the limit is the need for discussion, not a hard cost ceiling). Otherwise, the room is mine (she called it a "man-cave" long before I'd ever heard the term or read about it). In part, it represents the bargain struck when I chose to resign from my former full-time career in order to be the primary stay at home parent. Had to have something to fill the time when the infants were sleeping (not infants anymore--the deal began in 2002).
The other "cost" is we wait to replace the now 12 year old Sony 32" SD CRT in the living room until it stops functioning ("You want to watch something in hi-def, go down to your "cave". This TV looks just as great as when it was new." [true, by the way--as far as SDTVs go, never had cause for complaint with this one]). My wife simply doesn't care about any of it--audio or video. She'd be happy with a 13" SD CRT, a VHS machine and a clock radio for music. But she understands I care and doesn't get in the way (it helps I never propose purchases beyond what we can reasonably afford).