Zach, that was priceless!!!
Other than the Internet, the fount and source of the "cottage" lightweight gear industry and many other good things, there are a few specific pieces of gear I really love:
Sarbar's new "UL" cozies. I owe Sarah a debt of gratitude for the whole "freezer bag cooking" concept, especially appealing to me because dishwashing has always been my most hated task. Hers is one of many examples of a business that would not exist except for the internet.
Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super sleeping bag. I don't know how many times I've gotten cold but then immediately warmed up and stayed warm after snugging up the draft collar. That collar makes all the difference!
Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic tent--nice and roomy for me and my dog, quite streamlined and very easily set up in a taut pitch [EDIT--I can only blame the misspelling--now corrected--on my tendency to type faster than my brain can work]. The '09 model has a zippered beak, doing away with the awful velcro. It also has the best bathtub floor I've seen in any tarptent. I hesitate to laud this tent too much, simply because I have not been able to test it in really severe storms yet. If I don't get a chance this fall, I'll set it up in my backyard in some of our infamous winter east winds to see if it's as wind-worthy as it appears.
Wyoming Wear 200-weight fleece socks for sleeping. My feet sigh with gratitude when I put them on!
My POE InsulMat Max Thermo air pad, which I have put aside (at least for longer trips) in favor of the Thermarest NeoAir, half its weight. Somehow I have not developed the comfortable relationship with the NeoAir that I have had with the POE pad. The NeoAir is comfortable, but not as much as the POE pad. I may make some changes when the new, lighter POE pads (designed to compete with the NeoAir) hit the market. For 1-2 night trips, when weight is not such a big deal, I'll continue to use and enjoy the old pad!
Your mileage may, and probably will, vary.