"I have never posted on any forum like this before, and am clearly addicted. My wife thinks I am crazy, and thinks I should stop working on backpacking, stop talking about backpacking, and just go backpacking. I like that idea."
Welcome to the club! You are in good company. I think if we could all "just go backpacking" as much as we wanted, then the forum would be a ghost town!
After all, how much do we hear from thru-hikers while they are on the move? Not much, of course, because they are backpacking as much as they want (probably more!).
When I'm out on a trip, I certainly don't daydream about posting on the forum :), but very few of us get out as much as we'd like, so interacting with other BPL members on the forum is the best we can do while we're not on the out in the backcountry.
Anyway, glad you have joined the club. The toothpaste is most certainly out of the tube my friend...