Some people go to the bar and blow all their money on high price tap beer and pulltabs. Some order pizza delivery every other night. Some people take long cruises on the deck of a boat to buy high price tap beer and pulltabs. Ok, the drinks are usually free, but you get the idea.
So I buy cool flashlights, neat knives, hip backpacks, comfy clothes and swanky shelters.
There's far worse things in life to spend your money on. At least when I buy "gear", even if I never use it, I still have that little adventure, even if it's just in my head. Better than any movie or book, and the mental exercise of making it all work together is like a great puzzle.
And then after a long, cold, house bound winter, there's those first few treks with new gear! It's better than that new car smell! The weather gets warmer, the ground thaws out, and the online shopping goes into hibernation. And such is the circle of life. Let the adventure begin!