My wife tolerates the hobby. The only bit she really, really, really struggled to comprehend whatsoever was the cleaning with retr0brite I was doing. I think her phrase was "complete waste of time".
I now have her old Amiga 500+, donated kindly to me by her father
. My youngest son wants to play games on it. The oldest is happy with Mario Kart on the Weii. Ahh, brilliant: she's surrounded by geeks
I love vroom6sri's quote: "No matter what your interests are, you can't be "sad" if you're happy." Superb
Oh, and I strongly recommend a loft conversion. We strengthened the floor, put in a decent(ish) wooden collapsable ladder, two velux windows, then plasterboarded and skimmed the thing. It's my domain...