with most of the things that i have there is absolutely no parrellel. for instance my guitars cost $350 for the fretted one (it is the best i have ever played for under $600 - a real one off beauty) and $700 for the fretless one (again beautiful action on it). cheaper basses simply are not playable - ask any musician. the drum kit is the same - its $1500 worth of kit i got for $600 - you cannot get a cheaper electronic kit.
without wishing to sound self rightious, being able to play, and enduring to improve oneself and learn new musical instruments is an art, and a very worthy venture. you cannot draw a parrellel with hangbags! where is the intellectual value in that?
regarding films and video games; films are brilliant. they are an art form, but also an escape. i watch genuinly brilliant films to be intellectually engaged, i watch shitty action films for silly excitement.
video games are i suppose my vice. i have 3 games in total. but whilst kathryn was doing 12hours a day on her final dissertation, it kept me out of her hair, plus its about the one shared thing that me and my brother do except for weightlifting.
in my opinion, its silly spending lots of money on handbags, shoes and jewelry (though the engagement ring i got kathryn wasnt cheap, it is a one off, and exactly perfect) is frivilous, and somewhat pointless. at the end of the day, you may look good, but whats the point in having 20pairs of shoes if you are penniless?
My point though, is perspective. Spending money on handbags, watches, jewelry, etc seems frivolous and pointless to you, but I quite enjoy it. They may not be intellectually stimulating, but neither are 'shitty action films'. I'm paying many thousands a year to be intellectually stimulated by the university, so I don't feel I'm depriving myself in that department by spending the rest of my money elsewhere
So, while you perceive my purchases, or anyone else's of this nature, to be silly, unnecessary, what have you - I still feel the same way about having an expensive entertainment/media set up. I agree with you on the musical instruments, those are the sort of thing in which unparalleled quality is a necessity. But being better able to see the movie you rented? Or, as you admit, your vice being video games? Meh. Pointless to me. I'd rather read a book. But, it doesn't bother me in the least if you spend your money, regardless of the amount, on such things; I just personally choose not to. I'll stick to my girly things
Heh - and what's funny is, though I have a watch, I don't even wear it. I wear a bracelet from Tiffany's and use my cell phone for the time.