Do wives get more agreeable over time? Or is it that you don't realize, that it is you who have adjusted your desires to be more in agreement with her wishes as the years go by? I'm not married, but from what I know of them...well, I better hold my tongue on this!
Carl... I'm fairly new at the whole marriage thing (less than 2 years), but I have already 'figured out' (small sample size) a couple of important points. The main one being my priorities and her will not always align... the key is to get them to align! 6k on a lens is obscene to someone who is not into photography, i need to illustrate the advantages more... even if an advantage is to get me to stop moaning about it!
in all fairness, i blame my wife for my current lens desires... in the last 18 months SHE has bought and surprised me with a 5DIII kit, 70-200 IS II, a 24L II, and a 17-40L. She got me hooked on the good stuff! But even if it is no-go... i'm still significantly better off