I definitely live in Never-Never land these days. I faced a choice between living in civilization with a wife/GF or the middle of nowhere by myself (except for a couple of dogs) and after one last exasperating relationship I chose the latter. I don't regret my decision. Much.
Let me put it this way: I can afford to do a comparison test of a dozen DACs over the holidays and I don't have to ask permission from ANYBODY. Life is good.