I'm curious about this:
I got the hammer laid down last night when my wife complained I spend too much time on the computer (playing Planetside).
My first reaction was to defend myself for not looking like a total geek. Mission failed.
Next was to offer up how much assistance I perform around the house, that time on the computer was when the kids went to sleep. Mission failed.
Complained that watching programs on the TV with the wife sucked huge donkey nuts compared to the fun I was having in-game. Mission self-destruct, ground zero explosion failure.
I think we worked out a compromise (which is equal to me not playing as much on the computer. How that was a compromise is beyond me, but I've learned to live with the female logic.)
I'm either at work, or with the kids/wife until they go to sleep, at which point my wife is tired and just wants to kick back. On the weekends, we'll do stuff together.
So, how do you balance your 'solo geek time' with the real world? And for those of you who have your spouse's blessing, I don't want to hear from you.