Does anyone else ever have a hard time explaining the cost of their Koi to their spouse? My wife never really asks about the cost of my fish. She knows they are mostly inexpensive goldfish, but I have tried keeping Koi a few times and she knows they cost more. We had company over last week and I showed them my latest two fish that are Koi. They were pretty cheap by Koi standards and were only 0 each. Even though for Koi that is very little to pay, I know for my wife she would have a hard time understanding why I would pay 10 to 20 times more for a Koi over the goldfish we already have. I had actually given this some thought how to explain. I know she has a lot of shoes. I never see the bills, but somehow it slipped when we were building closets in our new home last year that the cheapest one cost over 0. So now I have my ammunition ready if the cost of the Koi ever comes up. I guess I could lie about the cost, but figured the cost was so reasonable in the Koi world ...why lie? (I know she has about her shoes in the past. She actually fudged the cost of her boots today. Her 0 Frye boots suddenly came down 0 in price today as we started discussing how well she maintains them) .... So two days ago she asked me about the cost of my new Koi. I had the perfect answer ready. "The two of them cost less than one of your shoes" She gave it some thought and admitted her shoes start around 0........then she quickly calculated that I paid 0 for each fish and asked if that was true. I said yes and figured now we were done. I could get more Koi in the future and she could never complain. Then she quickly answered back "yeah but my shoes don't die!"