James Lileks often waxes kvetchingly about his DirectTV system. It's on, it's off, it's working, it's dead.... He makes calls to the support group at 1:45am complaining because he's lost a signal, only to have it return when he gets off the phone. Numerous service people come to his house one after the other to attempt to repair, replace, upgrade or exorcise his home satellite dish. I believe he may keep a witch doctor on standby.
Lileks is my favorite online read, and he should be yours as well. His views on life, fatherhood and popular culture and nostalgia are unparalleled.
But Jim, buddy. I have one word for you.