The DVR (yay!) died last week (boo! hiss!). The particular model we have apparently has some bad units floating around. As having the DVR has completely changed the way we deal with televised entertainment, this came as a great shock.
Oh well. The fun part is that when asked by the kids what we would do to record a certain upcoming show, I got to reply:
"We'll do it the old fashioned way. Back before the turn of the century, we used tapes. I think it'll still work."
Of course, substitute "horses" or "gas-lights" or "leeches" for "tapes" and it sounds much better, but I actually got to say that. I felt like such an old fart. It was great.