By Annie Barrett
Updated October 13, 2006 at 02:00 PM EDT

This article in yesterday’s USA Today reported that many DVR users watch their recordings of ”water-cooler” shows like Grey’s and Survivor right away, but save stuff like The Office and House for later in the night or week.

Well, duh.

Still, I’m glad to read stories like that. They make me feel less isolated. I mean, I basically exist in a two-character world… population: me and my DVR/life partner. (I have friends, but they know what’s up.) So, other DVR-sters, I’m interested in hearing about some of your methods amidst the madness of this beautiful but psychologically treacherous machine. What shows do you absolutely need to watch in real-time, and what gets saved for later, if ever? Do you have remote-control tricks I need to know about? How many series do you record? I bet I record more! You wanna go?

Related: Do you PopWatchers ever feel like, since all of TV is atyour fingertips, it ends up caving in on you? This, I think, is theDVR’s downfall. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! We’re allbusy. So is it better to delete an old show you don’t technically needto see, or will you make the time for Episode 3 of a promising newseries (or a rerun of Nickelodeon’s GUTS) if it kills you? Iusually do. And I’m starting to feel like a very strange type of robotthis fall, one with a glowing red ”recording in progress” lightpermanently reflected onto her left cheek. I don’t like looking in themirror anymore. The red light just never goes away.