In Ireland I've been trying to get broadband for over a month now. Magnet Entertainment misplaced my contract twice and Eircom said they couldn't install a phone line because my flat doesn't exist. Ah, whimsy. Bring on municipal wireless. But my favourite infrastructure quirk is that lately in our bathroom here, instead of cold water, we've been connected to some other flat's hot water supply too. So the only way to shower without scalding is to use up theirs till it's tepid and mix in our own hot water as needed.