Today, as mentioned, was my birthday, and as a present, I have received what I asked for, a Samson DI box, which I have tested at the weekly-ish jam and know it works.
I had an acoustic, but it had no pickup. So I stood next to a mic, which sucked.
So I got a soundhole pickup which was spring-loaded to stay in the hole, but it tore up the edges, which sucked.
So I got an electro-acoustic guitar with a built-in piezo. And sometimes I played electric. Either way, I was underpowered, which sucked.
So I got myself a pedalboard, which juiced my signal and gave me access to chorus and vibrato and other effects. But still, occasionally the venue-supplied DI box crapped out on me, which sucked.
I have decent cables and decent electronics. But I won't be getting myself an XLR cable.