12th grade government class. Their assignment was a video. So, knowing how these things can go, the first thing I did after reading the lesson plan was to put the DVD into the laptop.
(Gone are the days where one put a VHS tape into a player and then hit play. Now, there is a projector setup that one can plug a laptop in to. I think I've commented on this before.)
The DVD drive made a strange, mechanical noise. Like it was struggling.
I ejected and reinserted the DVD. A couple times. Finally, the menu screen popped up. Just in time for class to start. Whew.
I got class started, went to start the video, and poof... It disappeared.
No, no, no, no, no...
I managed to get it to reload, but it wouldn't play. It was like it was frozen.
I took a deep breath. I realized the DVD was from C-SPAN. It was a tour of the White House. Surely, I could find that online...
Thank God for the Internet.
Google. I typed in the full title. And guess what popped up? (In case you're interested, here's the video.)
Ah, a laptop connected to the Internet. We can just stream the video instead. That could have gone a whole lost worse...