I'd spent 10 minutes pressing buttons on the TV remote to no avail. The channel would not change.
I didn't want to go channel surfing; I only wanted to turn on the public broadcasting network and watch a documentary on the three-toed tree sloth. I'd been looking forward to it all week.
I was about to give up and call Doug when the phone rang. "Hello?" I said, holding the phone to my ear. "Hello?" Nothing. Not even heavy breathing or bleep-blop-bloop computer noises. No dial tone. Nothing.
I tossed the phone onto the bed and tried the remote again. I'm going to miss the beginning of the program, I thought desperately. If I miss the beginning, I may...