This is a painful and embarrassing lesson. All I got out of it was seeing the inside of a DVD drive (not too big a deal) and finding this discussion forum (maybe be a good thing).
So do I trash the drive or get it fixed? Or can I somehow fix it? If the lens is scratched, the drive is probably going in the trash. But I was extremely gentle with the cloth and I can't imagine the lens is soft enough to be scratched. So if it's just misaligned (hopefully), how can I realign it or how much does it cost to have it done?