#178 – Roto Rooter

Photo taken: November 18, 2015

Among the burdens I inherited when I bought my home was a drainage ditch that runs through the neighborhood and which is constantly clogging up with everything short of murder victims… and the mouth of that ditch is in my backyard.  The feistier inhabitants of my hood hold the city to its task of maintaining the ditch, and here we see one of my town’s brave workers attempting to unclog this mess by himself.  With this being taken in late Autumn, there are only about 87 billion leaves clogging up the entrance to the sewer… but this lone hero, wielding nothing but a crappy little pig sticker, is going to attempt to clear the way for the water to release.  Bless his heart.  I like to see that the $17 a month I pay for sewer service is going to good use…


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16 Responses to #178 – Roto Rooter

  1. Count your blessings…….no murder victims in the clog is a BIG PLUS!


  2. Seems like you’re getting ‘something’ for those sewer fees besides just plain sewer stuff. 😆

  3. You mean — YOU only pay $17/month for cleaning up the mess? Our trash collector is now at $41/month and is saying he’s going up to $45 next months! It’s a bargain. Okay, they don’t DO anything, but at least they do it cheaply!

    • Trash collection is done by a private company and is a whole ‘nother bill… though still not quite $41 a month. The sewer is maintained by the city… I would imagine that’s a bill you don’t have where you live.

  4. Trisha says:

    Yes, bless this guy’s heart! I never see anyone out cleaning drains around here. Well, that’s not true. When a blocked drain flooded a bunch of expensive homes and almost made an island out of the high school, that got some attention. But otherwise, we’re on our own!

    • There is a retiree on the next street over who, as he once told me, has nothing better to do than constantly harass the city to do its job. It’s nice in a way… though it also has our whole neighborhood on the city’s shit list.

  5. draliman says:

    Give it a couple of years and you’ll be able to post a new photo of a semi-autonomous robot doing that. Just as ineffectually.

    • I hope I get the moment when its circuits get clogged up with the wet leaves it’s removing and the robot catches fire. Then they’ll have to send another $1,000,000 robot out to remove the old robot AND finish the job…

  6. Ladybuggz says:

    Your lucky, at least the guy is quiet, we have a big huge truck with a gigantic vacuum attached to it that they stick down the sewers, but I guess we have far more leaves and water to be sucked up! We don’t have ditches here in town, well, except my basement that fills with water every rain storm!

    • I have a storm drain in front of my house that gets clogged up with leaves and even cats (Sewer Rat!)… but they have yet to send out the big Shop Vac to unclog either hole…

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