See post below, "The Conspiracy Continues."
Boy, did I blow it! The last time we had the "rooter" service out here the cost was about $70. So of course I ASSUMED that's what the price would be today.
That last time was simply to unplug the drain plumbing INSIDE the house. The plumber entered his "snake" at the kitchen sink drain and succesfully cleared a grease blockage. Price: $70.00.
But to clear a ROOT (or other) blockage OUTSIDE the house was slightly higher.
How much higher?
The total was $186.76!!
ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, YOU DARNED REFRIGERATOR??!
(Don't tell the fridge, but I got a $5 discount. Big deal, right? Well, at this point I'll take my successes where I can!)