He called the city to come and open the drain, I imagine they could have waited for hours. Armed with a flashlight, line a treble hook, I attempted to snag his keys. The sidewalk grain isn't the kind with the grid; rather, it's one with a solid plate with a couple tiny holes, it's opening being on the side, which is where the keys fell in.
I spotted the keys under some leaves towards the back end of the sewer, which meant that I wouldn't be able to snag them without a rod. No sweat, got my 3 foot ice fishing rod, perfect length to reach the back end of the sewer.
Jigged the treble a couple times, caught the key ring on my fourth or fifth try. My sister was thrilled to not be stuck waiting for the city workers, and I saved us taxpayers a few bucks too.