Then I looked inside & this is what I saw. Yes, that's macaroni. And peaches. We have little boys here. And then there's the 12 tons of gross, unidentifiable goop! And I want to say that I cleaned it all out & disinfected it - but remember, there's no water & at that point the hole in the bottom of my sink lead straight down to the cabinet. So let's pretend.
Also at this point I realize that the rusty bottom of the disposal is supposed to spin & mine obviously doesn't. Also, if you squint really hard you can see the writing on the garbage disposal reads "3 year warranty," and you guessed it - I put it in just over three years ago. So I was bemoaning the cost of a new one, and checking prices online, when I had the bright idea to check for repair help online too. The internet is my friend!
Here's what I found on About.com. They listed common problems, like the disposal not turning on at all, and no movement, while making a humming sound. Bingo. Then they told me how to fix it. And provided a handy diagram so that when they talk about the "flywheel" I can associate that with the rusty bottom of my disposal. And although I had no idea where the special wrench that came with my disposal was, I used a paint stir stick until I got it unstuck. And it didn't cost me anything, thanks to About.com. And my well-rounded woman-ness.