Raised manholes

If you have a sense of humor – even better if a sophomoric one like mine – you probably have done a double-take when you see a sign like this. Cincinnati is full of them. Watch out – some man has his holes raised. Take from that whatever you want, but the phrasing just begs a Leno-like pot shot, doesn’t it?
I really think it’s some road construction superintendent having a little fun. I mean, c’mon, there’s been manhole covers raised for, seems like, decades and we were never warned. Then, all of the sudden, time to warn motorists that the opposite of a pot hole – the “manhole”- is up and ready to ba-bump my car tire. Big deal. I think it’s an inside joke. And probably worth a sweeps piece somewhere. Aren’t the November books coming up?

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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