c o V E r Up

seen on a public sidewalk at a large mall in little rock, arkansas and i thought to myself, “you can still trip over it. what a way to ‘fix’ a pipe protruding out of the sidewalk.”

i have conversations in my mind with myself when i’m out in public. it was during that conversation i realized the parallel of a ‘cover up’ and this cone on the pipe as a solution. seriously?, but i mean really?

why do some people not grasp the idea of learning from the mistakes of others and insist on learning everything from their own mistakes? as a wise person once told me, “you don’t live long enough to learn everything from your own mistakes.”
— i said that

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
— that Mark Twain guy said that

Comments (20):

  1. Steven

    Jan 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    One of my pet peeves that you’ve captured here! The cone makes it more dangerous by hiding the steel pole that protrudes. Great sepia tones in this shot!

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  2. Harry

    Jan 8, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    they say we learn from our mistakes, yet who among us has burned the roof of our mouth on hot pizza for the last time?

    I don’t know who said that, but I didn’t make it up.

    The cone reminds me of a comic wizard’s cap.

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  3. Diane

    Jan 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    not sure which I’m chuckling at more: your words or Mark Twains!

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  4. lisl

    Jan 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    That’s all about re-inventing the wheel, sherri

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  5. Ginnie

    Jan 9, 2019 at 12:15 am

    The things you see…and say! Well done, Sherri.

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  6. Nicou

    Jan 9, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Quel cône orange il sert à l’avertissement de ce bout de poteau génial
    Belle journée
    Nicou

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  7. Ayush

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:34 am

    i imagine the cone increases the visibility with its bright colour and larger geometry, when compared to a nondescript piece of pipe, Sherri.

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  8. Bill Phillips

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Hahaha Here the water company will come round to inspect a leak in the road and paint a yellow box around it. Later someone will come and repair the leak. I guess they wouldn’t he able to find it without the yellow paint

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  9. Elaine K

    Jan 9, 2019 at 3:25 am

    once when my bangs were too long, i walked into a pole at a shopping mall… yes, i said that lol

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  10. grouser

    Jan 9, 2019 at 4:26 am

    what an image the Mark Twain quote conjures up 🙂

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  11. mhelene

    Jan 9, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Just done in a hurry because there are only a few people who do things right to the end…I have also conversations with myself …that’s fun and interesting …!
    Your processing is great !

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  12. ruthiebear

    Jan 9, 2019 at 7:42 am

    My first thought on seeing this was a witch hat! It may not be a perfect solution, but to my thinking, at least someone was trying. I suppose someone will hav to fall before anyone “gets” it.

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  13. Tom Wilson

    Jan 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Looks like a witch’s hat, left behind.

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  14. Lewis

    Jan 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    A silly, wonky problem fixing fail )

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  15. Willem

    Jan 9, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    The right words with this photo, well seen and documented.

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  16. Steve

    Jan 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    As a species, we seem not to learn from our biggest mistakes. We blundered into Vietnam and then into Iraq having learned nothing. Now, we have a moron in charge who asks repeatedly why don’t we use nuclear weapons.

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  17. Elaine Hancock

    Jan 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    A sloppy fix to a potentially serious problem. Someone is going to trip over it and get hurt. Probably after that it will get fixed. Wonderful processing. I like the details.

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  18. Barbara Thomas

    Jan 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I also thought witch’s hat because it’s almost black, but I think it is probably really bright orange. In that case, not so much like a witch’s hat.

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