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Letter: Let’s name South Lake Tahoe’s potholes

According to Wikipedia, “a pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area.”

Throw the time-honored monkey wrench of ice and snow into the mix, and potholes get bad — very bad. There is no known cure for potholes and perhaps there will never be.

I maintain that certain potholes around our fine city deserve names, much like comets or hurricanes.

As they take shape, I propose to name them after U.S. States from which they most closely resemble. There’s a nice one on Pioneer Trail I’d like to call Pothole Florida. For the remarkable one on Sierra Boulevard that continues to grow, Pothole California is a well-chosen name. There are a number of good potholes on Highway 50, but a particularly egregious one — you know the one — I’d like to dub as Pothole Texas. If you live here, I’m sure you know of others. Please feel free to participate.

With names properly and rightly established (perhaps the City of South Lake Tahoe can initiate a pothole naming convention), potholes can eventually be found on Google Maps. Whoever thought our technology would enable us to see potholes from space? Now we can. For those of us with self-driving cars, potholes can be put into GPS coordinates and avoided automatically.

The parking lot of the gym I belong to (that will hereby go unidentified) is in desperate need of expansion. And as a bonus, it contains at least half the city’s potholes — right in one parking lot! I suggest keeping it as is though, because having your vehicle’s tires submerge into those unavoidable crevasses make your car bounce east-west and north-south, and this helps with pelvic alignment before and after your workout.

Andrew Homan

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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