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Clever boyfriend finds fix for leaning clothesline pole

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I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: This summer, some neighbor children decided my clothesline was a jungle gym. Due to the wet ground, one pole then leaned at a 45-degree angle. I was trying to figure how to pull it upright, but my boyfriend had a better idea: He created a wooden wedge and pounded it into the ground in front of the lean, to push it upright. It's still working great!

Cindy Harness, Kannapolis

(Postscript: Ms. Harness has now posted a “No Trespassing” sign on the clothesline pole.)

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