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Goats on benches

Original post made by Joe, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park, on May 29, 2008

The photo of a goat peacefully resting on a bench at Sharon Hills Park has its bucolic aspects, but we who live here want to use these benches after the goats have gone their merry way.

Is anyone going to clean these benches? Goats are dirty. Their leavings are all over the place. What is that white stuff on the bench? There should be signs on the benches: "No goats!"

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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Hey, Joe. Sounding a little cranky, old boy. Something got your goat?

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Posted by Ana Capri
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Garbage in, garbage out, Joe.

Look on the bright side and think of it as free fertilizer.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 30, 2008 at 9:08 am

I'm hip to the free fertilizer and the greenhouse gas thing of the goats eating the grass. But the benches, the benches. I still like my idea for the signs. If we have to teach the goats to read, so be it.

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Posted by Deb
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on May 30, 2008 at 10:11 am

Maybe we could get our esteemed president to teach them to read. I understand he has an affection for goats -- his choice of books to read to kids is "My Pet Goat," I seem to recall. Sure, US presidents have a lot more important things to do with their time, but that hasn't stopped him in the past. And the task of teaching a goat how to read would certainly be as impossible to pull off as creating a true democracy in Iraq by waging an unprovoked war, so maybe he'd agree to take on another impossible mission. Operation No Goat Left Behind.

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Posted by sarah
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Hose off the bench. Seriously?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Hosing off the benches sounds good. That should be part of the city's protocol after the goats leave. It would help, too, to clear the debris -- and fertilizer -- from the informal walking paths.

Teaching goats to read sounds about right for this president, though they would probably pick up some bad habits from a guy who can't pronounce the word "nuclear" and posits that the French have no word for "entrepreneur."

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