Archive for April, 2009|Monthly archive page

Mercer Island Schools Foundation Breakfast Video

A new 9-minute professionally-made video showing highlights of students from the Mercer Island school district. 


Snippets from music classes, drama, the swim team and more.

“We need $2M to close the budget gap”. That’s $500 for each student.


The end of the bubble

DamienM posted this fun video showing how they take the bubble off the Shorewood swimming pool:

Look at how many people it takes to get that thing off.  Seems like a lot of work, but it’s probably even harder to put it back on again.

Nice to think that somebody has enough confidence in the weather to get rid of the winter protection over the pool.

Rent a Ruminant

Look who’s eating this empty lot near the Congregational Church on SE 46th Ave:

Rent a Ruminent : goats eating blackberry bushes.

That’s a herd of goats, from Rent-a-Ruminant.  The animals are voracious eaters, and one of their favorites is blackberry bushes – the invasive species that seems to have taken over every vacant lot on Mercer Island.  Supposedly the goats eat every trace of the bushes, down to the roots.


So what does it cost to get rid of the weeds on your property?  The farmer charges by the day, usually in increments of a quarter acre.  Something like $825/day, plus moving fees.   That sounds like a deal to me, especially if they do a thorough job without leaving toxic herbicides that will run off onto other lots.   I wonder if you can also work out a deal to eat your weed-eater when it’s done.  Did you know that goat is the most widely-consumed meat in the world? Yummy.