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March 21, 2017

Got a Tumblr Takedown Lawyer's Letter on This KA-CHING item

Dear Tom Hanks, It must be nice to be able to afford a $26 Million shack and a lawyer to scour the Internet to hide your extravagance.

KA-CHING! • The Green Mile of Green Bullshit: Environmentally The Green Mile of Green Bullshit: Environmentally Conscious Actor Buys $26 Million, 14,500 Square Foot, 5 Bathroom House : The Powers That Be In yet another story trying to pin down the biggest home sale of 2009, the LA Times reports that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (no, that headline is not a Cast Away joke) have set an early benchmark in the 2010 contest. Last month they bought New York-based Gwathmey Siegel & Associates’ San Onofre Residence in Pacific Palisades, from producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, for more than $26 million.

Fuck you. Go bother somebody with money.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 21, 2017 3:17 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The entire porch, pool, and deck, are in the shade.

I looked it up, the whole thing is, and will continue to be, an enormous maintenance expense well into the future.

Was this place designed by a 7th grade mechanical drawing student and was Hanks that student trapped inside a 60 year old body?

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 21, 2017 5:53 PM

Vanderleun's response reminded me of a British case, 'Arkell v Pressdram'.

The British publisher of Private Eye (Pressdram Ltd) received this threatening letter from a law firm:

29th April 1971

Dear Sir,

We act for Mr Arkell who is Retail Credit Manager of Granada TV Rental Ltd. His attention has been drawn to an article appearing in the issue of Private Eye dated 9th April 1971 on page 4. The statements made about Mr Arkell are entirely untrue and clearly highly defamatory. We are therefore instructed to require from you immediately your proposals for dealing with the matter.

Mr Arkell's first concern is that there should be a full retraction at the earliest possible date in Private Eye and he will also want his costs paid. His attitude to damages will be governed by the nature of your reply.


Goodman Derrick & Co.

The response was worthy of Gerard's:

Dear Sirs,

We acknowledge your letter of 29th April referring to Mr. J. Arkell.

We note that Mr Arkell's attitude to damages will be governed by the nature of our reply and would therefore be grateful if you would inform us what his attitude to damages would be, were he to learn that the nature of our reply is as follows: fuck off.


Private Eye

Posted by: Smokey at March 21, 2017 8:32 PM

Hey, it's cool...they paid a guy a few bucks to pretend to plant some trees somewhere, so it's carbon neutral and stuff.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at March 21, 2017 9:07 PM

Rules for thee but not for me!

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at March 22, 2017 4:54 AM

Make wifey vacuum the place every Saturday.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at March 22, 2017 9:19 AM

ghostsniper it depends on when the photo was taken.
My guess is that the picture was taken in the morning sun rising from the east and the porch, pool, and deck will be in the evening sun as it sets in the west just in time for the parties they'll throw on it...
I could be wrong, JMO.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 22, 2017 10:15 PM

Having lived in pool homes almost continuously since the age of 8 and most recently in southwest Florida which is much hotter than Santa Monica where the subject residence is located, unless a pool is exposed to at least 8 hours of full sun the water temperature will never get comfortable without supplemental heating. What is comfortable? For me it is about 80 degrees. I can tolerate lower but prefer not to. I say Cape Coral, FL is hotter than Santa Monica because I have lived in both places.

I have designed more than 1000 homes with pools and most prefer direct southern exposure. There are exceptions where the property is not conducive or owner preferences but most times it can be worked out. My guess is that this pool is heated by propane or natural gas. Afternoon sun alone won't get it.

Bet you never heard this before:
Much of Florida is BELOW sea level and the building codes attempt to address this but mostly fails. It is not uncommon for an island off the coast of SW Florida to be entirely below sea level except for the perimeters that have built up over the millennia from shell shoals and mangroves. The interior land is dry because of the natural *dike* at the outside edges. However in a tidal surge any thing built on the interior will be destroyed. Therefore the buildings are built on pilings that are driven deep into the earth, in some cases as far as 40' down, to limestone bedrock.

A shotcrete (sprayed small aggregate concrete) swimming pool filled with water will actually float in the event of a tidal surge. So they too must be anchored to mother earth with pilings. The structural aspects are concealed in various ways so the uninitiated would never know whats going on - they just look purty! These underpinning can and do raise the costs dramatically, whereas a standard 14'x28'x6' deep dry land pool with deck and enclosure could run $20k a pool as described on an island can cost $50k or more, sometimes much more.

The most expensive pool I ever designed? Way over $1,000,000.00 but it wasn't JUST a pool, is was a scaled down disneyworld, from the timed and tuned water cannons and light effects to the meandering bayous circumnavigating the entire property, to the 40' limestone boulder that was carved hollow inside for the margaritaville cabana, to the multiple suspended rope bridges, zip lines and slightly submerged rock island, underwater viewing ports, glassed in conservatory and an actual exotic bird aviary. Yeah, it was a trip.

There ya go, your architectural tidbit for the day.

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 23, 2017 8:10 AM

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