Wednesday, March 23, 2011

it's all relative

The Los Angeles Times had an article today about how residents of Benedict Canyon, an area with lots of wealthy folks with huge estates and mansions, are up in arms about a proposed residence of 85,000 square feet. That's just too darn big, they say, and why would anyone need a house that large?

In all fairness to the owner, whose identity is being kept secret, 85,000 is the total square footage of several buildings, not just one. The main residence will only be about 43,000 feet. Then there will be a 27,000 foot "son's villa," whatever that is, plus a guest house, servant quarters, and a gate house, whatever that is, too.

What I thought was funny (both haha and ironic) was how the entrenched clique, er, current residents, were complaining about the size of the proposed home and why does anyone need such a big house? These folks whose own mansions could swallow up 5 to 10 or more of my house are asking a question like that?

I suppose if I were to ask them that very same question, I'd be told to mind my own beeswax, but really, you've got like 1, 2, maybe 3 or 4 people inhabiting a monstrous mansion and I just have to laugh that they are so offended about someone else coming in with a bigger model. Sure, that bigger model is a lot bigger than their own homes, but hey, big is big. It is like Al Gore criticizing someone because their electricity bill is $25,000 a month.

Don't we have better things to whine about?

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