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Derek Jeter’s ‘St. Jetersburg’ has strict ‘no cameras’ policy | Page Six

But can they take pictures of the gift baskets when they leave?

Derek Jeter has a strict “no camera or phones” rule when it comes to his sprawling Florida mansion.
We’re told the famously private Yankee has a basket in the foyer of his 30,875-square-foot, multimillion dollar Davis Island home, dubbed by locals “St. Jetersburg.” All guests are expected to plunk down their camera phones before entering his castle.
“He points and says, ‘Phones go there,’ so no one can take pictures inside his house,” says a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2013 at 07:28 PM | 100 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jick Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4619224)
Edit - Nevermind.
   2. SG Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4619225)
St. Jetersburg is a fantastic moniker.
   3. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4619226)
Interesting. Looking at the accompanying photo, the mansion appears to use up the entire lot. It is surrounded by neighbors' houses, the water, and a street.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4619235)
A basket on the way in, a basket to take with you on the way out.
   5. Canker Soriano Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4619237)
I'm assuming there's a regulation-sized Yankee infield with a sex swing hanging over the shortstop position and an enormous mural of Jeter as centaur - thrice the size of ARod's painting - on the ceiling above it. Also, an indoor game preserve where he hunts people.

(31000 square feet, eventually you run out of the need for another bathroom. Might as well use all that space to track the most dangerous game.)

Thus, no photos.

   6. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4619240)
Damn, I had my money on #2 for the first centaur joke in this thread.
   7. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: December 16, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4619254)
"Phones go there."

You ask me, most restaurants should have the same basket. On second thought, most public places.

   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 16, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4619263)
Looking at the accompanying photo, the mansion appears to use up the entire lot. It is surrounded by neighbors' houses, the water, and a street.

Those are no ordinary neighbors' houses. You're looking at the Romineshaft, the Gardner of Earthly Delights, and the Courtyard By Teixeiriott.
   9. Starlin of the Slipstream (TRHN) Posted: December 16, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4619265)
An ex of mine partied with Alfonso soriano at his place in Chicago a coupla years back. Same deal. Beats having your picture taken with fortys duct taped to your hands.

Soriano is a total class act, she said. Bought dinner for dozens of people and tipped generously.
   10. SteveM. Posted: December 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4619282)
I have the same policy in my classes. My students seem to believe they need their smart phones like they need oxygen.
   11. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: December 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM (#4619284)
I've given up. Let the ones who want fart away on their phones. #### it. I get paid either way.
   12. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: December 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM (#4619287)
I'd like to think that even if I were as filthy rich as Derek Jeter, I would never sink so low as to build or inhabit such a monstrosity.

A fancy pants manhattan penthouse, heck yeah. But this? Blegh. Someone get the guillotine.
   13. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM (#4619298)
Steve and Weekly Journalist - I've actually tried incorporating their phones into the course. Next term I will be using Twitter in my Jazz Appreciation class. I will create a hashtag for each lecture (or unit, or genre, whatever) and students will be required to ask/answer questions outside of class that are posted to that hashtag. We will use 5 minutes or so every other lecture to discuss some of the responses.

There has to be a way to USE the technology in such a way as to make it useful....

   14. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4619303)
I expect my students to use their phomes for looking stuff up if they don't know what it is -- a word, a reference, etc.
   15. Darren Posted: December 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM (#4619304)
Anastasia live-streamed in vain.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4619311)
his 30,875-square-foot, multimillion dollar Davis Island home


Unfortunately, his range is limited to about 8 feet on either side of the master bedroom.
   17. jobu Posted: December 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM (#4619315)
Anastasia live-streamed in vain.


Nicely done.
   18. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM (#4619342)
I'd like to think that even if I were as filthy rich as Derek Jeter, I would never sink so low as to build or inhabit such a monstrosity.

A fancy pants manhattan penthouse, heck yeah. But this? Blegh. Someone get the guillotine.


Jealousy is a sick disease.
   19. ptodd Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM (#4619343)
Wonder what Jeter is hiding.
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4619351)
I will create a hashtag for each lecture (or unit, or genre, whatever) and students will be required to ask/answer questions outside of class that are posted to that hashtag. We will use 5 minutes or so every other lecture to discuss some of the responses.


What if a student doesn't have, or have access to, a cell phone?
   21. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM (#4619378)
St. Jetersburg is a fantastic moniker.


QFT.
   22. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:26 AM (#4619385)
Is the basket for the phones next to the rows and rows of fruit baskets?
   23. Cabbage Posted: December 17, 2013 at 02:28 AM (#4619398)
What if a student doesn't have, or have access to, a cell phone?


The student is obviously lost, and will be given a bus timetable and fare to the nearest land-grant institution.
   24. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 17, 2013 at 02:48 AM (#4619401)
St. Jetersburg is a fantastic moniker.

And much classier than Whorelando.
   25. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:27 AM (#4619404)
Jimmuscomp: You actually can't require students to post their work to public forums like that. It's in violation of FERPA. What you CAN do is ask them to sign a FERPA waiver but you can't make anything contingent on their not signing (there cannot be consequences for not signing away their rights) OR make them post to a private, FERPA-compliant website managed by your school or by persons acting in the capacity of school officials. The law is very clear on this; you should talk to your registrar. You can email me if you need more direction.

You also can't make them sign up for Twitter or other public websites. In doing so you are creating a student record and are in violation of FERPA.

Edit: I didn't spell out what FERPA is. It's a federal law in the US(perhaps you're in a different country?). It stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
   26. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM (#4619447)
Honestly, I would never want to live in a house that big. I just prefer something cozy. To each their own, of course.
   27. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM (#4619450)
I think if I were ridiculously rich I'd rather have multiple homes in primo locations than something outlandishly huge like this. It seems like something like this would be uncomfortable to live in.

On the other hand the "no camera" rule seems entirely intelligent. Maybe it is a little arrogant but I wouldn't want people taking random pictures of my house and posting them on the web (I'm not even comfortable with Google Earth street view) but unlike Jeter no one really wants a photo of my house.
   28. Bhaakon Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM (#4619451)
Honestly, I would never want to live in a house that big. I just prefer something cozy. To each their own, of course.


Indeed. Just squeeze indoor plumbing and a gourmet kitchen into my unibomber shack, and I'm happy.
   29. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM (#4619452)
On the other hand the "no camera" rule seems entirely intelligent. Maybe it is a little arrogant but I wouldn't want people taking random pictures of my house and posting them on the web (I'm not even comfortable with Google Earth street view) but unlike Jeter no one really wants a photo of my house.

This is very sensible. Why are you on the internet?
   30. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4619478)
Jealousy is a sick disease.


It's not jealousy. It's understanding of tastelessness. Note that WJ would want to live in something that probably costs as much or more than this monstrosity, a NYC Penthouse can run you upwards $50,000,000. It's much more aristocratic disdain of the nouveau riche than jealousy of the underclass.

And I concur. Unless you can top Versailles you have no business going for ostentation. Because it's been done, and been done better, by someone who could legitimately say "l'Etat c'est moi." You just make yourself look like uncultured swine by trying to pull that yourself. I don't begrudge Jeter a penny of what he's earned (though I doubt we agree on what the top marginal rate of taxation should be), but I do think that his mansion is even more gauche than A-Rod's Centaur painting. At least Centaurs are classical.

If I had Jete's money, I wouldn't have that abomination in Tampa. I'd have a brownstone on Comm Ave, a penthouse in NYC, and probably a manor near Paris or Buenos Aires. Along with a private jet, I'd be set, and it'd be massively more tasteful than that... thing.
   31. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4619509)
This is very sensible. Why are you on the internet?


Know your enemy. Someone's gotta keep an eye on you maniacs.
   32. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4619514)
I think if I were ridiculously rich I'd rather have multiple homes in primo locations than something outlandishly huge like this. It seems like something like this would be uncomfortable to live in.

Absolutely. What's the point of a 30,000 square foot house?
   33. Bhaakon Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4619519)
This is very sensible. Why are you on the internet?


Back in my day, anonymity was the whole point of being on the internet.

Oh, the halcyon days of the early 20-aughts.
   34. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4619520)
Camera phones are encouraged at Istankiewiczbul.
   35. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM (#4619521)
Absolutely. What's the point of a 30,000 square foot house?

The only thing I can think of is you'd want the room to "entertain".
   36. Nasty Nate Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4619529)
I think everyone is being too quick to judge. For all we know, Jeter's new house could have sub-basements, secret passageways, a spooky and dusty library, and portraits of ancestors which he can use to spy through the eyes.
   37. GregD Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4619532)
With an unlimited budget, what are the things you would want in your house, aside from the obvious?
Awesome screening room
Full-court basketball
Extra bedroom suites so I can have guests but not have to see them
A couple of smaller living rooms for those guests
A truly great great room for entertaining 100 people at parties
A dining room big enough for 20-30 people

Things that a professional athlete would basically need but I wouldn't care about
Professional weight room
Batting cage

I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.

While I hate the idea of a 30,000-square foot house, I can imagine how easy it is to break 15,000 square feet before you even get into the question of how many of your buddies need their own rooms and don't you want your inlaws to be truly out of sight.

A basketball court is 5000 square feet by itself.
   38. BDC Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4619537)
Piehole makes an interesting point about FERPA. I reckon that's why most class discussion forums are housed in platforms like Blackboard and such. I've been teaching using online components since the late '90s and often never gave this a thought; hope the statute of limitations has run out :)

As to phones in class, I rely on students having them so that they can fact-check whatever idiocies I come up with. It's really pretty helpful.
   39. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4619540)
With an unlimited budget, what are the things you would want in your house, aside from the obvious?

I'd like a moat.
   40. Jack Keefe Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4619542)
With an unlimited budget, what are the things you would want in your house, aside from the obvious?

Well I dont know yet Al I am only in the 2nd year of a 10 year 4 MILLION DOLLAR contrack so it will take me a while to make what Derek Cheater makes in 1 week. But here is the list for my planned Châtoo Keefe which I will built in Terre Haute onct I retire

Sinema size popcorn popper with 24 hour Butter Bubbler
Skee Ball Court
DVD Library of all Keefe Pitching Apperances
Wax Museum of the 2005 Chi. White Sox
Sleep-In Shower
Alligador Ranch
Water Bed
Jello Bed
Carmel Pudding Bed
Basket by the Front Door where every 1 leaves their Pants haha kidding Al
Guest cell for AJ Pierogi
   41. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4619543)
I'd like a moat.

And populated with hungry crocodiles, no doubt.
   42. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4619544)
Full size basketball court (5000), pool (5000), huge room for entertaining (3000), huge theater (2000), dining room for 20-30 (2000), kitchen (2000), billiards/game room (2000), a bunch of bedrooms (8,000), and weight room (2,000) brings you to 30,000. Of course, all of those rooms are absurdly large.
   43. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4619548)
With an unlimited budget, what are the things you would want in your house, aside from the obvious?

Again, I can't imagine a 30K-square foot house not having a few blades of grass surrounding the place. Otherwise, why not stay in a penthouse/duplex in Manhattan or, if warm weather is a must, Miami?
   44. dlf Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4619549)
A house a few miles from mine was on the market a year or so ago. It had pretty much everything that GregD lists in #37 (except it was half-court hoops). Some of the other things it also had were: helipad, 9 hole golf course (that actually backs up to a Davis Love designed semi-private course for the less ostentatious), two-lane bowling alley, recording studio, olympic size pool, and horse stables. Apparently it was built for ~$60m ... and when it went into foreclosure the bank only recouped ~$9m.
   45. JL Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4619550)
#37 -- Personally, I would want more usable outdoor space. More trees for privacy, as well as areas for a fire pit, entertaining in the shade, and the like.
   46. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4619552)
My brother-in-law's partner is really loaded, and they live in a 4000-4500 sqft place in Miami that has a small gym, a theater for eight, a large dining room, a huge master bedroom suite, a living room, a "music room" (I don't think anyone goes in there), and two offices. It's hard to imagine a house that's 7-8 times larger.
   47. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4619556)
Just for comparison:

Fallingwater: 2,885 square feet.

Monticello: 11,000 square feet, including cellars.

Neverland Ranch: 13,000 square feet.

Graceland: 17,552 square feet.

The Breakers: 65,000 square feet.

Biltmore: 178,926 square feet.
   48. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4619564)
I'm not much of a car guy but I think a giant garage with room for a bunch of cool cars would be the way to go. This is especially true in Florida where you don't have snow issues or bad roads to contend with as much. Take the Porsche to get your haircut then hop in the Rolls to go shopping.
   49. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM (#4619568)
GregD: Skeeball.
   50. Bhaakon Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4619572)

My brother-in-law's partner is really loaded, and they live in a 4000-4500 sqft place in Miami that has a small gym, a theater for eight, a large dining room, a huge master bedroom suite, a living room, a "music room" (I don't think anyone goes in there), and two offices. It's hard to imagine a house that's 7-8 times larger.


Hell, I grew up with 4 people in a ~2500 sqft house, and there were some rooms that we only entered to dust. So, basically, that house was already more hassle than it was worth.

I can't really imagine wanting to live in a house that requires a staff to maintain.
   51. dlf Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM (#4619574)
I'm trying to picture the house in #46, but it seems that either it is a 1-2 bedroom house where the space for bedrooms has been converted to the other rooms, or they have a very cramped house. 4000-4500 sqft doesn't seem big enough for what is listed.
   52. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM (#4619583)

Again, I can't imagine a 30K-square foot house not having a few blades of grass surrounding the place. Otherwise, why not stay in a penthouse/duplex in Manhattan or, if warm weather is a must, Miami?

Concur. Most of the things people list above sound like fantasies I had when I was 13 years old, but not only are they not necessary, they would almost never be used even if I had them. I'd much rather have some nice outdoor space than a basketball court in my house. How often are you really going to use the latter, especially when you only live there 1/2 the year? Likewise, a dining room for 20-30 seems enormous to me and basically guarantees that it will rarely be used (it would be weird to eat in such a room with just 1 or 2 people). Then again I've spent my entire adult life in apartments ranging from ~600-1000 square feet, so maybe I lack imagination.
   53. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4619584)
51 -- The former. Technically, it has five bedrooms, but one has been converted into a gym and two into offices. So there's currently a master bedroom suite and a guest room. Each of the bedrooms and offices has its own bathroom.
   54. Ray (RDP) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4619589)
St. Jetersburg is a fantastic moniker.


Not all that original. Here's a scene from Superman (1978), for starters. Between Gene Hackman and Ned Beatty:

[Otis overlays map with new map]

Lex Luthor: Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina del Lex. Otisburg... Otisburg?

Otis: Miss Teschmacher, she's got her own place.

Lex Luthor: Otisburg?

Otis: It's a little bitty place.

Lex Luthor: [Angrily] *Otisburg*?

Otis: Okay, I'll just wipe it off, that's all. Just a little town.

[Erases Otisburg]

   55. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4619591)
For all we know, Jeter's new house could have sub-basements, secret passageways, a spooky and dusty library, and portraits of ancestors which he can use to spy through the eyes.


Plus a revolver, a candlestick, some rope, a lead pipe, and a wrench.
   56. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:05 PM (#4619594)
#37 -- Personally, I would want more usable outdoor space. More trees for privacy, as well as areas for a fire pit, entertaining in the shade, and the like.

Jeter didn't want to leave any room for grazing to reduce the chances of A-Rod visiting.
   57. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4619604)
I'd feel bad about the wastefulness of owning a house that's that large but would be willing to try. As a soon to be on the housing market person, my goal is 2500 sq. ft, though I wouldn't be surprised if I shrink that a bit. (And, as my current house is on the market, I do have random pictures of it and my stuff online.) Would be perfectly happy with minimal to no outdoor space, were that I didn't have children.

Dream addition has always been an indoor basketball court. Multi functional space that I could use at any hour of the day? Sign me up.
   58. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM (#4619609)
I want a dining room bigger than the state banquet room at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (75,000+ square feet).
   59. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4619654)
I want a dining room bigger than the state banquet room at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (75,000+ square feet).


No problem. I'll split my dining room with you. My dining room is the Moon. Don't have guests over too much.
   60. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4619705)
his range is limited to about 8 feet on either side of the master bedroom.

But as long as he has 8 inch range in the master bedroom...
   61. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4619707)
I definitely would want the bowling lanes and an Olympic pool, a billard room with each type of table. I don't get the 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom kind of places, though. Who needs that many bathrooms?
   62. Nasty Nate Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4619717)
I definitely would want the bowling lanes and an Olympic pool, a billard room with each type of table. I don't get the 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom kind of places, though. Who needs that many bathrooms?


You'll want at least one bathroom for each of the billiard room, pool, and bowling room - so that's 3 right there.
   63. villainx Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4619734)
Maybe I don't know my sq footage, but that doesn't look 30K+.

   64. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4619740)
Maybe I don't know my sq footage, but that doesn't look 30K+.

well, the TFA is confused also--the caption to the pic says 22,000, while the body of the story says 30,875
   65. dlf Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4619753)
I don't get the 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom kind of places, though. Who needs that many bathrooms?


I have teenaged daughters who have slumber parties. I need at least that many places for them to primp.
   66. Rants Mulliniks Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4619768)
I can't really imagine wanting to live in a house that requires a staff to maintain.


Same here.


My dream home would be on the ocean, but perched up fairly high, in the middle of at least 500 acres. It would be 4000 ft² max, not including the gym(nasium).
   67. vivaelpujols Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4619770)
I would have a professional quality recording studio for starters. A sauna as well. Probably wouldn't need the basketball court.
   68. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4619781)
I can't really imagine wanting to live in a house that requires a staff to maintain.


I'd be willing to live in Downton as long as Carson stayed there to lead the staff.
   69. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4619799)
Thanks Piehole - I probably overstated the "require component". I would make it optional - or encourage them, and ask them to do so for ongoing class discussion. I could also move the conversation to Blackboard, which is awful. But I appreciate the heads up...

I hadn't thought about FERPA in this setting - that their username is a "student record".

   70. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:02 PM (#4619808)
With an unlimited budget, what are the things you would want in your house, aside from the obvious?

Recording studio, at least big enough to fit a 20-piece big band with separate rooms for vocals and drums.

Coke to [67].
   71. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:04 PM (#4619813)
Definitely a movie screening room. In fact I can't think of anything great I would want other than that. Maybe a place for old arcade machines, I'm fascinated by the idea of owning Centipede and things like that.
   72. depletion Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4619815)
I think I would find a giant house to be very lonely. The only thing more I really need in my 3-bedroom is a garage to work on cars.
   73. BDC Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4619816)
I think I would find a giant house to be very lonely

You mean you wouldn't enjoy watching Mrs. Depletion work a jigsaw puzzle by the fire from 50 yards away? :)
   74. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4619817)
I'd want a painting studio. Maybe a greenhouse.

Definitely a huge kitchen with doors leading to a large patio. The patio should have a really nice grill and a wood burning pizza oven.

I agree with others about wanting land. I'd like some woods, streams, etc. It would be great to be able to go on hikes and go camping on my own property.
   75. I am going to be Frank Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4619820)
I'd like a sports viewing room with a 90" TV and flanked by four 42" TVs (two on each side). March madness would be epic.
   76. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4619821)
I'd like the house in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
   77. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4619824)
My dream house is one that's paid off.

   78. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4619825)
If money is no object, I want an awesome library and a private study. Those are my only major desires.

Add on a home theater and TV watching/gaming room would be nice. An inhouse gym would be nice but I bet that I'd not use it enough. A billiard room (seperate from the gaming room, for more snooty affairs) would be rad. Big kitchen and a dining room that could fit 10. Living room with a fireplace. As many bedrooms as I have kids plus one.

My goal is in 40 years or so to retire to the Berkshires, get a refurbished farmhouse with all the modern amenities and enough land so I can have some animals and space for the grandkids to run around, and dabble in minor legal matters as a "simple country lawyer."
   79. SteveM. Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:36 PM (#4619828)
Steve and Weekly Journalist - I've actually tried incorporating their phones into the course. Next term I will be using Twitter in my Jazz Appreciation class. I will create a hashtag for each lecture (or unit, or genre, whatever) and students will be required to ask/answer questions outside of class that are posted to that hashtag. We will use 5 minutes or so every other lecture to discuss some of the responses.


You are far more ambitious than me. I would settle for their attention while lecturing. I have done something of the sort in the past by uploading to Blackboard my lecture powerpoints and requiring discussion. I do like the idea of stimulating in-class discussion which is the one area as an instructor I have always had trouble with. I know I am far too traditional because I actually enjoy lecturing.
   80. eddieot Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4619830)
Let's see: epic man cave for sports watching with attached pub room, greenhouse for year-round gardening, gym, movie theater room, outdoor kitchen and fire pit, cabana for the pool, a tennis court and a mad-scientist lab kind of room where I can home brew beer and distill libations. I'd settle on five bedrooms: master suite for me and Mrs. Eddieot, a room for each of my sons and two guest rooms. And then all the normal rooms in a house. Oh, and a library lined with old books with rolling ladders. I always wanted my own library.
   81. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4619843)
I do like the idea of stimulating in-class discussion which is the one area as an instructor I have always had trouble with. I know I am far too traditional because I actually enjoy lecturing.


Well apparently my idea is illegal as described. It will have to be "encouraged" not "required". Stupid laws. ;-)

EDIT: And I enjoy lecturing too - but it seems that the General Education students I see in my Jazz course run the gamut from extraordinary to brain-dead. Anything to engage more of the students at the lower levels of the class couldn't hurt. Here are some interesting ideas...

http://billcprice.com/futureimperfect/2013/07/teaching-with-twitter/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-gude/five-reasons-why-twitter-_b_1585122.html

Anyway, I've been trying to find new ways to approach this class - one I've taught for a long time - and this is a thing I'm trying...
   82. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4619845)
My dream house is one that's paid off.


Winner.

Failing that a really nice TV room, a reading room with state of the art sound system and smoke filtration system for cigar smoke and a very nice kitchen. Plus turrets with armed guards to keep unwanted guests (i.e. everyone) away.
   83. SteveM. Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4619865)
And I enjoy lecturing too - but it seems that the General Education students I see in my Jazz course run the gamut from extraordinary to brain-dead. Anything to engage more of the students at the lower levels of the class couldn't hurt. Here are some interesting ideas...


I actually like to take your class. History is a very old fashion discipline. I am meeting increasing resistance from students from my reading load, which frankly is light compared to what I read when i was in college 20 years ago. I fear that we are actually contributing to the decreasing of our students attention span. Serious analytical work escapes many of my undergrad save for the best and brightest.
   84. dlf Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:32 PM (#4619871)
About two years ago, we were looking for a larger house to accomodate my recently widowed father-in-law. What we ended up with has a downstairs apartment* with a bedroom, office, full kitchen, and living / media room. Nice. But we also looked at another that had a tiny bedroom and huge bar that looked like it had been pulled directly out of the best pub in Dublin - long, old wood bartop, brass railings, multiple kegs, sound system, and the works. Somehow, I couldn't convince the wife that my bar was more important than her dad.


*Yes, I have a parent living in my basement; there is hope for all you internet posters living in your parents' basement still.
   85. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4619882)
I actually like to take your class. History is a very old fashion discipline. I am meeting increasing resistance from students from my reading load, which frankly is light compared to what I read when i was in college 20 years ago. I fear that we are actually contributing to the decreasing of our students attention span. Serious analytical work escapes many of my undergrad save for the best and brightest.


Yes on this. I am guilty here. My Jazz Appreciation is for Gen Ed and has a text, a listening playlist of 180 tunes (of which about 60 are test tunes) and then I create slide shows to illuminate things that the text misses, etc. But they don't listen to the music! Then can't understand that they don't get an A. Shoot 11 of 30 got D or F last term.

My major courses are theory based. So, less reading, more score study. But, I need to do better there and get them to engage the library more. If you take this professor gig seriously it's a lot of work!

Best,

JS
   86. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4619886)
Somehow, I couldn't convince the wife that my bar was more important than her dad.

If i know her dad (and i don't), he would have preferred the house with the bar as well.
   87. zonk Posted: December 17, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4619901)
I was gonna go with modest and "I don't want to need staff", too -- but then I realized that I absolutely would want (with unlimited monies) --

1) A home theater - doesn't need to be 2000 seats, but I'd like to seat at least a hundred comfortably, perhaps with a balcony or auxiliary viewing room.

2) A very stately library.

3) A well-stocked bar that would be sizable enough to entertain on certain dates (NYE, St Patricks Day, etc)... probably with another viewing area with good seating for sporting events.

No real desire for a gym, bowling alley, etc.... but I would like the grounds to have room for a decent size diamond -- complete with walls that one could make leaping catches over, etc. I would likewise want a well-stocked lake on the property, as I do enjoy fishing.

   88. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 07:30 PM (#4619903)
Racquetball court (s)
   89. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 17, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4619938)
You guys are in luck - a house meeting many of your needs is on the market and looks to headed for a price-drop.
   90. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4619940)

1) A home theater - doesn't need to be 2000 seats, but I'd like to seat at least a hundred comfortably, perhaps with a balcony or auxiliary viewing room.

This is the thing on everyone's list that makes no sense to me. Why on earth would you need a 100-seat home theater? I know 100 seats isn't as big as it sounds, but who is going to sit in the other 99 seats, and what are you all going to watch?

If money is no object, you can just rent out things like nice theaters and bars/clubs for your events when you actually need to entertain a large number of people. And then you don't need to live in this cavernous home with rooms that you only use a few times a year, nor do you have to worry about having all of these people in your home.

Other things that you would regularly use on your own make more sense to me. Personal gym, yes. Swimming pool, yes. Decent sized garage, yes.
   91. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 17, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4619948)
My dream house would be simple, but I'd need two. Any livable house in Bath, and any livable house in Kyoto...
   92. Jay Z Posted: December 17, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4619964)
1) A home theater - doesn't need to be 2000 seats, but I'd like to seat at least a hundred comfortably, perhaps with a balcony or auxiliary viewing room.


Friend of mine had this. (Not 100 seats, but 20 or so.) Then his wife lost her management job and they had to walk away from the house. They are currently renting.
   93. Zach Posted: December 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM (#4620019)
At some level, a house that big must be functioning as a small hotel or resort. If you crave constant company and are too famous to go out into public, I could see having a house with lots of recreational facilities and guest quarters. Something like a Manor house.

The big difference is that a manor house can be expected to be occupied for centuries, while these big mansions have lifetimes of decades, if you're lucky. It reminds me of the old motto: if it floats, flies, or #####, then rent, don't buy.
   94. Zach Posted: December 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM (#4620021)
Come to think of it, at some level a baroque style palace would be both price competitive and infinitely more classy than the Whorelandos of the world. Something like the Palais am Grosser Garten is 90% gardens.
   95. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 18, 2013 at 01:07 AM (#4620023)
Who needs that many bathrooms?


You've clearly never invited a centaur to your dinner party.
   96. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 18, 2013 at 02:12 AM (#4620035)
I fear that we are actually contributing to the decreasing of our students attention span. Serious analytical work escapes many of my undergrad save for the best and brightest.


English prof here who has a colleague teaching courses for upper-division majors that don't require more than 20 pp. of prose a week, almost all of it suitable for high school. Well, at least as a result I tend to see the better students.
   97. zonk Posted: December 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4620081)
1) A home theater - doesn't need to be 2000 seats, but I'd like to seat at least a hundred comfortably, perhaps with a balcony or auxiliary viewing room.

This is the thing on everyone's list that makes no sense to me. Why on earth would you need a 100-seat home theater? I know 100 seats isn't as big as it sounds, but who is going to sit in the other 99 seats, and what are you all going to watch?

If money is no object, you can just rent out things like nice theaters and bars/clubs for your events when you actually need to entertain a large number of people. And then you don't need to live in this cavernous home with rooms that you only use a few times a year, nor do you have to worry about having all of these people in your home.


Well, keep in mind - I don't literally mean "100 seats", as is 100 theater-style seats... I mean an acoustically spectacular room with an extremely high-end screen and a seating schema that could comfortably handle 100 people. More than likely, the center/front seats would be recliners, couches, etc.

I certainly don't expect to be showing films to a 100 people a weekend or even monthly... but I feel pretty sure that if I'm wealthy enough to afford such a place, I'd likely be having 1-2 dozen people over regularly.

Maybe I'd do an AFI 100 greatest films of all-time series.... like a cinema version of a book club.... I'd like to think that I'd also have local school over on occasion to watch ET or Finding Nemo or #### like that.

I wouldn't go into any sort of debt to afford this, but if money is no object -- then this is near the top of my list.... I love re-watching movies I've seen before - and especially popcorn films like say, Tremors or Jurassic Park III that I never saw in theaters -- that's exactly what this would be for.

I'm rich, man... I can afford stuff like this!
   98. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 24, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4623564)
Speaking of nice accommodations...

   99. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: December 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4623626)
Well, keep in mind - I don't literally mean "100 seats", as is 100 theater-style seats... I mean an acoustically spectacular room with an extremely high-end screen and a seating schema that could comfortably handle 100 people. More than likely, the center/front seats would be recliners, couches, etc.


One of my best friend's dads was a big, big wall street player and they had for awhile an incredible mansion out in Westchester that had a absolutely gigantic room with a movie screen that would drop from the ceiling and a projecter that would rise from the floor. There was room for 100 people but probably about 12-15 people's worth of couches actually there. We'd lounge around and watch sports.

It was great, great fun, as was the whole house. They didn't live there full time, but as a place to visit for a week it was a huge, huge amount of fun.
   100. GregD Posted: December 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM (#4623740)
Speaking of nice accommodations...
If I truly had money to burn, I would buy that just for the joy of sandblasting the horrid Kipling poem off the wall.

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