Thursday, January 15, 2009

Large Houses

goofyI feel a little goofy today. How about you?

Monstrous Houses
The pictures below were sent to me a while back to illustrate the “homes” of rich and famous people. Are they homes? Probably not, depending on your definition of what makes a home. A home is very different than a house. I’ve been in very large homes that were small houses.

Arnold S

J-Lo & Mark
J-Lo and Mark-1


Halle B

John T


Bill J

Eddie M

Hugh H

Sylvester S


Ok… I’ll get serious. The link below will take you to a video that shows a castle that was built to be a home for some people that live only about 20 miles from where we live in Kingsport. This house is in Johnson City, TN, and It’s quite amazing. Click on the following link to get a tour of the castle:

The Grindstaff Castle

And we learned last Sunday that the castle took a lightning hit during a storm on 1/10/2009. It caught fire and the owners were not home, and the fire department had difficulties getting in to fight the blaze due to the large iron gate that secures the property. The house is also for sale. Before the fire the price was 28.5 million dollars. (Someone told me that the house had sold before the fire.) About the Fire.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
I’m thankful that as I have gotten older, that age has only affected my body, and not my mind.

Quote of the Day
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.
~Bernard Baruch

Joke of the Day

A few weeks ago, a man who was an officer in the naval reserve was attending a conference that included admirals in both the USA and the French navies.

At a cocktail reception, my friend found himself in a small group that included an admiral from each of the two navies.

The French admiral started complaining that whereas Europeans learned many languages, Americans only learned English.

He then asked. "Why is it that we have to speak English in these conferences rather than you having to speak French?"

Without even hesitating, the American admiral replied.

"Maybe it is because we arranged it so that you did not have to learn to speak German."

The group became silent.

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Brush Strokes said...

Why didn't you tell us there was a house just like what we are looking for up there near you? :)