tenuki wrote:I find a lot of these comments unnecessarily snarky, hateful and judgmental. I have to ask, why all the negative energy?
Getting a court order to raze and vacate your property of 40 years is not something I would wish on anyone, even if they are a bit crazy and very different from me.
Let me attempt to justify my snarky hateful judgment
a) The property violations are all his own fault.
According to the article, "He never got permits for any of his projects. For over two decades, county officials red-tagged his buildings." He ignored local officials for TWENTY YEARS. Whose fault is that? Civilized societies have laws. If you are repeatedly warned by law enforcement to not do something, and do it anyway, it is not some unforeseen tragedy that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. This is just egotistical, willful disobedience. He said something about how he had a "vision" and "a dream". What a bunch of malarkey. Plenty of people have visions and dreams of a lot of things and manage to build Guggenheim Museums within the confines of the law. Having a dream doesn't mean you can just do whatever you want. If it was some dictator ordering him off of his land and to destroy his legally built property after 40 years, I would have nothing but sympathy for him, even if he is a smarmy jerk.
Which brings me to my second point,
b) The guy is a smarmy jerk. He comes off like a complete idiot. Just watch the first 30 seconds of this video
. "I just want to pay him a higher price, to let him know I will pay a high price for high quality tea." He is negotiating with a calculator, in English. How can anyone take him and his 'expertise' seriously? Even the way he is brewing his tea, with far too little amount and too much water to get any idea of the character of the tea he previously bought because of its "aroma" and how "young it is". He just looks like a fool. Am I being judgmental? Yes. Am I comfortable with my judgment. Yes.