Photo of the Day

Monday, January 17th, 2011

My building manager Garth Shaw snapped this last week. It’s our building’s Webb Pierce-designed guitar-shaped swimming pool after a snowfall. I’m not much of a pool person. But I love living in a building that has a guitar-shaped swimming pool. It’s kitchy and ostentatious. But in an awesome way. I’ve heard stories that Johnny Cash, who at some point lived nearby, hated the thing, and actually sued to have it removed under some eyesore/nuisance ordinance. I have no idea if those stories are true. I hope they are.

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17 Responses to “Photo of the Day”

  1. #1 |  Richard Brodie | 

    It took me four readings to parse the first sentence in the way you intended, then I LOL.

  2. #2 |  Matt | 

    I shot a man in Nashville… because I didn’t like his pool.

  3. #3 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    A worry-free pool… No frets!

  4. #4 |  OBTC | 

    Great photo – cool pool.

    #2 – Funny!

  5. #5 |  Joey Maloney | 

    @2, are you sure you’re not just stringing us along?

  6. #6 |  Scott | 

    I’ve heard stories that Johnny Cash, who at some point lived nearby, hated the thing, and actually sued to have it removed under some eyesore/nuisance ordinance. I have no idea if those stories are true. I hope they are

    Wait – are you *really* saying that you hope the story is true that a wealthy private citizen attempted to (mis)use the coercive power of government to enforce his personal aesthetic preferences on other people’s private property?

    Have I somehow crossed over into Bizarro-tator land?

  7. #7 |  Maria | 

    That is one cool guitar.

  8. #8 |  Brandon | 

    Scott, it didn’t work. So it’s an interesting story with a happy ending.

  9. #9 |  Pete | 

    I suspect you’re far south enough from your normal climes that you may consider becoming a ‘pool person’ this summer. I’m near Charleston, SC, and I have great memories of evenings with friends grilling and then swimming with various tasty brews and other beverages involved. (But not too many, because that wasn’t the point.)

    It’s also great exercise. I miss having ready access to a pool.

  10. #10 |  Highway | 

    Scott, if the stories are true, then it’s a victory for property rights over the whims / desires of the rich neighbor, since it’s obvious that the pool is still there.

  11. #11 |  Seth Levy | 

    Jeff Ament, the bass player for Pearl Jam, has a Bass shaped pool at his home in Montana. Except his has no water… why you ask? See why yourself: http://buzzymt.blogspot.com/2011/01/jeff-aments-bass-bowl.html

  12. #12 |  Mister DNA | 

    I can’t remember the country singer’s name, but it was someone relatively wimpy who once complained about all the tour buses driving through the neighborhood to check out Webb Pierce’s mansion. How did Webb deal with he complaint? He started going out on the street to greet the buses and giving guided tours of his home.

  13. #13 |  paul | 

    this is indeed a rare pool. it’s left handed.

  14. #14 |  Highway | 

    Heh, paul, I actually see it the other way, since the picture’s taken from where I’d be picking up the guitar to play it (left hand on the neck), rather than seeing it as someone else holding it up.

  15. #15 |  Joe | 

    I could see Johnny Cash putting a pool like that in at his spread. I just can’t see him getting too upset over a pool.

  16. #16 |  KBCraig | 

    “Build a swimming pool like Webb did… ”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M77p-1_wlAQ

    Oh, and it was Ray Stevens, not Johnny Cash, who feuded with Webb Pierce over the swimming pool. Cash never lived in the neighborhood, but Stevens still does (his HQ and recording studio is about 3 blocks away on Grand Avenue).

  17. #17 |  davidst | 

    @paul (and highway), you can’t determine the handedness of a guitar unless you can see some part that is supposed to be one particular way or the other. Since nothing like that is visible, this could be either or. I saw it as right handed as well since right handed acoustic guitar cases open with the neck on the left side.

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