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The McCourts sold one of their many, many homes

Sep 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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You know you’re in for some good McCourt extravagance porn when a sentence like “The smaller of the two homes — at 8,385 square feet -…” is involved.  That’s all followed by a ton of details about how the McCourts spend more money on housing and lawyers than your city spends on public schools in a year.

And a quick question: the article says that Jamie McCourt paid nearly$20K to convert a regular pool into a saltwater pool.  Can someone who is richer than me explain the appeal of a saltwater pool?  I love the ocean and stuff, but the saltwater, I find, to be a pain in the rear.  If all I want to do is swim — as opposed to walk into a wonderful crashing surf — why do I want a saltwater?

While we’re on the Dodgers, they may have had their most sparsely-attended game in the Los Angels portion of their history yesterday.

  1. ThisIsBaseball - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    My neighbors across the street have a saltwater pool. I’ve been told its easier to take care of than a regular pool and that’s the attraction to them.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Saltwater pools are a lot cheaper over the long run than traditional chlorine pools, the salt is extremely low-level, so it’s not like seawater, and you don’t have the discomfort of chlorine stinging eyes or stinking. Also, it’s easier to maintain because you don’t constantly have to check chlorine levels and add chlorine tablets every few days. Instead, you just need to occasionally dump in some salt.

    • Chipmaker - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      “Easier care” means that Jamie will have to spend less on maintenance? That just doesn’t seem to be typical McCourt behavior.

  2. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    My rich aunt and uncle have a saltwater pool, it’s a lot easier to keep clean and less expensive and difficult to maintain than freshwater with clorine.

    • Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      Or chlorine, I can’t afford a kiddie pool so clearly I don’t need to learn how to spell it :-)

  3. shaggylocks - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Diamond-studded inflatable rafts tend to sink in regular pools, but saltwater is more buoyant and can support the gem-encrusted rafts. Also, fuck poor people.

    • Alex K - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Best comment of the day.

  4. Bryz - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    I can do a step better than those two above, as I actually have a saltwater pool. In addition to what they’ve already said (easier to maintain without having to add chemicals and check pH levels all the time), the salt concentration in the water isn’t really that much anyway.

  5. dlevalley - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Saltwater is more buoyant than freshwater.

    Jamie wanted one so that her inflated sense of self-worth floated better.

  6. drewmunny - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    A saltwater pool is a means of producing sufficient chlorine to sanitize the water, without the need to add actual chlorine. A module is placed inline at the return of the pools pump, and within the module is an electrode, which when a small electrical charge is sent to it, causes the salt (previously added to the water) to break down and release one of its elements, chlorine. This process is, in the long run, less expensive and easier to maintain than a traditional chlorine system, particularly when you consider that once the necessary saturation of salt is achieved, it only lessens through evaporation or splashout.

    Simple, huh?

  7. FC - Sep 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I’m guessing from the tone of the article Craig was not expecting intelligent and well thought answers to having a saltwater pool!

  8. 18thstreet - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    The rich, they have different swimming pools than you and me.

    • umrguy42 - Sep 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Yes, they have more salt.

  9. jimwayne3 - Sep 3, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Add some sugar and 100 whole chickens u will have a nice brining pool too

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