I just got an e-mail from my Dad after I had asked him whether the Jordan Belfort we had as a customer was the same guy the movie was written about. And it is. Dad and I each remember different things about putting in the Wolf of Wall Street's sprinkler system on Dune Road. Sez Dad:
"Cash job... [Jonah Hill] played the guy who paid me the $$$... I recall when I went to hang the controller, the entire basement floor was littered with bottles of booze."
I remembered different things, having been a teenager at the time. Chief among them, the unbelievable collection of cars in the driveway. There was a Ferrari Testarossa and a Lamborghini Countach among a bunch of Benzes and Porsches. Those two exotics would have made any teenager's list of Coolest Cars Ever at the time. I also remember that the Testarossa's ground effects were all crushed one time when I went out to do a service stop. It looked like an inexperienced driver tried to take it over a steep speed bump and failed. But who knows what happened?
I also remember stopping by the house during the week in the summer on a service call and there was only one car in the driveway - a Shelby 427 Cobra. I didn't know much about the car back then, but I came home from work and told Dan Losquadro about it. I remember Dan freaking out because it was one of the fastest production cars at the time and he told me about how it could go 0 to 100 and back to 0 in 13 seconds flat.
Other than that, I don't remember much about the house itself. Just that it had a circular driveway out front and that Belfort had twice the land that his typical neighbor did. I recall hearing something about his having paid an obscene amount for the property, but I don't recall specific figures and it was probably just a rumor anyway.
So yeah, I've got a connection to the Wolf of Wall Street - I dug ditches in his yard.