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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

And Now This Report from the Intern

posted by on February 28 at 15:52 PM

Wow. In my haste to get my article out I managed to misspell MY OWN LAST NAME. I am retarded.


Here’s Jonah’s damn good article anyway.

And I believe his name is spelled Spangenthal-Lee, but I’ll let him speak to that.

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I'm glad I have a simple name.

Posted by Gomez | February 28, 2007 4:41 PM

great article misspelings or not.

hmmm... i'm surprised at the thinking that a dress code requiring better fitting pants and prohibiting hats will cure the belltown transplants of homophobia and the desire to cause problems as they drunkenly stumble out of the club.

Posted by infrequent@ | February 28, 2007 4:43 PM

I used to work in a bookstore that had a club like that upstairs, back in the REAL, non-retro "Miami Vice" 80s, so I feel Castle's pain. I was working late one night receiving when a couple of drunken fuckheads fighting over a girl crashed through our plate glass. And they used to smash their glasses in our toilets, which we were forced to share with them. And the thumping of the music made the lights sway and dirt cascade down from the ceiling.

Isn't there some disused industrial area these people can go party in? Like, say, Kelso?

Posted by Fnarf | February 28, 2007 4:57 PM

Where are the people from BellTown from? Who are these strange folks who cause trouble in Seattle? Do they go to college, or work downtown in offices? What makes these people crazy, is it the Hip Hop, that they should go to Capitol Hill and "invade" the night life up there? I thinks that those Zoot Suiters are trouble, I thinks they should have more cops to bust those drug enduced sex starved crazy Bell Towners. Yeah ,sure,more cops to crack some skulls. Is someone suggesting a border fence to seperate Seattle and prevent these culture clashes?
Stay tuned, next week, same time, same Bat Channel.

Half of the world's human population is infected with Toxoplasma, parasites in the body—and the brain. Remember that.
oh yeah are people from Pioneer Square
o.k. to come to the hill too?

Posted by Toxoplasma | February 28, 2007 5:08 PM

If by "from Pioneer Square" you mean "from the unspeakably hideous nightclubs in Pioneer Square", they're not welcome anywhere at all.

It's not the hip hop, it's the violence, the inability to hold liquor, and the stupidity.

Posted by Fnarf | February 28, 2007 5:13 PM

uh, they made it clear it was the hats.

i certainly wouldn't call the police if my evening assailant would simply remove his hat first. i mean, would you?

Posted by infrequent | February 28, 2007 5:23 PM

I hate hats. Hats are stupid and make make people want to kill somebody.
The only time someone needs to where a hat anywhere is if they are in the military or construction job. Hats are a bigger turnoff than ciggarette smoking. Hats make peoples heads shrink and they look weird.

Posted by Toxoplasma | February 28, 2007 5:31 PM

The only thing i hate more than hats are dress codes, and cops, and violent people who attract the cops and make clubs close down. The Art Bar was a cool place until they started attracting the cops.

Posted by Toxoplasma | February 28, 2007 5:33 PM

And maybe the problem is generation me....College kids today are supposedly narcissistic. And thats why I hate all ages bars. At least Adult fights are interesting and have meaning. Kids fights are over stupid shit and there is no resolve to modify their hate into something good for society. They make good rappers and rockers though.

Posted by Toxoplasma | February 28, 2007 5:41 PM

At first I thought the sportscar might be some sort of allusion to the famous Parisian club of youre or Milhaud's ballet suite named after it. Then I saw the frozen margarita machines visible from the street, and realize that the sportscar's significance was not ironic. No one in this club would ever have been to Paris, and none would ever have heard of Milhaud, let alone his ballet.
The sportscar should be considered signage, deemed to large, and taken down. It's clearly illegal. They've paid someone off. So seattle. The mayor wants to drive out longstanding clubs in places where new condos crop up with crazy rules, meanwhile city government takes kickbacks to allow this sort of BS.

Posted by kinaidos | February 28, 2007 6:52 PM

the haste would then also explain the article's suggestion that Broadway has a north side, yes? I'm pretty sure north end was not intended, as the offending bar is prit-near the middle of the strip.

Posted by Eric F | February 28, 2007 8:20 PM

Good article indeed. But it's Broadway East, not East Broadway--that's in NYC.

Posted by Thorn Lamont Jr. | February 28, 2007 8:48 PM

Nice article.

Why would you put a club that caters to Seattle's bridge and tunnel crowd on Capitol Hill?

Posted by Sean | February 28, 2007 11:46 PM

It was a great, eye-opening article...That place needs to change its ways, or it's gotta go...It was really irresponsible of the owners to locate that kind of club on the Hill...Eventually, someone is going to get hurt, or killed. And if they don't make an effort to get a handle on the situation then I think 500 fags, dykes, and their Cap Hill hipster friends and allies need to invade that club every Fri and Sat night, spend the smallest amount possible to either drive'em away or change the way the way they do business. It's that simple.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 1, 2007 9:10 AM

and before people jump all over my ass, by that kind of club I mean one that caters exclusively to a straight, suburban, male dominated, homophobic prone clientel...most of the bridge and tunnel people that go to chop suey, and the war room and neighbors know that they are going to clubs that have a heavy gay presense and act accordingly (for the most part)...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 1, 2007 9:21 AM

Capitol Hill needs more neighborhood watch. Whatever happened to the Q-Patrol? Are they still around?

Posted by tsm | March 1, 2007 9:23 AM

It's ok. A little too one sided, predictable and preachy. Seems like the easy story: Club and hip hop loving Homophobes from straight neighborhoods take over the hill.

Im sure there is more to the story than that. Maybe some NIMBYSM? Maybe some resentment? Or maybe not, maybe it is just stupid drunk homophobes with hats. But a few quotes from people who oppose the club dont really convince me. The other side is represented by the club owner? Thats good reporting?

Maybe the article should have been called: FEAR OF A BLACK HAT.

Oh wait, there is a already a film called that. My bad.

Posted by SeMe | March 1, 2007 11:39 AM

oh...i guess he should have interviewed some of the homophobes...let's get their side of the story: "yeah, why there so many faggots hanging around my club, man...fucking dumb faggots...lets go punch some faggots...'Septieme'? what kind of fuckin' faggot name is that?...fuck..i hate faggots"

Posted by michael strangeways | March 1, 2007 12:18 PM

I never said that, nor would I be interested in reading a homophobes' rant. You can simplify things if thats your cup of tequila, but I think we can all agree that there is always more to a story than just one side. I agree sometimes there is not another angle, but there usually is. There is usually other interisting stuff worth digging into.

Posted by SeMe | March 1, 2007 12:30 PM

So who was he supposed to talk to? What other side was he going to get if he didn't talk to the assholes causing the problem? If you gonna bitch about his article then maybe YOU need to be more specific about what he should have done and stop generalizing yourself...he IS, after all, the professional journalist...

by the way, Good Job, Jonah!

Posted by michael strangeways | March 1, 2007 1:58 PM

fight! fight! fight!

Posted by infrequent | March 1, 2007 2:46 PM

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee? He used to wear a weird court jester's hat in middle school. I vaguely recall long, flowing locks.

And his mom was the PE teacher.

Posted by Meagan | March 1, 2007 3:16 PM

Dear Josh,
I will now only leave you notes scrawled in blood on your office wall.
Please make a note of it.


Posted by Jonah | March 2, 2007 11:39 PM
I will now only leave you notes scrawled in blood on your office wall.

Now how entertaining would that be? You've got people from all over the world visiting this site and reading your article because of this brilliant correction (linked to in Regret The Error).

Posted by Blurgle | March 6, 2007 6:49 AM

I should add that your article is excellent; well-written, relevant to your audience, informative.

Posted by Blurgle | March 6, 2007 6:52 AM

>>And his mom was the PE teacher

Actually, I was a 6th grade Language Arts/ Social Studies teacher and only briefly a PE teacher due to the fact that I know jack about sports.

And yep, Jonah is my son and I am damned proud of him.

Posted by teachingispolitical | March 11, 2007 3:01 PM

>>And his mom was the PE teacher.

Actually I was a 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies and Drama teacher. I was only briefly a PE teacher due to the fact that I know jack about sports.

Yep, that's my son and I am damn proud of him

Posted by teachingispolitical | March 11, 2007 5:15 PM

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