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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Oh, Fremont

posted by on April 17 at 12:06 PM

You don’t expect the sound guy working the volume knobs in a rock club to be the prissy type, but then again, this was Fremont.

Here’s the story:

ECB and I went to see a friend’s band play last night at the High Dive in Fremont, and having not had dinner yet, we were distraught to find that the kitchen was closed. The friendly waitress told us the kitchen next door—at ToST—might be open, and we could bring the food back over.

So, we dashed over. Unfortunately, we stumbled into what appeared to be a stern poetry reading or consciousness-raising class there, so we tiptoed away and luckily discovered a sandwich shop across the street, Postmark Gelato and Royal Grinders.

The enthusiastic and pleasant guy behind the counter gleefully whipped us up two sandwiches—a ham and turkey panini with sweet chili marinara sauce (ECB) and a turkey on rye with swiss cheese, mustard, tomatoes, and onions for me—and lovingly wrapped them up and sent us on our way. The shop’s been under new management for a few months. You should check it out. It’s just across the street from the Lenin statue.

Anyway, the waitress at the High Dive saved us our table, and we hustled back to eat our sandwiches, get some drinks, and hear the band (a nice Lucinda Williams-style act called Tiger Zane).

We did all that, split one more drink, and then someone I thought was the guy who had been sitting across from us swooped up our sandwich wrappers to throw them away, saying angrily the smell of onions was “really bothering” him. He also told us we were violating the health code by bringing in outside food.

He turned out not to be the guy at our table, but the sound man working the board a few feet away.

The smell of onions was getting to him? The health code? Dude, so delicate. You’re the sound guy. It’s a bar … with a loud rock band. (And your kitchen was closed.)

Just weird.

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Postmark gellato has been there for years, it's just under new management.

Posted by cmh | April 17, 2008 12:10 PM

Did you invite him to go have sex with himself?

Posted by hmm | April 17, 2008 12:10 PM

How do you expect good levels what with your onions up in his proboscis?

Posted by Ziggity | April 17, 2008 12:14 PM


Thanks. Fixed that. The guy behind the counter said they'd only been open a few months, but I guess he meant new management.
I'd never actually seen the place before. Good sandwiches.

I should say: I ate all the onions. Just a wrapper left.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 12:18 PM

Readers, please, allow me: Josh, aren't you the guy who objects -- strongly -- to people bringing their dogs into bars? Haven't you scooped up and thrown away dogs that other people brought into bars? I think you have. I've seen you do it.

Posted by Dan Savage | April 17, 2008 12:19 PM

It has been my experience tat sound guys are some of the biggest a-holes in the club. They think they own the place because they can push a few buttons and turn a few knobs. Like no one else could figure out how to do it if they had 10 minutes with the board.

Maybe it is just the few I have known.

Posted by For Real | April 17, 2008 12:25 PM


Smelly onion hot dogs maybe.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 12:31 PM

I liked the way the jerky sound guy passively aggresively reprimands you. He was too chicken shit to actually confront you when you were eating the sandwiches; he waits until you're done to have his little snit fit.

But, in his defense, onions ARE a controversial food. Many people love them, and many people passionately loathe them...and onion stink can be overwhelming, like burnt microwave popcorn, which causes me to have a snit fit.

Posted by michael strangeways | April 17, 2008 12:39 PM

Wow, ECB ventured outside the City of Seattle. How progressive of her!

Posted by joykiller | April 17, 2008 12:43 PM


Fremont is in Seattle.

Lovely bus ride—the 49 from Capitol Hill to the 74 and right back again, with ECB continuing on to Columbia City.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 12:47 PM

Um, nobody really likes you and Erica. You haven't figured that out by now, have you? Believe me, it was not the onions...

Posted by You peed in your own pool | April 17, 2008 12:48 PM

That gelato place has a spicy Aztec chocolate gelato that kicks ass.

Posted by povertyrich | April 17, 2008 12:51 PM

I don't get how Fremont has anything to do with this. I agree with #6 - some sound guys are just douches. I guess at least in Fremont it's just the sound guy, as opposed to Capitol Hill, where everyone's a douche.

Posted by Matty Worth | April 17, 2008 12:51 PM

Josh, If you think about coming back to Fremont don't. We don't like your kind here. Total fucking douche bags, such as yourself and Erica, should stick to the Hill where you blend in nicely.

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | April 17, 2008 1:02 PM

Yeah, Fremont would rather have all the Frat-boys from the U, and the bridge-and-tunnel crowd from Kirkland, Bellevue, and Issaquah/Sammamish patronizing their establishments instead.

'cause presumably they drink a lot more than you and ECB, Josh. And it's the liquor income that's what keeps those places in business.

Posted by COMTE | April 17, 2008 1:09 PM

@14 you and the frat boys can have fremont.and continue your dance rendition of lord of the douches. I miss the salty funky days of fremont yore. aw well.anyone remember the black citroen?

Posted by orangekrush | April 17, 2008 1:10 PM

uh, I don't recall Josh raggin' on Fremont, but on a sound guy who happened to be IN Fremont, so I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from...

Judging by some of the nasty, rude comments on here in defense of Fremont, (when it wasn't even attacked), I'd have to say that the rapidly and irritatingly gentrifying Fremont is FULL of douches...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 17, 2008 1:10 PM

It's like the wondertwin powers of entitlement when Erica and Josh go anywhere together.

Posted by elenchos | April 17, 2008 1:12 PM

@ 14,
Wow....I live on the hill amongst many fine people, can't really afford to live in fremont where the obviously friendly people stay, such as yourself. Have you considered the east side? Go hug your troll.

Posted by matt | April 17, 2008 1:12 PM

@13&14 Is this a display of ironic douchebaggery, or are you completely oblivious to your own doucheness?

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | April 17, 2008 1:13 PM

You reek of shit, Feit.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 17, 2008 1:19 PM

Onions are good for your blood.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 17, 2008 1:20 PM

We ran into some frat boys at the Sunset Friday who apparently thought a chair was yours for the evening if you'd put your ass in at any time, even if you'd later gotten up to shout "woohoo" for a horrible Hootie and the Blowfish inspired 'act' and some people were falling asleep waiting for Suicide Jack.

Technically, it was more like a high school, but the band was so frat boy that I'll stick with that.

Posted by left coast | April 17, 2008 1:22 PM

And you "split a drink"? Seriously?

Unless you're both a combined 100 lbs and someone has to drive home, this should not be an option... Capitol Hill taught you better than that!

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | April 17, 2008 1:22 PM


I love Erica.


No shit.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 17, 2008 1:25 PM

Maybe he has synesthesia, and the smell of onions causes him to turn the guitars up too loud. You should have whipped out a glove and said "dude, smell this -- corinthian leather; goes great with snare drum".

Posted by Fnarf | April 17, 2008 1:28 PM

That was nice of him to bus your table. I would have offered him a dollar tip and tell him there's another buck in it if he takes the glasses as well.

Posted by Giffy | April 17, 2008 1:29 PM

Very important clarification: We each had one drink, THEN we split a drink. Had to make it to the (bizarrely re-routed) 74 on time!

Posted by ECB | April 17, 2008 1:34 PM

Thanks for the tip about the indie sandwich shop. Been missing SUBS, so am always looking for one. It was nice of the sound guy to bus your table. And, dude, can't the sound guy have food allergies? A friend complained of the smell of grilled onions the other day at an establishment and I thought, Are you insane? On reflection though, it is a strong smell and, you know, to be a good sound guy, you have to be a perfectionist--that is, a bit finicky.

Posted by RobCrowe | April 17, 2008 1:36 PM

I live in the Wallingford ghetto and don't really have a dog in this fight, but Josh pretty clearly rags on Fremont in the first sentence of this post.

Posted by DOUG. | April 17, 2008 1:36 PM

Were any ballots cast after finishing the drinks?

Posted by laterite | April 17, 2008 1:38 PM


read the headline? does it say "Oh, Soundman"? or "Oh, High Dive"? No.

egg on YOUR face nerd.

Posted by cochise. | April 17, 2008 1:49 PM

Thank you for coming by and spending money in our neighborhood! The High Dive is a good business, as well as TosT and the Gelato place. I haven't tried the sandwiches and it sounds like they are good and potent.

I don't think the sound engineer's fit was worth posting about, really, but it does sound like it sort of ruined your night so that's lame.

I think someone needs to tell Eric the owner of the High Dive that his sound engineer just scared away potential customers, because people might not go there if they read Josh's post and think it's an unfriendly place, which is certainly not.

Posted by Fremonster | April 17, 2008 1:52 PM

Well, I *guess* 1.5 drinks is better... but it's still not good enough.

While you were on the bus I hope you drank 40s and snorted coke off a hobo's ass to redeem yourselves.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | April 17, 2008 1:57 PM

Meat is bad for the environment. Maybe even worse than riding the bus.

Also, you realize that sound guy probably doesn't even live in Fremont?

Posted by w7ngman | April 17, 2008 2:02 PM

I have to side with the sound guy here.

How would you like it if somebody came into your office and sat down a few a feet away from you, eating a stinky sandwich? And then just left the wrappers there? I'm sorry, but onions are disgusting.

Posted by Dr. Zaius | April 17, 2008 2:03 PM

This comment thread cracks me up. None of you are cool. Don't act like it.

Posted by Ryan | April 17, 2008 2:04 PM


Meat kicks ass. You aren't a man if you don't eat steak. I'm sorry, but that's a fact.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 17, 2008 2:07 PM


Erica irritating someone?

What a cunt...

Posted by ecce homo | April 17, 2008 2:10 PM

To be more clear about what I meant in 37: People seem to think that their neighborhood's supposed coolness has something to do with them. It doesn't. You still suck regardless of which neighborhood in Seattle you choose to make your "home."

Posted by Ryan | April 17, 2008 2:12 PM

@20: Displays of ironic douchebaggery are the intellectual property of The Stranger, and I would never think of infringing upon them.

I am a douche.

That does not negate that fact that Capitol Hill is full of douches.

Hope that helps! Let me know if I can clear anything else up for you.

Posted by Matty Worth | April 17, 2008 2:13 PM

hmm... at one show i went to at the high dive i was cowboy leaning up against a wall. someone came over and asked me to remove my foot from the wall, but i'm not sure if it was the sound guy or some other employee (or owner type).

Posted by infrequent | April 17, 2008 2:14 PM

@24: I can't wrap me head around it either.

One drink? For two people? It better have been strong.

Posted by Dawgson | April 17, 2008 2:15 PM


I'm pretty sure that meat is the only thing that has an ass to kick. So meat may kick ass, but it's kicking meat when it does so. Which is kind of self-abusing.

Posted by Ramdu | April 17, 2008 2:18 PM

and luckily discovered a sandwich shop

discovered like christopher columbus discovered america? when i read this post, I kind of got the feeling that you and erica had never been to fremont before.

Posted by some dude | April 17, 2008 2:23 PM

@40: That didn't clarify your point at all. However, it did clarify your role as a jerk.

Have a nice day.

Posted by Extreme Coolness | April 17, 2008 2:31 PM

thanks for bringing the posts up a notch.
why all the hate seattle?

The high dive has always been very friendly when i've been there....if i banned neighborhoods based on one person at one bar being unfriendly i wouldn't get out much.

Posted by relax | April 17, 2008 2:32 PM

Second hand onion kills.
(All onion eating must be done 25 feet from the entrance of any public establishment.)

Posted by Zeldfelder | April 17, 2008 2:34 PM

@46: It's actually hard to get to Fremont by bus from any angle and if everything you need is in your neighborhood (grocery stores, movies, friends, parks, work, etc.) are in your neighborhood, why leave?

Fremont, however, has no movie theater, drug store, bank, or place to buy Nyquil, Band-Aids or any other regular medicine for starters. Driving to Ballard for Neosporin is just stupid, but that's our little village for ya. I still like it.

Posted by la | April 17, 2008 2:35 PM


A new shop has opened in the same location mostly using the same old SUBS recipes. They use regular ham instead of the boutique stuff SUBS used, but they fill their shoes pretty well otherwise.

Back on topic, if you're gonna be a weenie (as the sound guy definitely was), don't lie to justify it - there are no health department rules against bringing in outside food into clubs (at least that I'm aware of).

Posted by Mr. X | April 17, 2008 2:45 PM

It's nice that there are still some people in this world that will split a drink with a Hillary supporter.

Consider yourself lucky, Erica

Posted by catnextdoor | April 17, 2008 2:48 PM

#38, meat DOES kick ass, and I DO eat it, constantly. There are glorious bits of Thai-flavored chicken in my teeth RIGHT NOW. What you say about steak IS true. It also IS bad for the environment, and I do NOT care! I DO ride the 14 instead of walking a mile to work, bitches!

Posted by w7ngman | April 17, 2008 2:49 PM

If all the frat boys are clogging up Fremont then who are all those fuckwads standing in line at Havana?

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | April 17, 2008 2:55 PM



Posted by Mr. Poe | April 17, 2008 2:59 PM


The place of work is a bar. They serve food. They serve beer. The place smells like that already. I don't think your "how would I like it if..." really works so well.

Also, the guy didn't clean up after us. We hadn't left yet. We were still hanging out, and certainly would have thrown out the wrappers ourselves.


Of course, I've been to Fremont b4. (Just never noticed the Sandwich shop.) It's a great bike ride over from Capitol Hill. The BF Day courts are great, but I'm sad the Sonic Boom is closed.

The place I've never been before (and want to check out...mostly for the great name) is the Buckaroo up on 42nd.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 3:12 PM

Josh: I hope the Buckaroo comment was a joke...

Posted by DOUG. | April 17, 2008 3:19 PM

Um, dudes, there's like 40 restaurants within three blocks of there ... just a couple storefronts over is some great curry at Qazi's and some Thai next door, then before you get to the George and Dragon there's a fine Thai place and you can always go to Browers ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 17, 2008 3:26 PM

and don't get me started on the three pizza joints within walking distance ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 17, 2008 3:28 PM


We wanted fast and to-go, so we could get back and see my friend's band. They were about to start.

Otherwise, sure we would have gotten Thai.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 3:35 PM

Everyone has bad nights.

Posted by frederick r | April 17, 2008 3:37 PM

You don't expect the Stranger staffer to be the prissy person to sterotype neighborhoods, but then again, he probably lives in Pine/Pine.

Posted by Ima | April 17, 2008 3:54 PM

The Stranger should do a piece on how difficult it is to live in Fremont for Cap Hill ex-pats. It's so far away, it's practically Edmonds! Or Ballard!

Posted by joykiller | April 17, 2008 3:58 PM

@62 Anything outside of Capitol Hill might as well be Canada. Make note.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | April 17, 2008 4:22 PM

Tiger Zane, a loud rock band? You are a pussy.

Posted by john | April 17, 2008 4:27 PM

The Buckaroo LOOKS like it should be a hoot, but it's not...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 17, 2008 4:29 PM

#61, was that you stereotyping a neighborhood?

Posted by w7ngman | April 17, 2008 4:32 PM

This is the most hilarious comments section of a post I have ever read on Slog.


Posted by Sam | April 17, 2008 5:09 PM

Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon to Jamie, the guy who's getting interviewed about Nola Darling because he's still dating her:

"You guys are still talking about this?"

Posted by Josh Feit | April 17, 2008 5:20 PM

They actually deliver Thai, Curry, and Bagels from three places next to you - you could have popped in, asked them to deliver, and then arranged to eat it on the sidewalk when it arrived.

@39 - you can rent videos, Pioneer Bank is in Fremont (ATMs for BofA at Adobe, Red Door, 7-11 (free for credit unions), the bodega at the end of my block, cash back at PCC and many places), deli at PCC (fast check out next to bakery), regular medicine at PCC (or you can get Western style medicine in Freelard). What a whiner ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 17, 2008 5:35 PM

and PCC has a deli with a fast cashier 2 blocks away

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 17, 2008 5:37 PM

There's hookers conveniently located nearby on Aurora and a 24-hr gym where the Red Apple used to be.

Posted by left coast | April 17, 2008 5:51 PM

It's spelled "Frelard."

Posted by joykiller | April 17, 2008 6:27 PM

I drank at the Buckaroo for the first time recently and had a lovely time. Good beer and pinball too.

Posted by jess | April 17, 2008 7:19 PM

And it's smoke-free now!

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2008 1:02 AM

Fremont after dark is an awful place to be. Unless you like drunk obnoxious straight people.

Posted by Lola | April 18, 2008 9:24 AM

Yeah, because drunk obnoxious straight people is limited to Fremont.

Obviously you have not spent anytime on Cap Hill latley.

Posted by Jeff | April 18, 2008 9:39 AM

Fremont after dark is a lovely place. If you like obnoxious drunk straight people.

Posted by Lola | April 18, 2008 10:00 AM

Whoops, how embarrassing to repeat my post. I live on Capitol Hill, actually. It's marginally better. I feel plain unsafe in Fremont, like it's a drunken fart party. Guess it's all relative.

Posted by Lola | April 18, 2008 10:02 AM

Really? I guess I missed the drunken Frat party while I was busy at the Fremont Sunday Market, or hanging at Jive Time, or renting independent flicks from Rain City, or buying organic produce at PCC or checking out a book at the Library or drinking with the rowdy hooligans at the Buckaroo or getting a sandwich from the amazing Paseos.

Bummer for me.

Posted by Jeff | April 18, 2008 10:18 AM

a drunken fart party???
you must have had a bad farting experience that damaged you for life.
how do you ever leave the house??

Oh Josh.....grow some nards.
you shoulda just kicked his ass.

((i'm gonna blog you, you, bad nasty little soundman)))
yeah...that'll teach him.


Posted by sweetcheeks | April 18, 2008 5:34 PM

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