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posted Friday, November 7 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 45
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Fun night on the town dampened by too loud music

Dear Editor:

Although it was raining here in Seattle (what a surprise) I didn't feel like staying home alone on Halloween since this is the day that Gays can go all out and demonstrate their creativity. So I called Changes Tavern in Wallingford in the afternoon, which is a nice neighborhood Gay bar and spoke to Floyd, who happened to answer the phone, and who is the long-time owner of the establishment. I asked him what activities he had planned for this evening. He told me that they would be judging the Best Costumes between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. and that the First Prize winner would receive $300. The Second Prize winner would receive $200. And the Third Prize winner would receive $100.

So I drove down from Lake Forest Park where I now live and found a parking space on NE 45th St. about a half block from the bar around 9:45 p.m. However, when I was crossing Meridian Ave. N. on foot I could hear the loud base beat of music, and when I opened the door to the bar, I was simply blasted with very loud music! Frankly, at this point I was undecided whether I would stay and have my hearing accosted or to turn around and go home. But having driven all the way down from Lake Forest Park, I decided to stay for awhile and enjoy the sights, which were many.

So I stood around awhile until three gentlemen asked me to join them at their little round table. They were very friendly and congenial, and each man introduced himself, as I also did. The man on my right was very flattering and complementary and was really coming on to me. And the man on my left asked me what I was drinking, and before I knew what was happening, he got up and disappeared in the crowd, and then returned with a drink for me, for which he refused any payment.

The music was so loud that conversation was extremely difficult, which I frankly resented. However, I eventually spotted Floyd, the owner of Changes, whom I had spoken to on the phone in the afternoon, and who had asked me to introduce myself when I came in. So I went over and told him that I was the gentleman who had called him in the afternoon. He was very friendly and shook my hand. I complimented him on the beautiful job that he had done refinishing the surface of the bar and complained about the offensively loud music. He said that they had just turned it down, having received a complaint from the manager of the theatre, which is right next door. However, I didn't really notice much difference, as apparently they simply turned off the speaker near the front door, but the large speakers at the rear were still blasting away.

Although there was the usual array of drag queens, there were several outstanding men in costume, including a realistic looking Jesus Christ replete with long hair, facial hair and a crown of thorns. Another young man was dressed as a doctor who had a cardboard sign hanging around his neck, which read, 'Free Prostate Exams,' which was hilarious. Another excellent costume was on a bald-headed rotund gentleman, who had a beautiful smile, and who was attired as Julius Caesar. He came over to our table and spoke with us and told us all the selections he went through before deciding on coming as Julius Caesar. I congratulated him on his excellent costume and told him that I hoped that he would win a prize, which he really appreciated and thanked me for my good wishes.

However, after about an hour I couldn't take the loud music any more so I left around 10:45 p.m., because as a health-conscious individual, and former New Jersey health officer, I refused to expose my hearing to any more assault, plus it made carrying on a conversation virtually impossible and I resent having to shout in order to be heard, nor could I easily hear others when they spoke to me.

The volume level of the music was unnecessary, unnatural and unhealthy! We got rid of indoor air pollution years ago with a ban on smoking which damages the lungs. When are we going to get rid of indoor noise pollution with a ban on excessively loud music, which damages the ear drums?

Sincerely,

John Mark

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