Oak Park, IL is famous for signs so why not ones for those who are sick (to follow)???

The apartment is so dry, people are that disgusting, and ventilation is that poor I am glad I have my humidifier. I literally had a lady turn and sneeze at me, in my face as I was walking up to the line at a local Walgreens I mean, straight in my face. Like there is no recognition of how diseases are spread or that this is flu season, just nasty, and this was just after I watched this special on PBS called influenza 1918.

So now I am all freaked out because I have a tickle in my throat just a day later after this “woman” sneezed on me. Oak Park, IL and other burbs could do a better job posting signs about how to avoid the flu than trying to put up confusing parking signs or plastic bag tax signs or shit like that. Obviously grown adults have no clue about how to operate in public when the flu is going around or just have some type of health etiquette in general.

I hate to be judgmental but one look at the woman who sneezed on me keeping clean is obviously not on her list of priorities. I try to keep at least 12 feet away from people like this but I was coming really fast out of an aisle and around a corner very quickly so it is partially my fault.

But if We can be honest if we have all these stupid signs about other dumb shit how about some temporary ones regarding public health and particularly this flu season, just seems to make sense.

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The mismanagement of Oak Park, IL

The intent of having management or people to manage is to take care of the body or organization it is made for however this is not the case in Oak Park, IL. I went to a restaurant in the Lake and Harlem area on my lunchbreak and the area was basically deserted. As if people (residents, tourists, etc.) Gave up on going through the area, as if the traffic combined with the past construction in that area has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

There was literally four people (me included) walking the streets there were even no homeless people on the street asking for money, and it was unusually warm out Tuesday. I am not sure if those managing the village are equipped with handling this type of issue. They are simply following the ethos of “build and they will come…” however the combination of less traffic (foot, car) the increase of for rent signs, and empty store fronts says otherwise.

In other words that this strategy does not work people are being deterred by all this busyness and are seeking other places to shop and other ways to traverse the area. Which is terrible for the overall plan or the application of this theory to this particular area of Oak Park IL. Like stubborn children those who manage Oak Park IL are not interested in these facts and rather fail than admit defeat or failure.

Although it is great to be the only one in line during the lunch rush and to have all the attention on you because there is no one else in the restaurant I just hope that this occurrence is not wide spread or happens too often. I would hate for some of my favorite restaurants to go under due to the simpleness of a very few.

Oak Park, IL says goodbye to the Divvy bike program (insert laughter here)

Ah so Oak Park is pulling out of the divvy program? After all that construction to build the necessary bike racks like the one near Harrison ave only to drop out a year later. You know were there any studies or surveys done to make sure this was a good idea in the first place? Nah probably not. Just a bunch of greedy village officials who saw dollar signs and had these half haphazard things installed. Good I laugh at this failure chalk it up to another gaffe by village officials.

Ask yourself if you had the track record these village officials have would you still be employed? Could the average small business owner weather these types of gaffes and still remain open? So how do these elected officials remain in office with the obviously stupid mistakes they make time and again? I mean it is obvious that the suburbs west of Oak Park are highway laden therefore no way to really ride a bike. And to the east there is the Austin area, the West side of Chicago where the city of Chicago puts the least amount of economic investment into.

And therefore, you take your life in your hands when you try to drive through the area, let alone ride a bike. Hence, why this failure was not obvious from the onset is a mystery to me. Hopefully the taxpayers in Oak Park, IL whose money has been wasted by this endeavor remembers this when election time comes around.

Here is an article that discusses the end of the program: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-divvy-deal-ending-tl-0125-20180117-story.html

The OP Police will escort you around Oak Park, IL if you feel scared….

Wow so the Oak Park police will escort you through the area if you feel threatened? Lol how about having some extra patrols through the area? Honestly, if I am calling the police because I do not feel safe at that point I believe you will need more than an escort. Or if you are calling the police it is after a crime has already been committed. I wonder how many crank calls, or nervous “nillys” have called in to use this service already? It seems to me like throwing money at a problem that does not match the solution at all.

Instead of doing more patrols just call us if you feel scared? Huh? What is the criteria for getting a ride like this? What is the timeframe? What is the average cost for each time this service is used? How effective is this service to deterring crime? Is the service being used properly, i.e.: is there an actual threat?

There a ton of questions I can ask but to me, this just seems like a fluff piece of news, or a way for the police department or village to act like it is being proactive without doing something really substantial. Oh well it’s your tax dollars at “work”

Here is an article that discusses the ”program”: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-offers-police-escort-pedestrians-dusk-dawn

More Crime in Oak Park, IL

I saw in the news that an elderly gentleman was murdered brutally in Oak Park, IL on Austin avenue hopefully they catch who did it. Unfortunately, the news channel I was watching showed a picture of this “welcome sign” that had green plan management’s name written all over it, since they own or manage a lot of the rental spots in Oak Park, IL it makes me leery to rent from them. I have had last dealings with this management company about security and the representatives have all given bull shit excuses or drag their feet when I asked about solutions to my security concerns (When renting from them).

Mostly that it was “Oak Park” and I am safe here yada yada yada however I now wonder how tragedies and crimes that happened to this gentleman have happened or occurred due to crimes of opportunity or is there a direct/indirect link to this management company or was it by chance that the cameraman used THIS sign. Even though it happened on Austin avenue which everyone will rationalize is the borderline with Chicago ie: the Austin area, therefore crimes like this “will happen”.

I wonder what it will take to get the necessary data to secure the area to the point of which it is believed to be safe? Will news outlets realize the ” casual” reference they made or is there something more? All I know is that when I saw that sign every memory of every security issue I had with green plan management came flooding back to me. I just hope that the same ignorance I faced was not part of the case here.

Here is an article that briefly discusses what happened to the elderly gentleman: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/death-of-81-year-old-oak-park-man-ruled-a-homicide-468253793.html

Harassment on the streets of Oak Park, IL

Recently at Oak Park and Washington avenues there was a report about a Young girl being harassed by a gentleman in a car who wanted to give her a ride. I told my mother about it and she responded that back in the day guys usually would do that to ask girls out, however nowadays you don’t know what crazies are up to now. But also on the other hand, the girl was 16 and smart enough to report it, the guy probably saw his description on the news and will not try to pick up a younger woman again or at least from his car. But as I said before the kids in Oak Park, IL have to pay attention and get their heads out of their phones at least when they are walking alone down the street.

The good thing was, as creepy as this guy may have been, he proposed this ride from his car (a safe distance from the girl) and it could have been a lot worse, as is the case (in what we read) about most abductions. The silver lining here is that everyone is okay and this can be used as a “lesson” to remind kids and parents that things like this can happen here in Oak Park, Il, therefore when people say, “pay attention to your surroundings” to these kids walking around oblivious. Hopefully this is a message that is not hard to learn and stays with everyone for a very long time.

This is a link that briefly discusses the incident and a description of the suspect: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/stranger-offers-ride-girl-16-oak-park

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 3

With the 10 cent plastic bag tax I wonder how that will impact local businesses? That will probably impact the bottom line of the smaller businesses as now they have to charge their clients additional expenses with each purchase. Without immense assets to cover any decline of profit or added expenditures that this tax may bring like the larger businesses such as CVS or Jewel-Osco, small businesses will most likely suffer ergo like during the cook county soda pop tax.

Small businesses are now left on the hook to figure out ways to offset the costs or the unnecessary back lash that the bag tax brings whether it is huge discounts to keep customers coming back and distracted from the tax or incentive programs that help even out the cost to savings ratio? Either or I am simply loving how the village simply taxes the crap out of everyone and still get elected. I love the chaos and mean spirited public debates it creates, that is all that is needed for change or to cause a larger exodus out of Illinois. Keep doing stupid Oak Park, IL you do it well.

Here is an article that discusses the 10 cent plastic bag tax:

http://www.oak-park.us/your-government/environmental-initiatives/single-use-bag-initiative

Oak Park, IL is wrong!

The flu is going around and unfortunately, I have been so sick that I have been only able to go to work, come home, watch SOME TV, fluids, fluids, fluids, and go to bed. So just look at it as a mini break however I got sick from nastiness. Although I have been able to write a bit, it just needs to be scheduled and posted. A lot of it are things that I have already said regarding the veneer that Oak Park, IL tries to shine up for the rest of the area and world, that it is without fault, well, whoops they have been active in proving me right and that illusion wrong.

You hate for anyone to be victim to crime, assault or just being bamboozled but the way this year is unfolding all the “trash talking” as some people might call it. Is all being backed up. All you have to do is read the local paper or watch the news, which makes it easier for me to rant or not rant at all, and take a holiday, because Oak Park, IL seems to be eager to show its stupidity this year! All the while I can just sit back a drink hot (earl grey) tea, eat chicken noodle soup, have a couple Ritz crackers for a snack or even prepare a few cough drops for the inevitable gnashing while just sitting back and watch the lie unfold. Thanks Oak Park, IL for proving yourselves wrong.

People in Oak Park, Il please shower!

I woke up on Sunday to do the wash and to get out the apartment since it was warmer, I went out to mingle with humanity. And good Lord I use humanity lightly I try not to judge but honestly if you cannot handle the night before then hang it up. I literally smelled people, alcohol and ass through their winter wear (coat, hat, etc.) So it helped with my diet because I did not eat.

The smells turned my stomach sour, and I honestly could not go on, thinking about, touching or eating food. It was not a pride thing it was more of a sanitary issue, especially with the flu season being strong this year I did not want to risk getting nauseated from the smells then getting sick because of my immune system taking a major hit. I just do not understand how people have made looking and being unshowered and unclean fashionable.

I mean to the point it does not look like showering was considered important in the morning, but the morning latte at Starbucks was. Hey I wash my privates! I worry about being funky before I leave the house everyday even If I do not leave, a shower takes place. I mean this is Oak Park, IL so how things are perceived are of the utmost importance therefore the reason I am smelling stank through winter clothes is disturbing.

Is there no civil pride? Maybe it is an environmental thing where people try to use as less water, soap, deodorant or toothpaste as possible? I heard about that before it was a hippie thing in the 60s or 70s like that, but I am not sure why it is coming back now. But please people of Oak Park, IL please stop the madness, and take a shower before you interact with the rest of us. Please.

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 2

The 10-cent plastic bag tax went into effect I feel like this is just like the soda pop tax where local stores will lose business to other areas just because people will shop elsewhere due to the principal of the thing. I don’t blame them I mean I try my damnest not to buy plastic bags in Chicago. Score one for the environmentalists but score a vote for anyone running against the incumbent in office. Although there may not be a lot of change there will be an intelligent smart few who will remember this shit when at the polls.

And so, it should be in Oak Park, IL where the community already focuses on the recycling of most the items that go to waste. Charging 10 cents a bag is just a way to have people have disdain for the village, and it basically looks like a money grab by the village board. Stupid taxes just look like overreach and/or too much “big” government for everyone. If you were not responsible enough to recycle plastic bags in the first place would this force your hand? Not likely

Instead you will like most of us buy less, only the shit you can carry or like I said before going elsewhere like Forest Park to buy your items so you don’t have to put up with this stupidity. My family recycles a lot ever since we got those little blue bins however those neighbors that did not recycle did not immediately start recycling or even tried to recycle when they received theirs. In other words, taking plastic bags away from these individuals will not make them recycle more but maybe just the opposite.

Instead it may harden their resolve and as I aforementioned go to Forest Park to buy their items and stock up on as many plastic bags that they can. Making the situation and environment worse, or it may turn them off to recycling 100% which is the exact opposite goal or purpose of the plastic bag tax, only time will tell.