Oak Park IL blog related: Chicago Naked bike ride

I was thinking about the weekend will pan out I am going down to the naked bike ride to see some people ride bikes nude I guess, maybe boo at them. nothing too major. I think they should roll through Oak Park, Il because this suburb is supposedly “liberal” free thinkers” and “artsy”. But I doubt that would fly because some of the people here are hypocrites and state they are all that open-minded crap however could not take a minute of this bike ride event for a moment. Honestly if the event rolled through here I bet it would be met with tons of opposition and protests. As if the 1960s never happened or that the residents who practiced free love back in the day were the only ones who should be allowed to do so, ever.

Of course, that is the thing about Oak Park, IL what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander or however that old saying goes, the people here can be so full of themselves that it would leave you a migraine thinking about it. So, save yourself the time, pain and waste of time that would go into figuring out what such a paradox exists. This is simply Oak Park, IL. They would argue, for example, that the event is not “family friendly” and my thought would be: “So?”” That just limits the chance for event participation by singles, non-parental units or empty nesters who may want to see this event or ride in it. But the status quo must be maintained in this suck area and such fun events excluded from riding through the Oak Park, IL area.

Oh well, no skin off my nose I will take myself, my time and dollars to downtown Chicago, because they are all wanted down there, obviously. Meanwhile Oak Park, IL lives up to its boring status as a village and destination one more time. Wondering why people shy away from here? this is an obvious example that nothing really fun happens here in Oak Park, IL shit and you wonder why Hemingway left?

Here is the website for the event: http://chicagonakedride.com/

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The struggle continues…

I hate when organizations don’t got their shit together, I had a phone interview with this chick who had no idea what she was doing. I was hoping to get a job downtown so I could move either into the city or somewhere like Berwyn. However, this bitch didn’t have her shit together so I cancelled on her ass. The other one I talked to the hr rep late in the day like she was not trying to get in touch with me lol.

But I called her back and she was dry as hell didn’t know what the position entail meaning what the hell it was about or what I would be doing, then she said I would be meeting with someone else… Who she did not know because she did not know who or what department I would be under/reporting to, then when she mentioned about assigning funds I told her I did that at my last two jobs and she said, “oh okay” like she did not have my resume in front of her.

Plus, when I told her that I making 38k at my current job she said something like” maybe we could do that” When she sent me the confirmation email she forwarded an email from someone else meaning it had the date time of their interview and their email address. Yeah that was between 438 to 457 pm. It is pretty obvious if they are this messy now, they will be worse in the near future, so the struggle continues…

Chicago Cubs opener today!

Monday (today) is the home opener for the Chicago cubs, I know it’s still early in the season but it doesn’t look good for a world series run. Playoffs yes, series no. Much like the chagrin of every Chicago sports fan we have to suffer maybe through another half a decade of mediocrity and bull shit before there is another professional sports team winning a championship. In all seriousness when a news channel focuses on what food is being served at the old ball stadium instead of how the team plays, you know there is a problem.

Note: I said winning a championship vying or competing is another thing it’s like premature ejaculation. However the Loyola ramblers was this year’s “little engine that could” they actually energized the sports scene like no other team in the Chicago area could. In fact I forgot about how badly the Chicago Blackhawks were doing during all the sports coverage they got. Every. Single. Day.

Maybe that explains the second half too much hype, too many expectations  if we had another successful sports team to alleviate all the hype we imposed upon these young men the outcome would have been different.  Now I have to go and say ‘wait til next year’ yeah and the official season hasn’t even started.

 

I pity the fool who thought I was dead (been watching a lot of old tv)

Hey there I am not dead… yet. I have been so busy after graduation from Roosevelt  trying to find a new job.  Unfortunately job searching is like a job onto itself and does not leave time for the finer things. Plus I have had a lot of personal shit literally shit/rain down upon me from all angles it is really not funny. I still feel like once you reside or have resided in Oak Park, IL you are basically cursed for life!

I have been looking out of state for jobs because this area is, Oak Park, Chicago and Illinois in general is not very pro business or employment. Not in the modern business sense at least. So I have been searching outside of the state to like Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California anywhere that has opportunity and less bullshit that Oak Park, IL has, creates or even brings.

Now that I have done the student-masters thing you would think employers here would be naturally breaking down my door but not here. Hell I have gotten offers from Minneapolis to Utah but i have experienced enough Chicago winters to last a lifetime to go north like that. I will break down the rest of the shit later on (hopefully). Peace

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.

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