Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone, Happy Halloween from Oak Park, IL blog!

Here is my haiku for this year’s Halloween:

I will be giving out candy. Dressed up to the nines.

And either being crazy as fuck or drunk as a skunk.

Stay out of trouble which is not hard in Oak Park, IL.

But this is the perfect time to get in trouble.

To do the things you would not usually do.

You can walk down the street with a mask and a large hammer and no one will question.

Today is Halloween O-lay!

Trolling public officials in Oak Park, il

After the heated exchange between Dan Moroney and Susan Buchanan, the latter is getting trolled with threats. Now, this just highlights the reason for a statement and why the opposition to it is just ridiculous. Even though Ms. Buchanan was out of line with her outburst, being a public discussion and debate regarding this issue. Meaning keep it civil. The fact that she is being trolled and threatened outlines that the village still has a bunch of idiots that no matter how wrong or right, you may state Ms. Buchanan’s behavior was, it illustrates her point.

In the forum someone made the point if Oak Park, IL cannot get past a statement how can it improve on an inclusive environment for diversity that it believes the village to be. The opposition to the statement and not programs that will come late as a result of the statement is not a good look for Oak Park, IL. It shows that how backwards the village is and could impact the different businesses, systems (educational social, etc.), and residents when trying to outreach to others outside of the village’s borders.

Nowadays in an increasing ever changing America, the need to reach out and build bridges amongst diverse groups is required. No longer can one group “be on top” and hope that the others fall in line, that time is over with. Oak Park, IL with the various individuals railing against a statement, just a statement (let that sink in), is just drowning itself in a shallow pool of outdated stigmas, meanwhile dragging its residents and businesses with it. Oak Park, Il even if it completes, agrees, and puts out this statement will now always be behind the preverbal 8-ball because of the opposition and the trolling of Ms. Buchanan. Oak Park, IL will be now known as a racist, sexist, xenophobic, bias, homophobic and hate filled village because of its inability to agree upon, a statement.

Diversity statement in Oak Park, IL how hard is it?

Regarding the diversity statement which Oak Park, IL is trying to create, it seems ridiculous that there would be such a debate. It is funny but not surprising that Dan Moroney would have some opposition to such a statement remember he was elected in his position by people in the village who feel just like he does. So there is opposition to “stopping the hate” in Oak Park, IL it is just that Dan Moroney is the public face of that movement.

When another trustee Susan Buchanan made the point that the trustees in opposition do not have an “idea” of the oppression facing these communities she too is a voice elected by some of the people in Oak Park, IL. Meaning she too, is a part of that group dealing with the frustration of the village’s slow moving progress in dealing with diversity and the issues that come with it (positive and negative). The village always wants to kick the can down the road and that is really the issue here.

Wanting clear definitions of “systems of oppression” seems dumb as shit. But what it really is, is a way out in case something (an event) occurs in Oak Park, Il that lies in direct opposition of encouraging diversity or is defined by this list of “systems of oppression”. Meaning the opposition want a clear definition so that they can work around it. Plain and simple. These are those kids who play “tag” football and argue that a tackle is a version of “tagging” because you are touching your opponent.

With every word printed for the “systems of oppression” Oak Park, Il is talking five steps back into the past. Worse, it is developing a guideline for those who want to circumvent it and still perpetuate a system of abuse by telling them what is being looked out for. And thereby giving them (the opposition) a way to work around it.

Here is the link discussing the diversity discussion:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-park-diversity-statement-tl-1017-20191009-sevkm5o6yvhf3fxxyiymyqynty-story.html

Madden to the LA Angels

Oh thank you God! Madden has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels, now I can sit here and wonder “if” next season. But that is only if the team is successful of course. The idea of someone else managing the Chicago Cubs is very difficult, especially after a World Series win. Plus a possible retooling of the entire team, it seems that the team should have kept Madden and just get rid of some of the deadwood.

It seems like this team is now going back to the ways of old before the Ricketts purchase or Theo coming onboard. Maybe they will sell the team back to the Tribune again… nah they are in the middle of transforming the Wrigleyville area into a Cubs theme park. They will probably sell the team after they install the Harry Carey rollercoaster ride. That sound ridiculous? So did firing Madden, but that happened…

Here is the link to the article talking about his move: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2858435-joe-maddons-long-strange-road-to-becoming-the-angels-manager?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_medium=referral

List of Haunted House in the Oak Park, IL area

I saw an article about Haunted Houses in the area listed on WGN 9’s website. I, of course loved the 13th floor when I went there years ago. I (and Sarah) basically hung off of some dude who was going through the Haunted house with his girl. It scared the shit out of me, now being older and wiser I think I can go back this year. If you want to get into the Halloween spirit it is a very cool way to do it.

I posted the list that WGN 9 had on their website down below in case you do not want to go to the link. But go to the link anyway you lazy bastard its how these people get paid!

Here is the link where you can type in the name of the Haunted house and find it in the area from WGN 9’s website:

https://wgntv.com/2019/09/27/boo-get-spooked-at-one-of-these-chicago-area-haunted-houses/

And the list of Haunted Houses:

13th Floor
1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160

Abandoned Haunted House Complex
2825 SE Frontage Rd., Mount Pleasant, WI 53177

All Hallows Eve
523 S Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540

Basement of the Dead
42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL

Bengtson’s Haunted Barn
13341 W 151st St, Homer Glen IL 60491

Camp Tuckabatchee Haunted Camp
1973 North 35th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350

D.E.A.D. Rising Haunted House
13624 S. Cicero Crestwood, IL 60445

D.O.A Room Escape
717 N. Iowa Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

Dungeon of Doom
600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099

Evil Intentions Haunted House
900 Grace St., Elgin, IL 60120

Fear Fest
6512 Manchester Rd., South Beloit, IL 60180

Forest of Freaks
5946 US HWY 51, Janesville, WI 53546

Fright Fest
1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL, 60031

Frightmare Haunted House
7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank, IL 60459

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire, IL 60140 

Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd. South Barrington, IL, 60010

Hair Razor Haunted Scenes
6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60631 

Haunted Hills Hospital
4700 Central Ave,. Lake Station, IN 46405

Haunted Quarry
Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510 

Haunted Trails Joliet
1423 N. Broadway (Rt. 53) Joliet, IL 60435

Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze
4853 U.S. HWY 52, Minooka, IL

Hell’s Gate
1300 South State St., Lockport, IL 60441

Insanity Haunted House
3800 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL

Jonamac Orchard Haunted Corn Maze
19412 Shabbona Rd, Malta, IL 60150

Massacre Haunted House
299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538

Midnight Terror
9531 52nd Ave.,Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Nightmare at the Terrace
11500 S. Beloit, Worth, IL 60482

Niles Haunted House Scream Park
855 Mayflower Rd., Niles, MI 49120

Odyssey Fun Farm
19111 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods
14800 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462

Puckerville Farms
13332 Bell Rd., Lemont, IL 60439

Raven’s Grin Inn
411 N Carroll St., Mt Carroll, IL 61053

Realm of Terror
421 W Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Reapers Realm
626 177th St., Hammond, IN 46324

Richardson’s Adventure Farm
FQFJ+5X Spring Grove, Illinois

Scream Scene
4701 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076

Screamin Acres
3865 State HWY 138, Stoughton, WI 53589

Spook Hollow with M.C. Manor & M.C. Nightmare
613 LaSalle Blvd. Marquette Heights, IL 61554

State Street Cemetery 
410 W State St, North Aurora, IL 60542

Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Rd., Crest Hill, IL 60441

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
5th & West Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

St. Pascal’s The Catacombs
6143 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL

Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

The Dungeon of Doom
600 29th Street, Zion, IL 60099

Twisted Crypt
5420 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108

Undead Acres
3450 W Crete-Monee Rd., Monee, IL 60449

Weird & Haunted Chicago
600 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654

Woodridge Haunted Forest Walk
2600 The Center Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

 

Doctor Sleep-Halloween/Oak Park, IL related

I really hate when there is a gap between original movies or books and a sequel. Star Wars is one example that comes to mind, but this is one movie/novel that I cannot wait for it to come out on November 8th.  On the site ihorror they have a link to the trailer and a brief description about the movie. Dealing with a grown-up Danny from the original movie is a great Segway for a sequel, I am just wondering how much of a connection to the original with the sequel will have. I stoked to have a horror “thing” to do AFTER Halloween because it does get pretty freaking boring in Oak Park, IL.

Here is the link on Ihorror regarding the “Doctor Sleep” movie and the trailer for it:

www.ihorror.com/the-doctor-sleep-final-trailer-is-here-and-it-is-intense/

Here is the trailer on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/BOzFZxB-8cw

Holding people accountable in Oak Park, IL for racial profiling

Thank God someone is holding people responsible for racial profiling in Oak Park, IL I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a car with a black male driver and we are followed by an Oak Park cop. So it is a shame that when you hear that there are arguments about how to address such concerns with the Oak Park Police Department along such obvious lines. During the Sept 23rd meeting, it was between two trustees one a woman of a minority ethnicity who is against racial profiling Arti Walker-Peddakotla and the male middle aged Caucasian trustee Dan Moroney

When issues are distorted by stating “there’s no data” of police harassment or that there is no “system of oppression” is foolhardy its like yelp when 100 people say a restaurant is a dump in their reviews and you say it is not but never patronage it or been there. There are obvious reasons people are stating such an issue, and to be dismissive of it is just a symbol or example of privilege. To have a blind eye to it is not ignoring the problem, it is becoming part of the problem. Even when stating incremental changes “over time” should be implemented is as bad as turning a bling eye, because it means you do not want to do nothing about and hope over time, someone else will have the balls to do what you should have done in the first place.

Waiting over an extended period of time to put changes in place does not help the young minorities of today gain a trust of the present-day police force nor does it help change negative attitude to law enforcement over time. What do you say to the person who was harassed by a problem officer “oh in a couple of years it will get better?” That is like if you go into Whole Foods and they no longer offer muffins of any sort and every customer that asks for them the response is “well, in time they will be brought back…” Did the village start the stricter rules for recycling because they had viable data that stricter enforcement will help recycling rates? I know I did not get any questionnaires about that nor asking me about cross contamination of recyclables, did you?

Hence with no data the village went ahead and put that into effect so what is the problem here? Is someone worried about losing vital support in the community? Is someone afraid that they will be equal to everyone else? Is someone they will be proven wrong and have to actually do some work for the moral good for the community? I would yes, yes to all of those questions.

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Oak-Park-trustees-clash-over-public-safety,-racial-profiling/

Halloween music for this years party

When it comes to Halloween pop music, I like the weird to pop up on various screens. For any Halloween events or any Holiday events I usually make a playlist of videos to just “go” while my guests are walking throughout the apartment. Sort of background noise to help get people into the Holiday season and/or establish a mood that is usually set by how I decorated the room or apartment.

For example, creepy classical music is great for a room with a theme dedicated to the Universal Monster movies. When I have a pop horror movie room or an updated movie room, I play songs from Rob Zombie, Lady gaga, or anything equally strange and fast.

I sometimes forget to get a playlist together and usually an event sours or lack because of it. I am not Martha Stewart but adding music to any type of event does stimulate conversation or add to the impact decorations can have. In the past, I might say go on YouTube and create a playlist, but the commercials, two every song gets to be redundant. Nowadays I have the videos saved on a flash drive to plug into a Tv and play them on repeat or I will have the mp3s playing on my computer (not phone) and deposit Bluetooth speakers everywhere. This type of set up is call interruption free.

Now I have to figure out what movies to play for the party…

Netflix’s Halloween movie listing for the 2019 season

For Halloween around here I need tons of information to deal with this area so Netflix and Chill is a parody. So on the site called ihorror they published a list for Netflix’s offering of Horror movies for the upcoming 2019 Halloween season called: “US Netflix Horror Movies A-Z”. I read the entire five pages of this list and there are a couple good movies on there. But the majority are just crap, I am not sure if Netflix thinks people paying for their service would really think “Man, time for some shit scary movies..”

Only person to me that can make any movie even the crap movies entertaining would be Svengoolie. But unfortunately, Netflix does not have someone of his caliber. They had the new Mystery Theatre on there but to me, it was not as funny as the original. And like almost every sequel it is not as good as the original, the same thing for the movies on this list!

Here is the list of the horror movies  that Netflix is offering:

US Netflix Horror Movies A-Z

River Forest Public works project-Oak Park, Il related

The great thing about this River Forest Public works project is that it will put a couple of traffic sign improvements to the Lake and Thatcher intersection. Adding some turn signals to this intersection is a welcomed change. There are some are other intersections in the village of Oak Park, IL that could use this common sense. But being River Forest, IL they are singular but combined to Oak Park, IL it seems only for educational crap.

When you go down Thatcher Avenue it is a freaking fantastic, I mean you literally speed through from North Avenue to Lake Street without all the idiot restrictions that you get growing through Oak Park, IL. The traffic signals will hopefully ease the backup when there is rush hour.

Here is the link that briefly discusses the traffic signals at this intersection:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Public-works-projects-aim-to-ease-traffic,-parking/