Vintage Apartments in Oak Park, IL pt 2 the wiring

What I hate about Oak Park, IL is the apartments and lack of amenities, in this “vintage” shithole being rented out by Oak Park Apartments is one hell of a crazy set up that is still indicative of the time is which the building was constructed. It seems like the building was built in the era between the 1920’s to the1950’s, I mean when you sign the rental agreement they have a waiver that states you do not disturb the paint chips if you see any during your stay because of a threat of lead. In essence, I have ruined the development of any future children I may have by living here, great thanks, Oak Park, IL!

There are a lot of vintage thing is hate while being here, one of the major problems is the electrical setup that is predated before the age of modern technology, like computers and flat screen televisions, probably even ENIAC the computer from the late 1940”s. Yes, I am college educated, so now I am looking at my power strip that has tons of electronics plugged into the one electrical plug in the bedroom I am wondering when is the last time this wiring has been inspected. I mean these walls have more cracks and details than an 80-year-old man’s penis. Therefore, I know that Oak Park Apartments has done very little to update the wiring for safety purposes or check the preexisting wiring for today’s renters.

All this management group has done is got some cheap labor so that they do not have to pay for permits, or union type pay, then had these day laborers paint over the old paint, wipe up the previous tenants’ fluids off the bathroom floor (barely), and maybe, just maybe sprayed for roaches in the apartment before renting it out again to someone like yours truly. Seriously, look at the pictures, the reason I have all these devices plugged into one strip is because there is just one electric plug in the bedroom! Who the fuck has heard of that shit? Obviously, the village of Oak Park, IL does not care either, because there is probably asbestos in the walls too along with the lead and the wiring that Moses himself installed.

Everyone just turns the other way on this type of stuff, (again) obviously so why bother complaining to those who are part of the problem? It’s Oak Park, IL and “we’re artisty and stuck up and shit” who cares if these old buildings are possibly issues waiting to happen and the Hemingway House although built around the early 1900s has better a better electrical system than my apartment?

I pity the poor fool who comes in after me, and has problems with the plugs in this bitch. I am not going to end up a Forensic files story due to the lazy cheap ass apartment management does not know how to get a couple of day laborers rip down a couple of walls and get an actual electrician to put in a couple of outlets while updating the system to current safety regulations. I think they could even do at least one room each time they rent to a new person, and that is very often, besides the bitch upstairs I really do not know many of the people in my building it is like a halfway house instead of an apartment building. Therefore, I want all the electric outlets I can have so that I can add extra light to each room.

So that is a room per year, all the construction and electrical updating can be done in at least seven years. I mean they actually did it for the bathroom all the walls are smooth and the electrical work is up to date, in fact, I have three outlets in the bathroom! Probably, they are hoping my complaining ass plugs in a radio while taking a bath and it “accidentally” falls in. They wish. I just hope someone reads this if the lack of electrical outlets and the threat of old wiring freaks you out well renting here may not be in your best interests. Just FYI.

PS: I have to plug in and disconnect plugs all of the time, during the work week from my curling iron, iron (for my work clothes), hairdryer, etc., it is just a pain in the ass.

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Friday evenings in Oak Park, IL

Oh its 952 pm on a Friday just trying to kick it and relax for the weekend, and that fucking idiot upstairs is playing with her dog. Yes, that a dog is bouncing around upstairs, barking and shit while I am trying to watch a movie. ..nice.

Yeah someone does not give a shit about anyone, and just wants to interact with this dog when they want to interact with them at night, late at night. Constantly from 10 pm to 3 am this happens throughout the week, you cannot complain to Greenplan Management because they are useless, they either take her side because “she’s older” (age discrimination) or they simply just don’t give a fuck.

Totally useless, if you are looking for an apartment in the Oak Park, IL area spare yourself some aggravation and do not rent from Oak Park Apartments or Greenplan Management you will thank yourself later. Oh and that dip bitch upstairs she is old and looks like God hit her with the ugly stick.. twice. Seriously.

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The Window on Sunday in Oak Park, IL

It was such a nice day on Sunday I decided to open a window to the courtyard and get some air into the place. Being a “vintage” apartment it can get stuffy and rank in this bitch. So I open up the window and thought “that’s nice” thirty minutes later Oak Park, Il showed its ugliness. “yep yep yep” that all I heard for like 15 minutes one of my dumb ass neighbors thought they should share their dog’s hyper activeness with the rest of the building.

I mean like we bought the dog, and are training it to be quiet in public right? No, my neighbor had that dog out there bouncing around and “yepping” so I go to the window to see the dog shitting and backing at the same time with…. The neighbor looking her ass my way! 

Uh look freak-o keep your eyes on your dog shitting all over the courtyard instead of looking and smiling at me. I closed the window and blinds and walked away. I moved to another window to stare back I guess without my ass providing a show she got bored and took her hyper dog inside. Wait! Without cleaning the dog shit up. (sighs) These neighbors in Oak Park, Il are ridiculous.

I wish I knew her email address so I could send here this:

A clip from the tv show Billions –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OxEau2OS4

But she would probably respond like this clip from the movie I Love You, Man, the Psycho Bitch:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHeh50MRaWk

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Laundry in Oak PArk, IL

Arrrghh So I did my wash and I dried it brought it upstairs from the laundry area downstairs to fold and what is all over it? Fucking dog hair!!!! And I do not even own a dog! Now, I know it’s a public laundry area but man you would think these residents would have some decency to not wash whole dog beds or dog pillows in the regular washing machines with regular clothes. Some people like to go to work looking professional, and not having to worry about dog hair flying off their clothes into the air, in front of bosses, clients or fellow co-workers.

Now I have to use a lint brush and sit here and spend an hour getting all the dog hair out of my clothes when I do not even own a dog to necessitate that I should spend time out of my day to do this! This is one of the reasons I do not have animals so I do not have to do extra measures for cleaning my apartment or my clothes. I have owned dogs before and I have been very cautious and thoughtful of others when walking my dog and cleaning such things as a dog bed (HAND WASH BITCH!). But never have I ever had to deal with such callous disregard for one’s neighbors, what If I was deadly allergic to dog hair and dandruff? Oh, that’s my problem right? Oh but if someone sues these fucking dog owners and the building management because of allergic reaction they are the bad person here? Fuck that.

That’s why I will every time I step in their dog’ nasty dog shit I will wash the shows in the washer machines so they can get the full effect of what their sloppy, lazy ass owning of their dog entails and how it really affects others. Oh and complaining to management that does dick, they cannot even handle simple common sense security concerns let alone do something about this type of nasty ass behavior. Fucking nasty ass people. Really.

This is a link for those of you who face the same shit I do with ignorant fucking dog owners: http://cleanmyspace.com/pet-hair/

Thank God for Winter it stops the Neighbor from sanding furniture downstairs in Oak Park, IL

I am glad it’s winter because I can have some peace and quiet from my neighbor Meg always sanding her furniture like she is on an episode of this old House with Bob Vila (remember that show?) n the back area where the garbage cans are at the /entrance way to the laundry area and where some people park their cars without any village stickers. Wait I am in an apartment complex right? You ask. Yes, I am so it’s not like it’s her property to go and make a mess sanding furniture and leaving sawdust everywhere e for all to walk in and track back into their apartments. Nor is it her right to block all the majority of the recycling cans by placing her furniture or work area right in front of them. Nor is it her sidewalk to stain or leave wood stain on the ground, basically in the form of an outline of the furniture she painted with said stain.

Yes, with total disregard for anyone there was shit left everywhere and she did not attempt to clean it up! I came home from lunch a couple days in a row I would say basically 8 days in a two-week period and was beset by her sanding! There was not peace and quiet escape from the job on my Lunches there was Meg sanding from what I gathered was early morning to 7 pm at night, basically whenever it got dark.

Now I have to hand it to her work ethic but god damn on two days I took off in that same time period the sanding last from at least 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. That is simply ridiculous unless you have a permit and were actually remodeling something officially and were licensed but this crazy ass is renting an apartment in our building like me!

Here I cannot play my music loud without someone trying to come down and talk shit and the management (Green Plan) backing it up by talking crazy but this straight up privileged chick with the sweaters on her shoulders, upper crust yuppie was just going buck wild outside making noise and destroying the property and, nothing, was, said! That is why I am glad winter is here because that stops all that fucking ignorant behavior (can’t stain in wet winter bitch!) and gives me some opportunities to peace and quiet!

Now if the stupid old cunt and her creepy son can stop playing with their 50 lb. dog at 10 pm at night I would finally be able to enjoy this apartment… oh I almost forgot about the dog shit, so scratch “enjoy” from my previous sentence. Fucking Oak Park, IL is filled with a bunch of crazy bitches young and old that are determined to make this village worse that it usually is.

Oh, I had my friend go downstairs and make a little video of her sanding outside in the back of the apartment I put it on YouTube to save space on the blog account, just click on the hyperlink to hear how loud this shit is! Crazy fucking bitch.

Here is the video on YouTube.com: https://youtu.be/3RpGCAODEOs

 

Oak Park, IL and its dog poop

Dear diary, today was a banner day, why? Oh because I almost stepped in dog poop today! I am so glad that responsible dog owners clean up after their dogs when they poop human sized turds on the sidewalk. No, the poop was not in the public lawn, on the side of the building. No, it was not picked up with the bags provided for free on the side of the building, by a responsible dog owner. Just left there, for people to step in, and it looks like someone did! Ha!

Listen in Lakeview this is a “no no” amongst the people who live there because they know that leaving dog poop in the middle of the sidewalk like that entices rats and other vermin who like to eat dog poop. Also in Lakeview the sidewalks are narrow very much like Oak Park, IL however there is a lot more space in Oak Park, IL huge lawns and such, for dogs to walk and do their number ones and twos. So why is there poop in the middle of the sidewalk? Why did the owner leave it there? Where the hell is my building management to wash it off the sidewalk (LOL)?

Sorry the building management is useless, but I wish that people would regard their responsibility of owning a dog a little bit more seriously, dogs are like small children they need to be nurtured and taught. If this is how this particular owner is training their dog, I hate to smell how their home smells or see what it looks like. I have walked by some of the apartments in my building through the courtyard and with the windows open I could tell who owns a dog or not because I can smell it more than five feet away.

This type of behavior would have never happened or occur in my household when I was growing up. While owning multiple dogs, things in our house were clean and my pets lived past their life expectancy because we took care of them, their hygiene, as well as our own… No excuses!! Now, I just wonder how many other former dog owners, “non-animal” people or even current dog owners have seen this in Oak Park, IL and have had the same thoughts or shook their heads in disgust? Or maybe they let out a barrage of curse words as they stepped into a pile of dog crap in the little of the sidewalk?

Oak Park, IL -sticker deadline! 7/14/16

Time sensitive post! LOL Vehicle sticker deadline Park is midnight July 14 for Oak Park, IL purchase your vehicle sticker quickly! The Village of Oak Park, IL are very strict about this and the police are quick to enforce it!

Where did I read this announcement? On the Patch, the subject was covered on July 4th when many of us, were just chilling (I quickly posted something on here though) but other than that, most people are not thinking about this deadline. We are all enjoying the weather and on that date enjoying the holiday, but Kudos to the Patch for doing the village of Oak Park, IL’s job for them!

I just want to post on here in case someone is doing a search regarding Oak park, Oak Park, IL or even parking and lives in the village but forgotten all about it. Now, I have a sticker but I am still trying to get out of here LOL! I am writing this for my fellow “haters” of the parking situation here in Oak Park, IL beforehand, before the deadline! Do not hate so much that you forget to get that sticker! I hate it too but remember the 14th of July!

PS: Parking sticker deadline is July 14th for the village of Oak Park, IL Ha!

The patch working it here:

Searles, Morgan (2016) “Deadline for Oak Park Vehicle Stickers is July 14” July 4, 2016 Oak Park-River Forest Patch

http://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/deadline-oak-park-vehicle-stickers-july-14

Thx to the Patch!

Oak Park, IL: Dirty pt 2

As I stated in part one,  my building maintenance is probably one of the worst. I say that this because of an issue of cleanliness that the maintenance people are required to take care of  at least on a weekly basis, and especially if they are announcing to residents this or at they are having an open house each week, while not keeping up the property.

So my issue was with the tissue left in the little lobby area between the two main entrance doors as you enter the apartment building from the courtyard. No, my history with the building management has not been stellar as I alluded to beforehand, so I saw no reason to help them in this endeavor and alert them that their building is not clean for the open house that they chose to have each Saturday. I tried for a month to get a screen door that looked like someone tried to break into the back door fixed for about a month -that’s  another blog for another time. So three pieces of snot rags on the ground? I really did not give a damn to contact them about, at all.

I tried for a month to get a screen door that looked like someone tried to break into the back door fixed for about a month -that’s  another blog for another time. So three pieces of snot rags on the ground? I really did not give a damn to contact them about, at all. Plain and simple. I did not do it and if this “community” that treats everyone like an outsider if they question something they do not agree with, do not want to be involved in their block parties, or  state how they feel about Oak Park, IL., in general, does not like that …suck  a dirty one.

These tissues were sitting there from June 22nd to July 6th, I took pictures on my phone to remind me of the dates that this example of nastiness and laziness occurred. Now if it was one of my neighbors I do not know, but I highly doubt it because many of them use the front entrance too and I doubt would leave these snot rags there! My point of annoyance occurs when between this time span not only was there maintenance man doing outside work to building (outside the entrance) on one date but they had the nerve to post a water shut off notice for the building during this time span!

Therefore the maintenance people had two instances in which they saw the tissue/snot rags on the floor, and had two chances to clean up this mess (or at least be notified about it) but did nothing! I know, at least something got done in a two-week span, hey it is good I was not planning to have anyone over for the 4th like my neighbors did! I shouldn’t complain, it is not like I pay for building maintenance or rent. I hope the building management had a huge Open house and showed all the prospective renters how ghetto they are!

I mean we throw trash around on the ground on this elite side of Austin correct? Glad that the supposed standards of excellent are maintained everywhere, oh Oak Park, IL why are thou not clean (well at least my apartment building)?

 

Oak Park, IL: dirty pt 1

Just wondering when my building will clean up the place, the front entrance to the building when they are having open houses each Saturday. The first picture was taken 6/22/16, the next picture was taken 7/2/16 my question is if they are showing rental how does it look to have garbage everywhere?

I know you are asking yourself: “If you are that upset why not just pick it up??” Well, that is a no, I do not know what germs are on those tissues, plus I pay to RENT not own, therefore it is the responsibility of the Property management company to get after the caretaker and all the little dudes they have around this place and other properties to make sure that the place is presentable.

I mean they half ass everything else (don’t worry I post about that too) in this building and for every issue I contacted them about in the months that I have stayed here. Obviously I am good enough to pay rent but not live in safe and clean housing, like a good slum lord, this is the attitude of the people of Oak Park, IL. I should just accept and move on with my life never mind, I pay good money for this inconvenience, for this crap!

Get with the Oak Park, IL regime’s program! LOL Well, I will move on and leave that shit right where it belongs: on the floor and their little minions from the management company can pick it up when they bring possible new tenants through.

That is always putting the best foot forward, Oak Park, by showing a new place with trash in the small front lobby to prospective tenants. Nice. Like I said it stays there and obviously my neighbors feel the same because no one else has picked it up so obviously six apartments of tenants fill the same. We pay so there is no way in hell we are doing the job of the building manager, there is no way in hell we are accepting this “clean up the community crap,” there is no way in hell we are picking that shit up!

Vintage in Oak Park, IL part 2010: the Radiator

Vintage part ten thousand and ten when dealing with Oak Park, IL, it seems that even that even the building management companies in Oak Park, Il use this term far too often as I have stated in a previous post. Well, I decided to break it all down and give you visual examples of what “vintage” mean here in Oak Park, Il and you can tell time if I am crazy for expecting something at least from the last 50 years or that all the examples I give are okay.

Okay to be paying more than a thousand dollars a month to rent heck even one dollar to me seems excessive for this mess. But maybe there are people out that like to struggle and deal with substandard things and situations, I guess I am old school and want to get what I pay for.

My first example is in my bathroom where I have an old school radiator sitting near the toilet, and I do not mean two feet away, or one foot, I mean when I sit my leg is hitting it! Not only is the toilet crooked, but it is aimed at the radiator making sitting on the toilet to use the bathroom even worse.

The toilet is subject to leak every once in a while when I asked one of the handymen who was fixing the toilet from leaking if they could replace it, he told me “No, it would need to tear up the entire bathroom to fix”. Well, then I asked if they could replace the radiator again it was “no” because the only options were to either leave it or take it out permanently. And this clown of construction told me that it gets very cold in the bathroom when they take the radiator out so it is best to leave it. So imagine in the winter have a hot radiator next to your legs when you are trying to pee or take a shit. Not fun. He stated, “hey it is vintage.” I did not smile.

So again here are pictures of how building management companies use the word “vintage” in Oak Park, Il when they mean they are not replacing anything that should be. Or that may cost them a couple thousand dollars to make things right in their apartments, Nah, keep it like that and state it is a “vintage apartment”. For reference this type terminology in the context of the word: “vintage” is not used in other places like the Gold Coast or Lakewood when I rented in those areas.

My question is that if I am suffering from this stroke of “vintage” construction I wonder how many others in Oak Park, Il and elsewhere, are too?

PS: Below is the Radiator in question (complete with major dust bunnies that was there before I moved in)!!!

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