Say no to Albion in Oak Park, IL

Totally awesome, finally Oak Park, Il residents have used their collective wits to stand against more bullshit development in the Oak Park, Il area. With the vote going 5-4 to say “NO” to the development of the Albion development is a major accomplishment. Because the money is what talks in Oak Park, IL with this vote obviously the “winds of change” are going another way. Protection of Parks in Oak Park, IL is very instrumental without the green areas
Oak Park loses its luster. However, this is only a “recommendation;” and the village board can still go ahead.
So why is that awesome? Because at least the voices of the residents of Oak Park, IL are being listened to by someone in the planning and development stages. Hopefully, the citizens sue the village board if they go ahead and point to this “recommendation” by the Oak Park Plan Commission to delay the selling of Oak Park, IL to special interests that the village board is okay doing.
If the residents that pay taxes are not okay with this development why is the village board going ahead with such stupidity? Because they are a smaller identical twin government of dysfunctional City of Chicago government that you see dominating the news on a daily basis with their stupidity.
If the residents were smart they would protest this crap on a bi-weekly basis forever and ask/get local media to cover it, the more “light” the residents can bring to this issue the less likely the cockroaches on the Village board will push through such crap. But that is only if the residents who are against this development have the balls to do so, this vote gives them the ammunition to totally stand against the village board.
Now it comes down to putting boots on the streets of Oak Park, IL or will the residents just sit on their asses at home complaining about it on social media, me? I have no dog in this fight I cannot care either way if the residents choose the latter then Oak Park, IL will be just the biggest hypocrites on God’s green earth.
This discusses the decision online:
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Oak Park, Il blog related: Back to school

I am back in school for the time being taking about two classes or I have a full-time schedule for the next two terms, this way I can get done with school get the Masters degree in line with getting done with Oak Park, IL tons of writing means I will probably spend more time in front of the computer instead of outside whiffing in the smells of dog shit and pompous attitudes in the great outdoors.

I might use the extra money and or time to get myself ready for another move and update my furniture to things that are more functional and durable. This way it will not break down either inside just be used or during a move like my four-drawer dresser from Ikea. The movers just turned that thing from a thing of beauty to Frankenstein’s monster in less than a couple of hours. Mind you I waxed and shined that thing for a good 8 months and was very careful in using it.

Now one of the drawers’ outer face is scratched and another drawer is just smashed to pieces. That is why I am dipping into my drinking fund to get it right this time, ha-ha I guess I am “growing up” but I just want to make sure that I am not doubling my expenses just to make the apartment look cute in such a shitty suburb. With that in mind, i am going to max out on Bed Bath and Beyond coupons on the sturdy shit, instead of on candles.

I already took the advice of some of my buddies and looked into Ethan Allen (2k for a dresser!) but I am not that interested in that type of investment unless I am certain I am staying in the state. The amount of taxes that are going into effect especially very soon, like getting a house or a condo less of a sure thing than ever.

Therefore, keeping my head down and getting back into the swing of writing for school to finish that up and also to get back in practice of writing for the blog will be more of my focus …well, unless there is a two for one or free drinks option somewhere. Then I will happily fall off the wagon. Toodles.

Do not mess with the mail carriers in Oak Park, IL

There was an issue with the mail and I loved that the mail person just did not want to throw the mail anywhere but at least left a note. A note regarding the situation although what I did read (I was looking over her shoulder as I was coming in from my lunch break) was very hilarious then my otherworldly neighbor came down (not the offender) and I had to stop lingering otherwise I would have made it obvious.

The note was basically stating to have all the names on the mailbox, I guess that pisses off all the mail people working in Oak Park, Il not just the ones in my old neighborhood I believe that the mail workers believe that everyone in Oak park, Il is a bunch of privileged assholes. When that is totally not true however if that is all you have been exposed to and the majority of my experiences with people in Oak Park, il has been negative as well so it is easy to see why these postal workers have such as shitty attitude towards residents doing whatever in regards to their mailboxes and postal expectations.

These postal workers are probably treated like “the help” or indentured servants without a second thought and the only way they know how to react is by giving tons of hostility towards everyone they come in contact with. That is why I give them a wide berth to do their job and interact with them like I have manners.

Just a professional courtesy that as a customer ensures that my mail is delivered on time, properly and correctly. Oak Park, Il is shitty enough than to just be pissing off those who are merely doing their job, do not live here, and handle important documentation that is essential for my daily activities and/or existence in this shitty little burb, hopefully, other people in Oak Park start thinking the same way.

Modern Construction will eliminate “Vintage” wiring in Oak Park, IL

I cannot believe that the local government agencies allow apartment buildings in the Oak Park area to have such crappy electrical set ups for their buildings. I mean there are outlets from the 1950s or maybe 1930s it’s just ancient compared to today’s standards or the new construction that is occurring in downtown Oak Park. It is so scatterbrained, it is like the village is waiting for a major fire to happen before having on a set of standards.

Of course, these vintage set ups are still allowed because renters buy into the illusion that Oak Park’s culture and acceptance into the area’s community is just to “roll with” it. However, this illusion is now being challenged by the new buildings being built in the area, it shows that the new residents are not accepting these old-fashioned standards. In fact, today’s technology of temperature controls, surge protector outlets, and low wattage lights are all pieces of the environmentally friendly message that Oak Park, Il espouses to masses.

But again, the massive contradiction that is Oak Park, Il there is this environmental holier than thou message or fantasy that is pushed by those disillusional hippies here only to be dashed by the reality of the two prolog outlets that pop up in the various dwellings here in Oak Park, Il. The two standards cannot exist side by side, and the more younger renters that come into the village the louder, the more the voices that will request, that will demand newer standards.

The demand for new technology for dwellings to become environ mentally friendly will become prevalent. Change is inevitable for Oak Park, Il and I for one cannot wait to see it happen. The more people who speak up for modern technology the more likely we will be seeing the end of “vintage” wiring in Oak Park, Il.

Oak Park, IL blog: The “Master key murder” episode supports what I have said before

I was recently watching the ID channel series called the “Nightmare Next Door”, and there was this one episode called “master key murder” that illustrated one of the issues I had with Oak Park apartments. In a previous blog post, I mentioned I had a master key that opened every door in my apartment building, and how after I found out I received nothing but resistance in trying to change the locks too (at least) my apartment.

Well, this episode from the series “Nightmare Next Door”, a promising young woman is hacked into pieces by her crazy stalking neighbor who… Had a master key to the entire apartment building. At one point, not on did he steal condoms from his neighbors but also had a pair of used (had DNA on it) panties from the victim.

Of course, this was only found out with police searched his apartment but it proves my point that sick ass individuals are out there doing the exact same crazy shit I was worried about. The same stuff that Oak Park Apartments representatives thought I was being silly about or just being dramatic about. Those dumb bitches have no clue about how serious an issue, of having a “floating” master key is.

This crime on illustrates why property management companies, should be extremely careful with individual apartment keys, master key, and all their copies. Plus, anyone who rents should watch this episode or research this tragic case to get a heads up. When I moved to my new place I made sure I got new locks on the main door and had extra locking systems put into place so I can be safe from all the freakin creeps out there. The ones Oak Park Apartments think do not exist.

Real Quick-Moved but still in Oak Park, IL

Real quick in a new place, still in Oak park, Il ugh. When you move I highly recommend that you get a quality moving company I didn’t this time and paid the price That explanation is for another time though. Also, one matter what the new landlord, management company says, go in early be for you move in and bug bomb that bitch. If the landlord already has an exterminator come, this only assists it in keeping vermin out.
Also, I have signs printed up and laminated for the bigger items, like the entertainment center, bed, dresser, love seat, couch, etc. And place them where I want the item to go in the new apartment. This way I did not have to hand hold the idiots who destroyed my beloved dresser. Ugh.
Another tip is that I have twine and door stoppers to hold open doors for easy access for the movers, the faster they are done the faster you get to unpack. This leads to the other tip I have, making sure you have two outfits, iron and ironing board unpacked and ready to go, because it may take a couple of days before you are up and running. It takes time to get a place set up right, and by that time you are ready to move again.

How Open Houses are run by Oak Park Apartments part 2

These cock suckers from Oak Park Apartments are pure assholes. Just so you know that when you sign a lease and THEY decide not to renew or want to show YOUR apartment when your neighbor’s apartment is a fucking cesspool they will send you an email as a notice. A notice of the fucked-up intentions to walk through your place at ANY time of the day during their so called “Open House” this means do not wake up late and try to sleep in because you can awaken to strange people standing over you looking at the dimensions of your bedroom.

You can be in the shower washing the sweat off you because you know, summer is hot, and walk into a bunch of would-be renters and their kids. After Oak Park Apartments sends you the email notice they DO NOT have to call to see if you are in, or taking a shit in your bathroom, they can just walk in and show people your place. They do NOT give you notice 15 minutes before THAT IS A LIE.

This is an example of the email they send out it is full of shit:

From: Kierstn Stewart <kierstn@oakparkapartments.com>

Subject: Oak Park Apartments Open House

To: ———————

Cc: “Leasing” <Leasing@oakparkapartments.com>

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:16 AM

Hello!

I am writing to let you know that we will be hosting an Open House tomorrow, June 24th from 10am-4pm during which we may need to show your apartment to prospective tenants.  We will notify with at least 15 minutes notice tomorrow should we need to come over.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your cooperation.

Thanks again,

One time my friend Sarah was in my shower and one of their representatives was just unlocking the door to walk right in with a couple. I had the chain lock on ha! So, that stopped that shit, but he was still was trying to come in with his Arabian ass with the chain lock on! LOL, I told him to give me a couple of minutes because there is someone in the shower. Also, I did not receive a notification 15 minutes beforehand, he responded that the office sent out the email.

Like that was it, well I told him through the Door crack with this couple standing there “..and it said you are supposed to give a 15-minute notice too. So, my friend is butt naked in the shower if you come in now I will have to call the police for peeping and unlawful entry (due to not contacting us 15 minutes beforehand). He responded, “Oh I will come back then…” No shit. And then when they came in I watched then like hawks and Sarah was blazing a hole in this fucker’s head.

In the end, if you rent from Oak Park Apartments and get a notice about them showing your apartment to “prospective tenants” keep your phone on, keep the chain lock on, and saddle up for some ignorant shit.

 

How Open Houses are run by Oak Park Apartments part 1

Okay, I stated that I was moving, therefore, I got an email from Oak Park Apartments about a so called “Open House” this is where they just come in anytime time of the day to show your apartment and let people rummage through your stuff to check shit out. I Literally had a guy opening kitchen drawers and looking at my silverware giving commentary.

When you sign a lease with these pure assholes. THEY dictate how and when they show the apartment you have no say whatsoever so make sure if you have family and friends from out of town or major surgery you are staying somewhere else on the days and times THEY choose.

Now you may say oh if they give a 24-hour warning it’s good that’s the law.. true. However, if you state as part of any legal agreement like a lease that you will inform the renter before (15 minutes before) that you will come bouncing through. Well, you have to give 15-minute notice that you are bouncing through the end of story. Oak Park Apartments does not even follow that regulation that they wrote themselves.

In fact, they come 10 minutes before the end of the showing day, YES! At 7:50 pm and have people just “take a quick look” asses. I know one time they paid for it and I was out the night before and took a massive dump. Well shit, give me more than a day’s notice to have me detoxic fuckers! LOL I had the worse gas too! It was hell for the “prospective tenants” to check the place out and I do not care.

This is an example of the email they send out it is full of shit:

From: Kierstn Stewart <kierstn@oakparkapartments.com>

Subject: Oak Park Apartments Open House

To: ———————

Cc: “Leasing” <Leasing@oakparkapartments.com>

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:16 AM

Hello!

I am writing to let you know that we will be hosting an Open House tomorrow, June 24th from 10am-4pm during which we may need to show your apartment to prospective tenants.  We will notify with at least 15 minutes notice tomorrow should we need to come over.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your cooperation.

Thanks again,

You also have to WATCH theprospective tenants” yourself because the Oak Park Apartment representatives either show multiple couples at one time or they take a couple and give them free rein without guiding them through the place like an experienced management company or realtor would. So, you know you have people not just opening closets to see the amount of space involved you can have people looking into your personal dresser. I had some underwear missing (seriously) later on when I did laundry. So, I used moving/packing tape to tape my dresser drawers shut and got a fire safe for my important papers and jewelry every time there is an open house.

Of course, that was after the underwear thief had my shit and probably ran around town smelling them, with their chick looking at more “prospective” place to live. But now I have to explain that to “prospective tenants” when they come in and see the tape LOL not my problem. Oak Park Apartments should train their people better and teach them the do’s and don’ts of showing a rental unit during an Open House.

In the end, if you rent from Oak Park Apartments and get a notice about them showing your apartment to “prospective tenants” tape your shit up, hide your valuables in a small safe or lock box, and saddle up for some ignorant shit.

Oak Park, IL is averse to hardware stores especially when you need it.

Ugh, so good news the place I want to move too is basically being held for me. Plus, it’s not in Oak Park. Bad news the person who is in it now signed a year lease last week, so I am moving out of Oak Park apartments bullshit. To another place for 11 months in Oak Park, this week so I have everything in boxes. Plus my homie Sarah who has set up the place for me in Berwyn (Berwwwyn!) is getting surgery this week on Friday.

Although I lose a helper for the move I am glad she will get this fibroid thing taken care of. Meaning I am taking the Friday and 30th off, my boss is cool with because they know my situation with Oak Park apartments and would help me put holes in the walls with a sledge hammer if I didn’t want my deposit back. That is also why this post is late tons of shit to do, not enough time. I also noticed besides the ace hardware near Chicago Avenue and Harlem Avenue, what real handyman stores are in Oak Park, Il?

Fulfilling its pussy like image Oak Park, IL does not have that many hardware stores in the village boundaries, as if the most superficial person in the world laid the village out. It’s like the village forces you to get a contractor even to put up a picture on the wall. I had to go to the Home Depot in Bridgeview for boxes for my shit it was ridiculous but well worth it.

I look upon buying these boxes (heavy duty) as an investment for the next time I move. I will already have sturdy, extra boxes so that I am not fucking around at the last moment. But packing this shit to basically go a couple of blocks is fucking crazy. But don’t worry I have more stories about Green Plan management and Oak Park apartments to write. They suck so bad there are plenty of things to bitch about. Peace

One question to ask before renting in Oak Park, IL

The purpose of providing a lease is to make sure that it I understood what are the responsibilities of the renter and the responsibilities of the rentee. Basically, as the renter, I do not trash their apartment and the building management provides security and maintenance. I wish that the team here would take that agreement to heart. When I first saw, the apartment was painted white, white I tell you and the light reflected so well, that the place looked twice the size. Then they painted it a middle gray WITHOUT telling me, which fucked up the entire color scheme of new furniture, made the place look two times as small, and is really motherfucking depressing at times if I did not have a great stash of liquor to get me through living here.

When I signed the lease, I was under the impression that the color would remain the same and I would get a cheery place to live, but this is Oak Park, IL, therefore, pardon my ignorance at the time, I did not know that the management company of Oak Park Apartments would go to that extreme of making my new home that “unhomely”. I believe the frustrating thing is that this idiotic crap was one of those things that are never mentioned in any list when creating a list of questions when apartment hunting.

The bright cheerful apartment that was the centerpiece of what I focused my new furniture around then was a total clusterfuck when I moved in. I mean a cherry red loveseat with bland gray walls? Ugh, the place looks like I am colorblind or have no sense, taste at all. I asked about all the ”points” mentioned in an Apartment renting survival guide I found online alas this was one question I did think of: “If you are re-painting the apartment what color will it be?” This seems to be a frivolous question however after living in this bland gray and depressing apartment and understanding how color can affect a person’s mood, furniture choices and other apartment related issues. So definitely ask!

Here is the article that has the guide I discussed previously:

http://blog.apartmentfinder.com/preparing-to-move/the-apartment-renting-survival-guide/