I came back from Vegas I was tired, up came May 4th/Free Comic Book Day then hit Cinco de Mayo I am literally drained and could not write too much for the blog. I mean coming from sin city to then going geek with the relatives to going back to chaos with tequila tinged activities. So my English skills are at a minimum. But then I literally had to go to Pilsen to do anything, Oak Park is really not that happening a town. I think I said that before LOL however it is a point to keep hammering home.
I was with a colleague of mine called “G” she asked me how much I liked it in Oak Park, IL and I told her honestly (without mentioning the blog) how I felt about it. “G” stated that she felt that the village was filled with “fake liberals” (first time I heard that) and that the village in its entirely championed “causes that they really did not believe in…” From a blog standpoint and the direction of it, this is great news but it made me think about how living in Oak Park, IL negatively impacts its residents.
Whether they are temporary residents, renters or people that only come here for school or even those who move away in the local area for academic or professional reasons how does that association impact how others view us? Do people from the city (of Chicago) or other suburbs looks upon us as “fakes” or pretentious? When we put our support behind causes, volunteer for them, demonstrate, etc., does that lessen the strength of that said cause or action? In other words, for example when march for equal rights and our asses end up on the 6 o clock news as a special segment do people in Chicago roll their eyes?
The last thing you want to do if you have a negative reputation is strengthen support for the opposing team or be ignorant of it. It’s similar to having all your friends to telling you not to call your ex on a lonely Friday night, but you text them instead thinking that makes everything okay. Maybe the negative reputation could be halting other activities or opportunities for people in Oak Park, IL that are actually not a part of this “circle”?
I do not know however I just wanted to share the information to see if anyone else heard about this or had a similar event in which someone from outside the Oak Park, IL area expressed a similar opinion. When people have a negative opinion about you whether established with facts or not, is to get ahead of and try to counter to it somehow, the problem here is that one’s residence like many parts of the Chicagoland area is defining who we are, what we can do and how people interact with us.