Getting out of Oak Park, IL this summer for fun

Now that sun has been out for while I plan to get out more this year. More downtown and south suburb travelling. Events, getting some sun blah blah, I would look to see what events are happening in the village but the logistical nightmare of parking and travelling through is just depressing. The time and amount of effort it takes one might as well go downtown, downtown Chicago that is. I do not want to be what I complain about and basically be a bitch. But… I rather not be at event in Oak Park, IL dealing with the pretentious village idiots or their spawn.

Unfortunately, we all get to see them everyday as we leave our homes to go to work, the grocery store, etc., and basically that is enough for me. There are a couple of things going on, but who cares? I rather go the Taste of Chicago this year or just hit the beach. I know that seems sassy, and its not a hatred but more like disgust. I know there is something else to go be reading is fundamental. So, I found an article called: “The 55 best things to do in Chicago right now” on TimeOut Chicago.

I believe that this article will help anyone in the area find something to do, that is not in Oak Park, IL. And the list of things to do is great for those who interests vary. In this case instead of complaining, bitch and moan I found a solution to my boredom and disgust of Oak Park, IL. Now I know there might be some maggots who upset me but I think that percentage wise per person of being annoying as hell I think that winner of pissing me off will go to Oak Park hands down every time.

This is the article discussing the 55 things to do in Chicago:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-in-chicago

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The Memorial Day weekend and afterwards..

Time seemed to just fly by this weekend thanks to the holiday Memorial day I was able to get away from the village of Oak Park, IL for a little while. I heard the new mayor of Chicago was trying this time,  to get a handle on the city’s violence during this time. I wish the village of Oak Park, IL would have used this time to remove the stick out of its collective asses to bring some life to it. I could not stand another moment of the boring lackluster atmosphere during a holiday weekend in which Men and Women gave their lives so that we could enjoy our freedom by being in this restrictive area.
I think that is what is the real issue with Oak Park, IL it is just a shell of itself, a place tries to be representative of ideals and morals thought to be great and lively. However it is all bullshit the village likes to do the exact opposite of what it tells itself and others and then we all become foolishly residents of a monstrous ploy. It is hard to enjoy a holiday weekend here unless you are stone drunk by Friday night and are recovering the rest of the weekend.
The weekend went by as such, and I totally welcomed it, to be in bed enjoying some silence was fantastic but it was not in the village. Oh no, not here! LOL I went to a hotel in Lombard and enjoyed the room and quiet. Now back I feel yuck almost a film of disgusting vomit covering everything and a feeling of being letdown entirely. And I know I get that feeling every time I come back to Oak Park, IL.

Oak Park, IL a place of “fake liberals”?

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.

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Time Out Chicago article speaks about our behavior in Chicago

There is this hilarious article about people from the suburbs visiting Chicago by TimeOut Chicago. The funny thing is, how true the content or the barbs are when it comes to the behaviors exhibited by those (from the burbs) who roam around downtown. I have had seen people actually take pictures with their iPad downtown only to find out that they are from either Schaumburg or even Oak Park, IL. And I am just thinking “they just want to be jacked up in the middle of downtown for that shit?”…

The stopping of a group in the middle of the sidewalk? Seen that and you can tell these people who are “pushed” out the way by angry and fast walking Chicagoans are from out of town. The real out of towners usually wear something from out of state to signify that they are from out of town and proud of it or they are wearing daisy duke shorts in the middle of March, so you know they are really from out of town!

All to find the way to the bean or Navy Pier and I cannot tell you the last time I have been to either in the last decade. Which is of course as the article states is an out of “stater’s” destination. I suggest reading it over for a quick laugh if you are from Chicago and if you are from somewhere like Oak Park, IL maybe you can learn something from it so that you stand out less as you navigate in the real world.

This is the article I mentioned above:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/things-to-do/how-to-spot-someone-from-the-suburbs-in-chicago

The Las Vegas Strip compared to Oak Park, IL

So the strip in las Vegas is so amazing, the whole thing is like a show onto itself. I mean nothing in Chicago and especially oak park, il can compare, if this is sin city I don’t want to be good ever again! The lights are fantastic, and we are talking about resort signs! Being out in the desert the fountains are just amazing, and you can actually spend a good couple of minutes watching or filming them in action.

These fountains actually make Buckingham fountain look like it needs a major upgrade. I stayed away from the shows because there was too many elderly people and large groups of preppy “standouts” going to them, so I digress I stayed on the strip. As a true Chicagoan I tried a few restaurants out because we definitely know about food here. In fact Gordon Ramsey has about 3 different restaurants out in Vegas and yes there is also hell’s kitchen. I went by the in and out burger, sprinkles (cupcakes), a ramen and a hall place the strip had definitely a lot of variety.

http://theunofficialguides.com/2017/10/23/navigating-las-vegas-strip-without-car/

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The closing of the Oak Park market

The sad thing about this, is that this is another business in Oak Park, IL that failed and the residents nor the village of Oak Park, IL did not come out to support this fledging business. To hear that the owner was hoping that residents from the Austin area would come out or that he understood those Austin residents believe the market was for “oak parkers” says a lot.

As I have always said there is a lack of marketing in Oak Park, IL I mean you cannot even post a real estate sign to sell your home, so the marketing of a new business from a customer standpoint is non existent. For the owners to believe that Oak Parkers would come out to support the store was foolish because it was on North Avenue which most in Oak Park, IL feel is part of Chicago or the “border” so not really part of Oak Park, IL. Plus, Oak Park, IL residents rather spend their money within the core of Oak Park, IL (not downtown as much) than on the outskirts. Playing Devil’s advocate, naming your business “Oak Park” does not mean that people from Oak Park, IL will automatically come out either.

The other part of this statement by the owner that the people form the Austin area believed that this store was for Oak Parkers is telling. Well, he did name the store for Oak Park for one! Second what does that say when a store is linked to the village and the neighboring residents from Chicago for example do not want to patronize it? What type of negative connation is linked with Oak Park in general that makes people stay away and not patronize stores that are needed in the area?

I think the answers are in the comments as a few commenters feel badly about how the store was ran, but also about their neighbors for not coming out to support a business in their namesake. The comments are golden so read a couple! The main point is that there was no practical research is this business plan when you drive down North Avenue you see that the businesses on this border have extensive difficulty if they are not practically based in the demands of the community. Nor believing that the residents would come out to support anything that espouses the name “Oak Park” is foolish, Oak Park, IL is the snake eating its own tail, chewing on its own lies and paying the price.

This is the article that talks about the closing of the Oak Park market:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-15-2019/Oak-Park-Market-near-closing/#Comment-1b4eb16ad29bf7e5da92832cc1028019

Doing different something for Oak Park IL, blog

Doing something different and writing a couple of blog posts for holidays that don’t mean much to everyone else. Like teddy bear day, or maybe even Sweetest day.  I have already made a blog post for next St Patrick’s day that is very clinical. That way I can just go enjoy the day without having to worry about posting about the day on the day. So, of the issues with a blog post is that unless you have a major following and can generate the add revenue to make a living you cannot quit your day job.

I definitely have too much in student loans to quit my day job, and you know what rent is like in the area, but I cannot see myself writing this blog if I had Bill gate’s money either. Therefore, I guess I am at an impasse with me, posting about the bullshit in Oak Park, IL. When it comes to Oak Park, IL it is almost like that shining little shit village on the hill that looks down on Chicago, however is almost fucked up like Chicago but its worse because of the size and population ratio. Meaning that even though I am writing about these upcoming obscure holidays, trust me, Oak Park, IL will be in my sights for future posts.

New Chicago mayor: Lori Lightfoot

Oh man so the city of Chicago is going to have its first African American woman as a mayor one that is considered an outsider. Anything is better than that old principal chick raising sod taxes on everyone. This is the sort of change needed in Oak Park, IL, a one of the blue, way outside the box type of person that can come in and demoralize the status quo and shine light on the entrenched idiots that are in local government today and do what is really needed to look out for the residents of the village.

Hopefully Oak Park, IL can take this as a hint to vote in new blood and do not let the April 2nd elections be an end of demanding change. I hope people get tired of bitching about changing things, tired of complaining about traffic, parking and taxes and vote in people who will get things moving. Moving into the right direction for the village itself.

Here is the link that shows the results:

https://elections.suntimes.com/results/

Oak park, Il where even the Local high school is involved in racial suppression

Welcome to Oak park, Il where even the Local high school is involved in racial suppression when it comes to freedom of speech. Organized as a day of remembrance for Trayvon Martin’s death on February 26th students marched as they wanted to exercise their first amendment rights. We have seen these countless times across the country recently with other protests. Whether it was about school shootings or to remember victims of injustice and of course you will get people outside the organizing body to support these actions in one way or the other.

In Oak Park, IL some faculty members actually supported the students in their efforts to protest and were placed on suspension. Now, Oak Park and River Forest High School can state that it is their prerogative to suspend these employees assisting in organizing the march although the School could have used this as a teaching moment to all sides of this issue as a way of peacefully voicing opposing viewpoints or just exercise (again) one’s First amendment rights. However, OPRF went to the extreme and went totally fascist on the assisting employees and suspended them. Now you may think that was the right thing to do however it was not.

All it did was add increased racial tension and divide into the school’s culture, great job school administration! Plus, it gave the Oak Park, IL community and now, River Forest, IL a worse black eye (no pun intended) as a community of racial intolerance ready to stomp out dissenting voices if you work for a system that is espousing views of tolerance however acting with a degree of bigotry. It also increased the school’s time in the local news, not due to the excellence of its academics but for racist graffiti, shit like this, etc. tearing down what possibly most residents move in the village for when they have kids: a reputable school (institution) for their kids to graduation from.

But, they are left with this mess of oppressing dogma, the students in solidarity of those staff that assisted them arranged a sit down to not only exercise their first amendment rights but to shine a light on this injustice as well. If OPRF is fine with silencing these employees who else or what else might this institution be willing to silence to keep things in order or “safe”. No, this is merely something that came to the light because students have had enough for how they are treated in Oak Park, IL. Looked down with suspicion, tinged with racist overtones, the students obviously had enough and most likely so did these employees.

The only reason one can possibly fathom that these employees would jeopardize their jobs is if they were subject to the same type or behavior from the residents of Oak Park, IL as these students. It is easier to support something that you can believe in if you have been impacted by it directly as well, something that was lost in this entire episode. Most possibly by the OPRF high school as well, considering how they operate, “teaching the minds of tomorrow” no wonder why Oak Park, IL is headed on a downward spiral. If these are the actions exhibited in comparison to the values (supposedly) championed by this community, if there is no grasp on reality of how things really are, there is hope, no future here, and then hate does have a home… here in Oak Park, IL

This is the article talking about the school putting employees administrative leave and the sit in that followed:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-students-stage-sit-protest-staff-suspensions

Here is article from a Chicago news outlet talking about the staged sit in even further and the other issues plaguing the school:

https://wgntv.com/2019/03/04/oak-park-students-stage-sit-in-say-school-staff-suspended-for-supporting-protests/

April 2nd election, racism and reality

I was reading this candidate’s bio for the April 2nd election for Oak Park, IL and one of the main things that hit me was the fact she believed that racism was a main problem in the village of Oak Park, IL. Besides losing shared values and Economic classism these are three things that Oak Park, IL has shied away from facing. And to the point this candidate understands the overall decisions and attitude that Oak Park, IL has and has made impacts the village and the communities around them.

The truth is seeping out on how the established residents here, in their “open-mindedness” are really not as such. To see that others are speaking out about racism here in Oak Park, iL and running on eliminating it or fighting against it at least is refreshing. It is a shame that it would be someone that most residents would consider an outsider that is leading the fight to save Oak Park, IL from itself, save its values and how the rest of the area perceives it. In the end it is not words, or little signs in the front lawn that make an impact it is actually actions that do.

To have a candidate run upon changed the narrative on how Oak Park, IL defines itself speaks volumes. That Oak Park, IL may have a chance is reversing the downward spiral that it really is in. What Oak Park, IL does not want to become is a place or area that most of the area knows as a “place that you are not welcomed” if you are of color or anything else. What Oak Park, IL wants to become is a welcoming village that has values, affordable housing, affordable taxes, great parking, easy traffic and sensible government. Maybe this candidate can help start the conversation into that direction.

This is the candidate’s profile here:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-15-2019/Arti-Walker_Peddakotla/