“Back on racism” in Oak Park, IL

In the article “Back on the racism-monitor beat “the author states various things that seem ridiculous to most people who do not deal with racism on a daily basis. As you look at the comments you see authors that just do not get it and are simply tired of being labelled as racists and a few of them give a solution to combat racism in Oak Park, IL and do acknowledge it. Of course, theses authors who hate to be called racist forget the happenings at the local school and the racist gestures that contributed to the reprinting of the 2019 yearbook. Which in turn is a cost turned over to the taxpayers. That should be enough to get them off their asshole chairs and want to look into getting the perception of Oak Park, IL being racist changed.

The article no matter how you look at it does start a discussion, about how Oak Park, Il should REALLY look at itself and how it is perceived by others. Now there is that whole “who gives a shit” attitude (anger), denial of the facts, I could go on, but it sounds like I am talking about the grieving process and not how Oak Park, IL looks at itself or is it both? Is there a grieving amongst resident of how the pristine image of Oak Park, IL is cracking under the pressure of evidence, the facts and the truth? The author mentioned the mayor’s poorly written article about Oak Park, IL (…it was, I read it), it does give a look into how the village demonstration looks at the current racial problems in the village and maybe that is part of the problem?

At least this article starts a discussion and gives us all a good look at how there are extreme on both sides of this debate, sides that take somethings to the extreme or are just plainly ignorant of racism in today’s society. Ignorant to the point that they compare “other groups of minorities” to what they believe are superior and infer that (for example) the African American community are too incompetent to do what “the Asian, Latin, and Indian kids…” are able to “figure… out: If that does not say racist I do not what is (thanks for outing yourself). It notes how the village administration has no idea what it is talking about when it comes to dealing with racial diversity and therefore is not the leadership this village needs to get by this challenge and heal as a community. Because instead of giving us this begone era shit it should as one commenter stated come up with a statement about racial equity and get on with it.

It is not Shakespeare or Hemingway, but they are correct. Anyone who worked in a corporate environment or been a part of a great relationship or marriage knows the best way to make things better to work on problems that threaten that relationship or organization, is just admit it the issues and start the building or solution process.  This is what Oak Park IL needs to do just shut the fuck up admit there is an issue and get on with the work. As one of my friend use to say to me: “if there is a large group of various individuals, that keeping mentioning that something is a problem or will become an issue you can be believe it is an issue…” meaning Oak Park, IL can get pissed about being called racist all they want but stop denying there is a problem and shut up and work on being part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

Here is the article mentioning the view of this racial argument:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-12-2019/Back-on-the-racism_monitor-beat/

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“No face pics baby?” Riigghtt

Most people ask why I don’t show my face on social media as much, have an Instagram account or do livefeeds good questions, easy explanation: people are fucking crazy. Well it goes back to when I first started the blog and I started a twitter account for it to increase the avenues to speak of my “love” for this village. However when I started to discuss Hemingway some dude just came out and attacked me, now, to be fair, I think he was selling a book of something, so the dude needed heat or some shit. I simply ignored the asshole because he gave me the creeps.

All the articles or information I had on Hemingway was preexisting and can easily be found online all I did was merely put it together in a format for people to reference or read at their hearts delight in one place. This of course was all before the #metoo movement which the dude would have thought twice about exhibiting such behavior, however it was enough for me to just do the blog on WordPress and blogger and that’s it. Extending it more means more time to this project, and add to that I am not getting paid why bother overextending myself with some dude who wants to argue about facts is just silly.

Argue about facts, facts about Hemingway that have been previously established by authors and historians, to me it just seemed a bit “crazy pants” so I left that dude alone and left the blog stuff limited to just the platforms I have previously mentioned. I definitely do not like having stalkers or nutjobs that feel the need to argue about nothing and for no reason. That is just crazy as shit, and anyone who knows me knows I am only crazy when given a reason. LOL so that is the answer to that question.

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Oak Park IL blog related: Chicago Naked bike ride

I was thinking about the weekend will pan out I am going down to the naked bike ride to see some people ride bikes nude I guess, maybe boo at them. nothing too major. I think they should roll through Oak Park, Il because this suburb is supposedly “liberal” free thinkers” and “artsy”. But I doubt that would fly because some of the people here are hypocrites and state they are all that open-minded crap however could not take a minute of this bike ride event for a moment. Honestly if the event rolled through here I bet it would be met with tons of opposition and protests. As if the 1960s never happened or that the residents who practiced free love back in the day were the only ones who should be allowed to do so, ever.

Of course, that is the thing about Oak Park, IL what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander or however that old saying goes, the people here can be so full of themselves that it would leave you a migraine thinking about it. So, save yourself the time, pain and waste of time that would go into figuring out what such a paradox exists. This is simply Oak Park, IL. They would argue, for example, that the event is not “family friendly” and my thought would be: “So?”” That just limits the chance for event participation by singles, non-parental units or empty nesters who may want to see this event or ride in it. But the status quo must be maintained in this suck area and such fun events excluded from riding through the Oak Park, IL area.

Oh well, no skin off my nose I will take myself, my time and dollars to downtown Chicago, because they are all wanted down there, obviously. Meanwhile Oak Park, IL lives up to its boring status as a village and destination one more time. Wondering why people shy away from here? this is an obvious example that nothing really fun happens here in Oak Park, IL shit and you wonder why Hemingway left?

Here is the website for the event: http://chicagonakedride.com/

The new Target in Downtown Oak Park, IL is getting a liquor license

I think it is fantastic that the new small format Target on Lake and Harlem is getting a liquor license! You can get a bottle and drink before you go into Bar Louie or anywhere else in downtown Oak Park, IL the funny thing about this vote is that the mayor abstained like he is above liquor licenses! But hey he will build high-rises all over the place probably is looking at Ernest Hemingway’s home as a possible area for development too!

 

It is time to bring liquor to downtown Oak Park, Il and show the residents how we party and how we can be just like Chicago. I hope everyone realizes that with this September 5th vote that the old Oak Park, Il is becoming extinct. It is wine time homies! Hopefully Target will be able to sell liquor at all times, and have better prices that the liquor stores down Harlem (at Madison Avenue, for example). I am really glad that the area will be getting more traffic and now liquor whooo great job village trustees to breaking down the old Oak Park, IL and replacing it with one that is being sold out at a rapid rate!

 

Here is the article briefly mentioning the liquor sells at the new Target in downtown Oak Park, IL:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-target-liquor-license-tl-0914-20170911-story.html

Oak Park, IL blog related: Ernest Hemingway quotes

I noticed on imgur that there were some crazy Ernest Hemingway quotes, I found some of them funny as hell. Now I do not know if any of them are direct quotes (this is the internet) but the picture of Hemingway coupled with these quotes is just hilarious! Although there are the “experts” out who will kill this fun for the rest of us, but f them. I am posting some of them on Facebook and here on the blog because I think it is hilarious.

  • “Write drunk edit sober”
  • “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love..”
  • “I drink to make other people more interesting”

Hell, it will make you look smart while unnerving the “purists” who will argue the quotes. On the basis of Hemingway making the quotes it would go like this:

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“If Hemingway actually made the quotes, or not….”

“If Hemingway actually made the quotes, why…. (what circumstances lead to it)”

“If Hemingway actually made the quotes, who were they meant for….”

“If Hemingway actually made the quotes, was it a part of his mental issues….”

As annoying as that is, it IS what I get from time to time, just little ridiculous lunatics proving their brain power, instead of actually getting outside and mingling a little bit with others. People, dogs, pigeons, whatever light the world ablaze with these funny quotes and pictures (memes).

Hurricane Irma: The Oak Park, IL connection: Ernest Hemingway’s Key West house

The Oak Park Il Connection to Hurricane Irma was the Hemingway House down in Key West, you know the house that now has reportedly 54 friggin cats! Now it is stated that Ernest Hemingway got a six-toe white cat once, but how it ballooned to 54 is just freaky. Another thing to think about is the fact this is where Hemingway did a lot of writing, so therefore preserving the site should be of major importance. I mean it is Ernest Hemingway an Internationally acclaimed writer and literally icon.

Was there any damage to the internal working of the house? Were valuable papers and knickknacks safe or if damaged are in a state that they can be easily restored? What are the contingency plans for the staff during Hurricanes as strong as Irma? How will climate change determine the plans to protect the staff or even Hemingway’s personal items in the near or longtime future?

However, “fantastic” Hemingway is, the talk was about the 54 cats! Totally crazy and hilarious at the same time.

I mean even Fox news wrote an article about the condition of the cats, no matter how much of a national treasure any Hemingway fan, or Oak Park, IL or English teacher tells you me is, cats matter more. The interview is interesting as the host obviously did his research on the property and Hemingway. But the Curator when interviewed is a bit off but the interaction tells you a lot of great information but the discussion goes towards the cats. The interviewer magically asks about the smell of the cats in the house HAHAHA. Fun to watch.

Note that the granddaughter Mariel Hemingway (the actress) of Ernest, implored the staff to leave. “What about the smell?” HAHAHA

Mariel Hemingway asking the Hemingway staff in Key West to leave due to Hurricane Irma:

http://pagesix.com/2017/09/08/mariel-begs-hemingway-house-manager-to-evacuate-before-irma/

The Msnbc interview with the Hemingway curator:

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/hemingway-house-staff-in-key-west-to-ride-out-irma-1043168323742

The article about the 54 cats.. do not worry they are safe:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/11/cats-at-hemingway-home-in-key-west-safe-after-hurricane-irma-reports-say.html

 

Oak Park related: Happy Birthday to my “brother”!

To my brother in sin, and anguish Ma Pro happy birthday today and hopefully many more! I have realized how to keep my social media presence to a minimum and eliminate the number of stalkers I have or may have due to him. There are still the idiots who I still have to get back to like on Twitter telling me about their expert opinion of Hemingway (which a lot of people questioned) to creeps who wanted to “hookup” and wanted me to respond to their Instant message immediately and call me a “bitch” because I didn’t. Both could not be as bold in person, on the street, in person without help. But that is beside the point.

When I wanted to fly off and get crazy this was the dude who was like “they are just “jealous” or “have some type of mommy issues” so just ignore them…” in one word: wisdom. Sometimes you cannot allow people who think they are invincible online and want to say whatever to you to get you triggered. And this dude who is FAR more Westside than I am, cooled me off (with the longest tongue I have seen) to get back to business, enjoying the summer and partying than simple little issues.

Plus, when I have tech issues or dealing with Google’s shady shit it is great to have a person who can be a great resource and can reread all the legal crap over and over again till we look at each other like “wtf”?  Thanks, Ma Pro!

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happy birthday:

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The wallpapers are for you xoxos!

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Yeah, Ma Pro fuck you too!

My disdain for Oak Park will never leave

Being a student of psychology, I hate to use labels and psychological terminology. But having lived and escaped from Oak Park, I swear I experience some sort of Post-Traumatic Stress whenever I come close to this town or have to drive through it.  For those who may think that statement goes too far, I beg to differ.

My heartbeat accelerates, my eye begins to twitch, I sweat, I curse, and my anger is stimulated.  All of this, as a result of living in Oak Park.  They say that life experiences can change you.  Well living in Oak Park changed me.  And not for the better.

For as long as I can remember, living out south in my youth, I always looked at Oak Park, through the lenses of an immature child. The full trees, along with the manicured and immaculate lawns, almost always drew me in. Well until I actually stepped out of the car, and begin to walk and experience the streets of Oak Park.

If the stress of avoiding dog poop, like landmines that are almost everywhere are not enough, try living near elderly white women who approach other’s like it is their duty to direct the village. Or how about digesting on a daily basis the name of Ernest Hemingway or Frank Lloyd Wright, whom this town utilizes in every marketing ploy imaginable.

Having had the opportunity of living there, I also experienced the lack of parking (I had to move my car at least two or three times a day to abide by the various parking restrictions), news reports on individuals from neighboring towns (the west side of Chicago) coming to this “precious” area to break into homes or cars, or businesses opening up one day, to be shut down the next (damn I miss Falafel).

It is not the hippie-loving easy going atmosphere that I presumed it to be.  It is overly congested, overly populated (with people and dogs) with know it all’s that embrace a very sheltered form of living.

The idea of “vintage” is actually a management’s office way of not updating the apartments. From my experience, painting already chipped “lead based” walls is not the same as updating the apartment.  But if you like to use the word “vintage” like Oak Park almost always does, keep in mind you may have old broke down living arrangements.  Thanks “Green plan management”!

There are many other great suburbs or towns to live in, that are not far from downtown.  After living in Oak Park, I opted out for one of these calmer cities that do not evoke my anxiety to levels of rage. You may want to do the same or at least consider it if you are thinking “No Park” I mean “Oak Park” is the way to go.

 

Prince Channel (YouTube) playlist: For the 1st Anniversary of Prince’s death

Growing up my parents listened to various artists, however, there were two artists that they always played Michael Jackson and Prince, after awhile of hearing both artists I eventually grow up listening and liking Cypress hill (Westside), Rihanna, and Eminem mostly to drive my folks crazy. However, I always to these two mega artists due to long car trips on vacation or what I thought were long trips as a kid, to visit family. Schaumburg and Norridge are not that far to the adult me!  

But when I forced to listen to one or the other it was always an easy choice: Prince. I must admit I thought this dude would live until 70 something playing guitar and having girls 50 years younger than him dancing around him forever. I did at first like the fact his cussed as a kid and teenager you tend to like the things that buck the system. That and the man had a music catalog that could extend on for hours so this was an easy choice. Although I hear it is an issue of “great debate” to me it is not.

When I heard last year that he died I was like “what?” it was weird to hear a mainstay of your life even if indirectly touched by that person, to all the sudden die. I wonder if this is how Oak park residents of the times of Wright or Hemingway felt, it leaves you thinking there will never be someone as talented or original this person. I am a big lover of guitar work nowadays and Prince is probably the most underrated guitar players on the planet. So in respect of this talented artist I have made a YouTube,com list with some of his best and unknown songs.

Here is the list that is on this link for the Prince Channel I started:

  • Prince “Cream”  
  • Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL – MARZ
  • Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL – ANOTHERLOVE [Official Lyric Video]
  • Billy Jack Bitch  
  • I would die 4 u  
  • Prince 1999  
  • Prince Let’s Go Crazy Kiss in Arsenio Hall Show, 1991  
  • Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others — “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”  
  • Prince – GMA June 16, 2006  
  • 3RDEYEGIRL Let’s Go Crazy Reloaded The Beautiful Experience Aarhus Denmark Aug 72013

Here is the link for the Prince Channel it is only 10 videos so far but a good start: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBTSySTdmLMpMHnc1o2_outBwxgC6KCJz

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Oak Park, IL election 2017: Ballot case not resolved

There is another issue of candidates not being eligible for being on the ballot, of course, more corruption in the tiny little village of Oak Park, IL. Tons of property being allocated for development and no planning whatsoever it makes traveling through Oak Park a nightmare and it seems if the village trustees get paid who cares right? Well, bring change to the village has come a whole lot harder and I am thankful that I do not own property in this bitch.

This little shitty little village has become more and more like Chicago and it does not even know it or want to admit it. Another waste of time for the voters, more taxpayer dollars wasted on court hearings crappy played out election results that will lead to favor whoever the money is behind, sounds just like Chicago!

No wonder most residents are heading south to places like Orland Park or even Schaumburg who would want to stay here where corruption is out in the open? Even the legends of Wright and Hemingway cannot restore this village the respectability that it once had, not at all.

Here is the article discussing the candidates on the ballot who may or may not be eligible:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-28-2017/Days-away-from-election,-ballot-case-still-not-resolved/