I am sooo tired of shopping with the reusable bags in Oak Park, IL and Chicago that I have now restricted all my shopping to forest park or Berwyn, you know places that are not trying nickle and dime you for everything.
It does not help my disdain for this village and i allow any seemingly “negative” (notice the quotation marks) comments to be posted on this blog, mainly cause I am sick of hearing that it’s “not that bad”. No it’s not Syria where bombing is a way of life or the Sahara where there is a massive desert in which the temperature alone would make me bitch 24/7. But if you are trying to promote your area as inclusive or a great place to live or visit then follow suit in policies that are incentive driven. That make people want to stay or come here at this point who the fuck wants to be here and is not stupid, crazy, drinking the kool aid or all off the above?
The 10-cent plastic bag tax went into effect I feel like this is just like the soda pop tax where local stores will lose business to other areas just because people will shop elsewhere due to the principal of the thing. I don’t blame them I mean I try my damnest not to buy plastic bags in Chicago. Score one for the environmentalists but score a vote for anyone running against the incumbent in office. Although there may not be a lot of change there will be an intelligent smart few who will remember this shit when at the polls.
And so, it should be in Oak Park, IL where the community already focuses on the recycling of most the items that go to waste. Charging 10 cents a bag is just a way to have people have disdain for the village, and it basically looks like a money grab by the village board. Stupid taxes just look like overreach and/or too much “big” government for everyone. If you were not responsible enough to recycle plastic bags in the first place would this force your hand? Not likely
Instead you will like most of us buy less, only the shit you can carry or like I said before going elsewhere like Forest Park to buy your items so you don’t have to put up with this stupidity. My family recycles a lot ever since we got those little blue bins however those neighbors that did not recycle did not immediately start recycling or even tried to recycle when they received theirs. In other words, taking plastic bags away from these individuals will not make them recycle more but maybe just the opposite.
Instead it may harden their resolve and as I aforementioned go to Forest Park to buy their items and stock up on as many plastic bags that they can. Making the situation and environment worse, or it may turn them off to recycling 100% which is the exact opposite goal or purpose of the plastic bag tax, only time will tell.
I saved some more photos to a Google Plus collection for public use.
“The Forest Park, IL various photos collection”: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/84YWJE
“Construction in Oak Park, Illinois” various photos collection: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wgeVJE
The First collection is my first photo dump of Some of the things in Forest Park, IL nothing really major, just some of the stuff I have talked about in the previous blogs, like FP police, Bed Bath and Beyond, but now including the Repainted Forest Park Circle Avenue bridge next to the Ferrera Pan factory. I took most of the photos travelling through the suburb so they were taken quite quickly, I am just glad they were in focus!
The second one is a photo dump of the Construction near Lake Street and Harlem Avenue, especially near the Marion Avenue side street and adjacent parking lots. Just took a bunch of pictures as I walked through one day onto my way to Jerusalem Café which I talk about in my Yelp reviews.
Again, I took the photos for public consumption use anywhere or anyhow that you may. Bitches.
Whoa so I was running around from get together to get together and it is bad enough I have to travel through Forest Park, IL to get back to Oak Park, IL but now there are extras to make the traffic issues even worse in which suburbs like that aforementioned busy enough but these two added aspects just make it stupid. Traffic issues there are never really addressed but somehow the local governments like to add to the misery of all those who travel in their suburban streets. And somehow the residents of these suburbs just remain silent as unwarranted changes occur all around them. It seems everyone just grumbles about it however when the opportunities to cause change, such as when election season comes about they vote the same way they did before. And in turn giving those idiots in charge a blank check or an arousing “yes” to doing something even more stupid, one wonders when will change occur and what will be enough?
First, of all there is the construction on Roosevelt Avenue from Harlem avenue to Des Plaines Ave, everything is whittled down to a single lane for a while grinding the traffic down to a crawl. All I can really see the construction crews are doing is redoing the sidewalks on each side with new concrete and red decorative bricks. All this bullshit for something that does not help the traffic issues that plague this street.
Roosevelt and Harlem Avenues, of course, are boundary streets of Oak Park, IL and further, the angry drivers feel as they enter the suburb. As if the small parks with parents who let their toddlers slowly walk across the small narrow side streets isn’t enough now you have drivers who have been pissed off even more to this craziness on the suburban borders. I think that these two suburbs should be more concerned about the traffic issues and finding ways to encouraging people to patron the small businesses in this area. However, all this construction does the opposite.
Second, even though it is the Labor Day weekend, there are a lot of cops in this area particularly, the Forest Park, IL cops who cannot wait to give tickets …just because they are bored. Their added presence is supposed to bring “law and order” which is just code for legal disruption of citizens’ daily activities as they travel from point A to point B. Now everyone knows once normal people see the police all of the sudden people want to do under the speed limit and drive like grandmas.
Which sounds great but at the same time is just as bad as the construction on Roosevelt avenue, and can make your trip three times as long due the presence of law enforcement. As I rolled into the Walmart in Forest Park, IL I did notice that once the cops disappeared on a side street from Roosevelt Avenue that traffic started moving a little bit more smoothly. Instead of directing traffic to overcome the issues of the construction the Forest Park, IL police are always adding to the problem, that is if they are not window shopping in Bed Bath and Beyond.
Here is a possible detour map to miss all this traffic and headache:
I remember living in Forest Park, and in every village, town or city you need to buy their funky sticker. Well, this one time I remember I went online to pay for a sticker and waited for a long time. The thing about governments especially local ones is that these idiots have no idea to mesh technology with everyday activities or needs. Therefore, I had the sticker purchased and was simply waiting for the town of Forest incompetent Park to mail me the fucking thing.
Unfortunately, it takes the workers of Forest Park a long time to figure out this thing called the internet, email and all this electronic stuff. Mind you I was recorded in the system as purchasing the sticker in forest parks shitty little computers. So, when the due date came and went I was not worried because hey I purchased the sticker beforehand, I printed off a receipt of the purchase, and of course, anyone working for forest park can see that I did. Well. Not really, so the day came and went.
When I walked down into my apartment building’s private parking lot and low and behold a parking ticket. The ticket was for no sticker at 12:08 am therefore the cops were just patrolling looking for shit to do. Okay, I said to myself I will take off tomorrow and contest the ticket because hey obviously, the cop made a mistake and did not look into the system and see that I bought a sticker, no problem. Therefore, I did my due diligence and scheduled a day off when I got to work to contest the ticket, obviously just a mistake, that is easily solved right?
The next morning, you know the day I took off, was uneventful when I woke up, but when I went to the apartment building’s private parking lot to get in my car to drive down to the town hall, there was a ticket. This ticket was again for no sticker, now I’m pissed. This ticket was issued at 12:05 am, the ticket had the same badge number too. Obviously, this idiot was either getting his numbers for his quota, got a hard on issuing tickets or couldn’t find any midget porn to whack off too.
I grabbed that ticket and get down to fuckin Forest Park city hall to talk to these fucks. The attendant representative whatever behind the desk tells that the tickets were obviously written in error because the system showed I purchased the sticker the town simply had to mail it out. She went to the back to make sure and stated that BOTH tickets were invalid. I noticed a cop was walking back and forth in the background it was probably the same dude who wrote the ticket because he really was interested in what we said.
I asked the rep if it could have been checked in the system she stated that the officer should have checked and knew that the stickers were going out late. Also, she could not explain why I got back to back tickets on back to back days ten minutes after midnight each time. The only explanation after clearing the tickets off my record and dealing with this more than informative attendant I, therefore, came to the conclusion that I was dealing with a broken system in Forest Park and an asshole cop.
When the mail was delivered that afternoon, the sticker arrived, so I went ahead and placed the sticker in the window. Later on, I made an outline sketch of my hand with my middle finger extended and placed it in the window near the sticker. That cemented my decision to leave Forest Park, I really hope that cop enjoyed my drawing.
When you go through Forest Park to get or from Oak Park, IL you enter another type of bland hell. Besides the McDonald’s that is excellent there, Smokin Ms and what was once Defiant comics. There are no real stops, awesome places to hang out in Forest Park (like Oak Park, IL), unless you like cemeteries. There is a fun fact about one of the cemeteries there but that’s for Halloween.
Anyway, I simply drive thru this little shit hole, I lived there for about a year and a half or so I know what I am talking about. You could probably transport dead hookers on the roof of your car at night and you wouldn’t bump into anyone. The town is very quiet, as in dead. Only the cops there are active since they have very little to do. Therefore, you have cops stationing cars at the 7-eleven at Roosevelt Avenue and Des Plaines Avenue and the bank on Roosevelt Avenue and Circle Avenue.
Then you have them just riding around making cop traps waiting for people to do a California roll through stop signs or drivers doing 2mph over the speed limit. Mind you it is not that big a town. The town of forest park is just that, a bunch of bored cops, no engaging nightlife, and another town with nothing cool to do. In one word: Boring. (Did I mention a robust elderly population?) Oh, it also has the CTA Blue Line stop and a ghetto ass Walmart if that’s your idea of fun or excitement, then cool Forest Park is for you. But for me, I will wait about another 50 years.
I looked upon Oak Park as the gleaming city upon the hill when, unfortunately, after living there that image became tarnished. There is no shine to it anymore it has become a lackluster turd next to one of Chicago’s worse areas. That has been the victim of neglect, white flight, Corrupt racial politics (on both sides), economic disparities and no city\village planning whatsoever. It has over the years created an Environment that is a personal hell for some, as a personal oasis for others in where the privileged can practice their snootiness and raise their own fragile egos above the masses, and prove their intelligence to at least themselves.
Mind you I am waxing about, or reminiscing about all this in the gynos waiting room, which seems to be appertained when thinking about this village. I believe it is because like a vagina I live near an asshole or a bunch of them, and sometimes living in that area just stinks. Oh, and only when I get something in me, can I have fun while being there. Basically, yup oak park is a woman’s private area and takes about as much maintenance to deal with, either on a Daily or Monthly basis, there is always something that comes up or becomes a messy situation.
Now I lived in a couple or areas gold coast, Lakeview (boys town) before the yuppies took over, Forest park, Richton park to here. All of those times I moved it was because I needed to get closer to a job or specific cause, however Oak Park, il I moved to due to changes In the condo building I was renting in, so I jumped out of the frying pan and into fire, when I came to Oak Park, Il.
Although I bitch I will not take anything away from this experience of living here because it was a real eye opener, I mean shit what if I purchased a Condo here? I would be fucked, and honestly, I am glad the people of oak park, Il has shown their true colors and did so very quickly, it spared me the pain, headache, and bullshit that comes from owning property in Oak Park, Il and be stuck trying to unload it in a weird market.
So I am glad that Oak Park, Il has become that smelly pussy that cannot be overcome by no amount of liquor on a horny Friday night. It’s that type of cooch that one whiff and you want to run away, the least I can do is spare others the same fate as I.
Now a closing that I am upset about is the Meijer in Melrose Park, just because I do not like to go to the Walmart in Forest Park, Il (it’s fucking ghetto) or the Jewel on Roosevelt (it’s expensive) this store was a welcomed gem in this oasis of pretentiousness. Pete’s is alright but very expensive as well and the aisles are small to the point I am breathing or tasting everyone else’s breath.
The stores that are left do not step up their game and have not felt the reason to do so. Now that Meijer is leaving the area even though it is two suburbs over is was a fantastic alternative to these sloppy expensive stores in Oak Park, Il and in the nearby suburbs. God I will miss their well-lit parking lots that had clientele I was not worried would assault me in some way after shopping for groceries. That is alright I got mace, I will wear my sneakers so that I am ready for giving out some ghetto hoe beat downs.
Here is the article spelling out that bad fucking news:
It’s a shame that as I wrote here before that one of my nephew and nieces comic book stores (Defiant Comics) was in dire straits in nearby Forest park, IL. At least I wrote about it and hoped that people in the comic book community went in to patronage this beautiful crazy place at least once as a result. Something that Forest park, il nor Oak Park, il tries to do is to actively promote the businesses in the area and I tried to at least via this blog.
Which considering Oak Park, Il champions Hemingway as a hero that they would be a village behind a good book store, a book store that leans towards younger readers, you know to encourage learning in the youngsters even if it’s in a close neighboring burb, I mean they do so for river forest why not for defiant comics in forest park, Il?
But no, alas it was defiant comics last day was on December 31st, another victim of 2016, closed forever. I will seriously miss my side discussions with big d and Brian there, but I wish that both communities would have assisted this little business thrive so this would not happen. Well, the area shitty as it is it just became a whole lot shitter, like brown solid dog turds to green dog diarrhea, if you need an example, due to their loss.
I hope the best for them in their future endeavors and to Oak Park, il/Forest Park, Il that know relies on a hole in the wall library on one side (forest park) and a gun totting wild west library on the other side (Oak Park, Il) good luck trying to stimulate your kids learning like this gem, defiant comics did, and fuck you for not recognizing its greatness and significance to the community that now sorely needs it!
P.S.: now we have one less (major) reason why not to shop in either forest park, Il or oak park, Il that is the only “silver lining” here. Take my dollars fucking elsewhere.