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.

 

Multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL… there’s some not a lot!

I have discussed multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL and how some say they want it but resist change, that is part of why Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in America. Recently without much fanfare, there was a multi-cultural event in Oak Park, IL yes, that means someone is doing something about the inclusive nature here and presenting the various types of cultures to the people of Oak Park, Il. No matter what. I would like to see events like these get the “hype” like the “Hemingway” area does or special events like the “Wright runs” that occur time to time.

Now at the Oak Park library, they have acquired an article of multicultural significance for people (educators mostly) to check out and present to the public, and recently they had the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day at Julian Middle School with a collection of the acquired material on display. Usually being an adult, and with no kids except nieces and nephews I do not pay attention nor know about this type of events that happen on school grounds. However, I am glad there was a slight mention of this type of event because of the area of Oak Park, Il needs more exposure to various cultures and languages I think it would do not only the kids some good but the older residents as well.

Knowing more about people who are different than us, means we can co-exist with them we can gauge similarities and differences with a level head instead of from a point of moral superiority. Maybe in the future Oak Park, IL will promote this type of event more, so that the people here can grow and understand other communities and cultures better. By opening one’s mind up to other communities one become less inclusive, change the mindset what exists right now, in Oak Park, IL maybe even for the better.

Here is the article that discusses the newly acquired collection and the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/At-Ethnic-Fest,-Multicultural-collection-stands-out/

Increase in Rental rates in Oak Park, IL

It is no argument that renting here in Oak Park, Il sucks the village tries to nickel and dime you for everything as if you own a home here too. However now it seems most rental properties are trying to raise the rental prices in Oak Park, IL LOL and for what??? This is a shitty little village that is getting fleeced out by the minute, half the village that is affected by it is crying a river the other half that is not does not give a shit. But that is okay, charge people sky high prices and they will go elsewhere to Berwyn, Cicero, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, you know better suburbs with better city planning.

With a 9% increase in the rental prices people are no longer looking to come to Oak Park, IL now you may say “who gives a shit” but those are people who would move into the area and spend their dollars at local businesses and buy parking stickers for their cars, you know tax dollars that go to that stupid ass pool at the local school. Now those dollars will go elsewhere, it does not help that Oak Park, IL is losing its mystique as is, no longer the quaint peaceful darling of Chicagoland suburbs with all the development happening around town.

Destroying whatever romanticism, the names of Wright and Hemingway brought to this place now, you have all these factors pushing people out to the point that what really lies underneath the façade of Oak Park, Il really shines through. As a place that you cannot afford, a place of corporate shrills and sellouts, a place that only welcomes you if you are the “right fit” diversity my ass. Oak Park, Il does not want your ass here and it is finally showing it.

This article shows the increase in the Chicagoland area:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-rental-rates-have-skyrocketed-recent-years-report

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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Construction on South Blvd another headache

There is another new development planned for South Boulevard great more traffic problems.  This is another pathway to destruction lead by the same idiot mayor who is trying to have Oak Park, Il under major construction on all major streets without a care to who it hurts. This article clearly states that the direction of this development has not taken into account the tenants of surrounding residences or businesses who would be negatively affected by this construction.

I mean shit you have a psychologist worrying about her “fragile’ patients to worries about developers abusing entitlements and flipping the property to new owners. This is what I like to call a basket full of fucking problems, and the mayor is like, not giving a shit neither is the board of trustees. What kind of soundbite is “I understand the concern, I really do..”  WTF??? That is dripping with sarcasm. I glad this shit is happening its like the people of stuck up Oak Park, Il and everyone else fooled to go along with these idiots are getting the payback for thinking they are better than everyone else. With all their progressive bullshit, with their false pretenses and tell you-what-to-do-because-I-own-a-home-fuckery.

I am glad I only rent and that the village trustees and Judas ass mayor is selling off Oak Park, Il bit by bit, they will probably sell off Hemingway’s home or museum for a high rise next! Logically how do you say you are the hometown of Frank Lloyd Wright with all these crappy tall gothic structures going up all over the place? No, you cannot, Oak Park, Il is slowly losing its identity and I am glad!

Here is the article talking about the South Blvd development:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-715-south-boulevard-tl-0309-20170307-story.html

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/

What about John Lloyd Wright, Oak Park, IL?

Did you know that the toy “Lincoln logs” was created by the second son of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lloyd Wright? This toy was introduced into the National Toy hall of Fame in 1999, and yeah this fool got famous off it and money was made. However, there is no mention of this guy, when he was in fact born in Oak Park, Il and created a really famous product but since he wasn’t a scumbag like his father or jerk like Hemingway he does not get noticed.

You have to give it to the guy for trying to work with his father the guy who although was a famous architect but was a jerk to work with. Oh, plus Frank Lloyd Wright left his (John’s) mother for another woman (Mamah Cheney) even though both were married. However, this is a great fun fact, because it shows that Oak Park, Il really has its priorities really mixed up when it celebrates its “heroes” kinda like Chicago celebrating (officially) Al Capone.

The moral story here is not to recognize people like John Lloyd Wright, John Maloney or even Betty White but Oak Park, IL likes to focus upon those who have major faults. People who usually we do want kids to look up to or follow in the steps of, you know, people who stayed married to one person for a while and not dump them in a horrible way. Yes, John was married three times but at least he did not cheat on his wife publicly and waited a couple of months before moving along. Geez.

An Oak Park Il blog on … A Wednesday? huh?

Posts on a Wednesday?? WTF??? Recently I have been working wallpapers for the blog for the desktop usage to sharing old posts that did not get my attention when this blog first started. All the while I have been working through the class from hell, with the crazy outburst of a teacher gone wrong. I mean just because you have self-image problems do not make me pay for them! I was in there with a blog buddy of mine and did not know it until we started trading stories so now it is a race to complete our programs to see who will bitch about her first on our blogs!

I updated some of my stuff on Facebook I usually don’t post pictures of me or my friends hanging out but we got lit, like bad, so what the hell. I usually don’t post shit like that because it ends up on twitter were old white guys just want to slap women’s pussies or argue with you the finer points of Hemingway like the know it all shits they are (oh I haven’t forgotten you bitch)!

I am also enjoying the changing of Oak Park, IL into new Chicago, my guess is that it is only a matter of time before the village trustees run this fucking village so far into the red that they vote to become a part of Chicago. I mean look at all the construction around Oak Park, this is not what Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned at all, but of course that fucker has been dead for a generation or two. Times a changing and so is Oak Park, Il heh and the residents are freaking out -I love chaos! See ya soon!

Grammarly for Oak Park, IL blog

One of my fellow students told me to get a program called Grammarly to help with the Grammar issues I have with my papers and assignments for class. I was like “I am nearly done with my degree program damn it!” but besides the stupid “passive tone” warning that I usually get when writing this stuff for school it is a fine program better than the spell and grammar check in the Microsoft word program.

I am just stating this because as I go through the Word document that all my original posts for this blog is on, with the Grammarly program you may notice some changes. Meaning that it will sound/look less like how I talk in the posts and be closer to PROPER English! HAHA! So I know I can be ghetto, sometimes. Anyway I want to put that out there just in case, so y’all know you are not going crazy.

Also If you want to say anything crazy about Oak Park, IL or anything Oak Park, Il related stuff like Ernest Hemingway or Frank Lloyd Wright, I can edit it and post it here just do not be too crazy or racist-y and I will put that shit on here. I know most people do not want to go through the work of posting a blog and maintaining one. Writing a post is hard enough then trying to edit it, add appropriate pictures, adding the right tags all that stuff is a job in itself which I can do for you and state a “Collaborator” sign/graphic to it and the name that you want to be credited for the article. Just email me. I may ask a couple of questions but most likely if it is about Oak Park sucking I will put it out there.

Happy Labor Day from Oak Park, IL blog

Happy Labor day I hope this Labor Day since it is my birthday to be somewhere in relative peace and quiet translation: I will not be in Oak Park, IL LOL! I will be away from all the rude stuck up attitudes that look at me and my people “funny” and be somewhere we are wanted. That means we take our dollars elsewhere to celebrate this great event (my birthday) I will not spend a dime more in a village that nickels and dimes the people living it in, myself included; then to only have those people act like they have no common sense or manners towards me!

Labor day is the day of the worker something that Oak Park, IL has no idea about as they as I aforementioned nickel and dime residents out of their hard-earned money and have one of the ignorant parking restrictions in the Chicagoland area. The whole village gives the impression that it wants only a cultural elite like Ernest Hemingway (who again did not like it here) or Frank Lloyd Wright, note they did not recognize cultural icons like Betty White or bill Murphy because I guess they work in fields too low brow for Oak Park, IL, too pedestrian or too simple or maybe just too proletariat for this village.

Well, I thank God for the average worker who pulls themselves up by their bootstraps day in and day out to go to work every day (with the occasional sick and mental days thrown in) to work for their paycheck. Not everyone is a Hemingway or a Wright who by the way was not even born or raised here! I am glad that the Department of Labor has sanctioned this an official holiday so that my friends and family who are not from Oak Park, IL (and thank God for it) can spend some time with me on this special day.

This special day (my birthday) is hopefully a special happy day for everyone who reads the blog and if you need to patronize any areas for celebratory purposes try to make it a non-Oak park, IL day and go to either Chicago, or one of the other suburbs in the area that welcome diversity and your money (i.e.: Berwyn, Melrose park, etc.). I hope you enjoy this day with friends and family or just by yourself Happy Labor day everyone!