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.

 

Oak Park, IL blog progress

Hey, gang, I am working on a couple of blogs right now. I am currently working on a jazzier Fourth of July post one more adult, plus I have about five posts for the Halloween season ready basically because Oak Park, IL is so humdrum it sucks. A couple more links and stuff will be in the post so that it will be more interactive, of course, the videos of the parade are still out there on YouTube from last year for the Fourth of July, but what the hell I want to make it fun.

I still have security issues with this fucking apartment just soooo idiotic how shit is done here. If the main door to the lobby does not lock properly at anywhere else the Gold Coast to Forest Park all I have to do is email the management company or landlord and bamm they would come take care of.

But can you imagine having problems with the main lobby, secondary lobby, apartment front and back doors all at the same time?? Yeah, total clusterfuck with GreenPlan management (oak park apartments). Still waiting……. Weeks later.

Plus, I talked to a friend of mine (Sarah) I think I mentioned her in one of my posts she actually escaped Oak Park, IL about writing about her Oak Park experiences here on this blog. Yes, I am enlisting!!!! Because as Sarah said to me once, “Oak Park, IL is a soul sucking, soul draining experience..” HA!

With wordsmithing like that I will happily wait for her to write whatever for this blog (within reason), seeing that most of the people I talk to about Oak Park, have a seething hatred for it, Sarah included, therefore I cannot wait to add her thoughts on here.

Vintage Apartments in Oak Park, IL pt 2 the wiring

What I hate about Oak Park, IL is the apartments and lack of amenities, in this “vintage” shithole being rented out by Oak Park Apartments is one hell of a crazy set up that is still indicative of the time is which the building was constructed. It seems like the building was built in the era between the 1920’s to the1950’s, I mean when you sign the rental agreement they have a waiver that states you do not disturb the paint chips if you see any during your stay because of a threat of lead. In essence, I have ruined the development of any future children I may have by living here, great thanks, Oak Park, IL!

There are a lot of vintage thing is hate while being here, one of the major problems is the electrical setup that is predated before the age of modern technology, like computers and flat screen televisions, probably even ENIAC the computer from the late 1940”s. Yes, I am college educated, so now I am looking at my power strip that has tons of electronics plugged into the one electrical plug in the bedroom I am wondering when is the last time this wiring has been inspected. I mean these walls have more cracks and details than an 80-year-old man’s penis. Therefore, I know that Oak Park Apartments has done very little to update the wiring for safety purposes or check the preexisting wiring for today’s renters.

All this management group has done is got some cheap labor so that they do not have to pay for permits, or union type pay, then had these day laborers paint over the old paint, wipe up the previous tenants’ fluids off the bathroom floor (barely), and maybe, just maybe sprayed for roaches in the apartment before renting it out again to someone like yours truly. Seriously, look at the pictures, the reason I have all these devices plugged into one strip is because there is just one electric plug in the bedroom! Who the fuck has heard of that shit? Obviously, the village of Oak Park, IL does not care either, because there is probably asbestos in the walls too along with the lead and the wiring that Moses himself installed.

Everyone just turns the other way on this type of stuff, (again) obviously so why bother complaining to those who are part of the problem? It’s Oak Park, IL and “we’re artisty and stuck up and shit” who cares if these old buildings are possibly issues waiting to happen and the Hemingway House although built around the early 1900s has better a better electrical system than my apartment?

I pity the poor fool who comes in after me, and has problems with the plugs in this bitch. I am not going to end up a Forensic files story due to the lazy cheap ass apartment management does not know how to get a couple of day laborers rip down a couple of walls and get an actual electrician to put in a couple of outlets while updating the system to current safety regulations. I think they could even do at least one room each time they rent to a new person, and that is very often, besides the bitch upstairs I really do not know many of the people in my building it is like a halfway house instead of an apartment building. Therefore, I want all the electric outlets I can have so that I can add extra light to each room.

So that is a room per year, all the construction and electrical updating can be done in at least seven years. I mean they actually did it for the bathroom all the walls are smooth and the electrical work is up to date, in fact, I have three outlets in the bathroom! Probably, they are hoping my complaining ass plugs in a radio while taking a bath and it “accidentally” falls in. They wish. I just hope someone reads this if the lack of electrical outlets and the threat of old wiring freaks you out well renting here may not be in your best interests. Just FYI.

PS: I have to plug in and disconnect plugs all of the time, during the work week from my curling iron, iron (for my work clothes), hairdryer, etc., it is just a pain in the ass.

Writing for Oak Park, IL blog

It has been hard to write for the blog, work at the job, wash my ass, eat properly, and do schoolwork. It is the schoolwork that is the problem I have one of these passive aggressive teachers who takes offense when you ask questions to clarify about their lecture, or discussion points. When you got Graduate assistants dropping the class, and other older students shaking their heads when they leave the class, you know that this instructor is a clusterfuck. They try to get us to do group work in the class, and I wonder what age does this methodology stop being in play? Because I am an adult and I deal with enough irresponsible adults leaving their dog’s shit in my apartment building’s courtyard without picking it up, now I got to deal with picking up the slack of grown adults to make sure my grade is okay.

Then the instructor freaks out doing all their reminder shit involving the entire group like I did my part of the work and turned it to the rest of the group and the instructor so they know I completed my group work portion. I truly do not understand why the instructor adds me into this shit when my work is on a doctorate level than the graduate level we are currently in. Half of my fellow students, cannot even get the assignments in on time, nor, write more than two pages for major assignments. Truly with this shit going on I come home turn on the Netflix, read the assigned text and write my shit for the next assignment.

I believe that if I do this I will have enough time to cover my ass when my fellow students do stupid shit. Yeah, it is called time management something that my neighbors upstairs have no idea about when playing with their dog at 11:27 pm at night. I never had this type of trouble until I moved into Oak Park, IL bar none, it is like this fucking place is cursed, or spat upon by the heavens above. Probably because of all the dog shit.

Laundry in Oak PArk, IL

Arrrghh So I did my wash and I dried it brought it upstairs from the laundry area downstairs to fold and what is all over it? Fucking dog hair!!!! And I do not even own a dog! Now, I know it’s a public laundry area but man you would think these residents would have some decency to not wash whole dog beds or dog pillows in the regular washing machines with regular clothes. Some people like to go to work looking professional, and not having to worry about dog hair flying off their clothes into the air, in front of bosses, clients or fellow co-workers.

Now I have to use a lint brush and sit here and spend an hour getting all the dog hair out of my clothes when I do not even own a dog to necessitate that I should spend time out of my day to do this! This is one of the reasons I do not have animals so I do not have to do extra measures for cleaning my apartment or my clothes. I have owned dogs before and I have been very cautious and thoughtful of others when walking my dog and cleaning such things as a dog bed (HAND WASH BITCH!). But never have I ever had to deal with such callous disregard for one’s neighbors, what If I was deadly allergic to dog hair and dandruff? Oh, that’s my problem right? Oh but if someone sues these fucking dog owners and the building management because of allergic reaction they are the bad person here? Fuck that.

That’s why I will every time I step in their dog’ nasty dog shit I will wash the shows in the washer machines so they can get the full effect of what their sloppy, lazy ass owning of their dog entails and how it really affects others. Oh and complaining to management that does dick, they cannot even handle simple common sense security concerns let alone do something about this type of nasty ass behavior. Fucking nasty ass people. Really.

This is a link for those of you who face the same shit I do with ignorant fucking dog owners: http://cleanmyspace.com/pet-hair/

Personal belongings are always in front of Fire Exits In Oak Park, IL

Okay how stupid is it when your management company has to send out email reminders that your neighbors should not place their junk in public areas that act as emergency exits during building fires and such, I mean really?

You would think this would be second nature, or people would have common sense but not in my building, The building management Green plan management always sends out the same generic message every time: “Please remove any personal belongings that are stored in the front and back stairwells. There are to be no personal belongings stored in the common areas…

How about sending the lazy ass building maintenance guys to just throw the shit out? On the other hand, they could confiscate it and leave a message stating that the item is in storage and charge the fools everyday like $25 for each day it’s there. Maybe if you know who did charge their asses the fee the village of Oak Park would, i.e. the ticket or citation amount that the village would write the management company for having residents block these exit/entrance ways?

All these special idiots get is a crappy, unprofessionally email from the highly unqualified building management representative, who blandly tells my neighbors not to keep their shit out there. I bet if this was my ass (which is not!) they would just throw my recently sanded furniture (hint hint) out in the garbage, but no just this limp dick email. Bich Plz.

Thank God for Winter it stops the Neighbor from sanding furniture downstairs in Oak Park, IL

I am glad it’s winter because I can have some peace and quiet from my neighbor Meg always sanding her furniture like she is on an episode of this old House with Bob Vila (remember that show?) n the back area where the garbage cans are at the /entrance way to the laundry area and where some people park their cars without any village stickers. Wait I am in an apartment complex right? You ask. Yes, I am so it’s not like it’s her property to go and make a mess sanding furniture and leaving sawdust everywhere e for all to walk in and track back into their apartments. Nor is it her right to block all the majority of the recycling cans by placing her furniture or work area right in front of them. Nor is it her sidewalk to stain or leave wood stain on the ground, basically in the form of an outline of the furniture she painted with said stain.

Yes, with total disregard for anyone there was shit left everywhere and she did not attempt to clean it up! I came home from lunch a couple days in a row I would say basically 8 days in a two-week period and was beset by her sanding! There was not peace and quiet escape from the job on my Lunches there was Meg sanding from what I gathered was early morning to 7 pm at night, basically whenever it got dark.

Now I have to hand it to her work ethic but god damn on two days I took off in that same time period the sanding last from at least 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. That is simply ridiculous unless you have a permit and were actually remodeling something officially and were licensed but this crazy ass is renting an apartment in our building like me!

Here I cannot play my music loud without someone trying to come down and talk shit and the management (Green Plan) backing it up by talking crazy but this straight up privileged chick with the sweaters on her shoulders, upper crust yuppie was just going buck wild outside making noise and destroying the property and, nothing, was, said! That is why I am glad winter is here because that stops all that fucking ignorant behavior (can’t stain in wet winter bitch!) and gives me some opportunities to peace and quiet!

Now if the stupid old cunt and her creepy son can stop playing with their 50 lb. dog at 10 pm at night I would finally be able to enjoy this apartment… oh I almost forgot about the dog shit, so scratch “enjoy” from my previous sentence. Fucking Oak Park, IL is filled with a bunch of crazy bitches young and old that are determined to make this village worse that it usually is.

Oh, I had my friend go downstairs and make a little video of her sanding outside in the back of the apartment I put it on YouTube to save space on the blog account, just click on the hyperlink to hear how loud this shit is! Crazy fucking bitch.

Here is the video on YouTube.com: https://youtu.be/3RpGCAODEOs