Free Comic Book day in Oak Park, IL …fucking yuppies

So I goes to enjoy free comic book day with the nephew this past Saturday, and take him to the local spot in Oak Park, Il probably one of the better places in the City: One Stop Comics. The main guy there, Rick helped me once when I was trying to figure out what to buy my nephew who loves the Avengers’ and Captain America movies. Plus, I am always trying to make sure he reads a lot so that he does not become another statistic who cannot read jack.

Judging by the foot traffic on free comic book day this is a big day for the store and they offer one free book per customer, then two free books if you buy something and three free books if you buy over $20. I love getting something “free” however I am not one of those people who does not know marketing and economics the books must come at a cost to the store and as a local I want to make sure I do my part and buy $20 plus of books to not only get the maximum of free books but support a local business.

I know, where is the bitching about anything or something? The problem was, of course, the yuppie ass parent who just came into the business to get a free comic book and leave. Yup, saw it myself, as we were trying to get to the free book display, there was a crowd of parents simply standing there, talking. Just motherfucking talking. Not getting a book and then finding some additional items to accompany the free gift this store was giving away, not trying to spend a couple of bucks to keep this business open for the next free comic book day.

Just standing there in the fucking way, I literally had to get in the personal space of three different parents like they dropped the soap in prison to have them acknowledge they were in the way! “sorry!” Come on you know this is not the place to have a PTA meeting take that to Starbucks, and leave the free comic books for the people who love comic books like my nephew and put a couple bucks into the local businesses in the village. What burns my ass, even more, is that these are the same people who will whine that there are no small businesses in the area and all the big box, big chain companies are taking over and changing the aesthetics and culture of this village. Well, how are small businesses supposed to exist if you only take from these businesses and do not put the dollars back into the community and businesses like this one? Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

What burns my ass, even more, is that these are the same people who will whine that there are no small businesses in the area and all the big box, big chain companies are taking over and changing the aesthetics and culture of this village. Well, how are small businesses supposed to exist if you only take from these businesses and do not put the dollars back into the community and businesses like this one? Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

Here is the link to know more about Free Comic book day and find stores that are participating:

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Taco Bell in Oak Park, Il

OMG so Oak park, IL is going to get a Taco Bell?? Awesome, for my late night tummy, but not for the historic sensibility of the area or its residents! Right on Madison Street too!

I see by the comments that the residents understand what type of impact that this restaurant chain moving into their area would mean for the village, in fact it destroys the “look” of Oak Park, Il and the chance for smaller businesses to have an opportunity to come in and grow. But what the hell, since the Mayor and Village board love selling Oak Park away and the residents allow it to happen everything is cool until it brings unwanted streams of traffic, destroys the parking structure in the neighborhood or bring unwanted violence from the people driving through Oak park, Il and wanting that late-night taco fix.

Geez, I have to go all the way to the Forest park, IL Taco bell for grub and those fools look shady in that mother but can fix a mean taco. The resistance to this new Taco bell reminds me of the resistance facing the new Taco Bell being introduced in the Pilsen area. The residents crying about “authentic flavor” but like the new location in Oak Park, IL the sites for development each have been empty for years. So instead of crying about some chain coming in and ruining the ambiance of the area residents should have worked to get smaller businesses into those spots, so Taco Bell would have no choice but to go elsewhere.

Quit crying this is the new Oak park, IL if you are going to do nothing but cry about it and vote the same idiots who ruin your peaceful little village, then don’t worry about it

Here is the article discussing the new neighbor on Madison Street:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-27-2017/Taco-Bell-headed-for-Madison-Street-in-Oak-Park/

Taco bell in Pilsen:

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170405/pilsen/taco-bell-is-coming-pilsen-area-some-neighbors-are-insulted

Oak Park, IL related: Meijer leaving the area

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:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-meijer-melrose-park-berwyn-closing-0322-biz-20170321-story.html

Goodbye Oak Park, IL Metra Station

I am not really crying a bit about the Oak park Metra station closing every time I get there in the afternoon there is hardly anyone “manning “the window so who really cares? This station only generated $28k in sales and Metra states the Ventra app is now taking care 30% of the sales for rider tickets. Whatever the fuck ever. Oak Park has one operator one window

Oak Park has one operator one window downtown Chicago has.. well you get the picture and Metra has to close a location??? No shit sounds like bad business decisions not different options to purchase tickets. I am very glad that they are taking away this option from Oak Park, Il other locations that know how to use these types of resources need to be able to grow. The people won’t miss it until its gone as per usual, then oh well, it is too late.

Here is the article talking about the closing on March 30th: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-metra-tl-0330-20170323-story.html

Oak Park, IL is just shitty compared to other burbs

After the shit on Friday, I was like I will hang with my friend Sarah on the weekend and I was like in heaven, it was nice out and very quiet in her area. Now I see why Svengoolie always says “Berwyn” people are not up your ass being noisy and wanting to tell you what to do. The big plus also there is that I saw maybe one person walking their dog in a 5 block radius, wherein Oak Park, Il you cannot even go outside into the courtyard to see a dog and its owner. Oh also to step in dog shit.

The neighbors are quiet in her apartment building, I would characterize their behavior as if almost like they were trying to avoid contact with other people. We took out the garbage went to a local bar, okay, okay, two local bars “persuasion” and another one (too lit sorry). We picked up some White Castles after we got wasted and it tasted like mana from God, it was so good. It was crazy because there were businesses that were open past 10 pm!

Like for adults to actually go and hang out, unlike Oak Park, IL where the commercial businesses are aimed towards kids and retirees. I think the only issues was the town-wide 25 mph speed limit because as you know going through Oak Park, IL even in daylight is boring as fuck, so most of the time you like to speed through to get that drive and life experience over with.

In fact, to get a White Castle to steady the mixed drinks we were getting when we were drinking at my place in Oak Park, IL (because they are no real hangouts after 10 pm) we would have to travel through Most of Oak Park, IL, River Forest and part of Melrose Park, Il to get a few freaking burgers. Therefore, comparing Berwyn, IL (made famous by the Wayne’s World movie) to Oak Park, IL is comparing Apples to Cranberries for fun stuff to do if you are between 20 to 60 years old.

Hell, I know 68 years olds who like to get a great hot cheeseburger at 11 pm at night, so yes, Oak Park, Il is lame as shit. Rent elsewhere, own property elsewhere, party elsewhere just do everything elsewhere, like getting laid; Oak Park, Il is just shitty.

Valentine’s Day around the corner and there’s nothing to do in Oak Park, Il

Well, since there isn’t anything really about Valentine’s day around Oak Park, IL I looked up the History Channel’s take on the holiday so that hopefully you guys can come up with something for your loved one. You can print up hearts and cut them out, laminate and make decorations that way. Also, you can try P-interest to see if there any self-made decorations or gifts you can make if you are on a budget or just show some effort to the person you are giving the shit too.

Here is the History of Valentine’s Day as presented by the History Channel: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

Here is the link to a P-interest search for Valentines Day’s crafts:

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/valentine-day-crafts/

Better Homes and Garden’s Homemade Valentine’s Day crafts:

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/make-your-own-valentines-day-gifts/

Better Homes and Garden’s Homemade Valentine’s Day homemade coupons:

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/valentines-day-coupons-downloads/

I hope this saves your ass because of the lack of Valentine’s day shit here in Oak Park, IL have a good one!

Goodbye Defiant Comics

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.