“family friendly” Oak Park

There was nothing in the pipeline for a couple of days all of the sudden everyone wants to now be in my face and hangout. Total yuck. I was looking forward to being alone. The surprise of the week or flavor of the month either way I guess I am going to have people over or have people visiting. Trying to find entertainment or a way to entertain people in always hard. Searching for something to do in Oak Park, IL is almost like doing research for a major research paper.

Sounds redundant but however most of the people who come through usually do not want to deal with young kids or go somewhere that closes as early as 9 pm. Both caveats are very hard to come by in this area. Oak Park, IL plays the “family friendly” card way too well, while letting the outer suburbs have the scummy adult theatres and bars to take care of the rest of us. Yeah, I said it. Oak Park, IL is more of a waystation, a place that you leave from than go to, when you want to do some living. The village is almost like that place you throw away those kind-of-extreme fun things to do and just settle down and die.

I do not think I could hit sixty and feel like I can be okay with such a scene. The overwhelming sense of boredom is probably why Hemingway left and so many other famous individuals who became successful and never came back. There is just a lot of blah here and no substance.

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Vintage electrical in Oak Park, IL during the summer

Now that the heat wave has set in, like most people in Oak Park, IL I will be trying my hand at running my Air conditioner and taxing the electric system in my apartment. Oak Park, Il usually has homes and apartments littered with electrical systems that have a mixture or various versions of electrical equipment. You can tell by the electrical outlets, the old two plug outlets or what are called two prong receptacles. If you have any of these old time or vintage outlets in your house or apartment it means you have a piece of shit electrical system that could go back decades. And therefore, will have issues running air conditioners or multiple electronic devices at once in one room or sometimes multiple rooms.

With this type of electrical system, you can be sure that you will easily blow a fuse. Whenever I am looking for a new apartment I ask about the electrical set up and I take a long look at the outlets and light fixtures. All that vintage shit does not help but it becomes a “selling point” when realtors or landlords talk about properties in the area. When you hear that just think of 90-degree days and your air conditioner blowing a fuse for the whole apartment and you do not have access to the fuse box. Add to that make it a Sunday, mid afternoon and you have to call someone to either replace the fuse or fix the electrical issue on this hot ass day, when people all around your area are probably having the same issue. It does not make you “love” that “vintage” electrical set up at all.

All the surge strips in the world cannot help me now, so now I am trying to figure out the next steps. Mainly, I am looking at low watt portable air conditioners, using plastic to seal off the windows to keep all the cold air in. Actually, I have doubled the plastic on some windows, that way the old ass crappy windows that are a part of the building will not leak as I have the air conditioner on. The part I hate? The electric bill during these months because they will be massive. Hence why I am thinking smarter this summer and not merely throwing my money out the window because Oak Park, Il and its old ass building codes (construction) does not become a hindrance to me.

Blogger issues for Oak Park, IL blog

I hate Facebook and Google. I tried to post last week’s postings on Blogger via Google and got the runaround. I need a verification code to get in the account, but it came like 4 days later. Therefore, today I am going back and logging in, and rushing to put those four posts on today for the only two people who read the blogger version of this blog.

Its almost as if Google/Blogger wants to meet Facebook in being outdated. I have had a lot of issues with Google, more than I have had with WordPress. And when it comes to Facebook, its just a mess and I have not been on it for a while. The worse part about it is that WordPress no longer works in conjunction with Facebook, therefore I have no real reason to check it. Making that program/app obsolete as well. I think that when it comes down to it, I keep the Blogger account just as a back up to the WordPress account.

Over obsessive, I guess.  Therefore, that is why these posts are late, and now you can see why posting anything on a blog can be a challenge. Creativity be damned coming up with new blogs all the time is hard but when you have technical issues added to it, one’s hatred for the technical becomes apparent. And the challenges mount and become evident to everyone.

Getting out of Oak Park, IL this summer for fun

Now that sun has been out for while I plan to get out more this year. More downtown and south suburb travelling. Events, getting some sun blah blah, I would look to see what events are happening in the village but the logistical nightmare of parking and travelling through is just depressing. The time and amount of effort it takes one might as well go downtown, downtown Chicago that is. I do not want to be what I complain about and basically be a bitch. But… I rather not be at event in Oak Park, IL dealing with the pretentious village idiots or their spawn.

Unfortunately, we all get to see them everyday as we leave our homes to go to work, the grocery store, etc., and basically that is enough for me. There are a couple of things going on, but who cares? I rather go the Taste of Chicago this year or just hit the beach. I know that seems sassy, and its not a hatred but more like disgust. I know there is something else to go be reading is fundamental. So, I found an article called: “The 55 best things to do in Chicago right now” on TimeOut Chicago.

I believe that this article will help anyone in the area find something to do, that is not in Oak Park, IL. And the list of things to do is great for those who interests vary. In this case instead of complaining, bitch and moan I found a solution to my boredom and disgust of Oak Park, IL. Now I know there might be some maggots who upset me but I think that percentage wise per person of being annoying as hell I think that winner of pissing me off will go to Oak Park hands down every time.

This is the article discussing the 55 things to do in Chicago:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-in-chicago

Driving off the 290 into Oak Park

The Eisenhower is now under construction and limited to three lanes, going to downtown Chicago. So why is it that the lanes going west to Harlem Avenue takes over twenty minutes to navigate from the Laramie exit of the I-290? Is it that the residents of this area, the village of Oak Park, IL just that feeble when it comes to driving that going the speed limit is just something that is impossible to achieve? As I drive through Oak Park, IL I see a lot of crappy driving and not because people are driving and texting at the same time.

The issue really is the driving skills of the average person in the area, distracted and slow, it is a low worse than the south suburb drivers I dealt with years ago.  In that area, the people really do not have anywhere to go when in comparison to Oak Park, IL and the surrounding areas. Plus, with the amount of access to various ways of transportation to events, places, and landmarks you would think that these bad drivers would be a thing of the past. The village is always trying to push a bike or walking initiative. Events to celebrate the village’s past and present, group activities, etc., etc., all of these things should make the drivers who exit I-290 going into Oak Park, IL a little bit smarter, efficient and faster.

However, that is not true, and these drivers just annoy the shit out of me and others on the road who can easily reach the 55-mph speed limit. You know those drivers who can navigate the expressways with other (similar) drivers in the metro area and beyond to get from point A to point B and vice versa without trouble and in a timely manner. Who the hell are these other drivers who need more driving classes or maybe to have their licenses taken away from them and in exchange are given a bus or CTA pass? Why can they not just get the hell out of the way?

All black + at night + in Oak Park, IL =stupid

Okay before I rant off without any sense or manners, I was out around 10:30 pm on a Friday driving through Oak Park, IL on various streets to get home. Therefore, I was kind of tired, like anyone else who would be after a 40-hour work week and at so late in the night. Okay, now that is out the way… what the fuck?!! Is it me or are some of the residents in this village simply bereft of common sense? What is the deal of walking around or running (for exercise, I guess) at this late at night wearing ALL BLACK on???

Not just walking or running around in all Black gear but also jaywalking or travelling against the light. Meaning if I have the green light as a driver in a thousand-pound metal box, you as the runner or walker should not be thinking:

  • “Hey, I can beat that car”

 

  • “Oh, they see me even though it is dark as shit because Oak Park, Il has low wattage street lights and I am wearing all black”

 

  • “If this driver hits me it’s totally their fault and they will have it on their conscience for their rest of their lives”

 

  • “There’s no crime in Oak Park, IL at night so I am safe to be the only one to walk/run around here in this pitch-black area at night. I’ll be fine”

 

Fuck no to all of those. I pulled over at different points of my journey back to my apartment from Chicago (which is well-lit) to take a couple of pictures with my phone of how dark it really is in Oak Park, IL after 10:30 pm. Just in case the majority of the village, they can see what the village looks like at this time, as it seems, the majority goes to bed at 8 pm. Like some type of purge curfew, the streets are basically deserted and walking/running around at night in ALL BLACK should be frowned upon.

If these morons get hit by a vehicle we all be outraged right? Yeah unless you know the time of day, who had the right of way and outfit the person who got hit is wearing would you think otherwise. Some people will still disagree unless they are in that situation. I try to be diplomatic when I hear about accidents happening with pedestrians getting hit by a motor vehicle but its times like this that makes me less likely to have sympathy in the near future.

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Do not be disabled and try to get around downtown Oak Park, IL

So now there is limited disability access to Oak park’s downtown, the construction downtown has become an obstacle for many trying to navigate the area. The intelligence of Oak Park officials at work here, has both sides of sidewalks for Lake and Forest closed not only for pedestrians but for those with disabilities as well. Unfortunately, now everyone has to walk in the streets and nearly get hit by passing cars due to the fact Oak Park, cannot manage simple project management implementation.

The yearlong project in this area has about a couple more weeks to go, with signs informing the public are “clearly marked” sounds like a complete standard cop out. Administratively the village has done the bare minimum as required by law, and that is all that can be expected. I am not sure why anyone can believe there will be anything more from this village administration. Total scrooges the lot of them. Thinking that they will give any resident the time of day to give input or have their concerns be listened to.

As I always said the machine that is Oak Park, IL and their construction plans all over and amongst the village is inept. Why does it surprise anyone that you need to risk your lives to merely cross the street? Only in Oak Park, Il is the greed of the few overweighting the needs of the many.

This is the article discussing the issues at Lake and Forest in downtown Oak park, Il: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/construction-in-oak-park-creates-added-obstacle-for-residents-with-disabilities/

Traffic on Oak Park’s bridges

As I stated before traffic is a huge problem here in Oak Park, IL now unfortunately someone has pay for it with their life. The bridges over the I-290 are nothing to play with. You really cannot even blame the driver in this case when reading what happened it is obvious that someone was just rushing to get home and did not see the car.

These bridges are often hard to navigate, and it is no surprise that this has happened now what to do to remedy this problem, is unknown. I have driven through Oak Park, at different times of the day and because it is so congested, many drivers go above the speed limit while many pedestrians believing that these drivers can see them take a chance walking in front of the aforementioned cars. I have done it in downtown Chicago, but I think because it IS Chicago that my awareness is heightened. Meanwhile in Oak Park, in this shitty little village my guard is let down because one believes the false sense of security that the village impermeates into our brains.

Even it reshapes the entire village there must be changes into the walkways, bridges, streets and sidewalks of Oak Park, IL to sensibly construct a village that can be safely travelled. So that accidents as this will not happen again.

This is the article discussing the accident of the Ridgeland bridge:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-11-2019/Oak-Park-man-dies-after-being-struck-by-vehicle/

 

“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/

Frank Lloyd Wright addition

Uh oh so they have decided to add on to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home. Adding a visitor’s center to the area and an educational center now this sounds great for tourism however we know the underlying feeling of some people here in the village of Oak Park, IL.  It may “destroy” the ambience of the house that Wright built, they may say. But is it about time that the village start acknowledging the landmarks of the area and building proper facilities to handle the traffic, foot and otherwise.

As a resident of Oak Park, il it should be well known or publicized of such plans so that we know of how the village may plan to modify other high traffic areas as well. Surely property owners in this area and other areas in the village may want to take note in cases the village uses shady means to get their way in matters like this or even make decisions that can destroy the overall “vibe” of the village. Such as increasing property costs or giving way to structures that look out of place in the area, causing home values to go down due to the new ugly monstrosity sitting next to it or down the block. As we all know you cannot place a “for sale” sign on your lawn, you do not need a “visitor’s center” to further discourage buyers looking for a home to buy in the area.

Me? Thank god I rent. This type of issue is not a big problem in the way of home values, taxes, etc., however I did see something like this coming and more is on the way. In the village of Oak Park, there is so much improper city planning, it is not even funny. Something like this is highly likely to occur and become common place as the village smells the money to line its pockets there will be a lot more to come, in the ways of construction and other types of actions to ensure that Oak Park, IL will be changed forever. And not always for the better (i.e.: downtown), that “homely” charm that once existed is going the way of the dinosaurs and this construction of the visitor’s center near a Frank Lloyd Wright home is just the start.

The article talking about the construction of the new visitor’s center:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2019/6/17/18682203/frank-lloyd-wright-home-studio-oak-park-visitor-center