Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park IL

Val’s Halla Records may be closing at the end of the month having “financial troubles” for awhile the store a fixture in Oak Park, IL will most likely be missed. I have always driven past the store in the little arts district that it resides in. It is kind of hard to find parking in the area. Well at least for me. I am not sure if that added to its decline or the fact a lot of music went digital. But either way, if you are a fan of vinyl you need to go quickly to 239 Harrison St in the village to get all the products you can get before the end of the month.

Here is the short article discussing Val’s Halla Records’ fate:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment-and-culture/2019/11/10/20955280/record-store-close-oak-park-vals-halla-records-vinyl

 

Snow removal parking plan in Oak Park, IL

I always forget that when the snow falls Oak Park, IL to watch out for tickets! If there is a two-inch snowfall then the village’s Snow Removal Parking Plan goes into effect and therefore main streets must be cleared, and the influx of traffic on other streets increases.

Meaning it becomes harder to find a parking spot. And do not try to park in a spot that is already shoveled out, I did that by mistake once and got a “hey golly!” for my troubles. Seriously. Then on the side streets, it’s parking on the side of even-numbered address on even days and parking on the side of the street with odd-numbered days on odd days. Just the dumbest shit ever. And yes, I have gotten a ticket or two, for not remembering the odd day-odd parking placement requirement. This happened once when I had a day off and just slept in for the day. And the other times was when I was bedridden sick and could not go out into the cold.

These type of parking games is just infantile. I bet it probably stresses the shit out of seniors who still drive (and park on the street) when winter comes to Oak Park, IL. Because it sure unnerves the shit out of me. Plus, this type of arrangement makes me wonder why there is not an emphasis on building parking garages for rental properties or just residents in general to combat the need for such stupidity.

This is the parking rules verbatim from the article:

 

Main streets posted as snow routes must be cleared of all parked cars. These include Augusta Street, Austin Boulevard, Chicago Avenue, Division Street, Garfield Street, Harlem Avenue, Harrison Street, Jackson Boulevard, Lake Street, Madison Street, North Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Wisconsin Avenue from Madison Street to the emergency entrance of Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Non-snow route streets allow parking between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses on even days and the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd days.

Designated commercial parking areas as posted follow the odd/even rule between midnight and 8 a.m.

Snow parking rules do not override other parking regulations, such as time limitations and prohibitions.

Vehicles parked in violation of the snow restrictions are subject to ticketing and towing.

Map of snow routes where parking may be prohibited during a major snowfall

Here is the link to the article talking about the Emergency Snow removal Parking rules:

https://www.oak-park.us/news/snowfall-can-trigger-parking-restrictions

Oak Park, IL is violent af

I recently was doing a search for stuff on Oak Park, IL for the Halloween Season because it’s so boring here. And I used Google which had a list of questions that was frequently asked on the site. The site question was: “Is Oak Park IL safe?”  LOL Really people are we trying to find out if this hippie-fascist village is safe? At this point it is a foregone conclusion, especially if you are reading this (you are still alive).

But according to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) you have a one to thirty-two chance of being a victim of a reported crime. Yes, I said reported crime, because not all crimes are reported. Taking into the basic population of Oak Park, Il around 51 thousand people that is a not a good statistic most of these crimes are property related. But the village average of violent crimes is higher than the state (Illinois) average of violent crimes, averaged out to 348 violent crimes per square mile in the village.

Meaning that Oak Park, Il is not as safe as it appears to be, the village might as well integrate with the Austin area and bring down its crime rate. Hahahahahaha! Wild wild west: Oak Park, IL. And now you wonder why people do not want to live in this dusty lawless little burb. Do not believe the hype.

Here is the website with Oak Park, IL statistics:

https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/oak-park/crime

On leave….

Well think what you may a person is innocent until proven guilty. Of course not in Oak Park, IL when a teacher is given a “leave” under “unspecified allegations” ..wow.  Great wording so if the person is guilty, we think “knew it” because such wording strengths our bias, if they are innocent this statement still affirms that the person is guilty of something. And when it comes to kids we always think the worse i.e.: referencing gossip in a letter to parents always helps create MORE gossip than it should.

It seems to me that is how Oak Park, IL deals with a situation like this: 1. tell everyone not to gossip, 2. keep everyone in the dark and 3. then go on like nothing has happened… these are the leaders making decisions to help educate the next generation people! Racism in the school? Let’s shoot out a letter saying there’s no racism in Oak Park, IL, then everyone, move on. Poof problem solved. Not saying the teacher is guilty or not, but this does not help with this situation or if any scenario any of us thought of in regard to this person being placed on leave in the future. I mean, it could something as tedious as lying about certification, to knocking little old ladies down in the park. Fueling the imagination and dealing with it in an unprofessional manner does not help the situation at all. But rarely in Oak Park, IL when the shit the fan does anyone act with any sense. Of course, we may say that happens anywhere, but that too also adds to the problem not solve it.

Here is the link discussing briefly about the “leave”:

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/oak-park-river-forest-high-school-teacher-on-leave-561442031.html

Marijuana Town Hall Meeting October 2nd

There is a Marijuana Town Hall Meeting October 2nd at Julian Middle School 416 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60302 the groups throwing this little event sound like they just want to bitch about how the devil’s lettuce is going to impact their little village. Not acknowledging that most of their kids are probably smoking it anyway. Having a meeting or town hall in a school seems like a lot or a way to stokes the fears of parents and residents that placing the meeting in a school will highlight the dangers of weed. Or even maybe stoke their fears when it is unnecessary. Most of the suburbs that do not want the ability to sell recreational marijuana obviously have other illegal drug issues and are fairly famous or well known for having a reputation as a place to get the hard stuff.

Therefore, rejecting marijuana on the basis of unfound fears is just silly. Whatever these groups have in mind is probably going to limit how it is disbursed and sold which will in turn limit the revenue that the village can bring in and thereby relaxing the taxes that residents pay on an annual basis. For a place that espouses that it has a hippie flavor or outlook on the world but to turn around and have such stogie or old-fashioned ideals is crazy. Like ex bitch crazy.

Surely, the market of marijuana recreational sells is excellent so that Oak Park, IL can have another source of revenue and another way to grow small businesses in the area. This will also reduce the taxes upon the other established business in the area and extend their profit margins. Also, having a marijuana market in the area will bring some life to this boring ass village and that is desperately needed.

Here are the sites that were posted to announce the “meeting” at Julian Middle school:

https://oakparktownship.org/2019/09/marijuana-town-hall-meeting-october-2nd/

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/calendar/event/20191002/650801/marijuana-town-hall-meeting

“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/

OPRF students help against domestic violence

I recently read an article about students from Oak Park River Forest raising money to combat domestic violence because they were inspired by a speaker after a domestic abuse survivor shared her story at a school event. Specifically, the student members of the Business Club raised $400 for Sarah’s Inn which is a local organization that assists families that are impacted by domestic violence.

Two fantastic things here, first, with all the news recently about kids and Oak Park, IL has been about racism, yearbooks and such it is great to know that there are some great kids out there. Young adults I should say, that will take the lead against issues that face everyday citizens such as domestic violence and try to do something about it.

Second is Sarah’s Inn to know that there is such a resource within the village is great to know about. It is not really an organization one finds out about unless you are in a situation that you need to find an organization that can help you of your plight.  Sometimes we might hear of an organization like this from media outlets and its usually because the organization is having a fundraiser to gain funds for their everyday operations that we only know about it in passing. Therefore, we do not register that an organization like this exists within our area and could still use the assistance of everyday people like the student of Oak Park River Forest’s Business Club. The same Business club who came out in a big way Kudos!

This is the link to Sarah’s Inn, here victims of domestic abuse can find the help and resources they need in the Oak Park area:

https://sarahsinn.org/

Here is the article talking about how OPRF students are raising money to combat domestic violence:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-11-2019/OPRF-students-raise-money-to-fight-domestic-violence-/