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.

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Oak Park, IL residents suing against affordable housing is just blatant…

The funny thing about the Oak Park, IL residents suiting against a project for affordable housing is that they are using regulations regarding height and parking/traffic restrictions for the area. The first thing you think of when residents sue against affordable housing when they state it would bring down the property values is blatant racist. The you look at he excuses they use “traffic” “parking” “construction height” etc. and in a way, you are like: “man they may have a point.

That’s if the height restrictions for the village was not set aside for all the construction near Lake and Harlem avenues and traffic in that area has just gotten worse. So really these excuses are bullshit. You may even state that Lake and Harlem is considered downtown Oak Park, IL and is different from this more residential area but is it really? Then you also have to think when will Oak Park, IL think about the future when it comes to developing the properties in the area?

Is traffic and parking a valid excuse when this is a problem that occurs everywhere in the village already? No, it is a problem because affordable housing brings minorities and poor people to their affluent area. Property values going down because of affordable housing? Maybe. But what the hell is there now? Do a Google search there is an empty lot. I am pretty sure that lowers property values than a huge four-story building.

Therefore, to me again, Oak Park, IL is just showing its true colors. A lawsuit against affordable housing is just a victory for injustice, the one thing Oak Park, IL states as a community they are against. They state and post little signs on their lawns that “Hate does not have a home here…”  Well I think it has found one on Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street.

Here are the articles describing the lawsuit:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-residents-lawsuit-tl-0124-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2lZd63Rszmih8nM5eh6Y-fX1nO6xur7gMcA364O9b2TJD0uQQpDravLRg

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/1-15-2019/Neighbors-sue-Oak-Park-over-affordable-housing-project/

Google map of the proposed site:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Van+Buren+St+%26+S+Oak+Park+Ave,+Oak+Park,+IL+60304/@41.8742668,-87.7940906,3a,75y,222.65h,81.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKZnJeDDwTryTZPqh0m8HIw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x880e349485659ceb:0x81b3b4d4ec0abdca!8m2!3d41.8742776!4d-87.7940525

Going to the Laundromat in Oak Park, IL

I go sometimes to the laundromat because I prefer not to give the building management more money because they too are ignorant assholes plus I see what my neighbors put into the washing machines and it is pure ass disgusting. Dog beds, period stained panties etc stuff you might as well go to a laundromat to see at least you know that those washers and dryers are industrial strength to the point your clothes will take less time to wash and dry.

It is just some of the crazy shit you will see there that is a deterrent. I mean I do get a lot of looks male and female, hey it’s a sign of the times, but it doesn’t bother me as much as when I get the same looks from my neighbors in my own building, where I live! At least at the laundromat I can get in my car drive away, do some evasive maneuvers and hopefully live another day.

In the basement of your own building it is kind of hard to play hide and seek with these fools. At least at the laundromat I have to deal with the privileged only for an hour and leave. Doing laundry in your own building you get those idiots who want to talk you up and tell you how to wash YOUR own clothing! As if you asked them to become your new mother or some shit.

But that is Oak Park, IL where community means you can be intrusive, ignorant, and creepy as fuck to everyone around you because you live there. Of course, everywhere else it is an invitation for trouble or get your big mouth shut, however again, that is the “spirit” of this village. And people wonder why I rather go to the laundromat smh.

“Vintage” Windows In Oak Park, IL

I haven’t written that much recently because I have been putting plastic up on the Windows of my “vintage” apartment. It has gotten warmer in here but such activities would not be necessary if places like this in Oak Park, il would have newer energy efficient Windows already installed. Therefore, I am now climbing on furniture, ladders and everything else to keep the zero below temperatures out being a “vintage” apartment I have higher probabilities of the cold air coming in and me, freezing my ass off.

I really only fault anyone who does not bitch about such conditions because silence is always damning. The directions seem simple until your monkey ads is climbing furniture trying to use this dumb ass sticky tape on the window sill to keep the plastic in one place. I am not an expert at this so I must admit I used half the tape for three Windows with only eight more to go. And I tore a lot of the plastic up while redoing some of the windows. But I think I got this whole process down “pat” as they say, I still have to go downstairs in the cold down the icy ass stairs to do my wash.

Whoever states that this “white Christmas” was great should be beaten with a large stick. And yes, if you watched the news there were some idiots thinking that this was great weather for the holiday. They were being interviewed in each station at 10 pm showcasing their ignorance for the world. Idiots.  All I know is that their “prayers” has me climbing furniture like mount Everest with sticky tape stuck to my ass clinging to some 70-year-old lead painted wooden window frame with one hand and a ball of plastic in the other. Winterizing these old vintage ads Windows to keep the outside, out.

Parking signs confusing? no really?

The idea that these parking signs would help is just crazy, the signs only complicates even further the confusing parking situation that is Oak Park, Il. The idea that you can put all the stupid ass information about the parking restrictions on a flat piece of metal canvas is ridiculous. Even the designer of the sign is quoted thinking that is too hopeful of a mission.

To see that other residents are having a ton of problems with these parking signs as well is fantastic I am no longer feeling alone or half as stupid as Oak Park, Il makes all of us feel. There is no shortage of miscommunication in Oak Park, Il and these signs just add on to the confusion. There are probably many stories of confusion when stupidity is prevalent and widespread as this I wonder if the people who make these decisions ever think these things through.

The village has a survey to allow you to communicate with the village about the effectiveness of these signs. Most of the questions (under seven) focus upon the ability of the readers who see these signs and how well is it communicating the consolidated messages of signs past into one. To me, the new signs are open to interpretation and when that is the case, nine times out of ten, you usually get a ticket for your troubles.

Can you imagine if you’re getting a ticket or not depends upon the interpretation of these crazy signs? If the cops are ticket happy in the first place how much of an increase in tickets issued will come as a result of this insanity? How many people receiving tickets for this approved insanity will change the course of the village of Oak Park, IL doing something that utterly makes no sense?

You can let your voice be heard it is a survey powered by survey monkey regarding the parking signs go here: oak-park.us/signsurvey

This is an interesting article about the parking signs:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-29-2017/These-parking-signs-are-confusing/

Say no to Albion in Oak Park, IL

Totally awesome, finally Oak Park, Il residents have used their collective wits to stand against more bullshit development in the Oak Park, Il area. With the vote going 5-4 to say “NO” to the development of the Albion development is a major accomplishment. Because the money is what talks in Oak Park, IL with this vote obviously the “winds of change” are going another way. Protection of Parks in Oak Park, IL is very instrumental without the green areas
Oak Park loses its luster. However, this is only a “recommendation;” and the village board can still go ahead.
So why is that awesome? Because at least the voices of the residents of Oak Park, IL are being listened to by someone in the planning and development stages. Hopefully, the citizens sue the village board if they go ahead and point to this “recommendation” by the Oak Park Plan Commission to delay the selling of Oak Park, IL to special interests that the village board is okay doing.
If the residents that pay taxes are not okay with this development why is the village board going ahead with such stupidity? Because they are a smaller identical twin government of dysfunctional City of Chicago government that you see dominating the news on a daily basis with their stupidity.
If the residents were smart they would protest this crap on a bi-weekly basis forever and ask/get local media to cover it, the more “light” the residents can bring to this issue the less likely the cockroaches on the Village board will push through such crap. But that is only if the residents who are against this development have the balls to do so, this vote gives them the ammunition to totally stand against the village board.
Now it comes down to putting boots on the streets of Oak Park, IL or will the residents just sit on their asses at home complaining about it on social media, me? I have no dog in this fight I cannot care either way if the residents choose the latter then Oak Park, IL will be just the biggest hypocrites on God’s green earth.
This discusses the decision online:

Oak Park, Il blog related: Back to school

I am back in school for the time being taking about two classes or I have a full-time schedule for the next two terms, this way I can get done with school get the Masters degree in line with getting done with Oak Park, IL tons of writing means I will probably spend more time in front of the computer instead of outside whiffing in the smells of dog shit and pompous attitudes in the great outdoors.

I might use the extra money and or time to get myself ready for another move and update my furniture to things that are more functional and durable. This way it will not break down either inside just be used or during a move like my four-drawer dresser from Ikea. The movers just turned that thing from a thing of beauty to Frankenstein’s monster in less than a couple of hours. Mind you I waxed and shined that thing for a good 8 months and was very careful in using it.

Now one of the drawers’ outer face is scratched and another drawer is just smashed to pieces. That is why I am dipping into my drinking fund to get it right this time, ha-ha I guess I am “growing up” but I just want to make sure that I am not doubling my expenses just to make the apartment look cute in such a shitty suburb. With that in mind, i am going to max out on Bed Bath and Beyond coupons on the sturdy shit, instead of on candles.

I already took the advice of some of my buddies and looked into Ethan Allen (2k for a dresser!) but I am not that interested in that type of investment unless I am certain I am staying in the state. The amount of taxes that are going into effect especially very soon, like getting a house or a condo less of a sure thing than ever.

Therefore, keeping my head down and getting back into the swing of writing for school to finish that up and also to get back in practice of writing for the blog will be more of my focus …well, unless there is a two for one or free drinks option somewhere. Then I will happily fall off the wagon. Toodles.

Modern Construction will eliminate “Vintage” wiring in Oak Park, IL

I cannot believe that the local government agencies allow apartment buildings in the Oak Park area to have such crappy electrical set ups for their buildings. I mean there are outlets from the 1950s or maybe 1930s it’s just ancient compared to today’s standards or the new construction that is occurring in downtown Oak Park. It is so scatterbrained, it is like the village is waiting for a major fire to happen before having on a set of standards.

Of course, these vintage set ups are still allowed because renters buy into the illusion that Oak Park’s culture and acceptance into the area’s community is just to “roll with” it. However, this illusion is now being challenged by the new buildings being built in the area, it shows that the new residents are not accepting these old-fashioned standards. In fact, today’s technology of temperature controls, surge protector outlets, and low wattage lights are all pieces of the environmentally friendly message that Oak Park, Il espouses to masses.

But again, the massive contradiction that is Oak Park, Il there is this environmental holier than thou message or fantasy that is pushed by those disillusional hippies here only to be dashed by the reality of the two prolog outlets that pop up in the various dwellings here in Oak Park, Il. The two standards cannot exist side by side, and the more younger renters that come into the village the louder, the more the voices that will request, that will demand newer standards.

The demand for new technology for dwellings to become environ mentally friendly will become prevalent. Change is inevitable for Oak Park, Il and I for one cannot wait to see it happen. The more people who speak up for modern technology the more likely we will be seeing the end of “vintage” wiring in Oak Park, Il.

Oak Park, IL blog: The “Master key murder” episode supports what I have said before

I was recently watching the ID channel series called the “Nightmare Next Door”, and there was this one episode called “master key murder” that illustrated one of the issues I had with Oak Park apartments. In a previous blog post, I mentioned I had a master key that opened every door in my apartment building, and how after I found out I received nothing but resistance in trying to change the locks too (at least) my apartment.

Well, this episode from the series “Nightmare Next Door”, a promising young woman is hacked into pieces by her crazy stalking neighbor who… Had a master key to the entire apartment building. At one point, not on did he steal condoms from his neighbors but also had a pair of used (had DNA on it) panties from the victim.

Of course, this was only found out with police searched his apartment but it proves my point that sick ass individuals are out there doing the exact same crazy shit I was worried about. The same stuff that Oak Park Apartments representatives thought I was being silly about or just being dramatic about. Those dumb bitches have no clue about how serious an issue, of having a “floating” master key is.

This crime on illustrates why property management companies, should be extremely careful with individual apartment keys, master key, and all their copies. Plus, anyone who rents should watch this episode or research this tragic case to get a heads up. When I moved to my new place I made sure I got new locks on the main door and had extra locking systems put into place so I can be safe from all the freakin creeps out there. The ones Oak Park Apartments think do not exist.

Pop tax in Cook County: Oak Park, IL

So in the area of Cook county, encompasses Chicago, and the neighboring suburbs like Oak Park, Il. Recently the Cook county board tried to put a county tax on sugary drinks to cover a big hole in the county budget. First, it was blocked by local businesses who took the local government to court then crook county won on appeal to have the tax go into effect. This tax increases .68 cents on each 2-liter bottle of soda pop, etc and so on.

Everyone from the crook county commissioner Toni Preckwinkle to that jackass Rahm Emanuel all is championing this tax to fill the holes in their pay to play budgets. There is usually not a day goes by that I see Rahm talking about some new after-school program when the state education budget is not set. Or some other shady ass move like Rahm using tif funds for the renovation of Navy Pier.

I mention all this because even though I am an avid water drinker if I have a party or company over and need to have pop (even for mixed drinks). I have to go far out my way to either will or Lake counties to get my needs satisfied. Meaning that all the local businesses that stated they would lose customer dollars in Cook county are actually correct.

People in Oak Park, Il, for example, are paying for the stupidity of voting for “the machine” that simply does not give a fuck about the taxpayers here. It just adds to the stupid shit people in Oak Park, Il like myself have to deal with from dietary changes, to party supply adjustments, to budgetary eliminations, all so unnecessary if these career politicians were required to balance the budget of our local governments. All of it unnecessary if these career politicians were voted out.

Ps: I have made signs, wallpapers for anyone who agrees. Have fun printing them out and showing everyone how you feel.😉