Happy Fourth of July!

Try to stay cool and dry, traffic is already hitting its stride and becoming congested. I loathe this type of traffic because it makes getting through the village of Oak Park, Il even worse. But the good smells of Barbeque and freedom should hopefully lessen the blow of the yucky ass traffic of Oak Park, Il. I will try to go to my happy place (not a bar) in my mind and think of the great things I have to be thankful for.
If I find myself having the urge to bitch or shout at a slow ass driver, I will do so with a smile today and maybe add in a “Happy 4th!” at the end. No matter how the day turns out I will make sure that I will get some barbeque in my system even if I have to burn every hotdog in a ten mile radius. Oh I will also but out of the village too, so the day will be a win-win. I have the day off, Friday too (four day weekend), then free food at the family barbeque and time away from one of the jerkiest suburbs in the Chicagoland area!
Win-win. Happy Fourth of July!
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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?

Parking tickets? No problem in Oak park, IL just forget them and be forgiven…

The village cannot get people to pay old tickets from 2004 to 2017. That is news to me because I pay my tickets all of the time. Considering there are nothing but parking restrictions and rules all around Oak Park, IL you would think this is a money maker for the village. But no, the village as one person commented in the article “Ticket amnesty program nets $60K” they were contacted about a few tickets and had to pull out some old cashed checks. Yup, dude had already paid those old tickets and because of the village’s shitty record keeping they tried to charge him twice.

That makes me wonder how many other people, are just victims of Oak Park, IL’s shitty record keeping when it comes to parking tickets. How many people just moved away and left Oak Park, IL in their far rearview mirror, and told the village to suck it with their tickets. How many tickets may have thrown away, out of pure disgust because the parking restrictions as I have aforementioned are so shitty that it is hard to keep one’s patience with the mess called “parking” in Oak Park, IL

I do have to agree that maybe many of the people who did not pay their parking tickets could have been due to socioeconomic reasons, because Oak Park, IL although has “equal housing” does not have equal parking. Getting one of the many types of stickers for parkin in the area is just archaic. I would hazard a guess it is an event praised by old retirees who have a nice 401k. But that is not mirrored by the majority of the population in the country, the area or the village. Thinking that the methodologies of times past is the best practices for the present is very incorrect and foolhardy.

Just forgiving the past tickets of those who did not pay during this amnesty time, pisses me off because again, I pay my tickets. Probably because I think the local enforcement likes to patrol my area and write those little bitches out as part of their day. But if the system is not up to date, and the cost of doing so adding to it the cost of adding these old records into the new system is high as hell… well fuck it! Maybe it is time to update the record keeping system and possibly a lot of the parking jargon that goes with it. Start with a new slate and come up with a new system and set of parking rules that all can abide by.

This is the article discussing the ticket amnesty event and how it did not go well:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-18-2019/Ticket-amnesty-program-nets-$60K/

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/

 

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-/

Oak Park, Il is not cool

I read this article about “What makes Oak Park so cool” it read like an advertisement for the village by a bored writer, who just could not find anything to write about. I know the feeling, especially when it comes to Oak Park, IL it gets very boring and mundane. There is nothing “cool” about that. There is a vague description about various things that Oak Park, IL should take pride in.

As we all know Pride is a sin that can lead to folly, or pride can be something that inspires in this article, it is just folly. Yeah, the writer of this article makes great points about Frank Lloyd Wright and the Lake Theatre marquee but it ends there. The writer even stated that if you ask residents here, they would “roll their eyes” well I am glad while there is a “selling” of Oak Park, IL there is an acknowledgment of the lack of “coolness” of the village.

I love how the article talks about the Mayor yada yada, just because someone has “come up” does not mean they are cool or are a fabric of the community or even have its best interests at heart. I could also go on about the traffic, lack of parking, etc., but there are issues that take away from the fact of there being a “cool” Oak park, IL. Again with these issues being ignored Oak Park, IL is miles away from being anything but cool.

Here is the article talking about how cool Oak Park, IL is: https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-12-2019/What-makes-Oak-Park-so-‘cool’%3F/

Romanticizing Oak Park, IL

Okay someone gets it. The thing about Oak Park, IL is that it’s always romanticizes the past like it was this great thing. In the article “Don’t romanticize Farmers Market” the writer’s opinion is that Framers Market is not the picture perfect old timey event everyone believes it to be. The article is straight to the point. The point that Oak Park, IL pushes this image that things were so great back in the day and that for “50 years” the village has been this entity that has been accepting everyone no matter how they are different. Total bullshit.

Even now the village is having problems that are similar to 50 or even 60 years ago. As we see a rebirth of racist attitudes in the village instead of ignoring it, inside of glossing over as the article states about the Farmer’s Market. A lot of Oak Park, IL likes to harken back to a “simpler time”… but what is that simpler time consists of? Minorities in their place, only able to rent but not own a place in Oak Park? Where we do not celebrate equality for even the LGBTQ community? Going back and reminiscing that the past was “great” without understanding or remembering the bad that went with that past is just folly.

The point is do not use the past in the present and ignore all the crap that the past contains. But in Oak Park, IL the village likes to ignore that point and carry on.

This is the article that has the opinion of Farmer’s Market:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-12-2019/Don’t-romanticize-Farmers-Market/