Working in Oak Park, IL… not with the company Wayup!

I was trying to get a job close to the village and was working with this New York City recruitment agency called Way up, the experience was terrible. I had a phone interview with one of their people to get me closer to the village and eliminate my travel time on the 290. During the interview I told them about my current job, my experiences and responsibilities but for some odd reason at various times during the interview I felt that the interviewer needed further explanation. But when I asked if they needed further explanation they of course stated it was not needed.

This company is strange because they ask you if you want feedback after the interview and of course wanting to get in a foot in the door you say yes. UGH. When I got the e-mail from the interviewer one of the things they stated I should have explained my job “terminology” more. They also wanted me to have a “proper greeting” when answering the phone like “Hello this is Mike Jones… how may I help you..” Now when answering a call from an unknown phone number you are not identifying yourself like it’s the 1980’s anymore. So a lot of the points in which were mentioned as negatives in this email were a joke. I therefore went online through Google found the company and made a review.

The reviews, the positive ones were made by members high up in the company (the CEO was one of them), of course and the negative ones were made by job seekers who also had similar interactions. All of the sudden a few weeks later the company Wayup is no longer listed on the Google maps section and all the reviews were deleted with it. Ending any type of transparency for local job seekers in the Oak Park, IL area to know what they are dealing with when it comes to WayUp. I am glad to contribute to this local blog and inform local residents about how this New York Company treats job seekers who are hopeful in giving back to (the village) local community.

More traffic on Lake street in Oak Park, IL

To add to the traffic congestion on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park, IL there is now a movement to assist in creating a Holiday Inn hotel on 1140 Lake Street. This is right above Nando’s Peri Peri, if you are trying to picture it without google. Although the discussion for this has been ongoing for more than a year and a half, it is finally picking up steam. With additions of upper floors to the existing building, for extra hotel rooms.

The good thing is that financial subsidies are not being asked for the project as of yet. But we know that could change as with any project. While trying to sell how the area is “evolving” as a reason for the hotel, the parking around the area or availability of spaces of course will suffer. When brought up the Mayor stated that there is a 1,200 parking garage behind the building.

Yeah. So where is the rest of the parking? Is it expected that everyone that works in the area to use public transportation to free up the parking for customers of local businesses? Will there be a limit for customers to be parked in the garage like a two hour limit because the 1,200 car garage will not be enough for the area? Once this thing is complete the area will be highly congested and that leads to other issues not discussed or thought of by the village. Of course to have thoughts that lead towards common sense would be a new thing for Oak Park, IL a new thing indeed.

Here is the link to the article explaining the extra traffic: https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-15-2019/Holiday-Inn-on-Lake-Street%3F/

Lead Lamp post in the Conservatory room..

How the fuck is there a truck, a semi near the Oak Park Conservatory to hit a light pole and damage it? No, I am talking about the logistics behind this driver’s thought pattern in driving down those narrow ass streets in the first place. I barely can manage it with just a small ass car, the tons of parked cars, the idiots racing through these side streets and the ignorant bastards (young and old) on their iphones walking into traffic.

The damage happened on a Monday when the Conservatory was not opened, and the damage was supposedly still being assessed to the “desert room” which probably suffered due to the recent showers. However, I am just wondering why this truck was allowed to traverse on a side street with its size or weight not being restricted. Oak Park, IL is good at restricting things and I would think this would be one of them. But nope another lesson of common-sense falling on the deaf ears of Oak Park, IL.

Makes me wonder if the village could also expand the Conservatory southward to make sure that such accidents are as minimal as they say this one was. I would say protective barriers around the building but one, that would not help in a case like this, nor would it be fashionable for the residents of the area. But it still leaves you wondering how a “semi-truck” even got down these side streets, freaking nuts.

Here is the link discussing the damage to the Conservatory:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-conservatory-damaged-tl-0926-20190924-i3otlltul5eofa7jxm5qbo4ak4-story.html

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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Happy Belated Mother’s Day

Ah man I had so much fun this weekend for Mother’s day that I forgot to schedule the Mother’s day post I wrote for the weekend… never mind. I will just post it for next year like I did St Pats day and just go lumbering along. My mind was in a different place this weekend I was in North Riverside at a place called Chef Shangrila for lunch it was Asian Pacific deco with some great food.

You wouldn’t guess how this unassuming restaurant was one that damn good and can get a ton of traffic. But the day was great, and it took us away from Oak Park, IL traffic and the asinine attitudes that come with it. We spent a couple of hours there after we went to the North Riverside theatre for, yes, Avengers: Endgame. Which was fucking fantastic!

Of all the idiots writing spoilers on the internet you would think these fucking geeks would say something, anything about the cool ass fight scene in the film between Chris Evans/Captain America and Thanos. I mean if anything we all knew about the contract situations with the main three actors of the series so something better would have been about what happened in the movie. The main thing was that the entire family loved it, even though we did not see Captain Marvel, we picked up where the storyline was going easily.

Meaning, that we had a great day and none of my family and most importantly my mother had to really be bothered with Oak Park, IL. The day was really perfect and I forgot all about posting onto the blog, so Happy belated Mother’s day to everyone and their families!

Going to St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Going through Oak Park, IL and the neighboring area for the St Patricks day parade to get to the Blue Line was tough. It seemed like everyone already started drinking or was dumb as shit behind the wheel. And this was early Saturday not Sunday where all the old people in Cadillacs decide to take a Sunday drive or are heading to church for the fifth that day. No, the streets of Oak Park, IL was filled with more than the usual stupid as hell drivers.

But we were able to see the river dyed green have a couple of drinks and see drunk people everywhere. Funny as most of these people are not even Irish but use this as a time to celebrate or get wasted for the day. Although downtown Chicago is a great place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day it is a shame that other suburbs around the city do not embrace it with much fanfare. It could help the local economies especially Oak Park, IL that wants to tax the shit out of everyone for everything expect breathing (not yet)!

Milking holidays from a business and governing stand point is a good way to get the traffic you need in into your small area and boost the local businesses with some quick revenue. But that would be too much like right. Too much like not Oak Park, IL just taxing the shit of out of residents and not really doing anything else to ease the pain of over taxation. But that would be too much like right, oh well, maybe the next holiday.

Traffic part 1 zillion

Traffic. Did you know I drove through Oak Park IL from Harlem and Lake to the Westside of Chicago (Austin area) and it took me 32 minutes. I drove another from Berwyn to Goose Island via the expressway it only took me 43 minutes. Although there was an expressway involved in the latter trip, it would still make you wonder why Oak Park, IL is still harder to navigate than whizzing to downtown Chicago. I just wonder when this little crappy burb will use all the taxes paid by its residents to address the long existing issue of parking and traffic?
Maybe it is just one of those things people just do not care about or feel that it adds to the “Special feeling” about the burb. Could be that addressing the issue would bring more traffic into the village than what it already deters? Like a moving cul de sac, but of course most of those cul de sacs were built to discourage “traffic” of a different sort. Basically, cutting off easy access to the village from the changing (black) areas bordering it, maybe this is more of the same and we are just not admitting it.
Think about it how hard is it to create parking solutions around this burb when it really matters? The downtown area got those huge buildings put up down there and supposedly they added a bunch of parking into the buildings’ designs to offset the lack of parking in the area for the building residents. Why can’t Oak Park, IL do the same, is it brains? Desire? Or maybe just fear of change?

Stop and go

When I drive through Oak Park IL it feels like:
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All of the time. And it is very depressing I have more luck on the Eisenhower at rush time when coming home with the amount of distance covered than trying to go a ½ mile in Oak Park, IL. I see why people leave the state for jobs in other cities with better transportation/travel options. The overall acceptance of such stupidity is just mind-numbing, I have one lady at work who found out I was from Oak Park, IL and was like “woo woo” throwing her hands in the air. I simply sat there and looked at her like she was nuts, she thinks it’s a “great place to live” but after I started run down negative after freakin negative, such as the traffic she shut the hell up. Maybe I am just jaded from all my experiences here, what do you think?