Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 1

So as we all know now, that the plastic bag 10 cents fee went into effect in all of Oak Park, IL. I just ran into Jewel on Roosevelt near Harlem and there was this poor jewel worker cornered by two senior citizens complaining that there were no notices regarding the tax or signs telling them about the tax. Like it was the fault of the Jewel organization that they were not informed about the tax.

First that is their old ass problem bitching about all they saw on the news was “fires in Brooklyn” well it WAS announced on the news they just did not pay attention to it. Second the elected officials not Jewel are responsible for the tax. Therefore, if you voted for them and they played “sneaky sneaky snake” by using stealth by pushing this new law through that again is your fault. It is up to the citizens to hold officials accountable and make sure they are transparent at all times so that they know that their interests are being watched after and tended too.

Instead of just blindly following those elected officials and voting on their “faith” on what those officials say. In other words, do not bitch to the workers of your local stores because they most likely do not even live in Oak Park, IL and second what the hell are they going to do about It? Use their magic wand to override the local laws for your dumb ass 10 cents?

Next time how about you do some research before you go to the polls, or raise hell to your officials when they do stupid shit. Before you waste everyone’s, time blocking the store exit bitching about your ignorance. Or better yet use your wallet as your voice and shop elsewhere and give the rest of us some peace.

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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.

Happy New Year

Happy New year to all. Yeah, when I woke up the next afternoon it was a night that I rather not put into print nor take the pictures and place them on any social media site. With that said hopefully there is less aggravating bull shit thanks to this crappy burb this year or the rest of it. The traffic was great at 3am I wish Oak Park, il was like that every day but alas wishes are fishes.

We took a cab in case we were to be blitzed to drive one of the only smart decisions we made. But if you get home without getting mugged, passing out in a pool of your own puke, etc., You have won the gold medal for New Year’s Eve partying, drinking and stinking.

Again, I do not remember too much about Nye in Oak Park as I spent it downtown with friends, but what I do remember was that the traffic was great. Probably because of the puritan atmosphere of the village that is projected but it was dark and dead in the village making the rest of the trip back easy and less expensive. Happy New year indeed.

Just a lot of wrong at the commencement

I know that after six months I will be required to pay my student loans back but I am so glad to be out of school, some of the people or students at this graduation were a hot ass mess. One girl and I use that term lightly had like a whole plastic bouquet on her cap A lot of the undergrads were ghetto as hell, making me wonder how people will perceive graduates from this school and I hate if they become the stereotype or the poster child for graduates from here.

Making me wonder if my degree was all for naught and I need to get another Master’s from somewhere else to make up for the idiot behavior I saw at the commencement. If it was not students going wild it was the parents which would have been funny if you blocked out the fact that these individuals will go out into the professional world with the same type of attitude and behaviors exhibited there. And having the same school listed on their resumes as I do, I scream internally, because I do not want to do it in reality in case I lose my voice.

But I am happy that I was on the “tail end” of the talent pool that graduated from Roosevelt at least the group I was with were older educated experienced professionals that came to this thing, ready to network and get on with the next chapter of their lives. That is the group I hope to be associated with as I move ahead and hopefully onward and out of “vintage”.

“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.

I hate feel good stories no matter what the season

I really get bored looking at the “feel good” stories on television or the holiday bull shit. Not that I am bah humbug or am disrespectful towards Christmas I just hate being told that I have to be positive because it is a certain time of year. Ugh just leave me the hell alone in my misery if that’s where I want to be.

One thing I do not own and activity I will never participate in is the ugly sweater contest. Never. I am just like that lol. But I am in a get it done mode, and I am still drained I guess emotionally too from graduation I finally slept a whole eight hours Saturday. And even though it was Friday shit ain’t stopping me from working on the next steps of moving career wise and location wise.

he smiles from the fam made it all worth it, however I am still a bitter bitch. And if I want to I will be the dictionary or urban dictionary’s definition of a petty bitch if I want to. There is no need to change the formula of what keeps me successful and that is a plate of bitchiness and a side of saltiness. No matter what the holiday.

Commencement over thank God

I don’t mind having less to do, and met a lot of people at the commencement ceremony include ma pro. The whole thing was a mess and disorganized the fam did not know where to go. There was this dried up little lady hollering at everyone about where to stand. I guess she was faculty or administrative assistant or something but she was a bitch who looked like her Friday nights were pretty much open from here to eternity.

The ceremony was quick as hell lucky because it was cold as shit in that auditorium. There was only one speaker who totally bogus all the other speakers were great. So, this terrible speaker, 1 was not a valedictorian 2 was terrible at…. (drum roll) public speaking. A lot of people were looking at each other rolling their eyes or looking at their phones because he was that bad. Okay the divorce of his parents in freshman year was bad, the fact his mom didn’t have a lot of money for him and his siblings is a common story but complaining about lack of air conditioning was lame as hell. I was seriously like why are we listening to an undergrad crying about no a.c. divorced parents who was a self-admitted non-valedictorian. I was like hold my beer, because I had worst stories when I merely walk out the door.

Then meeting one’s family and friends after the ceremony was crazy and the receptions were salad platters and lemonade. But most people I think did not know that at all. Really a shit show that I merely smiled through, grinned and bared it. But the ceremony was really a reflection of the organization, a contradiction of an institution that wants to focus on social justice, but can’t get the social structure or interactions right.

Avoid this program altogether

I would not recommend the Training and Development program at Roosevelt university even if they paid me for it! My main dude and partner in crime is graduating soon so I thought if his old dusty ass is getting out I better too because I will have no one to help me with my homework! Well we met through this program at the university and since we shared the same degree program and he was ripping through the forums like a maniac I had to make sure we are doing everything parallel.

Therefore, when changes happened to the program we were fucked of course the academic representative was less than helpful but fast forward to this training and development class I am in. The instructor is so shitty, disorganized and ignorant that it is not funny this assignment we have now the whole class is asking for clarification and she is asking vague questions without giving any specific feedback.

She is asking “how does this make you feel? What do you feel is the purpose of this?” Instead of giving a straight answer or examples like when you say: “how does the sky color make you feel?” instead of just saying “Gray skies are depressing”. She is so passive aggressive she cannot not get to the point and it is just mind numbing -fucking yuck!

Field trips for a grade

This dumbest ass class had me going downtown taking time off of work to attend a seminar for the final project. I am thankful that I had a researcher partner find it for me but this program is supposed to be online yet here I am doing interviews taking time off from work to do special projects linked to the courses. The Roosevelt university site has events listed on their site but you can never sign up and register for them. You can try to email the presenter good luck with getting a response though.

Again, this degree plan is supposed to be online, so that I am working adult can go to WORK for a full 8 hours uninterrupted while going to Roosevelt. But that is not the case, I have had to go and pay for seminars, travel costs associated with these “extra” projects and take time off from work. The end result is that there are hidden costs that are never explained when you enroll as they bill these degree plans as online learning when in reality it is a blended instructional method.

Well that is the technical term meaning there is online instruction mixed with other shit that I aforementioned. Other TRUE online schools do 100% of their assignments and activities (drum roll please) ….. Online. None of that going on a field trip shit, like you are some kid who has their rich parents paying for everything and therefore you can spend your day getting lit, and scrapping by in your classes.

“Oh, let’s go on a field trip it will be funnier after we he high” type of shit, in other words. I just cannot wait until this class is over so I and my buddy in crime can put people on blast. You may wonder why because their shitty little end of the class surveys don’t do shit. Therefore, I will vent here too.

The Harlem Avenue and Lake Street area

I wish I could be happier but I cannot wait to be done with the school shit. There is more money involved with the added education so the new year will be brighter, even though I got my eye on other positions at other places. The raise will give me enough for a deposit on a new place, so I am very lucky on that point. I recently braved the Harlem and lake area, went into the new target and looked at the new parking areas over there.

I am not sure if everyone was not awake yet or the area is that dead nowadays. Maybe everyone has gotten use to avoiding that area. But I saw like maybe under 10 people in that small area which is weird for any time of day. I think all the construction in the area may have had a negative impact on the area businesses too.

I notice that the pub across from the green line is closed, they had a letter posted to the door which is posted on yelp as well. There was a Thai restaurant that there for years which closed too, also there are a couple more places, businesses that are now available to rent or will be opening soon. Which tells that there was a huge influx in the area economically but the village did nothing to keep these anchors stable or in the area. Same old shit, different day from Oak Park il