Oak Park, IL is wrong!

The flu is going around and unfortunately, I have been so sick that I have been only able to go to work, come home, watch SOME TV, fluids, fluids, fluids, and go to bed. So just look at it as a mini break however I got sick from nastiness. Although I have been able to write a bit, it just needs to be scheduled and posted. A lot of it are things that I have already said regarding the veneer that Oak Park, IL tries to shine up for the rest of the area and world, that it is without fault, well, whoops they have been active in proving me right and that illusion wrong.

You hate for anyone to be victim to crime, assault or just being bamboozled but the way this year is unfolding all the “trash talking” as some people might call it. Is all being backed up. All you have to do is read the local paper or watch the news, which makes it easier for me to rant or not rant at all, and take a holiday, because Oak Park, IL seems to be eager to show its stupidity this year! All the while I can just sit back a drink hot (earl grey) tea, eat chicken noodle soup, have a couple Ritz crackers for a snack or even prepare a few cough drops for the inevitable gnashing while just sitting back and watch the lie unfold. Thanks Oak Park, IL for proving yourselves wrong.

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People in Oak Park, Il please shower!

I woke up on Sunday to do the wash and to get out the apartment since it was warmer, I went out to mingle with humanity. And good Lord I use humanity lightly I try not to judge but honestly if you cannot handle the night before then hang it up. I literally smelled people, alcohol and ass through their winter wear (coat, hat, etc.) So it helped with my diet because I did not eat.

The smells turned my stomach sour, and I honestly could not go on, thinking about, touching or eating food. It was not a pride thing it was more of a sanitary issue, especially with the flu season being strong this year I did not want to risk getting nauseated from the smells then getting sick because of my immune system taking a major hit. I just do not understand how people have made looking and being unshowered and unclean fashionable.

I mean to the point it does not look like showering was considered important in the morning, but the morning latte at Starbucks was. Hey I wash my privates! I worry about being funky before I leave the house everyday even If I do not leave, a shower takes place. I mean this is Oak Park, IL so how things are perceived are of the utmost importance therefore the reason I am smelling stank through winter clothes is disturbing.

Is there no civil pride? Maybe it is an environmental thing where people try to use as less water, soap, deodorant or toothpaste as possible? I heard about that before it was a hippie thing in the 60s or 70s like that, but I am not sure why it is coming back now. But please people of Oak Park, IL please stop the madness, and take a shower before you interact with the rest of us. Please.

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 2

The 10-cent plastic bag tax went into effect I feel like this is just like the soda pop tax where local stores will lose business to other areas just because people will shop elsewhere due to the principal of the thing. I don’t blame them I mean I try my damnest not to buy plastic bags in Chicago. Score one for the environmentalists but score a vote for anyone running against the incumbent in office. Although there may not be a lot of change there will be an intelligent smart few who will remember this shit when at the polls.

And so, it should be in Oak Park, IL where the community already focuses on the recycling of most the items that go to waste. Charging 10 cents a bag is just a way to have people have disdain for the village, and it basically looks like a money grab by the village board. Stupid taxes just look like overreach and/or too much “big” government for everyone. If you were not responsible enough to recycle plastic bags in the first place would this force your hand? Not likely

Instead you will like most of us buy less, only the shit you can carry or like I said before going elsewhere like Forest Park to buy your items so you don’t have to put up with this stupidity. My family recycles a lot ever since we got those little blue bins however those neighbors that did not recycle did not immediately start recycling or even tried to recycle when they received theirs. In other words, taking plastic bags away from these individuals will not make them recycle more but maybe just the opposite.

Instead it may harden their resolve and as I aforementioned go to Forest Park to buy their items and stock up on as many plastic bags that they can. Making the situation and environment worse, or it may turn them off to recycling 100% which is the exact opposite goal or purpose of the plastic bag tax, only time will tell.

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.

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.