Posting on blogger for Oak Park, IL

I am trying to catch up and post on the blogger version of this blog. However, Google is doing that crazy-ass thing where it wants me to add the blood type of my grandmother to my profile to even sign into the account. I refuse to do that or add my phone number because I figure Google is selling enough of my data to various companies, so I will just wait until I have time to get to a dedicated computer to finish that task.
Therefore, if you see this post on the blogger version of this blog it was a success. I just love how Google is taking away all the freebies they once were offering like some people won’t just leave out of principle.
#assholes

Painting away the vintage in Oak Park, IL

I have been painting my apartment recently nothing major just a shade lighter so that the association cannot tell, but I get better light. It is a shame because in Lakeview I was able to paint that apartment over there, so long as the color was not a gloss black. Really. That specific. And I can understand the reason behind it because trying to cover the color black is hard enough, but gloss black? UGH.

Also means that someone painted an apartment in gloss black before. Why? I have no idea but it was a caveat. Here is Oak Park, IL it seems that there is a moratorium on improving the rental living spaces even by the associations that run them. The old vintage look is definitely over with, updates should be required by the village alas they are not. When looking at where all the new development is happening I can definitely say that the village planners are not exactly the brightest crayons in the box. Therefore when it comes to new regulations being written for older exiting buildings I doubt I will see anything in my lifetime.

The nostalgia trip Oak Park, Il seems to be riding also leaks into its politics and social economic policies, but right now I am just bucking the system to get more light into my apartment with the old ass light fixtures I have. Just a tad shade lighter and my rooms are looking better than ever and hopefully sealing in all that lead paint. That way I won’t die from “vintage” Oak Park, IL

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/

List of Haunted House in the Oak Park, IL area

I saw an article about Haunted Houses in the area listed on WGN 9’s website. I, of course loved the 13th floor when I went there years ago. I (and Sarah) basically hung off of some dude who was going through the Haunted house with his girl. It scared the shit out of me, now being older and wiser I think I can go back this year. If you want to get into the Halloween spirit it is a very cool way to do it.

I posted the list that WGN 9 had on their website down below in case you do not want to go to the link. But go to the link anyway you lazy bastard its how these people get paid!

Here is the link where you can type in the name of the Haunted house and find it in the area from WGN 9’s website:

https://wgntv.com/2019/09/27/boo-get-spooked-at-one-of-these-chicago-area-haunted-houses/

And the list of Haunted Houses:

13th Floor
1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160

Abandoned Haunted House Complex
2825 SE Frontage Rd., Mount Pleasant, WI 53177

All Hallows Eve
523 S Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540

Basement of the Dead
42 W. New York St., Aurora, IL

Bengtson’s Haunted Barn
13341 W 151st St, Homer Glen IL 60491

Camp Tuckabatchee Haunted Camp
1973 North 35th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350

D.E.A.D. Rising Haunted House
13624 S. Cicero Crestwood, IL 60445

D.O.A Room Escape
717 N. Iowa Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

Dungeon of Doom
600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099

Evil Intentions Haunted House
900 Grace St., Elgin, IL 60120

Fear Fest
6512 Manchester Rd., South Beloit, IL 60180

Forest of Freaks
5946 US HWY 51, Janesville, WI 53546

Fright Fest
1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL, 60031

Frightmare Haunted House
7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank, IL 60459

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire, IL 60140 

Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd. South Barrington, IL, 60010

Hair Razor Haunted Scenes
6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60631 

Haunted Hills Hospital
4700 Central Ave,. Lake Station, IN 46405

Haunted Quarry
Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510 

Haunted Trails Joliet
1423 N. Broadway (Rt. 53) Joliet, IL 60435

Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze
4853 U.S. HWY 52, Minooka, IL

Hell’s Gate
1300 South State St., Lockport, IL 60441

Insanity Haunted House
3800 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL

Jonamac Orchard Haunted Corn Maze
19412 Shabbona Rd, Malta, IL 60150

Massacre Haunted House
299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538

Midnight Terror
9531 52nd Ave.,Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Nightmare at the Terrace
11500 S. Beloit, Worth, IL 60482

Niles Haunted House Scream Park
855 Mayflower Rd., Niles, MI 49120

Odyssey Fun Farm
19111 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods
14800 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462

Puckerville Farms
13332 Bell Rd., Lemont, IL 60439

Raven’s Grin Inn
411 N Carroll St., Mt Carroll, IL 61053

Realm of Terror
421 W Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Reapers Realm
626 177th St., Hammond, IN 46324

Richardson’s Adventure Farm
FQFJ+5X Spring Grove, Illinois

Scream Scene
4701 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076

Screamin Acres
3865 State HWY 138, Stoughton, WI 53589

Spook Hollow with M.C. Manor & M.C. Nightmare
613 LaSalle Blvd. Marquette Heights, IL 61554

State Street Cemetery 
410 W State St, North Aurora, IL 60542

Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Rd., Crest Hill, IL 60441

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
5th & West Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

St. Pascal’s The Catacombs
6143 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL

Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

The Dungeon of Doom
600 29th Street, Zion, IL 60099

Twisted Crypt
5420 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108

Undead Acres
3450 W Crete-Monee Rd., Monee, IL 60449

Weird & Haunted Chicago
600 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654

Woodridge Haunted Forest Walk
2600 The Center Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

 

Doctor Sleep-Halloween/Oak Park, IL related

I really hate when there is a gap between original movies or books and a sequel. Star Wars is one example that comes to mind, but this is one movie/novel that I cannot wait for it to come out on November 8th.  On the site ihorror they have a link to the trailer and a brief description about the movie. Dealing with a grown-up Danny from the original movie is a great Segway for a sequel, I am just wondering how much of a connection to the original with the sequel will have. I stoked to have a horror “thing” to do AFTER Halloween because it does get pretty freaking boring in Oak Park, IL.

Here is the link on Ihorror regarding the “Doctor Sleep” movie and the trailer for it:

www.ihorror.com/the-doctor-sleep-final-trailer-is-here-and-it-is-intense/

Here is the trailer on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/BOzFZxB-8cw

Holding people accountable in Oak Park, IL for racial profiling

Thank God someone is holding people responsible for racial profiling in Oak Park, IL I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a car with a black male driver and we are followed by an Oak Park cop. So it is a shame that when you hear that there are arguments about how to address such concerns with the Oak Park Police Department along such obvious lines. During the Sept 23rd meeting, it was between two trustees one a woman of a minority ethnicity who is against racial profiling Arti Walker-Peddakotla and the male middle aged Caucasian trustee Dan Moroney

When issues are distorted by stating “there’s no data” of police harassment or that there is no “system of oppression” is foolhardy its like yelp when 100 people say a restaurant is a dump in their reviews and you say it is not but never patronage it or been there. There are obvious reasons people are stating such an issue, and to be dismissive of it is just a symbol or example of privilege. To have a blind eye to it is not ignoring the problem, it is becoming part of the problem. Even when stating incremental changes “over time” should be implemented is as bad as turning a bling eye, because it means you do not want to do nothing about and hope over time, someone else will have the balls to do what you should have done in the first place.

Waiting over an extended period of time to put changes in place does not help the young minorities of today gain a trust of the present-day police force nor does it help change negative attitude to law enforcement over time. What do you say to the person who was harassed by a problem officer “oh in a couple of years it will get better?” That is like if you go into Whole Foods and they no longer offer muffins of any sort and every customer that asks for them the response is “well, in time they will be brought back…” Did the village start the stricter rules for recycling because they had viable data that stricter enforcement will help recycling rates? I know I did not get any questionnaires about that nor asking me about cross contamination of recyclables, did you?

Hence with no data the village went ahead and put that into effect so what is the problem here? Is someone worried about losing vital support in the community? Is someone afraid that they will be equal to everyone else? Is someone they will be proven wrong and have to actually do some work for the moral good for the community? I would yes, yes to all of those questions.

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Oak-Park-trustees-clash-over-public-safety,-racial-profiling/

Oak Park, IL related- Chicago Cubs firing madden

Ah so the Chicago cubs fired the coach who took them to the series. Great. Nowhere else do they fire a person in authority who has produced so much in a little amount of time. We probably lead the sports world in stupidity, but I digress. There is less to be excited about this upcoming year for my cubs now.

I am not sure if the lack of antics or change in coaching style will lead to a positive change next year. When there is a team involved the issues regarding it, involve multiple people. And yes, the head coach is the leader of the overall team, but as any chef can tell you that you can only follow a recipe if you have all the right ingredients. This year the team did not, and I am highly doubtful for next year.

 

Sojourner house -Oak Park Housing Authority housing homeless patients

The Oak Park Housing Authority owns the Sojourner house which makes it’s mission to house homeless patients after surgery in an effort for patients to recover and help places like MacNeal Hospital house these individuals temporarily. Now how this feat of overwhelming compassion happens without some resident going freaking crazy is beyond me. But this is really is good thing that the village is doing. Hopefully in turn there is some money being thrown to the village by the state of Illinois, because that is just how the state works.

At the same time major metropolitan areas are pushing their homeless out of areas they have decided to encamp upon, the village is giving temporary refuge to those healing form injuries they could not afford nor had a place to get better from. I hope that the village does stay the course of this mission at Sojourner house because these are individuals who obviously have no one else to depend upon Hopefully (I am using that a lot) as a society and as the idiots in Oak Park, IL who always like to portray themselves as that beacon on hill,  who find the moral decency to keep this program going for years to come.

Here is the link discussing The Sojourner house’s mission:

https://abc7chicago.com/community-events/sojourner-house-offers-housing-for-homeless-medical-patients/5535573/

 

Giving pause in Oak Park, IL

Obviously not everyone feels the same way about Oak Park, Il there are some people who do not feel safe who do not feel welcome even though they live here. Who feel that the lack of working towards diversity hurts the community instead of helping it. But that has always been Oak Park, IL’s MO always one of talk and doing the other thing. Hypocrisy at its best. Stating who they are not racist but turn a blind eye to social reform because it would mean they would have to look inward and do the work to make change necessary.

With the obvious lack of leadership on so many levels in the village of Oak Park, IL the village loses its luster and becomes another village that panders good tidings but has its racist overtones still in place. The writer in this article has stated their reservations about the “equity” initiatives in District 97 and District 200 and how they will its implementation will help present and future ethnic generations. They also touch upon how Oak Park, Il is changing in its architecture and its stored skyline faltering. The amount of traffic in these areas where the new condos are going up is staggering and will not change any time soon because the common sense is not there to make those changes.

Obviously, I am not the only person who questions Oak Park, IL’s bullshit and puts the place on blast. If you want to read another dissenting voice in regard to Oak Park, IL just go o the link and give a read:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-17-2019/Things-that-give-me-pause-about-Oak-Park/