Skimming the surface, finding shimmery bits

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By DAN HALEY

Random thoughts ... We wrote recently about how 20,000-plus pot holes had been filled in Oak Park this winter. Well and good. But has anybody else's alley gone to rack and ruin? ... Recently bought a Chrysler PT Cruiser to replace the 10-year-old Neon which met an untimely demise. I think the Cruiser is fun to drive in a retro way. My 20-year-old son will not go near it. Then again, he won't watch black and white movies either. ...  When trying to learn the fate of the little red Neon I was transferred from State Farm's "Team 15" to the "Total Loss Department." Seemed a bit harsh. ...

The loving attention the restoration of the fence surrounding Pleasant Home is getting says many good things about Oak Park. ...

Am currently reading two books by network TV anchors. One is by Tom Brokaw on his South Dakota heritage, the other a memoir by Bob Schiefer who has replaced Dan Rather. Both are quite genial reads. But it got me thinking that I haven't watched an "evening news" show in years. ...

I do not get the affection for the faux Tudor buildings on Westgate. I understand saving old buildings. But old buildings imitating a style that never really fit in with anything genuine around Oak Park? Don't get that. ... Find it funny that the Oak Park First slate?#34;that would be the current incarnation of the VMA?#34;has now endorsed the park district tax referendum, giving the park district all the rec centers free and clear, basically everything the park desires. The other two village presidential candidates?#34;David Pope and Robert Milstein?#34;have said about the same. Why Carpenter, Pope and Milstein couldn't pull off a similar deal as plain old village trustees is curious. ...

The Book Table on Lake Street in Downtown Oak Park is a pretty good bookstore. The store surprises you. That doesn't happen often enough in book stores any more. ... Picked up a first edition of Native Son by Richard Wright for $14.95. That book ought to go on Mayor Daley's One Book/One City program, followed by James T. Farrell's Studs Lonigan. ...

As a Sox fan, it makes me proud that Frank Thomas really hit his home runs. No, I don't believe Sammy Sosa. ...

Saw the Ice Show Sunday night at Ridgeland Common. What a lot of fun and obvious hard work and passion. ... Ten condos sold in one weekend at the new KMA development at Roosevelt and Elmwood. Yes, Roosevelt Road.

Got a statement from Blockbuster telling me I owed them money for a late movie. The "end of late fees" my patoot. ... The head of Oak Park parking services certainly took me to task in the letters section a couple weeks back for my recent rant on the over-the-top collection efforts and wildly escalating late charges the village is extorting from its residents. Sorry, Alva, I'll be more obsequious in the future. ...

Yes, I've checked again. We really did endorse Bob Milstein for village president. Ain't that the damndest thing. ... This month will not make the top 10 list weatherwise. ... David Pope has the best lawn signs. Clear and bold. You have to park and squint to read the Oak Park First signs. And does the average Oak Parker know what an NLP is? ... Was out of town when Cliff Johnson died. What a fine fellow he was. Won't be another like him soon again. ...

Once the so-called Hoppe Building was demolished, turns out it was a teeny little piece of land. And what did happen to the bunny rabbits in the backyard? ... The strip mall at North and Harlem is starting to look about as tacky as the strip mall at Harlem and Garfield. And that's saying something. ...

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