The Little blOP That Could

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By Lourdes Nicholls

Hello-welcome to my blog! I am so honored that you clicked on me and that Wednesday Journal asked me to be a part of something SO wonderful, SO Oak Park, SO needed in our amazing village! How perfect! But am I worthy? Basically when I started thinking about "What do I have to say about Oak Park " the ideas were ENDLESS! The entry bio that was written about me (yikes-I'm effervescent? I looked it bubble, hiss, liveliness or exhilaration) was intimidating... the prior entry compared me to Mr. Rogers (not sure who scratched that/switched it to effervescent) I hope I live up to OP's standards!

I am referring to my blog as a happened by accident (typo!) and now I think it's appropriate since I am new to this! My blop (Big.Little.Oak.Park a.k.a Best(of).Lourdes'.Oak.Park) will focus on observations from someone who lives and works in the village. From the coolest things I love about Oak Park to the most dreaded....I am sure that you will help me navigate through the good, bad & ugly. Oak Park's bottom line? The way I see it: coOPeration!

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for my BOOP (Best Of Oak Park) and WOOP (Worst Of Oak Parkl) Awards!

p.s. Guess which Oak Park landmarks those letters are shot from!

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tina from oak park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 10:54 AM

I can't wait to read the BOP and WOP' will be an interesting read for sure! Where can I submit my opinions??

Saify Talib from Oak Park  

Posted: October 13th, 2010 5:51 PM

Well done Lourdes! Congratulations. Looking forward to reading your work!

BOB from Seattle  

Posted: October 7th, 2010 7:15 PM

Dear Lourdes,How great a fit, you in charge of improving the Society of Oak Park.I am anxious to see you and lucky Oak Park again soon.

Aaron from Albany  

Posted: October 6th, 2010 4:47 PM

I'm going to visit Oak Park just to do the BOOP activities that you suggest! :)- AARON

Gina Robbins  

Posted: October 6th, 2010 10:30 AM

Yay, Lourdes--perfect spot for you! And good work with the lead on the Mysterious Case of the Unity Temple Letters. You'd make a fabulous Sabrina!

Gloria N.  

Posted: October 5th, 2010 9:33 AM

Hi, heard about this Blog (blop) through the Bashyals "It is what it is and thats you! Congrats keep doing what your doing Love ya!!Gloria N.

Byron Lanning from Oak Park  

Posted: October 4th, 2010 8:12 PM

Very clever using the typo slash acronym blopI hope you're getting paid.

harold from OAK PARK  

Posted: October 4th, 2010 9:46 AM


Penny from Oak Park  

Posted: October 4th, 2010 5:59 AM

Can't wait to read more of whats going on in OP from a friend in the know! Hope we can sneak in a couple more games of beach volleyball at Rehm!

Kathy from Springboro  

Posted: October 4th, 2010 4:47 AM

You continue to amaze me!

BLOP from Oak Park  

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 9:18 PM

Until the blog kinks get worked out(so that they flow)-here are the answers!

Molly from Oak Park  

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 9:51 AM

Oops! that's 'B'ar Louie! and the EL tracks 'O'!

Molly from Oak Park  

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 9:49 AM

B from Corner Bakery, L from Lake theatre, O from ZOO sign (i think), and P from parking lot but I'm just guessing.

Mary from Batavia  

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 9:33 AM

Lourdes - Oak Park is SO Lucky to have you doing this BLOP! Your love and enthusiam for Oak Park is charming!! Just like you!!Kay,Eleanor and Nancy would be proud too!Mary

Mikey Boy from Honolulu  

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 4:35 AM

This is a perfect fit for you. And like you, it's already full of great ideas. Have fun!

JGeil from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 3:14 PM

Okay, The "B" is from Bar Louie, the "L" is from Lake Theater, the "O" is from the Oak Park on the side of the El tracks at Marion St. and the "P" is inside the Oak Park River Forest High School logo. Am I right? I didn't read through all the other comments because there are a TON!

Robyn from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 12:15 PM

LourdesGreat Blop! You are always so creative whether you plan to be or not! Look forward to future posts.Is the "O" from the viaduct under the El by Marion and South Blvd?

Sue from Berwyn  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 11:22 AM

This is great! It will be a great way for your friends and neighbors of Berwyn to be connected!

Mary from Arcata  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 3:37 AM

I love the photo letters.

Jules from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 11:20 PM

This is perfect for you! Congrats!!

Dana from Piedmont, CA  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 10:37 PM

Fantastic!!!Good luck.

Kim from Lincolnshire  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 9:14 PM

Can't wait to follow you, Lourdes. You will keep me current with OP......

rebecca from oak park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 8:43 PM

Lourdes cannot wait for the next entry. Will check in often! You'll represent OP so well!

Bill from AAC  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 4:55 PM

Niiiice! Can't wait for your next entries!

Mike and Liz  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 4:03 PM

Way to go! Best of Luck Lourdes.

Veronica from Chicago  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 3:27 PM

You will be great!! As always. Congrats

Adriana Virgen from San Antonio  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 1:05 PM

WOW Lourdesie! This is soooo cool and SO you! I love it! Please keep me posted or better yet, I guess I'll have to be checking in on your Blop! Congrats & here's to much success! Miss ya! Adri :)

TonyB from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 12:12 PM

Lourdes, great job! You're a rock star!! Cheers!

Maraya from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 11:45 AM

Well done! Love it!! Lourdes, you are the perfect voice for this column. I look forward to reading you!

AnneMarie from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 11:07 AM

How fun! So glad that they asked you to do it, you are the the perfect blopper for OP. Looking forward to seeing more of your blops!

Liz from Berkeley  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 10:43 AM

Lourdes, great job! So excited to hear about Oak Park from you and be the beneficiary of all your enthusiasm and curiosity. You're perfect for this---best wishes! Guess from an ex-OPer but always-OP-fan: B, Bar Louie; L, Lake Street Theater; O from OP el track overpass sign on Marion St; P from wall stop sign in downtown garage.

Chris from River Forest  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 10:34 AM

Looking forward to getting the skinny on anything I might have missed in town! You go, girl!

Cristine from Fort Worth  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 9:50 AM

I can't think of a better person to showcase Oak Park. You've shown me lots of cool things in OP over the years and I've grown to love it, too. I can't wait to see what you write about next! Congrats!!

Drewski from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 9:37 AM

So where the heck are the "B-L-O-P" letters located from your pic, Mrs. BlOP?Is there a prize?!

Lynn from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 9:28 AM

Loved it! I will keep reading, and so glad they asked you to do this.

Lisa Dodge from Oak Park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 7:52 AM

I am so proud of you for getting to do this. Who better to write a blop about all the things we love about Oak Park! Congratulations!

sandra dawson from oak park  

Posted: September 30th, 2010 6:03 AM

incredible Lourdes, you never cease to amaze me, I love this!

Paul from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 10:54 PM

Wow, You are my choice for navigating the quirks of Oak Park. Now...when Loudes speaks...Oak Park listens!

Renee from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 10:17 PM

Lourdes...I love it. Kay would be so very proud of you. If you're looking for stories on OP, ask my Mom. She turned 97 this year. I'm looking forward to the next Blop...keep me on the list. RGB

Linda from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 10:10 PM

This is cool; thanks for letting me know about it.

Linda from Atlanta  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 9:53 PM

Very exciting, Lourdes! Can't wait to follow the happenings in your area. Nicely done!!

laura from oak park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 9:47 PM

congrats lourdes! so proud of you and your blop! what an honor!

Sue from Chicago  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 9:23 PM

Love it, Lourdes! And yes, you are effervescent! Looking forward to future posts about my hometown!

Lori from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 7:54 PM

At long last!! Excited to hear more about my favorite town!

Angela from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 7:54 PM

Congrats on the blop! Will look forward to reading it.

Dee Dee from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 7:28 PM

You will be great!! I'm already a fan.

Swati Saxena from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 7:19 PM

Woo hoo, Lourdes! Looking forward to learning more about good old OP from your blOP (love it!!).

Phyllis from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 6:54 PM

WJ couldn't have made a better choice! You've introduced me to so many cool people and things in Oak Park. We're behind you all the way. I've made you one of my favorites...cause you are! Rock on, Lourdes!

shilpa from oak park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 6:33 PM

Super job, Lourdes...your creativity will shine even further here....CONGRATS!!!!

AnnKathryn Scott from Austin, Texas  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 6:31 PM

Lourdes,You make me want to live and work in OP! So proud if you and I know your community is as well!

Sandy Dechert from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 5:13 PM

You go, Lourdesie! (I've got all but the "P"!)

Mark Epstein from Oakland, CA  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 5:03 PM

Hello from California. I don't really know Oak Park but I love the Chicago area, and I am interested in what you have to say anyway. Thanks for inviting me to follow your blog (or blop)! Hope to see you soon, Lourdes.

Marcia from OP from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:57 PM

Wow! Lourdes this is great!! I look forward to following your blOP and I hope I don't WOOP.

Laura Kaufman from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:52 PM

Lourdes: Congrats on your Inaugural "Blop" post.Looking forward to reading future entries, and I have no doubt that you can live up to your bio!

Alyssa Payongayong  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:51 PM

Wow Sis, this is super cool! I'm not a real blogger, but we do have a blog page on our new website that you now officially owe us a comment on!!! So proud of you, this is certainly your niche - can't wait to hear more!! XOXO Lyss :o)

Liz Phillips from Dallas  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:36 PM

You are so talented!! So proud of you! We will have to come to town in order to try out all the cool BLOP things!!Hugs,The Phillips 3

David from Lahaina, Maui  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:31 PM

Aloha Lourdes!Congrats on the new column/blogAnd many thanks to Sean and Kyle for selling domain name to WJ to use in the village.

Nancy B.  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:06 PM

Great job, Lourdes! I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

Genevieve Broaddus from River Forest  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 4:02 PM excited for you. Looking forward to the Blops!

Kathryn Hempel from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:39 PM

OPa! WhoOpie! Way to go Lourdes. You are the perfect choice! Congratulations and best of luck to you.

Linda Angelos from La Palma Calif.  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:10 PM

You have always been "worthy"as only you Mom#2 could know. Am so proud!

Jacki from Bartlett Area  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:10 PM

Love it! It'll help me be able to scoOP! (Stay connected on Oak Park)! Best of luck to you and WJ.

Walter from Oak Park admirer  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:10 PM

Ok,we expect totally cool stuff from the woman who knows just about everyone this side of Berkley! The Little blOP That Could, goes just right with a morning Starbucks coffee, giggles and oh mys!

Ivy from Austin, Tx  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 3:03 PM

The best fit ever. Wish you lived here in Austin so we'd be blessed with a blop.

Laura from OP  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 2:47 PM

Lourdes, the Journal had it right on two counts-this is much needed and you are a perfect fit, in many ways, to pull it off. I am eager to see more and thankful for the insight about OP, as a relative newcomer (4 years). Laura

Mary from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 2:35 PM

HI Lourdes, This is cool! so very you:) Here are my guesses: - Bar Louis- Lake Theatre sign- Oak Park sign at the el overpass - looks the p is from an El overpass tunnel, but maybe the football stadium?

Mel from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 2:32 PM

Wonderful! Glad to have your unique take on our amazing village...

Dan from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 2:18 PM

Hi Lourdes! The "B" looks like it's from Einstein's Bagels (but I thought they moved?), the "L" from the Lake Theatre. I have no idea about the others and now I feel inadequate. Thanks a lot. ;)

Quotes With Out Borders  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 2:08 PM

Lourdes, Thank you for being a voice for the village! I look forward to interacting with all as they follow your blog!

Larry Armstrong from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:58 PM

Looking forward to your unique take, on Oak Park findsDip deeper than the writer of; wide lawns and narrow minds.A gifted person you are; you'll take our town to the TOPLet's all wish Lourdes well; with her Oak Park blOP !!!!!September 29,2010(copyright)

Jennifer from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:43 PM

Awesome Lourdes! I can't wait to read more of your blop!

A Mack  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:42 PM

Nice Lourdes! Looking forward to more.

Alyse from Chicago/Oak Park/DC  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:37 PM

This is awesome Lourdes, WELCOME to the blogosphere and thanks for adding your voice!I have a topic that I am curious to get your opinion on...I am currently in DC and I was reading a Craine Chicago Business article about the closing down of the building accros from Chase Bank on Lake Street.What is your previously unpublished opinion about this community calamity?


Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:27 PM

Awesome, Lourdes! I love "BLOP" and the awards names--can't wait to find out the winners (and losers)!

Alma from Oak Park  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:24 PM

Welcome to the blogosphere, Lourdes! I realize you guys are just getting started, but your comment fields are missing a spot for URL. In any case, here's mine. I've been blogging in OP for nearly 4 years!

Susan D. from Kirksville, MO  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 1:21 PM

Oh Lourdes this is so you.You will do great and we will all love it! I look forward to staying in touch with OP! Still miss it!

gene mc from oak park,il  

Posted: September 29th, 2010 12:22 PM

hey lourdsie.good luck.i moved to op in 1968.still here.

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