Opinion

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 17

A huge bunch of hugs and thank yous to Dan and his team at Speedy Glass for restoring my faith in customer service. The service was beyond exceptional. A lot of businesses and companies should take a few lessons from you. From the friendly, helpful service to to little extras that were thrown in, it was a huge help for me. Keep it up, we do notice and appreciate it.

A huge bouquet of thanks to the Kiwanis Sunrisers for their generous donation to the Nanaimo District Secondary School Skills for Life Program and the District Life Skills Program. We appreciate your kindness and commitment to special needs students. Your generosity makes such a difference.

A bouquet of cable wires to Travis at Shaw, who went way beyond the call of duty and worked on his time off to get our computers working. Many thanks.

A Bouquet to the lovely young woman who isn’t working at Wellington Medical Clinic anymore. She was always so friendly and sweet when taking patients to the exam rooms. We wish her success in her future endeavours and much happiness. You are greatly missed.

Thanks to the guys at Auto Check Automotive for restoring my faith by giving me prompt, excellent and friendly service.

Heartfelt thanks to a secret valentine. We had a delicious meal at Aladdin’s Cafe recently. Imagine our surprise and delight to discover you had “paid it forward.” Now it will be our turn. Thank you again.

Thank you to Ian, our dinner server at Swiss Chalet, for helping to make my birthday more special. You were attentive and seem to really enjoy your job.

A belated Musical Bouquet for Mr. Rozman at North Cedar Intermediate School. Your enthusiam and love of teaching music made for a fabulous Christmas concert. Thank you so much for all of your efforts and hard work to put on a fabulous show. Everyone thought it was really excellent.

A heartfelt thanks to Dave at Friesen Rentals for donating all of the profits from his Christmas tree sale to North Cedar Intermediate School. The $850 makes a substantial difference. It was greatly appreciated. From an NCI parent.

A bouquet of thank yous to the Nanaimo News Bulletin for putting my lost item in the paper. I was hoping some good Samaritan would find my earring as I am 88 and it has sentimental value.

A huge bouquet of thanks to the helpful man at the Home Hardware store off Applecross Road who cut my bolts to size and charged me a smile. What great service.

A special thanks to Dot and the Diva Dolls burlesque troupe and everyone who donated for the silent auction. From Joyce and family.

A rather smug bouquet to myself. I’ve been coming down hard on technology lately and was feeling guilty about it. But then over the New Year’s Eve weekend, people relying on the iPhones as alarm clocks ran into trouble because the application didn’t work. Just because something is the latest gadget doesn’t mean it is better.

A huge bouquet of hearts to Bob Saunders and Lee McDonald at the north end Chrysler dealership, who were so kind and helpful when I bought my new Grand Caravan. Absolutely no pressure, just kindness.

A bouquet of pencils for Mrs. Kissinger at Wellington Secondary School. I have never met a teacher who cares so much about the well-being and success of her students. She is a hidden gem in the school system.

Bouquets of sunflowers to Knots Cafe at Longwood Station. Glad to see you open. Great coffee and good food.

A great big thank you to Coastal Community Credit Union for participating in the United Way’s Day of Caring campaign. Their volunteers went above and beyond and removed a large bush from the Lantzville Boys and Girls Club. Thanks for showing such amazing community support.

A gala thanks to the Nanaimo News Bulletin for the wonderful time we had at the New Year’s Eve gala, as we were the winners of the tickets.

a towering beef to the new candy-striped power poles by the helipad. What an eyesore. Were we really having problems there with helicopter crashes?

A BEEF to those inconsiderate people who leave their trailer hitches attached to their cars and trucks when they are not in use. I have injured my leg twice when walking behind a truck and once while on the ferry as they make you pull right up to the next vehicle. In Manitoba people receive a $180 fine for leaving it attached if not in use. Maybe B.C. should look at the same law.

a beef to Nanaimo Regional Transit System for cancelling the HandyDart service from 7-9 p.m. It makes it difficult to attend community events in the evenings.

a huge beef to the smokers and gum chewers out there. You have ashtrays in your cars and probably trash cans, too. Why do you find it necessary to toss your butts and spit your gum out the windows? Are you all just that lazy? We have to sweep your garbage up every day from around our restaurant. The sidewalk and drive-thru are polka-dotted with gum of all different colours and let us not forget the hazards of tossing cigarette butts out a car window.

A composting beef to my neighbour for dumping his yard waste down the ravine behind our house. When I asked you to please not dump there as I am trying to clean it up, you said it was OK because everyone has been doing it for years and went ahead and dumped. The city provides several places to take yard waste at a low cost and dumping on the railway tracks is dangerous.

A beef to all those selfish people who drive with their animals on their laps. If you cared about your animals, you would put them in a cage. How could you live with yourselves if you caused an accident? Your insurance sure won’t cover you.

A beef to the cat owner who thinks people should not complain. Cats mess in my yard, kill song birds and squirrels, yowl at 3 a.m. and need no licence. If my dog did any of these things, you would complain.

A beef. What’s with the paper inserts? They are long, some even backwards, some folded over. They are very awkward.

A beef to mankind – or some of it, anyway. Why do some people feel the need to celebrate victory with violence? The people of Tunisia recently used Twitter to help overthrow a dictator. The very next day, news came of rioters and looters in the streets.

Shame on the person who lets his dog loose to chase the rabbits on a field. Your licence number has been recorded and reported.

A beef to businesses that have elaborate websites with lots of graphics and features, but don’t give consumers a good idea of what they are all about. Every site should have an “About” section with clear, concise information.

A beef to the Canadian government for telling us to stop consuming so much salt, yet allowing companies to charge double for sodium-reduced products.

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