Beefs & Bouquets, July 14

A special bouquet to Brad’s Detailing fellows for the great job de-mossing and washing on the blue house on Uplands.

A huge thank you to the two male passersby and two city workers who spent hours trying to rescue baby ducklings at the Buttertubs Marsh outlet. You are heroes in my book.

A big hug to the young lady who found my wallet and put it back through my truck’s open window.

Baskets of bouquets to the honest people and staff of B.C. Ferries who found my unidentified coin purse and, through many avenues and people from Tsawwassen terminal, got it back to me at Departure Bay.

A big, beautiful bouquet of roses to the Old City Pub, our numerous sponsors, and those who attended our annual CatNap Society beer and burger fundraiser on June 18. It was a huge success thanks to the contribution of so many. The cats thank you, too.

I would like to send a Salty Sailor Bouquet to my wonderful shipmates for my spectacular severance/retirement party. Millie, Brad, Melissa, Rick and all the rest of my ‘ferry family’, I can’t thank you all enough.

A beautiful bouquet to the lady at the London Drugs photo centre in Port Place shopping centre. You went above and beyond your job to help me out with a photo of my son that day and I am forever grateful. Good to see that exceptional customer service is still alive and well in downtown Nanaimo.

A loud leathery roar for Rod, Dave, Lady Di, Lynn, Judy, Rene, Judi, Steve, Al and Robert, along with others we weren’t lucky enough to meet, for their awesome job in organizing the inaugural Nanaimo Toy Run. It was a huge success, extremely well organized and brought in hundreds of toys for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive this Christmas. Seeing a leather-clad guy on a Harley with a stuffed cow strapped on the back was priceless.

A Bouquet to Pauline at Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog’s office for help resolving a birth date issue with StudentAid BC. Your help was greatly appreciated.

A huge, appreciative bouquet to Jennifer Moyou and the amazing staff at the North Nanaimo White Spot Restaurant for the excellent service and attention given to McGirr Elementary School’s Grade 3 class at their end-of-school luncheon. We sincerely thank you.

A huge bouquet of thanks to the Quality Foods staff and volunteers who gave their free time to once again organize and run a fabulous Teddy Bear Picnic in Nanoose. It is another way that Quality Foods shows its dedication to community and family along with giving its staff the day off after Christmas. I commend Quality Foods for keeping this tradition and applaud the staff who donate their free time to provide service and entertainment to the children and families who attend. There were hundreds of children in attendance enjoying the activities at a good family picnic.

Bouquets of appreciation to Acclaim Restorations, painter Jan Macdonald, Wingren Floors and carpet layer Kevin Guenther for work done within time frame stated, price quoted and as specified.

A big thank you bouquet to the person or people who turned in my dropped keys to the service counter at the Save-On-Foods store at Woodgrove. It is great to know there are people like you.

A BOUQUET to Pat and Dave for all their help during our move. Clean floors, planted shrubs, two TVs mounted and more. Wow, the place feels like home.

A beautiful music Bouquet to the Nanaimo Concert Band and the Pipes and Drums of the Pacific Gael for a great concert. We are so blessed to have these fine musicians in our community. A Beef to the ignorant folks who talked non-stop during the concert (including one of the band members while the Pipes and Drums were playing). If you want to visit, please move away from the crowd.

A BOUQUET to the Vancouver hockey fans who were there June 15 to enjoy themselves – without violence or vandalism – and helped those who were injured or endangered. Thanks also to those who took pictures of the rioters and turned them over to the authorities. A BEEF to the Vancouver rioters. The people whose property was destroyed weren’t responsible for the loss of the Stanley Cup, so why punish them? This is why I don’t like hockey and other violent sports. Golf and tennis fans don’t react that way.  I thought we had risen above that sort of thing.

A realistic beef to our city leaders. When you see a fire truck with sirens going and lights flashing, do you wonder where it’s heading? Chasing ambulances, attending fender benders or what they are generously paid for – to attend fires? Perhaps council should look at the extra cost for these sometimes unnecessary calls.

A reminder beef to whomever in the city is responsible for maintaining the Parkway Trail. Numerous sections – especially between East Wellington Road and Jingle Pot Road – are so overgrown with weeds, it’s single file only for cyclists, walkers or runners. I won’t even get into the low-hanging branches that whack cyclists.

A beef to the babysitting course instructor for getting mad at kids if they had to go to the washroom, and not giving instructions so when the kids would do something, they would get in trouble. And you were also making the little test sound like a big exam and if we didn’t get 65 per cent we were going to get into big trouble.You call yourself a kids’ person? You were clearly just doing this to get paid and should be ashamed of yourself.

A beef to the lazy dog owners walking around Westwood Lake who can’t be bothered taking their ‘doggie bags’ to a garbage can. Why do they bother picking up a bag if they are going to use it, then throw it into the bushes? Without making any effort to watch for the bags, we counted at least 10 during our walk.  These dog owners are spoiling a place of great natural beauty that is there for everyone to enjoy.

A beef to the accounting/bookkeeping business. I was at work next door when my eight-year-old son was having a Tourette’s syndrome attack and they told him to shut up. Once confronted, they told me to drive away and never come back. Never would I recommend people like you to do my business with.

A Beef to all who think abusing their sales clerk is OK. It’s not –  they’re just trying to support themselves. So those of you who need to voice your problems, please ask for the CEO or manager and give them your complaint, as they make the rules. When the clerk tries to follow the rules, the top brass never backs up the employee. You need to go to the top and stop upsetting the day of a worker just trying to do a job.

A big beef to all who have forgotten what the word ‘merge’ means. There is no stop sign when you merge and blend in with the flow of traffic. Don’t sit there holding up vehicles waiting for a break in traffic.

AN RV sani-dump to the couple who set up an appointment for me to see their camper, only to sell it on me. What happened to the days when a person’s word meant something?

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