Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 22

A bouquet to my neighbour on Merryman Way who takes a trash bag with her when she goes out for a walk and picks up the trash thrown out by the thoughtless citizens of Nanaimo.

A colourful bouquet of perfect paint samples to Delea Trumbley of Details Painting. I am pleased with the finished project and with her fine work. I highly recommend Delea to anyone who is thinking of having the interior of their home painted.

A busload of bouquets to Dave Prevost for all his hard work in organizing busing for the school district’s special needs students.  The Skills for Life Programs at Nanaimo District and Woodlands secondary schools appreciate his support.

A bouquet of delicate roses to Sara, Dusty, Lee, and Sue at the Port Theatre for helping the Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society and the members of the Suicide Bereavement Support Group host our sixth Soles Remembering Souls on Sept. 11, in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day. Your ongoing dedication to making this event special for those who attend is very much appreciated.

Sweetpeas to Captain Mike and his crew and also to Bavarian Imports Auto Repair for helping me with my car. The words ‘No Charge’ sounded great.

A BIG BOUQUET to the trades cafeteria opening up at Vancouver Island University. They have great food. Good home cooking.

A belated thanks to one of the good guys – Jesse at Barron’s Home Appliance Centre. Hope you enjoyed the banana bread. Your company stands behind it’s work.

A heartfelt bouquet to the compassionate person who stayed with the dying fawn on Hammond Bay Road. The world needs more kindhearted people like you. Shame on the depraved individual who hit this poor animal and left it to suffer.

A BIG BOuQUET OF THANKs to Evelyn and John for being at the right time and place to witness my parked car being hit in a parking lot. Thank you also to Bev from ICBC for being so kind and understanding, to Craftsman Collision for fixing my car and to the police officer for taking the time out of his busy schedule to look into my matter. I am very grateful to all of you for going out of your way and turning my upset into a great relief.

Many musical bouquets to Harbour City Music for their recent Musican Appreciation Day.  The upbeat, happy sounds from the players alongside the youthful laughter from the Bouncy Castle made my Saturday afternoon. What a delight.

Sweetpeas to our Nanaimo kidney heroes – Central Drugs, Amgen, Harris Mitsubishi, Wal-mart, Mid Island Co-Op, Quality Foods, Coastal Community Credit Union, Serious Coffee, Global Securities, Ocean Spray, Global TV, The Wave, The Wolf, Nanaimo Daily News and Nanaimo News Bulletin for their support for the Gift of Life Walk.

a big Shout Out to Sabine and the staff at the Spice Lounge in Nanaimo for hosting Karl Wolf and the Wolf Pack for an amazing performance. The venue, staff and customers were as energized and as friendly as the band itself, making the entire evening a success. Karl Wolf is one of this country’s up and coming music sensations with a broad appeal and international recognition. It is nice to see venues on Vancouver Island bringing in, supporting and promoting this young Canadian star.

A bouquet of thanks to Stanley Chong of Realty Executives Nanaimo for his patience and dedication in helping us find the best house for our family and selling our house. He went the extra mile despite uncommon circumstances and short timelines. We really appreciate everything.

A GRATEFUL BOUQUET to Randy at Micro-Vision for replacing the defective hard drive on my PC. Customers appreciate your outstanding service and ethical business practice.

a bouquet. We recently had efficient work done by Home Depot installers. Many thanks to Matt and Daryl. You were quick, no time wasted and so polite.

A HUGE THANK YOU to B.C. Ferries and the person who found my passport at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal recently. After it was found, B.C. Ferries put it on the ferry to Nanaimo.

A HUGE BOUQUET of flowers and many, many thanks to an extraordinary stranger, Wendy, for her random act of generosity to an old lady at the Save-On-Foods in Country Club Centre.

a bouquet to Amrikko’s for the restaurant’s excellent, quality fish and chips in the new location in Departure Bay. Extra crispy was fabulous. Better than I used to get in England.

A HUGE bouquet to Geoff at Alpine Technical Services and Sales for going above and beyond while transferring our kennel software and installing our new computer. We greatly appreciate the amazing customer service we received.

Flat tires to the woman who said, “I’m parked within the lines” as an excuse for parking so close to my vehicle at Beban Park Recreation Centre that I couldn’t open my door wide enough to get my baby into his car seat. I hope now that you’ve had some time to think about it, you realize what a silly thing that was to say when an “I’m sorry” would have sufficed.

A big beef to the City of Nanaimo for not preventing more deer fatalities (and possible human fatalities) by reducing/enforcing slower speed limits and putting up a sufficient number of “deer crossing” signs in areas where the deer population is high.

A big rotten beef to the person who hit my car, then didn’t report his crime to the police or to ICBC. There are people out there who are hard-working and deserve to have good things in life and are honest no matter what the consequences.

A beef to the health authority and parents who allow children, especially school age children, to stand in shopping carts with their germ-laden shoes on. Think about it the next time you put your groceries on your kitchen counter.

a beef. I’m continuing my lonely battle against the rush to buy the newest inventions and doodads in the world of technology. There are so many wondrous and even miraculous things out there, and I’m glad they’re available for those who wish to buy them. But changes are coming so fast that before you can get them home, there are bigger and better things on the shelves with even more bells and whistles. As for me, I’ll stick with the tried and true.

a WHAT’S-HAPPENED-to-our-freedom-of-choice beef. TV has been in this country for nearly 60 years. For most of that time, it was available only over the air. A few years ago, digital came along, then high definition, but how we got it was always up to us. Now the government has decided how we must receive it. We can now get TV signals on the computer. What’s next – banning TV altogether and allowing only Internet reception? More and more of our choices are being taken away from us every day.

a beef to last week’s “gentle” beefer. What a boring anecdote. Some poor tree had to die so that you could get your opinion in the newspaper, and that’s the best you can come up with?


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