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Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 24

Many Thanks to the gentleman who found my wallet on Rock City Road and turned it in to the RCMP. You have restored my faith in humanity and proved there are still good people.

A bouquet of streetlights to the city’s public works department. We had a malfunctioning streetlight across the street from our house and the city had it fixed less than two hours after we called. You can’t get better service than that.

A jazzy thank you to the Cavallotti Lodge and its executive for your continued support of the Wellington Secondary band’s spaghetti fundraising dinner. We wouldn’t be able to do all the things we do without your generosity. Molte Grazie.

Huge Baskets of Roses to Heather Palmer and her Trigger Point Therapy skills for resolving my neck and shoulder issues so competently. The bonus with Heather is her compassion, kindness and generosity. She is also the most amazing custom knitter.

A Big Garden of Flowers to Dave Enders for sharing his computer expertise with me as I learn new skills. Dave is a kind and supportive man who deserves all the kudos he gets.

A Bouquet of kindness to Mary, who donated two backpacks full of items to our office to be distributed to homeless individuals. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

A basket full of autumn leaves to Sarah in the nuclear medicine department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She came in on her day off to conclude my treatment. She was courteous and professional and deserves a raise.

Luscious locks of hair to Randy of RD Salon for the wonderful haircuts I always get. I never need to rush back to my house and “re-do” my hair, I always get the perfect cut.  His prices are always fair.

A special thank you to the kind person who found my driver’s licence on the trails at Hemer Park and then went that extra step to deliver it to my home.

A bouquet to Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. I’m spreading the word – I have never felt such peace and joy as when I listened to their beautiful music recently. How fortunate to have them. First time for me, and not the last.

A warm, fuzzy bouquet to Volunteer Nanaimo and the Nanaimo News Bulletin for their help finding volunteers to keep our chapter of Blankets for Canada operating. Also thanks to the ladies who volunteered and to all the faithful knitters and crocheters, without whom we could not continue to supply blankets to people in our city in need of warmth.

A huge bouquet of chocolate chip cookies and green apples to all of my wonderful co-workers. We help people every day to change their lives through better sight, but rarely experience their perspective.You helped me change my life with humour and care and I love you all.

A big thank you to Brad and staff at McKay’s Home Theatre for helping the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 acquire a 70-inch big screen TV.

a big bouquet of roses to the person who found my wallet and returned it to the Real Canadian Superstore. J.D.

Many beefs to impatient drivers and pedestrians who don’t take responsibility for their own safety or the safety of others – drivers who don’t take that extra minute and proceed with caution and pedestrians who assume that people can see them and walk out onto the road without looking both ways. Wait your turn, share the road and please look both ways several times when crossing the street. Just because you can see the driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.

A beef to my upstairs neighbour. He knocks on my door and runs off, throws stones on my patio (once hitting my window), often cranks his sound system up, and last Christmas, he destroyed my door ornament. I expect that sort of childish behaviour out of a teenager, but he’s supposedly an adult.

Many beefs to people who believe dogs should be on leash in city parks. In my experience, dogs get more aggressive when on leash.  Also beefs to those who believe dogs are suffering when left in a car. If windows are open and there is proper ventilation, the majority of dogs are content to stay in the car as they know they are close to their people. It causes more anxiety in many cases for a dog to be left at home.

A dirty beef to those who keep referring to addicts as the most vulnerable in our society. The truly vulnerable in our society – the poor elderly and the innocent children – count on us to protect them. According to the government description of low-barrier housing, addicts are allowed to continue with their street activities while living in these taxpayer-funded residences with no obligation to go through treatment.

a barky beef to all of the irresponsible and inconsiderate dog owners who cannot control their dogs’ behaviour, yet insist on letting them run freely off leash. They then rush up to my dogs’ faces in a highly inappropriate manner. This whole scenario creates unnecessary and avoidable conflict between people as well as dogs. Learn how to control your dogs’ actions or leash up.

A Shame-on-You Beef. There was a time when even criminals would not cross certain lines and lower themselves to such acts as: stealing the poppy fund donations, impersonating a breast cancer survivor and sitting at a storefront and taking donations, or stealing a Cops for Cancer donation box off the front desk at a police station.

a beef. Dear Mr. Boat Harbour Road Bear: I would really appreciate the return of my trash can and lid. I don’t mind you keeping the contents, but I would like the container back.  I know it makes a handy receptacle for your winter snacks, but it’s part of a matched set. I would like it returned, no questions asked.

A huge gassy beef to the gas stations that gouge Nanaimo drivers. Why is gas $122.9 in Duncan and $123.9 in Chemainus and yet in Nanaimo we pay $129.9? There should be an investigation into this matter.

A high-speed beef to the motorists who choose to ignore the 60 km/h speed zone entering Nanoose Bay. This isn’t a suggestion. It’s the law.

a LUMP OF COAL to the two men who drove by our house, honking and waving their middle fingers. This is very unprofessional. Your behaviour is childish. Your company wouldn’t be very proud.

A beef to good things gone bad. Granola and cereal bars are supposed to be healthy, but some can be guilty pleasures as well. I tried one and found it to be delicious. Then I read the ingredients and in addition to oats, nuts and seeds, there was sugar, corn syrup, lactose, mono this and hydra that, and at least half a dozen other ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and had never heard of.

A nasty beef to the person who has been throwing their used bags of cat litter on the sides of the highway in the north end of Nanaimo. This has been happening for at least two years. Ever hear of a garbage?

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