Beefs & Bouquets, May 24

A Huge Bundle of Thanks to the gentlemen in the Canadian Tire auto service department who took the time out to help when my oil light came on in my car. Thanks a million for fixing my problem.

A bouquet to assistant manager Steve St. Cyr at the Kal Tire on Norwell Drive. Without his extraordinary customer service and willingness to get his hands dirty, Nanaimo CarShare Co-op would have been handicapped in the May 15 Commuter Challenge race by a compact spare.

A big bouquet of red roses to Turley’s Florist and Potting Shed for the excellent service to customers. Not only did you put a message on my machine when you delivered my Mother’s Day flowers when I was not home, but Mr. Turley also phoned back before their closing time to make sure I got the message.

Bouquets of Tulips to Cindy at the Full Monty show. The show was fantastic, you were so helpful and happy and it made for a truly memorable evening.

A special bouquet to my son Christopher who goes to muay thai twice a week with me. I love our time together. I feel honored that you asked me. You’re the best gift I’ve ever received and I am grateful every day for you.

Huge bouquets to the Geek Squad guys – Dayton and Luke of Best Buy Nanaimo. I accidently hit a button on my Denon receiver and tried everything to get the sound back on to no avail. I was so frustrated. Dayton dropped by on his way home after he finished work and fixed it for me at no charge. All of my future technology purchases will be at this store because of their terrific customer service.

A big bouquet to Laura and Edie at Highview Optical in Terminal Park for the great service. Whether I am trying to choose new frames or my old frames need adjusting or repair, they are always helpful. You are the best.

A fragrant bouquet of Sweet Peas to all Kidney Foundation volunteers who participated in the March drive. With your help we raised $13,902.52 in Nanaimo and more than $320,000 across B.C. for research, patient care and public awareness. Thank you for your outstanding efforts.

Bouquets of thanks to all the families, students and staff at South Wellington Elementary School for helping make the recent plant sale successful. Bouquets also to the many local businesses that donated: Dancing Frog Farm, Kleijn Nursery, Yellow Point Propagation, Vern Stephens, Columbia Greenhouses, Dudkinks Berry Farm and Country Grocer.

A bouquet to all the wonderful teachers out there. It sounds ludicrous to demand that gas station attendants or secretaries or anyone else in any profession be required to stay after work and help people for free. Yet teachers do it year round. It’s a shame your olive branch of goodwill has to be sullied by such hostility over not participating in volunteer, extra-curricular work.

A giant bouquet of purple irises to Robert in the garden section of Rona. Many thanks for your excellent advice and for helping me rehabilitate plants. Rona has a great selection and is the best in friendly, knowledgeable customer service.

A lovely spray of white irises to my neighbour Rob. Thanks for recognizing that a dangerous tree needed to be removed between our properties and for utilizing your resources to make it happen quickly and cost effectively. Your sweat equity helped us, too. I am very grateful to have such fantastic neighbours.

Thanks to Ralph Lemmon and the crew at Mid Island Collision for their professional service and for restoring my 2006 Nissan Altima after my unfortunate accident. You’ve got my recommendation.

a bouquet of forget-me-nots to Diane and her staff at Telfords. You were wonderful and helpful during our trying and sad time. We really appreciate all you did for us.

a huge thank you to Lesly at the Costco membership desk.  You are so patient and polite and you have a great personality. Your explanations were so thorough.

A bouquet full of fragrant and lasting flowers to the members of the Departure Bay Bridge Club for their generosity and kind wishes. It is a pleasure to provide an afternoon of bridge enjoyment to you all each Tuesday and we look forward to our 14th year together.

A bouquet to the Harper government for cutting funding to the Katimavik program. I participated in 2006 and, yes, I loved the volunteering. But the leadership was spotty at best, the program required activity and work partipation akin to 60 hours per week and the experience was so emotionally stressful that there is no way it is a healthy program for youth. I still have nightmares that I’m back in the program.

Big, bright bouquets of spring flowers to Vicki, who contributed many weeks of her time to the herART clay molding novice classes. We learned much and laughed lots in a warm, peaceful environment. Thank you for this gift.

a bouquet to Lucy of Shaw Cable. You are so understanding and patient, given that you had to explain everything to me a couple of times. I am so glad I met you. Your employers are lucky to have such a great employee.

Bouquets of flowers to Julia’s Ladies Clothing and Kimberley’s of Nanaimo for helping make Trinity United Church’s fundraiser a huge success. To all of the wonderful church members who worked so hard, thank you. From the committee.

A Huge Beef to the city for not helping to fund the fireworks on the May long weekend. There is no excuse for this total lack of judgment.

a beef. No excuses for the city not to issue tickets to smokers who light up where there are no-smoking bylaws in place, since there will be bylaw officers giving out parking tickets. Please enforce this, no more warnings.

a beef to a north-end restaurant that our lunch group visited recently. When we entered, we were bombarded with loud music, but when I asked the waitress to have the management turn the music down – we couldn’t hear what she was saying, never mind have a conversation with our friends – she returned stating that the manager said this was not possible.

an Unhappy morning beef to the driver of an extremely noisy car that wakes me up daily at 7 a.m. Your muffler is meant to muffle.

A GRATUITOUS BEEF to teachers who volunteered their services and then later withdrew them. If you make a commitment, then you must follow through. Don’t volunteer your time and effort if, at some time later, there’s a possibility of you reneging.

A BEEF to the Nanaimo man who kicked a poor, harmless 12-year-old dog a month ago. You should lose your job. I won’t deal with your company until you pay for your wrong-doing. I hope you know that the dog has died.

a dirty beef to people who dump loads of household garbage in the woods around Nanaimo. I’m getting tired of seeing this, but it seems like it is happening more and more.

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