Beefs & Bouquets, May 19

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Two dozen sunny pink roses to Robyn and Tim at Big O Tires on Albert Street. Your fabulous service and follow-up never ceases to amaze me. You guys rock.

A Huge Bouquet of Thanks to the Nanaimo Fire Rescue department’s “C Crew” on Fitzwilliam Street for the time and effort they put into helping us rescue our new kitten that was stuck in a precarious situation in our vehicle. From the Morgans.

Merci beaucoups to the wonderful students from Wellington Secondary School who did a magnificent job serving lunch at the Volunteer Nanaimo luncheon honouring volunteers from our area. Special thanks also goes to the culinary arts students from John Barsby Secondary School who toiled in the kitchen to prepare that same lunch.

Special thanks to the staff from EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. who came out once again to volunteer and assist with the setup and cleanup at Beban Park for our Volunteer Nanaimo luncheon. You guys are great and your community spirit outstanding.

A big bouquet to John from Purolator. You are always so friendly and happy when you come into our office. Your happy attitude brightens people’s days.

A bouquet to the City of Nanaimo on the new and improved dog off-leash park.

A bouquet to all the nurses, doctors and other staff in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s emergency department for their compassion, calming manner, and medical expertise while caring for our family on several occasions. When we were in the department on a busy statutory holiday recently, everyone who needed care was treated with kindness, respect and professionalism from all the staff.

A huge bunch of daffodils to the friends, family and neighbours of the Wild Wild Monkey Mamas of Departure Bay. You made our bottle drive for Relay for Life a great success.

A bouquet of daffodils to Mark and Janice at Brand Xpress for doing such a great job on our T-shirts for the Wild Wild Monkey Mamas. Our Relay for Life fundraiser was a great success and people noticed us in our bright yellow shirts.

A shame-on-you beef to the person who dented the door of our black SUV at the fair. You had the audacity to change parking stalls without leaving a note on our windshield. An accident can be forgiven, but not cowardice. What a disappointment to come back to our car and see it damaged.

a Beef to myself for spending all that money on motorcycle lessons. I just found out that anybody – even 10-year-olds – can ride scooters without any licence or training. I see big accidents just waiting to happen.

a beef to a local business for bringing in outside management. Cutting staff and losing your customer base is surely a recipe for disaster.

A beef about the tire-killer potholes on the highway next to Long Lake. I had a flat tire about two miles after hitting one of them.

An ironic beef. I found a 25-year-old TV Guide the other day and went for a trip down memory lane. I found it interesting that even though there were about half as many available channels as there are today, there wasn’t a moment, day or night, that I couldn’t find a program I would enjoy watching. With all of our choices today, I can’t find a thing worth watching on several occasions throughout the week. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

a beef about all the negative political ads. We’re not as bad as our American counterparts, but we seem to take that as some sort of challenge. I’d rather vote for someone who says “vote for me and I’ll do this, this, this and this for you” and doesn’t mention his/her rivals, rather than for someone who concentrates on how terrible the other candidates are.

An outdated, bottom-of-the pile beef to the rude, control-maniac person in a Nanaimo business. You should have gone home early and taken a sleeping pill.

a big black eye to all those who couldn’t be bothered to vote recently. And you women – don’t you remember that women had to fight for that right? In certain countries people are still fighting for the right to vote. The apathy of some Canadian voters is pathetic.

a frustrated beef to B.C. Ferries about the Earls Cove/Saltery Bay and Powell River/Comox ferry schedules. One often cannot travel from the Sechelt peninsula on the Sunshine Coast to Powell River and then catch a ferry to Comox in a reasonable time because the schedules don’t match up. If the schedules were better aligned, customers driving from Saltery Bay could make it. We got there in time to watch the ferry depart and then had to wait three hours for the next one.