Beefs & Bouquets, April 16

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BOUQUET To all the friendly, helpful staff at Home Hardware. Special thanks to Duane for putting together a fan that was beyond my capabilities.

BEEF To the person who changed the rules and will not let staff take patients to another building for entertainment. If you can’t walk safely, you stare at four walls 24/7. Isn’t this supposed to be assisted living?

BOUQUET To Tim and Robin at Big O Tire for the amazing customer service. The problem was solved within a couple of hours and I was on my way.

BEEF To the thieves who stole our sapling monkey puzzle tree from the Harewood Dental Clinic garden. This tree was a memorial to Mark Lueke, the late husband of one of our dentists and loved teacher at Dover Bay Secondary. That is what you ripped out by the roots.

BOUQUET To Kelly at Bowen TD for her patience and skill at ensuring I am able to use the online features to my best advantage. The information Kelly gave me has already saved me countless hours and trips to town.

BEEF To the orange scooter driver. Should you continue to ride two feet inside the white line, you will be hurt – maybe killed – by drivers who think they drive right past you. Learn the correct and safe position to ride on the road.

BOUQUET To the lady with the little white dog and the jogging stroller at Colliery dam. Thank you for helping me get my dogs into my truck. Without your help after my fall, I likely would have been lying there with my broken wrist for a while.

BEEF To the drug store that has its overhead ceiling fans on so high it makes shopping unpleasant and painful in certain aisles.  A large amount of seniors shop here – turning down the wind would have us buying more things.

BOUQUET To Dave Tomlinson, case manager from WorkSafe B.C. for supporting my medical needs at my workplace. Also thanks to Ron from Mobility Store for his knowledge in selecting a product that meets my needs to work in a pain-free environment.

BEEF To people who walk around with their mouths hanging open. You look ridiculous, and it ages your face 10 years and makes your IQ look 50 points lower.

BOUQUET To the three people who helped me out of the Lost Lake trail after I hit my head. Thanks for staying with me until my husband arrived.

BEEF To parents who do not teach their children proper table manners. Spilling food off the sides of their plate and not knowing how or when to use a knife make them really stand out in a negative way at other people’s houses.

BOUQUET To my lovely husband of nearly five years. Thank you for being wonderful, and understanding these past few months. You have been there for me for all that I’ve been going through and I really appreciate it.

BEEF To our recently appointed ‘leader.’ The workers have not been crushed by your lack of integrity when you flew off the handle – just more aware of the many knives you have been hiding behind your shield of former friendship. Maturity and experience would have let the dust settle before throwing it back in our faces.

BOUQUET To the young people who stopped their car to pick up my bicycle bag that had fallen off (unknown to me), then followed me to return the bag.

BEEF To the dental clinic. I have been a patient for more than 10 years but when I requested an appointment for a cleaning and a checkup, I was informed I would have to go on a waiting list. I have now contacted a new dentist.

BOUQUET To the kind, helpful folks at Gold’s Auto who saw us without an appointment at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday and fixed our brake problem at no charge. We made it home safe and sound thanks to you.

BEEF To Nanaimo drivers. Bowen Road is not a race track – there is no trophy for being first place at the next red light. Slow down.

BOUQUET To a very nice, young, intelligent cashier, Kelsey S., at Thrifty Foods in Port Place mall. He is always helpful to the customers who are in the most need.

BEEF To the mean-spirited beefer. Your maligning character and lack of knowledge of the true issues damages a society coming off a recent $1.3-million capital campaign. Volunteers are intelligent – you are transparent.

BOUQUET To Yellow Point Lodge for allowing us to look around and offered us free tea or coffee and dessert. Now that is good customer service.

BEEF To the nasty neighbour who lets her cat run across the floor day or night disrupting the peaceful space below in a building where no animals are allowed.

BOUQUET To beautiful, lovely and very kind bus drivers Merv, Norene and Connie.

BEEF The city’s latest changes to recycling plastics curbside is counteracting the objective for recycling. People are confused by the vague rules as to what plastics the city will accept. People are now throwing the majority of plastics in the garbage.

BOUQUET To my neighbours and friends, who helped me during my surgery recovery. Special mention, to John, for nightly walks with Piper; to Anita, David, Vicky and Roland, for Sunday walks; to George for tree pruning, and more; to Judy and Lynne for help in my home.

BOUQUET To the parents and grandparents of the Vesna Ukrainian Dancers for making the thousands of perogies and borscht for the successful Ukrainian Easter Bazaar.

BOUQUET To the lady in Ricky’s in late March who kindly picked up my tab. It was unexpected and very much appreciated by the elderly grey-haired lady.

BOUQUET To our awesome neighbours Ray and Diane for looking after our house and cat Goldie. You guys are the best.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Yacht Club for another enjoyable Easter egg hunt on Newcastle Island. Thanks to volunteers and donors for their hard work and generosity, and to the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry for providing free rides for children.

BOUQUET To Nesvog’s Meats for allowing a customer to come in and buy a steak more than half an hour after closing time.

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