Beefs & Bouquets, April 30

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BOUQUET Finally the city responded by putting two-hour parking only near Nob Hill Park. Working people around here can pay to park. Long overdue.

BEEF We are at war and so what are you smoking? At the present time we have turned our backs to God and allowed demonic power to destroy all peace.

BOUQUET To the kind man who changed my tire at Nanaimo North Town Centre. I have never put on one of those small-size emergency tires and could not even loosen the jack from the trunk.

BEEF To the thief who stole my shop’s compressor out of my garage and carefully squeezed by my classic car. Please throw my car’s stolen keys back in my yard.

BOUQUET To Mark and Beverly for leading the Bowen Wanderers on many wonderful walks for more than 15 years.

BEEF To the bandwagon Canucks fans in the province. Don’t you support your team through thick and thin?

BOUQUET To Ken’s Transfer and Courier. As a small business owner who needs to ship highly perishable items as quick as possible, Ken’s Transfers goes far above and beyond every single week.

BEEF To drivers who think it is OK to put on their turn signal after they have turned (or not at all). How are other drivers and pedestrians supposed to know what they are doing?

BOUQUET To Audrey for hosting our Survivor nights. You may have the biggest, best TV but really it’s your hosting skills that keep us coming.

BEEF To the woman driving a black Jetta more than 60 km/h down Ashlee Street while elementary school kids were picking up garbage for Earth Day. You provided a great lesson on how selfish people have the potential to harm so many.

BOUQUET To the staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for exemplary care given to my father when he, and so many others, filled the busy ER to overflowing. All of you acted with confident competence imbued with humanity and humility.

BEEF To the irresponsible people walking their lab at Pipers Lagoon. You let it poop on the beach and just walked away. You’re teaching your daughter well.

BOUQUET To the magnificent homes and spring-coloured gardens in north Nanaimo.

BEEF To the CEO. A deficit would have got you fired had you been working for a private corporation.

BOUQUET To the young lady in a Tim Hortons lineup, singing softly and as sweet as any nightingale.

BEEF To the city for selling the Gordon Street property to SSS Manhao for $565,000. It was not only a cheap price for prime property but also taxpayer money that got caught up in this money pit.

BOUQUET To Tim Mitton and his crew at Big-O Tire. Thank you for outstanding service.

BEEF To the ongoing, very hard-hitting economic recession. It’s tough to find a job here, let alone no real help from the politicians and the economic advisor.

BOUQUET To Jessica at the north end Staples for helping me with my wedding invitations. They look absolutely beautiful.

BEEF To the big build, tattoo-covered man driving a blue car. You were driving way too fast down a side road and killed our cat. I hope your conscience keeps you up at night.

BOUQUET To the kind, caring staff and customers of Port Place London Drugs, who rushed to help when I passed out. You were all exceptionally helpful.

BEEF To the person in the black SUV at Nanaimo Yacht Club who tossed her lighted cigarette from the passenger window. Thank you for coming back to stamp out that butt after I confronted you, even though it may have been done reluctantly.

BOUQUET To the thoughtful man in the medical imaging unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. I was in a hospital robe in the waiting room chair feeling cold, uncomfortable and tired when he brought me a warm blanket to wrap around my shoulders.

BEEF To the parents and other selfish persons who continuously text and talk on their phones and speed through the Pleasant Valley school zone, to the police for not keeping up their end of the bargain and policing this stretch of road, and to the city for not putting up a speed board like promised.

BOUQUET To the Foam Guy on Portsmouth Road. You had just what I needed.

BEEF To city council and staff for not considering a traffic circle at the bottom of Albert Street. It would eliminate confusion and move traffic better.

BOUQUET To the wonderful firemen at No. 4 Fire Hall for coming to open the gate for two silly people who couldn’t read the sign.

BEEF To the tax service place that’s been doing my simple income taxes for the past eight years. Nothing has changed except your fees that have continued to climb even with the seniors’ discount.

BOUQUET To Karen and Connie of KC’s Boutique who hosted their annual Fashion For Compassion High Tea. With the generosity and support of all those attending, as well contributions from the business community, $6,713 was raised for hospice programs and services.

BEEF To the well-known car dealership. Went in for a tire change only to be told I need wheel drum work and had a weeping brake line, but my brake pads were fine. I took my car to my husband’s mechanic immediately after, where lo and behold, my brake pads were shot but everything else was fine. You put my life in danger.

BEEF Very disappointed in the garden centre. Ever heard of water? When I see dead product, what does that say about your product care?

BEEF To the B.C. Ferries executive who blames the reduced ridership on the negative complaints from the public.

BEEF To all those passive and willing to be scammed, poisoned and domineered by big food, big pharma, big oil, big corporations, and Big Brother. When are you going to get mad as hell and not take it anymore?

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