Today I saw a plain white van deliver to a business. Unbelievable. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

Beefs & Bouquets, April 6

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BOUQUET To the Altrusa Club, their friends and fellow muffin bakers. Once again, they supported the students of Georgia Avenue School with a huge donation of home-baked muffins. The students love them.

BEEF It’s the middle of March so all we will see in stores and flyers now are BBQs and bathing suits. Don’t bother looking or asking for a winter coat, boots or an electric heater.

BOUQUET To my doctors, nurses, aides, family and friends, many thanks from an old Second World War sailor for your great care and skill in fixing this old hulk’s plumbing – made me shipshape and Bristol fashion again.

BEEF To a lousy council for misplaced values, placing priority on an events centre for a few. Instead focus on what the city really needs, and not spending hundreds of thousands on consultations and a referendum. We need an election now.

BOUQUET To the Bulletin delivery people who continue to deliver the newspaper in this horrendous winter we are having this year.

BEEF To all the people who want a multiplex but didn’t take part in the referendum. Your vote may have made a big difference.

BOUQUET To Jim Tyson, financial advisor at Investor’s Group who is very efficient and guided me through all of the paperwork during a very difficult time following the passing of my husband. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.

BEEF What is up with all the unmarked delivery vehicles? I routinely see a neighbour get envelopes delivered by a plain white van, no Canada Post or courier branding. Today I saw a plain white van deliver to a business. Unbelievable.

BOUQUET To the lady at Mary Ellen McDonald’s who handed in my husband’s lost wallet; we were so pleased to find there are still honest people out there.

BEEF to the dysfunctional city council for wasting tax dollars on a pipe dream events centre referendum. Very poor priority.

BOUQUET To Keith Sloan of Sloan’s Heating for fixing my furnace on a cold day when it was not responsive. Prompt, personable, professional and knowledgeable service. Highly recommend.

BEEF To the ‘Mermaid on Board’ for paying more attention to her phone than the traffic ahead of her.

BOUQUET Thank you to the City of Nanaimo, the parks and recreation staff and all the volunteers for making Hometown Hockey week such a success for all ages.

BEEF To Canada Customs for the shoddy repackaging job on a guitar specialty ordered from Japan. Their negligence took an otherwise gorgeous instrument and rendered it all but unplayable.

BOUQUET To the Mid Island Co-op board of directors and Susan for awarding $1,000 to our cause at the People In Pain Network Exercise Self-Management Committee .Your commitment to our community is most appreciated.

BEEF To mayor and council. The referendum is over. ‘No’ is your answer. And in doing so, you all almost chased away our Clippers. Shame on you and your egos. Time to get out or get real.

BOUQUET To Budget Blinds for their amazing product and service. Five fantastic blinds installed in less than 20 minutes. Very impressed.

BEEF To rats or mice. Have a problem? Use sudsy ammonia around the dwelling. Problem solved – it works wonders.

BOUQUET To the parks and rec team. They are so helpful and amazingly friendly, even at 6 a.m., when us crazy parents call to register. They are also so fast at offering callbacks – truly amazing. Thank you Tracey and team.

BEEF To the city councillor who decided I didn’t like hockey because I disliked $80 million-plus of our tax money being paid for a building. Another councillor who can’t listen to anyone other than themselves.

BOUQUET To the woman driving the silver Ford Escape with the Goats on the Roof decal who, when she sees me walking along the roads of Cedar/Yellow Point, slows down and calls: “Hello, Sunshine” to me. This. Makes. My. Day.

BEEF To Trump protesters. You protest that once politicians win power they don’t do anything. Trump has not only done more in two months than most do in a term, and has done what he said he would do. Give Trump’s policies a chance. Better, donate your protest time to charity.

BOUQUET To my favourite cashier at Country Grocer on Bowen Road: Courtney M. Every time I get her as my cashier she always has an illuminating smile that brightens my day.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for totally wasting power by heating a big gym for the referendum vote, then leaving the door wide open to let all the cold in. Sadly, most of the workers were seniors who really feel the cold.

BOUQUET To the unknown gentlemen who lent me a couple dollars so I could buy a great CD at London Drugs. He really helped me out. I am grateful to him.

BOUQUET To Mel and Roxanne at the Hospice Thrift Shoppe on Bowen Road. They provide excellent customer service. I love shopping there. Good prices, great selection.

BOUQUET To all who have dropped off books in the bin at Nanaimo North Town Centre in advance of the upcoming Rotary Used Book Sale.

BOUQUET To the nice lady with the red knitted infinity scarf who paid for my tea at Starbucks. Your kindness brightened my day.

BOUQUET Thank You to Transitions NRGH for taking care of all my problems and treating me so kindly.

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