Beef to J.P. – you said too many bouquets, so here’s a beef just for you.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 1

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BOUQUET No words can describe the professional care of nurses and doctors provided to my dear Bonnie P. and by all the staff and volunteers on the palliative care unit at NRGH. You are the best.

BEEF To optometrists. The full exam prices are crazy; we shouldn’t have to pay that large of a amount or even pay for a exam, it should be included in our MSP health care.

BOUQUET To my neighbour for noticing water in the ditch and taking the initiative to find that my irrigation line had broken and repairing it for me. I was away and it hadn’t rained In a while. It’s good to know that I have great neighbours. Thank you Markus.

BEEF To drivers jumping the green light to turn left across an intersection with no advance turn arrow, and even more to the driver following behind who swore at me for having the right of way and honking.

BOUQUET Thank you to Chris at Mr. Sparkle for doing our windows on short notice. He took the time to do it right, going back to make sure all the streaks were gone. We appreciate your attention to detail.

BEEF To Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. Why have such a huge administration? Those salaries are taking away from supports for students. We have four assistant superintendents, not to mention the two new jobs of director of instruction. Why?

BOUQUET To Ms. Dancy at Dover Bay Secondary for her countless hours and dedication to her students for putting on such a wonderful showcase of talent in the end-of-year show. It is evident in the smiles on the students’ faces and the love and respect they have for their teacher. Thank you.

BEEF To whoever wrote that awful poem. Don’t quit your day job. It made me mad just reading it out loud.

BOUQUET To all the care staff at Wexford Creek for always having optimism and working hard. Hats off to them. The care home is so inviting and has a home-like feel. Staff really do care and they always go above and beyond institutional expectations. Keep up the hard work and be positive that great things are around the corner.

BEEF To the Nanoose senior who blasts his music at his house annoying everyone else’s enjoyment of the outdoors as well as driving around with music blaring in your convertible.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Sr. B and Jr. B Timbermen, as well as the Nanaimo Jr. A Clippers for rallying behind a local little boy with a dream to play lacrosse one day, and raising enough to get him the spinal brace he needs for treatment and then some. Proud to be part of the Nanaimo sports community.

BEEF In response to person being chastised publicly for cultural appropriation because they wore a garb of their ancestors, OK, I’ll do the same and go topless and only wear a loincloth.

BOUQUET Thank you to the person who cleans the trail beside Wellington Secondary School. It is littered with trash and broken glass daily but is always cleaned up in a timely manner. My dog and I appreciate all that you do.

BEEF To the large number of drivers who do not use their signals as required for everyone’s safety. Not sure if they just don’t remember to use them or if they are thinking of something else? What that would be when they are operating a 1,500-kilogram projectile on public roads, I can’t for the life of me know.

BOUQUET To the most pleasant lady at the city hall tax department who helped to locate my cheque and home owner’s grant application despite it being the most hectic week prior to deadline. Sorry I failed to get your name. This partially disabled senior was close to panic when it appeared that my paperwork might not have been received via snail mail.

BEEF To my Fairwinds neighbours who let their dogs do their business in my front yard, killing my plants. Be a good neighbour and responsible pet owner and keep the leash a little tighter. We know who you are.

BOUQUET To the gentleman at Regional Recycling on Victoria Road who overheard I was donating my recyclables to the Nanaimo Foodshare Society’s summer lunch program and handed me $10 for the program. Such an unexpected and wonderful surprise.

BEEF To the pedestrian who flipped me the bird after I honked at the car that nearly hit him. He must have thought I was honking at him and clearly didn’t see the Mercedes that turned the corner and nearly hit him as I was stopped waiting for him to cross the street.

BOUQUET To my best friend, my wife. You are my perfect match. You raised two wonderful boys and take care of us. You clean up after us and make us the best meals and call my mom every week. You know me so well that when I am looking for something you know where it is before I ask. You have the patience when I am stressed. It’s been 24 years since you said ‘I do.’ Thank you. You complete me, Sus, love Kirk.

BEEF To the grocery store chains that price many sale items as “buy two or more and save” and then put the single price in such small letters that they are impossible to read. Bouquet to the stores that honour the sale price and charge exactly half of the price when only one item is purchased.

BOUQUET To the kind lady who overheard my conversation with the Port Place Thrifty’s employee about ‘live lettuce’ (a head of lettuce with the roots still attached) and gave me exact instructions on how to replant it in my garden. Two weeks later it had grown by 300 per cent. Thanks for the advice!

BEEF To J.P. – you said too many bouquets, so here’s a beef just for you.

BOUQUET To everyone who treats special needs kids with respect kindness and understanding. Thank you for all your help over the years.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo; I just paid my taxes and now I’m hit with water, sewer, garbage fees.

BOUQUET To everyone who donated their time, talents and donations of door prizes to help make our 50th NDSS reunion of Class of ‘69 such a success. Gratitude to all, from the NDSS tour students and staff to the many people who worked hard for Saturday’s gathering, to our Sunday boat tour. Thank you.

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