Beef to those accessing the river via our neighbourhood. Any given sunny afternoon will have dozens of vehicles poorly parked on both sides of our residential road with people leaving garbage on our boulevards, on the river bank, and in our yards.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 19

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BOUQUET Thank you to the guy at Cuckoo Trattoria who bought me and my eight other friends dinner unexpectedly. We were there for a graduation dinner and it was probably best surprise we’ve had. We all wish we could thank you in person whoever you are.

BEEF TV video and audio freeze-ups are now routine and getting worse. Some nights it makes watching just a general pain.

BOUQUET A huge thank you to Nanaimo Pet Services, especially Bernadette. I have had so many positive experiences with everything from play school to grooming. My puppy and I are super grateful for all that you do.

BEEF To the decrease in the speed limits all over the Island. If every single person on the highway is driving 10 or 20 kilometres over it should be raised, it’s an accident waiting to happen when the odd person is doing the posted limit.

BOUQUET To our beautiful, caring neighbours on Camcrest and Goldfinch. You will forever live in our hearts.

BEEF To the new automated garbage trucks. You are leaving a trail of litter in your wake. Slow down so the garbage ends up in the truck not on the road.

BOUQUET To two ladies in the deli at Fairway Market. One lady showed me various sandwiches and the other lady specializes in custom-made subs and made for me one that was not showing in display case. My three artisan sub sandwiches were all very fresh and great tasting. Thank you.

BEEF To speeder fines, if you want to really stop speeders, make sure the fine hurts. A $368 fine for going 40-60 kilometres per hour over the limit is not a big deterrent. How about $368 plus $10 or $20 per kilometre over the limit? How many of these people would speed then?

BOUQUET Thank you to the person who found my Visa in the parking lot at the north end Save-On-Foods and turned it in to the customer service desk in the store. Also a thank you to the wonderful young man who took the time to look me up in their database and call me to say my card had been turned in.

BEEF To the mother having her daughter squeeze all the nectarines at the store to make a super box for themselves, leaving dirty handprints on all the rest. Bad example for your daughter.

BOUQUET To the person beefing about the bus fans being loud. You are absolutely correct. The fans are part of the fuel system that converts the CNG back into LNG so the fuel can be atomized in the engine. This improves mileage by up to 75 per cent compared to using regular CNG.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for the mess along roadsides and boulevards during the coronavirus pandemic. There are weeds growing profusely and making a mess of our beautiful city. You would have thought they the city would have used this time as a way for people to remain employed. What a great job to physically distance and keep our city looking its best.

BOUQUET I would like to submit a bouquet to the lovely lady with hearing impairment at Real Canadian Superstore. Thank you so much for being patient, taking the time to read my lips and direct me to what I was looking for, even though it was not your job.

BEEF To the individual at the mall who urinated on the walkway wall within two feet of passersby.

BOUQUET Thanks to the two thoughtful young ladies walking by who checked up on the house owner on Glenayr Drive after hearing the smoke alarm.

BEEF To the whistler hater. Really? You don’t want people to whistle in public? Whistling means that a person is jovial and happy. Under these circumstances, I’d rather hear and see someone whistle than complain about life.

BOUQUET To the father and two children who found my wallet on a bench at Maffeo Sutton Park and dropped it off to my neighbour even before I got home. Sir, you are my hero. Your honesty and integrity is unbelievable. Thank you so much.

BEEF To our city council. $187,000 for shopping cart collection and $400,000 for painting bike lanes? Foolish doesn’t even begin to iterate how ludicrous this is. Nanaimo is already shameful enough with all the crime, drugs, garbage, etc. The last thing we need are council ideas to flush half a million dollars on two ticket items that are beyond useless and offer zero return on investment to the city and its habitants. Unreal!

BOUQUET Thank you to the honest fellow who returned my wallet to my mom in Nanoose Bay. He went out of his way to deliver my wallet which had my rent inside. I am truly thankful and if you are ever in this area again, please stop by so I can thank you.

BEEF To the individual complaining about dismantling of statues “erasing history.” The history still exists, the difference is it isn’t honoured.

BOUQUET During this trying time, there are people who come to the forefront. This is especially true in the case of our minor softball group. I applaud one of our executive members who has gone out of his way to organize a revised season so that our group can provide the time and expertise within health guidelines to enable our kids to play the game they love.

BEEF To the transit driver. You scared my young daughter and I believe you need an attitude check based on the instances I have interacted with you. Please remember you interact with real human beings.

BOUQUET To couples walking or running on sidewalks and paths who revert to single file when meeting on coming pedestrians. Beef to those who don’t.

BEEF To me for not waiting for my irrigation guy to return from vacation and instead hiring a plumbing company to do the repair. A bigger beef to the plumbing company for inflating their bill and charging hundreds of dollars for a repair to a broken pipe.

BOUQUET To chiropractor Dr. Karin Mattern for seeing me while I am here from Ontario to care for my injured mother. She saw me right away so I was able to continue to help my mom heal. So appreciated.

BEEF To the RDN. $684,000 for a trail? I can think of a lot more positive ways to spend taxpayers’ money.

BOUQUET Thank you to the man and young girl after me at the CCCU ATM downtown. She came down the road to find me and return my forgotten card. People like you make the world a good place.

BEEF To the new search and rescue building. We as the taxpayers should not be paying for a new building. Search and rescue needs to bill people who need their service.

BOUQUET To Van-Isle Carpet Cleaning for helping us at the last minute after another company had to cancel. Not only did they fit us in on a Saturday, but they also came in late in the evening and stayed until 9 p.m. to get the job done. Wow! Thank you. Did I mention that they did an amazing job too?

BEEF To City of Nanaimo for allowing fast food vendor trucks at Departure Bay Beach. They occupy parking spots which should be available for public use.

BOUQUET To the very nice man who was working on Davies Lane – not sure if he was from the city or Telus – who walked all the way up to my house to get my puppy back to me. Many thanks.

BEEF To our illustrious leadership in Ottawa. My tax money is not your families’ personal piggy bank.

BOUQUET To my fabulous neighbours who are always looking out for one another. Beef to one person using the e-mail list to ask the other neighbours if they have a problem with my dog. It is not my dog that is constantly barking. If you have a problem and don’t want to knock on my door, send me an e-mail instead of talking behind my back.

BEEF to the citizens of Nanaimo and front-line workers for not practising social distancing and wearing of masks. I am so disappointed that staff in grocery stores, drug stores, retail stores, restaurants, farmers markets and their customers are not wearing masks and enforcing social distancing.

BOUQUET I needed an ambulance and I want to thank paramedic Zane whose kindness, compassion and reassurance made my trip to the hospital much easier. May your professionalism be an example of the medical treatment of people in distress, young and old.

BEEF To those who can’t seem to respect social distancing or wear a mask in tight indoor public spaces. You can socially interact while still following the recommendations of public health officials. Unfortunately now is not the time to fight for your right to party when so many have to fight for their lives as a result. None of us are invincible.

BOUQUET To Brian M. of Milne Roofing. Recently I sent an e-mail about an issue with a roofing vent, and it was nothing urgent. Imagine my surprise when I saw Brian in my driveway less than 24 hours later. Thanks!

BEEF To those accessing the river via our neighbourhood. Any given sunny afternoon will have dozens of vehicles poorly parked on both sides of our residential road with adults, teens, unattended children and dogs, leaving garbage, feces, used toilet paper, diapers, discarded food/drink containers and even soiled underwear on our boulevards, on the river bank, and in our yards. To add insult to injury, some ignorant fools have decided to destroy our beautiful untouched riverbank by spraying graffiti on the rocks.

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

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