Beefs & Bouquets, August 2

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An everlasting bouquet to Bill McGuire for his everlasting allegiance to the Nanaimo Marine Festival and bathtub race.

A beautiful bouquet of purple irises to Richard, a pharmacist at the Woodgrove Save-on-Foods. Thank you for returning to the store to get my prescription for me when I arrived after 6 p.m. one weekend recently. I had driven up there from south of town, so I really appreciated not having to make two trips. Thank you for your excellent customer service.

A big bouquet of peonies to Brenda at Costco. Thanks for doing my return when I arrived late one Saturday – 15 minutes after closing time. I didn’t know that you closed at 6 p.m. and as I had driven a long way, I really appreciated getting it done. Thank you for your patience.

A large bouquet to Elise for organising a great day at the Silly Boat Regatta. It went so well and was a lot of fun. Well organized Elise – not an easy job. I hope you raised plenty of money for the Child Development Centre.

A large bouquet of colourful water lilies to Randy of Nanaimo’s Fairway Market and Bruce of the 7-Eleven Store at Departure Bay beach for their wonderful support of the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Nanaimo’s Kids Appreciation Day event at the Departure Bay water park. Judging by the many happy smiles, it turned out to be a great and memorable event. Thank you for your help in making it happen.

Huge bouquets of lovely flowers to Eric’s dad for his lovely garden in north Nanaimo. I am impressed by how quickly you restored your house and garden after the car hit your house, with all of those beautiful flowers and that gorgeous lawn. It is like nothing ever happened. You may as well have bought a million-dollar house with those beautiful, blooming flowers.  All that hard work made your house stand out like a Christmas tree.

a massive bouquet to “Rescue Beaver” for saving me from drowning in the river. From “Survivor Beaver”.

a large arrangement of doggie bones to Clare, the wandering German shorthaired pointer. We had a nice lunch at Tim Hortons.

congratulations to Karen, aka Dragon Lady, on her retirement. You will truly be missed. Enjoy all your free time.

a huge bouquet to local paramedics. They have come to our house 33 times since January to pick my husband off the floor when he has an MS attack and his legs give out. They must get sick of it, but they always have friendly smiles and are very good with him.

bouquets to the two gentlemen who helped my husband when he got a flat tire on the way to the drugstore and couldn’t move. A lady took him in her car and these men put his scooter in the truck and brought it home. It is so wonderful to see that such helpful people still exist.

a bouquet to smokers because they need it. Smokers are getting kicked out of more and more places. Should smokers now be banned from smoking in the street lest a stray breeze blow the smoke toward a non-smoker? Smokers have rights, too. And this is said by a lifelong non-smoker.

A dozen roses to Kiwanis Lodge, especially the second floor staff and Dr. Mary Winder, for their patience and loving care for Ken until his passing.

a belated thank you to the woman and three gentlemen who announced the bands at the Nanaimo Marine Festival last year. You did a wonderful job.

congratulations to everyone connected with the Nanaimo Barbecue Festival. It was a meat lover’s delight and hopefully becomes an annual event in downtown Nanaimo.

a Huge bouquet of sunflowers for all of Tom’s family, friends and collegues for your support at his fundraiser. Special thanks to the Harewood Arms Pub.

CHEERS to the boys at Coal Town Auto Wrecking for making a wrong right. Looking forward to getting around again. Thank you.

A LOAD OF KNOT-FREE WOOD to Slegg Lumber and Tyler for sawing my sheets of lattice to size. It pays to shop local.

A huge bouquet to the following businesses for supporting our second annual Strawberry Tea: Country Grocer, Coast Environmental, Sound Haven Band, Curves on Bowen Road, Pharmasave, Stock Exchangers, Bella Nails and Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture. The members of the Dream to Travel Club thank you.

A beef to whoever called the bylaw office because my car was parked slightly on the curb in front of my house. A friendly note would have sufficed, but it seems this neighbourhood isn’t that friendly.

A slab of rotten beef to people who think the whole world works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Big events take place on the weekend and radio announcements are always geared to this schedule. There are nurses, hospitality staff and others who have to work all hours and even most banks are open Saturdays now.

A BIG BEEF to all the drivers who drive under the posted speed limit on the Island Highway and the people who tailgate those drivers doing the posted speed limit.

A big beef to the people who talked to my 12-year-old daughter when she answered the door. Pushing your beliefs door-to-door is one thing, but to manipulate the beliefs of a child and make them afraid is another. Thanks for scaring my daughter.

A beef. Everyone visiting the cemetery has to take a whisk broom to clear the grass cuttings that are left behind on all the grave markers.

A beef to an auto repair shop. Charging for parts and labour to replace parts recently changed is a big fat ripoff.

A beef to the service desk person at a local dealership who would not allow me to speak to a mechanic about a problem. I was told that they didn’t have time to talk to me. It seems that when you are buying, they have all the time in the world. But after the purchase, the customer service is over.

A big, unhealthy scoop of beef to the city. We spent a great day watching the Silly Boat Regatta at Maffeo Sutton Park, but there was no healthy food to buy. There were four vendors selling hotdogs and doughnuts and not one healthy alternative. Why ban the sale of bottled water to save the environment when you make us poison our bodies with greasy, processed food?

a beef to the citizens of Nanaimo, who have forgotten how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful city. Oceans, rainforests, food, water – who can complain? We are fortunate to live here, as are the deer, dogs, bunnies and trees. Take a walk and remind yourselves.

Another Rabbit Beef. Agreed the city is doing nothing about the feral rabbits. There is no one to call for help. City, conservation officers, trappers – no one wants to deal with the problem.

a beef to a stranger. I suggest you stop writing letters with a fake name about feeding the birds. I am staying put, like it or not.

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