Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 5

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BOUQUET To Tim Hortons on Wallace for the doughnuts given to the Nanaimo 7-10 Club and a really big thank you to Mr. Crow of the V.I. Raiders for helping to carry the doughnuts out to my car.

BEEF To the craft fair for charging $10.  It took 15 minutes to get in, even though I already had a ticket, and it was so packed you could not see the vendors properly.

BOUQUET To the very nice lady who helped not only me but my senior partner in front of First Choice Hair Cutters. We both had a haircut and my partner was done first and in pain, wanting to sit in the car. After many attempts to close and load his walker I could not close the walker. With tear welling in my eyes an angel whispered in my ear, “I have experience with the disabled.” She took no time to not only close the walker but load it into the car as well.

BEEF To the owners of the million-dollar homes near the wildlife reserve. It is sad and disapointing that you feel it necessary to ask people to leave the shoreline in front of your home because you feel it is private property. Canada’s shoreline belongs to all Canadians and your selfishness is unacceptable by restricting others from enjoying our shoreline.

BOUQUET To the lady handing out Nanaimo bars and vodka at the My Little Pony cyclocross race in Nanoose.

BEEF To the lady who only brought two vodka shots to the My Little Pony cyclocross race in Nanoose.

BOUQUET To the downtown parking officers for earning $31.95 an hour. Sounds like a new course for our university, and needing new instructors.

BEEF To the jerk or jerks who tried to steal my dog. Get your own. By the way, you left behind a very nice collar which I will donate to the SPCA. Why don’t you go there and find a dog who can wear it?

BOUQUET To Mid Island Auto Collision Ltd. for the excellent repair job to my automobile. A very special thank you to Ralph Lemmon.

BEEF To those who use a mall cart to get purchases to their vehicle, then abandon it – mostly in a parking spot. Someone else will clean my mess – I’m too important.

BOUQUET To my care provider Pattie. You always drive me to my appointments and make sure I am always well taken care of. I may not say it enough, but I am grateful I have you in my life.

BEEF To the condo complex for providing a bin only for recycling cardboard and nothing for paper/plastics, etc.

BOUQUET To Julie and Elaine for being there for me. You helped me get into the program at VIU and I am grateful to you both. You are always there for me.

BEEF To those jerks who, when having a door held – or a person stepping back to allow passage – completely ignore such courtesy, without thanks, nor acknowledgement. Such persons unwarrantedly think that they are entitled to such finer treatment.

BOUQUET To give my friend, Devon. You are always there for me  I can count on you to always listen to me and pick me up when I’m feeling down. Thanks buddy – I hope to repay the favour to you.

BEEF To our government, who yet again targets the seniors of this province. Taking away the discount for B.C. Ferries – who do they think will benefit? Seniors will ride less, revenues will be down, a no-win situation.

BOUQUET To the Cavallotti Lodge and its executive for your continued support of the Wellington Secondary School band’s spaghetti fundraising dinner. We wouldn’t be able to do all the things we do without your generosity. Molte grazie.

BOUQUET To Doug Lochhead for taking me under your wing and getting me training to become a young life leader. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity. You are awesome with the students.

BOUQUET To my grandma Lenore and Michelle. You both pick me up every day from school and work experience. You are never late and I can always count on you two for being there for me. I know I don’t always show my appreciation, but I do appreciate you both.

BOUQUET To Mr. Evans and Mrs. U’Chong for placing me at Superstore in general services for my work experience. I love my experience working and learning new skills in the produce department. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me.

BOUQUET To Cheryl at Canadian Tire customer service. She’s helped us a few times and is always patient, cheerful and great at her job.

BOUQUET To Frankie’s Modern Diner on the north end of town. We enjoyed a great meal the other evening all made from scratch, topped off by a slice of the best banana cream pie ever.

BOUQUET To Tracy, who works in tools and electrical at Home Depot. While shopping for a major tool purchase, Tracy went above and beyond to help us make the best decision, and to get a very good price as well. Tracy deserves to be commended for her initiative.

BOUQUET To the bagpiper who surprised us with an impromptu Sunday afternoon concert at Piper’s Lagoon a few Sundays ago. It was lovely to hear your music coming to us across the water.

BOUQUET To the young man who tracked me down in Central Drugs on Bowen Road to return my debit card to me I left in the machine at the post office. You are to be commended.

BOUQUET to the day care surgery staff at NRGH. The staff recently provided me with the utmost care, kindness, and professionalism before, during, and following my surgery.

BOUQUET To Dr. Schneidereit, office staff, surgical staff, and third floor nurses at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. I just had my second surgery within six months of my first operation. I am so thankful for the excellent care that I knew that I would receive.

BOUQUET To people who use the word “Christmas” or even “Holly Days” rather than the meaningless words of “the holidays.”

BOUQUET To the 200 and 300 block of Kennedy Street for giving food donations to the scary Trick-or-Eaters on Halloween.

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