Beef to all those Call of Duty players out there who turn on their microphone and then just breathe into it the entire game. It is beyond annoying. If you are going to turn on your mike, at least try to say something semi-purposeful.

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 1

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BOUQUET To all the truck drivers out there working their tails off for the holidays. You all rock, keep trucking on.

BEEF Bring on ride sharing. Enough of the driver abuse and disrespect from Nanaimo taxi companies.

BOUQUET To Joel at Buttertubs Place. Seniors thank you for shovelling snow and ice. Your helpers were good also. You work hard salting, too.

BEEF It’s getting rather dangerous on the roads of Nanaimo these days. We’ve suffered potholes since the harsh winter of last year. Quick fixes have been done only, and done so badly that each time we have a heavy rain the potholes appear again.

BOUQUET To the entire class at Pleasant Valley School that came out to RCSS to support the Salvation Army kettle campaign. Each student deposited money into the kettle. To the parents who raised such caring children and to the teacher for organizing the outing – thank you.

BEEF A beef to the beefer ‘leaving.’ Think you’ll find utopia elsewhere? Think again. I’ve lived other places – same everywhere. Just fewer crimes reported because nothing done.

BOUQUET To Ingeborg at Shoppers Drug Mart on Mary Ellen Drive, who took time to discuss my personal issues and needs. Her recommendations have greatly improved my skin and overall facial appearance. A lovely lady, the most knowledgeable and considerate cosmetician I’ve experienced.

BEEF To whoever had a beef with “spoiled activists” wanting to ban smoking everywhere. Consider non-smokers who are not activists, but have asthma or allergies to smoke. We have as much right to breathe the air and not choke as smokers do to to foul the air with noxious fumes.

BOUQUET To the staff/family of Pho A Dong restaurant, closed after 14 years. Thanks for all the delicious and affordable food.

BEEF To all those Call of Duty players out there who turn on their microphone and then just breathe into it the entire game. It is beyond annoying. If you are going to turn on your mike, at least try to say something semi-purposeful.

BOUQUET To Susan at Service Canada. Thank you so much for calmly helping me to apply for my OAP. I was rather nervous. You explained everything to me in slow detail. I appreciated it so much.

BEEF Shame on whoever is responsible for the hideous scar that is left on the landscape of Lantzville.

BOUQUET To the couple in the red Honda Fit who recently gave my Fit a boost at closing time at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange and saved my bacon.

BEEF to the beefer who does not like people to whistle in public, I would like to quote an old old saying. A whistling man is a happy man. Maybe the beefer should give whistling a try sometime.

BOUQUET Hay ch qa to the deli and bakery department at Save-On-Foods by Woodgrove, putting together two platters last minute really made the night for all the kids.

BEEF To the grump who wants whistling in public to stop. God forbid that someone should spread a little joy in our lives.

BOUQUET To staff at Midas on Island Highway for going out of their way to have the car ready the same day. Thank you; keep up the great work.

BEEF I’m in total agreement with beefer about the know-it-all on the jewelry counter. Turned me off of purchasing anything. Wonder why store puts up with her.

BOUQUET To all the friendly, helpful staff at the Harbourfront library.

BOUQUET To all our wonderful customers that supported us as we set up our new shop in Duke Point.

BOUQUET To John M. and his elves for the Christmas decorations (including lights) on the mailbox shelter in our Cedar by the Sea neighbourhood. Thanks also to those who contributed to this project to brighten up our great neighbourhood.

BOUQUET Thank you to the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular creators and performers. You gave joy and happiness to your audiences. What fun; bravo!

BOUQUET I am a senior who was exiting Country Grocer on the cold, snowy, evening. A young woman was standing outside the door with her two children, she walked to me with a warm smile and said, “can I ask you something, we are looking for someone to give this bouquet to, would you accept it?” Her young daughter shyly handed me a bouquet of flowers. I was so touched by this mother practising a random act of kindness and teaching her children the true meaning of Christmas.

BOUQUET From Blankets for Canada to all the knitters and crocheters whose nimble fingers enabled us to deliver 344 colourful blankets this year to people here in Nanaimo who are in need of warmth.

BOUQUET A huge thank you for everyone at public works for making this the most memorable co-op work term. A special shout out to Charlotte for being an awesome boss.

BOUQUET Regarding the local church assisting an LGBTQ refugee, bouquet to the beefer if you are actually doing something to help local people. And bouquet to the church that is helping someone in desperate need from far away.

BOUQUET A big thank you to Greg at 2 Burley Men for going out of his way to get the contents of my wallet back to me after it had been stolen. It is greatly appreciated.

BOUQUET To the lovely caring lady at south Nanaimo Serious Coffee who could see I was extremely upset and took the time to console me with some very wise and insightful thoughts and gift me with handmade dishcloth. It’s been a tough work year but I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I will soon be on the path to happiness and success. Thank you.

BOUQUET To Mazzei Electric who have given us incredible service twice last month when we had no heat or water and only partial power. Fast and knowledgeable and reasonable pricing, especially considering the late hour and short notice.

BOUQUET To Dave at Maxx Contracting who tackled our steep driveway to remove snow and allow us to get out after two days. We are very grateful.

BOUQUET Thanks to all the people who worked over the holiday season. The emergency nurses and doctors, the paramedics, police, firefighters, crisis line workers, cold weather shelter staff, retail workers, taxi drivers, and many more. Thank you for making our city safe while we enjoy our friends and family.

BOUQUET I took a flat tire off my ATV into Kal Tire for repair. Previous repairs to my tires usually costs about $40 – this time I was pleasantly surprised when the guys rolled out my fixed tire, placed it into my truck and said, “Merry Christmas, no charge.” Thank you.

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

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