Beef to the person in the red car tailgating me on Uplands. Shame on you for honking and flipping me off while I was going the speed limit through a school zone. Did you not see the dozens of children walking?

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 18

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BOUQUET To a nice lady at the reception desk and to all the nice people at the News Bulletin. Chris Bush is a brilliant reporter with a very nice heart. Thank you for everything.

BEEF To the team owner for firing the coach.

BOUQUET To the local church for affirming their inclusive support for human rights for all persons locally and internationally. We are all one people.

BEEF To the city for never having speed zones enforced – especially in school zones.

BOUQUET To all the care workers at all our senior homes in town whose efforts to provide comfort and love to all the vulnerable residents border on the miraculous. They are our modern-day Florence Nightingales and Mother Teresas.

BEEF To everyone who puts things outside their house for free, then, if it’s not taken, it’s just left there to rot. There’s been a lounge chair on Labieux for two months.

BOUQUET My chemo partner and I were at Starbucks at Chapters when a couple came over to us with a gift card and wished us well and told us to enjoy our next cup of coffee. How sweet of a gesture which made the two of us have a little tear. We will make sure we pay it forward.

BEEF To the mall that took down the Christmas decorations three days after Christmas. What happened to waiting till the new year?

BOUQUET Thank you so much to the volunteers giving of their time to work at the charity gift wrap booth at Woodgrove Centre benefiting the NCDC, special shout out to Elaine and Melissa.

BEEF Although I love living in Nanaimo each time I return from a trip to Courtenay, it feels like we here in Nanaimo are the ‘poor cousins.’ Most, if not all the merchants, all have bigger and nicer stores.

BOUQUET To Knights of Columbus groups in Nanaimo who generously donated towards the sight-impaired section of the lawn bowling club. Many thanks for helping these local visually challenged stay fit and competitive.

BEEF To a hyper-sensitive staff member who thinks she is the arbiter of what is respectful discussion and what is not. True reconciliatory conversation is hampered by those more concerned about the thickness of their skins then by the content of their character.

BOUQUET To mike at South Island Import Auto Parts. Parts purchased did not fit properly; he replaced with no argument, no hesitation, an excellent example of customer service.

BEEF To the person in the red car tailgating me on Uplands. Shame on you for honking and flipping me off while I was going the speed limit through a school zone. Did you not see the dozens of children walking?

BOUQUET Thank you to Karen at Country Grocer on Bowen Road for searching for a receipt from a grocery purchase transaction after I misplaced the original. Great customer service.

BEEF I’m just perplexed that the amount of money being spent on the Northfield Road intersection issue. Does it not seem logical to simply make a ‘no left turn onto Boundary Road except for emergency vehicles’ would solve the accident rate and cost Nanaimo taxpayers a fraction of the proposed cost?

BOUQUET To John, Derrick and Butch at Budget Glass for wonderful work in solving our tricky portico problem. That extra care was so much appreciated.

BEEF Ever since the city permissioned the NDSS students to park next to the Serauxmen baseball field, the parking lot has been littered with garbage. Students are throwing their finished fast food garbage on the ground. Are we to believe that the students even care about the environment and we are to protect it for them?

BOUQUET To Dufferin Place for hosting a fantastic Christmas party for residents, families and friends. There was good food, fantastic music, beautiful decorations and great fun.

BEEF To the beefer complaining about young people not buying homes. Who are you to judge how other people spend their money? Also, the economy now is completely different from what it was like when you were buying your house.

BOUQUET To Country Club Centre for the finest Christmas display in the city, plus a no-cost, budget-conscious Santa Claus. All we had to take were phones and children and could take as many pictures as we needed.

BEEF To the no-muffler cars or those that have after-market gadgets making noise outside my window. Is this noise level illegal? If so, rumours of violation tickets awarded around town could do the trick.

BOUQUET To the Secret Santa of Quarry Crescent. Your delightful anonymous gifts have brought many smiles of Christmas cheer. Thank you!

BEEF to the know-it-all serving on the jewelry counter. Your arrogance is beyond words. You do not know it all but still always force your last word on people. Big turn off for customer service.

BOUQUET To Coal City Cycles for the speedy flat repair. You made my day!

BEEF To the goose droppings person. The geese now poop at the new artificial field behind NDSS where they were heard yelling: “Hey, we no longer have to poop where we eat!”

BOUQUET To everyone involved in the Harewood Community Dinner, which was totally gourmet. Thanks to the corporate sponsors, churches, volunteers. Thank you for the generous door prizes. It was an uplifting, lovely evening.

BEEF Hammond Bay Road is a mess. We need bus stops that have buses pull over. At the moment, traffic is tied up continuously. Also very dangerous as people try to go around the bus.

BOUQUET To Richard of Sport Chek at Woodgrove Centre for handling a quality issue with my name-brand jacket with customer service you’d wish to see more often. Thank you.

BOUQUET To Legion No. 10 for your ongoing support for the People in Pain Network Society’s exercise committee. As well, kudos to all volunteers and donors.

BOUQUET To all volunteers who man the Salvation Army kettles at Christmas time.

BOUQUET To all the walkers, joggers, cyclists and to all those who choose to exercise when it’s dark. Thank you so much for wearing reflective clothing, flashing lights and whatever so you are seen. It is so appreciated.

BOUQUET To city workers for their quick response during our recent snowfall. Your efforts are appreciated.

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