Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 21

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BOUQUET To Laird Wheaton for the excellent service I received and also to the Nanaimo garbage men.

BEEF To Nanaimo gas stations for their high gas prices. We are paying as much or more than Vancouver where their tax rate is higher. Also to former officials who wouldn’t let Costco have a gas station.

BOUQUET To Dr. Lang, the nurses and staff on the first floor of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Thank you for taking such good care of me when I unexpectedly ended up there.

BEEF To asparagus. Following ingestion, your asparagusic acid generates an unpleasant odour in our home.

BOUQUET To the company which resurfaced the left side and back of St. Peter’s Catholic Church this past year. An awesome job.

BEEF To the employee for a very large public company that constantly parks his tractor outside his home at all times of the day. There are a lot of people out there who would love your job and who wouldn’t abuse it.

BOUQUET To the caring folks who tend our beloved Christmas tree every year on Sugarloaf Mountain. We look forward to its light up every December.

BEEF To the mall for tearing out the water clock. For more than 30 years, children tossed their coins and made wishes into its pool as families from all over the Island stopped to watch its performance as it chimed the hours. But, hey, why let something charming and unique get in the way of commercial progress, right?

BOUQUET To Dr. Wilke, Marty and staff at Rutherford Dental for the best service and taking care of my kids for so many years. You know and care for my family on many levels.

BEEF To the big-box store for charging me only $4 for a plastic laundry basket. How can $4 cover the material costs, factory operation and wages, thousands of kilometres of transport, and employee wages at the big-box store? Something is wrong with this system.

BOUQUET To Davey Tree Service, Bowen Road Country Grocer, and DBL Disposal Services for sponsoring the Quarterway School tree chipping and hotdog sale fundraiser. Thank you for generously donating your time, staff and equipment for this event.

BOUQUET To the leather belt store at Nanaimo North Town Center for putting my unique belt buckle on a new belt.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Blues Society and the two-year anniversary event at the Queen’s on Sunday. Thank you to all who entertained for the gift of music. Seems to me a great time was had by all.

BOUQUET To the sales associate at Sears who helped me purchase my ‘Fergalicious’ boots. The second is to Randy who drove me to Canadian Tire when my car ran out of coolant. You both made my days.

BOUQUET To the generous family member from Nanaimo Travellers Lodge who gave some staff Tim Hortons gift cards at Christmas. It is against our company policy to accept gifts from families, so I randomly paid it forward for other people’s purchases.

BOUQUET To Anne at the Running Room for helping me find a perfect pair of running shoes and for helping me with my Garmin. You are the best.

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