Why did you take my hand-painted memorial rock from its final resting place in Planta Park? I never had children and this dog Tazer was my baby. You broke my heart. Please return it to the spot beside his ashes.

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 9

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

BOUQUET To the lady who followed me home to warn me that my licence plate decals had expired. Very appreciated.

BEEF To the city for not looking at the big picture regarding the diversion on Opal Road and Rock City Road. One wonders if a city council member lives on Opal Road.

BOUQUET To Triple T Party Rentals for helping us with the Nanaimo Yacht Club Christmas craft market.

BEEF To the pet doctors who rip people off. My friend’s dog had a problem with her backside. He went to a vet and they sold a tube of cream for $41. When he needed more, he found a tube two times the size for $4.

BOUQUET To the Port Place Medical Arts receptionist for fast-tracking my wife into the nurses’ station when she noticed her breathing difficulties. The nursing staff and physician gave her the help she desperately needed with a non-judgmental attitude. Along with their expertise, their wonderful compassion and care was the medicine she really needed.

BEEF To the theatre that after charging us $15 for two bags of popcorn, made us sit through 18 commercials before the previews and movie.

BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo for repaving the Parkway Trail between Mostar and Doumont roads. This stretch used to be dangerous with the large cracks parallel to the trail and right in the middle. The new paving is wonderful. Thank you.

BEEF To grocery stores who have so many things in the aisles. Goodness gracious. I am finding I am blocked off everywhere I turn. It is so frustrating.

BOUQUET I would like to send my appreciation for Joan who delivers our paper on Stampede Trail. The paper is always there and she is always so friendly when we speak to her. She is an excellent paper carrier.

BEEF To barbers who can’t follow instructions on how you want your hair cut. I look like I just went back into basic training.

BOUQUET To Wendy at Branch 256 Legion for her caring help for the arrangements of the hall for my son’s celebration of life.

BEEF To the receptionist at a major dealership for unprofessional conduct by dropping my calls and being very rude to me personally. Why should I come in or refer friends?

BOUQUET To the kind ladies at the round table at Milano’s who picked up the tab for my wife and I at lunch. It was a wonderful gesture and a good turn-around on my jest. Rest assured it will be paid forward.

BEEF To the person who stole the jewelry from the woman’s house.

BOUQUET To the lifeguards at Beban Pool. We brought a young man with special needs to the pool for the very first time, and you went above and beyond to accommodate us and make it into a really incredible experience for our group. Thank you for helping set us up for many more successful pool trips.

BEEF Why did you take my hand-painted memorial rock from its final resting place in Planta Park? I never had children and this dog Tazer was my baby. You broke my heart. Please return it to the spot beside his ashes.

BOUQUET To all the Nanaimo homes who leave their Christmas lights on all day – beautiful. For older people who don’t drive at night, it’s so nice to see.

BEEF To municipal politicians and bureaucrats promoting ridiculous and inflationary tax and salary increases. When did public servants become public nuisances contributing to poverty and homelessness to everybody but themselves?

BOUQUET To our paper carrier Linden for his fantastic job delivering our Nanaimo News Bulletin every Tuesday and Thursday. Always on time and tucked into our mailbox. Thank you from a happy recipient on Rock City Road.

BEEF To whoever mentioned the person warming his truck early in the mornings. He works early in the morning. It is winter, you know.

BOUQUET To Branden and the team at BCAA. It took a lot of patience and perseverance but I think that oil leak problem is solved and looking good. Thank you.

BEEF To the supermarket for its careless attitude by a customer service employee when a customer experienced double billing caused by malfunctioning self check-out. Gratitude to another staff member for showing eventual customer courtesy and offering to resolve 18 days later after a phone call and visits.

BOUQUET To the people at Salvation Army, Leah and Brenda. They are angels among us. Bless you all and thanks to Adopt-a-Family, the school and volunteers for helping an ill couple and family at Christmas.

BEEF To the lady who blocked me into my driveway by the hospital. I didn’t have the heart to call a tow truck on you during the holidays so I made the squeeze instead. If you had the decency to call, I would have paid to get that scratch buffed out for you for free. Have fun paying your insurance deductible I guess.

BOUQUET To Linden who delivers the Nanaimo News Bulletin on Glen Eagle Crescent. This young person does an excellent job at getting the paper to our house on time regardless of the weather.

BOUQUET To a lovely reporter Chris Bush at the News Bulletin for his nice article about Gogo’s tree farm.

BOUQUET Shout out to the City of Nanaimo for replacing existing street lights with LED lights. Makes all the difference when driving at night, especially with the rain. Big improvement!

BOUQUET I would like to thank the lady who delivered a parcel to my home. It went to her by mistake.

BOUQUET A thousand thanks to Mike and his son, who found my wallet and returned it intact. You renewed my belief in the honesty of folks.

BOUQUET To the nurses at NRGH, all floors, the ambulance service and fire department for helping her when she needed you. She passed away Dec. 1.

BOUQUET Kudos to our mayor for doing something about the mentally ill street people in Nanaimo. Hope it’s action, not talk only. Sooner rather than later, please.

BOUQUET To Steve and Tammy at Vancouver Island Animal Crematorium for your support and kindness at our time of need with Cola. Knowing that you treated her with respect and dignity took a major load off us. Thank you.

BOUQUET To all stores that have easy-to-handle flyers. I enjoy looking at them with my tea – not those huge flyers that always fall to the floor. Stores lose lots of sales with flyers too cumbersome to handle which go unread.

BOUQUET To the wonderful work the Salvation Army does, not just at Christmas, but all the time. I am 96 years old, never forget the night I met my Navy husband after a dance in 1945. We went to the Sally Ann for a coffee, doughnut and played ping pong. Servicemen, late to get back to barracks, were given cots for 25 cents for the night. What wonderful memories.

BOUQUET Warm wishes to the staff of Woodgrove Mid Island Co-Op gas station. Your kindness is appreciated all year round.

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

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