Beefs & Bouquets, July 12

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MANY THANKS to the Air Canada staff at Nanaimo Airport. I’ve always found them helpful and really appreciated them finding an unmarked, unnamed small suitcase recently. Well done.

A HAPPY SUMMER and huge thanks to Adam of Shaw Cable for his trouble-shooting expertise. You impressed us with your pleasant and efficient manner. Our chocolate lab also really enjoyed all your attention too.

A HUGE ThANK YOU from the Nanaimo Quilters Guild’s picnic committee to all the businesses and individuals whose generosity allowed for a successful year-end celebration on June 26.

A GRATEFUL THANK YOU to the two gentlemen who helped an old man change a flat tire at Country Club Centre. Yes, there are good people out there.

A gorgeous bouquet of white irises to Glenda at Costco for going above and beyond to help me get the right colour of the black-out drapes. I really appreciate your phone call, good memory and watchful eye on a busy Saturday. Thank you so much for your extra efforts.

A FIX-IT BOUQUET to the VisionArts Eyecare Centre employee for replacing a broken arm on my glasses at no charge. There’s a good reason why I keep coming back to you people.

A BIG BOUQUET of appreciative customers for Todd, our Coke representative, for getting our order out prior to the July 1 holiday so we didn’t have to wait two weeks.

THANKS TO Coastal Community Credit Union, Nanoose Bay, for drawing my name for the lovely basket of goodies in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

A Garden full of bouquets from the family of the late Wayne Aebig. We thank each and every person who showed us that we were not alone in our grief. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love, support, cards, flowers, donations and meals. A special thank you to Dr. John Carr, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Cheung, Dr. MacMillan, Dr. Sally Smith, all the NRGH nurses and home care nurses, who cared so wonderfully for an amazing man. Thank you also to the staff in Qualicum Naturopathic Clinic and Nanaimo Community Hospice. This man will never be replaced, we only hope that the lessons he taught us live on forever. Much love from Sharon and the Aebig family.

Personal Thanks to the Country Grocer florist who made me feel special when I was feeling so down on Canada Day.

FIELDS OF WILD FLOWERS to all the clients who supported Britta’s Hair Care thoughout the years. We have shared laughs, tears and many stories. I am so grateful for your loyalty. I will miss you all.

A bouquet to Jeff at Norm’s Plumbing and Heating who fixed my heating problem in 15 minutes. Many before him have tried and failed. Great job.

A THANKFUL BOUQUET to the young man who paid $20 when a person with a disability could not pay the grocery bill.

A LOVING BOUQUET to Tina. What would I do without you?

A BOUQUET to the handyman who took down the dead arbutus trees at the entrance to Seabold Trail. You can’t even tell any work was done. Great job.

A beautiful spray of purple Irises to Brad at Sport Mart. I was returning a pair of Vans and you were phoning other stores to place a hold on another size, greeting customers as they came in, catching another customer to offer bike tune up and just doing a terrific job of handling everything with aplomb and a very pleasant demeanor. I complimented him at the time and noted that other staff members were delighted to hear my compliments to and about Brad. Keep up the great work there team at Sport Mart.

A LARGE THANK YOU to Ryan Horkoff and his employees of True West Woodwork. We are so happy with the job you did making our new kitchen cabinets.

A beautiful bouquet goes out to Kevin and Jeremy of Standard Delivery. Thank you so much for moving my piano and large shelving unit. You did that so fast, efficiently and with smiles on your faces. I am very grateful and will recommend you and your services to everyone.

A huge beef to the channel provider that quoted me a price that doubled after installation. Now it’s hit and miss if I even get the channels I paid for. Two thumbs down.

A THOUSAND RABBIT-PELLET BEEFS to the city for not acknowledging the huge rabbit population problem in south-end neighbourhoods. When I called, I was told it’s not the city’s department, call conservation officers. Something needs to be done.

A beef to the person who complained about their neighbour for not cutting trees down to improve the view. Trees remove carbon from the air, provide shelter for wildlife, shade for us all and protect the ground from soil erosion. I’m not sure your neighbour is the selfish one.

a beef to the coffee shop owner who, in a rude and a condescending manner, told us that if we were not going to purchase anything from his café we would have to leave. We were just resting for a minute and there were plenty of empty seats out front. We had a German student with us and the owner’s manner wasn’t a nice example of Nanaimo’s hospitality. You just lost three good customers. Remember, sometimes its not what you say, it’s how you say it.

A BEEF to all the smokers who toss their cigarette butts on the ground without a second thought. It’s bad enough you pollute the air, now you spread your litter for all to live with.

A BEEF to the lazy dog owner for putting the dog’s poop in my clean garbage. Do you use anybody’s garbage or in our parks? Get rid of your pet as you can’t look after it properly.

A BEEF to the plan to re-name Big Ben. I’m a loyal royalist and have no problem with re-naming the Olympic Stadium after the queen. But, Big Ben is a part of history. Even Queen Victoria – who named everything she could after her late husband – didn’t mess with Big Ben.

A flea-infested beef to the City of Nanaimo’s parks department for letting our only fenced and secure dog park to become so neglected. The grass and weeds are so high small dogs disappear and dog poops are difficult to find and pick up. The tall grass in the corner is a great place to pick up ticks as well as fleas. The water fountain has been broken for several weeks and now that the hot weather is here, we sure could use it. I have called to express my concerns but my call was not returned.

A NON-PROGRESS BEEF to even the thought of development going in at Pioneer Park along Dickinson Road. Those responsible for making the decisions should walk the property. It is well-used by many people and should remain walking, jogging and riding trails.

A FILTHY BEEF to the graffiti taggers who are ruining our beautiful city with their vandalism. Target your efforts toward something constructive, not destructive.

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