Beefs & Bouquets, July 16

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BOUQUET To Nanaimo firefighters for your hard work, coming so quickly, and saving my home and countless others at the Wakesiah Avenue fire. Last I looked they had been out there for 9.5 hours non stop.

BEEF To B.C. Ferries. From Duke Point overall length 47 feet measured twice. Tsawwassen grew to 49 feet. Actually, 46.5 feet. Money grab or what.

BOUQUET To our beautiful daughter Morgan who went above and beyond stepping up to the plate helping her brother and others when a devastating fire destroyed their home. Couldn’t be more proud of you.

BEEF To the person who beefed about housekeepers helping themselves to kitchen food at NRGH. It may be a few people who are breaking the rules but to generalize all housekeepers is just plain ignorant.

BOUQUET To Monty for being overly kind and making my hospital stay so special and memorable. You brightened my day and spirits. Thanks for the beanie baby.

BEEF To television service in our hospital. The sets are very old and pushing the buttons is so hard if one has arthritic fingers and weak strength. Can they not buy newer ones? These must have been installed when the hospital was built.

BOUQUET To the dog owners who leash their dogs while passing through Rotary Park in Lantzville and make use of the dog poop bags provided to actually clean up and dispose of their dogs’ messes.

BEEF To the smokers who are still throwing cigarette butts out of vehicles or dropping them on the ground. Quit being so irresponsible. You have started a number of fires.

BOUQUET To T.J. and the gang at ABBA Carpets. Thank you so much for the carpet for my special project. I am very grateful and appreciated the cheerful, professional help when I came to your store.

BEEF To all the businesses on Boxwood Road that have green lawns and are sprinkling early in the morning on non-watering days.  Don’t you know that gold is the new green?

BOUQUET To Alan Bethell of Shear Agony Barbershop. You are the best boss a gal could ever ask for. Thank you for creating the best barbershop to work at. I am so thankful every day for being hired almost eight years ago.

BEEF To the person with two large dogs who thinks it’s funny to stand at the top of our driveway with his dogs and laugh when our dog barks.

BOUQUET To Dallas and professional staff at Nanaimo Toyota used car division. Thank you for your excellent service.

BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for operating water parks during water restrictions. All three water parks are near bodies of water that people could swim in for free without impact on drinking water. The city needs to shut these parks down.

BOUQUET To the people who stopped to pick up my dog that had just escaped the back yard. You were very kind to do that, making sure she was safe.

BEEF To the 60-plus per cent who did not vote in the last municipal election. If you thought your vote wouldn’t make a difference or just didn’t care, you’re about to find out just how much damage five people can inflict on our city.

BOUQUET To the Women’s World Cup of Soccer. It was a tremendous success. Now girls, go for it, go for the beautiful game.

BEEF To the ill-tempered motorist who, while driving down the middle of the road, stopped his car to accuse me of driving down the middle of the road.

BOUQUET To the person who found my daughter’s wallet at the deep hole in Cedar and returned it to Island Savings bank.

BOUQUET To the many people in Cilaire, to each of you, for the cards and notes I received when I moved and for the recognition for the flags I displayed, remembering our veterans.

BOUQUET To Woodgrove Dodge Chrysler parts department. So pleasant, cost was less than quoted, treated with respect and absolutely thrilled with complimentary wash and vacuum.

BOUQUET To Brad. People often shy away from the word ‘hero’ but your selfless actions define the term. Our hearts go out to you and all the others who avoided tragedy that night.

BOUQUET To David in the service department at Steve Marshall Ford for going above and beyond for the best customer service ever.

BOUQUET To the fire department and the Good Samaritans who offered and assisted to put the fire out at First Memorial on July 4. It was truly appreciated.

BOUQUET To the city workers who finally cleared the giant maple that crashed down on the Rock City Elementary School crosswalk. Please check the old, leaning maples before there is a tragic accident.

BOUQUET To Helijet who had to cancel my elderly mother’s ticket on her birthday from Vancouver to Nanaimo and then gave her a free flight the next day even though she was the only passenger.

BOUQUET To Richard Brochert, upholsterer, and to John’s Bedroom Barn for the excellent repair and upgrading of my sofa and chair. The workmanship and service was A-1.

BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo for organizing the wonderful Canada Day celebration at Maffeo Sutton Park.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Golf Club members who are golfing, supporting the staff working – the grounds crew and the pro shop. The locked out workers can come back to work anytime they wish at a premium wage.

BOUQUET To the ‘philosophy majors’ at GrandKids University. You were a fun group to facilitate – I enjoyed the discussions, and was impressed with your philosophizing.

BOUQUET To the kind people who helped set up Tourism Nanaimo’s tent for Save-On-Foods Dragonboat Festival on Friday. Your helping hand was appreciated.

BOUQUET to Shannon and staff at West Coast Shutters, Blinds and Closets. The new living room window blinds you made and installed are just great.

BOUQUET To Manh Nguyen of Estevan Denture Clinic and Carol who went beyond the call of duty to restore my mouth so I could enjoy food again and smile.

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