Beefs & Bouquets, July 19

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A huge Bouquet of Awesomeness to Ed and Linda (the bird rescuers) who came out to Yellow Point to rescue a bald eagle with a bad wing. After Ed tried to place a towel over the bird, it jumped off a steep cliff into the ocean. Ed jumped in after it and brought it to safety. I am truly amazed at your dedication. Great job to you both.

thanks to two B.C. Ferries crew members: Wendy from first aid and Lisa, who we believe is in the food service department. These two women saved the life of our little dog on board the 6:55 p.m. ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay recently. The entire crew was helpful, but these two ladies were amazing.

A big bouquet of Roses to Cole Renner for organizing the “Remove the Stigma” golf tournament in support of Canadian Mental Health Association. A great time was had by all and $2,300 raised for the association. Thanks as well to all the donors of auction items.

Dozens of roses to the nice ladies who helped when my dog cut his foot on a walk by the B.C. Ferries terminal. Lauren – I can’t thank you enough for keeping me calm and for your friendly nature and help. To the staff at DB Vet – thanks so much for taking him right away and being so kind. My puppy thanks you all, too.

Cooling swims to our new Nanaimo News Bulletin paper carriers – a young family. Special bouquets for mom and dad and the example they set for their young ones.

Pink Roses and many thanks to June and Matt from J & D Montgomery Renovations, our great tiler Bill Gott, plumbers Dave and Don from Norm’s Mobile Services, Trevor from Watts Electrical, and Krystalyne from Mid Island Cabinets for the great bathroom renovation.

Huge Bunches of Roses to Olivia, manager of the London Drugs photo department in Port Place Shopping Centre, for making special arrangements to get the phone I need, despite it being beyond the rules and policies. Olivia went the extra mile to help me.

A bouquet to the organizers of the seniors table tennis at Departure Bay. It has afforded me competition, fun, laughter and happiness. Thank you, friends.

a restful bouquet to my grandmother, who went out of her way to ensure my vacation was relaxing and fun. From doing all of the meal planning to encouraging me to spend time curled up with my book, I returned to work feeling more rested than I have for a while.

A great big thank you to the coaching staff of the Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club. You have all helped make this one of the best summer swimming seasons yet.

Great big bouquets to Gallazin Locksmiths and Bavarian Motors. When the lock came out of my car door recently, both of these amazing local companies helped me get it back together, free of charge. Talk about super customer service.

a thank you bouquet to Rhonda for driving me to the hospital. It takes all kinds of people to make a world. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough of your kind.

A huge bouquet of exotic and rare orchids to Auto Check Automotive. It’s rare to find an automotive maintenance and repair business that’s as honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable as they are. They do not take advantage of elderly customers like me.

A huge thank you to the team at Quality Foods at Northridge Centre for helping us put together our Emterra Company picnic. There are not many companies like yours out there anymore that believe in old-fashioned customer service and go that extra mile. Thank you for truly believing in the total satisfaction of every customer.

Stacks of pretty roses to a couple lovely “couponers” for really going out of their way to help our family by surprising us with some items for us parents and some gifts of necessities for our children. There are thoughtful, kind and generous people out there and I will most definitely pay it foward.

A quiet vacation to bylaw officer Cheryl. Thanks for not backing down.

A bouquet to my wife for the B.C. Lions football tickets. I know you’re not a sports fan, but you are a generous, loving person. We will enjoy the game and look forward to meeting up with you later in Vancouver.

A bouquet to our strata council. As volunteers you put up with a lot of crap from the clique and still do a great job. Don’t let those whiners get to you.

A huge, sunny thank you bouquet to Huey and Rosemary McNaughton for looking after our house while we were away. We enjoyed our vacation and had peace of mind knowing you were looking out for us. Also thank you for helping me diagnose my sunscreen allergy and the advice on fixing my skin. We really appreciate all you have done.

a huge bouquet of summer flowers to everyone in our neighbourhood who helped us find our cat, Dante. We are so happy and grateful.

Smelling salts for the garbage collectors. Those trucks smell vile in the heat. I don’t know how you do your job.

a beef to businesses that take your money, but do not do the job properly.

a big beef to people who think their dog can do whatever it wants in off-leash dog areas. If your dog is aggressive or jumps up on people and you cannot stop your animal from doing this, you should not be in the off-leash area.

An overcooked slab of BEEF to slow drivers on the Island Highway who block both lanes and drive under the speed limit. The speed limit is 80 km/h in the north end and it gradually drops down to 50 km/h. The speed limit is posted everywhere and is quite visible.

a beef to business people who put a sign on their door stating they will be “back in an hour” or “back soon” without putting a time on it.  Please let us know what time you will be back. My time is better spent going to another store rather than waiting or coming back two or three times to see the same sign.

A beef to the owners of a very messy front yard in north Nanaimo.

a noisy beef to people who turn on their car alarms on B.C. Ferries vessels. As soon as the boat starts moving, the vibrations set off the alarm, treating other passengers to a loud and annoying sound until the owner is asked to turn it off. The alarms also upset dogs in nearby vehicles, who are not able to go upstairs to escape the racket.

a beef to the fellow who moseyed over to where I was watching the ball game, stood literally a metre away from me, and proceeded to light up a cigar.

a big beef to the young lady driving her black car in the passing lane on the Island Highway recently. Shame on you for texting while driving. You drove like you were drunk and other drivers were looking out for you. Driving is a privilege.

a beef to businesses that assume all customers have access to a computer. Some seniors on pensions have to choose between food or a computer. Do these businesses not have a phone?

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