Beefs & Bouquets, July 23

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BOUQUET To the talented First Nations dancers and singers for their spectacular performance at Maffeo Sutton Park during Infringing dance festival.

BEEF To the TV network for the lousy coverage of the Pan Am Games. It’s the worst coverage of a major sporting event ever.

BOUQUET To John and Jen at Full on Fitness for being the best coaches ever. You both motivate and inspire everyone to do their best in every class.

BEEF To the lady on Marion Way who feeds the crows and ravens all summer and winter.

BOUQUET To Glen Reid. Very nice and very honest. The assembly man for furniture. Thank you for your beauty.

BEEF To drivers who turn at crosswalks with walk signs that say walk and cut off pedestrians in mid-stride. Where are the police when this happens?

BOUQUET To Jim, the owner, and his kind and caring staff at Ricky’s. With their pleasant smiles and friendly conversations they make their customers feel like family.

BEEF To whomever removed my magnetic greyhound sign from the back of my red Dodge Caravan. Greyhound people don’t do that, so you must have done it just for the hell of it. I would like it back.

BOUQUET To George Kilpatrick on his retirement as our Canada Post letter carrier after 18 and a half years on the Smuggler’s Hill route. Enjoy a long, healthy, happy, serendipitous retirement.

BEEF To people who apply for a variance to the building code with no consideration for neighbours who bought their homes for the view and who could lose most of it and reduce the re-sale value of their homes.

BOUQUET To all who supported the Cedar 4-H silent auction by way of donated items and gift certificates. Your generosity and community spirit made our event most successful.

BEEF To the fast food restaurant on Terminal Avenue for constantly spewing greasy black smoke into the air and making the whole area reek. I can’t believe people still eat there.

BOUQUET To the women and men who work for the Nanaimo Integrated Health Network, my admiration and appreciation for all you do for our community. Your professional services many times go unheralded.

BEEF To all Nanaimo city councillors for not listening to each other and just waiting for their turn to talk. Your conduct is nothing short of embarrassing.

BOUQUET To Brian Rampanen of Brian’s Painting for transforming my house from a tired, dowdy, washed out home back to a new vibrant modern, and now very comfortable, place to be.

BOUQUET To Stephen Harper and Christy Clark. Your critics are mainly losers who dislike winners.

BEEF To the person who left a shaming note on my car at Thrifty Foods. I have a prominently displayed handicap placard for a reason. Please try to remember that not all disabilities are immediately visible, not all require a wheelchair or walker.

BOUQUET To Keith at Wal-Mart. He is always helpful and pleasant to talk to. He always shows me where things are.

BEEF To the high-tech industry for reminding me the posted speed limit is optional for company trucks.

BOUQUET To the lovely woman driving the white Pure Spa car who paid for my coffee and bagel at Tim Hortons. You have no idea how happy that made me.

BEEF There are many jokes told to consumers about the shape of the economy, but the good one about crude oil supply-demand is recently told at B.C. gasoline pumps. Crude is dirt cheap but there is a very slow ‘readjustment’ – upwards.

BOUQUET To my hard-working neighbour Clayton for always having a smile on his face and something nice to say. You make Nanaimo a better place to live.

BEEF To some resident care attendants. Make time to wash residents hands too. It is  very important that proper hygiene be followed by all. You prevent outbreaks that way.

BOUQUET To the woman who found my coon hound mix near Wakesiah Avenue and to Island Veterinary Clinic for keeping him safe overnight until I could be contacted.

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