Beef to the driver who almost drove me off the road at the intersection of Highway 19 and Mostar Road. In case you don’t know what that red triangle is for: it means yield. Fortunately there was no one in the adjacent lane and I was able to veer over.

Beefs & Bouquets, July 25

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BOUQUET For the generosity of the couple who heard the waitress wish us ‘happy Anniversary’ and paid for our wine with our dinner at the Bayside Inn. It was our 57th. Much appreciated.

BEEF To parents who stick electronic devices in front of their children in restaurants with the sound blaring. If you want to drug your toddler with Paw Patrol videos on an iPad in a public place that’s your choice – please just have the common courtesy to invest in a pair of headphones.

BOUQUET Thank you to Broombusters, your hard work is noticed and our highways and roads look so much better for your efforts.

BEEF To B.C. Ferries’ VP of toilet paper acquisitions: congratulations, you’ve found the absolute worst toilet paper in the world.

BOUQUET To Dr. Jed Laughren for the fantastic job he did to surgically repair my husband’s ankle, which was broken in eight places. Great work, doc.

BEEF A surgical department sends out a customer satisfaction questionnaire. It appears they either don’t read them or don’t follow up on them. I filled one out and asked to be contacted to further explain my complaint. No response.

BOUQUET Thank you so very much, Chad at London Drugs tech centre. My iPod volume wasn’t working. You took the time to check it out, then cleaned and it worked. Thank you for being so pleasant, taking the time, and not charging me. So happy to have it to listen to my music again.

BEEF To the guy who couldn’t fit his enormous truck in just his lane so honked and rudely gestured at me to get out of his way. Good manners go a lot further than a building-sized truck to compensate for any shortcomings you may have.

BOUQUET To the kind ladies and Lowe’s staff that helped my hubby when he cut himself in the parking lot. You kept him calm and told him to keep pressure on it while you drove him to the ER. We are so fortunate that you were there and forever grateful. Also a bouquet to the NRGH staff that saw him so quickly and stitched him up. Thank you!

BEEF To residents of Laguna Way with yards that are not mown and/or are filled with weeds. These residents have created an ugly landscape in one of Nanaimo’s prime residential areas.

BOUQUET To two gents who came to my immediate rescue when I missed a step and fell at Canadian Tire. Very grateful. Chivalry lives!

BEEF To the worker who seems to forget to wear pants when she leaves work. Not everyone wants to see your half-naked rear end.

BOUQUET A heart-felt thank you to Susan at the Woodgrove clinic. I’ve been away from Nanaimo for a while and thought I’d been lost in the health care system, but Susan sorted everything out with kindness and professionalism.

BEEF To the resident in our complex who filed a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal, and now we are having to dig deep into our pockets to pay for your legal bill.

BOUQUET Thank you to Mike from Start Right Motorcycle Training. Two months ago I was a complete beginner and today I passed my Class 6 road test easily. I feel competent and safe on my bike. You were easy-going, kind and confidence-inspiring. Thank you!

BEEF To people complaining about cats being outside killing birds. I suppose you love rats and mice. You can’t have everything.

BOUQUET To the woman I met in line at Superstore. You were grocery shopping for the first time after your husband’s passing. How quickly a mundane activity can take on a new significance. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been thinking about you and I am grateful for the brief moment we shared.

BEEF To those with disabled parking permits: do not park in a designated stall unless the permit holder is the one exiting the vehicle. You are behaving just as badly as those who park there who are ‘just going to be a minute.’ These spots are few and necessary for those who need the space.

BOUQUET To all those involved in planning and building ‘The Most Beautiful Bus Shelter in the World’ on Lantzville Road incorporating First Nations art, beautiful woodwork, flowers and a lending library. Ride the bus and enjoy all its benefits!

BEEF To the guy on the Parkway who honked at the person for pulling over after they hit a deer. Relax – accidents happen and they are not convenient. One minute of waiting while he pulls over is not that bad. Have some sympathy for the driver and poor deer, as this was extremely unfortunate and sad.

BOUQUET To my wonderful dentist Dr. Ziehr and her assistant Kim, for their compassion, time and expertise. I always have a comfortable experience and feel like I’m cared for. Thank you so much.

BEEF To the driver who almost drove me off the road at the intersection of Highway 19 and Mostar Road. In case you don’t know what that red triangle is for: it means yield. Fortunately there was no one in the adjacent lane and I was able to veer over there to avoid you.

BOUQUET To a kind gentleman Ben, who went out of his way to jump start my auto at Departure Bay. This senior arrived home safely. Thank you so much.

BOUQUET To Jen at the Sign Zone for fabricating some safety signage for the city in very short order; it made all the difference.

BOUQUET To Raj and his professional team at Christensen Collision. They did a great job on two little touch-ups I had noted on my car, and they polished up another spot that they noticed and included it in their very fair price. I highly recommend them.

BOUQUET To Mike of BMC Landscaping and excavating for an excellent job done clearing an area for me and digging holes for fence posts and planting a tree. The soil is heavy and rocky and I would never have been able to do any of it by hand. He was very prompt, courteous and helpful.

BOUQUET To the amazing staff at Benson View Vet Clinic. Thank you so much for providing excellent care to our boxers, Harley and Rosco.

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