Beefs & Bouquets, June 25

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BOUQUET To Bryan at Island Pest control who moved one nest out of an indoor sunroom and when the bees set up again in an outside area that could not be accessed, he returned my money and recommended they be left, as they would move on. I will be passing on many recommendations for your company.

BEEF To my neighbour who killed the beautiful old rose bush that separated our yards for years and then threw the mess on my side to die in shame. Next time don’t use ignorance as a gardening tool.

BOUQUET To the homeowner on Icarus Drive for their thoughtfulness in leaving a communal water bowl at the foot of their driveway for passing dogs. My two canine friends thank you.

BEEF To those responsible for racist pamphlets and vandalism to bus benches that has occurred recently. Your intolerance is an embarrassment to our city.

BOUQUET To the students at Wellington Secondary School. You put on a beautiful tea for Mid-Island Abilities and Independent Living Society. The music provided by the three band students was very nice.

BEEF For not having a translucent local government. The Nanaimo taxpayers are fed up with the continuing political lip service.

BEEF To the birds that poop on my windows. Don’t they know how hard it is to clean off?

BOUQUET To the artists who are spreading positive messages with artistic light-hearted signage throughout Nanaimo expressing love, sharing, giving and ultimately conversation.

BEEF To buddy in the brown car behind me on Tenth Street. While you were screaming and honking your horn, I was waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. I was going slowly to obey the speed limit. As you passed on a solid line, I noticed you are a new driver.

BOUQUET To very nice, kind bus driver Gary. He is always ready to help bus passengers with great information. For your kindness and knowledge we are very appreciative.

BEEF To the elderly man driving a large grey pickup very fast to buy gas at Superstore. You entered the exit as we were trying to leave in our small car and didn’t have a clue when we followed you.

BOUQUET To the Good Samaritan on Rutherford Road who returned my daughter’s bank and employee card to the McDonald’s store and then went back to locate her wallet when staff said it was also missing.

BEEF In this period of water restrictions, where is the feasibility in allowing the slip-and-slide attraction to go ahead in August? Who is going to take the heat if our firefighters run out of water during a fire and lose someone’s home?

BOUQUET To the young lady volunteer in Bowen Park. Your hard work, knowledge and smile don’t go unnoticed. You’re doing a lot to help our beautiful park stay beautiful.

BEEF To contractors who don’t show up as arranged, leave a huge mess, severely under-quote, and then leave a job unfinished resulting in more expense. How are any of you still in business?

BOUQUET To the staff at Art Knapp Plantland. You guys always have smiles on your faces. It’s always a pleasure shopping there and seeing you guys having fun and smiling.

BEEF To the heartless seniors facilities that do not allow any kind of pet. Your activities are boring most of the time, so improve that then.

BOUQUET To the customer and employee at Wal-Mart who found my lost filled-out cheque and sent it back to me through the mail. So happy to share the planet with you.

BOUQUET To Glynnis. She is so friendly, pleasant and the best mail carrier ever.  She even has treats in her car for our dogs. They know this and drag me down the street to meet her at the superboxes.

BOUQUET To Tess, the coolest and ‘uncliquiest’ hairdresser at Accents Hair Studio for giving me the best haircut that I’ve had in years. I’ll definitely be back.

BOUQUET To the activities staff at Dufferin Place for their thoughtful, respectful, caring way that they share their days with the residents and their families.

BOUQUET To NDSS 50th grad reunion committee. The tour of our beloved school, meet and greet at museum and dinner and dance were all awesome.

BOUQUET To the person who returned my lost wallet. It was once my grandfather’s. You really helped me out and restored my hope that there are still good people out there.

BOUQUET To Speedy Automotive Service for going above and beyond by saving the old couple on the side of the road in their motorhome.

BOUQUET To Ted of Bayview Heating. He is pleasant and dependable and his rates are reasonable but most important he returns calls for help and comes as quickly as possible.

BOUQUET To the RCMP for arresting the break-in artists at VIU but also to the righteous citizens who provided the much-needed general information.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Spirit Drummer coordinator for all the hard work for bringing hand drumming to our community. You deserve the summer break.

BOUQUET To the lovely ladies at the My Undies Bra and Lingerie Boutique downtown for your patience in helping me find the right size. Your shop and products are beautiful.

BOUQUET To June at Wellington Dental Clinic whose exceptionally caring attitude and professional nature makes going to the hygienist such an enjoyable experience.

BOUQUET To Kal Tire on Old Victoria Road. I gave them cart blanche to fix the brakes, redo the exhaust and change the timing belt. None of this had to be done and they fixed the problem and the brakes still had lots of time on them. They will have my business for life.

BOUQUET To Lance at city hall who helped me retrieve keys from my locked car, the security guard who offered her sympathies, and a gentleman who offered a quarter for the parking meter while I was stuck. Oh, and a flower to my boss who offered on his day off to help if needed.

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