Beefs & Bouquets, March 5

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BOUQUET To Kyla Karakochuk for sharing her social media knowledge for free and bringing people together through her Social Sticks TwEAT Ups at Modern Café.

BEEF To parents who use Entwhistle Drive for a parking lot when dropping off their kids at Frank Ney Elementary School. This creates dangerous driving conditions. Please use the two parking lots on Williamson Road.

BOUQUET To Jordan for carrying out meaningful attacks against the Middle East terrorists.

BEEF I am an indoor cat (not my choice). Mom feeds the birds. We – or she – enjoys watching them. The beef is having to watch at least six neighbour cats decimating our feathered friends.

BOUQUET To the firemen at the No. 2 fire hall for coming to my rescue when I fell in the tunnel near Brooks Landing due to low blood sugar. Also to the nice man who called 911 for us after my daughter tried repeatedly to get people to stop and help.

BEEF What is it about not putting plastic recyclables in a plastic bag? This is a very confusing policy. I’d rather put my plastics in a garbage bag than figure out this.

BOUQUET To three amazing teachers: Russ Der, Carmella Luvisotto and Rick Becker. I am moved and so impressed after attending Jazz Fest 2015. I have tried to imagine how many students you have given the gift of music, self-confidence, teamwork, perseverance and so much more.

BEEF To the gun mentality. I don’t mean owning a gun; I’m talking about the mindset that says, ‘if something bothers you, don’t try to work it out – just pick up a gun and blaze away.’

BOUQUET To Gallazin Locksmith, and my awesome dog sitter for helping me, my dogs and cat out of a jam when I neglected to leave the correct key.

BEEF Under no circumstances should Empire Days be forced to change its name. When did blackmail become legal?

BOUQUET To the honest person who handed in my headphones and case to the front desk at V.I. Fitness Centre on Bowen Rd a couple weeks ago, after I obviously put them down and forgot them while working out.

BEEF To the parents who let their kids ruin the North Nanaimo library by letting their kids jump off bookshelves, scream, run around, bang on windows, eat, and crawl all over the floor. The library is not a supervised indoor playground.

BOUQUET To the London Drugs Nanaimo North Town Centre manger, Daryl, and camera sales manager, Peter. Thank you for your outstanding service on my recent camera purchase. It is great to know great customer service is still out there.

BEEF To all the people who speed excessively, weave in and out of traffic, tailgate, text, run stop signs and red lights: you look like idiots with your defenseless children buckled in the back seat.

BOUQUET To one of our fine Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency doctors, Marc Teixeira. Nanaimo is so fortunate to have this dedicated, professional doctor in our city.

BEEF To all the cashiers who lick their fingers to help with opening the plastic bags and then touch the merchandise. Please have your employer supply you with a damp sponge so you are not sharing your saliva.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Spirit Drummers, a group of women from all backgrounds who experience native hand drumming, who were selected by Shaw Go Island as best activity event for the year 2014.

BEEF To all realtors sending their self-promoting cards and pamphlets to my mailbox every other week. There must be a less-wasteful and more community-minded way to advertise your services.

BOUQUET To the honest and lovely woman in a red coat who found and returned my wallet at QF. I was in total despair, standing at the checkout and realizing I had lost it somehow.

BEEF To the ugly new liquor store. Blue – what are you thinking? And what is the City of Nanaimo thinking for allowing such an eyesore?

BOUQUET To the janitor at Country Club Centre who goes above and beyond and cleans the kids play section a few times each shift to lessen the chances of little ones getting sick bugs. I wish I got your name.

BEEF Your boxer-type dog, Stella, was off leash and she aggressively barked and followed me. Walk in an off-leash area and let us humans walk without worrying about being harassed by untrained dogs and  their negligent owners.

BOUQUET To the person who left me flowers at the Woodgrove Animal Hospital after we had our family dog put down. That was the most traumatic event imaginable but your kind thoughts meant the world to me.

BEEF To the recycle men for always leaving a mess everywhere and just throwing yellow bags whereever they land. Calling to complain obviously does nothing. Our tax dollars pay for this?

BOUQUET To the family who brought me Christmas dinner and a bag of useful gifts. Grandmother, mother and two little girls. Their special visit made Christmas complete.

BEEF To the big library upgrade planned for the spring. How about buying a few books? Half the shelves were empty last time I was in there.

BOUQUET To the provincial government for bringing in a balanced budget for B.C. But was this at the expense of a reduced personal income tax allowance?

BEEF I have never lived anywhere in all my years where there is so much garbage strewn around. We have a reliable pickup every week – just take your garbage home.

BOUQUET To Norm at Frontrunners for your kind and sweet customer service in fitting me with shoes for my hard-to-fit feet. You are the Al Bundy of shoe sales in Nanaimo.

BEEF To city council for bowing to the PC police and effectively ending Empire Days celebrations. You realize without the ‘empire’ your six per cent of GDP subsidy would vanish. Shame on you for trying to revise history.

BOUQUET To Simon Rideout of Rideout Communications for his collaboration with, and support of, our non-profit cultural association. He demonstrates professionalism and a sense of community in his endeavours on an ongoing basis.

BEEF To the people who treat the hospital grounds like a trash bin. Each day brings new garbage, so I know that it is being dealt with daily, but it seems to be a losing battle.

BOUQUET To Coun. Hong who tried to break into our car that was parked downtown when our newly licensed son locked the keys inside.

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