BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Theatre Group for another excellent play, Bus Stop, at its theatre. The acting was tremendous.
BEEF To the irresponsible pet groomer who cut my dog’s nail and made him bleed. I had to take him to the veterinarian because his whole nail has come off. The groomer only gave a small amount to go toward the vet bill.
BOUQUET To Hamish who kindly carried a large, heavy parcel out to my car at the South Parkway post office. Your happy demeanor and belief in ‘paying it forward’ help to make this world a better place.
BEEF To the drivers of Nanaimo who can’t wait five seconds to safely pass a cyclist. Take a bike ride on a road like Jingle Pot, Bowen or Labieux to experience the fear and terror of trying to get around the city.
BOUQUET To the gent in the classic car who let me know I had neglected to put my new stickers on my plates. And yes, my right-hand signal light wasn’t working. You probably saved me a ticket and possibly an accident.
BEEF To the prime minister. Canadians are not being hoodwinked by calling this federal election, especially with the sugar-coated budget pill. I knew at five years old not to take candy from politicians.
BOUQUET To Ben and Kelly and the staff at Michael Lake Kennel who took such dedicated care of my senior, special needs dog Braden while I recovered from surgery. I got to spend an extra three precious weeks with him before he went to the great dog park in the sky.
BEEF To the big box stores for not hiring mature, experienced workers your customers require.
BOUQUET To the kind person who put a note on my car at the Nanaimo Ice Centre and put air in my right rear tire. It has been checked and repaired.
BEEF To Premier Christy Clark. I lost my job of 14 years due to lack of work at the business, which was mainly due to the hard-hitting economic recession that you don’t do anything about. Resign from office.
BOUQUET To the drivers who are patient with the cyclists on the roads of Nanaimo. Waiting that 5 or 10 seconds for it to be safe to pass is greatly appreciated.
BEEF To people who jaywalk across busy roads and don’t bother to look for traffic.
BOUQUET To Greg Wilson of Long Lake Automotive for actually listening to women’s input and for finally finding the solution after searching for eight years for a decent mechanic. A very honest and fair mechanic and I would recommend this shop.
BEEF To the employer who has added more six-day stints to our work week, causing burnout and fatigue. Many disgruntled coworkers have left at great expense to taxpayers.
BOUQUET To Greg at Long Lake Auto for rescuing me and my van and always with a smile on his face.
BEEF To people who refuse to sit down on city buses. It should be a rule to have to sit if there is an empty seat.
BOUQUET To whoever found and mailed my lost donation envelope to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation. I got my tax receipt in the mail so I know they received it.
BEEF To the person southbound in the Chrysler 500 on Island Highway who was flipping the bird at someone Sunday afternoon. I see you and raise you one.
BOUQUET To all the staff, including Linda, at Kal-Tire on Old Victoria Road for their competent and trustworthy auto servicing, affordable prices and outstanding customer assistance.
BEEF To whoever stole a green kayak belonging to the Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club at Long Lake. The kayak was on the beach to be stored away after practice, it was not abandoned.
BOUQUET To the Hesser family for the magnificent meal it prepared for our club’s 36th anniversary celebration.
BEEF To the neighbours in an otherwise lovely quiet seniors’ mobile home park who go around yelling at the top of their voice for everything including calling for their nuisance cats. This unwelcome noise is called disturbing the peace.
BOUQUET To Shara at Del Norte Kennels for keeping Princess and Peanut looking so nice.
BEEF To the worst boss I’ve ever had. Swearing at and belittling employees; missing meetings and not returning calls; and talking on the phone while driving with a trailer.
BOUQUET To all my young friends that I meet each day at Georgia Avenue Elementary School. You are so polite to senior walkers.
BEEF To the man who writes nasty, sarcastic letters to whomever, then complains that he does not get any replies.
BOUQUET To the Paradise Island singers for brightening the days of those in care facilities.
BOUQUET To Linda of the Sally Ann for caring and accepting us all. We love your laughter.
BOUQUET To Superette on Albert Street for selling me apples at a reduced price so I can bake apple pies for charity.
BOUQUET To all my paper route customers who are so wonderful to me, the teddy bear cart lady. I enjoy saying ‘Hi’ to everyone.
BOUQUET To the librarians at the Nanaimo North library who helped me find pictures on the computer so I could make a special blanket for my friends.
BOUQUET To groups that made the Red Shirt Foundation Walk a success: East Bound Train and Don’t Tell Julie; Save-On-Foods; United Steel Workers; Jentri Esthetics; Nanaimo Timbermen; Roadshow Sign and Design; Coastal Community; Pepper Grocery Store in Victoria; and all who supported our mission.
BOUQUET To the RCMP for recovering my stolen Norco bicycle. You’re the best.
BOUQUET To the Dog’s Ear T-shirt and Embroidery Co. for a difficult job done well – with Chinese and Japanese writing.
BOUQUET To the First Baptist Church of Nanaimo. What a kind, compassionate, and welcoming group of people.
To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.