BOUQUET To all those who participated in that very impresive Vimy Ridge ceremony on television. I lost an uncle at Battle of the Somme. Luckily, my husband and brother-in-law got home physically in one piece, but forever haunted with bad memories mentally. I couldn’t see the last of the program through tears.
BEEF What is with the dawdlers northbound by Long Lake? Speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour and nothing but 50-60 km/h. Gas pedal is on the right.
BOUQUET To the ladies who bandaged me up after I fell outside the Northgate Liquor Store on my way to work. I was sober but shaken.
BEEF To my mother-in-law, who is actually working behind our backs to trick our underage child into moving in with her because she needs child support to improve her living conditions. We’ve discovered your lies and manipulations.
BOUQUET From seniors on a rainy day, car stalled. Wal-Mart service gave us a jump start. Saved our day.
BEEF To the over-perfumed lady on the No. 5 bus. I guess the reason you don’t apply your scent after getting off the bus is that it only comes in five-gallon pails.
BOUQUET To the kind elderly couple from Ladysmith seniors who gave me a ride from food bank.
BEEF To the Nanaimo Port Authority for increasing water lease rates by more than 400 per cent and their arrogance when dealing with local concerns.
BOUQUET To Pamela and Wani of Nanaimo Insurance at Terminal Park. You were both very helpful to me on a Friday night. Saved me money and got me new park plates without a hitch.
BEEF To the health authority. Just what we needed a doctor (and more to follow) suspended for using paper. We have a long enough wait to see doctors without this.
BOUQUET For Katherine at Coastal Community Credit Union Woodgrove area. You have such a pleasant and gracious disposition.
BEEF To the beefer upset that his or her five-year-old grandson wasn’t allowed to crash a party even just to say “hi” to an Easter bunny. Excusing social etiquette due to age sets children up for bigger upsets later when presented with similar situations.
BOUQUET To the Altrusa Club ladies for delivering library books to shut-ins. A wonderful service.
BEEF To the beefer complaining about a developer destroying the original marsh, clear-cutting and destroying nesting habitat. We all live in houses. We are indigenous to this planet. What ‘natural’ habitat was destroyed for your abode?
BOUQUET To Aaron R. on city collection route G. He’s courteous, always putting cans back for my elderly client. Glad to see him back – we have missed him.
BEEF To the dog walkers who leave their plastic bags of doggy doo on the grounds at Woodlands school. Just because the school is decommissioned is no excuse. Also, the Nanaimo school board’s neglect of the grounds needs attention and action.
BOUQUET To a very nice reporter Chris Bush at the News Bulletin. He was nominated for Best Feature Photo, black and white.
BEEF To the restaurant that served my 12-year-old daughter a tainted hamburger causing her to vomit and miss school. Phone calls and e-mails to the restaurant have gone unanswered. I would have expected them to want to investigate.
BOUQUET To Michael in the cellphone department at Wal-Mart. Michael on two separate occasions was very accommodating in helping me set up my new phone. He was knowledgeable and professional and I will recommend him whenever I can.
BEEF To the small businesses that advertise services and won’t even return your phone calls when you call them to hire their services. At least show some courtesy even if you are too busy or just don’t want to work.
BOUQUET To a lovely girl with an open mind at Motion Specialities on Bowen Road. Thank you for everything.
BEEF To the speeders and people on cellphones while driving through Metral Avenue school zone. It is obvious you have them in your right hand or lap. And to the police for refusing to hand out a ticket.
BOUQUET To Allan and his staff at Departure Bay Service. Thank you for the great service. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your business.
BEEF To the two young men who plucked the last daffodil from the planter in front of the cancer society, then lit cigarettes while grinning to themselves. This daffodil was the only surviving flower of the bunch and is the symbol of the society. Get a life and respect those who are fighting for theirs.
BOUQUET To building owners who clearly show their street number – handy for everyone.
BEEF To drivers who drive with studded tires between May 1 and October 1, even though it’s illegal. Another beef to police who don’t enforce it.
BOUQUET To the warm, wonderful staff of the Chase River Tim Hortons. We appreciate the wonderful service we get every Sunday morning. Thanks from the oatmeal ladies.
BEEF People who plaster garage/yard sale sings, lost and found signs, etc., everywhere and then never take them down.
BOUQUET To Elaine Peligren and Shelby Webb for organizing and raising money at my beer and burger at Miller’s Landing Pub. The place was packed and they raised a lot of money toward my lung transplant.
BEEF To the ambulance drivers for using lights and sirens way too much. It’s not only a nuisance to nearby homeowners and a danger to the public, but also the constant sirens cause people to become desensitized to the noise.
BOUQUET To the post office for delivering our mail before noon on Fridays, every Friday, only on a Friday.
BEEF To the moving company employees who regard Third Street as their personal speedway, tailgate and give the finger to drivers obeying traffic signs.
BOUQUET To women who realized that yoga pants as a daily wear and short skirts are out of style, hopefully for a long time.
BEEF To the political party which chooses to fund attack ads on its opponents, funded by you and I the taxpayer.
BOUQUET To a beautiful couple who paid for my supper some time ago at Shanghai City restaurant.
BEEF To dog owners walking along Turner Road. The sidewalks stink of poop. As if people love stepping in that. Take a baggie with you.
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