Beef to the dentist for talking politics with his young assistant while he has his thumb on my jaw. It’s frustrating being unable to present an opposing view.

Beefs & Bouquets, May 2

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BOUQUET To Columbia Bakery. For almost 30 years you provided us with the best bread, desserts and meat products known to a German. Your staff is lovely as well.

BEEF To certain staff at NRGH, the lack of communication between staff is ridiculous. I had the misfortune of enduring five weeks in care at this hospital and was amazed at things I saw. I witnessed a man from the psychiatric ward escape from his nurse and take off running out the door, followed by security.

BOUQUET To dentist Dr. B. Wadson and his staff. After my silly accident on your property you treated me like nothing ever happened.

BEEF What is happening to talk radio and TV? Constant interruptions. Two words into the response, the host is asking another question. Fine if the guest isn’t answering the question, call them on it, but otherwise shut up and listen.

BOUQUET To the young lady who offered to give my a car a boost at the credit union when she heard me ask to use a phone in the gas station to call BCAA.

BEEF To the car dealer. After servicing and washing my truck they told me the new scratches on the truck was from his keys and the gummy stuff on the top of the box was road tar. I may be old but not stupid.

BOUQUET To the people who turned in a grey purse at Country Grocer on Bowen Road. Thank you ever so much.

BEEF To the neighbour who runs the martial arts centre. It is very annoying every night to have the extra traffic on the street and having kids run across the road to get into there awaiting parents’ car. Not to mention them blocking my driveway. You really should be renting a hall.

BOUQUET To the local RCMP officers for doing the best they can to serve our city. It’s a tough job and they rarely get thanked.

BEEF To the people who, in spite of signage, insist on riding bicycles in Buttertubs Marsh There are plenty of places to ride a bike and/or walk a dog, but Buttertubs Marsh is not one of them. Please stop.

BOUQUET Once again I received expert friendly service at Iris Optical. My family and friends report the same great experience every time. They’re the best!

BEEF To the dentist for talking politics with his young assistant while he has his thumb on my jaw. It’s frustrating being unable to present an opposing view.

BOUQUET To the teens of Nanaimo who returned a lost wallet intact to our address. Restored our faith in our youth. Many thanks.

BEEF To the people on my street who continue to feed peanuts to the (invasive) black squirrels. Please consider your neighbours with peanut allergies. The squirrels dig up the garden and planters to bury these peanuts. This is more than a nuisance; it is no longer possible for me to enjoy my yard without gloves and a face mask.

BOUQUET To A&A Vacuum Doctor. You rate A-one with me. In my book you went above and beyond. Thank you.

BEEF To the man who yelled at me at the Merle Logan Field parking lot in front of my son and mother. Stating if he was a kid he would be dead. I am still trying to figure out why you stepped behind an already moving vehicle in reverse with a single and reverse lights on? Thankfully I was paying attention to my mirrors saw you and stopped. At least my son saw me apologize and be kind in a situation like that.

BOUQUET To Marie and the team at the post office on East Wellington Road for the exceptional service for ensuring my important document reached me even though my mail forwarding has expired.

BEEF To a younger doctor who watches women get undressed. Unacceptable.

BOUQUET To the fantastic team at Dog ‘N’ Suds for always being amazing and friendly.

BEEF To the people who use ultra bright LED strobes for headlights on the bike path. We can see you from a kilometre away. I have to stop and cover my eyes until you pass, or run the risk of getting snagged by the blackberries down the sides of the path. Point them down at the ground, at least, so you can see where you’re going.

BOUQUET We will miss Sean, the guy in the lottery booth. Big smile, sense of humour. Good luck in Kelowna. They are lucky to have you.

BEEF To the person who berated the B.C. Ferries employee for putting the navigation blinds down when it got dark. These are your friends and neighbours trying to make an honest living. Shame on you.

BOUQUET To Dennis and staff at Comfort Group. Very professional, knowledgeable service.

BEEF The garbage cans I’m talking about are out on the street all the time. They are never taken off the curbside at all. I would not put this on any of my neighbours to be so lazy as to leaving them out on the street like this. Looks like maybe a third world country thing.

BOUQUET To the man who noticed me on a cold, dark night in front of Fairway Market getting my mobility scooter onto my van scooter lift. He stopped his vehicle, jumped out and helped me. A wonderful example of the warm, kind, helpful folks in Nanaimo. Thank you.

BEEF To the coffee shop owner who takes a percentage of tips from staff. I tip your employees for their amazing customer service. Not you, the owners. Shameful and greedy.

BOUQUET To Spice of Life, caterers extraordinaire. Yearly, their generosity to Seaview School is boundless.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Curling Centre volunteers for successfully hosting the B.C. Masters Curling Championships. Visiting teams were very impressed.

BOUQUET To the recreation team at Kiwanis Village, Heidi and Carmen, for including residents in activity decisions. You make our lives much richer and you are appreciated every day.

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