Beefs & Bouquets, May 21

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BOUQUET To Nanaimo Public Works for its continuous efforts to clean up my neighbourhood at the north end of Jingle Pot Road. The barriers and garbage removal have had an incredible impact.

BEEF To the dad or granddad for his unnecessary, rude comment at the free cake event for Mother’s Day at Thrifty Foods Port Place. Keep your pouting at home.

BOUQUET To the kind and caring pilot and staff for getting a wheelchair and calling a taxi to go to St. Paul’s Hospital. We will always be grateful.

BEEF To the clean-up and garden service landscaper who was speeding through a school zone, illegally passing cars in the median who were doing the limit and then swearing and threatening violence when I called to complain. Clean up your act.

BOUQUET To Brad and staff at Midas at Brechin Road who went out of their way to get our car battery replaced quickly when an unexpected call for work came.

BEEF To the person beefing that people should be made to sit down on the bus if seats are available. I’m in agreement with those standing. Who knows what the last person sitting there left on the seat?

BOUQUET To Reba at HairMates Barber Shop. I needed a haircut and Reba used her skill and attention to detail to give me one of the best haircuts I have had in my years in Nanaimo.

BEEF To real estate agents who advertise homes with unauthorized suites. You should not accept listings for illegal properties. You don’t see car dealers listing stolen cars.

BOUQUET To Frankie’s Modern Diner for honouring moms on Mother’s Day. All moms were treated to a fabulous cheesecake dessert, courtesy of Frankie.

BEEF To those ignorant smokers who keep flicking their butts out the window.

BOUQUET To Rylan of McGirr Elementary School for once again donating his birthday money to Justin’s Coin Drive. We are so very grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

BEEF To the people who enjoyed a picnic of a melon fruit pack and ginger ale and root beer on Mother’s Day at Neck Point Park. This is 2015 and you still leave your garbage on the beach.

BOUQUET To the organizers of Heritage Days. I felt so proud of our city as so many people came together to lose that horrible ‘empire’ moniker and celebrate our true diversity. I could finally enjoy it with a clear conscience.

BEEF To the thieves who are stealing the green bins. The residents of Nanaimo are on to your little scheme. You will get busted.

BOUQUET To big box stores for hiring young people – they need experience. We all start out not knowing everything. Thanks to the patient customers.

BEEF To the city for the $400,000 over-priced job to dismantle the former CP ferry dock. I guess they have not heard about lumberjacks with chainsaws.

BOUQUET To all my friends and fans who attended my 92nd annual birthday at the MGM Restaurant earlier this month.

BEEF To the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The too over-taxed taxpayers of Nanaimo are fed up with continually paying $900,000 just to keep your leaky boat afloat.

BOUQUET To Thrifty Foods Port Place and the girls running the free cake table for Mother’s Day.

BEEF To the woman who made not one but two snarky comments to a pub patron who almost bumped into her. Sorry that it put such a damper on your day.

BOUQUET To Dufferin Place. They treated me so well for a respite time from my busy family. The people, the garden, the meals, the kindness.

BEEF To Mr. Lexus. You backed into our van at Art Knapp. Shame on you for not having the class to leave a note. Our van may not look like much but it is all we can afford on a military pension.

BOUQUET We had a great time at the Heritage Days parade. We thought the organizers did an awesome job.

BEEF To my neighbours who set off fireworks every weekend and sometimes in the middle of the week. It terrifies our pets, startles the heck out of our family and none of your neighbours understand how you can get an endless thrill out of this.

BOUQUET Thank you to the city for finally doing something about a sidewalk curb that was making it hard to go up with a wheelchair.

BOUQUET To the terrific bakery staff at Country Grocer Chase River. Thank you for coming to my rescue at short notice when a special bread order was not fulfilled by another store.

BOUQUET To Linda at Country Grocer. She’s always going that extra mile to keep customers satisfied. I needed coffee creamers for my workplace and found my debit card not working. Without hesitation she lent me $20. Always a pleasure to see her at work.

BOUQUET To the wonderful pharmacy staff at Save-On-Foods Country Club for calling 911 and helping at the scene of an accident outside their drive-thru window.

BOUQUET To customers who take the time to write a nice comment card. So often we only hear the negative. Please remember the longtime workers also – a nice comment card makes our day, sometimes our whole year.

BOUQUET To the coaches of the Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club. Your enthusiasm is contagious and you create such a fun and positive environment around the pool.

BOUQUET To all Nanaimo paramedics – a big huge one to the Critical Care Unit – you all rock. But I am going to start charging you for cutting off my clothes.

BOUQUET To all those people who stepped up to help celebrate the long weekend.

BOUQUET To the people who helped to rescue me when I tipped my kayak. To my husband, who kept my head above water and rescued my camera; to the people on the power boat who rushed over and flipped me; to my fellow kayakers who rafted with us until we were stable; to the waitress at Miller’s Pub who got me a warm coffee.

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