Beefs & Bouquets May 30

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Bouquets of sunshine and great weather to Canada Post and its miracle worker, Marie. I was panicking about the delivery of important documents at my new house and mailbox, and through sleet, snow and rain – and extra phone calls – Marie made the mail move. Thanks Marie, you’re marvelous.

A huge bouquet to all who supported the Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s Run, Walk and Roll event at Woodgrove Centre, raising more than $6,000 for programs and services.

A grandnormous bouquet to Todd, the transit driver, and Ken, the fellow passenger who helped me when I fell on the bus.

a bouquet. I have been reading the Nanaimo News Bulletin since its inception – it’s like a friend for me. Loyalty at your newspaper is wonderful. Your Beefs and Bouquets page must be unique to this world. It enables people, briefly, to express their viewpoints in an anonymous manner – because nobody has ever been able to please everybody with their opinions. Also, spell check is one of the world’s best inventions.

A SWEET BLOSSOM BOUQUET of heartfelt thanks to Dr. Schneidereit, office staff, surgical staff, third floor nurses and second floor short stay unit staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Both my husband and I had surgery within two weeks of each other and are happily and slowly recuperating together. We could not have done it without the exceptional care that we received. From Rick and Betty.

Visionary bouquets to wives. They have eyes like eagles, at front and back, and can see needles in haystacks. However, blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

A big, beautiful bouquet to all those individuals who donated to the Cilaire Elementary School plant sale. Thank you also to the following businesses and organizations: Diana’s Garden Centre, Green Thumb Wholesale, Backyard Wild Bird and Nature Store, Dahlia Acres, Hazelwood Herb Farm, NanGo Grannies, Quality Foods, Nanaimo Community Gardens Society and the Nanaimo Horticultural Society. The sale would not have been the huge success it was without your donations.

A six pack of man roses to the Departure Bay 7-Eleven attendant who spotted me 50 cents for my lunch on Friday. You just don’t get customer care like that anymore.

Thank you to the Big Brit Construction man on Jenkins Road. You went out at 6 a.m. and cleaned up the debris left behind from the hooligans who shot beer cans up with steel pellets the night before, so the elderly lady with the walker would not encounter any hazards on her morning walk. You are a nice man.

A deep-dish bouquet to Brendan of Domino’s Pizza on Norwell Drive. Our students from the District Life Skills class loved the pizza lunch you generously provided. Your random act of kindness made our day.

Huge soccer smiles and thank yous to Team Belgium coaches, Jazz and Jessica, for making the mini World Cup so much fun for the boys. Your enthusiasm and dedication is much appreciated.

A light-blue bouquet to the B.C. Liberal Party for its victory in the recent election. Always beware of anything that has the word democratic as part of its name. Just look around the world.

A huge, colourful bouquet to the store manager, Gregg, and all the staff at the Real Canadian Superstore. They are supportive of the WEST Program (employment program for students with cognitive disabilities) at Vancouver Island University and are excellent examples of employers going the extra mile. For the last three years, they have consistently accommodated students with disabilities and hired many of our students. I am proud to say that I am a loyal shopper. There should be more employers like this, who truly know the meaning of giving back to their communities.

a big thank you to the following people and businesses who help put musical instruments into the hands of kids who could not otherwise afford them:  Les Tibbo and Trinitude, Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys, Jupiter Jill, Richard Leighton and Arbutus Music, Demeter and The Vault Café, and all the individuals who donated musical instruments and their time.

a huge thank you to those who helped me at the Chase River Country Grocer parking lot when my car wouldn’t start. After trying many times, I had it towed to Steve Marshall Ford and found out it was a loose trigger wire to the starter. Thanks again, folks.

thanks to Kevin, owner of Perkins Coffee, and Jerry from 91.7 Coast FM for the coffee, sandwiches, fruit plate and treats. The staff at Pleasant Valley Elementary School thank you for the best surprise coffee break.

a bouquet for the people involved with the legion for the fabulous food provided for Carole’s celebration of life. A good time was had by all.

a bouquet to computer nerds. We may not like you, generally speaking, but you sure are useful when something goes wrong with our computers.

A BEEF to provincial campgrounds that charge so much for so little firewood.

A heartless beef to the person in my office who killed the ant for no reason. It was lost and scared. All you had to do was put it outside. I hope some day you get lost and scared and we’ll see what happens to you.

A wake-up beef to the individual attempting to validate the actions of two youths who brought their troubles to someone else’s door. Their situation was self-induced. No one should be expected to open their doors to strangers. In the real world, people have paid dearly for such acts. These youths could have saved their money and bought a cellphone. That would have been kinder, safer and smarter.

A beef to all the various drivers, day and night, who constantly speed around and past me on Terminal Avenue going easily 80-100 km/h. The speed limit here is 50 km/h.

a dangerous beef to whoever is moving logs onto popular local trails in an effort to stop motorized vehicles from going on these trails. If a dirt biker or ATV rider hits one of these logs, the results could easily be fatal. Do you want to be responsible for taking a life?

a gross beef to the woman who walks her dog in the alley behind my house and never picks up the poo. I like to walk my dog in the alley, too, as there is less vehicle traffic there, but dodging poop makes it a hazardous venture.

a beef to people who plant full trees on their property line instead of shrubs and allow them to take over the sidewalk. I wish the city would make these people take them out.

a beef to renters who say they can’t pay their rent because their money hasn’t come through and then live rent free for two or three months until their landlords evict them.

a beef to whoever littered. All it took to make our city a little worse place, that day, was for you to throw your granola bar wrapper on the sidewalk.