Beefs & Bouquets Nov. 1

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A big bouquet to Kim in the photo department at Wal-Mart. Your customer service is fantastic.

Thanks to the Bank of Montreal in Terminal Park. I received a card thanking me for being a customer and wishing me well for my upcoming surgery. A much appreciated surprise. Thanks Natalie. Also, the cool water in the bank on those hot days was great. If you need banking help, see Rene Parado.

A huge bouquet of roses to Steve and crew at the Wellington Garage. Their honesty and professionalism are appreciated.

A beautiful thank you bouquet to Miele and AA Vacuum Doctor for the kind and exceptional service on my vacuum repair.

Bouquets to the anonymous lady who surprised staff and doctors at the Medical Arts Centre with the long-stemmed roses and note of appreciation to each of us. The red roses were beautiful and the message uplifting. Also the presentation from Thrifty Foods was outstanding.

A big bouquet of red roses to the City of Nanaimo for granting a 10-year property tax exemption to the restored E&N Railway Station. It is a grand place inside and out.

a beautiful bouquet of thanks to Fran Falconer, hepatitis C nurse. To say you go above and beyond the call of duty is simply an understatement. You have been a huge support to me and have given me hope.

A colourful arrangement of Fall blossoms and leaves to convey my thanks to Ryan and Morgan of KPK Goldsmith. Not only do they repair jewelry, they also fix eyeglass frames. Thanks to their skills and timely response, I was able to resume my reading addiction – er, routine – quickly.

oversized flowers to Island Savings. Andrea and the Island Savings branch in Cedar go over and above. Staff are considerate, available, friendly, professional.

A bouquet to the telephone/cable company that cared when others didn’t. They designed a payment process so I didn’t lose my cable, Internet and phone service.  I am so thankful to each and every one of the employees who helped me for their understanding and kindness.

a bouquet of wrenches to Mark and Nathan of Nanaimo Toyota  for their outstanding presentation during customer appreciation night of what goes on in the shop when your car comes in.

A huge bouquet to the congregation at Christ’s Church (Oceanside) for generously supporting our Thanks for Giving food drive in Nanoose as well as our other projects throughout the year. We truly appreciate your generosity in helping us help others.

A huge mixed Bouquet to the staff at U-Lock Mini Storage for being so helpful. I don’t know why anyone would go elsewhere, they are the best by far. From a happy mover.

a gloriously spooktacular bouquet to the kind person spreading Halloween joy to all our children by anonymously placing Halloween goody bags at our doorstep for us to find in the morning. My daughters were beyond thrilled and mommy let them have candy for breakfast.

a huge bouquet of thanks to the group who cleaned up Pipers Lagoon Park recently. We walked into a brand new park with nothing but nature on display.

a lifetime supply of art materials to the artist who left us a special surprise at Pipers Lagoon beach recently. There was a beautiful coastal scene painted on two logs on the beach. The colours just glowed even on the dull morning. Thank you so much, whoever you are.

A big, beautiful bouquet of thanks to the lovely ladies at the Nanaimo Community Archives who took the time to help me complete some research recently. What a fantastic, valuable resource you provide to the community.

Good health and long life to the generous person who sent the beautiful and overflowing bucket of red roses to the Medical Arts Centre.

a giant bouquet of white irises to Doug at the Applecross Home Hardware store. I recently went in to find a piece of downspout. They didn’t have the odd, smaller size I was looking for, but Doug immediately offered to phone a competitors’ store and located some quickly for me. Thank you so much for the excellent, personalized service.

A Beautiful Bouquet to those who donate their gently used items to non-profit thrift stores. Not all thrift stores are the same, some give as little as two per cent to charity while others may not give anything at all. It makes a huge difference where you decide to donate your items.

A bouquet of blood red roses to Piper’s Meats. Our Thanksgiving supper of prime rib and pork butt roast was wonderful.


Thanks again to Nanaimo River Hatchery workers extraordinaire – Diana, Larry, Brandy and Katie – for another enriching and enjoyable salmon field trip. From the Grade 1/2 class at Seaview Elementary School.

A bouquet of beef to everyone beefing about other people’s beefs. Life is too short for that; you all need to get out more. Now, where did I leave my hat?

a beef. If you hit me while speeding, tailgating, using your phone or texting, driving with your dog on your lap, or eating fast food, don’t laugh. I’ll sue. I need a vacation to get away from all you drivers.

Return beefs to two beefers in the Oct. 11 edition of the News Bulletin. First: I think pets “writing in” is cute and so do a lot of other people, so stop being such a miserable sod. And to the E. coli beefer – it is true that most sufferers recover, but why risk getting sick to begin with, let alone with the possibility of death?

a sympathetic beef to the person who had an issue with the parking near Nob Hill Park – believe me, I agree with you. The city does not understand that too many workers park here when it should be reserved for visitors and neighbours. Workers should have to use the pay parking on Cavan Street.

A soaking wet, miserable beef to a company offering educational services. Next time you cancel class, tell your students.

a beef to the mathematician who invented tennis and came up with a scoring system that counts from zero, to 15, to 30, to 40. A bigger beef to the dimwit who was standing  beside him, who exclaimed, “Great idea!”

A beef to owners of a rental complex for putting the price of rent up again. You put rent up, but we don’t see anything different being done.

a frustrated beef. You would think that with the modern technology we have nowadays (cellphones, Internet, etc.) that people would phone you back when you leave or send a message that only needs a yes or no answer. People are becoming very rude.

A beef to people who use Halloween as an excuse to dress up in revealing, but not particularly creative, costumes. Halloween is about being scary, not sexy.

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