Beef. I was making a delivery on what can be a very busy Estevan Road. I had to park slightly off the road and onto the sidewalk. A couple walking by with their dog began shouting at me, their faces contorted with rage, saying I was breaking the law. Their walk was not impeded in any way – they had plenty of room to pass by. They just wanted to make a person doing their job feel bad for the rest of that day, I guess.

Beef. I was making a delivery on what can be a very busy Estevan Road. I had to park slightly off the road and onto the sidewalk. A couple walking by with their dog began shouting at me, their faces contorted with rage, saying I was breaking the law. Their walk was not impeded in any way – they had plenty of room to pass by. They just wanted to make a person doing their job feel bad for the rest of that day, I guess.

Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 10

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BOUQUET To Mary at VIRL for going above and beyond returning a library card I had left there directly to my home.

BEEF To TV interviewers, interviewees and most public speakers who seem driven to utter ‘uh’ every third or fourth word. Are you just buying time for your brains to catch up with your over-active mouths? I, uh, suspect that, uh, if saying ‘uh’ were prohibited, then most of you would have nothing to, uh, say.

BOUQUET To Country Grocery on Bowen for having tasty sushi and great to-go items, providing us with healthy options when we’re busy and not wanting to cook. Thank you for making grocery shopping a pleasant experience.

BEEF To Prime Minister Trudeau. It’s pretty shameful when in 2021 anyone in Canada is resorting to drawing water from a river with a bucket let alone the people of the capital city of a territory. What a disgrace.

BOUQUET To the transit rider on the No. 50 bus going to Woodgrove. A lady got on with no mask but kept her hoodie up to cover her mouth and nose. I saw her but had no extra mask to give her, but you also saw and came up front to hand her a new sealed mask. Thank you for being a good Samaritan.

BEEF To the fast food location that remains closed for indoor dining. It is legal now to be open. It is very hard to pick out a $40 item when you cannot see the options available.Standing outside in the cold is not a very appealing option, especially when your take-out window and your pick-up window are within two feet of each other.

BOUQUET To the kind and caring heroes who helped the young person in severe mental distress. You saved a life today. You brought this person to safety and prevented them from making a horrible and potentially permanent decision. I hope that this young person gets the help that they need, and that these heroes get help to process what they have been through. It is a crazy and scary time to be alive and a lot of people are hurting. Please reach out, show compassion, check in on each other.

BEEF To the city for presenting the award. What about Jim Kipp, Bill Yoachim and Gord Fuller for what they did, safe injection site for one, where are their awards?

BOUQUET To the U.S. Navy for bringing your destroyer to our shared waters. It sure feels great to see our biggest ally showing us what a real navy should look like.

BEEF I was making a delivery on what can be a very busy Estevan Road. I had to park slightly off the road and onto the sidewalk. A couple walking by with their dog began shouting at me, their faces contorted with rage, saying I was breaking the law. Their walk was not impeded in any way – they had plenty of room to pass by. They just wanted to make a person doing their job feel bad for the rest of that day, I guess.

BOUQUET To all the millenials who are always so patient when teaching new technology to this Gen-Xer.

BEEF To our prime minister who thinks it is appropriate and acceptable to refuse citizens who refuse the vaccine the opportunity to travel and enjoy other basic human rights, and in doing so appears to deliberately fuel unrest and hate in other citizens, in order to push his own questionable agenda. This is not the Canada I used to believe in.

BOUQUET To the gentleman who helped me get my car going at the Bay parking lot. This 81-year-old lady was getting very stressed. He came up and asked if I needed some help and he got it going. You will never know how much that meant to me. You are an angel. The world needs more like you. Thanks a heap.

BEEF To the service that doesn’t make sure its delivery people are vaccinated against COVID-19.

BOUQUET To Jim’s Mowing. Thanks Mike, our strata has never looked so good.

BEEF To the Vancouver TV station, your news broadcast is similar to watching the movie Anchorman 2.

BOUQUET To the kind soul who found my wallet outside Once Upon A Child. I returned to the parking lot just as you walked out to your vehicle with my wallet in hand on your way to the RCMP. You turned my panicky, sweaty, flustered moment around in an instant. I cannot thank you enough.

BEEF To the city and the garbage collection schedule. Sometimes when there’s a holiday and the schedule skips forward a day, it means an entire week with no collection.

BOUQUET To wrinkles and the people who wear them so well. Your faces shine with expression and living life. You look real.

BEEF To the driver of the white delivery truck that decided to turn around in my driveway during the torrential rain. He couldn’t make the turn so he drove up over my front lawn making a foot-deep trench through my grass. He didn’t have the class to at least stop and apologize. Hopefully karma will come back to bite him.

BOUQUET To Volunteer Nanaimo for your amazing Youth Network and Youth 20/20 Can programs.We appreciate all the projects your youths do to make Nanaimo a better community for all of us.

BEEF To the anti-vaxxers as they are the ones allowing for the continuation of this pandemic. You have intentionally cost our healthcare system millions and millions of dollars, all the while it is your freedom that remains limited due to the choices you have made. The majority of us have done the right thing, and yet you choose to selfishly put so many others at risk.

BOUQUET To the kind gentleman who jump-started my car with his cables at Brooks Landing. I was able to drive to get a much-needed replacement battery. Thank you.

BEEF To the granddaughter who had a collision with the woman in the wheelchair at the big-box store. It would have ended there if nana hadn’t said anything to me after checkout. If you, or nana, had bothered to ask if I was OK you would have learned I was actually badly injured with a dislocated shoulder. A little compassion would have gone a long way to avoiding a lot of hard feelings.

BOUQUET To autumn on this beautiful Island. The crisp air, the lazy fog, the constantly changing landscape of trees. I am so grateful to live here. Get out there and enjoy it – your mental health will thank you.

BOUQUET A huge thank you to the paramedics whom I never saw, and the ER staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for saving my life after my recent heart tachycardia. A special thanks to Dr. Ontko. We are so fortunate to have such talented professionals in our community.

BEEF To the owner of the Chevy pickup who thinks it is OK to warm up their vehicle each morning at 6:20 a.m. in the Linley Valley area. Residents do not appreciate it. Disturb your own neighbours and not us.

BOUQUET To city crews for the clean-up of blackberry bushes and other underbrush on Hammond Bay Road between the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Regional District of Nanaimo office. Great job and a huge thank you from a senior who feels much safer during early morning walks in the dark.

BEEF Racism has been a part of the world for centuries. Continuing to bring up past inequalities will not remove racism. Every country in the world has their own racist population.

BOUQUET To Suk at Terminal Park Pizza Hut. I was feeling a little weak when I walked in and Suk got me a chair, took my order and offered to walk me to my van so I could wait there. He held my arm to support me and brought my order out to me. Thank you.

BEEF To the drivers who use Oakridge Drive and Overlook Drive to bypass the construction lights on Hammond Bay. I get it, but it’s a residential area with a 30-kilometre-per-hour speed limit and narrow roads, not to mention the three-way stop sign and speed bumps that most of you ignore. Please slow down and keep our neighbourhood safe.

BOUQUET Thank you to the fellow who helped pull my exhaust off that had partially fallen off in the Quality Foods parking lot. I was on my way to a job interview and was worried I would be late. Thanks to my son-in-law who came and picked me up and got me there in time. Also to my son who picked me up after the interview and had it fixed in 30 minutes. You are all stand-up people. P.S. I got the job.

BEEF I bet humans would be better connected with each other if smartphones were never invented. They ruined human relationships and social media isn’t any better. Put your phones down people, have real conversations, play with your kids, ask someone out on a date in person. You can check your phone at the end of the night. You’re not missing much. I deleted all social media on my phone and I feel reborn. You may be surprised what you see.

BOUQUET To the person who brought up the port authority’s failure to open the Harbourfront Walkway washrooms. I have raised this issue on two occasions and have failed to see any change or had satisfactory responses.

BEEF To the people complaining about too many beefs. I for one look forward to reading them every Wednesday and never read the bouquets, the beefs are far more amusing and make me smile. More beefs please.

BOUQUET To like-minded individuals who help cultivate a peaceful setting in the steam room at the pool.

BEEF To the global powers that be. Why aren’t you boycotting the Beijing Olympics?

BOUQUET To the drivers who regularly check to make sure all the lights on their vehicles are working, I salute you. Your number is too few. Just park in front of a store with reflective windows and check. Or ask a friend or a stranger.

BEEF Personally I find it infuriating people won’t get the shots because they say COVID isn’t as serious as being reported. They’re thumbing their noses at the doctors and scientists who are working to get rid of COVID, but when they get sick they’re in a hospital and and they take up precious time the doctors, nurses and lab just don’t have anymore.

BOUQUET On a visit to Starbucks at Country Club, my husband stopped to allow a car with four young people in it to go ahead of us in the lineup. Imagine our surprise when we got up to the window for our order and the barista informed us that the people in that car paid for our order. We were blown away and just wanted to acknowledge this act of kindness and thank this thoughtful group. We will pay it forward.

BEEF To the person lighting a cigarette at the gas station. It’s bad enough you have no regard for your own life, don’t put mine in danger.

BOUQUET To the lady with fluffy dog who walked with me after an agitated man started screaming at me in the Old City Quarter. I really appreciate you offering your support in such a scary situation.

BEEF To those people too lazy to store their removable trailer hitch after use but leave them extended out well beyond their back bumper to damage other vehicles in parking lots. Karma says there is a black market for trailer hitches easily removed from their receivers by sharp-eyed entrepreneurs.

BOUQUET To Bill at Merit Furniture for outstanding customer service and happily solving a problem with my new bed. And one more bouquet to Merit’s awesome delivery men, Richard and his partner. Highly recommend this local business.

BEEF To all dogs. I hate you. Ruining our planet.

BOUQUET If you are dealing with a medical issue and mobility issue in these hard times. I feel for you, but there is a heaven out there and it called the Mobility Store. The owners are true angels and they deserve the recognition – amazing customer service, amazing knowledge of product. They are truly here to help people not there to help themselves – a rare thing to see in COVID times.

BEEF To the homeowners on Opal Road who seem to think that is their private road. It is a public road and we pay city taxes to drive on it. Park your cars on your property, not on the road. I almost hit a deer by a parked car there. Quit being so selfish. Because of your actions, an accident is inevitable.

BOUQUET Thanks to Nanaimo city workers who frequently clean the graffiti off the sports building and washrooms at the park. Beef to those who put their ‘tags’ up. Why not decorate your own room or your own house, rather than defacing public property?

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com.

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