Beefs & Bouquets, Nov. 5

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BOUQUET To my postman. At the end of his route, he saw me and my cane at the Stewart Avenue crosswalk. He walked me across as the ferry traffic was very long and fast.

BEEF To the car dealership that allows people on welfare to fraudulently own brand new cars, yet declines hardworking, honest “bad credit.” Realize it’s the child tax that’s paying for that gas.

BOUQUET To everyone who organized the fabulous concerts for Nanaimo Sings Festival. A thousand thanks.

BEEF Regarding kids eating at restaurants. Why should we eat at home because you can’t teach your kids proper manners? We pay good money to have a nice meal and shouldn’t have to put up with your misbehaved children.

BOUQUET To City of Nanaimo, TD Bank and Trees Canada for making possible a beautiful tree planting at Hawthorne Park.

BEEF To drivers who speed on College Drive as if they were already on Nanaimo Parkway. Since this is a residential neighbourhood the speed limit is 50 km/h.

BOUQUET To my beautiful wife, Michele, for staying with me in my time of need. I was addicted to narcotics and she was by my side to nurse and encourage me every step of my recovery.

BEEF To the dealership that charged an 85-year-old lady $425 for a new battery. You lost our business.

BOUQUET To the volunteers with Global Village Nanaimo. They are friendly, informative and doing something that makes a difference in the world.

BEEF To Island Health for leaving the pain clinic with one pain specialist for more than 10 months while Victoria has four and postponing critical procedures and therapy for lack of staff.

BOUQUET To Roger from Citrus O carpet cleaning who made my 95-year-old mother’s carpets look like new. Excellent service and the house still smells like oranges.

BEEF Since we all pay the same postage either everybody should get premium home delivery or nobody should. Having two-tier service is unfair.

BOUQUET To all those who contributed to the success of the NanGo Grannies’ first fabric sale. Thanks to the members who worked long, hard hours and to everyone who donated items and services and to the shoppers who supported our sale.

BEEF To the man with the long, braided pony tail, who approached my dog and hit her with a cane while walking through Bowen Park. Even though she was off leash, it is still not justifiable to go around hurting people’s pets.

BOUQUET To the amazing Elections Canada staff in Nanaimo, at the Salvation Army in Harewood, and the voters who were patient and polite. Very inspiring seeing all the young adults out to vote for the first time.

BEEF To the owners of the store at the mall for refusing to exchange a defective item. Thousands of dollars in jewelry and gift purchases just walked out of your store. Congrats to the competition – you now have my business.

BOUQUET To Jerry Hong and his staff at the Queen’s for their excellent support when  they hosted the recent Oktoberfest fund raiser for Nanaimo Community Kitchens.

BEEF To the ineffective parents who can’t or won’t look after their bratty kids. Maybe you should keep your children dining at your house until you can discipline them as to how to act in public.

BOUQUET To Dick and Ilene for taking such good care of our precious puppy Gracie while we were away. Nice to know she was well looked after and got lots of TLC.

BEEF To all the businesses that are asking if I want to make a donation to every cause under the sun. If I want to make a donation, you’ll be the first to know.

BOUQUET To the best bosses in the world. You two are my favourite. I am so lucky to have spent the last year at Duncan Allen Law.

BEEF To whoever stole our bike that was securely locked up at the bike parking lot at VIU. Not only have you stolen a bike, you’ve robbed a student of their transportation and potentially robbed them of their education.

BOUQUET To Rotary Club for its book sale.  We devour books but can’t afford $12-14 for new so rely heavily on this sale.

BEEF To the driver who passed my car while in the playground zone on Dover Road.

BOUQUET To Silvia Reid who found my purse on the street and returned it to me. She is very special.

BEEF To school security. When we checked you have no cameras to monitor the area where students lock their bikes. We know our bike was not the only bike stolen that night.

BOUQUET To the wonderful gentleman at Russell Farms who stepped up and paid for the 27 pumpkins Mrs. Ryckman was buying for her kindergarten class at Woodbank Primary School.

BEEF To the man who lives in the Parkwood area of Nanaimo for telling us we are trick or treating “a long way from home” and discriminating against children to their faces.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo historian J. Douglas Steel. His books keep our history alive, and his latest book, Nanaimo a Pictorial History, is a treasure trove.

BEEF To those who used fireworks in Nanaimo when there is a ban. Very frustrating to listen to the loud noise for more than four hours.

BOUQUET To Heather and Dick Devine of People in Pain Network for all that you do to help us with chronic pain. Your selfless dedication and thousands of hours on our behalf are incredibly appreciated and in some cases lifesaving.

BEEF To the driver who hit the deer on the parkway near Mostar Road on Sunday evening and sped off. We pulled over and called for help while that deer convulsed with pain and then died.

BOUQUET To Cat and Garrett at KalTire North Nanaimo for customer service above and beyond. Thank you for being so cool.

BEEF To the contractor that would like to parade his D-10 down Terminal Avenue on behalf of the careless drivers.

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