Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 29

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BOUQUET To Gaetan at The Bistro at Westwood Lake and Hilary of Sea Salt Food Company when they both stepped in and did an awesome job on very short notice to help us celebrate the life of my husband who recently died.

BEEF To the dealership on its marketing gimmick, adding pressure to the planet’s dwindling supply of oil and metal by sending metal keys wrapped in a plastic shell to every household.

BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for installing a paper box in our neighbourhood. Now those who want a paper can pick one up and save recycling.

BEEF To the person complaining about kids in restaurants. If you don’t like it, I suggest you dine in at home. All the restaurants in Nanaimo are family based.

BOUQUET To all the participants of the little library on Icarus Drive. Thank you for exchanging such wonderful books. I have enjoyed reading many of them, as I hope others have.

BEEF To smokers who litter the streets with cigarette butts. Very toxic to the environment and to birds, animals and fish which ingest them.

BOUQUET To the firemen, paramedics and people around who helped me after my motorcycle crash. They all went out of their way to help me and make sure I was OK.

BEEF To the drivers with only one headlight. Is it a motorcycle? RCMP should enforce this safety issue.

BOUQUET To the young man who asked if he could help, called road service on his cellphone and arranged everything when I locked my keys in my car near Wal-Mart.

BEEF To myself for not thinking at the time to get the name of the kind, thoughtful young teen who asked me if I needed help at the Wal-Mart entrance.

BOUQUET To the ‘dine and dasher’ from July. You came back in September, apologized by saying you weren’t in your right mind, then produced the original receipt and made good on your bill.

BEEF Shouldn’t the logs removed from the Colliery dam spillway be sold to help pay the $4.2-million bill? Don’t keep giving away what could be sold.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo Wine Shoppe for the great service and wonderfully made wines. Your pricing is also very reasonable and the staff is warm and welcoming.

BEEF Nanaimo is getting an overgrown appearance. We need to top trees, trim shrubs; do it before the winter storms come and we are all out of power, and make houses safe from falling trees.

BOUQUET To the mammogram clinic on Bowen Road. In and out in no time and makes an uncomfortable test a breeze.

BEEF To the food bank for giving out expired food. Where is the food that people give in the grocery stores?

BOUQUET To St. John’s Ambulance for helping my grandson with a bee sting at the VIEX.

BEEF To all those eligible voters in Nanaimo and Ladysmith who did not bother to vote. You get what you deserve.

BOUQUET To the guy who weed-whacks along the logging roads for trimming so carefully around the memorial to Bonny. It can’t have been easy with that huge machine.

BEEF To the thoughtless, or just plain mean, powerboater who raced about Long Lake creating huge waves close to young members of Nanaimo Rowing Club, upsetting their canoes.

BOUQUET To the owners and staff of Pier 97 restaurant, it was a great run. From the Sunday morning dads.

BEEF To those people who use scented fabric softener sheets and perfume the air in the whole neighborhood. I go for a walk for the fresh air, not to breathe in perfume that many of us are sensitive to.

BOUQUET To the Altrusa Club, its families and friends who donated more than 100 dozen muffins to Georgia Avenue School. How thoughtful to organize, bake, and deliver all those wonderful muffins for the students.

BEEF To the beefer regarding the consignment store. There are so many places to look for used goods – just go around the block. Googling ‘consignment’ might help.

BOUQUET To the woman at the aquatic centre gym who smiles all the time. It’s a nice change from all the scrunchy-faced grunting that goes on there.

BEEF To the consignment store. If you’re really running things above board, why are you so hostile when questioned about prices paid out by you on my clothes?

BOUQUET To the chef at the casino. The food is fab. Keep up the good work.

BEEF To the person who stole four dozen red roses from my family’s headstones in Cedar, just hours after my mother’s memorial service.

BOUQUET To Elaine and staff of Island Overhead Door. Had a problem with our garage door system and they came and repaired it within the same day. We need more companies like this with such a great attitude.

BEEF To the white truck with hockey decals that speeds constantly though Pleasant Valley and Metral school zone. You live in the area and should know better.

BOUQUET To the people who return their unused and outdated medications to a pharmacy to be properly disposed. Many people are still not aware it goes back into our water systems.

BEEF To the employee who lost his marbles because I was parked with my children in what was apparently his parking spot. He revved his truck engine and shouted at me, waving his hands and swearing because he had to park across the street. Thanks for teaching my four children how rude people can be.

BOUQUET To Dawn and the people at Nanaimo Home Group for once again organizing the Pumpkin Patch this year at Parkwood Park. Everyone enjoyed the treats and went home with pumpkins to carve, and money was raised for a bursary and for KidSport.

BOUQUET To those who remove invasive plants from their properties. English ivy chokes and weakens trees and smothers low-growing native plants.

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