Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 10

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BOUQUET To Mike, Harry and Jonathan at Sharecost. I am so grateful for the expert estimating of my driveway chip and the super, efficient loading help.

BEEF To motorists and motorcyclists who use Uplands Drive between Rutherford and Turner roads as a racetrack.Seniors and kids cross Uplands to the mall and your excessive speed is upsetting and dangerous.

BOUQUET To Christine at MacNutt Enterprises who took the time to estimate my rock needs, even though you didn’t have what I needed.

BEEF To the board for destroying the best little non-profit in Nanaimo.

BOUQUET To all the volunteers who worked at the VIEX and had the money donated to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.

BEEF Thousands spent on pavement at the very end of Spruston Road with next to no traffic, yet in Cedar with heavy volume, can’t seem to have a few potholes filled.

BOUQUET To VIEX and TD Canada Trust for the inaugural dance competition. You brought one little girl tremendous excitement in her dance career.

BEEF In the water restrictions, why do car dealerships still wash cars with a hose?

BOUQUET To the body shop staff at Nanaimo Toyota, especially Steve, Jeremy and Morgan for their patience with stubborn stains on my car seats. They assured me they could get them out and they did.

BEEF To the health authority for its abnormal policies and procedures compared to the mainland. No wonder the RNs and LPNs are leaving.

BOUQUET To Phil Gonyer from 460 Realty. You sold our properly quickly while taking great care to provide the highest quality of service. You fulfilled our every expectation.

BEEF Take your plastic and styrofoam cups home with you and stop tossing them to the side of the road and in the ditches. It looks disgusting and makes our city look dirty.

BOUQUET To the group sitting on the patio at Original Joe’s who bought lunch for everyone in our section. It was a wonderful gesture and I want to thank you all for your generosity and great surprise.

BEEF To the people who put others down who don’t have fancy cars, expensive clothing or a perfect life. We’re all human and deserve an equal amount of respect.

BOUQUET To the lady in the red Mustang who saw the confused Albertan family trying to park at Tim Hortons and surprised us by treating us to our breakfast — this typifies the kindness and generosity of Nanaimo.

BEEF To the owners of what they consider the premier gym in Nanaimo for lack of maintenance of equipment and little concern over healthy air quality.

BOUQUET To the Pryde Vista Golf Course for its great customer service. It was very much appreciated to receive such excellent attention when I was stung by an angry wasp while on the course this week.

BEEF To whoever ordered the killing of the baby bears. He or she is the one who should be fired.

BOUQUET To Riverside Market in Southgate Mall. Does anyone remember old-fashioned, thick-cut fish and chips cooked to perfection? They’re back.

BEEF To B.C. Stats. Your so-called unemployment rate is just a lot of the usual creative numbers game that still does not truly show the real reality.

BOUQUET To Brian Jacobs and his daughter for going out of their way to return the cash that was accidently dropped in the parking lot at the Westwood Tennis Club. Your kindness was greatly appreciated.

BEEF To the manager who just shrugged his shoulders and told us to expect appliances to break down these days, after our dishwasher broke after less than three years.

BOUQUET To all the gas stations in Ladysmith for selling gas for 10 cents a litre less than Nanaimo.

BEEF To the person who took the $100 accidentally left in the bank machine at RBC Woodgrove in mid August. The money was left by an elderly woman fighting cancer. You should have turned it in.

BOUQUET To the fellow who gave me a hand when my van quit at Bowen and Northfield roads. Most drivers just blow their horns and yell.

BEEF To the people who cleared the bush and fenced off the land next to their house at the end of Rosstown Road. The land doesn’t belong to you and what you did is illegal.

BOUQUET To drivers who stop for me to cross a very busy Labieux Road. With three paper routes along this road, I have to cross the street a dozen times, without any crosswalks.

BEEF To a neighbours on each side of me who complain when I practise with my bagpipes.

BOUQUET To the Colliery protectors. The park honours Alec Virosko, Jim Borserio and Rod Glen, our pioneers who worked so hard for our children and we seniors. Too bad council doesn’t remember them now.

BEEF To those who insist on using the term hacker in a negative context. Please, use cracker or black hat hacker instead.

BOUQUET To my mom Trish. Thank you for everything. If all the moms in the world were flowers I’d pick you.

BEEF To the ferry driver who has repeatedly freaked on passengers. You’ve done this multiple times over the summer.

BOUQUET To all the people on my paper routes who had cold water for me this summer during the heat wave. Thank you to those who let me use their washroom.

BEEF To the noisy motorcycles constantly invading our downtown core daytime and especially later when other workers and tourists are sleeping. Not good PR for Nanaimo or yourself.

BOUQUET To the women working in the circulation department at the News Bulletin. Your concern for carriers is greatly appreciated, whether it be regarding the heat wave, dogs coming after us, or fixing payroll mistakes.

BOUQUET To athletes who play fair.

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