Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 18

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BOUQUET To all the wonderful people who helped with the search for our lost dog, Kiki, in Linley Valley last month. She found her way home safe and sound.

BEEF What is it with this city council wanting to waste our money again by painting the old city hall when they have a new building?

BOUQUET To all our outstanding care homes for providing excellent care for the youth in our community who are seeking a healthier lifestyle.

BEEF To cops who think they are above the law. I saw you turn left on a red light. You think using your lights and sirens to make the turn, then turning them off when you were through, makes it all right?

BOUQUET To the guy they call Dundee for giving me your winning meat draw prize at the Cambie on Sept 6. Then you came to me after and gave me two Lotto Max tickets.

BEEF To parents. Get off your high horse and stop blaming teachers. Maybe this is a wake-up call for parents to spend quality time with their children and teach them to respect over-worked, wonderful and caring teachers.

BOUQUET To Bryan from Fountain Tire and the other gentleman who was walking along Lantzville Road for stopping and helping me with my boat trailer after my ‘whoops.’ It wasn’t shaping up to be much of a birthday for me, but with your help, you got me back on the road.

BEEF To the parents who use their little five-year-old daughter to carry a sign on the picket line. She should not be exploited as a tool in a conflict of which she has no understanding.

BOUQUET To Kathy and Lisa in the EDL department of the hospital. Your kindness and compassion made my experience less daunting and for that I am so appreciative.

BEEF More city signs and enforcement are needed at Departure Bay beach since dogs continue to be there despite bylaws.

BOUQUET To Jerry Boake of Flamewright Services for supplying and installing our new Bryant Heat Pump system – on time, on budget, an excellent system.

BEEF What a surprise to find out the movie theatre no longer provides free refills with a large popcorn purchase – another perk taken away.

BOUQUET To the J. Van Ministry who presented a fun fair to the children of Harewood. All enjoyed food and fun as they were welcomed by Katie, Jackie, Kara, Isaac, Connor, Samantha, and Madeline. Thank you for ministering to our children through the summer.

BEEF To Garfield. He’s always complaining about Mondays but wouldn’t every day of the week be the same for him? After all, he’s unemployed and all he does is lie around the house craving munchies. Also, he reminds me of someone.

BOUQUET To all those who came to support our salmon barbecue on 10th Street. Special thanks to FMI, McNabs Corn Maze, Margret Hinksman and TerryLynn Saunders, for your kind donations. The community support from MCFD, CDC, NYSA, Aboriginal CYMH, CMHA, Discovery, Save the Colliery Dam people and all our other supporters, volunteers and staff.

BEEF To a married couple for repeatedly inviting every kid in the neighbourhood but ours over to play with their kids on the trampoline and in their swimming pool. I don’t care if you don’t like me or my wife, what you did is classless and broke our four-year-old daughter’s heart.

BOUQUET To my friend, Teri. What you did for us was unbelievable and brought tears to my eyes. All you said was, “One less stress to worry about and pay it forward.” I am honoured to be your friend.

BEEF To the paving company that did such a terrible job re-paving a section of Biggs Road earlier this summer. You guys might want to reconsider what you do for a living.

BOUQUET To Chip’s Customs in Lantzville. The very best upholsterer around – so proud to show off my new re-done car.

BEEF To the cable company regarding station location numbers. With all the technical advances to date, surely someone in your organization has the know-how to advise subscribers of such a massive change.

BOUQUET To Paul of Barron’s Home Appliance Centre. Thanks for being an honest and credible technician when you tried to hook up my new washing machine.

BEEF To the guy on the yellow motorcycle who speeds along Metral Drive. Please slow down – many children and animals live in this area. I have enough nightmares from my own motorcycle accident and I’d hate to see anything else happen.

BOUQUET To the gentleman who picked up my wallet at the Port Place shopping centre parking lot. He took it directly to the New Hope Centre. Thank you for your honesty.

BEEF To the young guy on his dirt bike who constantly speeds along Metral Drive and goes a good 50 yards or so doing a wheelie. Very impressive, but there is a time and place for that, and it’s not on the open road.

BOUQUET To Tara McNeil, a wonderful exercise instructor, who is wise beyond words in the field of healthy living. Thanks for providing summer classes.

BEEF To our teachers’ union and colleagues for playing a poker game by using our students and their families as poker chips.

BOUQUET To the wonderful technical support staff at Shaw Cable. Special thanks for the very patient and knowledgeable Ed and Ash.

BEEF To a large store’s employees. Cash registers were moved to outside entrance of the store, yet old cash area had signs saying closed. Customers trying to find registers were met by flippancy and rudeness.

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo casino for its wonderful hospitality on our 50th wedding anniversary.

BEEF To so-called high-end restaurants for short pints of beer.

BOUQUET To Lantzville and all the volunteers for another fantastic Minetown Day. It’s a wonderful family event with so many activities.

BOUQUET To readers who ‘like’ the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s Facebook page.

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