Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets for July 2, 2019

Beef to finger-wagging drivers; bouquet to a herd of cows

Do you have someone to thank, or a peeve to get off your chest? Send it to BandB@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Record staff reserve the right to edit all submissions, and discard Beefs deemed to be libelous or mean-spirited. Please keep submissions within 150 words. Although the post will be anonymous, include a contact name and phone number, because there’s a draw every week for a meal for two from Dairy Queen. This week’s winner is Cheryl Fox.

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To the two male drivers, one in a white pickup and another in an older sedan, who both gave me the finger when I told them to slow down – the 30 km speed limit through Anderton Park, Comox, a children’s play area, is set for a reason. When a child runs onto the road from the park or from in front or behind a parked car and the driver is unable to avoid hitting the child, if the car is travelling at 30 km/hr, the child will likely survive. If the car is travelling at 40 or 50 km/hr the child will likely die. I have witnessed a child doing exactly what I have mentioned, and it was fortunate there were no cars proceeding through that park at that time. Please consider how you would feel of you struck and injured or killed a child because you refused to pay attention to a very clear sign that showed your speed as you entered the park zone.

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A big thanks to all the sponsors of May 25 MCC World Relief Fair Silent Auction! Support from ABC Printing and Signs, Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery, Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply, Fabricland, Great Canadian Oil Change, Lordco Auto Parts, Man in the Woods Coffee, Quality Foods, Ronda Keuhl Reflexology, Saratoga Beach Golf Club and Thrifty Foods helped the Silent Auction table provide $2,000 (of the more than $7,000 total raised on the day) towards building water wells in rural Nigeria!

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A huge bouquet and many customers to Cheryl and her husband from Orchid Cactus Epiphyllum Sales and C.C.J. Maintenance. After a long day at work, then trying to finish a backyard project, my husband, on his second trip to Home Depot lost his wallet in the parking lot. While my husband was retracing his steps and checking with customer service, Cheryl was on my doorstop making sure the wallet made it home safely and intact. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to drop it off at our home. So nice that we have thoughtful people who live in our community.

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Attention drivers! Sick of seeing cyclists riding on the road? Want them off? Act now! Don’t wait! Call your local City of Courtenay or Town of Comox and ask them to clean the sides of the road with their sweepers so we can go back to sharing the road. Limited time only! The end of cycling season is only a few months away!

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Bouquets to the teachers and principals at Aspen Park Elementary for the surprise Support Staff Appreciation Day! The food, flowers and gifts were all wonderful and greatly appreciated! Thanks again to all of you!

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A big flaming beef to the person who thought it was a good idea to throw a lit cigar butt out the car window into dry bark mulch next to a gas station on Comox Ave. on Sunday afternoon. In two minutes it turned from a tiny wisp of smoke to a smoldering eight inch circle. This year’s fire season will be bad enough without people throwing burning objects at flammable material near explosive liquids. Give your head a shake.

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A huge bouquet of summer flowers to the young woman who came to my assistance on Tuesday, May 28 when my vehicle died at the intersection of Comox Avenue and Anderton. Your calm demeanour certainly lowered my stress level. Thank you.

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To see the dairy cattle at Birkdale Farm on Guthrie Rd. basking in the sun, or chillin’ in the shade and doin’ what they otta outside, is food for the soul and healing for digital sore eyes. God bless the farm owner and the creatures he cares for.

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Someone in Foxxwood is dropping their bag of dog poop in my yard-waste can while it sits out for garbage collection. I’ve caught a bag on top of my yard clippings. And I just found a bag in the empty garbage can when I brought it up from the curb. Do you think you can hold onto your own s*** until you get to your house?

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Thank you to the staff at Liquor Plus for finding me and giving me back my wallet that I left behind. I think I was a little bit caught off guard and didn’t respond as I much as I would have liked. You made my day. Very much appreciated.

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Bouquet to Craig at Comox Bike Company: I am literally thankful every single morning as I bike to work that I bit the bullet last year and bought myself a bike. Thank you so much for your friendly, knowledgeable, patient guidance!

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I have a big beef with businesses that fly Canadian flags on top of their buildings that are ripped to shreds. Total disrespect for our flag, and considering we are in a military town, disrespect for our service members. Do the right thing and either take the old one down, or buy a new one.

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A big bouquet of appreciation to the nurses and doctors working in Emergency at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley on May 13 and 16. A kidney stone attack sent me twice in great distress to Emergency, and the kindness, caring and efficiency of everyone there helped me through this ordeal. Many thanks to all.

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I have a beef about taxi drivers who foul-mouth other drivers they believe to be making poor moves. As if no taxi driver ever makes a driving error. A taxi pulled up alongside me in Thrifty’s parking lot in Courtenay and the driver rolled down his window to berate me as he said I “cut off” another driver when I pulled out of my parking spot. His tone was obnoxious and he added insulting names to his complaint. I do shoulder check and consider myself careful, so I obviously was not aware if I did or did not put others at risk. I may not be perfect but I have a spotless driving record. However, his tone of voice and language were rude, unnecessary and thoroughly unpleasant. It puts me off the prospect of phoning for a cab. Venting anger on to unsuspecting people does nothing to help either the person on the receiving end of the vent – or to the person venting, who has to live with himself long after the incident is over.

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