Beefs and Bouquets for Dec. 1

Here are this week’s thank-yous and gripes about happenings in and around our West Shore community:

A HUGE FAREWELL BOUQUET: to Capital Iron. Definitely no store like it. It will certainly be missed. It was much more fun there than online, even found things we didn’t know we needed. Thanks for all the years of serving Greater Victoria and the whole Island.

A HUGE BOUQUET: to the friendly gentleman who found my phone/ID/credit cards in Bulk Barn Langford on Nov. 11 and kept it safe until I found him. Such a relief and a reminder there are good honest people out there.

BEEF: to the drivers who don’t let their windshields defrost before pulling out of their driveways. It’s the time of year when people don’t budget an extra five minutes to let their car warm up. Not only is that bad for your vehicle, but you’re a danger to yourself and others! Smarten up.

BOUQUET: to all landscapers, construction workers, and anyone else who continues to work outside throughout the chilly weather. I hope you are all staying warm and healthy. Thanks for all your work.

BOUQUET: to all of the volunteers at the Goldstream Food Bank who are already working on Christmas hampers. A lot of families are struggling with groceries this year and all your effort is appreciated by the entire community regardless of if they access food bank services. If you’re reading this, please try to find some non-perishable donations for those who need them and be extra appreciative for what you have!

BOUQUETS OF ROSES: to Cory of Westshore Gold and Silver on Goldstream Avenue, next to the fountain. There’s everything ‘gold and silver’ there. I took my watch to have a battery replaced and mentioned that I’d only had this battery for three months. He stated that a watch battery should last three to five years. He then not only replaced the battery but also repaired and tightened the watch band. Then he told me ‘No charge.’ Thank you, Cory!

BIG BEEF: to the construction company building the six-storey apartment by Sooke and Jacklin for not providing their workers with onsite parking. You’re causing conflict between workers and neighbours.

BOUQUET: to all the responsible dog owners I saw last week after dark. The dogs were all wearing light-up collars which is great, especially for black dogs. A loud noise can startle them and they could bolt into traffic.

BOUQUET: to all the seasonal workers now the extended holiday hours have started everywhere. We really appreciate it, and shop local everyone!

BEEF: to the drivers, especially in a white BMW 325, who zoom ahead when a merge is coming up in 400 meters and then cut you off!

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