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A nice mix of hugs and slugs this week from Nelson

Hugs. To Vince for helping an out-of-town grandma pull her granddaughter’s sled up the steepest two blocks of Carbonate Street on the day after a snowfall last month.  Your strength and kindness meant a lot to a very tired, and a little bit lost, Grandma!

 

HUGS. To Steve at Maglios who always goes out of his way to take care of me and my crew. These days customer service is in short supply and it’s people like you that make me choose where to spend my dollars.

 

Hugs. To the wonderful lady who followed my car from the grocery store to the carwash to let me know I had a flat tire. Thanks to you no additional damage was done and after it was inflated I got to my “oh-so-helpful” tire store and had a nice hour shopping on Baker Street while it was fixed. A big thanks, you made my day!

 

SLUGS/HUGS. Sending some slimy slugs to father winter, and one huge hug to Dave from Western Auto Wreckers who happened upon a brother and a sister with a van that had come to rest and stubbornly refused to stir in the snowy ditch on the roadside to Cottonwood Lake (blocking all the other frozen ice fishers, skaters and tobogganers from returning to their cozy living rooms for hot tea). With his tow chain, this jolly hero saved many fingers from being numbed and many bad words from being uttered. Thank you.

 

SLUGS. Huge slugs to Cancelgar for even having an airport. Our final straw of ever using that airport again was experienced on February 3. We have been very patient trying to fly my husband and son to their jobs in Alberta for almost two years now. Because we rely on Castlegar to provide this service, it has cost us more than just money (due to the fact of having to do the six hour drive to and from Cranbrook which also involves an overnight hotel stay), it also costs us the lost day of wages and holding up an entire team of employees waiting for the operator (of which my husband and son are the operators)! On Sunday, the skies above the airport opened up wide just in time for the flight to land. In fact, an airplane that looked very similar to the Air Canada plane we were waiting for, landed right in front of me. The biggest blue area of the sky was the very valley that the flights from Vancouver come in from!  Honestly, if a plane cannot land in those conditions, it is time to shut this airport down! We depended on you and you let us down!

 

HUGS. It is only fair to send a big hug to the ticket agent in the Cancelgar airport. She noticed the troubles we were having with no money and no cash machine available so we could eat. She gave us $20 out of her pocket! She recognized us as frequent flyers who keep trying to get out on a plane and trusted I would be back to pay her back. She was right. Thank you and hugs to her for restoring my faith in humanity. I may never see her again though. Changing airports!

 

SLUGS. To drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in marked crossings. Especially at Vernon and Stanley street.

 

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