HUGS & SLUGS: Hugs win 11-5

Are you a school bus driver? A lead-foot? Did you help find someone’s wedding ring? If so, there is a hug or slug for you.

HUGS: To all the quiet motor vehicles.

HUGS: Happy 19 to my wonderful daughter.

HUGS: To the many people who offer me rides.

SLUGS: To the businesses with poor customer service in Nelson. You keep my money in my pocket!

HUGS: Big hugs to the people who returned our mistaken trash-to-treasure wagon. Thanks again for your kindness.

HUGS: Big huge furry hugs to the local vet doing his best to keep our hairy friends healthy. Thank you from pet lovers everywhere.

HUGS: To the utility crew for finishing the job so quickly and professionally on Baker St. You did it in half the estimated time!

HUGS: I’d like to give a great big hug to everyone involved with finding and returning my beautiful wife’s wedding ring which was lost at Hume school last week. You have made our family very happy!

HUGS: Happy heavenly hugs to ski hill staff. I can’t remember ever needing as much help as I have this year. I have really appreciated your finesse and professionalism. Here’s hoping to see you super huggers in heaven.

SLUGS: Slimy slug for the corner of Hoover St. and Hendryx St. The sidewalk and boulevard are covered in a winter’s worth of dog poo. The many kids and parents who walk to South Nelson Elementary are finding it disgusting and stinky.

HUGS: To the courageous, talented, and beautiful (inwardly and outwardly) girl who did a spoken word segment on body image. Both me and my teenage son were floored, and keep coming back to the power and grace of this performance.

HUGS: To my sons’ school bus driver who not only makes sure they get to school and back safely in all types of weather, but on top of that gives them little gifts to enjoy every now and again. Please know that you are an important part of their community, and that you are greatly appreciated. A Blewett Mom

SLUGS: To the province for keeping rest areas closed when the snow is all but gone. Have you seen the rest area north of Castlegar? Evidently, many many people were very sorry the doors have been locked. Yuck. Hugs to all those who were left stymied when looking for their rest area.

SLUGS: In the knickers of a fellow cross country skier, the owner and lead-footed single occupant of the gas-chugging blue Toyota SUV. You charge up the highway to the Apex tracks every day, each time overtaking our car pool, sometimes on the double line, always showering the vehicle with blizzards of almond-sized gravel. Do you know how much a Prius windscreen costs?!

SLUGS: To the *%$# guy in the black king cab pickup who drove through the intersection of Josephine and Latimer at top speed heading uphill on Josephine. I was 20 feet away from being slammed into even though I had the right of way! These idiots need to remember they’re operating a 5,000 pound weapon. What about kids and pedestrians? Nelson is full of wacky yields and rights-of-way, but this is unconscionable.

HUGS: To the joggers and bikers who use the designated dog walk on Kootenay Lake in Nelson and understand it is the one place we dog owners can bring our dogs downtown off their leash, let them run and socialize. Thanks for understanding they might be hyper if they are pups and just learning, or excited to see so many friends down there. They don’t always know you are just running past or that your wheels don’t mean to look so inviting. I do feel sad for the joggers and bikers who use the dog walk and have no empathy towards the dogs at all. We need that space. I hope you have a place to jog or bike and have your fun also.

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