HUGS & SLUGS: Slugs batter hugs 8-2

Are you a pirate hater? A business owner with dogs? A cab driver? There is a hug or slug waiting for you this week.

SLUGS: To the Nelson Star for advertising: “Make money while walking the dog! Paper delivers wanted!” Hugs for correcting the spelling to “Deliverers.”

SLUGS: To the city for taking away parking spaces around town. More slugs to those who can’t be bothered to park in between the lines, making spots empty as no one can park there.

SLUGS: To city council for comments towards the oldest continuously operated ice rink in western Canada. If anything is “heritage” it is our Civic Centre. Charge appropriate rentals and make it available not just when the new ice is booked.

SLUGS: To the pirate hater. The pirate ship was a local attraction owned by a local minor celebrity. He’s the most environmentally friendly guy we know. It’s winter coooold water. The raising of the boat also takes money. Wanna help? If not, wait till spring or walk the plank. Aarrrggghhh.

SLUGS: To the owner of a business who allowed his two fairly big dogs to be all over me and my mum while shopping. She is allergic, fortunately not that allergic! You shouldn’t be bringing your dogs to work, assuming that every customer will be okay with that. I am not likely to return to your store after this horrible experience.

SLUGS: Big slimy, sticky, yucky slugs to the young man who was too chicken to step up. By using your friend’s device to bully or be racist to me does not make you a bigger person. All I asked for was an apology and I have given you ample time to do so, yet nothing. So I am placing this slug because I am pretty sure you know who you are. Also I hope you don’t forget what goes around comes around.

HUGS: Big, big, hugs to all who understand words can hurt and break people down. Whether it be constructively criticizing someone, think and choose words wisely. Compliment often. No, this does not boost someone’s ego so big that their head floats from their bodies, but it does make people smile. So to those of you who have helped me through my rough patch from being cyberbullied to my unfortunate career changes, I thank you.

SLUGS: To the cab driver, who blamed me for almost hitting me. I heard your nasal voice say something about “dark outfit,” trying to blame me for the close encounter, even though I was in an intersection, crossing the street illuminated by street lights, and had my arms held out wide since I saw you coming too fast. You impress no one with your speed. Please remember that the streets are used by many others, and are not yours alone, to speed from fare to fare.

HUGS: To the owner of the pirate ship that has delighted my grandson for years. When its flag is flying he knows there are pirates in the area and we all have to look out for hidden treasure. But now look at it crippled in the water. Benjamin is convinced it has been sunk by the Canadian navy. He cheers for the pirates and wants to see the ship proudly sailing again. I’m sure many Nelsonites wish for its revival too. Please. I’ll donate a bottle of rum and a wooden leg. Captain Hook’s Grandma

SLUGS: In response to the no snow plowing in Kokanee Creek Park. As I am in the park on a regular basis I fully get why it is not plowed: because of household garbage filling the garbage cans and simply left at the overflowing cans, compost dumped in various areas and put down the outhouse toilets, dog feces everywhere (just lovely on the beach where children will play nice), beverage cans thrown along the roads and trails, carcasses thrown over the bank on the glacier road, illegal firewood cutting, etc. Re: the dog poop. There is NO dog poop fairy. Pick it up. This is a PARK, people! HUGS to all the responsible visitors to the park.

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