Nelsonites were feeling very ‘huggy’ this week

There were almost twice as many compliments than complaints this week.

SLUGS: To motor vehicle drivers who fail to stop when pedestrians are already midway across the road on a crosswalk.  Not only are you putting the life of the pedestrian in danger but it is against the law  as per the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act Section 179(1).  You live in the Kootenays. Slow down, enjoy life and let others continue to enjoy theirs.

HUGS: To the young lady and her friend that walked a long distance on the June 28 weekend to get my hat. Many hugs.

HUGS: To the woman from Cranbrook and gentleman from Kelowna who walked around and found me a parking spot and saved it until I was able to park in the handicap spot at the Canada Day events at Lakeside Park.

HUGS: To the cab driver who got me home safe on Canada day night!

HUGS: Hugs to my amazing landlords. Your time spent caring for the yard and walkways in both summer and winter is appreciated. Same with your reasonably priced rent. It can be hard to find the perfect place to live sometimes and you’ve made us feel very lucky to have found this place.

HUGS: Hugs to my incredibly strong friend and her amazing daughter who have moved back home. Welcome home, we are so happy you are here. You are loved.

HUGS: Hugs to our amazing middle school teacher. Thank you for making the three years in your class amazing, challenging and totally, uncontrollably hilarious. I’m so sad that this year was incomplete but you made it amazing nonetheless.

SLUGS: Slugs to people who refuse to recycle their garbage. When I look in the garbage bin at our apartment building I always see recyclables which I of course pull out and toss in the bin right beside it. I’ve heard everything from ‘I don’t believe in it’ to ‘only 10 per cent of the material gets recycled.’ While that may be true  (I’m not sure) the pizza boxes I just pulled out are definitely 100% recyclable. Are you really that lazy or do you just not care? How large of a footprint are you leaving behind?

HUGS: To all the wonderful people making an attempt to leave as little a trace as possible!

SLUGS: Slugs to you who stole my bag and fanny pack out of the car on Sunday. By now you know there was no money in them, but a lot of heart meds much needed by this senior. But, I promise many hugs if you could leave them at a place for me to find them.

HUGS: To all my two-wheel friends who follow the rules of the road when bicycling around this beautiful city.

SLUGS: To all those who ride their bikes on sidewalks and in generally reckless fashion. You’re giving cyclists a bad rep.

HUGS: Hugs to the cool Uphill resident who brought out a huge bowl of delicious, chilled watermelon for the overheated city utility crew. Man that was good!

SLUGS: Big, slimy slugs to whoever painted the graffiti on the new skatepark. For years we have been trying to build something nice for people to use and once we finally accomplish that, someone goes out and vandalizes it. Makes you wonder what the point is of providing nice things when it will just get wrecked. Whoever did it should shake their heads, not their spray paint cans.

If you have a Hug or a Slug… we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at with your short quips, compliments or complaints. Keep it tasteful and anonymous — no names of individuals or businesses, please. You can also drop by a written submission to our offices at 514 Hall Street.

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