HUGS: Hugs to all the people who have come together in support of a family in crisis. The love and generosity that has flowed out of this community amazes me! Just as the life of a wonderful man will not be forgotten, neither will your kindness.
HUGS: To the business who has taken such good care of me, a customer. For two seasons, for no charge, they have picked up and delivered my tires to my home when I have been unable to. This has been an unforeseen bonus for shopping locally.
SLUGS: Slugs to the person who took my folding plastic pipe boat stand from Lakeside Beach on the weekend. I need it.
SLUGS: To the thoughtless neighbours who allow their dogs to yap constantly and disturb all the neighbours from early morning onwards. Please don’t tie them up on your deck take them inside. We need some peace from your pets.
HUGS: Hugs to the person who took a pencil drawing from our building on Baker Street and will hopefully return it to the hallway shelf as soon as possible. Please return it! It was left out to dry and is the hard work of a child.
SLUGS: Slugs to the women who flipped us “the bird” while we were supporting our teachers during Thursday’s afternoon strike. It’s all right if you don’t have the same views for what we are standing up for, in our case improving educational funding. However, isn’t giving the finger to a group of well-meaning high school students taking it a bit far?
SLUGS: To the lady who passed a slower bicyclist on the North Shore Saturday morning. Cyclists who pass others on blind corners, in vehicle traffic, is unsafe and endangers yourself and others. Please be patient and wait for a safe location and appropriate time. You should at least shoulder check or better yet get a rear view mirror.
SLUGS: To the woman who continually uses the term “passive aggressive,” on everyone she has issues with. Look up its meaning. Might be closer to a definition of you. Stop crying wolf every time you don’t get your own way. Your neighbours, friends and co-workers are tired of you using the term and your anonymous reports are so transparent.
SLUGS: To all those who deface stop signs with various messages. While you are spreading important information (who would disagree with the suggestion to stop Harper or the pipeline). Defacing public property ends up making you look like vandals. And if you must do this, at least use water based paint.
HUGS: A big hug to the kind man who pulled over when he saw me having trouble with my bike trailer. He brought out a crescent wrench and fixed the trailer connection so that we could bike around all afternoon. Without you we would have been grounded.
HUGS: A huge hug to our newspaper carrier. She faithfully climbs the 17 steps to our condo every Wednesday and Friday morning to place that day’s edition right at our doorstep. Thank you.
If you have a Hug or a Slug… we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.