Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (April 16, 2015)


  • A big bouquet of red roses to the radiation therapists at the Fraser Valley Cancer Center. Universally knowledgeable, helpful and personable, they made my eight weeks of radiation treatments a pleasure.

  • A big bundle of roses for my teacher, Ms. McNeil! Your smile lights up even the darkest skies. Thank you for being an awesome and perfect teacher!

  • A beautiful bouquet of roses to VAP in Surrey who replaced my rotor and fan. It is great to have my heater and air conditioning functioning again without a horrible racket! What a wonderful surprise when the bill was $200 less than a quote from elsewhere for the same repair. Thanks so much.

  • A special bouquet of colourful roses to the wonderful people who give up their seat for me on the SkyTrain. Thank you so much – it is appreciated.

  • Roses to Aomori Sushi in Newton for serving up great food at reasonable prices that always comes with a smile. Good customer service is hard to come by these days, and the friendly staff have made it my favourite lunch spot.

  • I want to give some roses to organizers of Gone Country, the annual cancerfighting concert in Cloverdale. They’ve changed things up this year by helping individual families. People who are raising money to help a family suffering from cancer are given the opportunity to sell tickets to the July 25 concert, and organizers will then cut a cheque for the full amount sold – which means probably around $20,000 back into the community, to directly help those families in need. Awesome. Not only that, but the American band Black Jack Billy will bring the party this year, for sure! It’s a great event, and lots of fun – for a great cause. Check it out.


  • A cubicle full of sticky, slimy tomatoes to the telemarketers who constantly call me to say they have been receiving error messages from my computer. They ask me to log on to my computer and instruct me to give them some information. I usually string them along for 10 minutes and then say, "How do you live with yourself cheating people out of their money? Get a decent job!"

  • A truckload of bullet-ridden rotten tomatoes to Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner for declaring that crime in Surrey isn’t her department. Maybe we could throw some starfruit in there as well so she could cut them up into sheriff’s badges?

  • Rotten tomatoes to Surrey’s mayor. I think she has turned into the invisible woman. Gangster crime and drug dealing is up, but all she cares about is raising taxes for transit and exaggerating the truth about funding and who is responsible for poor management. Try collecting taxes on the illegal suites out there. I can’t imagine how many there are.

  • A pile of stinky rotten tomatoes to the dog owner who didn’t pick up the mess on a child’s playground at George Greenaway park. I then witnessed another dog owner allow their dog off-leash and attack another on-leash dog. Please, dog owners, be responsible, especially around where children play.

  • A big bag full of rotten tomatoes to the crazy driver who almost killed me while I was crossing on Venture Way and 159th Street. I hope the cops find who you are and take your licence away – maybe it will teach you a lesson to stop being so impatient when people are trying to cross the street.

  • Rotten tomatoes to the guy driving down King George Boulevard – in a company van – who flicked his cigarette butt out the window.

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