UP & DOWN
■ Thumbs up for the volunteers who maintain and improve the Tongariro River Trail. The two Tu¯rangi volunteers are Darryl and Gary who have given up waiting for DoC or council or whoever to improve the access for bikes up and down the steps to Red Hut Bridge. So we found them building these ramps or runaways for bikers. True community-spirited volunteers. What good guys!
■ Thumbs up to Cherise at Farmers for going that extra mile (literally) and ensuring the safe delivery of our long awaited ottoman.
■ Thumbs up to Mary. When we had the power cut on Monday, she jumped in her campervan and went to visit several elderly friends making them hot drinks and heating water to put in flasks for them. Thanks, Mary.
■ Thumbs up to Lane from Loader Up Contracting. Had a jungle for a backyard filled with concrete, tree stumps and a broken pergola. In one day he tore it all out, took everything to the dump and levelled out our yard. He was efficient, professional and did a stellar job.
■ Thumbs up to all the community groups, rest homes and clubs who have invited the AA65 choir to perform this year. We love singing — but it is so much more fun with an audience, especially one that joins in! Thank you for your support.
■ Thumbs up and a big thank you to the lady who found a card in a local ATM, followed the owner and returned it. Thanks for everything. Card holder will be more careful in future.
■ Thumbs up to Pam who rang me to say to check my car insurance as my trailer might be covered. Thank you Pam, I have done this and I am covered. Bless you.
■ Thumbs up to Westpac bank teller Robyn for your kindness to a senior citizen who doesn’t know how to do modern banking. You were so kind, thank you. Please show your boss this. You deserve a bonus in your pay packet.
■ Thumbs up to Terry at Briscoes for the help in us purchasing a barbecue at Black Friday price. Extremely helpful and approachable. Top man.
■ Thumbs up to Susan who works at the $2 Plus shop for awesome customer service and going that extra mile, we miss you working in the week.
■ Thumbs up to Kate and Jenny of Summerset Village, who fired up the barbie, cooking sausages, also boiling water for tea and coffee for residents during the recent power outage. Thumbs up also to those at the village with camp stoves who stepped up, boiling water for coffee and tea and looking after the more frail residents. Good on you all for your thoughtfulness.
■ Thumbs up to Jaime Ellis who has been a massive support to her brother Pete.
■ Thumbs up to Chris from literacy class, an amazing tutor helping me to achieve my goals.
■ Thumbs down to guys who took bags put aside for Community Christmas food bank collection in Kinloch. They ripped into them, guzzling the drink cans, etc. Your actions making others miss out that need it!
■ Thumbs down to the two women sitting right in front of me and to my right, who both found it necessary to look at their phones during a movie at the cinema. Even though they were on silent the light from your phones is very distracting and annoying when someone else is enjoying the movie. If you can’t go without looking at your phone for two hours then maybe going to the movies is not for you. Have some consideration for others.
■ Thumbs down to people who purchase houses near golf courses, then complain about wayward golf balls landing on their property. The onus is on the purchaser to undertake due diligence. The golf club and surrounding houses have been there for decades.
■ Thumbs down to the drone operator dressed in uniform. Check out the regulations regarding hovering over a private dwelling without notification and lack of continuous line of sight of offending drone. A bit creepy.
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