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Beef with snow removal - responses

Jan 17, 2013 / 4:00 pm

It looks like Tuesdays beef regarding snow removal in the Kelowna area really hit a nerve with many people, so I thought I would share some of the responses with you. Remember, if you have a beef you want to share I want to hear from you. Email your beef to [email protected] If you didn't...

A big beef with snow removal

Jan 15, 2013 / 4:14 pm

Hello beef eaters (oh that's good, I'm using that again)! This week I hand my rant over to a reader who has a real problem with the snow removal in the Kelowna area over the past few weeks. Personally, I feel that its been handled quite well but I know there are plenty of people who...

New year, new you? I don't think so!

Jan 2, 2013 / 4:00 pm

So begins another year filled with so much promise, hope and happiness for all. I want to wish everyone a very happy new year and I hope you partied hard over the holidays and didn’t let anyone stop you from doing what you wanted to do! Now with 2013 officially underway, you must hold...

The Christmas Party Pooper

Dec 12, 2012 / 3:50 pm

It’s that time of year again, when everyone you work with will come together for a night of free food, ugly Christmas sweaters, a gift exchange and with any luck, some free drinks! Yes, it’s time again for the company Christmas party; an event some people love, some people hate and...

Some parking lot patience please!

Dec 4, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Sorry for the delay in posting this column, but I felt the need to take a week off after receiving some negative feedback regarding my weekly beef. Hey Rob... I'm sorry but your column SUCKS. You're not funny. -Erica Alright, I’m lying; it made me laugh and satisfied me...

I beg your pardon?

Nov 21, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Big city or small town, it is a sad reality that on the streets of the downtown core there always seems to be people asking for your spare change. I can’t pretend to know what combination of circumstances in their life got them to this point and in no way can I act like I understand what they...

Stupid in the snow

Nov 13, 2012 / 5:00 pm

It finally happened over the long weekend, our first big snowfall of the year. Always an interesting event, that first snowfall, especially on the roads! Some drivers panic when the snowy conditions finally arrive, others think it’s no big deal and drive like it's normal conditions...
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It stinks in there!

Nov 6, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Today’s beef is the sort of thing that bothers me a great deal, but at the same time has always made me laugh. I heard this over the weekend while shopping at Walmart (I know, stop bragging) and it inspired today’s column. I already know this one will not be a hit with all of you, but...

The candy is for the kids!

Oct 30, 2012 / 4:00 pm

So it’s about 24 hours away, the big fright night when kids will dress up in their adorable and scary costumes to canvas the neighborhood in search of candy, threatening a trick if we, the home owners, don’t oblige. I love Halloween night and I have since I was a little kid because this...

Do I have something in my teeth?

Oct 25, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Today’s beef goes out to anyone who has ever been forced to suffer the embarrassment of walking around with something stuck in your hair, hanging from your nose or wedged between your teeth because the person you just had a ten-minute conversation with about the price of rice in China,...

Little white lies!

Oct 23, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Today’s beef is something I think we all do. I have no problem admitting that I did this just today at the grocery store while talking to the cashier. I told a little white lie. Oh sure, we think they are harmless and that nothing big will come from our tiny white lie, but if that was true...

What's that smell?

Oct 16, 2012 / 5:05 pm

I have wondered through a mall or two in my 30 years on this planet, but in recent years it is a place I choose to avoid at all costs and for many reasons. First off, I thought the point of having all these stores in one place was convenience, not so the hallways could be used as a hangout for...

The puck drops...sometime

Oct 11, 2012 / 5:13 pm

Well it’s October 11th and it’s a day that I SHOULD be about as happy as I can possibly be; however, as I sit here writing this column I am not happy, not even a little bit. Why you ask? Well this is the day that the puck was supposed to drop to start the NHL’s 2012/2013 season,...

A big beef with a 'growing' problem

Oct 9, 2012 / 4:33 pm

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and I am sure you are still feeling your turkey hangover today. Well it is back to the grind and back to a brand new beef, one I got in an email late last week from Jeff. Trust me, you want to read this one right to the end as I think there are some...

Grande pain in the a**

Oct 4, 2012 / 5:30 pm

I can’t even pretend to know how many times I have been waiting in a lineup to purchase a coffee and the person at the front of the line is talking on their cell phone while the poor employee is trying to complete the transaction. I have beef with this for several reasons and as you know by...

Respect IS cool in 2012

Oct 2, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Today my beef is with the next generation, the tweens and teens of the 21st century who are so concerned about ‘looking cool’ they lack the respect we were all raised to show when we were younger. Perhaps if they could pull their nose out of their cell phone or iPod long enough they...

Beef with health care

Sep 27, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Today I will take a break from ranting and raving about my problems and share with you a beef I received a couple weeks ago. Please keep sending any personal beefs you may have to [email protected] Thanks to Peter for making me smile with a quick quip via email to my last...

Not so negative!

Sep 26, 2012 / 10:29 am

I like to think of myself as a positive person, someone who still believes that the proverbial glass is always half full. It makes my communication with others far more enjoyable and I also believe by staying positive and sharing my positive energy with others that my mental and physical health...

Beef with VIP hybrid parking

Sep 20, 2012 / 5:00 pm

With the overwhelming amount of rants that have flooded my inbox in the past week or so I thought this would be a great time to finally post one of them. Please keep your beef coming my way by emailing it to [email protected] and you could find your rant here on Balsy's Beef. Here's...

Earn it don't ask for it

Sep 18, 2012 / 5:05 pm

Thanks again to all of you who keep sending me your personal beef and please keep them coming! This week I want to go into detail on a topic I mentioned in my very first column. I am noticing more and more that retail outlets and fast food chains are asking for TIPS and I can’t figure out...
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About the Author

You got BEEF?  Balsy does! 

Rob Balsdon is a local stand-up comedian that has a beef with almost everything.

As a comedian Rob has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Canadian comedy including “The Harley Guy” Herb Dixon, Gerry Dee (Mr. D) and Brent Butt (Corner Gas). Recently Rob was lucky enough to work with one of his idols when he opened for film star and SNL alumni Norm MacDonald!

Rob is here to rant about all the little things that get on his nerves.

Email your rants or ideas to [email protected]




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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.




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