Say it ain’t so, Grissom

Has it really been nine years?

I’m going to miss William Petersen on CSI. I hated it when Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) left. The only thing that would make it palatable is if Grissom was leaving Las Vegas CSI to join Sara. I loved them as a couple, and it would be OK if the two were together “somewhere else”.

Him happily trekking through a Costa Rican rainforest to find her was brilliant. The perfect ending to both of their stories and exactly what I wanted.

I’m all squishy happy inside.



Digging in for the long haul

Day 37 of the Ottawa bus strike draws to a close.

Nice to see some local politicians siding with the union over the city’s handling of the bus strike. Not. We’re being held hostage — we need the city council to stand firm, rather than rolling over and baring their soft bellies.

Don’t know how yesterday’s continuation of the council meeting went. There hasn’t really been any mention in the news about it so far today.

Thursday, January 15 articles:

Orleans Star: Union only hurting itself

Talk on the street swings from one extreme to the other. Few can understand how, in this tough economic climate when thousands are losing their jobs, a union can be so stubborn in its demands. Some call for privatization of OC Transpo, others call for the city to fire all the striking members, while some have just given up and swear they’ll never ride a bus again.

It’s not looking good for the future of public transportation in this city. There’s really no question whether ridership will drop when workers get back on the job. It will.

Renfrew Mercury: Council resumes closed-door session on transit strike

Not only would the city not be able to find 2,300 qualified drivers, Cullen said the replacement drivers could be at risk of violence from the striking workers and other unions in the city.

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said hiring replacement drivers is not as easy as it sounds.

“It sounds good on paper. It sounds tough,” Harder said, but added the licensing laws make it difficult to hire replacement workers.

Ottawa Citizen: City prepared to hire ‘fact-finder’ in transit dispute

The city, as long as the union agrees, will hire an independent, third-party “fact finder” to report to both sides on the city’s new scheduling proposals that have led to the now 37-day-old transit strike, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said Thursday.

Spoon nails redux

As I wrote on December 31, I think some of my weird fingernail problems are a result of anemia causing a disorder called koilonychia. The nails that are concave (right thumbnail in particular) look very much like other images of koilonychia that I’ve seen.

The Wikipedia page for anemia mentions that 15mg of supplemental iron is sometimes enough to treat anemia so I’ve been experimenting by consistently taking my supplements, which includes a multi-vitamin that contains 10mg of iron. I started taking the supplements on December 30, the day before I made the earlier post on the subject. The results were visible, if only slightly, very quickly.

First, how do fingernails grow? From

A fingernail is produced by living skin cells in the finger. A fingernail consists of several parts including the nail plate (the visible part of the nail), the nail bed (the skin beneath the nail plate), the cuticle (the tissue that overlaps the plate and rims the base of the nail), the nail folds (the skin folds that frame and support the nail on three sides), the lunula (the whitish half-moon at the base of the nail) and the matrix (the hidden part of the nail unit under the cuticle).

Fingernails grow from the matrix. The nails are composed largely of keratin, a hardened protein (that is also in skin and hair). As new cells grow in the matrix, the older cells are pushed out, compacted and take on the familiar flattened, hardened form of the fingernail.

(Also see How do fingernails grow? from Cool Quiz.)

By January 1 (after three days of taking my supplements), I could could feel a marked raise in the material that was coming out of the matrix on my right thumbnail, something that hadn’t happened for weeks. That raised area is now about a quarter of the way down the nail bed, showing a definite difference and improvement in the shape of the nail over what is already there. It’s still a little too soon to tell what the ultimate effect will be but it certainly looks as if supplementing is helping. It obviously won’t be scientifically conclusive if anemia was the cuplrit, as iron isn’t the only supplement — I’m also taking salmon oil, flax seed, calcium, glucosamine, evening primrose, a B complex, and some other vitamins — but, given the symptoms and treatment of Koilonychia versus my own results, I believe that the iron deficiency was a primary culprit. If you’re suffering from the same problems, it’s worth a try.