What Ails You Osgoode? Save Yourself With Fluids and Citrus...

Staff Writer

Winter means dry. Static ridden handshakes, crazier than normal hair and a skin tightness akin to Botox (or so I've heard). One method of combating "dry" is to go with the 8 glasses of water a day, and at Osgoode, that requires a certain amount of attention paid to the Brita filling stations, which I've finally mastered.

The Brita station located near the first floor washrooms is painfully slow and arbitrarily gives up on filling after a certain amount of time. (Likely because the filter is clogged to the gills and the "red light" is a falsehood, or it's silently protesting being so close to a washroom.) The 2nd floor station near the cube has a much faster fill rate but lacks the "chilled" essence of its downstairs cousin, which ranks it no higher. For the adventurous, there are in fact two filling stations in the library, and the wristband policy is no longer in effect making access easier. (Even for SNAILS.)

So why do I label these stations for the adventurous? First, the main floor filling station has been sadly used to wash out coffee cups and is mottled with brown goo. Now I've never been really great with math, but traces of dairy + moist environment = recipe for some new plague bound to ail an Osgoode student or two. (Or SNAIL!) For the REALLY adventurous, I suggest the downstairs library filling station - conveniently located in front of the men's room door. I'm not slamming men and their hygiene (at least in an overt way). No, what is frightening about this particular station is the physics involved in men exiting the washroom and taking out an unsuspecting water bottle filler in the process. If I had any free time, I might sit and watch for awhile for the pure entertainment value (but like all law students, I don't have any free time).

If the risk and inconsistency of the filling stations aren't your thing, there is always Canadian 67 Lime, which at 3.0% alcohol is pretty close to water. (LCBO 251033). Since hydrating before and after class is essential, especially in dry and cruel winter, this may be an efficient and less risky way of achieving the daily 8 glasses.

The lime infused beverages are also useful in warding off illness; particularly for those living on a strict diet of KD and Ramen. Yes, friends, "the scurvy". Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet and can lead to all sorts of party tricks such as malaise and lethargy, spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Since no one wants to see that at the Dean's Formal, I suggest keeping up on your vitamin C. There are lots of ways to achieve the recommended 500mg per day: broccoli is high in vitamin C, as are Brussels sprouts and apparently organ meat. But, if a liver, broccoli, Brussels sprout stew isn't your thing, try some of these new recipes as a fine pairing for your KD and Ramen noodles.

The Seabreeze:
2 parts Grey Goose Vodka (LCBO 95935)
3 parts Cranberry juice (15% RDI)
3 parts Grapefruit juice (45% RDI)
1 Lime wedge (2% RDI)
1 part Ice cubes
Just one cocktail gives you 62% of your vitamin C intake. Image the health benefits of having five!

The Whiskey Sour:
1 fluid ounce simple syrup
2 fluid ounces fresh lemon juice (66% RDI)
5 fluid ounces Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky (LCBO 550715)
3 maraschino cherries for garnish
Ice cubes

Apparently this recipe makes 3 servings but I believe by removing two of the three cherries it becomes a healthy single serving high in vitamin C. Given the lack of portability of Seabreezes and Whiskey Sours, one could also supplement a noodle based diet with a simple can of V-8, which offers 100% of your recommended daily dose. Send what ails you Osgoode to traceyhardie@osgoode.yorku.ca.