After my somewhat gloomy inaugural post I had a more upbeat and light-hearted one in the oven, but again, my hometown has turned the tables on me. This morning ALL schools in Mexico City (from kintergarden to university) were shut down on account of an apparently new strand of swine flu outbreak that has already taken at least 60 lives. The last time all schools closed here was, precisely, after the earthquake in 1985. Now I'm reading that the WHO is worried that the deaths could mark a pandemic. Are you kidding me? I hate fatalism, but this is scary sh*t.