Friday, January 02, 2009

¿Why So Serious?

It's 75 degrees in Querétaro today. It's been like that since we returned over a week ago. Here's the ten-day forecast:

Bear in mind, this is the coldest time of the year. No one we've talked to can remember exactly when the last time was that it rained here. On the shortest day of the year, the sun set at 6:08PM. And it's not just Querétaro: 74 degrees in Mexico City; 78 in Guadalajara; 81 in Cancun; 79 in Oaxaca; and so on. Mexican weathermen buy those little smiley-faced suns by the metric ton.

We mention all this not for the sake of rubbing it in to our Northern readers (well, at least not only for that reason), but because we were fairly stunned to learn that the Mexican social services agency has treated over 220,000 people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Given the local attitudes towards mental illness, we can say with some confidence that those seeking treatment are a very, very small percentage of those who are actually suffering. And not suffering from plain old depression, mind you (we know a thing or two about that - we didn't decide to move to Mexico because we'd lost our taste for potable water, you know), but specifically depression brought on by lack of sunshine and nice weather.

Burro Hall suggests every man, woman and child in the country drop what they're doing and go immediately outside and turn their faces towards the sun for a few minutes. There, better? Now get back to work.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can't beat 14 degrees, with a wind chill of -12! With snow!!
Any sissy can live in 70+ degrees!