Yesterday my friend Alejandro was scheduled for surgery. The operation was at a newly-built hospital in the southern Mexico City district of Coyoacán. I met the surgeon and he seemed not only very competent and professional but also very caring. I am happy to report that the surgery went well. Alejandro will have to take it easy for a couple of weeks, but everything is fine. A great Christmas present for him, and his family, as well as for me and his many friends.