This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


Tree Killer #62 Meets His Maker

This weekend went to the ranch to enjoy with a few friends the fact we now own it. No matter what happens there is a place to go that I can say is mine. Don't have to pay anybody anything to live there. I would be there now but there are no good paying jobs close by.

Over the ten years we saved this old house plus so many other improvements it's a pleasure to now sit around and enjoy. Some 130 trips over the years 280 one way from here. There had been several attempts during that time to get new trees established but always after a year or so you'd look out and see one leaning and you knew it was dead as all were going to be dead because of these tree root eating rat sonsofbitches in the video below. It was so discouraging to see this happen after so much work went into the efforts to establish new trees.

In any case there is a fellow who rents one of the houses and helps out. One thing he does is trap these these rodents as is shown below. Last year he got 60 and this one is #2 for the year. It's because of this the trees in the ground now are into their third year and are doing very well.

These traps are old and specialized. When new activity is noticed as these rodents do not expose themselves except for very brief periods the tunnel end is opened the trap placed and the hole left open. The tunnels are never open so they come to close it and trip the trap. At times it takes 2-4 attempts but generally they can be had. Unclear as to what the proper name for these rodents but I think it may be a type of vole. If anyone knows for sure please tell me.


  1. Another great photo!
    Interested in your trap. What do you ask for when you go to buy new ones?
    I'm stumped as to how it works in the confines of a narrow tunnel. More info, please?

  2. Jeg-unsure what the proper name for these are.
    If you click on the picture it should expand. If you look closely on the lower left you will see a sharp point. The other one looks to be broke. These come in from the sides to trap the animal and are set by the flat plate on the right which is also the release for the trap that is triggered by pressure against it as the varmit trys to close the hole. tb

  3. Maybe a pocket gopher? Looks different though. Perhaps it's about time to get a couple of ranch cats.

  4. Yo Kevin-you have a blog-great!