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.


Dad's Day

This is the first Father's Day I will not be making that call. I claim my Father's brother Rollie as a substitute Dad for this year. What I miss most is making those calls on a whim just to bs. The picture is a one shot deal. Up for a day only for the obvious reason. Taken next to the cornfield over two years ago the one I grew up in and my Dad farmed. Dad's name was Paul.


Dad is gone-Uncle Rollie's pooch gone-just found out another long time friend gone at 47-a first cousin soon to be gone-Tim Russert bang, gone at 58 my age-Mom's side of the family having a history of being gone just like that.

May not be related to Father's Day but very much value the close and few friendships I have and that includes relationships on the highway of the internets those that are the most informed of all.

Given the fragility of life every once in a while and the importance some put on theirs it's good to put things in perspective now and then. After all none of us are no more than piss ants in time. I love this video.



  1. I miss making those bs calls too. My dad's name was Willard but everyone called him Bill.

  2. Every day's a gift, isn't it? Good idea about calling your brother - replace one tradition with another.

    Speaking of which, there's someone I have to call ...

  3. Umm, make that your father's brother. You'd think I'd pay attention better at my age.

  4. Just yesterday , for the first time in months, I got together with my real brother and My Dad for a couple of hours to BS over a couple of Beers.
    That was nice. Ya never know. The Old Man is Over 70 now and has had something like five stents put in his arteries or he'da been dead a long time ago.

    Best wishes to ya Bud.

  5. Never known a Willard that I can remember. Changed it Cujo as I take your lead because I was not a good student. I need to call my uncle just to say hi cause I know he's lonesome. Bet you had fun Busted. Do it again soon. Dad's estate sale is this coming Saturday. Will not be going but my brother here is making the trip.

    Thanks for stopping and sharing all of you. tb

  6. best to you
    i know this cant be easy