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.


Who's Buying What Real Estate Right Now

We have somewhat of an unusual market in this immediate area. There has been a downturn but not as dramatic as in many other areas. Would like to know if my conclusion has any merit.

Briefly- 62% of homes where I work are occupied two months out of the year. Most are massive and many cost millions. In the last couple years there has been a rapid escalation in values there and in the immediate area. A "one bedroom plus" home where I live is being listed at 274K. I believe much of this is because of realtor's and more specific appraiser's. That is something for later. I would like to get a close friend to tell his story about what he has experienced as an appraiser because it would be very interesting indeed.

This clip and link of an article is from last Sunday. 6/8/08

The number of sales of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and building lots are significantly down in the first four months of 2008. However, average price per sale is up substantially in all three categories.

Another the same day same paper.

The mood around was decidedly upbeat this week after the developers of the slopeside Edgemont condominiums tied up $45 million in sales at their May 30 selection event

The average sale price was more than $2 million.

Simply-I think for the most part those who are purchasing these high end properties are the top 1% who have be benefited from the tax cuts instituted by our government. Is that right or wrong? I'd really like to know.

To be fair those who read this may remember I solicited opinion on the purchase of the house I've been living in for some time. Things are in place now and will somewhat reluctantly initiate a contract possibly this week. Just so you know I am not one of the players in the above articles. Less than 200K and that makes me cringe.


  1. Jesus Christ, 1%?
    ya think?
    Thats about as fucking insane as So. Cal!
    The first clue is how long they are actually occupied.
    Yer in the middle of the rich peoples playground.

  2. OneFly,
    If you are indeed going through with the purchase of your residence in O.C. I would very much like to congratulate you on a good decision. I have no crystal ball and certainly am no finger snapper, but I will predict only good things for you with your purchase.