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.


Recruiters Committing Suicide

There have been four suicides in the Houston Recruiting Battalion alone, including three in the past 18 months. Recruiters Describe Brutal Working Conditions They Say Led to Soldier Suicides

This is so disturbing that men who have served their country offing themselves because of the pressure put on them to recruit people who know the war is bullshit. This is what you get when you go to war on lies and Bush is responsible.


  1. I was here this morning looking at this! Suicides are up in the military across the board. You have to wonder in that since Recruiters are senior enlisted and at this point have done multiple tours at war if that is why the suicides.
    You might have been one I was talking to about one of my sons who admitted to having PTSD but he worries me. He would never do that but even before all the death and tours he was unbending and confrontational!
    Long story there but I will shut up. Take care!

  2. As AAP says, suicide rates are up generally in the armed forces these days. It's part of the stress of combat, I suspect. There may be special pressures in certain roles, like recruiting, but it isn't just about the pressure of recruiting.

  3. Cujo
    One of my sons on the ground on the cusp of all this loves the action for some reason but last year after Afghanistan I thought he was showing PTSD. Now after more Iraq he admits it but will not say anything and threatens violence if anyone gets in his way but he would never commit suicide. Everything else concerns me like buying my 5 year old granddaughter a pink 22 rifle.

  4. AAP, I have no idea why some people get PTSD and some don't. The only thing I think can be said for sure is that the more people are exposed to the sorts of stress that PTSD causes, the more likely they will be to get it.

    I suppose if everyone got it, then people wouldn't be able to kid themselves that they won't be the ones who do.

    I wish your son and you the best.

  5. Thanks Cujo! I really do not know, it is your mental mechanization to me and can eat you up or dismissed if you are set up that6 way. The son in question called yesterday and sounded fine but you can feel the tension in the background.
    I will continue to work with him and hope for the best with him arming his family. My 5 year old grand daughter with a pink 22 rifle doesn't hit me right but what can you do?