4/16/17
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.

12/23/08

Clueless In Afghannystan

But with Karzai casting doubt on how many U.S. troops should operate in the country, it's not clear whether the two leaders will share a similar vision for the direction of the Afghan effort.

Going at it for seven years with the biggest troop increase coming this year with our country and the world in the worst financial situation ever.

Reading various articles Karzai wants us to do this-we want to do that. One mentions training troops so they can take over.

To me this only shows that once again the is no definitive plan and even if there was the outcome of "winning" is very doubtful at best. Ask the Russky's how they feel about it as I'm sure their words of advice would be you're fucking nuts.

But yet our country plods along with the sheep's heads in the sand as usual accepting what the war machine tells them needs to be done to keep our freedom here secure.

My fear is not what is in Afghanistan but what is found in the octagon and what is walking the halls of congress that fill me with dread.

Somehow some way we must find a way to stop our aggression around the world that suits the interests of only a few in our country. This behavior will be what eventually causes the demise of the country we once knew.

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