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.


Could You Torture Someone?

It was one of the most infamous experiments in history, offering compelling evidence that almost everybody is capable of great evil. In a controversial series of studies that started in 1961, Stanley Milgram demonstrated the horrifying extent to which people will follow orders, even when their actions seem to be inflicting serious harm on others

An interesting read about the human condition and the possibility that most of us may have torture tendency's. There are questions about this study although there is certainly some merit to it. Scary.


  1. I have no doubt that most of us could, in the right circumstances. That's one of the reasons to make sure there are some strong prohibitions in place, both legal and ethical, to prevent it.

  2. Just some bad apples the Pentagon said.

    Resisting social pressure and orders from a trusted superior is much harder to do than to torture a stranger.

  3. Those who are forced to torture suffer as much from the experience as those tortured. It is dehumanizing for both. It's so easy as one in the position of power, yet removed from the actual experience to justify torture. Did Darth Cheney actually torture anyone even if it is in his own words "A no brainer"

    BTW, love the picture of the rainbow trout. Brings back good memories of fishing with my Grandfather at Lake Isabel when young.

  4. remember our dear VP authorized it....... and no one seems to want to do anything about it