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.


A Glaring Reason Why Coal Should Be Phased Out

Here is how the recent spill in Tennessee affected one individual.

Democracy Now
covered this in detail interviewing several people. One was Anne Paine who writes for the Tennessean. Her articles on this disaster are here.

It's my hope this administration in the end puts emphasis on alternatives to coal as "clean coal" is a myth. Sure we're going to continue to use it but as alternatives are implemented begin phasing coal out. Nuclear is another issue. As a country with the right leadership and participation from the people a change to significant amounts of alternative energy being produced can be accomplished and must be.

Colorado has a long history associated with coal that continues to this day. Every place I've lived there was coal and here is no exception. There are two power plants directly to the west the furthest 40 miles away.

In fairness it needs to be said maybe 10-12 years ago after a long battle these plants were forced to install scrubbers. After doing so the effects of acid rain in the Zirkel Wilderness Area stopped.

Effects of burning coal can be lessened but you sure as hell shouldn't have to fight it out in court to see that it's done.


  1. Businesses want to make money, but they don't want to clean up the mess. Just leave that to the tax payers.