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.


Got Things Going

Not a good start to the week. Water froze and car no start. Water froze up at work too. It was -26 and that is pretty damn cold. The lowest recorded temperature in the US happened in'82 or close to that in a tiny town some 75 miles west called Maybell. Lucky suckers got down to -62 or it may have been -64 but when it's that frigid a few either way don't mean shit.

Got a ride into work and proceeded to break out the welder. This has happened before and has caused mucho difficulties. We three braniacs last year started to shut off the problem area and drain the lines. We did not freeze up last year and had drained the system for the long weekend of New Years. Wasn't enough and we got part of it going but the other did not break loose. We'll be doing the same tomorrow and hopefully we can get water running all over.

Came to the house and the temp had risen to a balmy -3. Car started and the frozen line was a minor inconvenience. Added some insulation that should prevent it from happening again unless we get a Maybell. I've seen it -40 before and that kind of cold is dangerous.

All in all feel good things went as well as they did and consider myself lucky.

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